Boom Lift

The Model 1350SJP telescoping boom lift features a 135-ft platform height, exceptional horizontal reach, and an automatic capacity control system that adjusts the work envelope to match the selected load. The 1000-lb restricted platform capacity can be used over a majority of the work envelope. Unrestricted platform capacity is 500 lb. JLG Industries, Inc. Write 311 on PE card

Equipment recovery

CRC Lectra-Clean and Lectra-Clean II are used to remove oil, grease, and sludge contamination from electrical and electronic equipment after unsuccessful water flushing. CRC Industries, Inc. Write 312 on PE card

Coating removal

StripeJet removes floor coatings and pavement markings fast, without damaging the underlying surface. Rated up to 40,000 psi, rotary water jets are mounted to a compact vehicle with a tight turning radius for easy maneuvering around parking lots, loading docks, and warehouses. NLB Corporation Write 313 on PE card

Articulating boom

The Z-80/60 features a working height up to 86 ft and an industry-leading range of motion enhanced by an innovative lift structure. The design allows the operator to ascend and descend from the ground to 80 ft with a single function of the primary boom. The operator saves time because the lower riser does not need to be lowered to bring the platform to the ground. Genie Industries Write 314 on PE card

Paint marker

Pro-Line industrial paint marker is a precise product that combines the comfort and feel of a writing instrument with permanent paint performance on virtually all surfaces, including metal, glass, plastic, rubber, and cardboard. Unlike traditional markers, Pro-Line does not contain xylene, which often emits odors and causes health and safety concerns. LA-CO Industries Write 315 on PE card

Air compressor selection

"How to Choose an Air Compressor" is a video sponsored in part by the U.S. Department of Energy that offers advice from industry experts and users. It encourages buyers to look at the complete air system and discusses the total cost of a compressor and what should be considered before making a choice. Compressed Air and Gas Institute Write 316 on PE card

Steamed up

Manufacturers who wish to improve plant reliability and productivity while adding to the corporate bottom line may consult Steam Digest 2001, a new volume of steam system "best practices" from the Alliance to Save Energy and the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Industrial Technologies. The articles cover the technical and managerial aspects of industrial steam facility optimization. Alliance to Save Energy Write 317 on PE card

Calculate energy

Power Calculator is a free slide chart with conversion scales for electric power and heat. The slide chart helps engineers, plant managers, and facility managers in determining selection factors for uninterruptible power systems and precision air conditioning. Liebert Corp. Write 318 on PE card

Emissions control

A free 2002 Industrial Ventilation catalog is designed to help those involved in dust collection, fume collection, pollution control, HVAC, and many other industrial ventilation applications. The catalog includes technical information on designing a dust collection system. Air Handling Systems Write 319 on PE card

OP test

An improved, easy-to-use test for monitoring organo-phosphonate (OP) levels in boiler and cooling water systems is now available. Using a specially developed tablet containing a pH buffer and screened indicator, the test eliminates the problems of pH adjustment and end-point determination associated with traditional testing. Palintest USA Write 320 on PE card

Leak detector

Blue Max Plus is a handy fluorescent leak detector that conveniently clips onto a shirt pocket. It features an adjustable service mirror and unique telescopic extender that provides a reach of 28 in. This makes it easier to pinpoint leaks in hard-to-reach parts of ac units off limits to larger lamps. Spectronics Corp. Write 321 on PE card

Dock fan

Model DF high-velocity dock fan is designed to inexpensively recirculate air for personnel working in and around loading docks and trailers. The unit's high-efficiency 1/2-hp motor and aluminum propeller produces up to 1300 cfm. Greenheck Write 322 on PE card

Fast boiler

Sudden change and wild load swings can create boiler problems. Such occurrences can lead to the installation of one or more backup boilers. Most idling boilers take as long as 30 min. to get up to speed. Watertube Boilers go from cold boiler to a full head of steam in 5 min. Miura Boiler West, Inc. Write 323 on PE card

Green boilers

Industrial plants and other facilities can lower fuel usage and cut emissions, according to a report by the Delta Institute titled, Sector-based Pollution Prevention: Toxic Reductions through Energy Efficiency and Conservation Among Industrial Boilers . By making simple changes in operations, managers can save thousands of dollars a year. Delta Institute Write 324 on PE card

Blowoff guide

Air Nozzles and Jets Blowoff Guide is a free 16-p booklet that offers many solutions to help improve the efficiency of a compressed air system while reducing energy costs and noise. The information is timely and useful. Exair Corp. Write 325 on PE card

AC technology

Applications that have historically been the domain of dc motors and drives are changing to ac technology. The development of insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) power devices in ever-increasing current ratings has raised the power level at which ac motors can compete with dc motors.

The Thomson manufacturing plant is one of three major fiber extrusion hubs for Shaw Carpets. By loading their extruders with nylon, polyester, and polypropelene, the plant creates yarn that will be drawn, textured, heated, and finally used to create a wide-range of carpets. The manufacturing process has used dc motors for 30 yr. About 31/2 yr ago, the Thompson plant began making the transition to ac motors, replacing older European-made dc motors with Rockwell Automation's Reliance Electric RPM AC motors.

Describing the reason for this Electrical change, Shaw electrical supervisor Billy Lokey explains, "The dc motors were hard and expensive to fix. The new ac totally enclosed blower motors work best for our extruder applications, and our repair costs have decreased tremendously. The ac motors have given us more uptime on our equipment and less hassle with repairs and commutator problems."

These motors are specially designed for variable speed and optimized for higher performance applications. The motor line features constant torque speed ranges greater than 1000:1, high peak torque, fast acceleration, and constant horsepower ranges of 2:1 or more.

In addition, they provide the benefits of reduced size, lower cost, and easily mounted accessories.

As with any conversion of this type, this dc to ac conversion has had its share of problems. Conversion problems occurred because the traditional cast iron, NEMA ac motors are larger, have higher rotating inertia, and have much lower peak torque capabilities than the dc motors they were to replace. In addition, many dc motors had base speeds that ideally matched the application.

This is where the chosen ac motors solved this transition problem. These motors were specifically designed for the applications that have traditionally been dominated by dc motors. Small size, low rotor inertia, high peak torque, and base speeds designed to match the application made this ac motor the ideal choice to help make the conversion from dc to ac technology less painful and more profitable for Shaw Carpets.

Located in Thomson, GA, Shaw Industries is the largest carpet manufacturer in the world. With annual sales of nearly four billion dollars, Shaw manufactures and sells carpeting and rugs to retailers, commercial contractors, and distributors throughout the United States, Australia, and Mexico.

A lot of hot air

SH Series air heaters are compact, safe, and flexible heating units for heating air or inert gas up to 1400 F. Available in wattages from 6-36 kW, it can be used with compressed air or a regenerative blower. The heater can be controlled with a solid-state relay or phase-angle-fired SCR power control. Omega Write 326 on PE card

Slide chart

Power Calculator is a slide chart with conversion scales for electric power and heat. The slide chart was designed to help users determine selection factors for uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) and precision air conditioning. It is particularly useful for doing "reality check" calculations and quick estimates. Liebert Corp. Write 327 on PE card

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