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protecting cooling water systems
Equipment Knowledge

Protecting Cooling Water Systems – Part 1

In Part 1 of this series, we will examine some of the most important components of cooling towers, and from that will build upon issues that can affect cooling system performance and operation. One of the later installments will address closed cooling water systems.

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SynRM motor
Equipment Knowledge

High-efficiency SynRM motors, a game changer in potentially explosive environments

Safety is critical in this industry, especially for applications in potentially explosive environments. Introducing the new IE5 SynRM Increased Safety motors represents a game changer, giving chemical manufacturers access to the most energy-efficient motor and drive technology. The new motors offer up to 40 percent lower energy losses than commonly used IE3 motors while meeting stringent safety standards. 

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Equipment Knowledge

The Benefits of Floating HRSG Duct Liners

The heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) of combined cycle power units utilize the exhaust gas from the combustion turbine(s) to generate steam for additional power production. The harsh environment that exists in HRSG inlet ducts requires careful design/installation of insulation and liner plates.  Expansion and contraction issues play a great role in proper design.

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FLOCO Pumping and Control Systems
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Pump Selection – Key Considerations

Selecting the right pump can pose a significant challenge due to the extensive array of options available for different applications. Each type of pump comes with distinct advantages and disadvantages that necessitate careful evaluation. In this article, we provide a comprehensive overview of prevalent pumping technologies and delve into the limitations associated with pump selection per applications.

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wet scrubbing tower
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Is Your Wet Scrubbing Tower Working?

Is your scrubbing tower working? A wet scrubbing tower is used to clean odors, particles, mists, and vapors from a gas stream. The gas is forced through the tower. As it moves from inlet to outlet it is washed and cleaned. The washing is done with suitable chemicals that remove the active components in the gas flow. The gas is cleaned to environmentally acceptable levels and discharged to atmosphere.

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diagnosing a bent shaft with vibration analysis
Condition Monitoring

Diagnosing a Bent Shaft

Diagnosing a bent shaft with vibration analysis is easy to do, especially when you can visualize its movement using 3D animations. Vibration patterns for different faults can look similar to each other. This is why it is always best to start with the machine, consider what faults are most likely and then take data in the proper test points and axes to find the most likely faults. It can get complicated, but 3D animations make it easier to visualize what is going on.

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Grainger
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Experiences with Magnetic Drive Pumps

Magnetic drive pumps (also called magdrive pumps) come in three varieties – canned motor pumps, all metal pumps, and plastic lined metal pumps. They are sealless and cannot leak into the environment. Long, repair-free service life depends on recognizing the limitations of these pumps. This article covers issues with using direct mounted, lined magdrive pumps experienced ‘in the field’. 

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carbon motor brush
Equipment Knowledge

Motor Brush Facts and Maintenance

A motor brush is not a brush at all in the traditional sense. It is actually a carbon or graphite cube, commonly held in place by a spring, that acts as a conductor between the electrified stationary and rotating parts of a motor. The whole brush assembly is made up of a carbon block, one or more shunts, a spring and a holder. The carbon blocks are easily replaceable and are therefore intended as a wear part to prevent damage to more costly motor components.

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Get Your Bearing on Brinelling

Greg Mecomber of IDCON INC sits down with several industry experts from Regal Rexnord to discuss brinelling failures, true/false brinelling, maintenance, and prevention.

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