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Consider air seals instead of packing

Dependable, adjustable fix doesn’t need periodic tightening or much maintenance
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Packing is likely the oldest means ever devised to seal a rotating shaft. It’s still widely used on pumps, agitators, mixers, conveyors and other equipment.
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Impeller selection depends on non-Newtonian fluids’ mixing intricacies

Unique impellers for viscosities too low for helical ribbon impellers, too high for turbines or hydrofoils
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Most viscous fluids processed in industry are non-Newtonian, i.e., their viscosities are dependent on the shear rates exerted on them by agitator impellers or their velocities flowing through pipes.
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Peristaltic pumps for metering apps reduce chemical costs as much as 20%

Lakehaven Utility District avoids many of the woes said to be associated with diaphragm pumps
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Technology advocates never fail to tout early-adopter benefits. These can include capturing the attention of collaborating suppliers and partners, being seen as an industry trendsetter and early access to emerging, productivity-enhancing solutions.
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Pump poultry without product damage

Progressive-cavity pump made to exact dimensions needed and with performance guarantee
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With global markets for processed-meat expected to grow by nearly 6% annually for the next half-decade, poultry demand will drive process-equipment markets.
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From Finland to the world

Heavy-duty valve, pump maker plans further geographic and product line expansion
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The thing we call globalization was early taken advantage of — was in fact first accomplished by —industrial mega-corporations with the means to distribute product worldwide. The next step taken was to position productive capacity in regional configurations.
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Cool white light best illuminates stainless-steel process vessels

Delivers more light and less heat; has significant impact on visibility, study shows
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The stainless-steel interiors of process vessels common to food, beverage and pharmaceuticals processing must be subject to regular visual inspection.
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Why use simulators to train operators?

Complexity and an aging workforce addressed with reality-rich models that allow comprehensive approach
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In the airlines industry, pilots take responsibility not only for complex and expensive equipment but also hundreds of lives. Flight simulators train pilots for non-typical events like engine failures and water landings, and pilots clock specified amounts of time in simulator training to maintain certifications.
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Nestlé enjoys decade of trouble-free cartridge dust-collector performance

Supplier determination and innovative approach enhances employee health and safety
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When the Nestlé Prepared Foods Co. came to Jonesboro, Ark., a little more than a decade ago, Lee Morgan, the president of Jonesboro-based Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC), said, “We must have that business.”
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Maintain level instrument safety; understand the associated costs

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Validating level-instrument safety function requires regular proof-testing. Testing confirms integrity of the level-measurement loop portion and maintains average probability of failure on demand (PFD average) within acceptable limits. Without testing, this value will increase to a point where the instrument no longer meets SIL requirements.
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The case for vendor-managed MRO inventory

Cost savings, productivity gains and greater availability among benefits
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In lean economies, processors look for ways to streamline operations, improve productivity and gain a competitive edge. Typically, they might look first at the price of goods, materials and supplies.
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