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Measure level or weight?

The correct answer depends on the objective
December 1, 2012
Do you ask yourself whether it’s best to measure level or weight? You should, in regards to monitoring your inventory of bulk solids in bins and silos.
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Where is that vibration coming from?

Production plant analyzes resonance anomaly; looks at condition monitoring program as a profit center
December 1, 2012
Sometimes in industry, mechanical “circumstances” change. When it happens, a machine train identical to other machine trains can suddenly become atypical. This was exactly the case for Process Water Supply Pump A, whose behavior was very similar to that of its sister pump trains, until something changed. In this article we discuss a problem that was abruptly encountered, the methods used to investigate it and the solution devised.
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Clean pharmaceutical equipment based on TACT circle principles

Equipment design and cleaning procedures play big role in thorough sterilization and cleaning
November 26, 2012
Sterilization or sanitization procedures are typically meant to kill bacteria in a system. In addition, equipment is cleaned to remove residues from previous product batches and is subsequently flushed to remove cleaning liquids. But to ensure safe and efficient sterilization and cleaning, appropriate procedures aren’t enough. The right equipment improves cost efficiency, as well as patient safety.
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Machinery bearing quality impacts energy costs

Indonesian textile plant tests lead to reduced energy consumption and lower operating costs
November 26, 2012
Not long ago, along with the rest of Indonesian industry, PT. Leuwijaya Utama Textile Co. (Leuwitex) was confronted with a government-enforced increase in electricity costs, in its case approximately 18%. The Bandung plant includes 300 textile weaving machines and 176 twisting machines, consuming 2,120 megawatt-hour (MWh) per month. This threat to bottom-line profitability had to be reduced.
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Recent advances in pump technologies aid paint & coatings producers

Enhancements include ability to improve pump performance ratio, reducing compressed air consumption
May 1, 2012
While the first “paints” came from natural substances like charcoal, blood and berry juice, paints and coatings today are made of a wide variety of highly stylized components using high-tech manufacturing processes. In fact, most major enhancements in paint and coatings manufacturing have taken place in the last 25 years.
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Castings company automates filling of etch baths with proprietary acid blends

Piping system makes double containment installation fast and easy
April 1, 2012
Chromalloy Castings, Tampa, Fla., recently replaced manual elements of a chemical-transfer etching process used to pre-clean parts with a semi-automatic transfer system. Using an overhead double-containment piping system for chemical conveyance, safety is improved by limiting the possibility of chemical exposure. Employees
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Composite panel board maker recognized for energy saving efforts

Energy Management Software Supports Flakeboard’s Efforts with Real-time Information
April 1, 2012
Flakeboard Co. Ltd. recently implemented a long-term energy-savings program, including an audit and use of energy management software for real-time monitoring. As a result, Flakeboard says it has saved $260,000 in a 12-month period and continues to find efficiencies.
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Reducing costs and wastes with ORP monitoring

Simple ORP monitoring reduces textile manufacturer's consumption of harsh chemicals
March 1, 2012
When Lafayette South America textile manufacturer in Bogota, Colombia, couldn’t find the little blue paper strips it had previously used to test for the presence of sodium hydrosulfite in its post reduction dyebath, it went looking for an alternative.
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Is tramp metal wreaking havoc in your pulp/paper mill?

Where, how and why magnetic separators are effectively used in pulp/paper mills
March 1, 2012
For many years, electromagnetic and permanent magnetic separators have played a vital role in pulp and paper and various other processing industries by effectively removing unwanted iron from both dry and liquid lines. With the benefit of significant experience and knowledge, today, particularly in the recycling of municipal refuse, ferrous (magnetic) metals are considered the easiest fraction to remove.
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Self-Cleaning Water Filters Help Bagel Maker Improve Safety

February 1, 2012
Used extensively in the bagel making process, highly pressurized hot water required during boiling offsets potential quality problems. The process also requires a filtration system to clean raisins, sesame seeds, bits of dough, corn meal and other materials out of the hot water. And that’s where the danger can occur.
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