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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Operations & Maintenance

Operations & Maintenance


Prevent Motor Bearing Failures

Maintenance Technology, Mar. 2016.
http://www.maintenancetechnology.com/2016/03/prevent-motor-bearing-failures-2/

"Understanding the top five causes of failed motor bearings will help stop these problems in their tracks."

Extend Asset Value by Applying Protective Coatings to Pump Wet Ends

Pumps & Systems, Mar. 2016, by Stephen Bowditch.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/march-2016-extend-asset-value-applying-protective-coatings-pump-wet-ends

"This technology can improve pump maintenance programs by lowering operating costs through extended mean time between repairs."

How Smart Pumping is Shaping the Industry

Pumps & Systems, Mar. 2016, by Jeffrey Sullivan.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps-instrumentationcontrols/march-2016-how-smart-pumping-shaping-industry

"Modern continuous monitoring technologies are streamlining maintenance programs and improving plant operations."

Calculate the True Cost of Unreliability

Maintenance Technology, Feb. 2016, by Al Poling.
http://www.maintenancetechnology.com/2016/02/calculate-the-true-cost-of-unreliability/

"Although experts have espoused the virtues of equipment reliability for decades, countless manufacturing operations still suffer significant and unnecessary downtime due to equipment failure. Apparently these manufacturers haven’t bought into the benefits of failure-free operation. What will it take to get them to accept the time-proven benefits of reliability? Perhaps they will never be convinced by examples of other manufacturing operations, believing that they are somehow unique."

Smart Manufacturing: The Internet of Things: Power at Your Fingertips

Food Engineering, Jan. 2016, by Debra Schug.
http://www.foodengineeringmag.com/articles/95046-the-internet-of-things-power-at-your-fingertips

"The concepts and technologies encompassed by the term “Internet of Things” are rapidly changing the world. Sometimes called “Industry 4.0” or the “Industrial Internet,” it is the idea that manufacturers will be able to connect everything in their operations, allowing information to be easily exchanged and enabling more autonomous plants."

Optimizing Thermal Processing Operations with Predictive Maintenance

Ipsen, Jan. 2016, by Aymeric Goldsteinas.
http://www.ipsenusa.com/processes-and-resources/articles-and-case-studies/optimizing-thermal-processing-operations-with-predictive-maintenance

"Currently in the thermal processing industry, when a heat treatment furnace breaks, the result is clear: production comes to a grinding halt and the personnel necessary to resolve the issue might not be readily on hand. As a result, companies are faced with unplanned downtime until the problem is resolved, potential overtime wages for the necessary personnel, the cost of rushing critical part shipments and more. In an effort to combat this issue, the ultimate goal of predictive maintenance and Ipsen's PdMetrics™ software platform for predictive maintenance is to carry out maintenance at a scheduled time when the maintenance activity is most cost-effective and before the equipment's performance decreases below the set threshold."

A Walk In Our Boots: Cogeneration Plant Scheduled Outage Process

Biomass Magazine, Dec. 29, 2015, by Stacy Cook.
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/articles/12693/a-walk-in-our-boots

"A biomass cogeneration plant manager provides an overview of events that occur during a typical scheduled outage."

System Vibration Monitoring Is Essential to Predictive Maintenance

Pumps & Systems, Nov. 2015, by Mike Pemberton & William Livoti.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/instrumentationcontrols/november-2015-system-vibration-monitoring-essential-predictive-maintenance

"In today's industrial landscape, remote monitoring of rotating assets is critical for reliable operation. Specifically, vibration data from pump bearings and other monitored points allows users to analyze the data spectrum and identify problems, such as shaft misalignment and pump cavitation. The effective use of vibration technology begins within the context of a well-managed predictive maintenance program."

13 Questions Define CMMS Success

Maintenance Technology, Sep. 2015, by Jane Alexander.
https://www.maintenancetechnology.com/2015/09/13-questions-define-cmms-success/

"Computerized maintenance management systems will deliver as advertised, but must be properly configured."

Keep Hydraulic Fluids Contaminant Free

Maintenance Technology, Aug. 2015, by Ken Bannister.
http://www.maintenancetechnology.com/2015/08/keep-hydraulic-fluids-contaminant-free/

"Despite their complexity, hydraulic systems are very forgiving beasts—almost too forgiving for their own good. They’ll tend to perform inefficiently for a long time before catastrophic failure occurs. Unfortunately, this forgiving nature can foster a widespread, apathetic approach toward failure prevention, efficiency optimization, and service life-cycle management. Fluid is the most important part of any hydraulic system and when systems fail, the cause is most often related to fluid/fluid contamination. Those failures usually take other critical equipment and processes with them."
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