Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Return on Investment

by Andrew Green There’s money to be made in your plant. And it can be had without buying new robots, hiring more production workers, or making the R&D department work overtime. It’s a good bet your equipment and motors can be run more efficiently, producing significant savings in energy expenditures. So how can you tell…

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Another Beautiful Day in Paradise

When I learned that Sean Gucken had been struck down suddenly by an apparent heart attack, I was stunned. He always exuded the health of someone who looked much younger than his age of 55. He was really into spear fishing, but he did it free diving, meaning no SCUBA gear, to depths that certainly…

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Plant Modernization Drives Growth in Water/Wastewater Pumping Industry

By Michelle Segrest, Contributing Editor for Maintenance Technology (Editor’s note: Reprinted with permission. Some editing has been employed. You may read the article in its entirety, with all links, references, and photos at Maintenance Technology.) While new construction in the municipal water-treatment market has remained relatively flat, growth in the industrial water-treatment market has increased—driven largely by…

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Understanding Your SCADA Components

By Andrew Green (Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared in August 2016 and is still often viewed, so we are reposting for our newer followers. For anyone unfamiliar with the term, SCADA stands for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition. It is a fundamental part of many plant-wide control systems across all industries.) SCADA  systems are easily…

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Anatomy of Success

The Okeechobee SFWMD Command & Control Center project was a $6 million project that had to be run like six $1 million projects, according to project superintendent Don Barnes. The project involved automating a string of massive pump stations along the north rim of Lake Okeechobee, and the distance between pump stations is the source…

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The Heat is On: Using Thermography to Reduce Maintenance Costs

by Jim Hazelwood According to the NFPA 70B, “Infrared inspections of electrical systems are beneficial to reduce the number of costly and catastrophic equipment failures and unscheduled plant shutdowns.” In addition to being a relatively non-invasive examination, infrared inspections (also commonly referred to as “thermography studies”) can also find hot spots inside electrical systems before…

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Cellular vs. Radio

by Guest Blogger Brandon Moseley (Editor’s note: This continues to be one of our most visited pages, and we felt this justified repeating it for those followers who may have missed the original post.) As industry, cities, and businesses grow, it is a necessary evil to change nature to accommodate these expansions. Unfortunately, nature cannot…

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Risk Mitigation: Issues and Strategies

Life is full of risks. In our personal lives there are a multitude of risks that we face almost daily. And in business, the risks can have huge financial consequences. In our business, we know that industrial control system projects are full of risks, that can also have huge financial impacts. Those projects involve sophisticated…

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Design-Build in the Control System Environment

(Editor’s note: This blog was originally posted in May of 2015. With the uptick we’ve seen in RFPs asking for proposals for design-build approaches, both in the industrial and municipal water/wastewater fields, we thought it was a good time to repost this important information) Design-Build in the Control System Environment Design-build is a project delivery system…

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Legacy Migration on a Fast Track Schedule

With many millions of dollars of obsolete control systems still in operation in mills and plants across the county, the following situation may be more common than people are willing to admit. A 40+-year-old ductile pipe mill had a control system for their annealing operations based on a platform of disparate and obsolete PLCs. The…

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