Industrial Utility Efficiency

Technology

The 2019 WEFTEC Technical Exhibition and Conference was held September 23-25 at McCormick Place in Chicago. The event featured 148 technical sessions, 27 workshops, 16 mobile sessions, seven local facility tours and 1,000+ exhibitors.  Both Blower & Vacuum Best Practices and Compressed Air Best Practices® Magazines were pleased to be in the literature bins at the 2019 WEFTEC!

Understanding Vacuum Pump Lubricants

“What is the best type of oil to use in my vacuum pump?” is a common question for sure, and one that may often yield confusing and conflicting answers. The rule of thumb is that it is always best to follow OEM recommendations, but why do they recommend the lubricants that they do? For the purpose of this article, we will focus on some of the general industrial vacuum pump applications and their lubricant choices.

Blower and Vacuum Technologies at the 2015 Hannover Messe

Hannover Messe 2015 attracted 220,000 visitors with 70,000 coming from outside Germany. The blower and vacuum industry was very well represented and presented itself as a very healthy industry with high levels of innovation and activity. The goal of this article is to provide readers with a sampling of highlight technologies catching my eye – with apologies to the many companies left out due to editorial space limitations.

Process Air Solutions Blows Away Safety and Quality Issues at a Cannery

Many manufacturing processes are like offensive linemen. When everything is running smoothly, nobody tends to notice. But, when an application starts creating a hazardous work environment (think too many blindsided sacks), or the products start spoiling (think shutout or a losing season), you best believe someone will start paying attention.

Atlas Copco Enters the Rough Vacuum Utility Market

Bringing a New Technology to an Established Market Segment

Atlas Copco recently released a new series of oil-sealed rotary screw vacuum pumps specifically designed for the rough vacuum utility market. Their new vacuum pumps, called the GHS VSD+ Series, boasts a unique technology that is relatively uncommon in the rough vacuum utility market, namely variable speed drive (VSD) controls. According to Jerry Geenen, Atlas Copco’s VP and Business Line Manager of the company’s Utility Vacuum Division in North America, there are not many, if any, companies that utilize VSD technology in their vacuum pump products.

11 FAQs for Industrial Vacuum

The application of vacuum generating equipment has many uses in industry today but unfortunately, vacuum remains a bit of a mystery. The objective of this article is to provide answers to the most commonly asked questions for when vacuum is used to make, move or transform a product or item.

How To Select The Most Effective Blower Technology for Wastewater Applications

This guide explains three blower technologies and,using examples from actual wastewater plants, describes the most effective technology for particular applications and why. Of course there is no substitute for a consultation specific to your application; however, the guide can help raise the right questions and ensure a productive vendor and technology evaluation process.

Go with the Flow: How Flow Meters Can Help Improve Plant Efficiency

Plug an electrical device into an outlet. Does it work? Great! For some people that’s all that matters. When it comes to compressed air, many manufacturing plants operate the same way. As long as there is enough air, that’s all that matters.

But what if cost control also matters to your company? Smart compressed air users may already know how much air they’re producing, but they also want to know how much air they’re using—and whether they’re using it productively. To find out, they’re taking accurate, real-time measurements using flow meters.

 

New Oxygen Analyzer From Michell Instruments Provides Cost Savings

The XZR400BM oxygen analyzer is a small and light transportable instrument, capable of taking readings of both trace and percentage oxygen levels. It has been introduced to meet the demands of companies that wish to take routine readings from multiple sample points, and is a highly cost-effective solution. The instrument is capable of taking readings on a low flow rate – just 2 l/h – which means less waste of the sample gas from the process.

Aeration Blowers

Sizing, selection, and adjusting control valves often causes confusion for process and control

Air Knives - Nozzles

Blower & Vacuum Best Practices interviewed Republic Manufacturing VP of Sales & Marketing,

Industrial Blowers

One of the most exciting technologies impacting the ability of end-users to optimize blowers at

Measurement

Every municipality and utility is facing the reality of rising energy costs. In 2010, the Town of

Medium/High Vac

Distillation, degassing, drying, filtration, membrane separation, adsorption, and crystallization

Purification

Contamination such as humidity, oxygen or microbiological ingress can impact drug stability

Rough Vac

Many heat-treating applications put difficult demands on vacuum pumps in general and oil-sealed

Vac Generation

Using suction cups and air-driven vacuum pumps is a preferable gripping and handling method of