The Heat is On for Bearing Installation and Lubrication

08-Jan-2018 05:27:00

Heat, either directly applied or generated in service, plays a significant role in the life of a bearing, being both beneficial and potentially detrimental at different stages of its lifecycle. SKF's Phil Burge, Marketing and Communications Manager explains how heat can be used beneficially as an aid to bearing installation, and describes the negative effects that excessive heat will have on lubricants when the bearing is in service.

Heat is the inevitable result of friction in rotating machinery and bearings are in the front line where friction is concerned. Their role is to reduce it, thereby minimising internal temperature rises and their unwanted consequences such as lubricant deterioration and premature bearing failure. But heat has a very positive role to play at the earliest stage of the bearing’s lifecycle when it is prepared for installation on a shaft or within a housing.

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Topics: News, Best Practice, Bearings & Lubrication

Prevention is Better Than Cure

07-Nov-2017 04:20:00

It doesn’t take much to make a centrifugal pump break down. But that’s no consolation as you watch the downtime tick by and the costs of lost production rack up. Hopefully, knowing how easy it is to prevent simple problems becoming catastrophic failures will make you feel better.

A pump bearing failure, for example, is bad enough. Discovering it resulted from misalignment; that the misalignment was caused by loss of clamp load between assemblies; and that a simple loose fastener kicked off the whole chain of events, only makes it worse.

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Topics: News, Innovation, Best Practice, Adhesives, Tools, Safety and Maintenance

3 Bright Ideas in 1

03-Nov-2017 05:17:00

For workers in low- or no-light conditions, clothing incorporating the latest Glowtex™ Triple Technology from Portwest can make sure they’re seen, and safe, at all times. 

In daylight, the brightly coloured fluorescent background fabric makes the wearer highly conspicuous. At night, Lumentex™ retroreflective tape bounces light – from headlights, for example – back to the source, so the wearer is visible even in poor weather conditions. Lastly, light-emitting Glowtex™ phosphorescence tape literally glows in the dark for up to 6 hours, after as little as 5 minutes’ exposure to daylight or artificial light.

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Topics: News, Innovation, Health & Safety, PPE, Tools, Safety and Maintenance

Sealing the Deal

01-Nov-2017 04:58:00

If you want to achieve optimum productivity, then efficiency and reliability are part of the deal. For air, water and gas pipes and hoses, that means no leaky joints. Which means you need an efficient and reliable method of sealing them.

As with most things in equipment maintenance and repair, there’s a traditional method and a more up-to date method. But unless you’re from the “that’s what we do because we’ve always done it” school, the question you need to ask is which method works, works first time, and works most reliably for longest?

Let’s compare traditional sealing using non-curing pipe compounds, with Henkel’s LOCTITE® branded adhesives.

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Topics: News, Adhesives, Tools, Safety and Maintenance

Automated Accuracy from Seepex

31-Oct-2017 04:26:00

SEEPEX have launched a new Smart Dosing Pump (SDP), enabling customers to input one parameter –the flow rate required – and then the integrated PLC makes adjustments automatically when necessary using information from a flow meter on the pump outlet.

Operation is simple: the SDP comprises a progressive cavity pump with an intelligent inverter drive which is programmed either locally via an HMI or centrally via a fieldbus interface. The SDP can also be controlledvia analogue/digital I/Os either locally or remotely by a PLC.

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Topics: News, Automation, Efficiency, Flow Control, Pumps

Hybrid Adhesive Technology Webinar

26-Oct-2017 15:30:19

All structural adhesives have their strengths and weaknesses but Henkel’s new hybrid technology massively extends the possibilities. To demonstrate the merits of this major advance in structural bonding, Henkel is staging a webinar on 31st October 2017, from 11.00 to 11.45 hours. 

During the session delegates will learn how these Hybrid Universal Bonders complement established technologies, offer new possibilities and simplify product selection for both assembly and repair applications.

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Topics: News, Adhesives, Tools, Safety and Maintenance

Can KPI's Be Fatal in Waste and Recycling?

24-Oct-2017 04:05:00

5 people were killed in the waste and recycling industry in 2016, and 37 from 2010-15. Add in the 6,000+ workplace injuries in the industry over the same period, and it starts to look like a very dangerous place to work. But could it be your focus on the wrong KPIs that’s a potentially fatal error?

Tonnage targets for recycling, and strict operating deadlines imposed by Council contracts, don’t do anything to make your life easy. All they do is force you (or your managers) into an  “at all costs” mentality to keep the line running.

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Topics: Best Practice, Health & Safety, Waste & Recycling, Engineering, Condition Monitoring

Shortening the Chain

22-Oct-2017 03:57:00

There’s never been a shorter supply chain for your adapted chain, than from ERIKS – recognised in a recent survey as one of the largest chain suppliers in the UK.

All it takes is three simple steps to get the chain you need delivered to your door, with the ERIKS 48-hour adapted chain service.

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Topics: News, Power Transmission, Chain

Introducing Limitless Bonding from Loctite

19-Oct-2017 04:33:00

With so many potential applications for adhesives, and in so many different environments, finding the right one for the right job can be a job in itself – and using the wrong one can have all kinds of unwanted results.

So unless you want to carry a separate toolbox just to hold all your adhesive options, you need an effective general-purpose solution you can rely on in almost all situations. And that’s exactly what the latest LOCTITE® structural bonders from Henkel offer.

The new Henkel® range of LOCTITE Universal Structural Bonders is a breakthrough in structural bonding. As the demands users make on bonders are changing, Henkel has specially formulated the new range to meet them – making it especially effective for assembly design and maintenance repair.

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Topics: News, Innovation, Adhesives, Tools, Safety and Maintenance

Watch and Learn with ERIKS eConnect

17-Oct-2017 05:09:00

The more data you gather from monitoring your critical assets, the more you can learn about their condition, behaviour and performance. And the more you know about those, the more time and money you can save on maintenance and repairs, and the more you can reduce downtime and increase uptime. So what’s the most effective way to keep tabs on your assets? 

Some Condition Monitoring (CM) companies do nothing more than monitor. Asking them for advice on optimising the performance of an asset is like asking the electricity meter reader to tell you how to get your toast more evenly browned in your toaster.

Others may be able to offer generic advice, but nothing which addresses your specific equipment and unique processes.

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Topics: News, Innovation, Best Practice, Industry 4.0, Condition Monitoring

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