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by Generac

On-site fuel (most often diesel) is typically required for life-safety applications, and many mission-critical applications like 911 call centers specify it because it is perceivedto be more reliable. Nonetheless, maintenance issues and delivery concerns of diesel fuel in an emergency, combined with the reliability and cost-effectiveness of natural gas,must be considered in a standby power system.

by Industrial Pulley Puller

Several quality brands and styles of pullers are on the market today. How can you choose the best one for you? As is always the case with equipment, choosing the right puller has everything to do with your application. The following questions will be important considerations in your search.

by Industrial Pulley Puller

How much downtime does the equipment in your plant spend per week as maintenance technicians work to remove frozen, rusted, or stuck pulleys, bearings, and sprockets from shafts? From the shipyard to the paper mill to the mines, removing frozen objects from shafts can be one of the biggest—and most unnecessary—time wastes that maintenance teams face.  Small-scale, hand tool-based removal methods such as torches and crowbars are at best risky and time-consuming, and often require the efforts of multiple maintenance workers to get the job done. An industrial puller, rugged-built for years of service in the plant and providing literally tons of force, solves this problem by allowing the same job to be done by just one person in much less time, saving you hours, labor, and ultimately cost.

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by Fluke

With their unique triggering and measuring functions, Fluke ScopeMeter 190 Series II portable oscilloscopes are ideal for analyzing the voltage-frequency ratio of pulse-width-modulated variable speed drives.

Vibration can identify problems before other symptoms, including heat, sound, electrical consumption, and lubricant impurities. More than half of unplanned downtime is attributed to mechanical failures. While many things can impact the life of a machine, once the first signs of failure appear, a machine generally has only a matter of months before failing completely. Vibration testing provides a way to determine where the machine is on the failure curve and react appropriately.

by Fluke

Vibration can identify problems before other symptoms—heat, sound, electrical consumption, lubricant impurities. Over half of unplanned downtime is attributed to mechanical failures. While many things can impact the life of a machine, once the first signs of failure appear a machine generally has a matter of months before failing completely. Vibration testing provides a way to determine where the machine is on the failure curve and react appropriately.

by Fluke

Mechanical Vibration is a notoriously difficult subject matter to master. A quick glance at a textbook in the field shows that the advanced practitioner must master sophisticated concepts in mathematics and physics in order to accurately collect and interpret vibration data. This has caused a major problem for industrial plants—the benefits of a vibration testing program are well known, but far too many plants choose to avoid vibration testing because of the perceived complexity.

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by Power Pusher

In recent years, improving worker safety has become an important focus in most industries, as job-related injuries can result in employee absenteeism, reduced productivity and increased costs. Many material handling applications pose serious health and safety risks, requiring workers to move heavy loads either through sheer manpower or by using equipment that is unstable, difficult to control or ergonomically deficient. To overcome these safety challenges, the development of battery-operated tug devices allows employees to single-handedly move materials weighing thousands of pounds without exposing them to unnecessary risk of injury. Battery- operated tugs enhance safety by preventing operator strain and reducing potential collisions on busy plant floors, resulting in improved productivity and efficiency— ultimately impacting a company’s overall profitability.

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by Ludeca

Unbalance, misalignment, bearing failures, gear faults, motor electrical problems, etc. are typical faults experienced in all equipment. Identification and elimination of these faults and other issues are critical to maintaining the health of your plant equipment. Healthy equipment means lower maintenance cost, increased uptime, better product quality and a safer work environment for employees. This illustrated guide will help you determine the most common equipment problems using vibration analysis as a diagnosis tool.Download your complimentary copy now! 

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by Ludeca

Laser alignment is an essential component of a proactive maintenance strategy for rotating machines. This practical guide provides information and guidelines for the implementation of good shaft alignment of directly coupled rotating equipment including terminology, alignment methods, troubleshooting soft foot, causes of machine breakdown and related case studies.Download your copy now! 

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by Ludeca

Laser alignment is an essential component of a proactive maintenance strategy for belt-driven machines. This practical guide provides guidelines and information for the implementation of good pulley alignment of belt-driven equipment, including terminology, proper alignment methods, soft foot, and best maintenance practices.Download your copy now! 

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by NES Rentals

With a lasting economic downturn, it’s more important than ever to ensure that you stay on budget and within deadlines. And while some delays are inevitable — those caused by extreme weather, for example — it’s preventing the preventable that’s crucial for maintaining efficiency.

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by NES

Equipment breakdowns can result in crippling downtime that halts progress and slashes profits.  Download our case study to learn how NES Rentals can get you up and running in two hours or less. You’ll learn why our service saves time, money and aggravation. You’ll hear from customers who tried NES Rentals and never turned back. And you’ll see why nobody’s better in an equipment emergency. Download it now.

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by CRT

Air Handler replacement is unexpected, costing businesses thousands. Technology exists that provides a solution at a fraction of the cost.

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by SG Systems

Make the most of real-time production floor information by providing ERP links to the shop floor, bridging the gap between the management team and the shop floor.

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