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Full steam ahead - Scottish distillery with Grundfos
by Nick Lees
There’s steam and there’s high-quality steam. There are pump solutions and intelligent pump solutions. ERIKS and Grundfos proved the difference at a distillery. Do you take water with your whisky? At the whisky distilleries themselves, there’s no doubt about the answer. Steam: yes; water: not so much.
Delivering for the dairy - greater milking efficiency with ERIKS and Spirax
by Nick Lees
Leaking control valves were leaving a dairy product manufacturer feeling pretty cheesed off. Fortunately, ERIKS were able to devise a solution that not only resolved the issue, but also helped the customer to milk even greater efficiency from their process.
Corrosion, erosion, cavitation and mechanical damage all cause wear to pump castings, impellers and volutes. But they can all be effectively and economically repaired with ERIKS know-how and Henkel’s Loctite® surface engineering products.
Milking the benefits with value-added Bearings from ERIKS & NSK
Enduring repeated bearing failures on your critical assets will have a significant impact on your productivity as well as increasing the stress on your maintenance teams to get production up and running quickly.
It might be an obvious statement, but healthy motors are pivotal to the successful operation of any production plant. Not only will a healthy set of motors ensure a smooth production line, but regular maintenance will significantly reduce your Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), improve reliability and increase productivity. Sound like music to your ears?
Blowin’ in the wind – Wind Turbines benefit from Schaeffler bearings
by Jon Whitehouse
White etching cracks signify damage within the microstructure of steel, drastically shortening the reliability and operating life of bearings in wind turbines. However, thanks to Schaeffler UK, help is at hand via a wide range of innovative solutions.
In recent months, the cost of energy for manufacturing and process companies has risen significantly. As recently as April, the cost of gas per therm, which had been stable for some time, was under £0.50; by October, however, the cost had jumped to over £2.50 per therm. That’s a staggering 400% increase in gas prices in just six months; a similar, although not quite so dramatic, situation is now taking place with oil prices, which have topped $80 a barrel for the first time in three years.
If you want to improve the performance and reliability of your assets, while reducing maintenance and lowering energy costs, you need to know your rights. Right lubricant, right place, right amount and right time. Get all of these right for each of your bearings, and you’ll soon see the benefits.
Keeping the river on stream - Condition Monitoring benefits the Steel Industry
by David Manning-Ohren
Of all the things you can think of that might bring steel production to a halt, lack of water probably wouldn’t be the first. But without sufficient water, steelmaking would have to stop. That’s why a major UK steel producer relies on numerous pumps to extract river water and fill reservoirs feeding its production sites. And why pump condition monitoring is so essential to keeping the business’s head above water.
It’s going to affect you at work and at home. And there’s a good chance you haven’t heard anything about it. But the sale of halogen lightbulbs (or halogen ‘lamps’ as they’re called in the industry) are now banned in the UK from September this year. Do you know what happens now?