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Getting the most out of your mechanical seals

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Process Engineering: This exclusive contribution from Ross Mackay, author of The Practical Pumping Handbook, discusses how you can extend the life of your mechanical pump seals.

Can't find the pump performance curve?

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Process Engineering: Can't find the pump performance curve? Contributor Ross Mackay gives a simple rule of thumb to follow when determining the status of your older pumps.

Increase pump performance

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In this web exclusive on ChemicalProcessing.com, pump expert Ross Mackay says a key to a pump's performance is to look at the control system it's running with.

Saving energy with fluid handling

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Process engineering & chemical manufacturing: This article from Ross Mackay, an exclusive contributor to ChemicalProcessing.com and author of The Practical Pumping Handbook, discusses how you can save energy in your plant with proper pump selection.

Pump Start-Ups

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As the new year starts up for contributor Ross Mackay, he is reminded of a pump start-up condition he encountered in a client's plant. There are only three things we need to do to start a pump.

Process engineering: How to use angular contact bearings

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Process engineering has made increasing use of angular contact bearings for pumping applications during recent years, but when used in a double arrangement, are they being installed properly in your pumps?

Process Engineering: Tips on using magnetic drive pumps

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While magnetic drive pumps can cure some of your pump-related process engineering ills, it is important to know how to apply them to get the maximum results.

Process engineering: Avoid pitfalls when starting up pumps

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Improper startup can result in excessive temperature and radial loading, both of which can lead to lower pump reliability from problems such as seal and bearing failure. Consultant Ross Mackay describes the three steps that should be followed during pump startup.

Process engineering: Properly seal that pump

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Environmental concerns are fostering use of mechanical seals in a growing number of process engineering and chemical manufacturing applications. Here's a rundown on seal options.

Process engineering: Understanding pipe strain

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Pipe strain is a condition that is closely related to equipment reliability. Learn about misaligned piping and what to do if its a problem in your plant.

Process engineering: Is your pump cavitating?

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That rumbling/rattling noise you hear from your pump is the symptom for any number of potential problems. The first step is identifying the problem. This article will help you determine what exactly is wrong with your pump.

Use operators to boost pump reliability

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Preventing pump problems before they happen is the best way to save costs, and it is the operators who are the key to your pump reliability.

The importance of large bore seal chambers

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The introduction of the larger bore seal chamber has provided two major benefits to mechanical seal operation, both of which contribute to increased reliability.

Flexible Pipe Couplings

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Pipe strain can cause premature failure of pumps. This can frequently be absorbed by a flexible pipe coupling... but only if that pipe coupling is properly installed. Merely putting it into the line without any support, will not achieve any significant relief from the pipe strain. In order to ...

Pumping Temperature Considerations

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"Bad actor" pumps are those pumps that have trouble with frequent and repetitive failures. In many cases, the source of the problem is an ANSI pump trying valiantly to handle a liquid well beyond the range of its design rating.of 300 degs. F.

Preclude the Pitfalls of Pump Piping

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Follow seven simple rules to make sure your centrifugal pump is piped correctly

Check Out The 2013 Chemical Processing Chart Toppers

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Summaries of articles about chemical processing & process engineering.

Assess the Gravity of the Situation

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Assess the Gravity of the Situation -- Flow systems without pumps demand particular attention

Don't Overwork Pumps and Fans, Part II

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Don't Overwork Pumps and Fans, Part II

Don’t Overwork Pumps and Fans, Part I

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Don’t Overwork Pumps and Fans, Part I -- Four simple steps present opportunities to reduce energy use.

Author! Author! Our Experts Write Books Too

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<p>One of our Ask the Experts panelists, Girish K. Malhotra, alerted me to ...

Pitfalls of pump piping

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This white paper goes over the three major problems associated with poor pump piping and provides five rules to follow in order to avoid future pitfalls.

Pumps Expert Forum:

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Plants generally rely on a multitude of pumps, to move raw materials, intermediates and products, and to supply, recycle and remove essential utilities such as water, heat-transfer fluids and the like. So, proper selection and operation of pumps plays a key role in keeping a process running ...

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