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Sulzer repairs cooling water pump in just seven weeks

With one of two cooling water pumps out of action, and the other showing worrying vibration, the on-site power plant at a major chemical plant in Belgium risked a costly and disruptive unscheduled shutdown. Quick action by Sulzer experts was needed to first address the immediate issue, then fix the problem for the long term.

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26/01/2021 3D inspection scanner launched Cognex Corporation has launched a 3D scanner for inspection operations on ... » Read More

25/01/2021 Rotating shaft alignment tool Pruftechnik’s new ShaftAlign Touch is a rugged laser alignment system that ... » Read More

25/01/2021 Bristow achieves ISO 14001 Bristow Group’s UK operations have received ISO 14001 certification, ... » Read More
22/01/2021 CompAir desalination solution Abengoa, a major multi-national infrastructure company working in the ... » Read More

22/01/2021 Mechan shrinks rail jack Design engineers at rail depot equipment supplier, Mechan, have gone back ... » Read More

21/01/2021 Festo's valve configurator Industrial automation supplier Festo has introduced a new online ... » Read More

The uses of ultrasound inspection

Ultrasound is especially good at early detection of bearing faults, lubricant condition, leaks, discharge in electrical systems and steam trap monitoring. Unlike vibration analysis, it generally doesn’t require detailed knowledge of the mechanical system being tested. This can, however, mean that ultrasound isn’t always as well-suited to detailed fault ... » Read More

21/01/2021 Chemical effluent sensors Chemical sensors can highlight potential risks with discharged water and whether environmental standards are being met. How do these technologies work in practice and what are their limitations? By Brian Wall » Read More

20/01/2021 Sulzer betters pumping control The Forward Flow Project, instigated by Anglian Water, looks at the flows in a station or between a network of pumping stations and was developed to include a management tool that would improve the availability and efficiency of the ... » Read More

14/01/2021 Access platform safety tracked A new report from a trade association brings together, for the first time, reports of incidents and accidents involving powered access platforms. The data pinpoints the key safety risks of these ever-more essential site machines » Read More
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