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February 3, 2021

Sulzer has used a fiber-optic sensing system from SKF to verify the design of a new centrifugal process pump.

The sensing system measures loads directly in the bearing, which gives a deeper insight into a pump’s actual operating conditions. Sulzer says that applying the system to future pump designs will help it to further strengthen its leadership as a technology supplier in this area.

“Design verification, using real load data, is enabling Sulzer to further improve its pump designs, and enable product design verification with real time data rather than calculated scenarios. It improves physical test confidence and reduces time to market” says Daniel Perreng Sales and Market Champion Fiber Optic Sensing at SKF.

The system consists of load-sensing bearings with fiber optic sensors, fitting the most commonly used bearings sizes used in heavy duty process pumps. It is easy to install, with only minor modifications needed to the bearing housing. It measures bearing loads – and changes in loads and directions – with high accuracy and repeatability. The system can also determine housing and impeller qualities and alignment. It has been tested and validated on a Sulzer mechanical test rig.

While Sulzer has used the system in a research capacity, an end user could also use it to collect detailed data in the field.

A good relationship between Sulzer and SKF helped to forge the supply agreement. In the future, SKF will offer global support for setting up the system and training of Sulzer staff at their R&D sites as well as provide data analysis when required.

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New woodlands are being created in the UK with the help of Mid Wales-based Invertek Drives through the Forest Carbon project to offset its carbon footprint. The company, which manufactures variable frequency drives (VFD) at its global headquarters at Welshpool, Powys, has worked with a local printing company to purchase ‘carbon balancing’ paper for all of its in-house printers, including the printing of its products’ handbooks.

Forest Carbon plants woodlands for companies wanting to mitigate the impact of their greenhouse emissions, as well as making a contribution to wider environmental benefits. It is the only UK-based carbon standard and is supported by the government.

The woodlands are planted at locations where they would not otherwise be commercially viable. The paper purchased by Invertek Drives is currently helping plant trees on land near Carlisle, Cumbria.

The new woodlands will not only help capture CO2, but also provide benefits for local biodiversity, landscape, flood management, water quality and recreation.

Referring to companies like Invertek Drives, Carbon Forest states: “These are companies who already avoid and reduce their emissions as far as they can and want to finish the job by capturing the remaining balance.”

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Allied Motor MaintenanceSmall motors – both AC and DC – serve as critical points in industrial operations. They may be integral to automation and equipment control and serve multiple purposes to mechanically drive and actuate systems and equipment, but are often replaced rather than repaired or reconditioned.

Larger motors may be repaired, rewound, and sent into a motor rewind pool.  However, many motors will simply be replaced when imminent signs of failure are detected using smart equipment, instrumentation, and tools discussed below.

 

 

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