The Importance of Routine Maintenance

If you are looking to save money for your business in the long term, there is no better way than to keep up a consistent maintenance schedule for all of your company equipment.  Even though everyone knows in their brains that it is easier and ultimately cheaper to stop a problem early, all too often we let routine maintenance checks fall to the wayside, or worse keep them scheduled but never follow through on a thorough and complete inspection.  Remember, while the immediate expense may seem hard to bear, preventative care will almost always turn out to be far cheaper than emergency maintenance (in terms not just of money, but of time and stress as well).  Here are a few tips for maintaining equipment standards over time: 

A Brief History of Air Compressors

The history of pneumatic systems can be traced back to the advent of the bellows in ancient times.  This was the first “compressed air” device, used to increase the airflow around a fire, thus feeding and intensifying the flame.  The human lung is simply not capable of producing the force of blast that a bellows can put together, useful neither for heating things to superhot temperatures nor for super-freezing the door.  It was only after the invention of the bellows allowed for hotter and hotter fires, that some forms of metallurgy and production were even possible, as their processes required temperatures that were previously unreachable within a controlled fire.   

Keep It Cool

It is impossible to have a productive work environment if your employees are miserable.  To be sure, no one is jumping up and down, just absolutely overjoyed to go to work every day--at least not most sane, normal human beings.  Nonetheless, there exists within the human spirit a drive to do well, and typically not just for their own personal benefit, but for others as well, especially those who have placed some measure of faith or responsibility on that person.  When an employer sets a task in front of their employees, almost every one of them would go out of their way to get it done efficiently and expediently. 

Get Audited

If your company is running a compressed air system for any reason, then you are well aware of the extreme cost that can come with such.  Compressed air systems utilize an intense amount of power--power that gets real expensive real fast.  It is not unreasonable to assume that the cost of operation for a compressed air system over its first year will be actually higher than the initial purchase price.

Designing Systems

System Design

Professional Solutions For Your Design Needs

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Air System Design – The proper initial design of the compressed air system will result in superior compressed air system operation. Process & Power can offer air system design that will meet your present needs and offer flexibility for future expansions. We specialize in multiple types of air compression technologies, and are skilled in selecting the proper equipment design and layout for your operation.

Air System Optimization – The ability to optimize a compressed air system comes from years of being in the business. Process & Power can optimize your system to save you energy costs, reduce maintenance and provide a reliable air system. Optimization involves ensuring that each piece of equipment in the air system is working at properly and each component is tuned to work efficiently with all the parts of the system.

 

For more information, please check out our website at https://www.processnpower.com/system-design/

ARO Air Operated Diaphragm

"Air operated diaphragm pumps are designed for general use. They can easily pump from clean, light viscosity fluids to corrosive, abrasive medium viscosity fluids and can transfer large particles without damage. Due to their pneumatic motor, they could be used in potentially explosive areas. Most of the ARO® diaphragm pumps are ATEX certified (CE Ex11 2GD X).

These pumps offer the ability to vary the flow outlet and discharge pressure as slow as 0.26 gallons (1liter) per minute up to 275 gallons (1041 liter) per minute for our larger sizes and adjust fluid pressure up to 125 p.si. (8.6 bar), by using just an air filter / regulator and a needle valve."

For more information, please click on the link listed below! 

http://www.arozone.com/en/products/diaphragm-pumps.html

System Controls

A new family of central controls for industrial compressed air systems can be customized to your company’s needs, eliminating waste and offering savings on your energy bill and a short pay back period. The X-Series System Automation Package, introduced by Ingersoll Rand, is offered through Process & Power, Inc.

Central control of your air compressors creates efficiency and cost savings. The versatile and innovative Ingersoll Rand X-Series System eliminates wastes by efficiently managing up to twelve compressors. In the past, Lee Majors explained, capabilities now found in the X-Series would have required a custom engineered system that could easily have cost four to five times what this central-control system costs.

Some of the many benefits of the X-Series:

  • Sold in modules, the X-Series can be customized for each customer’s needs. You don’t have to pay for features you don’t need or can’t use.
  • It can be applied with any manufacturer’s air compressors or a combination of brands.
  • The X-Series handles different types of controls, including VFD-controlled compressors. This capability often is available only with very expensive control systems.
  • The system receives input from other instrumentation, including flow meters, dew point meters and compressed air dryers.
  • The Visualization module option provides Ethernet access with its own IP address. Through your web browser, you can observe what’s happening in your compressed air system, and on an administrative level, you can make changes.
  • The X-series has the capability to send you an email alert upon a warning or alarm in the system.

Process & Power can provide local support for installation and training on the X-series, eliminating the need to get expensive help from elsewhere. Industries interested in a free evaluation of whether the X-Series can help their operation save money can contact Lee Majors at lmajors@pnpmail.com or 800-264-8939.

Empire Blast Cabinets

"With an off-the-shelf Pro-Finish cabinet, you get a tunable media reclaimer, a dust collection system, your choice of pressure or suction powered blast, and many other standard features. In addition, you can select from a wide range of in-stock factory options to meet your particular finishing requirements. If you need a powered or manual turntable, gun oscillation, additional blast guns, timer packages, special electrical, extended wear components or a vertical door, we can provide this equipment and other options without custom modifications.

Built-in system components:

  • Dust Collector
  • Tunable Reclaimers
  • One-cubic-foot Pressure Vessel
  • One-cubic-foot Suction Hopper"

For more information, please click on the link below!

https://www.empire-airblast.com/products/manual-blast-cabinets/

Compressed Air Treatment

"Air Dryer | Refrigerated Dryers, Desiccant Dryers and Filters; Air quality can have a significant impact on compressed air systems. Properly treated compressed air, and the right air dryer, will improve productivity, system efficiency, and product or process quality. Choosing the appropriate air dryer and compressed air filter is very important. By choosing an Ingersoll Rand air dryer or compressed air filter, you are buying high quality treatment products that will enhance your entire air compressor system. An air dryer is an integral piece in your air treatment system, making Ingersoll Rand's wide knowledge and expertise in this field a key aspect to the success of your compressed air system. Ingersoll Rand has the widest selection of air treatment products and application knowledge to protect your investment and compressed air system."

 

Shock Pulse Monitoring

"Shock pulse method is a signal processing technique used to measure metal impact and rolling noise such as that found in rolling element bearings and gears. Much more refined than other high-frequency measurements, shock pulse is widely used as a basis for predictive maintenance. Rolling element bearings are the most common measurement for shock pulse, but this technique has other applications including gear condition, compressor condition, and other applications where metal-to-metal contact is a source of wear."

 

You can take a look at the website provided for any questions that you may have!

http://www.conditionenergy.com/whatisshockpulse.html

 

At Process & Power, we offer the latest in Shock Pulse Monitoring. Our website offers the most up-to-date information about the process. 

https://www.processnpower.com/shock-pulse-monitoring/

 

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ColdJet Food & Bev Industry

Food processing and packaging equipment gets dirty with grease, wax, proteins, seasonings, crumbs, glue and other build-up. This prevents the equipment from operating at peak efficiency. Traditional manual cleaning methods are time-consuming, ineffective and usually involve significant amounts of water and resulting waste. Dry ice cleaning offers a superior cleaning process that can reduce cleaning time by up to 80%, eliminate secondary waste and result in a significant reduction in overall cleaning costs.
 

Smart Home Leader NexiaTM Integrates with Amazon Echo to Enable Hands-Free Whole-Home Automation

Simple voice commands control Nexia-certified devices throughout the home

Broomfield, Colo., June 22, 2016 – Smart home leader Nexia™, a brand of Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR), today gave subscribers the ability to control Nexia-certified devices in their home – starting with lighting, thermostats and plug-in wall modules – with simple voice commands through Amazon Echo. Additional features will be added soon.

“Echo is one of the great technological breakthroughs of the past several years and our users immediately saw its potential as a convenient way to help manage their homes,” said George Land, general manager of Nexia. “Controlling your home with simple, secure and reliable voice commands makes Nexia an even more seamless and indispensable part of daily life.” 

Nexia’s free integration with Amazon’s Alexa-powered devices – including Echo, the new Echo Dot and Amazon Tap – delivers natural-speech smart home control with Amazon’s popular voice-activated personal assistant.

“As Amazon enhances Echo support for additional smart home features, Nexia will continue to refine and enhance its voice control offering to deliver the best user experience possible,” Land said.

Nexia subscribers with an Echo can:

  • Turn lights on or off with simple commands such as, “Alexa, turn on the front porch light.”
  • Adjust the thermostat by saying, “Alexa, lower the temperature two degrees” or “Alexa, set the heat at 68 degrees.”
  • Set custom lighting settings such as, “Alexa, set the dining room light to 50 percent.”
  • Activate small appliances using a plug-in module such as, “Alexa, turn on the coffee pot.”

“We’re thrilled to work with Nexia to bring Alexa to a new ecosystem of smart home products, continuing our mission to provide a hands-free, convenient voice experience to our shared customers,” said Charlie Kindel, director of Alexa Smart Home. "As one of the most established smart home providers, Nexia's product lineup – including powerful Trane and American Standard thermostats – expands the range of devices customers can control all by just using their voice.”

Current subscribers can activate Nexia on Echo by enabling the Nexia skill in the Skills menu on the Alexa app.

 

About Nexia
Nexia is a leading smart home system and a brand of Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR). Powered primarily by secure Z-Wave and WiFi technology, Nexia allows users to expand their systems with hundreds of devices from some of the nation’s top manufacturers – including Schlage, General Electric, First Alert, Trane, American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning, Andersen and Pella – to create a truly smart home that adjusts to busy lives.

Ingersoll Rand: ARO pumping station

New ARO station solution minimizes leakage and environmental hazards during fluid transfer.

The ARO Station is a customized solution that houses an ARO pump and piping in a durable housing in order to reduce leaks and fumes during chemical transfer from one container to another.

Standing independently from a truck, the ARO Station helps operators comply with changing environmental regulations, while enhancing operator safety.

“ARO understands the importance of transporting and securing hazardous material and minimizing its exposure. The risks with chemical handling are a daily reality and the ARO Station was designed to protect operators as well as the environment during the transfer of these materials,” said Fausto Lotti, EMEA marketing leader of Ingersoll Rand Fluid Management.

The ARO Station can accommodate two different size pumps – the 1 1/2 inch or two inch Expert Series Pumps (EXP) ARO diaphragm pump. With the capability to pump material from five to 30 cubic meters per hour, the ARO Station can be calibrated to pump the appropriate quantity for each application.

Made of high-density polyethylene, the ARO Station is impervious to corrosion, and features a drip collection tray that can hold up to 200 liters of fluid.

IceTech: Is dry ice blasting safe to use in food production facilities

It’s important for food processing facilities to maintain strict guidelines for maintaining equipment. One of the challenges these facilities face is cleaning in a reasonable amount of time while still being thorough.

Utilizing dry ice blasting as a replacement for chemicals in food processing facilities allows plants to keep up with cleaning standards while making use of an eco-friendly cleaning solution. Cleaning with dry ice allows end users the ability to remove contaminants while utilizing an environmentally responsible cleaning media.

Dry ice cleaning also helps reduce water waste and any additional contamination associated with that. When facilities use water to clean equipment, they run the risk of increasing the bacteria count. Dry ice blasting utilizes food grade dry ice pellets that are EPA, FDA, and USDA approved.  Utilizing dry ice blasting can decontaminate surfaces with bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria.