More than 90% of the world's fresh water is consumed in the agricultural and industrial sectors. Given this staggering number, their carbon footprint is not the only thing manufacturers should consider to achieve a sustainable future—it is important that manufacturers also identify solutions that will reduce their water footprint and increase efficiencies. As such, Siemens recommends the following five easy tips for factory and manufacturing facility owners and operators to reduce their water footprint and start reaping the savings.
For more information from Siemens on reducing your water footprint, visit www.siemens.com/water_footprint
Siemens Water Technologies
A new compressor technology from Dresser-Rand employs supersonic ejectors that, by reclaiming gases ordinarily vented into the atmosphere, offer environmental benefits and enable facilities to operate more efficiently. The tandem or two-stage ejector system captures gas leakage from a dry-gas seal at low pressure and recompresses it to a pressure equivalent to the fuel gas pressure. Reclaiming these gases by injecting them into gas turbine fuel systems reduces hydrocarbon emissions to the atmosphere. The ejectors are available as new equipment options and product upgrades for centrifugal compressors that compress hydrocarbon gases. They also work with any low-pressure, low-flow-rate vent streams, and high-pressure stream applications. Because the ejectors have no moving parts, seals, shafts or packing, they are practically maintenance free compared to mechanical compressors and vacuum pumps.
Dresser-Rand Group Inc.
Manufacturing convergence—the merger of traditionally separate functions and systems across the enterprise—is helping manufacturers address key market drivers of productivity, globalization, innovation and sustainability to overcome strong economic headwinds, according to two new White Papers from Rockwell Automation. The first paper, titled “Manufacturing Convergence: Enabling Plant-Wide Optimization in Any Economy,” examines how manufacturing convergence and the advanced technology that enables it is helping manufacturers position themselves for prosperity in any economy. The second paper, titled “Manufacturing Convergence Practices and Trends: Perspectives from Providers and Customers,” summarizes a panel discussion involving executives from Cisco Systems, Dassault Systèmes Delmia Corporation, Microsoft, Alcoa, General Mills, PepsiAmericas and Tetra Pak. According to both papers, to succeed, manufacturers must extend their focus beyond productivity to bring innovative products to market faster, meet customer demands in a global market, and produce in safe and sustainable ways. That shift is requiring new manufacturing processes, but it’s also compelling forward-thinking companies to unify manufacturing with other functions throughout the enterprise and across the supply chain. The White Papers are available for download at www.rockwellautomation.com/solutions/convergence
Rockwell Automation, Inc.
LUDECA has expanded its VIBXPERT Balancer and Analyzer to suit the wind industry and its balancing challenges. This new, built-in wind balancing program has been adapted to the slow rotational speeds of wind turbines, helping to improve the balance conditions and, according to the company, result in a significant increase in the uptime and availability. With its balancing program, combined with software, accelerometers linear to 0.1 Hz, speed sensor and balance grade tolerance chart (G16), the VIBXPERT is an ideal portable system for mass unbalance of wind turbine rotor blades.
Coastal Training Technologies and DuPont Safety Resources have collaborated to produce a new training program titled Energy Smart. Available on DVD, this is the first course in Coastal’s upcoming DuPont Energy Management eLearning Series. Energy Smart helps promote general energy awareness and includes energy-saving tips that translate into real savings for an organization. It aims to change the misconception that energy is “just there” and encourages employees to treat energy costs with the same fiscal assertiveness as any other business expense. Content contributions by DuPont energy engineers and consultants are based on DuPont’s successful energy management experience that has resulted in $3 billion in cumulative energy savings since 1990. The new offering applies a three-pronged approach to energy management and presents a compelling business case for its adoption. It explains the impact of energy management on the economy, environment, customer interface, energy independence and emerging technologies. It also shows how every employee can improve energy efficiency, citing low-cost, easy-to-implement best practices of energy-efficient organizations. Energy Smart is the first of 16 courses in this soon-to-be-released eLearning Series. Coming this fall, these online courses cover the energy-efficient use of industrial equipment and systems. Titles include: Energy Management Best Practices, Energy System Instrumentation and Controls, Theory of Steam Generation, Fuels and the Combustion Process, Boilers and Auxiliaries and Emission Control and Ash Handling, among others.
Coastal Training Technologies
Virginia Beach, VA
Megger has introduced a new KC series of test leads, which were developed in conjunction with leading wind turbine manufacturers. These test leads provide a solution to the problem of finding reliable test leads long enough to be used for testing the continuity of lightning protection conductors in wind turbine blades. KC-series wind turbine test leads are available in a 100 m version and are equally suitable for use on site or in the manufacturing plant. For convenience and ease of handling, they are supplied as standard on a heavy-duty cable reel that is fitted with a friction brake to avoid tangles when paying out the cable. The leads are terminated with large Kelvin clips that have been specially designed to offer ease of use while providing the consistently reliable connections needed to ensure accurate and repeatable test results. Included with each set is a 5 m cable fitted with a duplex handspike for probing the lightning receptors on the tips of the turbine blades. Additionally, KC-series leads are suited for use with Megger DLRO10HD low-resistance digital ohmmeters, which combine robust construction with high test current capability. The leads also can be used with most modern types of low-resistance ohmmeters.