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August 2014 · Energy-Tech Magazine

Power plants, water treatment facilities apply new method to diagnose motor problems

With advanced, user-friendly surge testers and windings analyzers, motor diagnostics can now be performed at the push of a button. The electronic devices used to test and analyze electric motors and other equipment are much more powerful than in...


Energy-Tech webinar: Power Generating Asset Management
Sept. 30th at 1 p.m. CST (6 p.m. GMT)

Sign up for Energy-Tech's next free webinar, Power Generating Asset Mangement , with Komandur Sunder Raj. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. CST (6 p.m. GMT) and will review the technological advances that can be used to develop...


What are you learning this summer?

Don’t slack off this summer – learn something! There are plenty of options to choose from, many including PDH credits. The ASME Power Conference is July 28-31 in Baltimore, Md. If you live within driving distance, or can get a cheap...


Energy-Tech University Webinar: Steam and Gas Turbine Troubleshooting
Aug. 6-7 & 13-14, 2014

Learn more about steam and gas turbine troubleshooting during this intensive technical webinar with Steve Reid, P.E., president of TG Advisers Inc. This was one of the most popular sessions during Energy-Tech University this past March, and now we're...


Plant operating procedures to reduce error and improve safety

In the face of a challenging economic and regulatory environment, some power generation companies have found ways to improve the safe, reliable operation of their plants without increasing cost. To facilitate this kind of beneficial change, these companies...


Power generating asset management

This article provides an overview of current standards and initiatives that are involved in developing and implementing an optimum power generating asset management (PGAM) program. The article highlights the need for a holistic approach to optimizing...


ASME: Economic design of hybrid wet-dry cooling systems

All thermal power plants release waste heat to the environment. The waste heat ranges from about 70 percent of the energy in the fuel for a traditional Rankine-cycle nuclear power plant to about 40 percent for a modern combined-cycle gas turbine plant....


Increasing operational flexibility of burners in tangentially fired boilers

Successful operation of a coal-fired power plant increasingly requires more flexibility. Longer times between major outages, more frequent start-ups and shut-downs, and for many plants, more time at minimum load. This article explores recent advances...


Control system modernization increases reliability and improves owner’s maintainability for Michigan municipality

Turbine Technology Services (TTS) successfully retrofitted two OEM control systems operating GE MS6001B Heavy Duty Industrial Gas Turbines for Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) between the third quarter of 2013 and the second quarter of 2014. The...


Figuring out a high heater problem

This story is about a utility engineer trying to decrease her plant’s heat rate and keep the environmental “federales” off her back. There I was, at the latest conference trying very hard not to look like a slimy contractor, when...


Does your labor partner power its people? Three key questions to ask about contractor training programs

The looming mass retirement of thousands of baby boomers has been a critical concern for the power industry for most of the past decade. In that time, industry groups and associations have tracked and published workforce trends in hopes of raising awareness...


ASME: Dual injection distributed combustion for stationary gas turbine application

The quest for clean and sustainable energy, along with energy security and independence, has motivated researchers to develop advanced energy conversion systems that can furnish the current and future energy needs with minimal impact on the environment...


Reciprocating compressor pulsation vibration analysis

Pressure pulsations, mechanical resonance and cylinder stretch are some of the common causes of high vibration in reciprocating compressors. If something in the compressor system is changed that affects these dynamic forces, a vibration problem can...


New alternatives for oil changes

In a perfect world, lubricants would not degrade. There would be no ingress of contaminants, excellent storage and handling procedures would be common, and every employee who came in contact with oil or grease would be trained and certified to do their...


Pipe beveling tools draw heat away

A line of pipe beveling tools featuring cutter blades that incorporate a radical chip breaker to draw heat away from the surface and don’t need cutting oils is available from Esco Tool of Holliston, Mass. Esco Millhog Cutter Blades  for...


New Kop-Flex service program recertifies used, high-performance couplings

Emerson’s Power Transmission Solutions introduced a new program for restoring used high-performance couplings to like-new condition , certified to API 671, with a full original factory warranty. Ideal for high-speed (>1,800 rpm) couplings...


Victaulic introduces VE206 Portable Roll Groover

Victaulic , a manufacturer of mechanical pipe-joining systems, introduced the VE206 portable roll-grooving tool. The tool provides a versatile, durable pipe-grooving solution to make pipe preparation more efficient in the field. The VE206 portable...


Watlow flange heaters meet BPVC

Watlow , a designer and manufacturer of complete thermal systems, announced it recently received a Certificate of Conformance from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) designating that its flange heaters meet the Boiler and Pressure...


Swan offers on-site services

Swan Analytical USA Inc. developed a new services program aimed at serving power generation steam-water cycle sampling, raw water, boiler feedwater and other clean water applications. The program provides start-up, training, ongoing maintenance and...


Danfoss appoints new public affairs director

Danfoss , a manufacturer of high-efficiency electronic and mechanical components and controls for air-conditioning, heating, refrigeration, industrial and water systems, announced the appointment of Mark Menzer as director of Public Affairs in North...


Solenis is the new name for Ashland Water Technologies

Ashland Water Technologies has a new name – Solenis . Rooted in “solutions” and “genesis,” the name underscores the company’s mission to be at the source – the genesis – of solutions for its customers....


Universal AET Board promotes Strojinc to president, COO

Universal Acoustic & Emission Technologies’ Board of Directors recently approved the election of Dick Strojinc to the office of president and chief operations officer, the company announced. Strojinc was previously executive vice president...


Structural Integrity Assoc. Inc. receives ASME Corporate Appreciation Award

Structural Integrity Associates Inc. , an engineering consulting company for the energy and power industry, was presented the Corporate Appreciation Award by J. Robert Sims, Jr., the president of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), at...


Schenck Corp. celebrates 50th Anniversary

Schenck Corp. of Deer Park, N.Y., is the North American headquarters of Schenck GmbH in Germany, a global manufacturer of industrial balancing machines. Schenck will honor its 50th anniversary of doing business in North America with a celebration...


DellaVilla receives gas turbine tech award

Strategic Power Systems Inc. announced that Salvatore DellaVilla, Jr., founder, chairman and CEO of SPS, was presented with the 2014 Industrial Gas Turbine Technology Award at the recent ASME/IGTI Turbo Expo Conference in Dusseldorf, Germany. This...


Forney Corp. acquires FlameHawk product

Forney Corp. acquired the FlameHawk product line from UTC Aerospace . Forney Corp. is a global supplier of products and systems that control and monitor combustion processes in electric utility and heavy industrial applications. Flamehawk is a...


Watlow Expands its San Jose Facility

Watlow  recently added 25,000 sq. ft. to its R&D facility in San Jose, Calif. The expansion increases the manufacturing footprint while providing space for an improved R&D lab, a line heating prototype lab, a Class 1000 clean room, as...


NAES Corp. and ICCT join forces in NERC services

NAES Corp. announced that on July 1, 2014, the employees of Portland, Ore.-based ICCT Corp. joined NAES. Adding the ICCT team to NAES enables it to expand its regulatory compliance, cyber and physical security design and implementation services,...


SPS CEO receives the 2014 Industrial Gas Turbine Tech Award

Strategic Power Systems Inc. announced that Salvatore DellaVilla, Jr., founder, chairman and CEO of SPS ® , was presented with the 2014 Industrial Gas Turbine Technology Award at the recent ASME/IGTI Turbo Expo Conference in Dusseldorf, Germany....


September 9-11, 2014
Feedwater Heater Operation and Maintenance Seminar

Atlantic City, N.J. www.powerfect.com


Sept. 9-11, 2014
2014 Dry Scrubber Users Association Conference

Minneapolis, Minn. www.dryscrubberusers.org


Sept. 16-19, 2014
Machinery Vibration Analysis

Salem, Mass. www.vi-institute.org


Oct. 26-28, 2014
Power Plant Management & Generation Summit

Atlanta, Ga. www.ppmgsummit.com


Nov. 3-4, 2014
CCGT 2014: O&M and Lifecycle Management for CCGT Power Plants

Houston, Texas www.tacook.com/ccgt-usa


Nov. 11-14, 2014
Advanced Vibration Control

Syria, Va. www.vi-institute.org

 

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