How a Plant Manager’s HVAC Problems Can Spark Product Innovation

If you’re a plant operations or maintenance manager, then you’re inherently a problem solver too. So when a big problem comes along, it’s tempting to feel as if you have to figure it out on your own.

This type of problem solving can be a relatively slow and stressful process when the equipment at risk is worth millions of dollars, and a trial and error approach is unacceptable. That’s where expanding your knowledge base and knowing who to trust becomes invaluable.

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Real-World Customer Success Powers Revamped

The right mix of tools and processes delivers crucial maintenance ROI for commercial and industrial HVAC companies — we’ve known that for years. But any other maintenance-intensive industry can also benefit by deploying top gear as well as using a little bit of savvy and the most effective methods.

For instance, take Rexnord Corp.’s seal factory’s maintenance success. Eight Goodway VAC-2 industrial vacuums have boosted the factory’s operational efficiency — and these vacuums haven’t had to be service or replaced in three years.

Want some details? Rexnord Corp. is one of the many organizations featured on our new customer case studies and testimonials pages hosted on the revamped website.

Keep reading to see if your company’s use case is included:


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Numbers Game: Plant Pollution And Zero Liquid Discharge

Numbers Game Plant Pollution And Zero Liquid DischargePower requires water—whether generated through coal-fired or biomass plants, or consumed by manufacturing facilities. Cooling towers are a prime example—in many cases they utilize more than 90 percent of a plant’s water supply. And despite best efforts, the resulting “blowdown” is often dumped after three or four cycles, creating both efficiency and pollution problems. As noted by Water World, however, the rise of effective Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) technologies may now make it possible to create a closed system, reduce costs and ultimately improve environmental conditions.

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Coal and The Cold Shoulder—UK Considers Closures

Coal and The Cold Shoulder—UK Considers ClosuresPower generation is a hot topic. Renewable energy sources like solar and wind power have grabbed public attention, while governments look for ways to minimize the environmental impact of traditional fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas. In the U.K., there’s talk of closing all coal-fired plants by 2023 in an effort to curb greenhouse emissions, while on American soil some coal plants struggle to deliver their power quota.

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New Report Suggests Serious Water Worries as States Strike Back at EPA Rule

New Report Suggests Serious Water Worries as States Strike Back at EPA RuleHow safe is American water? The debate has been raging for years. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says businesses aren’t doing enough to safeguard both small and large waterways, while companies and state lawmakers alike claim that the agency is overstepping its bounds. As noted by EP Online, a new report now argues that EPA numbers about water pollution are serious underestimates, even as multiple states line up to challenge the new Clean Water Rule. Bottom line? This is a murky situation at best.

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Obama’s Clean Power Plan: Problem or Potential?

Obama's Clean Power Plan Problem or PotentialPresident Obama hasn’t made many friends with the announcement of his Clean Power Plan—power producers, Republican opposition leaders, and even typically supportive Democrats have spoken out against the proposed changes.

The plan seems simple enough: Reduction of air pollution from currently operating plants, significant limitations on any new plant emissions and state-by-state reduction goals designed to slash carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent by 2030. But with all the conflict over Obama’s new plan it’s time to clear the air: Are power plants staring down the barrel of more problems or does this represent big potential?

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Serial Soot? Power Producers Under Scrutiny Worldwide

Serial Soot? Power Producers Under Scrutiny WorldwideSoot ranks just behind CO2 when it comes to potential climate change culprits, but may also be responsible for several other ills—a recent study pegs it as the primary driver of glacier melt in Tibet, while residents of a Canadian town are finding ways to manage a veritable “soot storm”. Power providers are now under scrutiny across the globe to manage soot emissions and control this combustion byproduct, but can they get a handle on serial soot production?

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Moving Water: End of an Era?

Moving Water: End of an Era?At first glance, the Navajo Generating Station simply seems massive. As the West’s largest power plant, it tears through more than 22,000 tons of coal per day. But what sets Navajo apart is how the Lion’s Share of its generated power is used—325 miles down the Colorado River, water pumps depend on this energy to pull trillions of gallons of water out of the river and change its course, allowing cities like Tucson and Phoenix to prosper.

All this energy isn’t without cost, however, and Pro Publica notes that the plant is now under threat of closure as government agencies take a hard look at its overall emissions profile. Is the business of moving water to enable civic projects drying up?

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Boosting Biomass: New Senate Bill Looks to Improve Outlook

Boosting Biomass: New Senate Bill Looks to Improve Outlook It’s not a new idea: Burn wood to generate energy. The simplest form is your fireplace, but companies are now tackling this concept at scale to produce what’s known as biomass energy. Hoping to take its place alongside solar, geothermal, and wind as the next big renewable, biomass enjoys it share of champions and critics, but according to Renewable Energy Magazine, the United States is looking to encourage biomass generation with the introduction of a new grant program from the Department of Energy (DOE), which legislators hope will both create jobs and boost innovation.

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Powering Down—EPA Issuing New Emission Rules

Powering Down—EPA Issuing New Emission RulesBy summer, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans roll out regulation 111-D, which focuses on significantly reducing power plant emissions by 2020. The rule-set must be completed and enshrined in law before President Obama leaves office in 22 months—for bureaucracy, that’s practically a sprint.

The result is a new set of standards designed to lessen the environmental impact of power generation, especially at sites which rely heavily on fossil fuels. But let’s dig deeper: What does this really mean for power producers?

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