Product Roundup: Reducing energy consumption

Explore technologies for minimizing wasted energy in the industrial arena.

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Social unrest in other parts of the world can lead directly to price volatility in hydrocarbon-based energy sources. With the manufacturing industry being a major consumer of much of those energy commodities, it’s only rational for the plant professional to contribute to plant profitability by taking every opportunity to reduce energy consumption, however incrementally.

In most cases, wasted energy is evidenced by thermal phenomena of some sort. A leaky building envelope or flash freezer might have frost around the door during winter. Perhaps inefficiency manifests itself as unnecessarily warm surfaces on equipment cabinets.

Thermal technologies for making the plant a bit greener abound. Almost every industrial maintenance department has in its toolkit some form of temperature measuring device. Perhaps it’s a thermocouple-based sensor, maybe a spot radiometer, most likely a thermographic imager. Other technologies help move wasted heat from its source to where it can do some practical good.

Often overlooked as a viable concept for industry is using a geothermal heat pump to tap into the relatively constant temperatures found deep under the frost line on land or the thermocline in bodies of water. You might consider investigating this idea using the resources from the Geothermal Exchange Organization, a not-forprofit trade group that promotes the technology.

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If the snow on your roof melts, you’re wasting that energy being released to the environment. Not only that, but ice dams can form on the roof edges, potentially endangering people who find it necessary to be outside and close to the building.

You can get a good idea of the extraneous maintenance demands that ice dams impose on a building if you pay attention to the research coming out of University of Massachusetts Amherst. They’ve assembled an online resource titled “Preventing Ice Dams” that shows you the hidden damage that ice dams cause and provides advice on ways to prevent ice dams from forming in the first place.

There’s no doubt that energy prices will rise as the standard of living in the developing world rises. Make use of the following products to help insulate your plant from at least some of the random price shocks that are sure to appear on the economic horizon.

Enercon's mechanical steam trap assemblies include a permanent stainless steel condensate removal unit and Y-strainer

Enercon's mechanical steam trap assemblies include a permanent stainless steel condensate removal unit and Y-strainer
Enercon mechanical steam trap assemblies include a permanent stainless steel condensate removal unit and Y-strainer, and are available for low-, medium- and high-pressure steam systems (150 to 1500 psig) to fit ½-, ¾- and 1-inch piping. Depending on the steam pressure, assemblies include carbon steel ball valves, carbon steel gate valves or socket-welded Y-strainers.

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Spirax Sarco's TD120M Thermo-dynamic Steam Trap is engineered for a pressure rating of up to 3,190 psig

Spirax Sarco's TD120M Thermo-dynamic Steam Trap is engineered for a pressure rating of up to 3,190 psig
Spirax Sarco's TD120M Thermo-dynamic Steam Trap is engineered for a pressure rating of up to 3,190 psig and is designed to drain saturated and superheated steam mains. With its maintainable disc and seat, the steam trap is designed to be serviced in-line. The TD120M offering includes an integral sintered stainless steel strainer, a replaceable hardened seat and disc, and the trap does not need a water seal to operate.

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Big Ass Fans' Powerfoil X industrial fan utilizes an airfoil and winglet combination 

Big Ass Fans' Powerfoil X industrial fan utilizes an airfoil and winglet combination

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