January 2006 Web TOC

Feb. 17, 2006

This page is dedicated to web-exclusive material and supporting content for Plant Services magazine. Every month, this page will be updated with new material you can only find at  It will also house content that expands and supports many of the articles in the print publication.  Bookmark this page so that you can ensure that you are viewing the very latest material and taking full advantage of your Plant Services magazine subscription.

Exclusive to

Top 10 white paper downloads has aggregated more than 70 white papers across numerous topics. See which white papers have been most often downloaded and find out what your peers are reading.

Energy Expert

As rising prices in the energy sector lead to more pressing issues for plants worldwide, Plant Services has added a monthly energy columnist. Read his tips and insight into the energy landscape.

Polls likes to keep a finger to the pulse of its readership and offers monthly polls centered on hot topics. Participate and review the responses to this month's topic, and peruse our poll archive to see your peers' thoughts.

Plant Services partners with Globalspec

The power of the leading specialized search engine for technical buyers is now at the fingertips of site visitors thanks to a key partnership. You have to see it to appreciate its breadth, depth and comprehensiveness.

Starting in January 2006, digital versions of Plant Services is available on the web. Check back here every month or click on the Current Issue link on the home page to read the full magazine in digital format.

Plant Services magazine extras

Pumps in Peril

Static head and VFDs - Understanding the economics of variable speed pumps
Continuous pump monitoring - Continuous monitoring of sealless pumps: the next step
Valve rebuilding - Rethinking the purchase of valves and valve repairs
Gasket sealing tutorial - Successful joint sealing

Guarding Power Transmission Equipment

Metallic V-belts - Metal belts provide a competitive edge
Magnetic couplings - Magnetic drives optimize performance
Dynamic braking - Dynamic braking for hoists
Safety issue roundup - 'Accidents happen' is no excuse
Powertrain PdM - Avoid the rolling thunder

Prioritize Loop Maintenance

Tuning pH loops - Neutralize pH control system instabilities
Time domain reflectometry for fluids - Let's hear it for ultrasound
Automation system flaws - Outwit control system gremlins
Accurate thermography - Transportability of measurements

Controlling the Compressors

Equivalent annual cost - Repair or replace
Air system design - Keep it simple
Air system upgrades - Planning air system upgrades
Valving for compressed air - Shutoff and special duty valves
Optimum receiver location - The compressed air receiver: the endless question

Can you spot the OSHA violations?

ANSWERS: The violations are given along with the regulation numbers that
address them.

1. Workplace is a mess 1910.22(a)(1)
2. Rats 1910.141(a)(5)
3. LP forklift used in EE rated area (see sign) 1910.178(c)(2)(iv)
4. Propane tank lying on the floor 1910.178(f)(2)
5. Worker standing on the forks 1910.178(m)(3)
6. Operator has dismounted the forklift without lowering the forks
7. Exit blocked 1910.178(m)(14)
8. Loose objects in the aisle 1910.178(n)(14)
9. Transmission oil leak 1910.178(p)(3)
10. Propane leak 1910.178(p)(4)
11. Headlight hanging down 1910.178(h)(2)
12. Extension cord on the floor 1910.305(g)(1)(iii)(A)
1910.305(g)(2)(ii) Timeless Resources

 2005 Readers’ Choice Awards

CMMS/EAM Software Review

Maintenance Crisis Resource Center 

Plant Services asked your peers to name the vendors that provide the best value of that combination of performance, reliability, low maintenance and purchase price that adds up to the lowest lifecycle cost -- in each of more than 60 product and service categories. The result is a veritable Who’s Who of qualified suppliers.Our rigorous review of major computerized maintenance management system packages exposes strengths, weaknesses and industry trends. This month, it’s been updated with nine fresh reviews by noted CMMS guru and contributing editor David Berger, has launched the Maintenance Crisis Resource Center. Visit this Web-based community for information, to network and to find support to help mitigate the increasing shortage of qualified professionals.

April 2005 | May 2005 | June 2005 | July 2005 | August 2005 | September 2005 | October 2005 | November 2005

Sponsored Recommendations

Reduce engineering time by 50%

March 28, 2024
Learn how smart value chain applications are made possible by moving from manually-intensive CAD-based drafting packages to modern CAE software.

Filter Monitoring with Rittal's Blue e Air Conditioner

March 28, 2024
Steve Sullivan, Training Supervisor for Rittal North America, provides an overview of the filter monitoring capabilities of the Blue e line of industrial air conditioners.

Limitations of MERV Ratings for Dust Collector Filters

Feb. 23, 2024
It can be complicated and confusing to select the safest and most efficient dust collector filters for your facility. For the HVAC industry, MERV ratings are king. But MERV ratings...

The Importance of Air-To-Cloth Ratio when Selecting Dust Collector Filters

Feb. 23, 2024
Selecting the right filter cartridges for your application can be complicated. There are a lot of things to evaluate and air-to-cloth ratio. When your filters ...