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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Industrial

Industrial


Smart Manufacturing: The Internet of Things: Power at Your Fingertips

Food Engineering, Jan. 2016, by Debra Schug.
http://www.foodengineeringmag.com/articles/95046-the-internet-of-things-power-at-your-fingertips

"The concepts and technologies encompassed by the term “Internet of Things” are rapidly changing the world. Sometimes called “Industry 4.0” or the “Industrial Internet,” it is the idea that manufacturers will be able to connect everything in their operations, allowing information to be easily exchanged and enabling more autonomous plants."

Teaming Up to Apply Advanced Manufacturing Methods to Wind Turbine Production

U.S. Department of Energy, February 1, 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/teaming-apply-advanced-manufacturing-methods-wind-turbine-production

"DOE’s Wind Program and Advanced Manufacturing Office, ORNL, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), and other organizations are partnering to apply this advanced manufacturing technology to the production of wind turbine blade molds. By applying 3D printing to the manufacture of blade molds, it is possible to reduce costs and time associated with manufacturing, experiment with new capabilities, and improve design flexibility. Blades are some of the most important—yet costly—components of a wind turbine, so finding ways to reduce the cost of blade manufacturing will further reduce the costs of wind energy."

Emerging Markets Are Finally Getting Serious About Energy Efficiency

Forbes, Jan. 29, 2016, by Bain Insights.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/baininsights/2016/01/29/emerging-markets-are-finally-getting-serious-about-energy-efficiency/#19189e1f6c79

"Companies in energy, manufacturing, financial services and many other industries stand to benefit from efforts to reduce energy consumption in the world’s fast-growing economies, providing they understand how policy makers shape these programs and where the opportunities lie."

Optimizing Thermal Processing Operations with Predictive Maintenance

Ipsen, Jan. 2016, by Aymeric Goldsteinas.
http://www.ipsenusa.com/processes-and-resources/articles-and-case-studies/optimizing-thermal-processing-operations-with-predictive-maintenance

"Currently in the thermal processing industry, when a heat treatment furnace breaks, the result is clear: production comes to a grinding halt and the personnel necessary to resolve the issue might not be readily on hand. As a result, companies are faced with unplanned downtime until the problem is resolved, potential overtime wages for the necessary personnel, the cost of rushing critical part shipments and more. In an effort to combat this issue, the ultimate goal of predictive maintenance and Ipsen's PdMetrics™ software platform for predictive maintenance is to carry out maintenance at a scheduled time when the maintenance activity is most cost-effective and before the equipment's performance decreases below the set threshold."

U.S. Leaders in Energy Management Eligible for New Global Award

U.S. Department of Energy, Jan. 21, 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/amo/articles/us-leaders-energy-management-eligible-new-global-award

"The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is taking part in a prestigious new global awards program to recognize companies or organizations that use an ISO 50001-certified energy management system (EnMS) to save energy and reduce costs. The Energy Management Leadership Awards program should expand global use of these proven systems and help attain national and global climate goals."

Why Electric Motors Fail

Flow Control Magazine, Jan. 2016, by Paul J. Barna.
http://www.flowcontrol-digital.com/201601#&pageSet=13

"Electric motors top the industrial landscape as the most widely deployed asset driving processes and productivity. In fact, industrial motor use accounts for about 25 percent of all electricity usage nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Despite the dependence on these motors and their vital roles in industry, electric motors can fail for many reasons leading to losses in productivity and associated profitability."

CHP Installations

Flow Control Magazine, Jan. 2016, by Jack Sine.
http://www.flowcontrol-digital.com/201601#&pageSet=9

"Near-real time ultrasonic metering enables building managers to cut waste and maximize efficiency."

4 Key Measurements for Optimal Boiler Control

Flow Control Magazine, Jan. 2016, by Bob Sabin.
http://www.flowcontrol-digital.com/201601#&pageSet=7&contentItem=0

"Fix tough measurement problems to improve operation."

Using ISO 8573-1 to Test Compressed Air: Clearing the Confusion

Compressed Air Best Practices, Jan/Feb 2016, by Ruby Ochoa.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/industries/food/using-iso-8573-1-test-compressed-air-clearing-confusion

"Compressed air is used in more than 70 percent of all manufacturing activities, ranging from highly critical applications that may impact product quality to general “shop” uses. When compressed air is used in the production of pharmaceuticals, food, beverages, medical devices, and other products, there seems to be confusion on what testing needs to be performed. By defining compressed air contaminants, reviewing ISO 8573-1, and discussing how to designate a quality class per ISO 8573-1, this article will help clear up some of that confusion."

Study Proves Potential Energy Savings of AODD Pump Controls

Compressed Air Best Practices, Jan/Feb 2016, by Clinton Shaffer.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/end-uses/study-proves-potential-energy-savings-aodd-pump-controls

"Air-operated double diaphragm (AODD) pumps are common to many manufacturing facilities. As estimated by veteran compressed air auditor Hank van Ormer of Air Power USA, approximately 85 to 90 percent of plants in the United States have AODD pumps. They are used for all kinds of liquid transfer applications, like those found in chemical manufacturing, wastewater removal, and pumping viscous food products. As ubiquitous as they are, AODD pumps are also commonly misused."
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