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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 Newsbriefs

Industrial


Maintaining Modular Conveyor Systems in Flexible Manufacturing Systems

Maintenance Technology, Mar. 2015, by Paul Zielbauer.
http://www.maintenancetechnology.com/2015/03/maintaining-modular-conveyor-systems-in-flexible-manufacturing-operations/

"Pallet-based modular conveyors used in flexible manufacturing provide a wealth of benefits in just about any assembly operation. Suitable for applications ranging from small electronic parts assembly to large appliance manufacturing, automotive drivetrain and even medical-device assembly, these conveyors help improve production, achieve higher product quality and enhance manufacturing flexibility. Regularly scheduled maintenance and attention to detail are crucial for ensuring the longevity and efficiency of these systems."

Growing Factory Experiences Air Compressor Control-Gap Issues

Compressed Air Best Practices, Apr. 2015, by Ron Marshall.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/compressor-controls/growing-factory-experiences-air-compressor-control-gap-issues

"This case study illustrates the importance of verifying the installation after the installation by monitoring the system with data loggers. Sometimes, even with the best intentions, the conditions that exist and the limitations of the control system can cause the system to run inefficiently."

2015 ASHRAE Technology Awards: Data Center Economizer Efficiency

ASHRAE Journal, Mar. 2015, by Brett Griffin.
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2015Mar_064-071_TechAward_Griffin.pdf

"The Digital Chicago Datacampus took advantage of efficiency improvements made possible by improved server equipment thermal tolerances, which open up the opportunity to condition a data center space without mechanical cooling for significant portions of the year in a wide range of climates."

Energy Performance in Mission Critical Facilities

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Mar. 2015, by Bill Kosik.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/energy-performance-in-mission-critical-facilities/7d86458cbe2b48298e30ce1daaf36f5d.html

"Mission critical facilities, such as data centers, are judged carefully on their energy use. Engineers should focus on the codes and standards that dictate energy performance and how building energy performance can be enhanced."

The Growing Demand for Emergency Backup Power

Business Energy, Mar. 2015, by Dan Rafter.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/The_Growing_Demand_for_
Emergency_Backup_Power_24939.aspx


"Onsite generation options for the needs of mission-critical businesses and staying a step ahead of storms."

Big Data, Small Generator: The Future of Data Centers is Big Green

Business Energy, Mar.-Apr. 2015, by Mark Scott Lavin.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/Big_Data_Small_Generator_28480.aspx

"Whether it’s a building filled with racks of managed cloud servers, a small colocation facility for local enterprises, or an Internet giant’s showcase IT installation, a data center is a complex and hungry beast."

Handling the Heat With CHP: ESCOs Allow for More Adoption of Cogeneration

Business Energy, Mar.-Apr. 2015, by Carol Brzozowski.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/Handling_the_Heat_With_CHP_28482.aspx

"There is a renewed emphasis in the distributed generation marketplace for solutions such as Combined Heating and Power (CHP) and cogeneration, with shale gas being one of the primary drivers, notes Clark Wiedetz, director of alternative and renewable energy for the Building Technologies Division of Siemens."

Cooling Tower System Audit for a Tough Mining Compressed Air Application

Chiller & Cooling Best Practices, Mar. 2015, by Tim Dugan.
http://www.coolingbestpractices.com/industries/manufacturing/cooling-tower-system-audit-tough-mining-compressed-air-application

"The goals of this article are to describe a large mining compressed air system case study and from a cooling perspective, discuss the limiting factors and performance issues of each of the cooling subsystems, and recommend improvements to the case-study project that will make the system much more reliable."

Using 4 Waste Heat Sources for HVAC Optimization

Chiller & Cooling Best Practices, Mar. 2015, by Thomas Mort.
http://coolingbestpractices.com/industries/hvac/using-4-waste-heat-sources-hvac-optimization

"Heat recovery opportunities have resulted in the largest amount of savings of our common projects our industrial energy management teams have implemented. It is not the easiest type of project to implement but the amount of savings and the reduction of emissions makes this project very worthwhile."

11 Key Considerations For Selecting a PET Air Compressor System

Compressed Air Best Practices, Mar. 2015, by Pete Rhoten.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/industries/plastics/11-key-considerations-selecting-pet-air-compressor-system

"PET [polyethylene terephthalate] air systems started out with three-stage, air-cooled, lubricated piston units in multiple quantities for smaller systems and water-cooled, oil-free, three-stage or two-stage boosters for the larger systems. Over the last ten years, four-stage centrifugals have become a popular base-load air compressor, and smaller companies have embraced air-cooled, single-stage lubricated boosters. The king of the hill is still the three-stage, water-cooled, oil-free piston machine."
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