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Category: Industrial Newsbriefs

Industrial


President Obama Announces Winner of New Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute and New Manufacturing Hub Competitions

U.S. Department of Energy, June 20, 2016.
http://energy.gov/articles/fact-sheet-president-obama-announces-winner-new-smart-manufacturing-innovation-institute

"President Obama announced on June 20 that the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) will lead the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, in partnership with the Energy Department. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, the coalition brings together a consortium of nearly 200 partners from across academia, industry, and non-profits—hailing from more than 30 states—to spur advances in smart sensors and digital process controls that can radically improve the efficiency of U.S. advanced manufacturing. The Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute is the ninth manufacturing hub awarded by the Obama administration."
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will lead a hub in the Northwest.

Real-world Research at Wanapum Dam

Hydro Review, May 2016, by Yannick Baril, Maxim Bergeron, Jose Figueroa, and Jeff Niehenke.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-35/issue-4/articles/real-world-research-at-wanapum-dam.html

"Repair work at Grant County Public Utility District's Wanapum Dam in Washington offered an uncommon chance to perform studies on operating machinery."

Evaluating Chilled Water Cooling System Components

Chiller & Cooling Best Practices, May 2016, by Joe Leichner.
http://www.coolingbestpractices.com/technology/chillers/chillers-and-cooling-systems-weec-2015/evaluating-chilled-water-cooling-system-c

"While the chiller is the heart of a chilled water system, its support system of components and controls are equally critical to maintain and manage to ensure the highest system efficiency levels are attained. Emphasis is often placed on the chiller since it is the most visible and typically the highest energy element of a chilled water system. Yet, if you look beyond the flanges, there’s an opportunity to improve delivery of chilled water to the airside or process loads and maximize system efficiency."

The Water Energy Nexus: Business Risks & Rewards

Pumps & Systems, May 2016, by Jessi Tseng.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/may-2016-water-energy-nexus-business-risks-rewards

"Increasing demand and competition for water and energy have implications for many of the world's largest industries. Energy utilities and producers of metals, chemicals, oil, gas and coal are the most energy- and water-intensive industries.... New ideas and approaches will be necessary to ensure sustainable resources in the future."

Battle Water Scarcity by Reusing Industrial Wastewater

Pumps & Systems, May 2016, by Nate Maguire.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/may-2016-battle-water-scarcity-reusing-industrial-wastewater

"Water reuse is the practice of using treated wastewater in non-process applications as a method to conserve water. From automotive and aerospace technology to gas drilling and food and beverage manufacturing, many businesses have integrated water reuse practices into their production processes....  One of the most popular advanced treatment systems is a reverse osmosis program."

Don’t Skip the Most Important Meeting of Your Energy Project

Compressed Air Best Practices, May 2016, by John Molnar.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/end-uses/don%E2%80%99t-skip-most-important-meeting-your-energy-project

"A meeting between the auditor, incenting organization, vendor, and end user can help maximize the benefits of any energy-saving project."

Why Turndown Is a Vital Part of Metering Pump Efficiency

Pumps & Systems, May 2016, by Jim Carling & J. Coogan Cameron.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/may-2016-why-turndown-vital-part-metering-pump-efficiency

"Whether at a municipal water treatment facility, a petrochemical plant or an offshore platform, operations that use chemicals for processing, treatment and production enhancement seek to increase efficiency and save money. Meaningful savings can result from ensuring that the chemicals used are not wasted. A good way to deliver these efficiencies is to properly leverage the turndown capabilities of metering pumps."

Choose the Most Reliable Pump Type for Your Application

Pumps & Systems, May 2016, by Lev Nelik.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/may-2016-choose-most-reliable-pump-type-your-application

"There is a common question I hear from groups: 'What is the most reliable pump we should use?' While this question may sound too general and perhaps impossible to answer because of a diverse range of application, the answer is actually not impossible."

How’d They Do It? Montpelier [VT] Team Slashes [Wastewater] Plant Energy Use

Treatment Plant Operator, May 2016, by Doug Day.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2016/05/howd_they_do_it_montpelier_team_slashes_plant_energy_use

"By refusing to be satisfied with established practices, the plant team in Vermont’s capital has slashed energy use and helped the city toward its net zero goal."

Unique Approach to High-Efficiency Laboratory-Exhaust Energy Recovery

HPAC Engineering, Apr. 2016, by Craig Buck.
http://hpac.com/iaq-ventilation/unique-approach-high-efficiency-laboratory-exhaust-energy-recovery

"The addition of adiabatic/evaporative exhaust cooling to a laboratory run-around-coil heat-recovery system at the College of Charleston [SC]."
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