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  • 13.09.17 Posted in Steam Systems By Margie Moschetti

  • 06.09.17 Posted in Quick Reference Guides By Margie Moschetti

    12 WAYS TO USE A SMARTPHONE AS A MAINTENANCE TOOL

    The cellphone has evolved from just a gadget used to make calls and check emails into a device that can transform the way maintenance is performed.  Many plants are already using computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) software on their phones or tablets to allow technicians the opportunity to update work orders as they perform each task, eliminating the need to take notes and re-enter them later.

    With all of the new mobile technologies, the smartphone could become the new wrench in the toolbox of the future.  There are many apps and features available to transform your phone into a must-have gadget.  

    The following is a list of 12 features and apps that we have brainstormed along with one of the major CMMS software providers.  Applications may not be precise, but perhaps will provide ideas of what you can research and incorporate into your “tool box”.    

     

    CAMERA

    Use the camera function to upload images and videos.  Many times, a repair or application can be difficult to describe so images and videos are a great way to document repairs.  Send that video to others and receive immediate response on the part, repair, etc.  If the video and/or picture is downloaded, it can be reviewed at a later date when that issue arises again.  

     

    VOICE RECOGNITION

    Many of the modern smartphones come with built-in voice recognition software such as Apple’s SIRI.  Rather than using a small keyboard, just dictate the repair into the built-in microphone and include it on the work order.  

     

    BARCODE AND QR CODE SCANNING

    Search your files for all of the vendors and/or service companies that have created their own QR code for immediate response.  This can save time and eliminate the tedious task of thumbing through long lists of items.  Some manufacturing companies have created bar codes for various pieces of equipment for inventorying purposes or log an issue against a particular asset.  Take time to load Control Specialties’ QR Code into your iPhone go directly to our web site for technical information and products.  

     

    RFID TAGS AND NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATIONS

    There are some smartphones that are enabled with (NFC) near field communications that can be used to identify equipment through RFID tags.  Here again, RFID tags can placed on equipment for numerous applications such proof of presence for safety related assignments, etc.

     

    MAPS AND GPS

    Many smartphones come equipped with maps and GPS technology.  Technicians can use satellites to pinpoint coordinates of their current location enabling them to locate assets without searching through reams of outdated maps.

     

    FLASHLIGHT

    The majority of smartphones come equipped with a flashlight and if not, there are several flashlight apps available.  What ordinary flashlight provides a camera, voice recognition, etc. in one device!

     

    UNIT MEASUREMENT CONVERTER

    There are over 58,000 individual unit conversions that are immediately available and many are free.  Metric conversion charts, math calculators, language apps, and thousands more.

     

    STROBE LIGHTS FROM CAMERA FLASHES

    There are a number of apps that turn the camera flash into a stroboscope.  This capability can be used to calculate the running speed of belts and motors as well as balancing and verifying alignment by checking for looseness.  

     

    VIBRATION ANAYLSIS

    Many modern smartphones have built-in accelerometers or gyroscopes that can be used for vibration analysis on pumps and motors.  Units such as the SKFTKSA11 when used with your iPhone provide high resolution graphics, etc.  https://www.control-specialties.com/skf-tksa11-shaft-alignment-tool.html

     

    MAGNETIC FIELD DETECTOR

    There are many apps that use the embedded magnetic sensors in smartphones to turn it into an electromagnetic field meter.  Ideal application for simple tasks such as checking for power lines behind walls or equipment.

     

    METAL DETECTOR

    The magnetic field sensors in your smartphone can also be used to detect metal objects.  Metal detector apps can be used for locating iron pipes in the ground, studs in walls, etc.

     

    SOUND LEVEL METERS

    There are apps available to measure the level of sound in decibels converting your iPhone into a basic sound pressure meter.  These apps with your iPhone are reliable and accurate enough for non-critical applications.  

  • 05.09.17 Posted in Steam Systems By Margie Moschetti

    Valves are primarily used in piping systems to stop, divert, or regulate the flow of fluids.

    Valve types can be broadly categorized based on their function such as:

    Isolation (Stop) Valves:

    These valve types are used to stop the flow or isolate a portion of the system until it is required to provide flow downstream of the valve.  The basic design requirement of stop valves is to offer minimum resistance to flow in its fully open position and to provide tight shut-off when fully closed.

    Regulating Valves:

    Regulating valves are used in piping systems to regulate the flow of fluid.  Flow is varied depending on the signal sent based on required parameters like pressure, flow rate or temperature.

    Back-Flow Prevention Valves:

    These valve types allow flow only in one direction and prevents flow in the reverse direction.

    Pressure Relief Valves:

    Pressure relief valves are used in a system to prevent excessive build-up of pressure above the system design pressure.

    In the context of valve types, steam traps and strainers are related devices that are used extensively in piping systems.  Steam traps are used to discharge condensate from steam piping/steam heating equipment.  

    For more information on valves installed in piping systems, browse our eBook Library “Steam Distribution and Primary Equipment Handbook.”

  • 30.06.17 Posted in Portable Air Conditioning By Margie Moschetti
    KwiKool’s unique products tackle applications and provide solutions to hard too solve cooling problems that other brands just can’t handle. They build in the performance by using ther own proprietary innovations. Check out our video to learn why KwiKool is the technology leader in the portable industry.Read More
  • 02.06.17 Posted in Portable Air Conditioning By Margie Moschetti
    DO YOU HAVE A HARD TO SOLVE COOLING PROBLEM? Are tight budgets or flexibility issues creating havoc? KWIKOOL has over 50 Solutions that can help! KwiKool portable air conditioners are powerful and durable industrial models. Made in America, these ceiling -ducted portable cooling systems are ideal for industrial plants, server rooms, hospitals, offices, and more. Server, Electrical and Data Equipment Rooms Information technology managers with budget or flexibility issues need affordable air conditioning option to cool high heat load server rooms.Read More
  • 16.05.17 Posted in Compressed Air By Margie Moschetti
    Refer to our compressed air loss table.Read More
  • 20.02.17 Posted in Quick Reference Guides By Margie Moschetti

    There are many different types of flanges found worldwide.  Most common include ASA, ANSI, and ASME (USA) PN/DIN (European), BS10 (British/Australian), and JIS/KS (Japanese/Korean).  These can be interchangeable as most local standards have been aligned to ISO standards.  However, some local standards are different.  For example an ANSI/ASME 150 flange will not mate with an ANSI/ASME 300.  

    These pressure classes have different pressure and temperature ratings for different materials.  The ANSI/ASME pressure classes for Flat-Face flanges are 125# and 250#.  The classes for ring-joint, tongue & groove and raised-face flanges are 150#, 300#, 600#, 900#, 1500# and 2500#.  

    The flange faces are also made to standard dimensions and are typically flat faced, raised face, tongue and groove, or ring joint.  

    Flange designs are available as weld neck, slip-on, lap joint, socket weld, threaded and blind.  

    Pipe flanges that are made to standards written by ASME B16.5 or ASME B16.47 are made from forged materials and machined surfaces.  B16.5 refers to nominal pipe sizes from ½” to 24”.  B16.47 covers NPS from 26” – 60”.  

    The Pressure classes do not correspond to maximum pressures in psi.  Instead, the maximum pressure is dependent upon the material of the flange and the temperature.  For example, the maximum pressure for a Class 150 flange is 285 psi and for a Class 300 is 740 psi.  

    Flanges always require bolt and nut sets and are generally specified by the standards.  

    Flanges are typically manufactured from carbon steel for piping applications.  However, there are many industry standard flanges that in some circumstances require different materials of construction.

    Visual examples of the various types of flanges:

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  • 16.11.16 Posted in Calculators By Margie Moschetti
    Please click "Read More" to utilize our Drain All ROI CalculatorRead More
  • 02.11.16 Posted in Calculators By Margie Moschetti
    Please click "Read More" to utilize our Heating Liquids and Air CalculatorRead More
  • 03.10.16 Posted in Engineering Data By Margie Moschetti

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