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June 2014 | Vol. XX, No. 6
At our latest Pump Guy Seminar, I got to chatting with one of the attendees to get his perspective on the content of the training. While he said the material covered was very good and would certainly be helpful to him in his role—he was a maintenance tech—it was also a frustrating reinforcement of something he already knew.
The flowmeter appeared to be properly installed, and its flow control valve located downstream was caked in ice. I went back to my office to think about what really caused the scram.
This is the way we’ve always done it. Why worry about steam cleanout? If that is the way you tend to think about thermowell design, and you are involved with piping and thermowells that are exposed to steam cleanout, then as the old Ray Charles song goes, “I’ve got news for you.”
Process pumps need instrumentation. When the velocity, flow, and pressure are not what they should be, the alteration stresses the pump. This is the reason I’ve said before that the instrumentation technician is a better friend to the Pump Reliability Engineer than the vibration analyzer or the CMMS program.
Terms and definitions related to environmental applications courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Which of the following flowmeters infer the flow of fluid passing through the flowmeter? A. Coriolis mass; B. Magnetic; C. Orifice plate; D. Oscillating piston; E. Oval gear; F. Thermal; G. Turbine; H. Venturi; I. Vortex shedder ...