Arkansas Industrial Machinery (AIM), a distributor of high quality air, gas, and liquid handling equipment, has supported a leading manufacturer of pine plywood panels for several years. As one of the world’s largest suppliers of plywood to the construction industry, this manufacturer has worked with AIM to source pumps and other industrial equipment for a variety of applications in their production facility.
When Barry Morgan, Industrial Consultant with AIM, learned about the excessive repairs that had been performed on a vertical turbine pump operating in the manufacturer’s condensation bark pit, he made a recommendation that enabled the plywood producer to drastically reduce their maintenance expenses.
The plywood producer had spent $46,000 per year for repairs! Morgan discussed switching the vertical turbine pump, which was being pulled for repair every 6 to 7 months, to a BJM Fahrenheit® Pump that would be better suited for their high-temperature application.Read More
Americans discard an estimated 34 million tons of plastic each year, creating the need for more plastic recycling facilities in the U.S. In September 2016, a brand new bottle recycling center opened in North Carolina to process about 75 million pounds of reusable plastic bottles. Prior to construction, the recycling company consulted with Tencarva Machinery to discuss rotating equipment that would be needed throughout the facility.
Understanding the Applications
This new recycling facility is designed to receive large bales of compressed PET bottles – bales approximately 6 ft.3 in size. These bales are dismantled, and the bottles are sorted and shredded into much smaller plastic pieces prior to being sent through a series of processes. Because PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is semi-porous and typically absorbs food and beverage molecules, the shredded plastic must be finely chopped into ‘flakes’ and thoroughly washed and dried.Read More
Federal standards exist to protect groundwater by requiring some landfills to use plastic liners to collect and treat leachate. Leachate, which is the resulting liquid that drains or ‘leaches’ through a landfill after it rains, can vary widely in composition; depending on the age of the landfill and the type of waste the landfill may contain. When a new wastewater treatment facility was being built right next to an existing landfill, the specifying engineers had to consider how leachate entering their pumping processes might affect the safety of the plant personnel and the pumping equipment.
While the specifying engineers at the consulting design firm were reviewing the requirements of one 15-foot deep sump inside the wastewater treatment plant, they determined that the process required:
- Pumps with explosion-proof motors.Read More
We’ve all seen it in movies…prison inmates sneaking cigarettes and other contraband from one person to another while guards are not looking; and while these scenes from cinema may be highly dramatized, the reality is that goods do get smuggled throughout prisons and correctional facilities. One correctional facility located in the Great Plains region had to deal with the very real consequences of smugglers’ tape being flushed down toilets.The Challenge
While there is great effort made to restrict the flow of contraband throughout a prison, this correctional facility struggled to keep unwanted materials from entering the sewage system. Tape, pieces of cloth, and other evidence of contraband smuggling were being flushed through the septic system and made their way into a wastewater sump located outside of the correctional facility.Read More
Potato chips – they’re almost as American as apple pie. They are ubiquitous in our lives, commonly showing up at lunch time and featured prominently at picnics and pot lucks.
Details around the invention of potato chips vary depending on the source, but it’s generally agreed that in 1853 a man named George Crum, who was a cook at Moon’s Lake House in Saratoga Springs, New York, developed what we now think of as “traditional” potato chips.
The Birth of an Industry
At that time, it wasn’t uncommon for potatoes to be fried. In fact, it was common enough that recipes for fried potatoes showed up in several cookbooks of the day. But they were far from the crunchy, salty, satisfying morsels we have today.Read More