Alon USA's Big Spring Refinery suffered an explosion that completely shut it down; the first order of business was simple?respond, restart and rebuild.
Hydraulic systems play a critical role in press operation, enabling the transfer and concentration of enormous force to press metal into desirable shapes in very hostile environments. However, conventional hydraulic systems can be highly inefficient, and lack the precise control necessary to achieve the highest levels of quality and productivity.
Survey results would indicate that this segment has not been hit as hard as others by current economic conditions.
Although this segment has been hit hard in recent years due to natural disasters in the Gulf of Mexico and a lack of interest in building more refineries, it is still surprising to see that investments in this sector could take a pretty dramatic step backwards in 2009.
As could be expected with a general grouping like this, which includes a wider range of facilities with varying production focuses, responses show some interesting ranges.
Although this encompasses a range of facilities with varying plants, respondents seem to be unified in taking a less severe, yet cautious attitude when looking ahead to 2009 purchases.
While the processing marketplace is not immune to cutbacks, the pharmaceuticals segment offers more promise than most.
The most significant issues for this sector seem to stem from fewer capital equipment purchases being made over one year ago, and as a result, maintenance costs have increased, thereby impacting operational efficiency.
As could be expected with the changes in its business climate, this segment will not be among the most dynamic when it comes to purchasing in 2009.
While at a slower pace than last year, survey respondents show that a strong interest in purchasing new equipment and implementing new technology still persists.
It’s not quite as dramatic as a pioneer looking to the horizon and seeing the entire West laid out in front of him, but when Glenn Gibisch surveys the landscape at 3 Rivers Terminal, which is located in Joliet, IL, and operated by industrial chemical packager and distributor Seeler Industries, he can easily envision a limitless future for his company and customers. By Bill Holmes
UNiGY pump-modeling hydraulic drive technology
From the onset of the civilian nuclear era (marked by President Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” speech to the United Nations in 1953) there has been a strong awareness of the importance of safety within the nuclear energy industry.
Emerson's Smart Wireless technology is helping E.ON UK accurately monitor and measure treated water usage, thus allowing trending and analysis to formulate target values at the company's Kingsnorth dual-fired power station.