How to Be Environmentally Friendly with Flowserve Pumps and Seals

Flowserve Pump and Pump Repair

Companies are continuously looking for ways to stay environmentally friendly while still running their plant efficiently and effectively. So, where do you begin? You can start by filling your operation with environmentally responsible solutions, like Flowserve pumps and seals.

Flowserve is a leading manufacturer of flow control products and services for the world’s toughest, most critical applications. As a global company, Flowserve strives to protect its communities and the environment by continuously improving its products and services. Flowserve is the go-to resource for environmentally responsible solutions that solve the toughest challenges of fluid motion control.

Leading a Role in Clean Energy

Flowserve pumps play a leading role in clean energy, greenhouse gas reduction and potable water supply efforts. The company’s products provide customers with unequaled expertise in the successful application of pre-engineered, engineered, and special-purpose pumps and systems.

Providing Environmentally-Friendly Benefits

Flowserve’s collection of mechanical seals provides users with safety and environmental benefits. They have application in the oil and gas, pharmaceutical, chemical processing, mineral and ore processing, and general industries, and are proven to help customers improve reliability, make a positive environmental impact and reduce operating costs.

Meeting Vital Safety Standards

Environmental protection, extended service life and safe operation are at the core of every pump and seal that Flowserve manufactures. Flowserve pumps and seals are engineered to meet vital performance and safety standards, and are engineered to perform specific functions for unique flow control environments.

For more information on Flowserve products and how they can help you remain environmentally friendly while exceeding operational goals, contact an OTP expert today.

Choosing the Best Bearing for your Application

Mounting and installation errors are the second-leading cause for bearing failures — accounting for almost 27% — and generally result in production downtime and increased cost. It should come as no surprise that not all bearings are created equal, and choosing the best seal and shaft locking mechanism for your bearing will increase the overall performance and life.

Reduce Downtime

 When selecting your next bearing, determine if the application has:

  • High speed
  • High contamination, or
  • High heat

Each of these conditions requires a specific seal to obtain maximum performance. Most importantly, applying the correct seal will result in a reduction in downtime.

  • Clearance seals: High-temperature and high-speed capabilities; contamination prevention is low
  • Light contact seals: Moderate temperature capability, high-speed capability and good contamination prevention
  • Heavy contact seals: Moderate temperature capability, very low-speed capability; best option to prevent contamination
  • Auxiliary seals: Best option to maximize bearing protection and life when combined with other seals

Increase Performance

When it comes to getting a job done, performance is key. In addition to applying the correct seal, there are several shaft-locking mechanisms to consider:

  • Set screw/set collar: Works great in most applications but may come loose under high load or speed, or if shaft is slightly undersized
  • Eccentric collar: Slightly better than a set screw; tightening direction is critical
  • Concentric clamping: Provides great holding power, does not damage the shaft and reduces vibration
  • Tapered adapter: Provides excellent grip force, the best concentricity, low vibration and the longest life

Choosing the best bearing for your application is just the first of five important tips for successful bearing installation. Learn how to install your bearings correctly the first time by accessing Rexnord’s free, expert-led webinar hosted by Mark Czubak, principal engineer for bearings at Rexnord.

For more information about specific bearing products, contact an OTP expert today!

 

Ohio Transmission Corporation acquires assets of New Jersey branch of Argo International Corp.

Acquisition expands presence in the Northeast region, fits perfectly with OTC’s industrial pump, electrical, and service and repair businesses

COLUMBUS, Ohio — January 30, 2017 — Ohio Transmission Corporation, an industrial equipment distributor and service provider headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, announces the acquisition of the assets of the Somerset, N.J. branch location of Argo International Corporation.

The New Jersey branch of Argo International Corp., is an industrial distributor focused on the industrial markets for pumps, repairs, and electrical products. The Somerset, N.J., branch will operate as a branch location of OTP Industrial Solutions, which provides expert solutions for industrial pumps, electrical, motion control, fluid power, spray finishing, and power transmission systems.

“Argo New Jersey is a strong Flowserve pump and repair distributor that expands our presence in the densely populated Northeast United States and is a perfect fit with our industrial pump, electrical, and service and repair businesses,” said Phil Derrow, president and CEO of Ohio Transmission Corporation. “Most importantly with all of our acquisitions, we welcome the addition of new associates to our team. OTC is a people-focused business with product and service experts who know how to help customers find the right solutions. Our eight new associates in New Jersey are excited to join our fast-growing company and we’re excited to work with them.”

With this acquisition, Ohio Transmission Corporation now has 28 locations throughout the South and the Midwest and Northeast regions, along with 12 service shops. The addition of Argo’s eight associates brings Ohio Transmission Corp.’s total employment to more than 780 employees.

“The addition of Argo in New Jersey reinforces OTP’s commitment to our pump, electrical, and service and repair business and strengthens our presence in the Northeast in conjunction with our Ohlheiser fluid power and automation-focused branch in Newington, Conn.,” said Rob Webb, president of OTP Industrial Solutions. “Our customers value the expertise of our associates and the professionalism we bring to every relationship. The associates of Argo N.J., are a perfect fit to help OTP deliver what matters most to our customers.”

As a branch of OTP Industrial Solutions, Argo N.J., will have access to OTC’s vast product and service offerings and support resources. The acquisition provides significant growth opportunities for Argo’s associates and will provide its customers with a more comprehensive set of technical solutions.

“Joining with OTP is exactly the right choice for our team and I couldn’t think of a better partnership,” said Anne Russell, General Manager of Argo N.J. “I’ve known OTP for more than 20 years when I was national manager for distribution with Flowserve Corp. They have always been a highly professional and customer-focused company, and their commitment to investment and growth will be great for our customers and associates.”

Increase Performance and Sustainability with a Grundfos Pump

Grundfos Pump is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of high-efficiency centrifugal pump products.

Pumps Designed with You in Mind

No matter your application, an efficient, energy-saving pump solution is required. Grundfos pumps and processing equipment are built with high-performance and sustainability in mind. Grundfos Pump understands that an increase in your pump efficiency can be achieved through a combination of small, innovative design refinements. That’s why you can depend on Grundfos for their high-quality, dependable products.

Reliable Pumps for all Applications

Featuring unique stainless steel construction and the latest in electronics, Grundfos Pump is recognized for reliability and value throughout the world — wherever water moves.
Its full-range pump solutions fulfill a variety of needs, from heating and cooling to simple pressure boosting. From the largest, most complex applications to the smallest, Grundfos uses its in-depth pump knowledge and unrivaled range of intelligent pumping systems.

Pump Repair and Maintenance

Need to repair your Grundfos pump? OTP Industrial Solutions can help! When you choose OTP Industrial Solutions as your local pump, gearbox and rotation equipment repair shop, you are guaranteed a quality repair — on time and on budget.

For more information on Grundfos pumps and repairs, contact an OTP expert today.

Get Your Rotating Equipment Ready for the New Year

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Don’t waste time worrying about the operation of your pumps, gearboxes and other rotating equipment in 2017. This year, get ahead and minimize your total maintenance and operation costs by taking care of repairs early. OTP Industrial Solutions’ factory-trained technicians specialize in industrial equipment and pump repair services and are on standby at our local, in-house repair shops to bring your rotating equipment back to spec.

Consider the following pump and gearbox repairs to make sure your rotating equipment runs properly and efficiently all year long while minimizing your Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF).

Equipment Balancing

Test and balance rotating elements ¬— individually or as an assembled unit — to increase the life of your rotating equipment. This helps prevent premature bearing failures while reducing damaging shaft deflection, and it will help increase the overall life of your equipment.

Machining

Now is the perfect time to repair any equipment that could use some fabrication or modification. Whether it needs rebowling, surface grinding or line shaft couplings, staying ahead of equipment repairs can save you from a huge headache later in the year.

The full-service machine shops at OTP specialize in fabrication and modification of parts and assemblies to best support the needs of our repair facilities and customers.

Preventative Maintenance and Equipment Monitoring

Monitoring your rotating equipment will ensure that your operations run smoothly all year long. You can also minimize downtime this year by getting long-term support through a preventive maintenance plan.

When you choose OTP Industrial Solutions as your local pump and gearbox repair shop, you are guaranteed a quality repair — on time and on budget. Start your year off right! Contact the experts at OTP or visit one of our repair shops to discuss your repair needs.

Ohio Transmission Corporation acquires C & C Industrial Sales, LLC, and Midway Industrial Supply, Inc.

Recent acquisitions position OTC as a national leader in finishing, sealants and adhesive applications technologies and service

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dec. 19, 2016 — Ohio Transmission Corporation, an industrial equipment service provider and distributor headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, announces the acquisition of both C & C Industrial Sales, LLC, and Midway Industrial Supply.

C & C Industrial Sales, LLC, known in the marketplace as CCIS, is headquartered in Gallatin, Tenn., with a second location in Raleigh, N.C., and specializes in spray finishing systems, installation, service and repair across the south and southeastern United States. Midway Industrial Supply, Inc., headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., also specializes in spray finishing systems as well as sealant and adhesive application systems to industrial customers throughout the upper and central Midwest region, along with Midway Industrial’s recent acquisition of Contrast Equipment Company based in Kansas City, Mo. The companies will operate as divisions of OTP Industrial Solutions, which provides technical sales and service for industrial spray finishing, sealant and adhesive, automation, pumps, motion control, fluid power, and power transmission systems.

“Both CCIS and Midway Industrial are leaders in their respective markets with outstanding associates and management teams,” said Phil Derrow, president and CEO of Ohio Transmission Corporation. “Together with OTP’s already strong presence in the finishing, sealant, and adhesive application markets in several states, the addition of CCIS and Midway will make OTP a national leader with the ability to provide customers with unmatched system integration capabilities. OTP’s expertise in robotic and factory automation technologies also adds exciting new capabilities to better serve Midway’s and CCIS’s customers.”

With this acquisition, Ohio Transmission Corporation now has 27 locations throughout the South and the Midwest and Northeast regions, along with eight service shops. The addition of CCIS’s and Midway’s combined 75 associates brings Ohio Transmission Corporation’s existing workforce to more than 750 employees.

“The addition of CCIS and Midway reinforces OTP’s commitment to provide each of our customers with expert solutions in every one of our markets and product categories.” said Rob Webb, president of OTP Industrial Solutions. “Our customers value the expertise of our associates and the professionalism we bring to every relationship. The associates of Midway and CCIS are a perfect fit to help OTC deliver what matters most to our customers.”

As divisions of OTP Industrial Solutions, CCIS and Midway will have access to OTC’s vast product and service offerings and support resources. The acquisition provides significant growth opportunities for the associates of all of the companies and will provide customers with a more comprehensive set of technical solutions.

“Bringing our companies together, without a doubt, brings more opportunities for CCIS employees, its suppliers and, most importantly, the customers we serve,” said Wade Hickam, CCIS’s CEO. “As customers continue to reduce in-house technical capabilities, we will be even better positioned to provide the finishing and related products they utilize in their operations as well as the required technical support that goes along with it. Our combined capabilities will be unmatched in the industry.”

“Having led Midway’s acquisition of Contrast Equipment two years ago, I know the opportunities and benefits that a larger company can bring to associates, customers, and suppliers,” said Greg Dvorsak, CEO of Midway. “Joining forces with OTC is a great opportunity to create the best finishing, sealant and adhesive application company in the country. The people and culture of OTC are a perfect fit for us.”

About Ohio Transmission Corporation

Established in 1963, Ohio Transmission Corporation is one of the largest industrial distributors and service providers in the United States. Its divisions include OTP Industrial Solutions, a provider of expert solutions for industrial spray finishing, motion control, fluid power, power transmission and pumping systems, and Air Technologies®, a compressed air system equipment and service provider and the largest distributor of Atlas Copco compressed air equipment in North America. Ohio Transmission Corporation maintains locations throughout the South and the Midwest and Northeast regions. Ohio Transmission Corporation’s more than 750 associates share its founding vision of delivering excellent value through work with integrity. For more information, please visit www.otpnet.com and www.aircompressors.com.

About CCIS

C&C Industrial Sales, LLC, opened in 1977 in Gallatin, Tenn., and has grown to be a premier distributor of finishing equipment. CCIS specializes in offering top-of-the-line brands of spray finishing systems as well as the installation, service and repair of equipment. For more information, please visit www.ccisinc.com.

About Midway Industrial Supply

Midway Industrial Supply, founded in 1955 to serve the growing industrial market in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota, specializes in supplying industrial companies with spray finishing systems as well as sealant and adhesive application systems. The corporate headquarters in Minneapolis, Minn., includes a demonstration lab, a large warehouse parts department and a complete repair facility. For more information, please visit www.midwayis.com.

LEESON Electric Talks Motor Selection and Energy Reduction

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LEESON Electric is one of the premier electrical manufacturers that OTP Industrial Solutions represents. We are proud to continue this partnership and provide our customers with the very best from LEESON Electric.

LEESON Electric is the world’s most customer-focused motor, gear motor and drives company and they continue to provide great products and advice to their customers and distributors.

Read one of LEESON’s recent articles titled “Reducing Food Processing Plants’ Energy Costs” to find out how to select the best motor for your plant and specifically, how high efficient wash-down motors can make a positive impact on energy costs.

Interested in learning about more ways to increase your plant’s energy efficiency? Contact the OTP Industrial Solutions experts to get all of your questions answered.

 

Helpful Advice from LEESON Electric

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OTP Industrial Solutions is a proud LEESON Electric distributor and we are pleased to continue this partnership to provide the very best for our customers.

LEESON Electric is the world’s most customer-focused motor, gear motor and drives company and they continue to provide great products and advice to their customers and distributors.

Read the article from LEESON Electric titled “Cooling Tower Motors Reduce Energy Costs” for some great advice on how to increase hospital energy savings: consider upgrading the fan motors in cooling towers.

To find more ways to reduce operation costs and increase energy efficiency, contact the OTP Industrial Solutions experts.

 

Considerations When Purchasing Rexnord Filament Bearings

 

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Our partners at Rexnord Corporation address common questions our customers have when purchasing bearings, such as Rexnord’s filament bearings. What is a filament bearing? When would you use one? OTP Industrial Solutions and Rexnord team up to help our customers make an informed purchase decision.

 

What is a filament bearing? 

“Filament” is a general term to designate filament wound, non-metallic composite bearings. The structure of the filament bearing should be reinforced with continuous filaments of fiberglass or another material helically wound around a mandrel.

 

When should you use a filament bearing?

Among the most common filament bearing applications are agricultural machinery, construction equipment, energy processing equipment, food and beverage processing equipment, forest product processing equipment, hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders, lift systems, material handling machinery, mining equipment, recreational vehicle clutches, sailboats, stern drives, and water management valves and actuators.

When considering filament bearings, keep in mind that straight sleeve configurations work well in oscillatory (pivoting), linear sliding and slow-speed full rotation applications like those found in recreational vehicle clutches, construction equipment and water management butterfly valves. Hex and square bore configurations are used in applications such as agriculture and wood processing equipment. These configurations provide torque transmission or prevent shaft rotation, while allowing linear motion. Linear configurations work well in harsh applications like contaminated or wash-down environments, as well as food packaging machinery and factory automated production lines.

 

When considering your filament bearings, keep in mind the importance of:

  • Self-lubricating features that reduce maintenance time
  • Corrosion and moisture resistance, meaning they can perform when submerged in fresh or salt water
  • Non-metallic composite material that will not seize to a shaft
  • Non-metallic options that could be up to 77 percent lighter in weight than steel bearings and 30 percent lighter than aluminum bearings
  • Electrical insulation

 

Contact us today to learn more about Rexnord filament bearings and get the answers to all of your bearings questions.

 

Omron F3SG Series – The Standard in Safety Light Curtains

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In the world of machine safety, the most important thing to be concerned with is human safety. The new Omron F3SG Series safety light curtain provides a tailored opportunity to select one single light curtain to ensure human safety, while reducing set-up time and installation.

Omron developed its new F3SG “global” light curtain to provide the most cost-effective light curtain in the industry, equipped with all of the features required to increase production, reduce maintenance costs and ensure safety for your employees.

Omron F3SG exclusive features

The Omron F3SG Series light curtains come with the latest advancements in technology. The features include:

  • A reduced frame size
  • New set-up options
  • QR codes
  • IP 67 rating
  • Global standards and support
  • Advanced muting functions
  • Optical synchronization
  • Blue tooth and SC manager software
  • Easy to view diagnostics

User Friendly

Using the QR code makes troubleshooting easy. Just scan the QR code on any smart phone and you will gain immediate access to multilingual maintenance manuals and troubleshooting guides in order to help you reduce machine downtime and increase productivity.

This advanced model allows you to cover fixed or floating blanking and muting applications, which are common in most industrial facilities. Chose from the F3SG-RE “economy” or the F3SG-RA “advanced” models to satisfy applications from simple on/off operation to the most complicated machine safety.

OTP Industrial Solutions carries a variety of Omron Automation and Safety products and its experts have specialized product knowledge. Contact your local OTP location to have them bring a demonstration unit to your site and show you the advancements in the new Omron F3SG Series light curtains.