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Wednesday Webinar: Resonance- A Sleeping Giant (Webinar)

Join Kyle Bowlin and Glen Powell as they talk about what resonance is, how to detect it, and the technology available to provide economic solutions.

Webinar will take place from 2:00 – 3:30pm US Central time (Chicago). Registered users will receive a link to a recording if they are unable to watch live.

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Vibration Institute Annual Training Conference & Expo

Join Hydro at the Vibration Institute’s Annual Training Conference & Expo!

While you are enjoying the conference, stop by Hydro’s booth to talk with Kyle Bowlin, General Manager of Hydro Reliability Services, about how he helps solve customer’s problems using advanced vibration testing and modeling.

Hydro will also be showcasing our Centaur wireless condition monitoring system, including demonstrations of the analytical software using live data.

Field Testing Assesses Risk of Reducing Minimum Unit Load

With changes in the energy landscape, many older plants need to adapt to more flexible operation to fluctuating needs of the grid and remain economically viable.  This flexibility often includes operation outside of the original design of the plant and its equipment.

A Midwest coal-fired power plant recently found themselves in this position. The plant had been designed for a minimum commercial load of 350MW, but they were considering reducing the load to 300MW. Plant engineering wanted to understand what risk operation at this low capacity posed to equipment reliability operation and life. The power producer contacted Hydro Reliability Services to develop an on-site test plan for their condensate, boiler feed booster, and boiler feed pumps to better understand how this operation would impact these critical pumps. Continue reading