Equipment Tools, Calculators, and Charts

Shaft Work Calculator

Equipment

This calculator allows for the calculation of shaft work and the optimal sizing of a rotating shaft under a torque load

Shaft Work Calculator

Fan Size/Air Changes

Equipment

Choose to solve for either fan displacement (CFM) or air changes per hour using this tool.

Fan Size and Air Changes

HVAC Sizing Calculator

Equipment

Designed for a modular enclosure designed in accordance with the International Building Code

HVAC Sizing Calculator

Equipment Education

Do Electric Cars Have Gears?

Electric cars generally do not have gears as they don’t have multi-speed transmissions. Electric vehicles receive power via an electric motor. The electric motor produces a consistent amount of torque…

Optical Comparator – Purpose, Accessories, and Alternatives

One of the best instruments to check and measure the dimensions of tiny manufactured parts is an optical comparator. It allows the operator to obtain accurate measurements of items that…

Restriction Orifices – Process Fluid Control

Restriction orifices (RO) provide economical and simple flow control in piping systems. This flow device limits the pressure or flow rate of a fluid to meet processing requirements. It consists…

Flame Arrestor

The flame arrestor, sometimes spelled as flame arrester, is a device that connects to a piping system that allows gas, liquids, etc. to flow through it while ceasing the entry…

Pump Cavitation

In many piping systems, pumps are crucial to the proper operation of the system. In some cases, the intended flow characteristics are not met which causes operational issues. Among those…

Fractioning Column

Fractioning columns are devices used heavily in distillation processes and primarily associated with chemical plants. Distillation is the method in which essential components of a mixture are separated or purified…

Diesel vs. Gas Engine Life Expectancy

A standard internal combustion engine features either diesel or gas as its source of fuel. The two vary mainly in their ideal applications and the ways in which they function,…

Generators: Function and Types

A generator is a device that converts kinetic energy into electric energy. Generators are used as back up power sources during storms, emergencies, or any other sort of power outages…

Transformers

A transformer is a device used in electronic systems and is used in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity. They allow for efficient current transfer over long distances via…

Process Filters – Gas & Liquid – Specification, Types, & Maintenance

Process filters clean liquid and gas to meet purity requirements in industrial applications. Required filtering considers the contaminants to be removed and often occurs in tandem with knock-out drums, electric…

VFDs: Variable Frequency Drives

Variable frequency drives (VFDs) are a type of motor controller that drives a motor by varying its input frequency and voltage. This allows VFDs to control the speed and power…

Centrifuges: Function and Types

Centrifuges make use of the mechanical force to separate fluids and solids of varying densities. Force is applied perpendicularly to the axis of spin. In this article, you will learn…

Pumps: Types and Operation

A pump is a mechanical device that utilizes energy to transport fluids. Various sources including electrical motors, wind power, or manual force application may provide the energy to make pumps…

Turbines: Types and Operation

Turbines are machines for producing continuous power in which a wheel or rotor, typically fitted with vanes, is made to revolve by a fast-moving flow of water, steam, gas, air,…

Compressors: Types and Applications

Industrial compressors are used for a variety of tasks, from creating plastic bottles to providing breathing air in confined spaces.  The basic functionality of a compressor is to increase the…

Electric Motors: Design, Usage, and Applications

Electric motors have a broad range of applications, from children’s toys to huge industrial fans. Electric motors are known for their versatility and ability to supply power in numerous applications….

Heat Exchangers: Design and Types

Heat exchangers are a common piece of industrial equipment. Knowing when to specify heat exchangers as well as design and construction details is a highly valuable skill. This article reviews…

Electric Heaters: Function and Types

Electric heaters show up in a lot of industrial applications and it is important to understand where and why heaters are used. In this article, you will learn when electric…

Electrostatic Precipitators: Usage and Applications

Electrostatic precipitators (ESP) are filtration devices that remove fine particles from flowing gas through the use of an induced electrostatic charge. ESPs apply energy only to the particulate matter being…