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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao If you are a boat owner and have never once thought of equipping your boat with an autopilot, you must not be aware of the benefits (and fun) that you are missing on. Autopilots are especially helpful during long cruises, as long as they are working correctly. Image source: Salt Water Sportsman […]

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao Lubricants usually tend to limit the high temperature operation of ball and roller bearings, which are mostly used on centrifugal pumps; larger size pumps require different bearing specifications. Optimizing your bearing lubrication increases the efficiency of your machinery. A chamber metering valve meters grease onto the break. Source: DOPAG Below are the […]

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao Hydraulic power units (HPUs) are a great example of applications where variable frequency drives (VFDs) are used. A VFD uses power electronics to change the frequency of input power to the motor. This allows the VFD to control motor speed. Why is VFD important? When electric motors (e.g.: induction motors, permanent magnet […]

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao Watertight doors (WTDs) are installed to prevent the ingress of water from one compartment to another during flooding. They are usually located at the bottom part of the ship where the engines and shaft tunnel are found. They may be kept close especially when the ship is underway or may be left […]

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao Lubricants usually tend to limit the high temperature operation of ball and roller bearings, which are mostly used on centrifugal pumps; larger size pumps require different bearing specifications. Optimizing your bearing lubrication increases the efficiency of your machinery. A chamber metering valve meters grease onto the break. Source: DOPAG Below are the […]

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao The reliability of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) in emergencies has long been demonstrated in their successful missions in combat performances. The demand is expected to rise because of a UGV’s ability to perform complex operations with as minimal human intervention as possible, while still maintaining a higher level of safety. UGVs can […]

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao Image source: Fluid Power Journal Fluid power has long been seen as a dependable contributor to the US economy and continues to be the technology of choice of various industries, according to the “Annual Report on the US Fluid Power Industry,” which was released by the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA). Some […]

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao It is a natural expectation for hydraulic systems to have leaks. Most systems are designed that way to allow a fluid from a higher pressurized area to travel into a lower pressurized zone. The most common purposes for such are for the lubrication, cleaning and cooling of a specific area or component. […]

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It is normal for boat owners to pay particular attention to the exterior aspects of their boats, given that they probably would want to keep them looking well-maintained form the outside. Design and layout aside, a well-maintained boat should also have up and running systems that are safe and proven to last for years to […]

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The life expectancy of boats mostly depends on how they are used and maintained. With new wiring, motors and engine, a boat can be considered a new one. Fiberglass hulls that are well built can last a long time but their components usually need replacements or repairs along the way. But if a boat consistently […]

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