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Category: plant efficiency

The Real Cost of Downtime

Downtime, or any period of time when a machine is not in production, is the largest source of lost production time for most manufacturers. As obvious as downtime is when it occurs, most companies seriously underestimate their true downtime costs—in fact, over 80% of companies aren’t able to accurately calculate… Read More

6 Ways to Encourage Manufacturing Efficiency

Industries of all kinds rely heavily on the efficiency of their manufacturing for both the quality of their products, and keeping the costs of those products reasonable for their consumers—because we all know, the less efficient (and therefore more expensive) your manufacturing process, the more expensive your products have to… Read More

Two Main Problems Power Plant Managers Face Every Day

Power plant managers have to do a balancing act, juggling multiple things in order to keep their plants running efficiently and keeping stakeholders happy. The trouble is, there are so many problems a plant manager faces on a day-to-day basis that it can be difficult to keep on top of… Read More

How to Increase Heat Rate in Coal Power Plants

Heat rate, as any power plant engineer knows, is the amount of energy a plant has to expend in order to generate a unit of work or electricity. It’s expressed in Btu/kWh, or how many Btu/hr of energy are needed to generate one kW. For decades, the gold standard of… Read More

How Does U.S. Coal Power Plant Efficiency Stack Up?

When it comes to coal power plants, efficiency is the name of the game. Ultimately, more efficiency means fewer bottom-line costs. Higher efficiency ratings mean that coal is more competitive against natural gas and renewables. All other things considered equal, pursuing higher efficiency can be one of the best decisions… Read More