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Condition Monitoring – It’s the New “Maintenance”

From the moment you first switch a machine on, it begins to fail. That’s a very gloomy way of looking at the plant in which you have so much invested – indeed it’s pretty down- beat approach to life in general, but in principle it’s hard to fault. From the first turn of a shaft, the bearings in which the shaft runs begin to wear, the gears it drives begin to wear; tiny fragments of metal wear off the bearing surfaces and are carried off in the lubrication system. Of course we don’t take this lying down, and we have elaborate maintenance schedules to slow the process, extend the life of our machinery, and help us anticipate major failures. But Read More

Happy 25th Birthday Aquip Systems!

A ping-pong table for a desk. A fibro garage in Como doubling as office and warehouse. That’s a brief, but accurate description of the business in which, back in 1991, Aquip’s first customers put their faith in. As things have turned out, that faith has been more than vindicated, thanks to the dedication of the husband and wife team who started the business. Aquip turned 25 this year, and its new General Manager, Jodie Draper had the pleasure of marking the occasion with a celebratory speech in which she paid tribute to Bryan and Jan Rodgers, founders of Aquip, and to everyone else who had contributed to creating a business which had seen a profit every year of its life, Read More

IICA Expo 2016

The Institute of Instrumentation, Control and Automation (IIAC) exists to foster education and collaboration, and provide bench- marking in the Instrumentation and Automation industry. Its regular networking events provide valuable opportunities to share experience and insights with attendees in related industries, and its Technology Expos, held in capital cities and regional areas around Australia, are eagerly awaited annual events. Aquip attended its first IICA Expo in 1991, and we’ve been enthusiastic participants ever since. IICA this year was a special one for us, because it’s the first year our recently opened NSW branch was represented. So we were particularly anxious to see the response from trade visitors when we exhibited at Orange in June, and when the Expo came to Read More

Save Time and Money with MSA’s Ultima X5000 Gas Detector

At Aquip we take pride in staying abreast of developments in detection technology that will improve the efficiency of our customers’ operations. This month we look at a new detector from MSA that promises to save time and money. Maintaining and calibrating a sizeable array of gas detectors can be a time-consuming and expensive undertaking. Typically, detectors can only operate one sensor at a time and have to be re- calibrated at three month intervals. And when a sensor needs changing, the detector needs to be powered down. MSA’s Ultima X5000 is the technology that’s transforming gas detection. It builds on the capability of the X5000, and is a direct retrofit, matching exactly the mountings and wire connections of its Read More

Wireless IR Gas Detectors Save Up To 80% On Installation Costs

The search for savings and the quest for safety usually tend to conflict with one another, so it’s nice to be able to blog about a unique product that brings a dramatic reduction in the costs of installation whilst maintaining the highest standards of safety in the oil and gas industry. Traditionally, gas detection has involved extensive hard-wiring, and typically includes many hard to reach locations where a detector is required, which becomes a difficult and expensive exercise. Furthermore, if the plant is shut down temporarily for an upgrade or regular maintenance, the detectors are required to shut down too, leaving gas detection dependent on handheld substitutes for the duration of the work. GasSecure GS01 The GS01, the world’s first Read More

Aquip expands into NSW

After a quarter of a century supplying best-practice flow measurement, condition monitoring, alignment and instrumentation solutions to Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory, Aquip Systems Pty Ltd is bringing its flow-measurement expertise to New South Wales. Heading up Aquip’s Warriewood facility is New Zealand-born Brent Ladbrook. Brent has many years’ experience in flow-measurement and condition monitoring, and is looking forward to assisting NSW businesses in the mining, HVAC, oil and gas, defence, manufacturing and other relevant sectors. The Aquip product range is very broad and includes a variety of flow meters such as Turbine, Oval Gear, Insertion, Turbo Pulse, Multi Piston as well as Ultrasonic Meters. Our broad range of products means that we are able to measure Read More

Be Your own Alignment Sleuth with Live Trend

If your business involves operating large rotating machinery, you’re probably familiar with the qualities of Pruftechnik’s Rotalign Ultra iS laser alignment system. Reduced maintenance costs, lower failure rates and less down time are just some of the benefits. The Rotalign Ultra iS advanced system is only capable of handling cold alignment targets. Your machinery, however, runs at various – and varying – temperatures, and small displacements over the duration of a machine run must be estimated. The higher temperature your machinery runs, and the greater the temperature differences between different parts of the coupled machinery, the harder these adjustments are to estimate successfully. Another source of alignment error is the varying loads under which machinery may operate over the course Read More

IICA Expo 2016

The Institute of Instrumentation, Control and Automation (IIAC) exists to foster education and collaboration, and provide benchmarking, in the Instrumentation, Control and Automation industries. Its regular networking events provide valuable opportunities to share experience and insights with attendees in related industries, and its Technology Expos, held in capital cities and regional areas around Australia, are eagerly awaited annual events. Aquip attended its first IICA Expo in 1991, and we’ve been enthusiastic participants ever since. IICA this year was a special one for us, because it’s the first year our recently opened NSW branch was represented. So we were particularly anxious to see the response from trade visitors when we exhibited at Orange in June, and when the Expo came to Read More

The Ultrasonic Advantage

3rd Generation Advanced Ultrasonic Technology Detects Outdoor Gas Leaks with Confidence Detecting escaped gas in confined spaces is a relatively easy task, and has a long history. Starting with the Mk 1 nose, we drafted in canaries to help us detect mine gas, and moved on to the Davy Lamp at the beginning of the 19th century. Since then, ever more sophisticated devices have been devised to meet the problem of escaping gas underground or in confined spaces. They all work, in essence, by “sniffing” for target gases. But in the open air or in large indoor spaces where small leaks are of critical importance and where escaping gas is readily dispersed, sniffing devices don’t work effectively, and it has Read More

Economical Flow Meters

    Fuel and water flow meters come in all shapes and sizes, and here at Aquip we cover the field, from highly sophisticated flow meters for applications that are especially demanding, to designs for those who need a simple, robust meter to measure a limited number of flow parameters, but with high repeatability. This article looks at these simple, economical meters, and at how you can determine which one is right for your needs. Processes that take place in corrosive environments, extremes of temperature, or which require high degrees of accuracy will require flow meters optimised for them. We carry flow meters optimised for the most gruelling conditions and for applications where retail dispensing accuracy is required. But there’s Read More