Heating Up Industry

Heating Up Industry

Large Farm Equipment

There are areas of the world where farms are huge and require equally large farm equipment. Each year the equipment and technology that drives productivity growth in agriculture continue to evolve helping farmers feed the world. 

March 27 was the last day of National Agriculture Week in the US.  Designed for promoting agriculture, the companies, and the families that help produce food feeding and fueling the world.

Agriculture is an international powerhouse and economic driver around the world.  Vast areas of most countries are dedicated to agriculture.  It is estimated that 28% of the world’s population, some 1 billion people work in the agricultural sector in 2018.  This is down from 44% in 1991 for a variety of reasons.

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Farm Equipment & Machinery

Equipment & Machinery Used In Agriculture Farming and Agriculture have become synonyms throughout the world. Depending on your location, the machinery used for agriculture ranges from hand labor with shovels to the world's most technologically advanced equipment. From family vegetable gardens to thousand-acre farms, tools and machinery reduce labor and increase output.  After hundreds of years of a global evolution in farming, disparities exist between poorer countries and economically strong neighbors. The contrasts aren't just economic. Soil, weather, water, and climate also separate poor agriculture from the prosperous.   Farms come in all shapes and sizes. The definition of a...

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Gas & Oil Pipeline Machinery

Gas and Oil Pipeline Construction Machinery Gas and oil pipeline equipment sits idle now that the Keystone XL pipeline again comes to a standstill. The immense amount of equipment and materials used for any pipeline construction is hard to conceive without pictures and a list of quantities or investments. Imagine the Keystone XL pipeline for pumping heavy oil-sand crude from Canada to Texas Gulf. A total of 1,210 miles of the pipeline was to be built. Dozens of construction contracts, thousands of workers, tons of pipe and materials, and hundreds of equipment pieces.   Every mile required construction equipment specifically designed...

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When Pipeline Machinery Froze in Texas

Oil & gas pipeline machinery froze in Texas during the winter storm starting a chain reaction that caused deaths, food and water shortages, and power plant shutdowns.  

The machinery at pumping stations, valves, and even the pipes weren’t protected from the freezing temperatures.  Houston and the areas surrounding aren’t normally subjected to cold and snowy conditions. The equipment associated with and operating the pipeline infrastructure were protected as it might be in Alaska, Dakotas, or Nebraska.

In Northern geographic locations pipelines and the machinery that operates them are protected through insulation and heating devices specifically designed to protect against the cold.

PTC ceramic element heaters are often used for heating in these harsh climates.  The unique temperature control devices take up little room, aren’t combustible, and self-controlling.  PTC stands for positive temperature coefficient which manages resistance in reverse relationship to the temperature.  Once the set-point temperature is reached the increasing resistance shuts down the circuit.The same characteristics offer fast warm-up due to low resistance at cooler temperatures.

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US Timber Equipment

Like construction equipment, to provide a reasonable return on investment, Forestry/Timber Equipment must be continuously operated during daylight and sometimes nighttime hours.  The Internet of Things has arrived on the new equipment to facilitate operations, but it still takes a workforce to operate the machinery.

These operations are not indoors, where they are often climate-controlled surroundings.  The source of trees for logging is more likely to be in rural or remote areas where the equipment and operators are subject to adverse environmental conditions.  Until robotics advance further, these operators must perform at top speed and efficiency for a long. periods

Modern equipment for the forest industry has enclosed cabs protecting operators from sun, rain, wind, cold, and heat.  This equipment needs to be very dependable and have a long time between failures.  It is hard to call an airconditioning maintenance specialist when the equipment is 3-4,000 feet up on the side of a mountain or in the remote bottomland.

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