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  • Ensuring Reliable Rice Production

    Capital Rice Company, an affiliate of the STC group, is one of Thailand's top rice exporters, twice receiving the Prime Minister's Export Award. To keep up with the growing demand for its white and jasmine rice products, the company recently completed a two-phase plant expansion of their Chai Nat facility in the Sapphaya district, Chai Nat province of Thailand.
  • Control 2018 Readers' Choice Awards | External Link

    We've now tabulated the Readers' Choice Awards 26 times, for more than a quarter century, and we're starting to see it as an institution—more than a habit, at least a tradition, and we think, a trusted repository of valuable information for process automation professionals who want to know which companies offer the best technology, according to their peers.
  • Positioned for profitable growth | Press release

    “In the transition year 2017, we shaped a streamlined and strengthened ABB. Now, our digital-first portfolio for customers in utilities, industry and transport and infrastructure is based on two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug, and automating industries from natural resources to finished products,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. “The annual results include the dampening effect of our massive transformation. With our targeted actions to shift our center of gravity, we have improved competitiveness, addressed higher-growth segments and de-risked ABB. We delivered four consecutive quarters of increasing base-order growth. The momentum we have built in 2017 positions us for profitable growth as the global markets are improving. Today’s proposal to increase the dividend for the 9th consecutive year demonstrates our confidence in the future.”
  • MSU honors retired Baldor Electric Company president and CEO, Dr. R.L. Qualls | External link

    Mississippi State will recognize retired Baldor Electric Company president and CEO and agricultural economics graduate Dr. R.L. Qualls of Little Rock, Arkansas, as the university’s national alumnus of the year during the Friday [Feb. 2] MSU Alumni Association 2018 awards banquet.
  • Motors Make Gains in Energy Efficiency, Process Reliability | External link

    Energy makes up 80 percent of the cost of owning and operating a motor over its lifespan. That’s why motor makers have spent decades trying to build ever more energy-efficient designs. But with standard motors already achieving 96.7 percent efficiency, current technology might be reaching its limits. Some motor manufacturers say it’s impractical to continue making significant design investments in motors if the resulting price increases will outweigh any small efficiency gains. Others are turning to tools, both old and new, that can give motors a helping hand.
  • PTFE-based polymers in hydrodynamic bearings | External link

    Hydrodynamic bearings operate by generating a pressurized oil film that fully supports a rotating shaft. There is no shaft-to-bearing contact during normal operation, with minor wear occurring primarily at startup and shutdown when the oil film breaks down. Hydrodynamic bearings are generally used in applications where the primary concern is protecting the large and expensive shaft; proper bearing material selection is critical. This article compares the properties of Babbitt/white metal and PTFE- based polymers as bearing materials in hydrodynamic bearing applications. Although research continues on new materials, the industry has found that Babbitt is currently unsurpassed among materials available today.
  • Is IoT really about making the technology accessible to the masses? | External link

    We all get the concept of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things. But, while we are told that the next components we buy are ‘IoT-ready’ or ‘Industry 4.0 compatible’, what does this actually mean? For the most part, it is about being able to harvest massive quantities of data. But, while collecting data is one thing, making sense of it and unlocking hidden insight is quite another.
  • Food Safety on our minds - IPPE 2018

    The Food and Beverage industry is converging on Atlanta, Georgia for the annual International Production & Processing Expo, January 30th - February 1st. Stop by booth C841 while at the show to get your first glimpse at our new food safe stainless steel motor platform recently announced to the market. Today, the industry is intense, competitive and technologically challenging- from consumers to retailers, end users and machine manufacturers.

Company News

  • Ensuring Reliable Rice Production

    Capital Rice Company, an affiliate of the STC group, is one of Thailand's top rice exporters, twice receiving the Prime Minister's Export Award. To keep up with the growing demand for its white and jasmine rice products, the company recently completed a two-phase plant expansion of their Chai Nat facility in the Sapphaya district, Chai Nat province of Thailand.
  • Positioned for profitable growth | Press release

    “In the transition year 2017, we shaped a streamlined and strengthened ABB. Now, our digital-first portfolio for customers in utilities, industry and transport and infrastructure is based on two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug, and automating industries from natural resources to finished products,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. “The annual results include the dampening effect of our massive transformation. With our targeted actions to shift our center of gravity, we have improved competitiveness, addressed higher-growth segments and de-risked ABB. We delivered four consecutive quarters of increasing base-order growth. The momentum we have built in 2017 positions us for profitable growth as the global markets are improving. Today’s proposal to increase the dividend for the 9th consecutive year demonstrates our confidence in the future.”
  • MSU honors retired Baldor Electric Company president and CEO, Dr. R.L. Qualls | External link

    Mississippi State will recognize retired Baldor Electric Company president and CEO and agricultural economics graduate Dr. R.L. Qualls of Little Rock, Arkansas, as the university’s national alumnus of the year during the Friday [Feb. 2] MSU Alumni Association 2018 awards banquet.
  • Motors Make Gains in Energy Efficiency, Process Reliability | External link

    Energy makes up 80 percent of the cost of owning and operating a motor over its lifespan. That’s why motor makers have spent decades trying to build ever more energy-efficient designs. But with standard motors already achieving 96.7 percent efficiency, current technology might be reaching its limits. Some motor manufacturers say it’s impractical to continue making significant design investments in motors if the resulting price increases will outweigh any small efficiency gains. Others are turning to tools, both old and new, that can give motors a helping hand.
  • PTFE-based polymers in hydrodynamic bearings | External link

    Hydrodynamic bearings operate by generating a pressurized oil film that fully supports a rotating shaft. There is no shaft-to-bearing contact during normal operation, with minor wear occurring primarily at startup and shutdown when the oil film breaks down. Hydrodynamic bearings are generally used in applications where the primary concern is protecting the large and expensive shaft; proper bearing material selection is critical. This article compares the properties of Babbitt/white metal and PTFE- based polymers as bearing materials in hydrodynamic bearing applications. Although research continues on new materials, the industry has found that Babbitt is currently unsurpassed among materials available today.
  • Is IoT really about making the technology accessible to the masses? | External link

    We all get the concept of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things. But, while we are told that the next components we buy are ‘IoT-ready’ or ‘Industry 4.0 compatible’, what does this actually mean? For the most part, it is about being able to harvest massive quantities of data. But, while collecting data is one thing, making sense of it and unlocking hidden insight is quite another.
  • Food Safety on our minds - IPPE 2018

    The Food and Beverage industry is converging on Atlanta, Georgia for the annual International Production & Processing Expo, January 30th - February 1st. Stop by booth C841 while at the show to get your first glimpse at our new food safe stainless steel motor platform recently announced to the market. Today, the industry is intense, competitive and technologically challenging- from consumers to retailers, end users and machine manufacturers.
  • Exhibiting at the largest HVACR marketplace - AHR Expo 2018

    We are headed to the largest HVACR marketplace, AHR EXPO 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The show runs January 22nd – 24th and we invite you to stop by the booth, meet our industry experts and learn how Baldor can be your partner in solving your most challenging HVAC applications.

Industry News

  • Best Places to Work in Manufacturing | External link

    Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin takes second place due to strong growth in manufacturing employment over the past few years. From 2010 – 2015, the number of manufacturing jobs in the area grew by 37.8%, a figure beaten by only 5% of metro areas in our study. The growth in jobs is accompanied by growing incomes. From 2014 to 2015 the average income for a manufacturing worker here grew by 14.7%. That’s the 13th-fastest rate.
  • Take (and keep) the load off bearings | External link

    Element material selection is a critical component in the design process for any elastomeric coupling. This is no different for axially split tire elements. Some manufacturers use a high-load-capacity polyurethane bonded to metal clamp rings. At first glance, this material would appear to be a wise choice; polyurethane is a very strong material, and the primary function of a coupling is to transmit torque.
  • Tips and Tricks to Prevent Electric Motor Headaches

    In all aspects of business, having dependable equipment is crucial to ensuring optimal performance and profitability. This couldn’t be truer in the feed and grain industry where time and productivity is of the essence. However, the conditions to which electric motors are exposed to in this environment are very different from typical electric motor applications like warehouses or manufacturing facilities.
  • EASA Convention 2017 | June 25-27, Tampa

    The annual EASA conference & convention is quickly approaching in Tampa, Florida. If your attending this year, be sure and stop by booth #501 to visit your friends from Baldor! We have an exciting lineup for EASA this year and would like nothing more than to share with you. This year’s convention runs from June 25-27 at the Tampa Convention Center.
  • Benefits of Sophisticated Motor & Drive Technologies | External link

    Always on the lookout for ways to reduce downtime and energy costs, chemical processors are turning to advanced motors and drives to help achieve these goals. Sometimes as integrated systems, sometimes not, new motors designed for premium efficiency and reliability and more sophisticated drives are helping processors increase availability and lower cost of ownership. Fortunately, motor and drive sup- pliers are working hard to provide top-notch equipment with modern features that can withstand the demanding applications found in the chemical processing environment.
  • 5 Application Errors to Avoid When Installing Spare Motors

    Cost cutting on existing equipment will include using spares from idled equipment instead of buying new ones. While this may be necessary, it may not save money if the spare is improperly matched and installed. Low oil prices are greatly affecting the investment and installation of new pumping equipment. Cost cutting on existing equipment will include using spares from idled equipment instead of buying new ones. While this may be necessary, it may not save money if the spare is improperly matched and installed. Focusing on the same horsepower (hp), revolutions per minute (rpm), frame size and voltage is not enough. Ignoring five motor application considerations discussed in this article will cause additional downtime faster than expected.

New Products

  • Food Safe Stainless Steel Motors | Designing for Food Safety

    We are proud to announce the next generation food safe, stainless steel motor platform for extreme environments within the food and beverage industry. Baldor-Reliance Food Safe motors, designed with smooth contours and advanced sealing, exceed IP69K for water, to maximize motor life in high pressure, sanitary cleaning environments.
  • Dodge Hydraulic ISAF Bearings : An easier, safer bearing to install and remove

    The Dodge Hydraulic ISAF (HISAF) mounted spherical roller bearing features a patented built-in hydraulic mounting system that makes this bearing simple to mount and dismount. Hydraulic pressure replaces physical labor, creating a safer and more accurate installation. The ease and precision of installation means less time is spent installing and removing the HISAF, reducing downtime on the equipment and labor costs associated with replacing bearings. Built to the same critical mounting dimensions as the industry standard SAF and SDAF, HISAF is a drop in interchange to existing equipment.
  • Dodge Quantis gear reducers and gearmotors now available in higher ratios

    The Quantis product family, a full line of modular gear drives, has expanded to offer four and five stages of gear reduction for all three types of gear arrangements; in-line helical (ILH), offset parallel (MSM) and right angle helical bevel (RHB). Quantis reducers and gearmotors can now be configured in ratios over 7500:1 with an output torque range up to 14,000 Nm, making the new output speed range 20-times greater than before.
  • Already Better, Now Bigger: Dodge Raptor Couplings now Offered in Larger Sizes

    We're pleased to announce the expansion of the Raptor tire coupling product line, designed to deliver up to 5.9x longer coupling life, to include sizes E100, E120 and E140, with a maximum torque rating of 340,340 in-lb. The Raptor coupling utilizes patented WingLock™ technology, an optimized elastomeric element designed to provide longer driven equipment life and increased reliability. This technology increases surface area at the most critical regions of the element, resulting in higher bond strength, improved fatigue resistance, and significantly longer coupling life than competitive urethane designs.
  • Fire Pump Motors Available from Stock

    Fire Pump motors are for use on fire pumps installed per NFPA-20. All motors meet UL requirements (File # E481231) in open drip proof enclosures designed for relatively clean and dry environments. Foot mounted motors are available from stock in ratings of 10-300 Horsepower and close coupled pump designs are available from stock in rating of 10-100 Horsepower. For custom designs please contact your local Baldor•Reliance sales representative.

Awards & Recognition

  • Control 2018 Readers' Choice Awards | External Link

    We've now tabulated the Readers' Choice Awards 26 times, for more than a quarter century, and we're starting to see it as an institution—more than a habit, at least a tradition, and we think, a trusted repository of valuable information for process automation professionals who want to know which companies offer the best technology, according to their peers.
  • SC Division of Labor Announces 2017 Safety Award Recipients

    Eighteen South Carolina businesses have been recognized by the SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation's Division of Labor for their commitment to safety. The Division of Labor's Safety Awards Program is open to all South Carolina Employers.
  • 2017 Readers Choice Award Control Design Magazine

    For the 17th straight year, Control Design Magazine has conducted an unaided ballot of their subscribers; more than 18,000 individuals who have buying influence or authority were invited to cast their votes. The ballot was created by these same people, asking them to rank their go-to sources for products and services in machine automation. For the 15th year in a row, readers selected Baldor•Reliance motors as the top choice in the Industrial Electric Motor category.
  • Malinowski Recognized for Contributions to Global Energy Efficiency

    At a recent industry affairs conference held in Zurich, Switzerland, Baldor Electric Company’s Senior Director of Industry Affairs, John Malinowski, was recognized with the MS’16 Award “for his personal engagement to make IE3 premium efficiency motors the global market standard”.
  • Companies Honored With BSAs First Ever Excellence Awards

    The Bearing Manufacturer Excellence of Innovation in Product Design Award recognizes companies for innovation and excellence in product design or technology. BSA distributor members reviewed and ranked manufacturer innovation submissions. Among the abundance of innovative product designs submitted, three submissions were chosen to be recognized for their outstanding service to the end use customer.
  • Control Design Readers' Choice Awards 2016

    For more than 15 years, Control Design Magazine has conducted an unaided ballot to more than 22,000 subscribers who have buying authority or influence at their organizations and asked them to list their go-to sources.

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