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Feed Mill Spare parts management

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In today’s tough economy, I wonder what your thoughts are on keeping an extensive supply of spare parts. Can you help me formulate a spare-parts policy?
As a design/build contractor of complex operating facilities, it is essential for us to advise the owner of the spare parts recommended to maintain the effective operation of the equipment and systems and minimize the extent of any downtime.

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Concrete silo foundation project management

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How To Ensure A Successful Project
Successful project management involves a long list of skills. Here at WL Port-Land Systems, we believe that keeping things on schedule and within budget depends a lot on internal and external communication.

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Coffee cup at Professional Association Meeting

Our Thoughts

Join A Professional Association
Over the years, our company has become active in various professional organizations. Not only has this made a positive impact on the WL Port-Land employees who are members, but it shows our company’s commitment to staying current with what’s happening in the industries in which we work.

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Concrete feed mill construction workers communicating at job site

The Importance of Communication with the Field

One aspect of feed mill construction that doesn’t get much “air time” is the vital close communication during an undertaking of such magnitude.
If all mills were identical, it would be simple to submit permits and have completed drawings for the field superintendent.

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Blue Electric Motor: Facility Power Factor Correction

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Easy-To-Understand ‘Power Factor’ Part II
“Power Factor” is not a concern when discussing our residential power bills. Simply because our electricity supplier does not bill us for the reactive power required to operate these motors, this is universal across the nation for residential customers. The situation can be quite different for those responsible for paying the electric bill for a commercial or industrial facility.

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Top View of Silo: Facility Equipment Maintenance

Planning Design for Maintenance

One of the biggest hurdles we face in the engineering department is designing a facility or structure that simplifies equipment maintenance and housekeeping.
Whether we are building a feed mill, a grinding building, a finished feed tower, or a receiving system, equipment maintenance and housekeeping must be considered part of the package.

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Blue Electric Motor: Facility Power Factor Correction

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Easy-To-Understand ‘Power Factor’ Part I
Q: I’m confused by the term ‘power factor.’ Do you have a simple explanation for a guy who’s really not very technical?
A: Well, for those of you who are a little technical, the power factor is the ratio of real power to apparent power—or, in other words, pF = Real Power/Apparent Power.

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Person mopping floor for fugitive grain dust accumulations

The Importance of Good Housekeeping

Good housekeeping is a way to eliminate many hazards often cited as violations of the OSHA’s General Duty Clause, such as blocked entrances and exits; sticking doors; slip, trip, and fall hazards; lack of or improperly stocked first-aid kits; cuts and lacerations from bent/protruding objects on

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