December 2014

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HP Engineering Case Histories: Case 82: Be cautious when purchasing ‘first of kind’ equipment

What is the definition of “first of kind” when discussing equipment and products? The definition used in this editorial is the “first built for your company,” and it can often have..

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

What is the definition of “first of kind” when discussing equipment and products? The definition used in this editorial is the “first built for your company,” and it can often have the serial number “1.” Also, it could mean a uniquely new design for nontraditional processing equipment or larger size; it could have higher horsepower (hp) or speed and operate at different temperatures, pressures or product properties. Such equipment can usually limit or stop production if it fails. As a critical component to the plant or processing unit, it must be designed correctly. Specialty equipment builders are frequently applying for newly developed processes. In these cas

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