What impact is the cloud having on asset management and condition-based maintenance?

Cloud-based technologies are connecting plants, people, and machine data in new ways – but is the cloud right for you?

Thomas Wilk, Editor in Chief
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The Plant Services 2015 Disruptive Technology series is a quarterly look at technology innovations that are generating rapid changes in how plant managers and engineers approach their jobs. The series continues this month by investigating the ways that maintenance and reliability professionals are balancing the benefits of cloud-based technologies and applications with the risks – both perceived and real. Are you and your plant ready for the cloud? Whether the cloud is addressed directly by name or folded into the conversation as "remote management" or "managed services," the industry is buzzing so much lately about the potential of cloud-based technologies to drive…

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Reliable Plant 2015

April 21-23
Cleveland, Ohio

Now in its 16th year, Reliable Plant serves as the leading, annual conference and exhibition for machinery lubrication, oil analysis and reliability professionals. Join more than 1,000 of your colleagues and industry thought leaders in Cleveland, OH on April 21-23, 2015 at the Cleveland Convention Center. No other industry event offers extensive pre-conference workshops and learning sessions covering today’s trends, technologies and issues. Attendees gain useful insight in multiple areas of lubrication, oil analysis and reliability. 

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