U.S. Navy ship sidelined in Singapore from gear damage due to under-lubrication
Incident is second gear failure on Navy combat ships in less than two months
A U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship is sidelined in port in Singapore because of damage to gears that propel the vessel, according to a memo from the service, which blamed failure to use enough lubricating oil.
The USS Fort Worth built by Lockheed Martin Corp. had damage to combining gears that let the ship run on a mix of diesel and gas turbine engines, according to the memo obtained by Bloomberg News. “There is no estimated date of completion” to the repairs, it said.
The incident is the second in little more than a month involving the vessels, which cost on average about $440 million each, according to the Congressional Research Service. The Navy towed the USS Milwaukee more than 40 nautical miles to port in Virginia last month in…
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Honeywell launches mobile app enabling real-time remote plant performance monitoring
Honeywell Pulse sends machine performance data and notifications direct to smartphones, leveraging the IIoT to optimize performance and improve safety
Honeywell Process Solutions (www.honeywellprocess.com) today launched a new app providing plant managers immediate notifications as well as real-time plant performance data and analytics direct to their smartphones.
Honeywell Pulse™, part of Honeywell’s Industrial Internet of Things network,is the company’s newest technology enablingplant managers, supervisors and others to stay connected to their enterprise – wherever they are in the world. The app brings relevant metrics and the tools to resolve issues directly to mobile devices, helping to improve efficiency and safety.
“Honeywell’s IIoT is all about data, data analytics, and especially big data analytics,” said Bruce Calder, vice president and chief technology officer…
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Johnson Controls and Tyco announce merger
New company to combine advanced data and analytics services with connectivity solutions for homes, buildings, and cities
Johnson Controls and Tyco today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company, will combine with Tyco, a global fire and security provider.
The new company will combine innovation capabilities and pipelines involving new products, advanced solutions for smart buildings and cities, value-added services driven by advanced data and analytics and connectivity between buildings and energy storage through infrastructure integration. As a result, the new company will be able to better partner with its customers to help improve their overall performance and operations, enhancing the experience for their own customers in areas such as comfort, safety and…
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Saudi Electricity Company orders six more GE gas turbines
New units to help meet peak demands this summer in vast desert terrain
Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has ordered six GE trailer-mounted, fast-starting TM2500+ aeroderivative mobile gas turbine packages for existing power plant locations in Jizan and Tabouk to meet the fast growing demands in these areas. Equipped with black-start capability, these proven turbines can serve as emergency generators in the event of a power outage.
This order follows the successful 2015 commissioning of five TM2500+ units throughout Saudi Arabia. The new TM2500+ mobile packages are expected to be shipped to the site locations in February. Each gas turbine can deliver around 30 MW, totaling approximately 180 MW, and will be able to provide the equivalent power needed to supply nearly 70,000 Saudi households.
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Blog: Driving the IIoT through partnerships and acquisitions
LNS Research believes that the timing of these recent partnerships will be seen in the future as one of the turning points in IIoT development
The start of 2016 has brought some fascinating news from the industrial control world. First we heard that PTC has acquired Kepware, and then there was an announcement that SAP and OSISoft are partnering to bring SAP HANA and the PI System together. This news is a strong indicator that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is starting to take front stage in companies involved in industrial software.
The most exciting thing about high quality connectivity from the plant to the IIoT platform is application development. We expect the development environment on the platform to be easier to use than traditional plant level solutions and that will lead to the development of simple apps that can directly affect the plant.
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Manufacturing institute awards $15 million in six new contracts
Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute announces new research awards, targets cybersecurity standards compliance
The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, announced that it has issued six national contract research awards, including funding to test and aid compliance with the nation’s cybersecurity standards for digital manufacturing.
The projects span several digital manufacturing disciplines, but each reflects the core mission of DMDII: propelling the field of American digital manufacturing and design forward.
The new contract awards continue DMDII’s investment in digital manufacturing, building on 2015 contracts valued at over $7 million. The research and tools generated from all projects will be available on the Digital Manufacturing Commons, DMDII’s open-source online platform that…
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Building a smarter and more connected manufacturing environment.
The use of condition-monitoring data to identify when an asset is likely to fail (or when it doesn't need the maintenance work scheduled for it) necessitates a significant financial commitment as well as a mindset shift. But the ability to do advanced analytics aimed at eliminating unscheduled downtime soon won't be a nice-to-have for industrial production facilities; it will be a need-to-have. That's according to the four industry panelists featured in the session "No Downtime: The Power of Predictive Analytics” at the Smart Industry 2015 Conference in Chicago.
"If you don't get in on this movement, you will be left behind," said David Bartlett, CTO of GE Aviation. Bartlett noted that GE CEO Jeff Immelt likes to comment that the company…
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GE oil deal offers new model to prevent BP-like spills
GE Oil & Gas will pay $210 million to buy back eight blowout preventers it originally sold to Diamond Offshore
General Electric is expanding its focus on offshore drilling rig safety with a new business that will take over handling of massive underwater equipment designed to prevent well blowouts and oil spills.
Diamond Offshore Drilling has agreed to sell back its blowout preventers to GE, which will then rent them to the driller. The arrangement shifts all maintenance and repair tasks to GE, which assumes responsibility for ensuring it works properly in an emergency.
Read the full story on sltrib.com.
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Why fluid handling is fundamental to energy efficiency
Set up periodic sampling programs and trend the results to manage the fluids in your refrigeration and chiller systems.
Generally, my work at a plant starts not because someone calls to improve the refrigeration and chiller systems’ energy efficiency but because of an over-arching issue, e.g., system capacity not being met; inability to maintain temperatures; system failures, etc. Irrespective of the issues and problems in the refrigeration and chiller systems, methodology starts with a systems-approach-based data collection and an energy assessment.
So what does fluid management mean? The best explanation and analogy I can give you is our own body. We go for a physical exam periodically. We give blood and urine samples, which are sent to labs for analysis. Then at the doctor’s visit, we get our vitals monitored. The doctor combines the information…
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Manufacturing tech orders up in December, down in 2015
Close the book on a disappointing year for manufacturing technology orders, down more than 17% from December 2014
New manufacturing technology orders jumped more than 20% in December, though still less than the recent average for that month, and an overall disappointing year came to a close, according to a new report from the Association for Manufacturing Technology.
The calendar year wrapped up with order values growing 20.4% in December, just below the 22.4% average growth for that month the last five years. That marked the second-highest monthly orders total in 2015, behind only March. Overall, orders dropped 17.4% year-over-year.
The strong finish — though, again, not as strong as recent Decembers — does not change the AMT forecast for 2016, largely because orders rise at the end of the year as companies invest profits into new…
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The IIoT comes to compressed air
What does the Industrial Internet of Things mean for compressed air? Smarter control for better efficiency and easier compliance reporting.
Visit any manufacturing trade show or check out any engineering blog and you won’t be able to miss those three little words seemingly on everyone’s mind and on the tip of everyone’s tongue lately: Internet of Things. The potential application of IoT technology appears limitless, and for compressed air systems, the energy-saving impact could truly be game-changing. Here’s a look at how the Internet of Things will affect compressed air systems, and of equal importance, how end users should start preparing today for this new technology revolution.
The concept behind the IoT – connecting critical equipment with data communications and transmitting the data via the Internet – certainly is not new. As consumers, we’ve been enjoying…
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Michigan Tech receives $110,000 from GM Foundation for new manufacturing engineering initiative
Grant will provide continuing support for student activities including the Advanced Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Advanced Motorsports Enterprises, as well as pre-college STEM outreach
In an effort to expand student competencies related to the automotive industry, long-time University supporter, the General Motors Foundation, a long-time supporter of Michigan Technological University, has awarded the University a $110,000 grant through its University/Organization Partner Program.
A significant portion of the GM Foundation grant will establish a new manufacturing engineering initiative. The grant will also provide continuing support for a variety of student activities, including the Advanced Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Advanced Motorsports Enterprises, pre-college STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) outreach, underrepresented student groups and diversity programs.
The manufacturing engineering…
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Keep your machines running with 3D-printed parts
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Durability usually isn’t an issue with food machinery, but age and downtime can spell an end to its useful life. Studies suggest compounded costs of 18 to 25 percent per year are incurred when inventorying replacement parts. That’s a big disincentive for both OEMs and distributors to stock replacement parts and components, particularly for older machinery. As a consequence, food manufacturers can be forced to retire otherwise functional machinery because needed components are unavailable.
The solution lies with 3D printing, believes Peer Munck, founder and CEO of 3Discovered, a Chicago start-up that bills itself as an “online exchange platform to facilitate the buying, selling and fabricating of commercial-grade, 3D printed parts.”…
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Design for reliability: Breaking the “maintenance standard” threshold
Asset management is everyone’s business.
Formalized maintenance standards are becoming more and more common, with facilities specifying the use of specific product brands, maintenance methods, etc., as part of a larger asset management strategy.
The value of maintaining such criteria on a capital project is likely clear to any M&R team, but project engineers often like to identify (and recommend) the latest and greatest technical solution available. How should the project team handle this situation? At what point does the value of a new technology or solution become enough to break the “maintenance threshold”?
You can explore the value and opportunity that new technologies may offer via a quantitative and qualitative lifecycle cost (LCC) analysis. Weighing known variables…
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Collect the right data for the right reason
What’s the real reason why we do asset monitoring?
Everybody wants to join the connected world by using existing sensors and adding new ones to industrial equipment, but before diving in, it’s important to ask why. “What’s the real reason why we do asset monitoring—what is the challenge we’re trying to address?” asked Louise Pattison, product manager, APM Health, Meridium, of her Smart Industry 2015 session attendees. “It’s not just to gather lots of data.”
According to Pattison, there are four good reasons to monitor assets: to improve reliability, to raise productivity, to reduce risk, and to allow profitable growth by increasing production using existing assets. The reasons will vary in priority and importance at different facilities.
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Manufacturers courted with Internet of Things cloud options
Public cloud offerings from the likes of Amazon, GE and Salesforce are increasingly seen as faster routes toward building an industry IoT infrastructure
To create a foundation for the Internet of Things, manufacturers must combine multiple components, such as gateways and platforms, with an integrated collection of hardware and software. Industrial IoT implementations also require a third puzzle piece: a secure place to store high volumes of data and run the specialized analytics programs that serve up valuable insights, such as why a production line is churning out poor-quality widgets.
A growing number of vendors are offering Internet of Things cloud options and making the case that a public cloud is the best place for industrial users to run their IoT projects.
Read the full story on techtarget.com.
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Turn energy data into profit
Installing a permanent energy monitoring system is the best investment you can make in energy efficiency.
Founded in 1979 to help building owners and managers reduce energy costs, Holmes AutoPilot spent the first several years working in non-industrial facilities including schools, churches, libraries, office buildings, pools, ice arenas and shopping malls. By installing an energy monitoring system as the first step in every project, we were able to create savings of 20-67% from no-cost or low-cost changes in operation and control of existing energy systems. No new equipment or capital projects were required.
When we were managing 25-30 non-industrial buildings, we were contacted by a foundry looking for ways to reduce its utility costs. Copies of their bills showed they were spending more than all of our other clients combined. According to…
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Perspective: Ethane as primary fuel for gas turbines?
Jeffrey Goldmeer and Scot Peever of GE Power argue the case for using ethane for power generation
The search for suitable alternatives included a variety of fuels and has led to projects that may operate on a variety of fuels, including lean methane, non-methane hydrocarbons, crude oil, and syngas. The category of non-methane hydrocarbons now includes ethane and propane, which are becoming available in suitable quantities due to shale gas production in the US.
The case for ethane is similar to propane, with supply increasing dramatically as natural gas liquids from shale gas in the United States have become more plentiful. However, ethane has traditionally been used exclusively as a feedstock for the petrochemical industry. With the increase in supply from unconventional gas production outpacing the current and potential future…
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In this installment of What Works, an OEM service partnership helps keep a historic paper maker up and running.
Modernization projects don't end once a new product is installed or a new service is implemented. Moreover, the ultimate success of modernization efforts rides on more than what happens in the first few weeks or months or even the first year after an installation or launch.
Edward Champagne, engineering manager at paper manufacturer Paperlogic in Turners Falls, MA, appreciates that the journey to plant modernization and better asset reliability is more of a marathon than a sprint. When it comes to his facility's generators, installed in place of 70-year-old boilers some time before Champagne joined the company in 2008, a dedicated preventive maintenance program coupled with ready expertise provided by the local vendor that made…
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Toyota to halt production in Japan after explosion at supplier
Assembly lines in Japan will go offline for a week
Toyota said Monday that it would temporarily stop its vehicle production in Japan due to a parts shortage following an explosion at a supplier.
The world's top automaker said assembly lines in its home market would go offline for a week from February 8 owing to a lack of components from affiliate Aichi Steel.
Read the full story on industryweek.com.
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U.S. manufacturing stuck in Groundhog Day loop
Much of what ailed manufacturing a year ago is still causing trouble today
Last year was one to forget for manufacturing, as American producers saw business activity and growth prospects plunge. And unfortunately for those working in the embattled sector, 2016 isn't off to a much better start, for many of the same reasons that 2015 underwhelmed.
Economic activity continued to contract for U.S. manufacturers in January, according to a report released Monday by the Institute for Supply Management, as employment prospects dropped to offset slight gains in new orders and overall production.
Read the full story on usnews.com.
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Exploding hoverboards expose global lack of manufacturing standards
Will industry players step up to ensure safety of these popular personal mobility devices?
Self-balancing scooters—commonly known in the US as “hoverboards”—have entered the pop culture zeitgeist this year, and retailers are rushing to restock the shelves in time for Christmas. They’re one of the most-wanted sports items on Amazon.
But hoverboards are getting attention for another reason—they keep catching fire. How did this relatively new product manage to flood overseas markets so quickly, despite serious safety problems? The answer offers a case study in the pros and cons of China’s stunningly efficient manufacturing sector, in which a totally new product can go from blueprints to store shelves in weeks.
Read the full story on qz.com.
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Safety on a larger scale: Honeywell integrates protective solutions offerings
Related portfolio encompasses solutions for safety shutdown, process fire & gas detection, physical security, cybersecurity, and effective alarm management
Honeywell Process Solutions recently briefed ARC Advisory Group on the company's Integrated Protective Solutions offerings.
According to Honeywell, the company assembled this collection of offerings to address several needs in the market. What seems to be the most pressing market need is to create a safer and more secure environment with increased layers of protection. Key takeaways from this briefing include:
Honeywell has created an integrated and holistic approach to protect the plant, people, and environment to either avoid or enable faster and better response to abnormal situations.
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Thomas Wilk asks are you and your teams extracting top value from mobile.
I held out until 2005. That’s when I finally gave in and got a mobile phone.
It wasn’t as if I was unaware of the convenience. Various types of cell phones had been around for at least 10 years, and I was by far the last of my family and friends…
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Going wireless lets one meat processor improve safety and productivity.
Data transmission beyond a tightly controlled closed loop is nothing new for Sugar Creek Packing Co.—“We’ve used Emerson’s mesh wireless networks for seven years,” noted Edward Rodden, chief information officer—but a newly minted plant in Indiana that includes a highly automated production line provided an opportunity to create a fully connected factory of the future. Much of the plant’s new wireless communications and analytics capabilities leverage solutions from technology provider Cisco Systems. Cisco’s RJ Mahadev, lead-IoE service solutions, joined Rodden in describing the company’s new facility and technology-enabled initiatives at the Smart Industry 2015 conference.
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Digitizing knowledge transfer and training practices may be the key to reaching the incoming workforce.
Preparing a new generation of workers for careers in industry is challenging enough. Add to that a demographic wave of retirement among experienced workers, new technologies with as yet undefined requisite skills, and our propensity to informally pass knowledge from senior workers to new recruits like tales around a campfire, and industry today finds itself in a skills development crisis.
“One of the things we’ve been wrestling with is how to digitize that tribal knowledge and essentially institutionalize things like best practices and present it in a medium that the new workforce can take advantage of,” explained Rob McGreevy during a panel discussion on these and other personnel productivity issues at Smart Industry 2015 in…
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Inventables hopes to put a 3D carver into every school in the country
Additive manufacturing gets all the glory, but 3D printing still has a lot of limitations. Chicago-based Inventables is trying to bring a little of the sexy back to subtractive manufacturing.
The company offers a relatively affordable 3D carving ecosystem, which includes both hardware and the company's free Easel software. Its carvers can work with materials like wood, plastic, and metal, resulting in robust precision parts and products.
Recently, the company announced that it would be giving carvers to 50 schools in the United States. The initiative is a response to President Obama's call to create a "Nation of Makers."
Read the full story on zdnet.com.
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Relocation brings GE closer to coders and innovators, also expected to create more fluidity between big companies and startups
The big news in Boston last week was GE's decision to move its headquarters to Boston's Innovation District. It's a big endorsement of Boston's tech scene in general and a reflection of all of the great talent here.
GE isn't relocating here because Boston offered up crazy incentives. GE is moving here because it wants to be closer to coders and innovators.
It's particularly important for Boston's cleantech community. Having GE so close will further accelerate the cluster-building effects that are already making Boston a major hub of cleantech entrepreneurship.
Hopefully, GE will become an even more active partner in vital and vibrant efforts like the Northeast Clean Energy Council, Greentown Labs and the Cleantech Open.
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