Report: Poor maintenance is main cause of maritime engine damage
Lubrication failure cited as most costly cause of damage to the main engines, with average cost of $926,000 per claim
A new report from The Swedish Club shows that incorrect maintenance and repair continues to be the most frequent cause of main engine damage – a trend which has continued unabated since the Club began monitoring the issue nearly ten years ago.
The report Main Engine Damage investigates more than 1,000 hull and machinery claims.
“Main engine damage makes up nearly 35 percent of machinery claims costs,” says Lars Malm, Director, Strategic Business Development and Client Relationship for The Swedish Club. “It is the most expensive category of claim with an average cost of over half a million U.S. dollars per claim.
With an average cost per claim of $926,000, lubrication failure is still the most costly cause of damage to the main…
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Are any of these rationales getting in the way of consistent, procedure-based excellence at your facility?
There are many myths concerning procedures, many of which are raised because of ignorance, failure to recognize human frailty, or worse, laziness. Procedures are boring! They take significant concentration and skill to produce. Few organizations believe they have personnel with the capabilities needed, so outside contractors are hired in many cases to develop them. This results in lack of buy-in to becoming a procedure-based organization.
For over 40 years I have encountered many who reject the idea that written up-to-date procedures are needed or apply to their enterprise. This article addresses 10 of the myths circulating today in industry, counters each of them with sound reasons why they are false and makes the case for any…
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Nuclear power: Keeping to the maintenance plan
Safety is paramount in the nuclear industry, and the design and specification used for equipment involved in generating plants are governed by a series of stringent regulations
The maintenance programmes in nuclear generating plants follow strict timetables with only certified contractors permitted to provide products and services, so when it comes to high-voltage motors and generators, it is important to ensure that any repairs are going to make the grade.
Nuclear power generation makes up an important part of meeting the global demand for energy, with 31 countries across the world using over 430 nuclear power plants to meet close to 14% of global electricity demand, a similar proportion to that developed by the hydro industry. With so many people relying on the nuclear industry, it is essential that it operates faultlessly, which means strict adherence to maintenance programmes.
The typical nuclear power plant…
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The IoT goes urban: Do you live in or near a smart, connected city?
From lighting and parking to rodent control and public safety, these cities are leveraging the Internet of Things to enhance service delivery and quality of life
Intelligent cities are at the forefront of the next wave of the Internet of Things. The goals are to streamline communication and improve the lives of citizens. And save a little money along the way.
One of the next big targets of the digital age is the city. The combination of technology paired with physical infrastructure and services can simplify the lives of residents. That's the promise of the "smart city."
The concept is the result of the ever-expanding Internet of Things (IoT), with transportation, utilities, and law enforcement among the many areas being impacted. This is the ideal time for such technology, since more than 60% of the world's population will live in cities by 2050, according to a report from Cisco Systems.
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When it comes to building the "connected enterprise"—that beautifully smart network of machines and facilities that will enable an industrial production company to make data-driven decisions and respond quickly to changes—you don't have to try to do everything at one time. But you do have to do something now.
Rockwell Automation CEO Keith Nosbusch
That was a key take-home message at Rockwell Automation's 24th annual Automation Fair, held this week in Chicago. Attendees (from among a record-setting more than 18,000 registrants) converged on McCormick Place to check out the latest offerings from vendors and hear perspectives on what it takes to build and take advantage of connected architectures.
Here, five points made in forums and…
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Back to basics guide: Gear pumps
Understanding the many benefits of these positive-displacement pumps.
Gear pumps rely on two meshing gears to cause liquid flow. They are precision machines with extremely tight fits and tolerances, and are capable of working against high differential pressures. They come in two types: two gears with external teeth or one gear with external teeth within another with internal teeth.
The most common uses for gear pumps are to move chemical and petrochemical liquids that have relatively high viscosity; to supply fuel oil for burners or other facilities; and to transfer gasoline, kerosene, fuel oil and diesel oil. They also feature in hydraulic devices such as actuators, damper controls and elevators. In addition, they pump coolants, paints, bleaches, solvents, syrups, glues, greases, asphalt, petroleum and…
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Roomba developer discusses the billion-dollar industry of robots for warehousing
Joe Jones, iRobot's first official employee, talks about deep learning, artificial intelligence, and the power of small robots
Roomba became one of first, popular, home robots, and has since sold more than ten million units across the globe. Despite the growth of the company, inventor Joe Jones was restless. "The company had been successful with the Roomba, and, shortly after, a military robot called PackBot," said Jones.
In 2006, Jones convinced a few others to leave iRobot to start another company, Harvest Automation, where they built a robot for the greenhouse industry and has branch out into warehousing.
"One of the problems with Roomba is that after you develop a robot that cleans the floor, what do you do next? Clean windows? Clean the toilet?" he asked. "In 2012, Amazon bought the warehouse robot maker Kiva Systems for 775 million, which proved there's a…
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Waste not: The tech that can produce big energy savings for waste treatment plants
One company switches out its guide-vanes for controlling air flow with VFDs.
Ever feel like your tax dollars are going to waste? Well, that's because they are. Literally.
In communities across the United States, water and wastewater treatment energy consumption accounts for as much as 25% of the municipal budget. And, according to Tom Jenkins, owner and president of the wastewater treatment consulting company, JenTech Inc., 50% to 75% of that money goes to running the blowers that provide air to the bacteria that metabolize waste during activated sludge biological treatment.
This week at the Automation Fair event held by Rockwell Automation in Chicago, Jenkins presented a solution at the Water Wastewater Industry Forum that has proven to recoup a significant portion of that money: switching out the guide-vanes for…
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Industrial IoT, PdM helps prevent costly unplanned downtime at BHP Billiton
Company improved uptime for its compressors on offshore oil platforms, increasing revenue and conserving energy
BHP Billiton, a leading global resources company, operates a broad range of industrial assets. These include offshore oil and gas production platforms at which unscheduled downtime can be extremely costly. With the help of L&T Infotech, BHP Billiton developed a predictive maintenance application for the gas compression equipment. This has helped avoid unscheduled downtime and the associated lost production and revenue.
While each oil platform is equipped with a spare compressor, it takes up to five days to swap-out and replace one. If this replacement causes an unplanned shutdown, the missed production can result in $20 million in lost revenue.
In an effort to avoid these kinds of losses, BHP Billiton and L&T Infotech developed a…
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How is industry leveraging new advances in robotic vision systems?
Machine vision easily outperforms the speed and processing of the human eye which is why it’s such an important part of manufacturing automation
Try to imagine the amount of data your eye can capture and how you process shapes and contrasting images. Your vision system only needs a small space and your system is mobile.
Machine vision easily outperforms the speed and processing of the human eye which is why it’s such an important part of manufacturing automation. New markets want machine vision without the PC, the GPU, or the hard drive. A trend is keeping the costs down and getting the technology reduced to the minimum, like a wearable system for the medical industry.
Industrial markets are cautious when taking risks, but now industrial machine vision companies are taking advantage of low-power microprocessors to make their smart cameras both more powerful and lower cost. The…
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New director begins work with SC Center for Manufacturing Innovation
The CMI at Greenville Technical College is intended to increase the population of world-class, next-generation advanced manufacturing technicians and engineers
Greenville Technical College has hired a director for its Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI). David Clayton, formerly director of the Research Division for the South Carolina Department of Commerce, assumed leadership of the CMI on November 2.
As the college works toward a fall 2016 opening for the CMI, Clayton is responsible for the strategic direction of the CMI, working with industry to identify and address workforce needs in the community, and collaborating with Clemson University on research and continuing education programs.
The Center for Manufacturing Innovation is intended to increase the population of world-class, next-generation advanced manufacturing technicians and engineers in order to close the skills gap that is…
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Airbus opens U.S. manufacturing facility
$600-million Mobile, Alabama manufacturing facility will produce between 40 and 50 A320 family aircraft per year.
Airbus and the newest members of its global team are “getting to work … together” as the company officially inaugurated its first U.S. manufacturing facility: an A320 family final assembly line in Mobile, AL.
“We are just getting started,” explained Tom Enders, chief executive officer of the company’s Airbus Group parent corporation. “Let’s bring the best products to the world’s biggest market. Let’s work together. Let’s win by combining talent and tenacity.”
Read the full story at onlineamd.com.
TEES Turbo Lab hosts 44th Turbomachinery & 31st Pump Symposia
Obama announces $175 million in apprenticeship grants
ABB reduces downtime for Ecuador’s state oil company
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Top CMMS trends affecting the industry
Configurability and user-centered design leads the trends that are shaping CMMS/EAM systems.
It has taken half a century, but computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) software, also known as enterprise asset management (EAM) software, may have finally become a mature product. This is not unlike many other software applications that…
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Report: Enterprise trust in the cloud increases
Verizon's State of the Market: Enterprise Cloud 2016 report details enterprise cloud adoption and trends
For years there has been talk of the growing spread of the cloud in the enterprise, but now it's reached a tipping point.
Early on, organizations only trusted the cloud with generic, non-crucial workloads. However, more and more companies are trusting the cloud with their key workloads. According to Verizon's recently released "State of the Market: Enterprise Cloud 2016" report, 87% of enterprises are trusting the cloud with at least one mission-critical workload, up from 60% in 2013 and 71% in 2014.
In addition to the growth of cloud used for critical workloads, it is growing for general use as well. Of those surveyed for the report, 84% said their cloud use had increased over the past year. Also, around half of the companies said…
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Xcel proposes green-only electricity as option for business, residential customers
Key features are aimed at large business power users that have corporate sustainability targets
Corporate and other customers of Xcel Energy Inc. in Minnesota will have the option of signing long-term deals to get their electricity from wind and solar farms under a proposed program called Renewable Connect announced Thursday by the utility.
The program, which requires state regulatory approval, would be open to all customers. But key features are aimed at large business power users that have corporate sustainability targets or wish to market themselves as powered by renewable energy.
“Businesses are more careful about how they source everything, including energy,” said Bill Blazar, a vice president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. “It is almost like a kosher seal on a chicken — they are looking for that something…
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It's your worst nightmare: the power goes off and stays off.
A utility outage can be disastrous for any business, often arriving unexpectedly and occurring at the worst possible moment. Although the majority of utility outages tend to be infrequent and of short duration, catastrophic losses can occur if electrical power from the utility is lost, even for a short time.
There will always be an amount of uncertainty when it comes to utility outages, but there are ways to reduce risk. Businesses around the world are producing their own emergency power during outages with the help of on-site diesel-powered backup generator sets. However, just having a generator is not enough.
Read the list of key do's and don'ts to ensure that your generator…
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How to monitor day-to-day cooling tower performance
Maintain your cooling towers for improved energy efficiency.
By the time you read this article, I am sure we will be behind the dog days of summer and every one of us will have forgotten those hot and humid days when our process cooling tower temperature just wouldn’t budge even a degree, irrespective of what we tried. Cooling towers and fin fans are the main heat sinks at plants; any bottlenecks there cascade the problems upstream, impacting process throughput and yield. This article sheds some light on cooling towers; a future column will address fin fans and their efficiency points.
Cooling towers come in several different configurations. Although the principles of the heat rejection mechanism are the same, every cooling tower design and configuration is unique and specific. Hence, the first…
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Efficiency is a big thing. But it's not the only thing.
The two primary concerns of facility managers considering lighting upgrades typically are energy efficiency and upfront cost. Too often, those are the only concerns. Even with a short list of options, settling on a type of lighting and supplier can…
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EPA says Volkswagen cheated a second time on pollution tests
EPA: Software rigged on six-cylinder diesels
The U.S. government says Volkswagen cheated a second time on emissions tests, programming about 10,000 cars with larger diesel engines to emit fewer pollutants during testing than in real-world driving conditions.
The German automaker installed software designed to defeat the tests on about 10,000 vehicles from the 2014 to 2016 model years, according to the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board.
Read the full story at chicagotribune.com.
New survey reveals how manufacturing employers are getting lean
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Small manufacturers mean big business
Roughly half of Wisconsin's more than 8,800 manufacturers have fewer than 10 employees
Dan Dix’s five-crew shop might seem tiny compared to the 1,000-acre paper mill towering a mile away.
But in fact, Dix and his fabrication company, BDT, Inc., represent the largest segment of manufacturers in Wisconsin: small businesses.
“They’re critical,” said Buckley Brinkman, executive director of the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping small- and medium-sized manufacturers.
Read the full story on wisconsinrapidstribune.com.
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The disturbing truth about how airplanes are maintained today
The number of maintenance jobs at U.S. carriers has plummeted, from 72,000 in the year 2000 to fewer than 50,000 today.
In the last decade, most of the big U.S. airlines have shifted major maintenance work to places like El Salvador, Mexico, and China, where few mechanics are F.A.A.-certified.
To inspect any foreign repair station, the F.A.A. first must obtain permission from the foreign government where the facility is located. Then, after a visa is granted, the U.S. must inform that government when the F.A.A. inspector will be coming. So much for the element of surprise—the very core of any inspection process.
Read more on vanityfair.com.
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Top 4 benefits of fenceless machine safety solutions
New method of safeguarding personnel and process integrity can facilitate quicker changeovers, save valuable floor space
Could your machine safety solution be slowing you down? Are hard guards, mechanical fences, and perimeter guarding devices eating up floor space that could be used for more productive processes?
An emerging concept – fenceless machine safety – is introducing machine builders and end users to a new method of safeguarding personnel and process integrity, while providing better access to machinery, facilitating quicker changeovers, and saving valuable floor space.
Fenceless safety relies on a non-contact, opto-electronic presence-sensing device called a safety laser scanner, which monitors hazardous areas of machines by scanning its surroundings in two dimensions using an infrared laser beam. As soon as the safety laser scanner…
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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.
The related portfolio encompasses solutions for safety shutdown, process fire & gas detection, physical security, cybersecurity, and effective…
US Labor Dept.: Manufacturing workplace fatalities increased in 2014
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US Labor Sec.: Workplace injuries still "unacceptably high"
Results from 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries show the rate of fatal work injuries in 2014 was unchanged from 2013
Preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries show the rate of fatal work injuries in 2014 was 3.3 per 100,000 full-time workers, the same as the final rate for 2013.
"Far too many people are still killed on the job," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez.
While the preliminary total of 4,679 fatal work injuries was an increase of 2 percent over the revised count of 4,585 in 2013, there was also an increase in hours worked in 2014.
For example, "preliminary results tell us 789 Hispanic workers died on the job in 2014, compared with 817 in 2013," Perez said. "While we were gratified by that drop, the number is still unacceptably high, and it is clear that there is still much more hard…
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Is wireless valve control right for your plant?
Explore how technical solutions are making wireless valve control a viable option.
A broad range of wireless transmitters are available for continuous measurements, such as pressure, temperature, flow and level, as well as analytical measurements such as pH. Wireless discrete transmitters are also available that may be used to monitor the state of a process operation. Based on the broadening acceptance of wireless transmitters, manufacturers have developed and introduced wireless actuators for on/off valves. Wireless adaptors are also available that enable control to be implemented with throttling valves equipped with digital valve positioners. Using this capability, continuous and discrete control may be addressed using wireless transmitters and wireless valves.
When using wireless transmitters in control applications,…
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Combine known rules with machine learning for better maintenance decision-making.
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The Internet of Things will strengthen manufacturers’ hands in the battle for customer loyalty.
As it becomes cheaper to add sensors and microchips to products, and to connect them to the internet, their manufacturers will know lots more about how end-consumers are using them. This will help them develop their products more rapidly, fix any faults more quickly and tailor products more snugly to an individual buyer’s needs. General Electric, for example, uses sensors to monitor how its jet engines are performing in the air and to diagnose emerging problems.
Michael Porter of Harvard Business School predicts that the rise of wirelessly connected products and the resulting entry of manufacturers into the battle for customer loyalty will bring a “new era of competition.”
Read the full story on economist.com.
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How culture can make or break your company
Making culture a priority leads to better ideas and better products.
In discussions around the technological and workforce transformations occurring in the manufacturing industry, one topic repeatedly arises as an obstacle that can derail the transformation companies need to make in order to succeed as Connected Enterprises.
It's not cybersecurity or isolated data silos. It's culture.
But ask a lot of business leaders, most employees and just about any engineer what "culture" means, and you'll get a mission statement at best and, more often, a shrug.
If you're equally confused by all things culture, Tressa Knutson Bruggink, director, internal communications and engagement at Rockwell Automation, feels your pain. She knows how difficult it can be to even define culture, let alone transform it.
To learn more…
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The skills shortage will affect productivity, profitability and safety if we don't prepare.
A trend is just a trend until it hits the bottom line; then it becomes a crisis. When it comes to the massive workforce contraction threatening global industry, that collision is imminent. Its shockwaves will be felt in reduced productivity, profitability and safety unless companies act now to ramp up expertise, initiate culture change and adopt new technology for the road ahead.
The good news is that technology is available in the form of accessible and affordable processing power, connectivity, remote monitoring and data analysis capabilities that are enabling the Industrial Internet of Things.
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Ideas for advancing manufacturing to be presented to presidential candidates
The U.S. manufacturing industry is poised to enter a new era of strength despite hurdles that include a lack of skilled workers and tangled trade and tax policies, according to panelists at a conference convened by Indiana University.
The conference, “U.S. Manufacturing and Public Policy: Road Map for the Future,” is part of a wide-ranging initiative by IU Bloomington’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs to bolster the public policies that have an impact on the industrial sector.
The proposals offered at the conference will be shaped into an “agenda for manufacturing” that will be presented to the 2016 presidential candidates, said Gil Kaplan, partner in the King & Spalding law firm and a co-organizer of the event.
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Women make up about 47 percent of the country's workforce, but only 27 percent of personnel in manufacturing
Welding is still a man's world, say Gale Tierney and Jennifer Delikowski, but the two women have forged a path for themselves into that world.
Women make up about 47 percent of the country's workforce, but only 27 percent of personnel in manufacturing, according to the national trade group Women in Manufacturing. As manufacturers, including those in central Wisconsin, face a declining labor pool, some are looking to bring more women into their ranks.
There's increasing demand for welders, machinists and other manufacturing roles state-wide, especially as baby boomers retire. And trade groups want to prime women as well as younger and younger students to fill those roles.
Tierney and Delikowski work together as welders at Imperial…
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