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…
IBM launches cloud data and analytics marketplace for developers
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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…
Meridium, U. Tennessee partner to develop next-gen analytics for smart asset performance management
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Thermography heats up
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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.
Read more on how…
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Study: Cloud security market to be worth $12 billion by 2022
Growth of mobile shown to be one of three key drivers behind growth of cloud security market
A recent study performed by Transparency Market Research (TMR) projects that the global cloud security market will grow to a valuation of $11.8 billion by the year 2022. To put that into perspective, in 2014 TMR put the value of that same market at $4.5 billion.
The report, officially titled Cloud Security Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014-2022, was officially released on Thursday. In the report, TMR predicts that the cloud security industry is due to experience a 12.8% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2015 and 2022.
There are a few different reasons behind the growth, as listed in the report, but they can be broken down into three distinct categories: Mobile, SMB, and security…
Why preventive maintenance fails (and how to fix it)
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Portfolio is open for data scientists and app developers with more than 25 cloud data services, including predictive analytics
IBM (www.ibm.com) today announced a broad expansion of its Cloud Data Services portfolio with more than 25 services now available on the IBM Cloud, including IBM Predictive Analytics.
These services are designed to help developers build, deploy and manage web and mobile applications and enable data scientists to discover hidden trends using data and analytics in the cloud. The hybrid cloud services can be deployed across multiple cloud providers and are based on open source technologies, open ecosystems that include company and third-party data, and open architectures that allows data to easily flow amongst the different services.
In addition to self-service capabilities for everything from data preparation, migration, and integration, to…
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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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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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Recommended practice for motor repair reapproved as ANSI standard
Standard outlines practices to be followed to maintain motor reliability and efficiency
An updated edition of the only American National Standard for repair of motors and generators – ANSI/EASA AR100-2015: Recommended Practice for the Repair of Rotating Electrical Apparatus – was recently published for use by the repair industry and its customers. The standard describes industry best practices for the repair, rewinding, and testing of electrical apparatus in order to maintain or enhance the energy efficiency and reliability of both AC and DC motors and generators.
ANSI requires that standards be re-approved at least every five years, prompting the review and approval of the AR100-2015 edition. The revision introduced new requirements, added or tightened performance tolerances in several critical areas, and expanded…
Boost motor efficiency for a better payoff
Common sense management of EISA motor changes
India’s first microturbine to produce power from landfill gas
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Compressed air system solutions for deep surface mining
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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…
Chicago City Colleges to begin construction on new manufacturing center
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Chicago company looks to bring sexy back to subtractive manufacturing
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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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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Big data in the material handling industry: The NIST project
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New energy management and monitoring eBook now available as complimentary download
Energy management expert and Plant Services blogger Bill Holmes has just published a new book titled Unleash the Power of Cloud-Based Energy Monitoring in Your Facility, which captures 37 years of experience installing energy monitoring systems.
The book is aimed at workers who operate, manage, and maintain energy systems in complex facilities, as well as energy professionals and managers looking for a better way and those training for such careers.
Readers will learn step-by-step how to select the points to monitor and the sensors, design and install an energy monitoring system (including remote monitoring), set up the software and reporting, and use it.
The book is available as a complimentary download at…
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Track energy costs like you would operating costs
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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…
Learn the dos and don'ts of generator maintenance
GE Power & Water and Alstom Power combine to form GE Power
Operational benefits of power system upgrades
Proposed facility smart grid standard open for public review
Initiative aligns with wider government commitment to enhance renewable energy
Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) developed a landfill project for Eastern Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) where 30 kW Capstone microturbine is installed to produce power from landfill gas. GAIL had also supplied technical assistance for landfill closure as well as providing gas tapping wells and connecting all these to a common gas manifold piping for further treatment and supply to microturbine as fuel.
This initiative is in line with the present government’s commitment to enhance the renewable energy component of the country’s energy production target and agreements made at the recent Paris climate summit. Recent Chennai floods have left tons of solid waste accumulating in Indian cities which require solutions like EDMC…
Using technology to keep carbon emissions in check
Steam savings for the long haul
In this installment of What Works, an OEM service partnership helps keep 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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Heat recovery and energy efficiency go hand in hand
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.
Will Volkswagen's possible $18 billion emissions penalty drive transparency in manufacturing?
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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.
Why Trump's idea to bring Apple's manufacturing to the U.S. makes no sense
American manufacturing roared back to life in January
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Safety is everyone's job
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.
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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Perspective: The future of automation and your job
Smart tech, meet warehouse control
In this installment of Automation Zone, learn how modern HMIs are enabling smarter, secure condition monitoring.
Smart field devices and the control systems to which they connect contain a wealth of condition monitoring information that can be used to improve plant operations. It can be challenging, however, to collect, store, and provide access to this data.
Cybersecurity: How to design the safest network
At CES, IBM promotes digital transformation as dawn of "cognitive era"
On heels of deal to acquire CD-adapco, Siemens to begin share buyback
Share-buyback period for Europe's biggest engineering company to extend to November 2018
Siemens AG, Europe’s largest engineering company, said it will begin a 3 billion-euro ($3.3 billion) share buyback program, the second such repurchase since Chief Executive Officer Joe Kaeser took the helm in 2013.
The maker of trains, turbines and medical scanners plans to buy back as many as 60 million shares by Nov. 15, 2018, it said in a statement Tuesday. Siemens announced the plan in November after completing the previous month a 4 billion-euro buyback, acquiring 4.9 percent of stock.
Last week, Siemens announced plans to acquire simulation software supplier CD-adapco for a purchase price of $970 million.
Read Bloomberg Business's full story at bloomberg.com.
As growth slows, China highlights transition from manufacturing to service
General Motors invests $500 million in Lyft, forms partnership
Apprenticeships for manufacturing jobs help fill big workforce gap
In NH, manufacturing head takes aim at corporate tax rates, xenophobia
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After prayer-time dispute, a flurry of discord at Wis. snowblower plant
A walkout at the plant over prayer breaks for Somali Muslim workers is still unresolved.
Last May, right before the busy summer season, Wisconsin snowblower maker Ariens Co. used an employment agency to hire 53 Muslim line workers who are Somali immigrants.
The Somalis were good workers and things went fine until around August or September, when non-Muslim workers brought up that the Somali Muslim workers on the line were leaving the line to take prayer breaks.
The issue snowballed and in January, Ariens required that all employees stick to their scheduled breaks, with no additional breaks. After the announcement, all 53 of the Somali Muslim employees walked off the job in protest. Within two days, 39 had decided to return to work. Fourteen resigned.
Of those who returned, seven were fired this week when they continued to…
U.S. manufacturers carving out staying power
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.
Read more about…
The disturbing truth about how airplanes are maintained today
Delta announces maintenance deal with engine maker Rolls-Royce
Workers want actions, not words
Team members seek personal investment, not just a pat on the back, Tom Moriarty writes.
What do you think workers value most on the job? Autonomy? Respect from co-workers? The Plant Services Leadership Survey asked participants about the importance of these and other job-satisfaction elements, and it revealed some interesting…
New prayer rules at Wis. manufacturing plant leave dozens of Muslim workers unemployed
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