Keep your new oil clean in 3 steps
Lubricant storage and handling tips for world class contamination control.
The methods by which lubricants are stored, transferred and applied to machines play a large role in the success of a lubrication program. If you start out with contaminated oil, you will never achieve cleanliness targets for most machines. Implementing a world-class lubrication program is a sizable undertaking, but storage and handling is one area where you can affect the quality of lubrication for the whole plant in one stroke.
With few exceptions, new lubricants are unsuitably dirty for most applications. It is therefore imperative that new oil is properly filtered before it is installed for use. A new drum of lubricating oil will typically have a particle count of approximately 19/16/13 or higher. That means that every cubic…
How to extend motor life with PFPE greases
The ongoing journey toward lubrication perfection
In pursuit of lubrication perfection
Lubrication plays a major role in Turkey’s energy production
SKF EnCompass Program launches with new bearing rating life model
EnCompass Program includes pioneering bearing rating life model, newly optimized products, and software
The SKF EnCompass Field Performance Program has launched with development of a pioneering new rolling bearing rating life model, optimized versions of four existing product lines, and innovative software tools to help predict and optimize the performance of bearing arrangements while in real-world service.
The new SKF Generalized Bearing Life Model has been created to help design engineers calculate a more realistic bearing rating life by considering more influencing factors than ever before. The model – built on the strengths of the current model developed by SKF more than 25 years ago and currently ISO-standardized worldwide – enables OEMs and end-users to more closely match bearings to actual application conditions. For the first…
Benchmarking to achieve organizational reliability
Choose the right tool for vibration analysis
Combine vibration monitoring and ultrasound for more cost-effective predictive maintenance
Use vibration monitoring to improve PdM and prevent failures before they occur
Head in the cloud: How disruptive technologies are affecting your plant
In this Big Picture Interview, Dan Miklovic explores asset performance management and the cloud.
Dan Miklovic is principal analyst with LNS Research. He is the author of LNS' Best Practices Guide: Asset Performance Management, and his primary focus is research and development in the asset and energy management practices. Dan has more than 40 years of experience in manufacturing IT, R&D, engineering, and sales across several industries, as well as more than 20 years of industry experience at companies such as Emerson Electric, Mallinckrodt Chemical, Weyerhaeuser, and Scott Products, as well as several consulting companies and software provider Aspen Technology.
PS: Are cloud technologies having a disruptive effect on asset management and condition monitoring?
DM: For asset management, rather than having a disruptive influence,…
What impact is the cloud having on asset management and condition-based maintenance?
Simple steps to accurate alignment
How vibration analysis can detect alignment problems
Thermal growth and alignment
Sound analysis: Best practices for condition monitoring using ultrasound
Implementing ultrasound for condition monitoring applications can be easier than you think.
Over the past decade or so, it has been interesting to see the evolution of maintenance and reliability. To some, the word maintenance brings a perception of general housekeeping duties such as janitorial tasks or changing light bulbs, but for most, maintenance has become almost synonymous with reliability.
I feel like the reliability field is in a transitional phase as more people are becoming more proactive regarding maintenance rather than being reactive once a failure has happened. Additionally, the condition monitoring tools that are available today are very advanced, and in some cases can give the user almost instantaneous information in order to make a diagnosis on an asset. Mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones have been…
How to use ultrasound to improve lubrication practices
How ultrasound technicians are improving reliability at your plant
Make the cultural shift to failure-free operations.
The chemical manufacturing industry is undergoing a paradigm shift with regard to its view toward reliability. Recent trends show an emphasis on creating failure-free cultures where the goal is to detect potential plant and equipment failures before they occur. Making this shift requires the early detection of potential issues, which requires companies to become more proactive and less reactive. This proactive mindset can be cultivated through the use of reliability and maintenance performance-improvement programs that give organizations visibility into their internal structures from the inside out.
Developing a failure-free culture helps achieve what we call “organizational reliability”—an environment that fosters the needed…
Thermography heats up
Use thermography to diagnose electrical problems
IR technology offers a tool with multiple applications
A tale of 2 industrial plants
Regulate water temperature
Welding QC simple with real-time temperature readings
Reduce corrosion costs
Combat corrosive conditions with prevention and early detection
Perform system maintenance to slow degradation of rotating equipment
Leverage big data analytics to your advantage
Preview Plant Services' July 14 webcast to learn how big data will be impacting your plant.
Maintenance people no longer just "fix things." They now have the role of reliability professionals and are responsible for managing a process in which they:
Analyze machine data
Implement procedures to address potential problems
Information needs have changed as well, and big data tools are now available to help. However, many plant teams and asset managers are reporting challenges to making the shift to proactive, predictive maintenance programs at their facilities. On July 14, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. ET, Plant Services will be hosting a webcast on big data featuring a live question-and-answer format with two industry experts. Bellow are some takeaways from the upcoming presentation.Dan Miklovic, principal analyst at LNS…
GE and Cascade apply new technologies, super-computer capabilities to improve gas turbine combustion
New technologies help avoid machine faults
Six tips for remote HMI/SCADA users to protect plant operations, drive cost savings
Remote monitoring through turbine retrofit
Work with IT to foster remote monitoring
Maintenance and reliability heats up in China
How wearable and mobile technologies extend the benefits of embedded BI
Gaskets designed to take the heat
Under pressure? Absolutely. The increasingly high temperatures and harsh conditions to which gaskets are exposed makes selecting the right gasket all the more important.
In industries such as chemical processing, hydrocarbon refining, and power generation, leakage from extreme temperature process streams can result in loss of efficiency and production as well as adverse environmental impacts and compromised employee safety. One of the most commonly used sealing products in systems subject to high pressures and temperatures is a spiral-wound gasket. These gaskets typically consist of filler and winding materials selected on the basis of application requirements and end-user preference. Proper selection of these materials is critical to achieving the desired performance in all applications.
Sealing at temperatures above 850oF (454oC) is particularly challenging because of the limited…
Real-time machinery evaluation leads to plant profitability
Fluid handling tools you can use
Handle fluid with care
Pumps in peril?
Infographic: Forklift safety training
OSHA: One-quarter of forklift-related accidents are the result of inadequate training.
The second annual National Forklift Safety Day is this Tuesday, June 9. The observance, which takes place during National Safety Month, is sponsored by the Industrial Truck Association and aims to call attention to forklift safety best practices. Toyota will be among the forklift manufacturers from across the country gathering in Washington to promote education on the safe use of forklifts and the importance of operator training.
Toyota in Washington to support forklift safety day
Material handling meets energy efficiency
Big data in the material handling industry: From supply chain to fulfillment
A superior electric motor bearing grease makes inroads in severe applications.
Until a few years ago, lifetime-sealed rolling element bearings were not used on larger motors because the sealed-in grease was soon depleted or rendered unusable after relatively few operating hours. Open bearings and shielded bearings were therefore preferred in larger than 2-horsepower motors. They could be re-greased and generally made economic sense.
However, grease lubrication of electric motors can be maintenance-intensive. Grease must be applied in ways that ensure that only 30-40% of the free space between rolling elements contains grease. Care has to be taken to satisfy this need and the grease path through bearings has to be understood and pre-defined. Over-pressuring the bearing grease cavity or reservoir must be avoided for a…
PM and PdM for electric motors
Boost motor efficiency for a better payoff
Common sense management of EISA motor changes
13 ways to optimize your compressed air system
The best compressed air system efficiency occurs when both sides of the system are optimized at the same time by taking a holistic systems approach.
You may have heard that compressed air is one of the most expensive utilities in an industrial plant. It's a fact that compressed air is a poor way to transmit energy to an industrial machine or tool if you want superior efficiency. That being said, it is unlikely that in the name of energy efficiency alone, you'll convert all of your industrial tools and equipment to direct-drive electric. Compressed air will never disappear from industrial plants; it is a very useful utility.
Compressed air system costs vary widely. This is because the efficiency of systems is often ignored, as there often are more important issues in running a system. (Chief among these are keeping the pressure at a constant reliable level and maintaining adequate air…
Calculate the life cycle cost of your compressed air system
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Compressed air system solutions for deep surface mining
Back to basics: Getting to the bottom of leaks in your compressed air system
The robots rocking Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry
MSI's new Robot Revolution exhibit looks to make advanced robotics tech accessible and inspiring
No, they're not taking over the world (yet). But robots ranging from therapeutic robotic animals to industrial pick-and-place machines are capturing public imagination in a new exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.
Robot Revolution, which made its debut as a national touring exhibit at MSI in late May, aims to showcase the breadth of applications for which robots are currently being used and offer a glimpse of how robots may continue to transform lives and businesses.
"We hope that people take away an understanding of what is going on in the field of robotics as well as a strong interest in it," says Kathleen McCarthy, the museum's director of collections and head curator. The exhibit is "great for the general public who's…
Beware shiny objects: Why consumerism's creep should give manufacturers pause
Companies look to drones to boost safety
Video: Faster, stronger, cheaper - China's robotics project
ABB acquires Gomtec to expand collaborative robotics portfolio
MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer wins Red Dot 2015 Design Award
Printer joins ranks of other Red Dot winners such as the iPhone and BMW i8
MakerBot, a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry, is proud to announce that the MakerBot® Replicator® Desktop 3D Printer (Fifth Generation Model) was awarded the prestigious Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015. MakerBot believes in clean, consolidated product design that maximizes user accessibility, and the sleek and high performance MakerBot Replicator represents the latest iteration of these goals. The fifth generation Replicator provides the easiest and most versatile way to get from 3D model to 3D print. It joins the ranks of other Red Dot winners such as the Apple iPhone (2008) and the BMW i8 (2014).
The MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer was among the winners selected from nearly 5,000 entries by an international…
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MakerBot, Stratasys open new Asia Pacific division
Is manufacturing really new?
Real optimization in a virtual factory
Enhanced visualization capabilities designed to advance new product introduction
Building on several years of work with Cascade Technologies, Inc. (www.cascadetechnologies.com), GE (www.ge.com) has announced a multi-year joint development agreement with this Palo Alto-based company. The collaboration will focus on applying and improving simulation software that enables engineers to virtually look inside a gas turbine as it operates and gain a better understanding of the turbulent fluid, chemical and acoustic processes occurring within advanced, low-emissions gas-turbine combustion systems.
“The global energy industry looks to GE as a leader in high efficiency, with current HA gas turbines designed to deliver more than 61 percent combined cycle efficiency. The enhanced simulation and visualization capabilities enabled…
New twists in turbines: How recent developments are delivering business benefits
Understanding the demand for better energy monitoring and management
Mechanical or electrical trip system testing?
Control systems integration for full automation
Build a strong foundation for smart data collection by investing in appropriate network infrastructure.
Data collection and data analytics are the foundation of continuous improvement, but implementing a process to collect and analyze data on existing equipment rarely offers the return on investment to survive the budgeting process as a standalone project. A solution is to build the foundation for data collection and analytical capabilities into a project up-front. A small investment in the correct network infrastructure, programmable logic controller (PLC), or supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems can have a tremendous impact on operations without breaking budgets.
For a good illustration of the process necessary for realizing a data collection and data analytics solution, consider the process put in place for a…
Plant Services CMMS/EAM Software Review
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Big data gives manufacturers a new revenue source
Companies don't just have to sell stuff. Now they can sell services.
Thanks to big data, some equipment manufacturers have never been more nimble.
Companies facing anemic demand for new equipment are finding veins of new revenue in selling unique information that they can leverage into sales of replacement parts and consulting services that keep existing machines running longer and more efficiently.
Read the full story on wsj.com.
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Bring-your-own-device policies put plant data in the palm of your hand
Bradley's approved as EASA accredited service center
Firm earns accreditation following independent audit to validate adherence to electromechanical repair best practices
Bradleys’, Inc. in Gregory, TX, has been approved as an Accredited Service Center by the Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA).
Accreditation of Bradleys’ means that the firm has successfully demonstrated that it follows the prescribed good practices to consistently deliver quality electromechanical repairs that maintain or improve AC electric motor efficiency and reliability.
“This achievement by Bradleys’ affirms the company’s commitment to excellence,” said Linda J. Raynes, CAE, EASA president & CEO. “EASA’s Accreditation Program, just launched last summer, offers external validation that the company adheres to good practices by submitting to an independent, third-party audit.”
The criteria for becoming…
Generac Industrial Power hits the road for 2015 Power Trip Experience Tour
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Electrical safety experts answer your questions
Tour features a 53-foot fully interactive trailer that educates consulting-specifying engineers, electrical contractors and facility managers
Generac Industrial Power features an expansive portfolio of power products, ranging from bi-fuel generators to paralleling technologies to transfer switches. These products, and more, will be featured on the 2015 Power Trip Experience Tour traveling throughout North America. The tour features a 53-foot fully interactive trailer that educates consulting-specifying engineers, electrical contractors and facility managers about industrial power solutions. Over 12 previous tours, it has traveled more than 1 million miles and welcomed more than 22,000 engineers.
Generac’s Modular Power Systems (MPS) will highlight this year’s tour. MPS is an integrated approach to generator paralleling that is cost competitive with large individual…
Bill aims to boost "green" jobs in manufacturing
Energy management motivation: Fighting mixed signals, misaligned goals and unpredictable resources
Track energy costs like you would operating costs
Establishing an energy management dashboard the right way
Mersen acquires ASP, a Chinese leader in overvoltage protection
Mersen strengthens its position in the booming power quality market
Mersen, global expert in electrical specialties and graphite-based materials, announces the signing of an agreement to acquire ASP, a Chinese leader specialized in overvoltage protection (surge protection devices).
This deal is part of the strategy to expand the presence of Mersen's electrical segment in the overvoltage protection market. Mersen's goal is to achieve close to €40 million of sales in this segment by 2018. This deal follows the acquisition of a majority stake in Cirprotec (Spain) in February 2014, which provided the Group with a strong expertise in IEC standards. Mersen will now build on the recognized ASP brand in China and an efficient industrial platform to roll out across the Asian region which is currently adopting…
Overcome potential problems with power quality
Reduced HVAC energy waste
Take a system-wide approach to energy conservation
Sign up for our Energy Monitoring and Power Quality webcast
Maintenance and reliability warnings
Select the correct blower technology for industrial wastewater treatment applications
This article discusses the advantages and limitations of each technology in various wastewater treatment applications.
Blower selection is an important decision when designing a new wastewater treatment plant or upgrading existing facilities. The proper selection of blower equipment for the application, as well as purchasing from a reputable supplier, can save thousands of dollars in energy, repairs and maintenance costs. This article provides an overview of the blower technologies available for wastewater treatment, and discusses the advantages and limitations of each technology in various wastewater treatment applications.
Take a look at a municipal wastewater treatment plant near a textile factory in Asia (Figure 1). Is there any question as to why we treat industrial wastewater? The use of blowers for aeration and mixing accounts for 40 to 75 percent…
Requirements for reciprocating compressors in refrigeration systems
Drive down your energy costs with heat of compression recovery
Compressed air systems' waste heat improves plant economics
Heat recovery — Great in theory, tough in practice
Cloud-based climate controls help keep your plant the perfect temperature
Sheila Kennedy says smart systems enable secure remote access, optimize energy consumption across facilities.
Cloud-based climate controls help keep your plant the perfect temperature
It can be difficult to optimize the climate of plant offices, maintenance shops, stockrooms and warehouses, particularly for multi-site or global organizations. New cloud-based systems facilitate transparency and control, reduce energy costs and consumption, and address security concerns.
The new Smart Cloud Climate Control System, developed collaboratively by SoftServe UGE and Panasonic Europe’s heating and cooling solution division, enables simultaneous control of the climate within multiple facilities from a single device. It allows centralized monitoring and one-click temperature optimization in all sites, and it permits the ability react quickly…
Ohio injection molding plant gets cooler and brighter
How to achieve better HVAC and dust collection
Heat recovery and energy efficiency go hand in hand
Why you're not as lean as you think
Lean is not a static state; it’s a dynamic state of continuous improvement.
A European manufacturing company eager for affirmation of the success of its lean initiative invited in for a visit a renowned Toyota manager from Japan who had helped develop the Toyota Production System.
After a long day of going through every detail of the plant, everyone gathered in a conference room. The company’s chairman said, “Please, now tell us if you consider us to be world-class lean.” The answer was short and to the point: “It’s impossible for me to say,” the Toyota manager offered. “I wasn’t here yesterday.”
Lean is not a static state; it’s a dynamic state of continuous improvement. Continuous improvement is about engaging all employees in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of your processes every…
Improving your global production and logistics footprint
How to take your plant one step closer to lean
Implementing lean operating systems
Lean manufacturing leads to production gains
6 tips for fixing your kitting process
Successful kitting can improve workforce efficiency and inventory management
Across manufacturing sectors, it’s accepted that implementing a kitting process to support planned and scheduled equipment repairs is a really good idea. A well-implemented kitting process will pay huge benefits in the form of reduced inventory investment, more-efficient utilization of maintenance technicians and storeroom employees, and overall equipment reliability. But problems arise when we assume everyone understands the kitting process and when lines of communication between the storeroom, the maintenance planners, and the maintenance and operations teams are not open and clear.Consistently serving as a barrier to kitting parts and tools for planned work are unplanned additions to scheduled maintenance tasks for the day. Most of…
Perspective: It's time for manufacturers to start taking responsibility for suppliers
Global manufacturing PMI data: U.S. is still the best
Using reservations at your plant to obtain materials and minimize delays
Integrate inventory management with your processes
A U.S. hat-maker's quest to support middle-class manufacturing jobs
A diverse product mix and tough choices have helped the Bollman Hat Co. anchor production in America as other U.S. manufacturing work has disappeared.
The Bollman Hat Co. has been manufacturing hats for nearly 150 years and is America's oldest hat maker. Since Bollman's founding in 1868, U.S. hat and apparel making have largely moved overseas.
But a diverse product mix and tough choices have helped Bollman anchor production in America, as other U.S. manufacturing work has disappeared.
Read the full story on CNBC.com.
Opinion: U.S. should embrace benefits of automation
Management of change
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Eight common misperceptions of management of change
Why manufacturing is vital to engineering education
Even if a U.S. company outsources production, it still needs highly skilled professionals who understand the manufacturing process.
Colleges and universities are not educating enough students to fill even the current available positions in manufacturing. According to the Society for Manufacturing Engineers (SME), there is a serious skill gap in the U.S. manufacturing workforce—from technician to engineer to manager. SME estimates that 600,000 manufacturing jobs in the U.S. went unfilled at the height of the recent recession, from 2009-2012, due to a lack of skilled professionals.
Read the full post on Forbes.com.
Pass-along knowledge for the next generation of engineers and operators
Mentoring the next generation of maintenance and reliability leaders
Fuel sealing systems testing
Evolving certification requirements impact oilfield service companies’ choice in material suppliers.
Oilfield service companies (OFS), the backbone of the oil and gas industry, are closely following the movements of such customers as Halliburton, Schlumberger, Cameron International, FMC Technologies, and Baker Hughes. These customers are also leveraging important trends for their customers simply because they have to in order to maintain their competitive edge.
One key trend that most oil and gas companies seem to be doing a pretty good job at is limiting their exposure to any one region by diversifying into multiple international markets. Experts point to how they have been counting on overseas business due to the better market conditions than in North America in the last few years. For instance, Schlumberger recently set up a joint…
Conveyor maintenance: Moving from preventive to predictive models
Seven tips for picking an outside contractor
Offshoring and outsourcing
The benefits of maintenance outsourcing
Supreme Court: EPA must consider costs of regulation
The Supreme Court overturned the Obama administration’s landmark air quality rule, ruling the EPA did not properly consider the costs of the regulation.
The Supreme Court overturned the Obama administration’s landmark air quality rule on Monday, ruling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not properly consider the costs of the regulation.
In a 5-4 ruling, the justices ruled that the EPA should have taken into account the costs to utilities and others in the power sector before even deciding whether to set limits for the toxic air pollutants it regulated in 2011.
Read the full story on TheHill.com.
Rockwell Automation opens call for nominations for 2015 Manufacturing Safety Excellence Awards
Require safety compliance in your supply chain
How to measure the safety of your plant
Safety is everyone's job
Best practices for conducting an arc flash risk assessment
Elevate safety with heightened risk awareness.
An arc flash occurs when electric current passes through the air instead of along its intended path. The result is extremely high heat that can cause severe burns, blinding light, and an explosion that can result in hearing damage and potentially fatal injury. Multiple arc flash incidents occur every day in workplaces across the United States.
There’s urgency to completing arc flash risk assessments and shock risk assessments: According to changes made for NFPA 70E 2015, these assessments must be conducted before any person is exposed to electrical hazards. The risk of an arc flash explosion occurring at your facility is not negligible, and the trend of increased power use combined with aging electrical infrastructure across the U.S.
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The effect of growth on electrical equipment reliability and safety
This article explores how the growth of equipment, when not properly tracked and managed, can negatively impact overall equipment health, personnel safety, and ultimately, the bottom line of a facility.
Growth is something that every company, regardless of industry sector, has as a stated goal. Increased revenue, greater market presence, and the prestige of leading an industry are appealing to most organizations, so the incentives for growth are strong.
However, as most industrial facilities struggle to maximize production and increase efficiencies, the addition of electrical equipment can actually work to their detriment. This kind of growth – increased loads on existing electrical apparatus, and the addition of new apparatus to existing electrical infrastructure – can have deleterious effects on many aspects of equipment reliability.
This article explores how the growth of equipment, when not properly tracked and managed, can…
Top 5 ways to prevent arc flash
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Arc flash hazard experts answer your questions
Mitigate arc-flash risk
While remote monitoring solutions like HMI can provide cost-savings and increased efficiency, it’s important to understand the security risks associated with this technology and how to protect against them.
When you wake up in the morning, you can program your coffee maker upstairs with your smartphone and get a notification when your cup of coffee is done brewing downstairs. You can also turn up the thermostat with the touch of your phone to increase the temperature before you even get out of bed. This technology is part of the Internet of Things and it is helping to make people’s everyday lives more convenient and efficient.
The Internet of Things revolves around increased machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, and is built on cloud computing and networks of data-gathering sensors. Beyond our daily lives at home, this concept is also becoming widely used in the industrial sector and has been dubbed the Industrial Internet of Things…
Ensure that your critical ICS data is protected
3D scanning: Measurement, made better and faster
The evolving automation architecture: The time to act is now
A new template for device configuration success
Commissioning and configuring new devices has long been a hassle for industrial manufacturers.
Device configuration historically has been done one device at a time by manually entering values for each parameter that needs to be defined in the device. There are a couple of notable risks to watch out for with this approach. First: It’s easy to make typing errors. Second: It’s not unheard of for a technician working out in the field to miss a new device during the configuration process or to take a device out of service, reconfigure it and then forget to put it back into service. In the latter case, it may look to the control system like it’s working properly, but it’s actually not measuring the process.
Additionally, plants can run into trouble if the individuals doing the configurations don’t have expertise in the…
Industrial Internet of Things by any other name
Is information software in your toolbox?
Mobile-device tools bring connectivity and collaboration
Changing control architecture
Are smart devices giving us too much information?
Dow Chemical is among those eyeing unmanned aircraft to help cut accident risk.
Anyone who’s seen the devastating footage from post-earthquake Nepal knows drones have already altered the way films and videos are shot. But the technology may soon transform a much less glamorous industry: safety.
Dow Chemical is among those companies that have requested permission from the FAA to use unmanned aircraft commercially, citing safety among their reasons for doing so.
Read the full story on TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com.
Is cellular telemetry right for your machine data?
Unlock energy efficiency potential with wireless automation systems
Fight steam waste with real-time monitoring
Acquisition offers wireless solutions for the oil and gas industry
Maintenance Close-Up: Tool box, electrical enclosure or filter housing
Are you a product pro? Can you correctly identify a product with nothing more than a close-up photo? Test your skills and find out.
Are you the best maintenance worker at your plant? Prove it. Test your product knowledge with Plant Services Maintenance Close-Up. All you have to do is correctly identify the product pictured below. We’ve used a macro lens and some creative cropping to make it a little more challenging.Do you want to test your skills? Just select the answer you think is correct and click the “submit” button.
Maintenance Close-Up: Thermometer, enclosure heater or temperature transmitter
Maintenance Close-Up: Enclosure, switch or lift truck
Electrical enclosure vents
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A new industrial revolution is coming
American factory workers will soon be replaced by sophisticated robots, and this threatens the economic well-being of future generations — or so we're told.
Fear not. Far from dismantling the American workforce, new labor-saving technologies are instead poised to serve as vital engines of job-creation and economic growth for years to come — if leaders are prepared to take advantage of them.
Read the full perspective on jsonline.com.
Will you be working for a robot in the future?
How much do you know about robots?
Running robots mean flowing profits
Embracing automation for helicopters
Rotorcraft officials at the Paris Air Show say the industry is entering a new, automated era
Confronting persistently high helicopter accident rates, manufacturers, parts makers and operators are increasingly embracing automation as the key to safety improvements.
The trend runs counter to airline pilot training, which in recent years has emphasized the importance of manual flying skills to cope with emergencies aboard jetliners that are steadily becoming more automated.
Read the full story on WSJ.com.
Schneider Electric earns AHRI Standard 1210 certification for VFDs
Why a domestic manufacturing renaissance won't be easy to pull off
Direct-drive technology outperforms traditional motion control systems
Replacing a traditional motion control system with direct-drive technology improves efficiency and design flexibility.
Let’s face it — under trying economic times, you look for any competitive advantage that improves your margins and adds money to the bottom line. A good place to investigate is with machine design. Simplified machines with fewer components that run more efficiently are gaining positive reviews. Better yet, they’re cheaper to build. With a lower total cost of ownership and a quicker return on investment, these innovative, flexible machines are useful investments.
Unfortunately, older rotary and linear motion actuation technologies like gearboxes, transmissions, rack-and-pinion actuation or belt-driven actuators can stand in the way for machine builders who want to take machine design efficiencies to the next level. For example,…
Thomas Wilk investigates how manufacturers are using intelligence effectively on the plant floor.
Since the birth of the smart transmitter in the early 1980s, manufacturers have chased a vision of using intelligent technologies to drive automated process and resource efficiencies on the plant floor.
The latest manifestation of this vision is the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), also known as Industry 4.0. Both terms are often used as shorthand to describe the ways that connected machines can monitor physical processes and conditions, and then make decentralized decisions on how to optimize those processes. The potential exists for billions of linked smart devices to collaborate and communicate as part of the IIoT, and to enable customized solutions that help individual plants operate more safely, reliably, and efficiently.
Building for the future: Tooling, training and service under one roof
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Maintenance needs assessment
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Lawmakers: Manufacturing universities will help boost U.S. competitiveness
Outdated images of manufacturing are a major barrier to recruiting top new talent to the field, lawmakers and industry leaders say.
Sen. Christopher Coons (D-Del.) says when he visited Dogfish Head Brewery's bottling plant in his state last year, he was struck by the quiet and clean environment where eight members of a 24-person team worked a shift that required the ability to program computers, troubleshoot issues and monitor quality control. This is not the setting some of today's parents might envision, however, when they think of a manufacturer.
Read the full story on USNews.com.
Precision maintenance: Learn by doing
Infant mortality and the “mechanical failure pie"
Southwestern Illinois College Precision Machining Technology Program Renews National Accreditation from NIMS
Training operators and maintenance staff with 3D visualization
Willy Shih, a professor of management at Harvard Business School, has spent more time in factories than in academia.
Willy Shih, a professor of management at Harvard Business School, has spent more time in factories than in academia.
The son of Chinese immigrants, he grew up in Wisconsin and Illinois and earned a doctorate in chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Shih spoke recently with The Wall Street Journal about manufacturing and why a domestic manufacturing renaissance won’t be easy to pull off.
Read the full story on wsj.com.
Do you know what young engineers are looking for?
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Implementing lubrication management training
'A good maintenance technician is hard to come by'
Design, build, program a 120-pound robot; then do homework
Girl power in the plant
Debunking myths about manufacturing jobs
A road map for reliability professionals
Training and Career Center
Cultivate diversity to get original ideas from your team
Workforce development: Training veterans to fill the skills shortage
In this Plant Profile, a German manufacturer stakes a claim in Michigan to optimize service to North American customers.
Global manufacturer of tube and bar processing machinery Rattunde held an official ribbon-cutting ceremony this past summer to celebrate the July 25 opening its new manufacturing facility in Caledonia, MI.
Rattunde President Rick Stadler cuts the ribbon to officially open the company’s new facility in Caledonia, MI.
Rattunde Corporation is the subsidiary of Rattunde & Co. GmbH, based in Ludwigslust, Germany. Rattunde machinery systems process bar and tube stock into various end products used by manufacturers in the auto, appliance, off-highway, transportation and other industries throughout North America.
Their new 30,000-sq-ft facility employ 16 people, and was erected to build tooling for Rattunde machinery systems as well as to…
Maintenance Deathmatch: Predictive Service's Aerial Point software vs. Endress+Hauser's Liquiline transmitter
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As a leading global supplier of Asset Management solutions we have been helping companies to cut their operational costs and increase their productivity for over 20 years. Our offering has grown to match the differing requirements of stakeholders in the market and to provide each with prime opportunities to increase their profitability.
IFS Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) improves the company's operational and maintenance procedures, both immediately and in the long term. Based on industry standards, the functionality for collecting data from the process and control systems allows the proportion of condition-based maintenance to be maximized, and the risk of breakdowns and disruptions, to be minimized. Because IFS' solution includes both Plant design and OEE components there is the opportunity to track assets throughout their entire life and to run comparative operational analysis which can reveal where improvements in corporate performance can be made.
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More than ever, CMMS/EAM vendors need you, their clients, to succeed. Many have identified room for improvement and are focusing their efforts on four key areas: industry specialization, implementation, integration and functionality. The changes they wrought have prompted us to revise and expand the Plant Services CMMS/EAM Software Review, our detailed hands-on comparison of current offerings.
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Enterprise asset management (EAM) software is a powerful tool for those responsible for maximizing the value of industrial assets as well as those who perform maintenance work on those assets. But often, EAM software falls short of delivering all of the benefits it could. Why is this? In this Special Report we take a look at what it take a look at how to get the most out of Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Software, successful enterprise asset management on an international scale and several implementations of real-world operational efficiency strategies.
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Wasted time is the enemy of wrench time. When maintenance technicians spend excessive amounts of time gathering tools and parts, arranging specialized equipment, searching for information or traveling to job sites, their value-added work time is constrained. Learn about the right strategies and tools available to streamline and improve your maintenance operations in this new Plant Services Special Report.
Even though asset management technology has made enormous leaps in recent years, in some ways it may have been easier to manage major assets 30 years ago than it is today. This Plant Services Special Report delves in to some of the latest technologies and practices for managing your plant assets. Download your copy now.
This Plant Services Special Report takes a look at CMMS and outsourced maintenance, CMMS software advancements, and Asset Care programs. Download this Special Report now.
This Plant Services Special Report takes a look at the impact communications strategies and reporting & analysis tools and strategies has had on productivity in today's plant. It also reviews how asset intensive industries can improve their overall equipment efficiency with asset management and maintenance, repair and overhaul tools. Download this Special Report now.
This Plant Services Special Report takes a look at the strategies necessary for successful implementation of CMMS and asset management solutions in today's plants. This Special Report first identifies seven trends to address with a CMMS solution, how CMMS that uses knowledge management can be a competitive advantage, it also discusses the benefits of enterprise CMMS deployments and how to master asset management with projects.
As a cornerstone of the maintenance discipline, reliability centered maintenance (RCM) can achieve benefits in a vast number of areas, depending on where and how it is applied. This Special Report takes a look at the entire range of potential uses of RCM and the ensuing economic and non-cash benefits that can be achieved. In this Special Report we also take a look at what is needed in today's plant to achieve success with lean maintenance methodologies. Download your copy now.
Achieving maximum productivity in your plant is key to maximizing profitability at your plant. Today, this is more important than ever. But how do you know if you're doing everything you can to obtain maximum productivity levels? Download this PlantServices Special Report for a step-by-step guide achieving optimal performance at your plant.
Martin Gunnarsson, director of research & strategy, IFS, presents what is planned for improving support for outsourced service and maintenance operation, enhanced resource scheduling, and improved work order reporting capabilities, during the April 2011 IFS North American Customer Summit in Itasca, Illinois.
Matt Watters, P.E., business analyst, IFS, presents how to use IFS Product Data Management (PDM) for supporting engineering design, configuration control, advanced revision management, and more integrated with manufacturing, during the April 2011 IFS North American Customer Summit in Itasca, Illinois.
Tommy Massey, maintenance manager, Nucor Bar Mill Group, presents how Nucor Steel uses IFS for a complete maintenance solution, including recording information about buildings or equipment, fault reports, work orders, preventive maintenance, equipment monitoring, and resource scheduling, during the April 2011 IFS North American Customer Summit in Itasca, Illinois.
Nobody implements enterprise asset management (EAM) software without an idea of what return they expect on the investment. But too often either due to selection
of inadequate software, subpar implementation or poorly articulated goals, EAM
software projects to not deliver a measurable return.
In this whitepaper, we will examine a few of the specific ways that EAM software
can deliver that sought-after return, so you can plan your selection and implementation around these deliverables. These five EAM ROI tips should help you take advantage of the cost savings and revenue enhancement features EAM has to offer while avoiding the pitfalls associated with an overly complex or problematic implementation.
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There has always been a significant financial reward for high levels of equipment
reliability in the oil and gas industry. ISO 14224 constitutes a "reliability language" that can be used to improve communication between parties involved in rig or facility operations and maintenance. In this white paper, you will learn how enterprise asset management (EAM) software that is prepackaged to support ISO 14224 can speed up compliance with the standard and ensure successful generation of valuable key performance indicators (KPIs) which comply with the standard that in the long run will be used to enhance equipment reliability.
Enterprise asset management (EAM) software is a powerful tool for those responsible for maximizing the value of industrial assets as well as those who perform maintenance work on those assets. But often, EAM software falls short of delivering all of the benefits it could. Why is this? In this whitepaper, we will examine the reasons companies that implement EAM software may not derive the full benefit it could deliver. We will also offer advice to circumvent some of these stumbling blocks and try to realize the promise of EAM.
This whitepaper offers tips on selecting ERP software for the mining industry. Most ERP products came from repetitive manufacturing and lack the powerful asset management and project management functionality mining companies require. Learn how you can you select ERP that can handle the entire mining project and asset lifecycle.
In selecting (EAM) software, usability ought to be a major criteria. Lacking usability, technician time is wasted during data entry and executives cannot get data to make good decisions. IFS EAM expert Mike Auer offers tips to evaluate EAM products for usability and argues for taking usability seriously during selection.
This whitepaper describes the basic considerations in evaluating and selecting Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) software, with a special emphasis on how EAM must help maintenance interact with other parts of the company in order to achieve reliability-centered maintenance. Also addressed are the basic steps to prepare for EAM implementation.
Design, Operate, Maintain (DOM) – key concepts in asset management and in industrial maintenance, repair and operation. Industrial facility designers and those who operate and maintain those facilities need to work together closely to improve plant efficiency and business profitability over time.
In this whitepaper, we will discuss how project-based software solutions are essential for asset-intensive industries, and explore the specific ways that project, maintenance and financial functionality must be integrated in an enterprise software tool for information management. This white paper also address how this information can be leveraged in the company on a macro level for strategic decision-making as well as on a micro level to facilitate technical activities in the maintenance department.
Any organization involved with large, complex assets needs the right technology to manage the design, construction and commissioning of these assets, and these systems need to carry over into the operations and maintenance (O&M) stages of the asset lifecycle. While enterprise asset management (EAM) involves managing the asset itself, AIM deals with the management of the information about the asset. This white paper, addresses not only the importance of AIM to asset management, but defines some key concepts and reviews the different ways the right enterprise software system can facilitate AIM.
If your organization depends on the reliability of its plant and equipment, IFS' enterprise asset management (EAM) solution can help you improve the bottom line. By providing accurate, real-time information about your assets, the IFS solution helps you avoid equipment downtime, extend asset life, reduce service and repair costs, and maximize return on assets.
Managing assets for maximum utilization and efficiency, while minimizing risk, is a complex business. Many factors impact both operation efficiency and risk. Balancing these sometimes competing demands can be done, if you first understand the factors that drive risk and complexity, and if you have the tools and visibility to manage risk and complexity.
ERP for vertical industries is lacking according to this study from IFS North America and analyst Cindy Jutras. Jutras reviews functional gaps revealed in the study and discusses how these gaps create enterprise risk. The single largest gap is caused by a lack of enterprise asset management (EAM) in ERP.
Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) is one key deliverable from implementing Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) software. But IFS EAM expert Jerry Browning explains that RCM doesn't come right out of the box, and a company needs to select EAM that will meet its changing needs on its journey towards RCM.
These seven tips for EAM Selection and Implementation from six IFS experts will be invaluable for companies in asset-intensive industries like utilities, oil and gas, process manufacturing and others. Learn how to use EAM to comply with PAS 55, enact lean maintenance improvements, support aftermarket service and more!
With pressure to adopt lean business practices intensifying, maintenance directors and senior managers of asset-intensive industries are relying on enterprise technology like Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) to eliminate non-value-added work and drive lean maintenance improvements. IFS EAM expert Mike Auer discusses the fine points of implementing EAM for lean maintenance.
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In this webcast you'll learn about the critical factors for successful OEE implementation, and the impact OEE has on revenue. You will also learn about IFS's MaxOEE module and how it can be integrated with EAM systems to add operator and corporate dashboards in to the OEE equation.
Learn how to use Design Operate Maintain, or DOM, to eliminate communication problems between your maintenance and operations departments and designers working on your plant. Get new facilities online quicker and help engineers incorporate your wisdom and experience in their work with help from Christian Klingspor, IFS Senior Advisor for Lifecycle Management!
Easily implemented, reconfigured and adaptable to changing technology, IFS Applications enables agile enterprises to do business around the globe.
IFS provides a broad range of enterprise, manufacturing, service management and asset management solutions. An integral part of IFS Applications, IFS' solutions seamlessly work together, enabling companies to employ lean enterprise concepts, control costs, manage projects, increase efficiencies in their supply chain, and measure their performance.
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