Blog: IIoT expands the maintenance maturity model
Analytics, remote monitoring enabled by IIoT enable new, more effective maintenance strategies that move users from reactive or condition-based to predictive and prescriptive maintenance
With the emergence of Industrial IoT (IIoT), collecting data from equipment is moving from paper-based, manual inspections to automated systems. This improves both data quality and quantity.
IIoT-enabled remote asset monitoring also dramatically expands the number and variety of parameters that can be monitored cost effectively. Combined with today’s more advanced analytics, these data enable industrial organizations to implement new, more effective maintenance strategies to progress further along on the maturity continuum from reactive, to preventive, to condition-based, to predictive, and – ultimately – to prescriptive maintenance.
With higher maintenance maturity, comes broader business benefits that go beyond reducing…
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A.C.T. up: Troubleshoot parallel-shaft drive systems
Your parallel-drive systems will thank you for a little extra TLC.
An effectively implemented, comprehensive preventive and predictive maintenance program for a parallel-drive system will reduce downtime, bring down costs, and create a safer working environment.
Parallel-shaft drive systems include v-belts, synchronous belt drives, conveyor systems, and chain drives. These power transmission systems are used for transmitting power and in some cases conveying product. Optimum performance and maximum service life can be achieved if the systems are correctly installed and properly maintained. All aspects of the inspection, installation, and maintenance process should be measured and documented in an organized and easily accessible manner.
The pie chart shown in Figure 1 depicts common problems in a parallel…
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Parker Hannifin acquires Clarcor for $4.3 billion
Deal enhances Parker's filtration portfolio
Parker Hannifin Corp., which makes motion-control technology, agreed to acquire filtration-products manufacturer Clarcor Inc. for about $4.3 billion, including the assumption of net debt.
Clarcor makes filters for automotive and heavy industrial applications and reported $1.5 billion in sales for the fiscal year through November 2015. The deal adds an array of industrial air and liquid filtration technologies to Parker’s filtration portfolio, according to the statement.
Read the full story at industryweek.com.
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Case study: Elevator-type conveyors optimize floor space, cleanliness for medical product packager
Conveyors run the bins across the building to the clean room, where another elevator works in reverse to move them down to the worker packing area
A production line centered around conveyors is helping one medical-device manufacturer boost production of sterile product.
CooperSurgical is a maker of diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices to women’s healthcare providers. Recently the manufacturer turned to QC Industries to set up a new production line that maintains the cleanliness required for packaging medical products, but with high throughput in a tight plant footprint.
Engineers from QC Industries worked closely with the CooperSurgical team to develop this system. Ultimately the engineers designed an installation that uses several QC Industries conveyors. Then CooperSurgical took the lead to design and build an automation system to make optimal use of the equipment.
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The robot that takes your job should pay taxes, Bill Gates says
Gates: "There are many ways to take that extra productivity and generate more taxes."
Robots are taking human jobs. But Bill Gates believes that governments should tax companies’ use of them, as a way to at least temporarily slow the spread of automation and to fund other types of employment.
It’s a striking position from the world’s richest man and a self-described techno-optimist who co-founded Microsoft, one of the leading players in artificial-intelligence technology.
Said Gates in an interview with Quartz: "At a time when people are saying that the arrival of that robot is a net loss because of displacement, you ought to be willing to raise the tax level and even slow down the speed of that adoption somewhat to figure out, 'OK, what about the communities where this has a particularly big impact? Which…
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Though we may strive for the day in which it's possible to make an entire aircraft with 3D printing, according to Wohlers Associates, about one-third of the reported additive manufacturing (AM) applications is for creating prototypes and visual models. The actual 3D printing of end parts may be on the rise, but there are applications that lay beyond the most exciting stories put forth by the media.
For example, to demonstrate the possibilities of 3D printing for large-scale tooling, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Boeing designed a specialty tool for Boeing's new aircraft, the 777X. The plane, to hit runways in 2020, will have a massive wingspan of 235 ft 5 in (71.8 m). In order to create tooling large enough to work on…
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Field services management software: What you don't know might hurt your bottom line
Survey reveals a disconnect between perceived need for better field services management and willingness to invest.
Many organizations are seeking a more flexible and scalable asset management solution they can use to better monitor assets and work in the field. Selecting the right solution can be a difficult task, however. Getting the right information to help make a decision is a crucial first step, so here are a few questions to consider:
What features and benefits are most important to me and my plant?
Should I invest in an EAM/ERP system extension or should I consider dedicated field services management (FSM) software?
What types of solution are similar plants using?
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5 lessons on how to build your IIoT strategy
Not everyone needs to build their own IIoT / digital platform, but these five lessons will help you develop an optimal IIoT platform strategy for your organization
Over the past three years, the emergence of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has led to an outpouring of technological cooperation, as more than 350 firms have joined various consortia to hammer out standards around open digital platforms. To achieve the optimal IIoT platform strategy we believe it is fruitful to study the recent history of platforms, which yield these five lessons:
Lesson #1: Outside hires and agile development cycles are required to deliver constant iteration.
Lesson #2: Leveraging B2B relationships are essential for incumbents to gain a fast foothold.
Lesson #3: Niche platforms can differentiate by focusing on critical customer-job-circumstance combinations
Find out lessons 4 and 5 and read more on each.
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Electrical maintenance for the win
Your electrical infrastructure is too important not to be a maintenance priority.
Nothing operates without electricity, so the health of the electrical infrastructure that works behind the scenes should be a vital concern to your plant. Like any engineered system, electrical power distribution systems cannot be designed and…
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Utilities and independent power producers are preparing for the coming storm — distributed generation (DG). The impact of DG was the biggest takeaway at the bi-annual Combustion Turbine Operations Technical Forum (CTOTF) that took place last month in St. Augustine, Florida.
The big theme this year was preparing for the coming storm due to disruptive technologies, in particular DG. And who better to talk about grid pattern changes than an independent system operator (ISO). Tag B. Short, Interim Director, South Region Operations, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), detailed the big shifts affecting his region’s 180,000 MWs of capacity, 1,600 generating units and 66,000 miles of transmission.
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U.S. industrial production fell in November
Manufacturing output slips on decline in durable-goods production
Industrial production—measuring everything made by factories, mines and utilities—declined 0.4% in November, according to the Federal Reserve. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had expected a 0.2% drop.
Manufacturing output, the biggest component of industrial production, slipped 0.1% in November after rising in September and October. A drop in production of long-lasting durable goods, particularly motor vehicles and parts, drove the overall decline.
Read the full story on wsj.com.
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“Liberating” process data to enable enterprises to efficiently capitalize on the plant or shop floor information requires an overhaul of the data integration strategies
Although operations and maintenance groups generate vast quantities of data – both structured and unstructured – they can only leverage a small percentage of data to make better decisions.
For decades, much of the process data collected from real-time operational systems were “locked up” in process historians. The majority of these data was seldom used, except by engineers and maintenance and operations staffs that tend to use either basic visualization tools or somewhat more sophisticated, but usually difficult-to-use, historian tools to investigate operational situations.
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In a meeting with manufacturers, Trump also vows quick approvals for companies that want to build factories in the U.S.
U.S. President Donald Trump told leaders of companies ranging from defense manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corp to sportswear apparel maker Under Armour Inc. on Monday that he believed his administration could cut U.S. regulations governing companies by 75 percent or more.
"When you want to expand your plant, or when Mark wants to come in and build a big massive plant, or when Dell wants to come in and do something monstrous and special – you're going to have your approvals really fast,” Trump said, referring to Mark Fields, CEO of Ford, who sat around the boardroom-style table in the Roosevelt Room.
(Developing story. See reuters.com for more.)
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Perspective: Give manufacturers what they say they need
"Hopefully, lawmakers across the country will pay attention to what American manufacturers say they need, rather than simply responding to voter anger."
What's missing from the policy debate about U.S. manufacturing is talk of investing more in education. And that's a problem, since American workers aren't prepared for the jobs currently available, let alone the jobs of the future.
"We've literally got hundreds of thousands of jobs right now in manufacturing in the United States that remain unfilled because we don't have folks with the right skill set or the right technology background," National Association of Manufacturers President Jay Timmons said.
Hopefully, lawmakers across the country will pay attention to what American manufacturers say they need, rather than simply responding to voter anger.
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Intel, the world’s largest computer chip manufacturer, will invest $7 billion to finish a factory in Arizona, adding 3,000 jobs, the company’s chief executive said on Wednesday after meeting with President Trump at the White House.
The completion of the factory, which will complement two other Intel semiconductor plants in Chandler, Ariz., had been under consideration for several years.
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“You know how you can look at a person’s face and tell if they are having a bad day? I can do that with a machine," 17-year-old aspiring manufacturing pro says
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The ordinary: welding two pieces of metal together in his high school’s welding shop in North Philadelphia.
The sacred: “You can see the change of color in the weld. It looks like a rainbow.”
When he graduates, Rivera, who used his welding skills to make a metal rose, will make some employer happy. That’s because in the Philadelphia region and around the nation, manufacturers are desperate to hire welders.
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In an age of online job listings, automated résumé screenings, and increasing temporary and contract work, companies are posting more jobs than they ever expect to fill
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When it comes to actually filling those jobs, though, the rebound has been far more gradual. Hiring is up just 36 percent since the end of the recession and has been pretty much flat over the past year. Tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs are going unfilled.
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