Blog: The quality you don't see via PdM
Do higher levels of predictive achievement get substantially lesser amounts of attention than reactive work?
As a career manufacturing engineer, I’ve seen my fair share of different operations’ inner workings. Like any job, there were parts I loved and parts I hated, but when it was all said and done, some of my proudest life moments have been spent with my coworkers on a factory floor.
Within the operations disciplines, we are often measured and judged by our ability to react. In any company I’ve ever been, it’s usually pretty easy to pick out the “core” — those vital few folks who are the ones everyone turns to when things just aren’t going right.
These are the manufacturing engineers who, like the urban legend says, can walk up to a broken machine and place an “X” on the problem area within minutes of investigating. They…
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Blog: Carl, Microsoft partner on IIoT machine learning case study for wastewater
"Regulating Sensor Error in Wastewater Management Systems" focuses on detection of sensor error in IIoT applications
Carl Data Solutions provides a suite of software tools called Flow Works, that are used by municipalities to help manage their wastewater infrastructure. Their tools pull data from various sensor channels that measure variables such as water flow, velocity, and depth.
These sensors sometimes malfunction or behave unexpectedly, causing skewed readings. Since forecasting models are built on top of these sensors, skewed data can negatively influence accuracy. Currently, to account for irregularities, municipalities that use Carl Data’s flow works solutions hire consultants to manually sift through all the sensor data and modify values believed to be caused by sensor error.
Due to the overhead in time and cost, Carl Data was interested in…
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Build the right combination of predictive tools and technologies to proactively monitor your electrical systems.
The potentially catastrophic consequences of electrical system failures and hazards must be avoided at all costs. Regular predictive maintenance (PdM) on electrical systems lets maintenance teams detect and correct problems before they can shut down…
How to clean steam turbines both online and offline
Fouling of steam turbine blades and vanes is a common problem, and online cleaning is possible that doesn’t require dismantling although the results are not guaranteed.
Fouling of steam turbine blades and vanes is a common problem. A complete and thorough cleaning would require stoppage and opening up the turbine, which may mean shutting down a profitable process. Online cleaning is possible that doesn’t require dismantling although the results are not guaranteed.
This article features excerpts from a case study, “Successful Online and Offline Cleaning of Steam Turbines With and Without Disassembly” by Bladimir Gomez Supervisor of PDVSA and Barry Snider of Small Hammer Inc. at the 43rd Turbomachinery Symposium held in Houston in 2013.
At a facility, the steam turbines driving critical compressors were losing power and speed. The governor/steam valve was unable to maintain desired rpm. Unit…
Why digital photography and predictive modeling will remake the APM landscape
In this Big Picture Interview, Anne-Marie Walters explores picturing asset health.
Anne-Marie Walters, a chemical engineer, is global marketing director for Bentley Systems. In that role, she’s responsible for the global industrial process, offshore, and natural resources industries. Bentley is a leading player in the industrial…
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It's a lock: Secure your network
Sheila Kennedy says vendors are joining forces to offer more-robust industrial network security solutions.
Industrial networks are not what they used to be. These critical infrastructures now accommodate more systems, devices, and data than ever before, making security far more complex. The cloud, the internet of things (IoT), the convergence of…
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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Amazon's latest idea: A flying warehouse that will deliver stuff by drone
Could an airship be more cost-efficient for drone delivery?
Amazon is exploring the use of giant airships to serve as mobile, flying warehouses that could help the online retail giant deliver more of its goods by drone.
You might already be familiar with Amazon's drone delivery service, which recently received a demo in the United Kingdom for the first time. But the idea for a fleet of large airships, disclosed in filings to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, expand on those ambitions dramatically.
Read the full story at chicagotribune.com.
OSHA announces Top 10 violations for 2016
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Survey shows signs of optimism in manufacturing
Manufacturers say margins are tightening, but many plan facility changes and equipment investments
Despite slight overall dips in sales and profitability last year, Midwest manufacturers are generally optimistic about making capital investments moving forward, according to the latest survey from Wauwatosa, WI-based professional development organization The Paranet Group.
Roughly four in 10 respondents said they are planning facility changes this year, with 46 percent of that group saying they would remodel existing facilities, 31 percent planning additions and 23 percent planning a new building.
For the entire group, 88 percent said they are planning to make capital equipment investments in 2017, an almost 6 percentage point increase over last year.
Read the full story at biztimes.com.
Invite your drives to join the motor team
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Kaeser Compressors announces 2017 Pressure & Profit conference schedule
Series features two separate learning tracks (technical and business), both offering four certified professional development hours
Kaeser Compressors is pleased to announce their Pressure & Profit Half-Day Conferences scheduled for 2017.
Pressure & Profit is an educational event to equip specifying engineers and those responsible for plant compressed air and energy management with the knowledge and tools needed to properly design and maintain industrial compressed air systems. Conference locations for the year include: Dallas, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Chicago.
Pressure & Profit features two separate learning tracks, both offering four (4) certified professional development hours.
The technical track, presented by Kaeser Branch Development Manager Gerald Baron, covers changes in compressed air technology.
The business track,…
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Father and son team creates liquid metal 3D printer for manufacturing
Other metal printers exist, but most use a process of laying down powered metal and melting it with a laser or electron beam
A father and son team in the START-UP NY program have invented a liquid metal printing machine that could represent a significant transformation in manufacturing.
A breakthrough idea five years ago by former University at Buffalo student Zack Vader, then 19, has created a machine that prints three-dimensional objects using liquid metal. The machine is so novel it represents a quantum leap in the ability to print three-dimensional objects in metal. Other metal printers exist, but most use a process of laying down powered metal and melting it with a laser or electron beam. In that process, some particles of the powder do not get melted, creating weakened spots.
Manufacturers are very interested in the Vader machine, with one automotive…
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White House study: Robots, AI may take half our jobs
“Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Economy,” suggests the U.S. should invest in and develop AI, and policymakers need to prepare the economy for it
Artificial intelligence is coming, and policymakers need to prepare the economy for it, the White House said in a recent report.
The report, “Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Economy,” suggests the U.S. should invest in and develop AI, because it has “many benefits,” education and train Americans for the jobs of the future, and aid workers in the transition and empower them to share in future growth.
But the authors of the report acknowledge that there are countless unknowns, from what the effects could be, to how quickly they’ll arrive.
“Researchers’ estimates on the scale of threatened jobs over the next decade or two range from 9% to 47%,” they write, but add that the economy has always proved to be…
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PTC wins IIoT Company Of The Year award for 2016
PTC also receives IoT Breakthrough award for “Industrial IoT Solution of the Year” for its Kepware KEPServerEX industrial connectivity software
Just about a year ago, PTC received the IoT Innovation Vendor of the Year Award from marketing analytics and consulting firm Compass Intelligence at the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
This week PTC announced that it had been named Industrial Internet of Things Company of the Year by IoT Breakthrough, an independent organization dedicated to recognizing IoT products and companies that stand out in the industry. PTC also received the IoT Breakthrough award for “Industrial IoT Solution of the Year” for its Kepware KEPServerEX industrial connectivity software.
These awards signal the fact that IoT and IIoT have become much bigger than just a fad — they are a big part of the future, not just for PTC, but for all…
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Hot topic: Decarbonizing heating
Peter Garforth explores why greater heat efficiency is needed, and why it may need to be a group effort.
The commitment by most major companies to reduce their carbon footprint is showing interesting shifts in priorities. For decades, most electricity has been generated by coal and natural gas. This produced a convenient alignment of the cost and…
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How disruptive is distributed power generation?
The impact of distributed generation made waves at last month's bi-annual Combustion Turbine Operations Technical Forum (CTOTF)
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.
“We anticipate the retirement…
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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.
But new technology approaches and technology convergence are changing this. Convergence is the gateway to optimizing plant performance through cloud-based…
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List presented at 2016 NSC Congress & Expo
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2016. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the Top 10 on the Expo floor as part of the 2016 NSC Congress & Expo, the world's largest gathering of safety professionals.
The Top 10 for FY2016 are:
1. Fall Protection, 1926.501(C) (6,929)2. Hazard Communication, 1910.1200 (5,677)3. Scaffolds, 1926.451(C) (3,906)4. Respiratory Protection, 1910.134 (3,585)5. Lockout/Tagout, 1910.147 (3,414)6. Powered Industrial Trucks, 1910.178 (2,860)7. Ladders, 1926.1053(C) (2,639)8. Machine Guarding, 1910.212 (2,451)9. Electrical Wiring, 1910.305…
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In Minnesota, helping manufacturers strategize to grow revenue
Enterprise Minnesota looks to help manufacturers unlock four keys to manufacturing success
Manufacturing executives looking to boost productivity, while increasing their customer base, with the goal of growing revenue, don’t have to struggle with putting together a puzzle of multiple moving pieces.
Enterprise Minnesota, a consulting organization, sees the puzzle as containing only four pieces. And the ideal way to ensure those four pieces remain connected is through strategy. For about the past 18 months, Enterprise Minnesota has been using the image of four interlocked puzzle pieces — strategy, talent, ISO management system, and continuous improvement — to help small and medium-size manufacturers be more competitive.
Read the full story on crowrivermedia.com.
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GM to invest $1 billion in U.S. manufacturing
Top U.S. carmaker faced pressure to follow Ford, Fiat Chrysler
General Motors Co. announced a $1 billion U.S. investment plan comprised mostly of spending on models and plants long in the works, becoming the latest automaker to answer to pressure from President-elect Donald Trump to create jobs.
The nation’s top carmaker will add or retain about 7,000 salaried and hourly workers, including almost 2,000 in domestic factories, spokesman Pat Morrissey said. The announcement was accelerated after Trump urged the company last week to follow Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and detail U.S. spending plans, said a person familiar with the matter.
Read the full story at bloomberg.com.
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NAM study claims manufacturers face nearly 300,000 regulations
Manufacturers group calls on Trump for regulatory reform
Manufacturers must comply with nearly 300,000 federal regulations, according to a new study.
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) study claims the cost of complying with 297,696 various rules prevents many businesses from hiring and increasing wages for their workers.
Read the full story at thehill.com.
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How to improve the safety of your motor control centers
Implement a smart solution by integrating a low voltage motor overload relay with advanced protection and integrated arc-flash detection.
Low-voltage (LV) motor control centers (MCCs) are numerous in industrial power distribution systems. MCC are commonly a safety concern because operator and maintenance personnel have close interactions with the MCC. Also, the recognition of arc…
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CSIA upgrades Industrial Automation Exchange
Improvements make it easier for system integrators, clients to connect
Two years ago, the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) launched the Industrial Automation Exchange, with the intention of helping industrial automation end-user clients find system integrators and their suppliers.
Now CSIA has made the site even easier to use. Today the CSIA Exchange features its own blog, largely authored by system integrator members and member partners. It has also incorporated a new library-resources section.
“As guest bloggers, control system integrators and suppliers can inform end users of trends and events across all industries and specialties,” said Jose Rivera, CSIA CEO. “They can share how-to guides and evergreen resource material helpful to automation clients. CSIA is proud of the…
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New technologies seen contributing to distrust of companies
A revolution is stirring in the world’s factories. Industrial robots are breaking out of their cages to work side by side with humans. Autonomous vehicles scoot around factory floors. And factories are improving their links with suppliers, exchanging data and rectifying problems, with minimal human intervention.
But almost half the 1,370 chief executives questioned in PwC’s annual Global CEO survey published this week fear that this latest industrial revolution will feed further distrust among their companies’ stakeholders — whether they be investors, employees or the wider public.
Read the full story at ft.com.
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Faced with worker shortages, Montana manufacturers turn to schools
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Program gives hands-on opportunities to area high-schoolers
A local manufacturer is working to spark an interest in the younger generation for the manufacturing sector.
Since 1991, Subaru of Indiana Automotive has worked to build relationships with Hoosier students through a program called Vehicles for Learning. It provides hands-on experience in the classroom.
“We’re hoping to build not only a potential workforce of the future for SIA, but also people that will have an interest in the automotive industry and manufacturing in general,” SIA Senior Executive Vice President Tom Easterday said.
Read the full story at wlfi.com.
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Manufacturing job gains since Great Recession don't make up for losses
Industry looks for infrastructure improvement to bolster the sector
The U.S. ended up losing 575,000 factory jobs during President Barack Obama's eight-year tenure, as the sector around which Northwest Indiana was built continued to erode.
In the previous administration of George W. Bush, manufacturing lost 4.3 million jobs and more than 30 steelmakers went bankrupt, some of which had been around for more than a century.
The manufacturing sector has added 822,000 new jobs since the end of the Great Recession, but that couldn't make up for the losses in the depths of the recession.
Read the full story on nwitimes.com.
Perspective: Don’t blame "skills gap" for lack of hiring in manufacturing
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
Manufacturers posted 379,000 job openings in July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday. That’s up more than 280 percent — close to quadruple — since the recession ended more than seven years ago.
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.
However, according to a new paper by economists Andrew Weaver and Paul Osterman, three-quarters of manufacturers that Weaver and Osterman studied weren’t having trouble finding workers at all. One possibility is that what companies mean by an “opening” has…
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