Voices: Technology Toolbox

Technology Toolbox highlights new products and technologies designed to improve asset reliability, maintenance productivity, safety, and cost efficiency. Plant Services Contributing Editor Sheila Kennedy focuses on a different functional area each month.


Enhanced electrical systems improve reliability and availability of industrial processes

Sheila Kennedy says solutions simplify system upgrades, maintenance, and deployment.

By Sheila Kennedy, Contributing Editor

Sheila Kennedy is a professional freelance writer specializing in industrial and technical topics. Sheila Kennedy is a professional freelance writer specializing in industrial and technical topics. She established Additive Communications in 2003 to serve software, technology, and service providers in industries such as manufacturing and utilities, and became a contributing editor and Technology Toolbox columnist for Plant Services in 2004. Prior to Additive Communications, she had 11 years of experience implementing industrial information systems. Kennedy earned her B.S. at Purdue University and her MBA at the University of Phoenix. She can be reached at sheila@addcomm.com.

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Track energy costs like you would operating costs

Sheila Kennedy says significant savings can result from proactively aggregating, monitoring, and analyzing energy data.


Today's robust robotics: Faster, better, cheaper, safer

Sheila Kennedy says take the risk factor out of dangerous or repetitive work.


Practical pumps and seals

Sheila Kennedy says innovations improve flow control.


Avoid injuries and fines with these technological finds

Sheila Kennedy says sustainable safety is rewarded in uptime, productivity, and employee morale.


Power transmission equipment needs PdM, too

Sheila Kennedy says vibration measurement, ultrasonics, and fluid analysis keep motors running.


4 reasons bearings are on a roll

Sheila Kennedy says food-safe solutions, engineered surfaces, hydraulic handling, and inspection tools lead the innovations.


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Sheila Kennedy says assembly and conveyance benefit from new innovations.


Industrial plant networks go wireless

Sheila Kennedy says wireless networking adds speed, intelligence, and safety to industrial plants.


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Sheila Kennedy says monitoring services give maintenance the edge.


New predictive maintenance monitoring and diagnostics tools take charge

Sheila Kennedy says predictive technologies can provide a benefit to electrical systems.


Is your HVAC system as efficient and reliable as it could be?

Sheila Kennedy says more rugged HVAC designs are backed with extended warranty service.


Use vibration monitoring to improve PdM and prevent failures before they occur

Sheila Kennedy says harness the value of monitoring, trending, and diagnosing signs of wear.


Rebates and incentives make efficient lighting a bright idea

Sheila Kennedy says new lighting technologies are making cost savings quicker and easier to achieve.


Combat corrosive conditions with prevention and early detection

Sheila Kennedy says monitoring and selecting corrosion-resistant materials can aid in the battle.