Blog: Move beyond the process historian via IT-OT convergence
“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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Machine learning software to transform ship maintenance
Researchers from the University of Southampton are to develop software that can monitor the equipment, fuel and energy performance of a ship at sea, and applying novel machine learning techniques to a domain that has largely been data poor
Researchers from the University of Southampton are to develop software that can monitor the equipment, fuel and energy performance of a ship at sea.
The University is part of the Ship Energy Assessment – Condition Optimisation & Routing Enhancement System (SEA-CORES) consortium, which provides a live model of ship performance on global operations. The development of the software is led by BAE Systems and is sponsored by Innovate UK.
BAE Systems is developing and testing SEA-CORES, which is able to correlate variables that could affect a ship's performance, such as energy consumption and different weather conditions. Using genetic algorithms to track and capture the live data, SEA-CORES provides those on board with a greater…
How the NRC’s Nuclear Maintenance Rule shapes today's best practices
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Restart your PdM program, Part 1: The rocky road to reliability
"The Maintenance Rule is the best thing the NRC has done during my nearly 40-year career in the nuclear power industry," writes Dave Lochbaum, director of the USC Nuclear Safety Project. "Rather than waiting for the adverse trend to grow to epidemic proportions, the NRC took steps to halt the decline and restore performance levels."
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) identified a disturbing trend in the mid-80s—the number of safety problems caused by inadequate maintenance was increasing. In some cases, ineffective practices during routine maintenance such as replacing worn-out gaskets or lubricating rotating machinery resulted in equipment that had been operating satisfactorily breaking down soon afterwards.
The NRC undertook a public rulemaking process that culminated in the NRC issuing Section 50.65, “Requirements for Monitoring the Effectiveness of Maintenance at Nuclear Power Plants,” to 10 CFR Part 50 on July 10, 1991.
This new regulation, commonly called the Maintenance Rule, did not require new maintenance methods or alter the frequency of…
Study: 67% of manufacturers to increase big data investments
Analyst: IIoT-capable motors have big potential as network-edge devices
Five IIoT companies prove value of internet-connected manufacturing
Survey of 200 executives cite IIoT as driving willingness to invest in big data, even as 42 percent admitted to running equipment harder than they should
A recent survey of manufacturing executives indicates many respondents (67 percent) are pressing ahead with plans to invest in data analytics even as they pare back spending in other areas to combat tough business conditions.
The reason: Many say they view data analytics – a key component of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – as a viable solution to a cycle of problems that lead to downtime and lost revenue.
More than 200 North American manufacturing executives took part in the survey titled “Data’s Big Impact on Manufacturing: A Study of Executive Opinions.” The survey was jointly conducted by Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) and KRC Research Inc., from May 23 to June 8, 2016.
Unscheduled downtime was ranked as the…
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Nail down these necessities to get and keep your process pumps up and running smoothly
A facility's maintenance team is at the leading edge when it comes to ensuring that processes are being run efficiently, effectively, and safely. Utmost care must be taken in all aspects of industrial maintenance; work on process pumps and equipment is no exception. The following best practices, when consistently followed, can help keep your plant running smoothly.
1. Remember to wear your PPE (personal protective equipment) whenever you are working around or maintaining a process pump. This includes safety glasses, gloves, hearing protection, and a respirator if necessary.
2. Check the MSDS sheet prior to working on a pump unit. These sheets are required for every chemical being used. The sheets include the chemical makeup…
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Trelleborg launches online sealing technology resource center
SAP, UPS work to attract partners to distributed manufacturing initiative
SAP and UPS launched a website today that they hope will attract other companies into a partner program to test new industrial 3D printing methods
SAP and UPS launched a website today that they hope will attract other companies into a partner program to test new industrial 3D printing methods.
Specifically, SAP is opening up its distributed manufacturing initiative and expanding a previous collaboration with UPS in an effort to broaden the number of co-innovation partners working to test, validate, and improve upon new methods for supply chain production and management.
The collaboration with UPS integrates SAP's platform for supply chain and Internet of Things with the UPS additive manufacturing and logistics network. According to SAP, co-innovation partners will help uncover ways to streamline supply chains and get products to market faster.
"SAP Distributed Manufacturing can…
New tool helps manufacturers search for obscure parts
Interview: How drones can help improve manufacturing, supply chain capabilities
BRC publishes revised global standard for storage and distribution
IIoT platform helps logistics firm dip into predictive maintenance
Army reaches $1 billion in energy-saving projects with private sector
How to perform smarter motor maintenance
Compressed-air savings to blow your mind
See your compressors in a new light to gain efficiency and cost rewards
More and more industrial compressed air users are embracing a systems approach with respect to energy efficiency. Gone are the days of simply comparing the electrical efficiency of compressors and buying the one with the lowest input energy. Smart…
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Ford, UMichigan partner on new robotics lab
Goal of partnership is to accelerate the development and deployment of a fully autonomous car by 2021
Ford is expanding its collaboration with the University of Michigan in order to accelerate the development of self-driving cars.
The automaker will co-locate its own researchers and engineers with University of Michigan researchers at a new robotics lab set to open on the school’s Ann Arbor campus in 2020. Ford claims to be the first corporation to house staff in an academic building. It views this project as one step toward the development and deployment of a fully autonomous car by 2021.
Ford will begin the process of integrating its staff with University of Michigan researchers in the coming months. It plans to send a team of researchers and engineers to work at the university’s North Campus Research Complex (NCRX) by the end of…
Blog: How safety standards are shifting with the growing use of robots
As skill requirements increase, more manufacturing jobs go unfilled
Where to understand and apply machine vision’s many uses
Automakers, suppliers struggle to find and keep engineering talent
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Perspective: What GE's acquisition of Meridium shows us
GE to invest $1.4B to acquire additive manufacturing companies Arcam and SLM
Perspective: Why China won’t own next-generation manufacturing
3 industry groups join forces to work on IIoT standards
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Study: Clean Power Plan could drive $442 billion in energy savings over 15 years
New GA Tech study and Alliance for Industrial Efficiency report conclude that Clean Power Plan can generate significant energy savings for manufacturers
New studies by Dr. Marilyn Brown and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency (The Alliance), have found that implementation of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, state climate and energy policies, and investments they’re spurring in energy efficiency and cleaner sources of energy provide a way for manufacturers to be more competitive, not less.
The Alliance study released last week – State Ranking of Potential Carbon Dioxide Emission Reductions through Industrial Energy Efficiency – also demonstrates that states could help the industrial sector seize enormous opportunities to cut carbon emissions, while saving money and making manufacturers more competitive, by…
IIC publishes Industrial Internet security framework
Blog: What do you mean by "analytics"?
Rockwell Automation acquires Automation Control Products
Need to know: New changes to the NEC
The 2017 National Electrical Code features more than 1,000 changes – here are key takeaways.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) issued the 2017 National Electrical Code® (NEC®) last month, and it took effect Aug. 24. “Nice,” you say, “but that is a construction standard and it doesn’t affect our plant operations…
Proposed ASHRAE/ACCA standard for energy audits open for public comment
Tesla's future hinges on reinventing auto manufacturing. Can it pull it off?
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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…
Adding a VFD? How to treat it like a VIP
Perspective: Ethane as primary fuel for gas turbines?
Learn the dos and don'ts of generator maintenance
GE Power & Water and Alstom Power combine to form GE Power
Blog: How to execute an IREA to drive effective purchasing
Emerson reaches agreement to sell Network Power for $4 billion to Platinum Equity
U.S. industrial output slips in May
DMDII announces second 2016 project call for advanced manufacturing R&D projects
Steam savings for the long haul
How to monitor day-to-day cooling tower performance
Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits is open for public comment from Aug. 5 until Sept. 19
A proposed joint standard from ASHRAE and ACCA that establishes consistent practices for conducting and reporting energy audits is open for a 45-day American National Standards Institute (ANSI) public review.
ASHRAE/ACCA Standard 211P, Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits, is open for public comment from Aug. 5 until Sept. 19, 2016. To comment or learn more, visit www.ashrae.org/publicreviews.
Standard 211P defines the procedures required to perform ASHRAE Level 1, 2 and 3 Energy Audits and provide a common scope of work for these audit levels for use by building owners and others as well as establish standardized industry practices and minimum reporting requirements for the results.
An initial Advisory Public Review…
HVACR contractors share chiller maintenance best practices
Johnson Controls and Tyco announce merger
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Maintenance worker treated for smoke inhalation after grain elevator fire
Don’t leave home without them: Why assessments are key to reliability success
If you want your continuous improvement journey to be a success, the best place to start is with assessing where you are right now.
When we’re about to take a trip, one of the first things we do is figure out where we are going, what it looks like, and what we will need to take along. We may just need clothes and a few essentials. But if we’re planning a big adventure trip, chances are we do some research ahead of time to figure out what we’ll need – and what we might need to acquire before we leave. What kind of fishing gear will we need? Will it snow or do we just need bug spray for the mosquitos? Do we need a fishing license? Maybe it would be a good idea to take those fly-fishing lessons before we get to Montana.
It’s not so different when you’re planning a continuous improvement journey – a trip that you’re hoping will help you improve financial…
Take stock of your spares program
Work backward to move forward
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Avoiding electrical hazards: Stay safe, not sorry - Part 3: How context-aware technology is helping protect workers
Avoiding electrical hazards: Stay safe, not sorry - Part 2: How the IIoT is changing electrical safety
This month’s three-story package covers electrical safety developments you need to know about, from OSHA updates to the impact of the IIoT.
Read Part 1: Compelled to stay safe in confined spaces
Read Part 2: How the IIoT is changing electrical safety
Improved worker safety is touted as one of the leading benefits of using context-aware technologies. But how exactly can context-aware…
Avoiding electrical hazards: Stay safe, not sorry - Part 1: Compelled to stay safe in confined spaces
Safety on a larger scale: Honeywell integrates protective solutions offerings
US Labor Dept.: Manufacturing workplace fatalities increased in 2014
Acquisition to enable delivery of secure, centralized visualization and mobility solutions
Rockwell Automation today acquired Automation Control Products (ACP), a leading provider in centralized thin client, remote desktop and server management software. ACP’s two core products, ThinManager® and Relevance®, provide manufacturing and industrial leaders with visual display and software solutions to manage information and streamline workflows for a more connected manufacturing environment.
This acquisition supports the Rockwell Automation growth strategy to help customers increase global competitiveness through The Connected Enterprise – a vision that connects information across the plant floor to the rest of the enterprise. It is accelerated by the Industrial Internet of Things and advances in technologies, such as data…
Google’s Project Jacquard to turn clothes into an extension of smart devices
The in-depth industrial-focused security framework comprises expert vision, experience and security best practices from the Industrial Internet Consortium members
The Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC), the global, public-private organization formed to accelerate adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), today published the Industrial Internet Security Framework (IISF), a common security framework that addresses security issues in IIoT systems.
The IISF is available free of charge, and emphasizes the importance of five IIoT characteristics – safety, reliability, resilience, security and privacy – that help define “trustworthiness” in IIoT systems. The IISF also defines risk, assessments, threats, metrics and performance indicators to help business managers protect their organizations.
IIoT security cannot be considered in isolation. It comprises a complex set of industrial…
GE ad featured during Olympics focuses on changes in manufacturing
IIoT viewed as critical to the future-proofed mining plant
The external factors that affect mining are volatile, so organizations are starting to leverage the Industrial Internet to future-proof mining plants with modern process automation at their core
Globalization, competition, material and resource pricings, aging workforce, and regulatory pressures are just some of the challenges facing Australian mining companies. Some of these challenges grow more daunting by the day. But Australia has always been an innovative force in making the best of difficult situations, particularly in the mining sector.
The external factors that affect mining are so volatile that it is difficult to pin down with absolute certainty what the industry will look like in a year – let alone five years or a decade. To combat these unknowns mining companies are using Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies to more effectively control their own assets and in-turn, creating future-proof mining plants with…
GE plans software platform for creating 'digital twins'
Rockwell Automation announces leadership changes
Rockwell Automation expands motion control business
Perspective: Don't fear global trade
Perkins Career and Tech Ed law reauthorization passed by US House
Minnesota manufacturers look for personal touch to fill jobs
Real talk about finding, keeping a manufacturing job today
Perspective: Don’t blame "skills gap" for lack of hiring in manufacturing
As part of the reauthorized Act, a ew grant program, overseen by the education secretary, would award money to programs that align CTE with states' workforce needs
The House of Representatives voted to approve a reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act on Tuesday, after the House education committee unanimously backed the bill earlier this year.
The Perkins Act has not been reauthorized since 2006, but the proposed reauthorization, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, makes several notable changes to existing law. Among them are:
There's a new definition of which students can be classified as "concentrators" in career and technical education. The bill defines a concentrator as a secondary student who has "completed three or more career and technical education courses, or completed at least two courses in single career…
Nominations open for STEP Ahead award for women in manufacturing
UT-Martin to add program in manufacturing engineering
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…
Study: As older workers are edged out, productivity slows
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Perspective: Why the US pines for manufacturing
Whether you’re new to the workplace or a veteran professional, Heinz Bloch says you need to make the effort to evolve your skills.
Suppose you had retired from a satisfying job in oil refining, petrochemicals, or another process industry a few decades ago. Now, years later, you’re being asked to steer a neighbor’s grandchild in the direction of learning a marketable skill.
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