Azima posts reliability scores for industrial motors & manufacturers
2018 rankings based on millions of field-tests conducted over 20 years on 250,000 motors
Azima, Inc. offered corporate leaders and plant managers a rare glimpse into its proprietary machine-reliability databases, by publishing definitive reliability scores for the industrial motors most commonly deployed around the world today. Azima has ranked not just the world’s leading industrial motor brands, but specific models as well.Azima’s Reliability Ratings Report (Industrial Motors) is the first installment in a series of forthcoming performance ratings for various classes of industrial rotating machinery. Azima is a fast-growing high-tech company that maximizes industrial productivity. Azima provides technology-powered, data-driven Predictive Maintenance services to hundreds of leading companies in twelve different…
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Mobius Institute launches CBMconnect.com media center and community
Des-Case acquires RMF Systems
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Checking your work: Maintenance validation via smart sensors
Predictive maintenance is replacing the plant’s retiring knowledge worker
Predictive maintenance, IIoT help gas company save millions
CBM Connect goes online as a premier, content-rich, multimedia website serving the CBM community with knowledge and a means to collaborate and contribute
Mobius Institute, the premier provider of reliability improvement, condition monitoring and vibration analysis training, certification and professional conferences today announced the launch of its content-rich multimedia website, CBM Connect, which serves the industrial professional community as a central CBM resource of high-quality videos, articles, podcasts, webinars and training tracks without cost to the subscriber. CBM Connect’s focus of condition monitoring topics include vibration analysis, infrared imaging (IR thermography), oil analysis, wear particle analysis, motor testing, ultrasound analysis, precision lubrication, alignment, balancing, and other precision maintenance techniques.Core design elements of CBM Connect were…
Pentagon taps Silicon Valley firm for aircraft predictive maintenance
How misalignment messes with your machines
Perspective: How predictive maintenance fits into Industry 4.0
How harnessing acoustics is creating a revolution in power plant maintenance
Forbes releases IoT forecasts for 2018, notes 84% growth of network connections in manufacturing
Predictive maintenance from anywhere via the connected helicopter
Infrared for PdM, upgraded
Honeywell launches cloud-based remote monitoring system for thermal processes
Risk-based assessments slow aging process for nuclear plants
Army maintainers learn new skills at 'maintenance rodeo’
Industrial Internet Consortium publishes industrial networking guidance for IIoT communications
New IIC white paper serves as an introductory guide on industrial networking for IIoT system designers and network engineers, and offers practical solutions based on key usage scenarios
The Industrial Internet Consortium announces the IIC Industrial Networking Enabling IIoT Communication white paper. The paper serves as an introductory guide on industrial networking for IIoT system designers and network engineers, and offers practical solutions based on key usage scenarios.“Industrial networking is the foundation of IIoT,” said David Zhe Lou, Chief Researcher, Huawei Technologies. “There are many choices of networking technologies depending on the application, the industrial network, deployment situation and conditions, but there is no universal or preferred industrial networking solution.”Industrial networking infrastructure and technologies reside at the IP layer and below, and enable industrial assets, such…
Analytics-based pilots most likely to succeed in digital manufacturing
3 major shifts transforming manufacturing as we know it
United Technologies buys Predikto to boost predictive maintenance
UTC looking to bolster after-market services revenue and boost efficiency
United Technologies has agreed to acquire analytics firm Predikto Inc. as the conglomerate seeks to better anticipate when jet engines and other industrial machinery might fail.Predikto, based in Atlanta, sells a software platform that automates much of the work involved in predicting industrial equipment failure, including complex data integration and algorithm development.Predikto’s tools will be integrated with UTC’s products and services, and will be available for use by UTC’s business units, which include jet-engine maker Pratt & Whitney, elevator manufacturer Otis and air conditioner and furnace maker Carrier.Read the full story at blogs.wsj.com.
Southwest Airlines engine failure investigation focuses on broken metal fan blade
PI System deployed at Hoover, Davis, and Parker Dams to support operational improvements
With these projects by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, OSIsoft extends its presence in the United States' critical water and power infrastructure
OSIsoft LLC, a global leader in operational intelligence, today announced that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will deploy OSIsoft’s PI System as a part of its operational improvements at the Hoover, Davis and Parker dams, which supply power and water to customers across the Southwest. The PI System is part of its ongoing focus on mission assurance and decision support to help boost efficiency, improve cybersecurity and reduce operating costs at one of its most critical complexes.
“By serving up real time information on operating performance, power demand, asset conditions and cybersecurity, the PI System will help Bureau engineers better match power production with demand, minimize water losses and improve visibility of…
Blog: Schneider Electric brings oil pumps into digital era
Smart tech comes to pumps
ABB completes acquisition of GE Industrial Solutions
To surge test or not to surge test
Baldor Electric Company is now ABB
Building a more-efficient compressed air system
Lessons learned from a compressed air feasibility study could help you achieve new energy efficiencies.
This case-study article reports on a project that was conducted at a 400,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Smithfield, NC, to determine and quantify specific opportunities to improve the efficiency of, reduce the operating costs for, and optimize the operation of the compressed air system.
The plant normally works four overlapping 10-hour shifts, four days a week, with additional production scheduled as required. The plant also is projected to substantially increase production in the near future.
For this project, the objectives were to determine:
kWh consumption, peak kW, and overall efficiency of the total compressed air system
kWh consumption, loading, and efficiency of each air compressor
System air leakage and pressure variations…
Maintenance management: Don’t let small problems combine into a failure event
5 trends propelling the compressed air industry forward
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Something in the air: Ultrasound for compressed-air leak detection
Ford pilots new exoskeleton technology for workers
Warehouse robots: What you need to know as the market ramps up
Machine intelligence is extending to include conveying systems
Data breach exposes trade secrets of more than 100 manufacturing companies
Greenville Technical College to offer new baccalaureate degree program in advanced manufacturing technology
Support for AMT program voiced by some of area’s strongest manufacturing employers including Michelin, GE, and Bosch Rexroth
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster participated in a ceremonial signing of legislation permitting Greenville Technical College and the state’s other technical colleges to offer an applied baccalaureate degree in advanced manufacturing technology. The bill was approved earlier this summer by the House and Senate, paving the way for the governor’s approval.Further approvals are needed before the program can be launched. Greenville Technical College is currently seeking permission to move forward with the curriculum from the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education, the Commission on Higher Education, and the college’s accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.Need for…
Industrial Internet Consortium announces the smart printing factory testbed
GE and Vattenfall debut world’s first upgrade with additive manufactured components to GT13E gas turbines
How 3D printing is shaping the future of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul
Allied Electronics & Automation adds 360-degree spinning images to online catalog
Catalog update intended to help maintenance and repair operators find exact products for their design specs and repair needs
Allied Electronics & Automation is adding product images with a 360-degree spin to its website to help design engineers and maintenance and repair operators find the exact products for their design specs and repair needs.“We are one of the first online automation and control distributors using this exciting technology,” said Stacey Ostermann, Allied Director of Digital Content. “By posting spinning images to the product pages on our website, we are confirming to our customers that what they see on-screen is exactly what comes out of the box when the product is delivered.”Allied contracted with Snap36, a provider of comprehensive 360-degree and 3D imagery, to improve a customer’s online shopping experience. Snap36 automates…
Google, Facebook back machine learning program in Africa
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Digital twins concept gains traction among enterprises
Digital replicas will be a competitive advantage for businesses across industrial verticals, Schneider Electric CIO Elizabeth Hackenson says
In 10 years, digital replicas of industrial equipment in industries ranging from food and beverage to manufacturing and health care will be widespread, said Elizabeth Hackenson, chief information officer at Schneider Electric SE.
“That’s going to be a competitive advantage, to understand how your assets are performing not only from a maintenance perspective but also profitability,” said Ms. Hackenson, who joined the industrial giant eight months ago and oversees how Schneider’s customers get the most of its new technology options, including digital twins.
Digital twins are software models of sensor-enabled physical assets and designed to monitor performance and help reduce costly unplanned equipment outages. The convergence of…
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Siemens, Bentley partner to optimize digital twin development, smart plant simulation
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Don't underestimate the value of a CMMS to easily connect disparate data sources for decision-making is a key challenge in the age of IIoT
In industrial plants, instruments have typically been connected via a Distributed Control System (DCS) a computerized control system for a process or plant usually with a large number of control loops, in which autonomous controllers are distributed throughout the system, with centralized operator supervisory control.For decades, process data historians have been collecting that data and storing it for long periods of time. The collected data previously served as the main source for plant and operations data analysis and enabled plant personnel and management to understand what was happening in the plant, and through that information and analysis, make decisions to improve the plant operations.Historically, both the LIMS and DCS data…
Software AG acquires technology scale-up TrendMiner
The perfect analogy for electrical safety principles
Learn what freight trains and electrical systems have in common.
Driving to work one morning, deep in thought, pondering the many reasons companies use permanent electrical safety devices (PESDs) in their electrical safety programs, I nearly slammed into the back of a bus stopped at the railroad crossing. With a pounding heart and a rush of adrenaline, it hit me like a freight train: Both electrical energy and freight trains yield to no one. I finally stumbled across a perfect analogy for electrical safety principles.During a blizzard on Dec. 1, 1938, a freight train named “The Flyin’ Ute” collided with a school bus driven by Farrold Silcox in Sandy, UT, killing 25 of the 39 students aboard the bus. In the 1920s, the use of “motor buses” (now just "buses") became commonplace. The public soon…
5 requirements for designing a next-generation power monitoring system
NFPA 70E labeling for a digital age
Power quality problems that might be plaguing your plant
Boost your profit via an energy audit
Two programs offered by the U.S. DOE can help you improve your energy efficiency.
For years, industrial and commercial facilities viewed their electrical utility bill as a cost of doing business. Then, energy costs began to spike as fossil-fuel costs rose to unprecedented heights – more than $100 per barrel in the case of oil.
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Acquisition strengthens ABB’s #2 global position in electrification, and expands access to North American market
ABB announced it has completed its acquisition of GE Industrial Solutions (GEIS), GE’s global electrification solutions business on June 30, 2018. The transaction was announced on September 25, 2017, and is expected to be accretive to operational EPS in the first year.The $2.6 billion transaction offers substantial value creation potential within ABB, including growth opportunities to be leveraged from coupling ABB’s digital offering, ABB Ability™, with the extensive GEIS installed base. ABB expects to realize approximately $200 million of annual cost synergies in year five, which will be key in bringing GEIS to peer performance.“We are very pleased to welcome GE Industrial Solutions to ABB,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer.
Schneider Electric to build advanced microgrid in Foxboro, MA facility
GE announces innovative energy storage platform
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Project will be Schneider Electric’s third Microgrid-as-a-Service project with Duke Energy Renewables and REC Solar, and is designed to offer power resilience and prevent productivity loss
Schneider Electric announced a project with REC Solar to build an advanced microgrid at its Foxboro, Massachusetts facility.
The microgrid will be funded by Schneider Electric’s innovative Microgrid-as-a-Service (MaaS) business model – it is the third MaaS project with Duke Energy Renewables and REC Solar – and will offer greater power resilience to help the company better serve its customers. The Foxboro facility operates as Schneider Electric’s Process Automation North American Power Generation Center of Excellence.
Many facilities believe a backup generator is sufficient for power resilience, but typical backup generators are tied only to selected loads and don’t allow facilities to remain fully operational. Adding…
The hottest application areas for IoT in manufacturing are projected to include Industrial Asset Management, Inventory and Warehouse Management, and Supply Chain Management
The last twelve months of Internet of Things (IoT) forecasts and market estimates reflect enterprises’ higher expectations for scale, scope and Return on Investment (ROI) from their IoT initiatives. Business benefits and outcomes are what drives the majority of organizations to experiment with IoT and invest in large-scale initiatives.
Key takeaways from the collection of IoT forecasts and market estimates include the following:
The global Internet of Things (IoT) market is projected to grow from $2.99T in 2014 to $8.9T in 2020, attaining a 19.92% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR).
Manufacturing dominates the growth of IoT network connections in the last year, growing 84%.
By 2022, Pressure and Temperature sensors will account for…
Analysts: Harvey has 'paralyzed' a critical part of U.S. manufacturing supply chain
Blog: Move beyond the process historian via IT-OT convergence
Army reaches $1 billion in energy-saving projects with private sector
DMDII announces second 2016 project call for advanced manufacturing R&D projects
IIoT rejuvenates an air conditioning factory
An executive from the Industrial Internet Consortium reports on an IIoT test bed he led in China to upgrade QC of production processes and help reduce labor on the production line
Factory automation with limiters and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) form a pretty satisfactory status quo as long as production lines run smoothly and products pass acceptance levels. Nevertheless, some companies are starting to realize that upgrading to a modern Industrial IoT (IIoT) process is unavoidable if they want to stay competitive.
The Manufacturing Quality Management (MQM) Testbed in the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) provides an example of the way forward. The testbed helped upgrade the quality control of Haier’s air-conditioner production process and helped reduce labor on the production line.
The partner that provided the air-conditioner production line to support the testbed was so satisfied with the outcome…
Cook's plans for former GE plant 'a monumental undertaking'
Climate change poses major cost risks to manufacturing, study finds
Problem-solving key in fast-growing industrial maintenance field
Nissan admits to falsifying emissions test results
Results of exhaust emissions and fuel economy tests altered by workers in Japan
Nissan Motor said Monday it altered the results of exhaust emissions and fuel economy tests of new vehicles sold in Japan, in the latest misconduct to surface at the Japanese automaker.The new misconduct surfaced while Nissan was checking on its operations recently. The company said it found the findings "regretful," as it was trying to correct itself, and it promised to continue to investigate.Read the full story at cbsnews.com.
Tesla builds no-frills production line to churn out Model 3 cars more quickly
Tesla employees say company is manufacturing a high volume of flawed parts
Making manufacturing great again would add $530 billion to GDP
Tesla purchases Minnesota-based Perbix, supplier of automation equipment
Trump ratchets up tariff talk as key week looms for trade
Trump expected this week to impose tariffs on another $200 billion worth of Chinese goods
President Trump boasted about the power of taxing imports on Monday morning and warned that countries that do not agree to his trade demands will be “tariffed,” escalating tensions as crucial negotiations loom with China and Canada.
In a pair of tweets, Mr. Trump continued to make the case that tariffs largely harm the countries that are taxed, saying the impact on the American economy has been “almost unnoticeable.” His comments are likely to further rattle American businesses, which have pleaded with the administration to abandon the tariffs and warned they will raise prices, cost jobs and hurt the United States economy.
Read the full story at https://www.nytimes.com.
In New York, manufacturers grow at slower but still rapid pace in September
Trade war prompts Ford and Volvo to cancel big plans
NAFTA talks restart under pressure from Trump and Congress
American manufacturers growing at fastest pace in 14 years, ISM finds
DMDII names Chandra Brown its new executive director
Brown, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Manufacturing at the U.S. Department of Commerce, to take the reins at the Chicago institute Sept. 26
The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) has named former federal executive and startup trailblazer Chandra Brown as the institute's executive director, effective Sept. 26, 2018.Launched in 2014, DMDII is where innovative manufacturers forge their futures. Collaborating with the U.S. Department of Defense and more than 300 partners in industry, academia and government, DMDII helps equip U.S. manufacturers with the digital tools and expertise needed to build every part better than the last and establish a more reliable, efficient and secure manufacturing capability.“I am honored to join DMDII and further its mission of making U.S. manufacturers more capable, productive and secure,” said Brown. “A goal of…
Ford employee found dead in bathroom at Michigan plant
24-year-old found dead at Ford Sterling Axle Plant
A 24-year-old male employee was found dead early Thursday morning at the Ford Sterling Axle Plant in Sterling Heights, MI, police said.
The worker was found in a bathroom stall, police said. The man's body was transported to the medical examiner's office for further investigation.
Read the full story at https://www.freep.com.
Kraft Heinz fined $26K by OSHA for safety violations
Whistleblower suit claims Pratt sold Air Force faulty engines
Cyberattack risk for manufacturers outpaces that for other industries
Grace Engineered Products acquires Civionics
Two key benefits of leveraging IIoT tools in the context of predictive maintenance are technical assistance and decentralized decision-making
In the manufacturing space, IoT technology is a crucial enabler for predictive maintenance. Through the use of IoT sensors, smart factories are coming to life, with connected machines that can communicate with each other and with humans, who can take action when necessary.
This technology can catch changes and faults that are unseen by the human eye. Instead of solving a problem after it happens, predictive maintenance will alert the system ahead of time, so humans (or machines) can take the necessary action to ensure no problem occurs at all. The two key criteria in the context of predictive maintenance are technical assistance and decentralized decision-making.
Regarding the first, predictive maintenance drastically improves technical…
Vertiv sells ASCO to Schneider Electric
How to improve the safety of your motor control centers
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
CSIA releases Best Practices and Benchmarks Manual v5.0
Don't "set it and forget it" when it comes to your automation systems
Build it better next time
What to watch for in automation in 2018
Proactive patching for your network
Pilot of Southwest flight with blown engine was among Navy's first female fighter pilots
Manufacturers bristle at concept of taxing robots
Perspective: Three keys for U.S. manufacturers to build accurate forecasts
For airlines, U.S. MRO trends still favor outsourcing
Predicting the future of digital manufacturing, 2018
Employers find ‘soft skills’ like critical thinking in short supply
Companies have automated or outsourced many routine tasks, and the jobs that remain often require abilities that computers can’t easily simulate
Companies across the U.S. say it is becoming increasingly difficult to find applicants who can communicate clearly, take initiative, problem-solve and get along with co-workers. Those traits, often called soft skills, can make the difference between a standout employee and one who just gets by.While such skills have always appealed to employers, decades-long shifts in the economy have made them especially crucial now. Companies have automated or outsourced many routine tasks, and the jobs that remain often require workers to take on broader responsibilities that demand critical thinking, empathy or other abilities that computers can’t easily simulate.Read the full story at wsj.com. Also see "It's time to address the soft-skills gap,"…
MSSC announces Certified Forklift Technician (CFT) certification
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Changes are likely on the way to NLRB Joint Employer Rule
Vocational training is back as companies pair with high schools to groom workers
Plant Services digital editor wins Rising Star award
Expanding and maintaining diversity in manufacturing: Ideas and best practices
Perspective: Increasing the ranks of women in manufacturing
Propelled in part by manufacturing, U.S. job openings climb to record 6.9 million
Quit rate also at near-record high
The number of job openings in the U.S. climbed to a record 6.94 million in July in a clear sign that a booming economy is entering the second half of the year with a big dollop of momentum.
Job openings increased the most in insurance, finance and manufacturing.
The quits rate was 2.4% among all workers — also near a record high. More people switch when they are confident about the economy.
Read the full story at marketwatch.com.
Fortune names its 20 best workplaces in manufacturing and production for 2018
In surprise raid, authorities detain 160 undocumented workers at Texas manufacturing plant
Study: China really is to blame for millions of lost U.S. manufacturing jobs
Upjohn Institute report suggests introduction of China into the global trading system is main culprit, not automation
Millions of Americans who lost manufacturing jobs during the 2000s have long ”known” China was to blame, not robots. Evidently many academics who’ve studied the issue are finally drawing the same conclusion.For years economists have viewed the increased role of automation in the computer age as the culprit for some 6 million lost jobs from 1999 to 2010 — one-third of all U.S. manufacturing employment. Firms adopted new technologies to boost production, the thinking goes, and put workers out of the job in the process. Plants could make more stuff with fewer people.The study's findings boil down to this: The government for decades has vastly overestimated the growth of productivity in the American manufacturing sector. It’s been…
GM deploys DHL contractors in 17 China plants to manage materials handling
Employee training and hiring a key incentive to locate Toyota-Mazda plant to Alabama
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Taking the HI-ROAD: Managing conflict in the workplace
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At shuttered St. Paul bread manufacturer, immigration audit left bitter taste
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