Mobius Institute launches CBMconnect.com media center and community
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…
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Forbes releases IoT forecasts for 2018, notes 84% growth of network connections in manufacturing
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Smart tech comes to pumps
Sheila Kennedy says digital twins and data analytics enable engineering, process improvements.
Making pumps smarter and more connected to the industrial internet of things (IIoT) streamlines condition monitoring, predictive maintenance (PdM), and engineering improvements. Digitalizing these practices reduces the risk of and costs associated…
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ABB completes acquisition of GE Industrial Solutions
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.
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Using compressed air to provide power to plant production equipment is quite costly because you must supply the compressor with about 10 times more energy than what you typically get out of the machine. Air compressors produce mostly heat, with only…
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Robots? Training? Factories tackle the productivity puzzle
Low unemployment has manufacturers looking for the most cost-efficient, effective ways to address a labor crunch
For Anthony Nighswander, rock-bottom unemployment is both a headache and an opportunity. For businesses and workers, it could be the key to reversing one of the country’s most vexing economic problems: slow productivity growth.Mr. Nighswander is president of APT Manufacturing Solutions, which builds and installs robotic equipment to help other manufacturers automate their assembly lines. Lately, business has been booming: With the unemployment rate now below 4 percent, he says he gets calls every day from companies looking for robots to help ease their labor crunch.The problem is that Mr. Nighswander faces a hiring challenge in his own business, especially because, in this town of fewer than 4,000 people near the Indiana border, the…
Tesla builds no-frills production line to churn out Model 3 cars more quickly
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Industrial Internet Consortium announces the smart printing factory testbed
IIC testbed automates print production and predictive maintenance for factory-based printing equipment
The Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC™), the world’s leading organization transforming business and society by accelerating the adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), today announced the Smart Printing Factory Testbed. Led by Fujifilm and supported by IIC members Fujitsu, IBM, RTI and Toshiba, the testbed automates print production and predictive maintenance for factory-based printing equipment.The Smart Printing Factory Platform collects job status, machine condition and production-quality data for factory-based printing equipment using integrated sensors. It then delivers optimized production and predictive maintenance plans. Users can monitor and control printing equipment through a secure IT/OT management…
GE and Vattenfall debut world’s first upgrade with additive manufactured components to GT13E gas turbines
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The key to manufacturers thriving in the modern maintenance era is harnessing the data to your benefit – and it requires a modern maintenance solution to keep all of your assets, people, and processes working together.
The world of manufacturing maintenance is evolving as we all witness the progress of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Like steam power, assembly-line manufacturing and then robots, this industrial internet of things (IIoT) movement is changing manufacturing. The plant floors of today are filled with technology and interconnected machinery and equipment that can be adjusted and automated to save time and work smarter. Your CMMS (computerized maintenance management system) is a prime recipient of these new-found powers and abilities.The key to manufacturers thriving in the modern maintenance era is harnessing the data to your benefit – and it requires a modern maintenance solution to keep all of your assets, people, and processes…
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IEEE adopts OpenFog Reference Architecture as official standard for fog computing
Standard provides industry-accepted framework to enable performance and security while accelerating innovation and market growth in IoT, 5G and AI
The OpenFog Consortium’s OpenFog Reference Architecture for fog computing has been adopted as an official standard by the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA). The new standard, known as IEEE 1934™, relies on the reference architecture as a universal technical framework that enables the data-intensive requirements of the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G and artificial intelligence (AI) applications.“We now have an industry-backed and -supported blueprint that will supercharge the development of new applications and business models made possible through fog computing,” said Helder Antunes, chairman of the OpenFog Consortium and senior director, Cisco. “This is a significant milestone for OpenFog and a monumental inflection point for…
Software AG acquires technology scale-up TrendMiner
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Putman Media announces its inaugural class of Influential Women in Manufacturing
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Grace Engineered Products acquires Civionics
How to navigate the choppy waters of energy policy today
Peter Garforth says focus on reliability and end-use efficiency in steering your organization through energy uncertainties.
It would be a glaring understatement to say that there is uncertainty about strategic policy as it pertains to many energy-related topics. Debates over the speed and even the need to reduce and ultimately eliminate the use of fossil fuel continue to…
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General Electric to cut 12,000 jobs in power division
The creator of a new acoustics-based predictive maintenance system plans to democratize sound as a tool to reduce downtime and increase profits for power companies
A new technology that uses airborne ultrasonic sensors to detect anomalies in the sounds machines make while running is already saving power companies hundreds of thousands of dollars by preventing unpredicted downtime.
Unlike other acoustics-based maintenance solutions, which either call for technicians to go from machine to machine, sampling and diagnosing problems, or require complex integrations, training and retrofitting of old industrial assets, Israeli start-up 3D Signals’ system allows for accurate and reliable coverage of a wide variety of equipment with a small number of cheap sensors.
As the company’s co-founder and CEO, engineer Amnon Shenfield, summarises: “Energy production must operate reliably in dynamic demand…
Trion GA treatment plant spills 150,000 gallons of wastewater in two months
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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…
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Army reaches $1 billion in energy-saving projects with private sector
DMDII announces second 2016 project call for advanced manufacturing R&D projects
Climate change poses major cost risks to manufacturing, study finds
High-tech and low-tech sectors in China found to be equally vulnerable to output losses tied to rising temperatures
One extra day of temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit costs the average Chinese manufacturing plant roughly $10,000 in 2017 dollars in lost output, according to research released last month. The study, published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, tracked temperatures and daily churn at half a million Chinese plants from 1998 to 2007.
In one particularly striking result, the researchers found that high-tech manufacturers ― those producing medical supplies, aerospace equipment and computer parts ― are just as sensitive to extreme temperature as low-tech sectors, such as apparel and textiles.
Read the full story at huffingtonpost.com.
Google Glass gets a second chance in factories, where it’s likely to remain
Trump to execs: We think we can cut regulations by 75 percent
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.
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Perspective: Three keys for U.S. manufacturers to build accurate forecasts
No. 1: Know which indicators have long-term implications
The manufacturing industry essentially has its own economic cycle, but that has not always been the case. For years, manufacturing and the overall economy were closely linked; when one rose or dipped, so did the other. That relationship waned as the U.S. moved toward a service-based economy, and this has led to greater difficulty in forecasting the economic outlook of the U.S. manufacturing industry. Forecasting is not impossible, however, if the right corresponding global, long-term and subindustry indicators are all taken into account.Read the full perspective at forbes.com.
Wisconsin manufacturers hit by tariffs discuss their plight with Sen. Ron Johnson
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Industrial production rebounds in June on manufacturing, mining power
The Federal Reserve’s measurement accounts for manufacturing, mining, and electric and gas utilities
U.S. industrial production increased in June, boosted by a sharp rebound in manufacturing and further gains in mining output, the latest sign of robust economic growth in the second quarter.The Federal Reserve said on Tuesday industrial production rose 0.6 percent last month after a downwardly revised 0.5 percent decline in May. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast industrial production rising 0.6 percent last month after a previously reported 0.1 percent dip in May.Industrial production increased at a 6.0 percent annualized rate in the second quarter, faster than the 2.4 percent pace logged in the January-March period.Manufacturing output surged 0.8 percent in June after decreasing 1.0 percent in May. A 7.8 percent jump in motor…
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Fresh Mark plant in OH cited, fined for OSHA violations prior to ICE raids
Nearly 150 undocumented immigrants arrested during raids at three Fresh Mark facilities in June
About one week prior to a raid that led to the arrests of dozens of its employees, Fresh Mark was cited by the U.S. Dept. of Labor for three sets of Occupational Safety and Health Act violations.According to a letter issued to Fresh Mark on June 11, the company's Canton plant was hit with $211,194 in fines for violations dating back to December 2017, when a worker was killed after becoming caught in an auger while clearing a jammed machine. Read the full story at wkyc.com.
Co-workers lauded after Pennsylvania factory blast burns employee
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Tesla workers say factory paint shop has had multiple fires
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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…
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CSIA releases Best Practices and Benchmarks Manual v5.0
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Manual is industry standard for successful management of a control system integration business, and acts as cornerstone of CSIA Certification program
The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) is pleased to announce the release of the Best Practices and Benchmarks Manual v 5.0. The CSIA Best Practices and Benchmarks Manual is the industry standard for successful management of a control system integration business. It is also the cornerstone of the CSIA Certification program and the tool against which the audit for Certification is measured. On an ongoing basis, the manual is tested by a committee of CSIA members, auditors and clients as part of a continuous review and improvement process.With version 5.0, the CSIA Best Practices and Benchmarks Manual has been updated to reflect new material, including a new chapter on cyber security. The entire manual was reviewed for…
Pilot of Southwest flight with blown engine was among Navy's first female fighter pilots
For airlines, U.S. MRO trends still favor outsourcing
Manufacturers still can't fill jobs
Low unemployment exacerbates challenge of finding workers
Low unemployment and a surplus of work shouldn't be cause for concern, but together, they're adding up to a problem for manufacturers, who have already been struggling to find qualified workers.There were close to 6.7 million job openings in April, the most recent month for which Bureau of Labor Statistics data is available. Overall, that's a small increase over March.Read the full story at crainscleveland.com.For more on manufacturers' struggle to find workers, see Plant Services' June cover story, "Help (still) wanted: Manufacturers struggle to fill open jobs."
Perspective: Wanted: Workforce for 'The City That Makes Things'
Seminar announced on shutdown, turnaround, and outage optimization
Expanding and maintaining diversity in manufacturing: Ideas and best practices
Where and how a company recruits matters, and the job isn't done when new hires walk through the door
Jennifer Scanlon, president and CEO of building materials manufacturer USG Corp., can vouch for the wealth of career opportunities available in manufacturing to skilled, hard-working, eager-to-learn individuals."I've had at least five careers in USG" since joining the company as a VP for supply chain management and customer relationship management in 2003, Scanlon said in Chicago this month. "Manufacturing offers a tremendous variety of career paths." Last year, she noted, 160 USG employees changed roles internally for "better, more interesting jobs, advancing their careers."Jennifer Scanlon, president and CEO, USG Corp.
That breadth of roles and career possibilities within the U.S. manufacturing industry today – whether a person wants…
Perspective: Increasing the ranks of women in manufacturing
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Factory workers' new perk: Job security
Share of layoffs coming from manufacturing declines
A yearslong decline in the number of layoffs is providing a renewed level of job security to factory workers, who had seen their ranks thin since the late 1970s.In the 12 months ended in May, the manufacturing sector accounted for 6.6% of all involuntary discharges in the U.S., according to the Labor Department data released Tuesday. That is down from 9.9% during the last economic expansion between 2001 and 2007.Read the full story (subscription required) at wsj.com.
U.S. manufacturing sector adds 36,000 jobs in June
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…
Perspective: "Retrain or retreat" is the the next battlefield for U.S. manufacturing
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Wisconsin business leaders from the farming, food processing and manufacturing sectors share perspectives on nascent trade war
Ralph Hardt of Manitowoc-based Jagemann Stamping Co. came to the Federal Courthouse in Milwaukee Monday to tell Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson exactly how tariffs are hitting his bottom line.Hardt, the firm's president, said a Canadian customer was going to give Jagemann a $3 million project to produce parts for automotive but because of an increase in steel prices in the U.S., the job went to a Korean business."The longer this goes on, the increased possibility we'll lose more new projects," Hardt said.Read the full story at jsonline.com.
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