2018 PdM survey results: More outsourced maintenance and monitoring
Our 2018 predictive maintenance survey suggests that obstacles to PdM success are being overcome by motivated plant teams and their partners.
It has been more than 18 months since the last Plant Services survey on predictive maintenance – a stretch of time during which manufacturing has seen a resurgence in the United States, with 17 of the 18 major industries in growth mode, according…
Canadian mine earns Emerson’s Reliability Program of the Year
Azima posts reliability scores for industrial motors & manufacturers
The latest in lubrication tech
Mobius Institute launches CBMconnect.com media center and community
Move on this: Smart vibration analysis
SMRP names CMRP, Volunteer of the Year winners for 2018
Emerson to buy GE's intelligent platforms business
Podcast: How small problems snowball into big disasters
Annual award recognizes Detour Gold for strategy to achieve top quartile availability
Emerson has presented its annual Reliability Program of the Year award to Detour Gold at the 2018 Emerson Global Users Exchange in San Antonio, Texas. The award recognizes Detour Gold’s outstanding reliability effort at its Detour Lake mine in Ontario, Canada.One of the largest gold-producing mines in Canada—with reserves totaling nearly 16 million ounces—Detour Lake has leveraged its reliability strategies to deliver total availability for 2017/2018 that is 22 percent above Detour Gold’s targets.To begin working toward Detour Gold’s corporate vision of 92 percent uptime for the 24x7x365 mine, the team developed a reliability recognition program shared across the organization. The program focuses on predictive and proactive…
Pump troubleshooting: Size up a tall order
Predictive maintenance is replacing the plant’s retiring knowledge worker
Industrial Internet Consortium publishes industrial networking guidance for IIoT communications
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
Forbes releases IoT forecasts for 2018, notes 84% growth of network connections in manufacturing
An elevated vessel may provide a worthwhile alternative to a booster pump
Fixing pump suction head problems can cost a lot, as a recent experience illustrates. In this case, a site added a new unit to compress gas for sending via pipeline to a client. The specification stated the inlet gas would be liquid free. The initial assumption was that a small amount of liquid condensation would occur in the compressor inter-stage coolers. Inter-stage knockout drums would remove the condensate.After startup, the knockout drums filled rapidly. The liquid rate exceeded the system’s handling capacity. Temporary measures included pumping the liquid into trucks for handling. The liquid pumps suffered short lives and high failure rates. The situation clearly was both unsatisfactory and unsustainable.Lack of understanding…
PI System deployed at Hoover, Davis, and Parker Dams to support operational improvements
Blog: Schneider Electric brings oil pumps into digital era
Smart tech comes to pumps
Pentagon taps Silicon Valley firm for aircraft predictive maintenance
ABB completes acquisition of GE Industrial Solutions
Building a more-efficient compressed air system
Maintenance management: Don’t let small problems combine into a failure event
5 trends propelling the compressed air industry forward
How to keep compressed-air costs from ballooning
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…
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
3 major shifts transforming manufacturing as we know it
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
Analytics-based pilots most likely to succeed in digital manufacturing
Plant Services CMMS/EAM Software Review
Read David Berger's column, Asset Manager
Digital twins concept gains traction among enterprises
Perspective: Use a CMMS to overcome the challenge of integrating maintenance information
Winners to be recognized at SMRP's annual conference in Orlando this month
The Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP) is pleased to announce the winners of the Volunteer of the Year and Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (CMRP) of the Year awards. These awards recognize SMRP members and CMRP-certified individuals for their contributions to SMRP, their companies and the maintenance, reliability and physical asset management profession.Adrian Messer, CMRP, manager of U.S. Operations at UE Systems, Inc. is this year’s Volunteer of the Year winner, recognized for his service as the Membership Committee Chair and Chair of the Carolinas Chapter. He is also an active member of the Condition Based Maintenance Shared Interest Group and has been a longtime volunteer for the SMRP…
Siemens, Bentley partner to optimize digital twin development, smart plant simulation
The perfect analogy for electrical safety principles
5 requirements for designing a next-generation power monitoring system
DOE: Efficiency partnership with U.S. manufacturers is saving billions
Energy Department's Better Buildings, Better Plants program picks up new partners
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says its Better Buildings, Better Plants initiative is growing and saving money, as more companies join the program, which includes a voluntary goal for manufacturers to reduce their energy intensity by 25% across a 10-year program.In an update issued on Wednesday, DOE said more than 200 partners in the program, representing more than 10% of the country's manufacturing energy footprint, have reported savings of more than $5.3 billion in cumulative energy costs.Read the full story at utilitydive.com.
How and where to strike the jackpot when it comes to reducing energy costs
Boost your profit via an energy audit
How to navigate the choppy waters of energy policy today
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.
Power quality problems that might be plaguing your plant
Schneider Electric to build advanced microgrid in Foxboro, MA facility
GE announces innovative energy storage platform
Perspective: Is unsupervised machine learning the path to Industry 4.0 for coal?
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…
Baldor Electric Company is now ABB
Predictive maintenance, IIoT help gas company save millions
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
Risk-based assessments slow aging process for nuclear plants
Problem-solving key in fast-growing industrial maintenance field
Expand your workforce for free!
Doc Palmer says you can finish 50% more work orders per month with your existing staff.
I tell plants that they can start completing 50% more work orders per month starting in two weeks with the same size workforce. This huge improvement is possible because of wrench-time realities and the concept of Parkinson’s Law. A plant has…
Nissan admits to falsifying emissions test results
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
Manufacturers' strategies to deal with tariffs
In Washington, many manufacturers and distributors have already seen a 25% increase in raw-material costs
How manufacturers and distributors are tackling the issue of the recent tariffs seems to be directly related to their size and resources. Companies with an intimate knowledge of their supply chain and diversified global client base have been able to pivot quickly, enacting strategies like opening facilities overseas to sell their product from those countries to clients around the world without it ever touching U.S. soil.By comparison, smaller companies have struggled with reliable resources for information, lack of in-house expertise, and the inability to compete for limited, domestically produced raw materials and components. Many Puget Sound manufacturers and distributors have already seen 25 percent increases in their cost for raw…
Puerto Rico's manufacturing industry: Battered but unbroken
NAFTA: Canada agrees to join U.S., Mexico in new trade agreement
The fallout of the U.S.-China trade war on one manufacturing CEO
Trump ratchets up tariff talk as key week looms for trade
Why digital transformation initiatives fail
DMDII names Chandra Brown its new executive director
No serious injuries after explosion, fire at Canada's largest oil refinery
Video shows flames shooting up from the Irving Oil Ltd plant
A large explosion and fire broke out Monday at Canada’s largest oil refinery, but the company operating the plant in Saint John, New Brunswick, said all of its workers escaped without any life-threatening injuries.Irving Oil Ltd., which owns and operates the 320,000-barrel-a-day refinery, reported the “major incident” Monday morning, while local media said witnesses reported a “bed-shaking explosion” followed by a large fire. Read the full story at MarketWatch.com.
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…
NFPA 70E labeling for a digital age
Grace Engineered Products acquires Civionics
To surge test or not to surge test
Perspective: How predictive maintenance fits into Industry 4.0
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
Acquisition increases Emerson’s capabilities as a complete automation solutions provider across process, hybrid and discrete end markets
Emerson has agreed to acquire Intelligent Platforms, a division of General Electric. Intelligent Platforms’ programmable logic controller (PLC) technologies will enable Emerson, a leader in automation for process and industrial applications, to provide its customers broader control and management of their operations. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.The acquisition expands opportunities for Emerson in machine control and discrete applications across process industries and target hybrid markets, such as metals & mining, life sciences, food & beverage and packaging. By interfacing Intelligent Platforms’ PLC technology with Emerson’s leading distributed control systems, customers will be able to connect “islands of…
Perspective: Three keys for U.S. manufacturers to build accurate forecasts
For airlines, U.S. MRO trends still favor outsourcing
Helping new hires succeed
In this Big Picture Interview, Anne Lucietto saw a skills gap in new hires, so she went back to school to address it.
Anne Lucietto, a mechanical engineer by training, worked in industry for the likes of Caterpillar and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory before starting her “second career” as an assistant professor at Purdue University in 2014. She obtained…
Employers find ‘soft skills’ like critical thinking in short supply
MSSC announces Certified Forklift Technician (CFT) certification
Perspective: Manufacturers have a recruitment problem, so why aren't they hiring more women?
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
Unemployment falls to 48-year low
Manufacturers hired 18,000 in September
The U.S. unemployment rate sank to a 48-year low of 3.7% in September as the economy added 134,000 new jobs. Builders hired 23,000 workers and manufacturers 18,000.The amount of money the average worker earns per hour, meanwhile, rose 0.3% to $27.24.The increase in pay over the past 12 months slowed to 2.8% from 2.9%, but it’s widely expected to top 3% soon because of the growing competition for a shrinking pool of available workers.Read the full story at marketwatch.com.
Propelled in part by manufacturing, U.S. job openings climb to record 6.9 million
Fortune names its 20 best workplaces in manufacturing and production for 2018
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
Perspective: "Retrain or retreat" is the the next battlefield for U.S. manufacturing
Case study: 19MW generator refurbished in 30 days
Taking the HI-ROAD: Managing conflict in the workplace
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