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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Pentagon taps Silicon Valley firm for aircraft predictive maintenance
Lubrication best practices: Store it safely, handle it right
Army maintainers learn new skills at 'maintenance rodeo’
Checking your work: Maintenance validation via smart sensors
Forbes releases IoT forecasts for 2018, notes 84% growth of network connections in manufacturing
Perspective: How predictive maintenance fits into Industry 4.0
How misalignment messes with your machines
Risk-based assessments slow aging process for nuclear plants
How harnessing acoustics is creating a revolution in power plant maintenance
Infrared for PdM, upgraded
Smart tools: Power to your people
Honeywell launches cloud-based remote monitoring system for thermal processes
Problem-solving key in fast-growing industrial maintenance field
3 major shifts transforming manufacturing as we know it
AI is now so complex its creators can’t trust why it makes decisions
Southwest Airlines engine failure investigation focuses on broken metal fan blade
PdM: Plant by numbers
Perspective: Automation is engineering the jobs out of maintenance-intensive power plants
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…
May River Capital completes acquisition of BJM Pumps
Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said the airline will inspect the engines on all its planes in the next month for fatigue
Federal investigators in the engine failure aboard Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 that killed one passenger are focusing on a broken metal fan that could signal a need for more inspections on the wear and tear of planes.Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said one of the 24 fan blades that push air into the left engine of the 737-700 broke off and was missing.Read the full story at kagstv.com.
To surge test or not to surge test
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Spinning into the future: Smarter management of rotating equipment
Why motor monitoring matters so much
Compressor regulations: An update
As of December 2017, we “sort of” have a regulation for … something. (Stay tuned.)
In the September 2017 issue of Plant Services, I wrote about how the federal government published regulations to cover the testing of rotary screw compressors but had failed to finalize the regulations on compressor efficiency standards. That left…
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Tesla builds no-frills production line to churn out Model 3 cars more quickly
Move follows announcement last week that Tesla will cut about 9% of its workforce, mostly in white-collar jobs
Electric car manufacturer Tesla Inc. has set up an additional, no-frills production line to churn out vehicles, according to Chief Executive Elon Musk.Musk tweeted a photo Saturday of a general assembly line that he said was built in three weeks with “minimal resources.” The photo shows a Model 3 rolling off the line in what appears to be a temporary tent-like structure.Tesla has been beset by manufacturing problems, including the use of cutting-edge robotics that ended up slowing production rather than speeding it up. Musk said this month that Tesla had worked through many of the issues.Read the full story at latimes.com.
Perspective: Robots: The automation juggernaut that manufacturers need
Employee training and hiring a key incentive to locate Toyota-Mazda plant to Alabama
Why China's ammunition factories are being turned over to robots
How 3D printing is shaping the future of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul
Aerospace accounts for roughly 20% of the additive manufacturing market, reports find
The lifespan of an aircraft, typically between 20 and 30 years, makes maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and retrofit, both big and necessary businesses. Think of every plane you've been on in the last few years that still featured a now-defunct charging socket from the 1980s - aircraft are not changing overnight to keep up-to-date with consumer expectations. However, Airbus' Global Market Forecast projects that over the next 20 years the commercial aircraft upgrades services market will be worth 180 billion USD.According to a variety of market reports, aerospace accounts for roughly 20% of the AM market. It offers numerous benefits to the sector; part consolidation, reduced inventory, on-demand manufacturing, light-weighting reduced…
Three game-changers for the manufacturing industry in 2018
3D printing: Workforce recruiting tool?
Can an old mill town become the Silicon Valley of human organ manufacturing?
Why culture trumps technology when it comes to continuous improvement
Putman Media announces its inaugural class of Influential Women in Manufacturing
Plant Services CMMS/EAM Software Review
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Software AG acquires technology scale-up TrendMiner
TrendMiner enables domain experts, with an intuitive user interface, to analyze, monitor and predict the performance of manufacturing processes without any need for support
Software AG today announced its acquisition of data analytics Scale-up, TrendMiner NV. Founded in 2008 and based in Hasselt, Belgium, TrendMiner specializes in visual data analytics for the manufacturing and process industry and will complement Software AG’s Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 product portfolio.TrendMiner is an intuitive, web-based, self-service analytics platform for rapid-fire visualization of time series-based processes and asset data. It enables manufacturing companies and the process industries to quickly and easily recognize patterns and trends in their process data, identify production irregularities, and adapt necessary process adjustments early - without the need for support from IT specialists or data…
Making the IIoT work for you (not the other way around)
Put Big Data into context in real time
Is access to your data frictionless?
Radix and Seeq to join forces to deliver on advanced analytics
Simple data analytics, better beer: Cheers!
GE makes a sharp 'pivot' on digital
Perspective: Reach out to disadvantaged students to fix skills gap
5 requirements for designing a next-generation power monitoring system
How to take your plant's power monitoring to the next level.
As technologies evolve, organizations increasingly are embracing the application economy. Advances in areas such as cloud services and networks have spurred a host of new data-driven applications that facilities are leveraging to enhance operational…
NFPA 70E labeling for a digital age
Power quality problems that might be plaguing your plant
Grace Engineered Products acquires Civionics
Trump's solar tariff could cost up to 23,000 U.S. jobs but boost domestic manufacturing
Thirty percent tariff on imported panels changes the game for developers
Over $2.5 billion in large installation projects have been stalled or cancelled due to President Trump’s newly imposed tariffs on imported solar panels, according to Reuters.The 30% tariff on imported panels, which President Trump announced in January, will last four years and decrease 5% each year. While the tariff may encourage investment in solar manufacturing stateside, it will cost up to 23,000 workers their jobs, Abigail Ross Hopper, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association, told The New York Times.Read the full story at fortune.com.
Strategic energy management: The power of real-world stories
Solar-panel makers ramp up U.S. manufacturing plans
How windmills as wide as jumbo jets are making clean energy mainstream
Is your plant leading energy policy change?
Learn how to prevent the top causes of poor power quality.
Han Tran has a master of science in electrical and computer engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. Currently, she is an application engineer for Fluke, collaborating with end users to better understand their workflow and uncover ways to alleviate their pain points.
During the live Q&A portion of the webinar “Top causes of power quality issues in the facility and how to find them," Han tackled several attendee questions related to power quality problems and possible solutions.
PS: Would you say power quality issues are most likely coming from within the facility, or are they caused by a utility?
HT: That depends on where you live. Within the United States, we have a fairly decent power distribution grid. That's…
General Electric to cut 12,000 jobs in power division
EASA electric motor repair accreditation program reaches milestone
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
Fall in global gas turbine demand triggers Siemens downsizing
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
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
Making manufacturing great again would add $530 billion to GDP
Tesla purchases Minnesota-based Perbix, supplier of automation equipment
Secret sauce for improving processes
Lean performance: For no surprises, standardize it
Auto parts manufacturers are hurt by tariffs, rising metal prices
A steelworker's union on Trump's tariffs
U.S. economy extends its hiring spree in May; 95,000 manufacturing jobs added so far this year
Grand Rapids: Manufacturing a comeback
Still heavily dependent on manufacturing, Grand Rapids has seen its job count swell 19.8 percent since 2010
In 2011, Newsweek branded Grand Rapids, Michigan, as one of “America’s Dying Cities.” Outraged locals quickly pulled together a response, in the form of a quirky YouTube video of residents lip-synching to Don McLean’s “American Pie” that became a viral sensation, racking up more than 5 million views.It was easy for outsiders to assume that Grand Rapids was dying. Michigan is America’s most notorious case study of industrial decline. The state never really recovered from the downturn of the early 2000s, spending the entire decade mired in a malaise that became known as the “one-state recession.”Yet coming out of the Great Recession, and particularly since 2010, Grand Rapids has become a surprising economic star in the…
Siemens and Bentley Systems collaborate on Process Industries Academy initiative
Five questions with Saar Yoskovitz, CEO of predictive maintenance specialist Augury
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama preparing for next generation engines
Co-workers lauded after Pennsylvania factory blast burns employee
20-year-old suffers second- and third-degree burns after apparent explosion at Premier Pan facility
Authorities are crediting co-workers with quick action after an explosion burned a factory worker at a western Pennsylvania plant.Officers reported that a glazing machine at the Premier Pan building "exploded or expelled hot liquid all over" a 20-year-old man as well as a wall.Read the full story at njherald.com.
Perspective: OSHA's most frequent violations and how you can address them
Tesla workers say factory paint shop has had multiple fires
After zero deaths in 2017, Caterpillar reports factory fatality in Wisconsin
Forklift explosion at P&G plant in Louisiana kills worker
Smart labels may be coming to a plant floor near you – here’s what you need to know.
The advent of digital technologies is allowing for quicker, more-efficient, and safer work across a number of industries, and managers of plants and other facilities should take note: Digitization no longer means just implementing building…
Obsoleting the absence-of-voltage test?
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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…
Vertiv sells ASCO to Schneider Electric
How to improve the safety of your motor control centers
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CSIA releases Best Practices and Benchmarks Manual v5.0
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…
Don't "set it and forget it" when it comes to your automation systems
Build it better next time
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Microsoft adds location awareness to its Azure IoT app development platform
Proactive patching for your network
Pilot of Southwest flight with blown engine was among Navy's first female fighter pilots
Robotics, machine vision, motion control segments showing very high levels of growth
Seminar announced on shutdown, turnaround, and outage optimization
Marshall Institute shared roadmap for STO success in two public seminars in 2018, to help plant teams eliminate scope creep, and avoid the "me too" jobs that affect timeline and budget
Marshall Institute, Inc. has released a new training course titled Shutdown, Turnaround, and Outage Optimization.Whether you call them shutdowns, turnarounds, or outages, the point is that you are extensively and invasively maintaining and repairing a line, system, unit, or even a plant. This is a resource and capital intensive project that can not only make or break your annual maintenance budget, but it can massively impact production targets.For the first time, Marshall Institute is sharing the roadmap for STO success in a public seminar, to help plant teams eliminate scope creep, and avoid the "me too" jobs that affect timeline and budget.This seminar is designed for the key roles in STO: managers, planners, schedulers, area…
Expanding and maintaining diversity in manufacturing: Ideas and best practices
How content are you in your job?
Help (still) wanted: Manufacturers struggle to fill open jobs
Manufacturing skills: How to make yourself more marketable
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
In search of workers, Connecticut manufacturers reach into high schools
Raymond Corporation recognizes three high school seniors as part of Youth Apprenticeship Program
In auto talent war, GM hires 9,000
GM will soon have a female CFO and CEO. That's rare
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
Case study: 19MW generator refurbished in 30 days
Plant Services' 2018 Workforce Survey finds the answer is "mostly," with some reservations, according to Thomas Wilk.
The results of the 2018 Plant Services Workforce Survey are in, and you know what? Despite the scope and variety of challenges facing you and your facilities, I have to admit, you are a fairly content bunch.The survey data indicate that you’re…
Productive leadership: A matter of respect
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