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 publishingdefinitive 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. Azimaprovides technology-powered, data-driven Predictive Maintenance services to hundreds of leading companies in twelve different…
The latest in lubrication tech
Mobius Institute launches CBMconnect.com media center and community
Des-Case acquires RMF Systems
What's new in lubrication optimization
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’
Analytics-based pilots most likely to succeed in digital manufacturing
3 major shifts transforming manufacturing as we know it
Southwest Airlines engine failure investigation focuses on broken metal fan blade
PdM: Plant by numbers
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
Money in your pocket: Fix your compressed air system leaks
Here's what other plants have saved through leak detection and correction.
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…
5 ways to prepare compressors for summertime heat
Compressor regulations: An update
Don't let the compressed air out
When compressed air is the problem, not the solution
Ford pilots new exoskeleton technology for workers
New tech aims to help reduce risk of injury, fatigue
Ford assembly line workers are testing new upper body exoskeletal technology – EksoVest – that helps lessen the chance of fatigue or injury while performing overhead tasks.The tool, being piloted in two U.S. plants, is the result of a partnership between Ford and California-based Ekso Bionics. It elevates and supports a worker’s arms while performing overhead tasks. It can be fitted to support workers ranging from 5 feet tall to 6 feet 4 inches tall, and it provides adjustable lift assistance of 5 pounds to 15 pounds per arm. Read more at media.ford.com.Also check out: "Lowe's tests robotic exosuit for retail employees."
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
Robots? Training? Factories tackle the productivity puzzle
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
How 3D printing is shaping the future of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul
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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
Plant Services CMMS/EAM Software Review
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IEEE adopts OpenFog Reference Architecture as official standard for fog computing
Software AG acquires technology scale-up TrendMiner
Making the IIoT work for you (not the other way around)
Put Big Data into context in real time
Perspective: How blockchain might revolutionize your supply chain
The supply chain is where blockchain may have the greatest impact on the way business is done, adding unprecedented levels of transparency and security
Forget about Bitcoin. It’s blockchain — the underlying technology behind cryptocurrency – that might be the real revolution with the potential to dramatically alter how businesses manage their supply chains.Imagine using your phone to find out where every part in a new truck was made. Or to discover what pesticides were used on those tomatoes. What if you add a new supplier to your operation in hours or days instead of weeks or months? Or dump the piles of paperwork needed for typical transactions? But it’s the supply chain where blockchain may have the greatest impact on the way business is done. It has the potential to simplify transactions between companies, while adding an unprecedented level of transparency and security.At…
Perspective: Is cloud for manufacturing really coming?
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.
Putman Media announces its inaugural class of Influential Women in Manufacturing
Perspective: Reach out to disadvantaged students to fix skills gap
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
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…
Trump's solar tariff could cost up to 23,000 U.S. jobs but boost domestic manufacturing
Strategic energy management: The power of real-world stories
Solar-panel makers ramp up U.S. manufacturing plans
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
Chicago-area manufacturer to lay off 150 people as it moves operations to Mexico, in part to avoid tariffs
HR director says relocation decision was made about two months ago after President Trump's announcement of tariffs on numerous goods and materials from China
A manufacturer of storage safes is closing its two Chicago-area factories and moving operations to Mexico, in part because of the Trump administration’s tariffs on metal from China.Stack-On Products plans to lay off a total of 153 people when it closes both facilities Oct. 12, said Al Fletcher, human resources director for Alpha Guardian, the Las Vegas-based parent company.“The operation is really not profitable,” Fletcher said. He said the decision to relocate operations to Juarez, Mexico, was made about two months ago when President Donald Trump announced tariffs on numerous goods and materials from China as well as other countries, to reduce what the president has called an unfair trade deficit.Read the full story at…
From mills to manufacturers, steel tariffs produce winners and losers
Parts shortages crimp U.S. factories
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Later this year, Google will open its first AI research center in Accra, Ghana’s capital
The first dedicated master’s degree program for machine intelligence in Africa is launching in September with backing from tech leaders Google and Facebook.The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), which created the program, says the African Master’s of Machine Intelligence (AMMI) is crucial so African countries don’t get left behind as advancements in machine intelligence rapidly develop.“The lack of MI researchers from Africa means that many opportunities to use MI to create a better and more stable world are being missed,” said Moustapha Cissé, founder of the program.Read the full story at qz.com.
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Fresh Mark plant in OH cited, fined for OSHA violations prior to ICE raids
Co-workers lauded after Pennsylvania factory blast burns employee
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
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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
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Proactive patching for your network
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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
Manufacturers bristle at concept of taxing robots
Top carmakers among companies whose documents were available on a publicly accessible server from industrial automation services provider
Security researcher UpGuard Cyber Risk disclosed Friday that sensitive documents from more than 100 manufacturing companies, including GM, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Tesla, Toyota, ThyssenKrupp, and VW were exposed on a publicly accessible server belonging to Level One Robotics.The exposure via Level One Robotics, which provides industrial automation services, came through rsync, a common file transfer protocol that’s used to backup large data sets, according to UpGuard Cyber Risk. The data breach was first reported by the New York Times.Read the full story at techcrunch.com.
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Vocational training is back as companies pair with high schools to groom workers
Skills-based school programs central to training next generation of workers
Gabe Schorner never considered himself a good student until he enrolled in his Coventry, RI, high school’s new welding program, where, in an industrial-style classroom, Mr. Schorner found himself enchanted by the molten metal and its bright blue glow as he molded it.The skills he picked up led directly to a full-time offer from Electric Boat, the Rhode Island-submarine manufacturer, where he is now making $16.50 an hour. Read the full story at wsj.com (subscription required).
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Manufacturers still can't fill jobs
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Expanding and maintaining diversity in manufacturing: Ideas and best practices
Perspective: Increasing the ranks of women in manufacturing
In search of workers, Connecticut manufacturers reach into high schools
At shuttered St. Paul bread manufacturer, immigration audit left bitter taste
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has audited at least 34 companies from January 2017 until April 2018
Tucked in an industrial district outside of downtown St. Paul is a 7,500-square foot warehouse with red floors and high ceilings. For 15 years, ovens, sinks and baking benches lined the walls. The sound of large spiral mixers, handling 300 pounds of dough at a time, would echo throughout the building.In January, St. Agnes Baking shut down as a result of an immigration audit that found half its employees were unauthorized to work in the United States. St. Agnes couldn't find replacements with the same level of expertise by the deadline ICE imposed, so the leadership decided to stop making bread and begin clearing out the space.Immigration and Customs Enforcement has audited at least 34 companies from January 2017 until April 2018,…
Lessons in manufacturing workforce management from 'Thomas and Friends'
Here's why manufacturing jobs growth has been so strong
Manufacturers increase efforts to woo workers to rural areas
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
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Tariffs prompt U.S. manufacturers to review plans: Fed survey
Steel giants with ties to Trump officials blocked tariff relief for hundreds of firms
Wisconsin manufacturers hit by tariffs discuss their plight with Sen. Ron Johnson
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