Des-Case acquires RMF Systems
With the addition of RMF, Des-Case will provide a broader range of solutions, greater customer convenience, and deeper professional expertise
Des-Case Corp., a market leader in desiccant breathers and manufacturer of specialty products that improve process equipment reliability and extend lubricant life for companies around the world, today announced its acquisition of RMF Systems, an experienced specialist in desiccant breathers, filtration systems, analysis and monitoring solutions to maintain hydraulic oil and lubricant cleanliness. With the addition of RMF, Des-Case will provide a broader range of solutions, greater customer convenience, and deeper professional expertise.
Des-Case holds the leading position in the North American breather market and also provides world-class filtration and transfer systems of all shapes and sizes, while RMF is a major player in the…
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In this edition of What Works, connected vibration sensors make an immediate impact on building management.
It’s the kind of moment that geeks out a reliability engineer: Sean O’Connor, a reliability engineer with Jones Lang LaSalle, was on his desktop computer at his home base in New Jersey, examining recent vibration data from a sensor recently…
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Plants are using predictive maintenance systems to detect equipment failure before it occurs
The retiring Baby Boomer at the plant may get replaced by predictive maintenance software. Just as robots are stepping up to do the mind-numbing and dangerous repetitive manual labor jobs in manufacturing, we’re now seeing that sensors and artificial intelligence begin to replace the plant’s knowledge workers who can smell a failing motor at 50 yards.
These experienced workers have been doing predictive maintenance on plant equipment by using their five senses. “The retiring knowledge worker has been doing the same job for 20 or 30 years. They can hear things in the equipment,” Tom Craven, VP of product strategy at RRAMAC Connected Systems, told Design News. “What they do gets into operational efficiency, but also, it’s…
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Forbes releases IoT forecasts for 2018, notes 84% growth of network connections in manufacturing
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EASA announces Spring 2018 educational seminar schedule
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3 major shifts transforming manufacturing as we know it
Technological convergence will soon allow startups and corporations alike to personalize products at unparalleled scale
As 3D printing farms, smart factories, and autonomous co-bots turn concepts into commodities overnight, we are about to witness three major paradigm shifts:
1. Mass Customization: As fixed costs begin to reach variable costs in the production sphere, companies will no longer fabricate millions of the same product or part. Design driven by customer data will allow for tailor-made commodities, and one-off production will be just as cheap.
2. Democratized Invention: Incubator studios and fabrication equipment labs are jumping onto the scene. Flaunting AI-aided robots and swarm 3D printers that work overnight, these urban workshops basically serve as your new testing ground—the physical hands for your digital designs.
3. Smart and…
Baldor Electric Company is now ABB
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Southwest Airlines engine failure investigation focuses on broken metal fan blade
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.
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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…
Smart tech comes to pumps
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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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Perspective: Robots: The automation juggernaut that manufacturers need
Ask these questions to determine whether and where cobots might be most useful for your organization
I work for a robotics company. I’m sure you can imagine the rush that comes when the latest predictions about the growth of the market peg the opportunity on the fast-track to exponential growth. After all, it’s how I make my living.
For collaborative robots (cobots), the news seems to be all good. Last fall, a report crossed my desk touting CAGR of 57+ %, resulting in a market size of $4+ billion by 2023; another reported that 150,000 cobots would be deployed worldwide by 2020. Reading these, it’s easy to understand how one might get swept up in the head-spinning optimism. Not me, though. If there’s one I’ve learned in my career in the world of disruptive technology, it’s beware the hype.
Read the full story at…
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U.S. Navy boosts investment in metal 3D printing
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U.S. Olympic luge team competes with 3D printed sleds
Why culture trumps technology when it comes to continuous improvement
David Berger says shiny new tech won’t fix your process problems – but here's how your CMMS can help you address them more effectively.
No matter how much you think new technology will improve your ability to manage your physical assets, try to fight the impulse to buy. The hard work begins long before you purchase new software or hardware. This is true for any number of popular…
Putman Media announces its inaugural class of Influential Women in Manufacturing
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Put Big Data into context in real time
Sheila Kennedy says make more-strategic decisions thanks to the power of AI and machine learning.
Smart cities, plants, and machines rely on smart analytics to put big data into context in real time and optimize decision-making. Powering today’s analytics tools are advanced algorithms, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and…
Is access to your data frictionless?
IFS Applications 10 launches with more than 500 functional updates
Radix and Seeq to join forces to deliver on advanced analytics
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GE makes a sharp 'pivot' on digital
Feature interview: New IFS CEO Darren Roos
From 100 nominations received, 22 women are honored for their outstanding work and inspiring leadership in the field
SCHAUMBURG, IL/May 21, 2018: The editors of Putman Media (Chemical Processing, Control, Control Design, Food Processing, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Plant Services and Smart Industry magazines) are proud to announce Putman's inaugural class of Influential Women in Manufacturing:
Putman Media's Influential Women in Manufacturing – 2018
Eleni Antoniadou, clinical trials scientist at the University College of London and member of the NASA Academy, and founder, Transplants Without Donors
Jolene Baker, senior manufacturing intelligence specialist, LSI - Logical Systems LLC
Marie-Pierre Belanger, VP of digital solutions and product manager for the industrial internet, Pitney Bowes
Mary Bunzel, general manager and industry leader,…
Perspective: Reach out to disadvantaged students to fix skills gap
Flaws in critical-infrastructure software used by manufacturers, power plants could have meant catastrophe
NFPA 70E labeling for a digital age
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…
Power quality problems that might be plaguing your plant
Grace Engineered Products acquires Civionics
Schneider Electric to build advanced microgrid in Foxboro, MA facility
Strategic energy management: The power of real-world stories
Aiming high with your energy management goals? Peter Garforth says show where others are succeeding.
It’s increasingly common for today’s corporate and institutional energy management plans to set goals that can be described only as transformational. It’s no longer unusual to hear of targets that aim for energy productivity gains of 50% or…
Solar-panel makers ramp up U.S. manufacturing plans
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DoE and National Association of Manufacturers announce Sustainability in Manufacturing partnership
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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…
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…
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Army reaches $1 billion in energy-saving projects with private sector
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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'
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Tesla employees say company is manufacturing a high volume of flawed parts
Current and former employees say Tesla has brought in teams from its service centers and remanufacturing lines to help with rework and repairs
Luxury automaker Tesla is manufacturing a surprisingly high ratio of flawed parts and vehicles, according to several current and former employees, leading to more rework and repairs than can be contained at its factory in Fremont, California.
One current Tesla engineer estimated that 40 percent of the parts made or received at its Fremont factory require rework. The need for reviews of parts coming off the line, and rework, has contributed to Model 3 delays, the engineer said.
Read the full story at cnbc.com.
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U.S. economy extends its hiring spree in May; 95,000 manufacturing jobs added so far this year
Hiring in manufacturing is off to the best start this year since 2011
The U.S. economy added 223,000 job in May as U.S. companies continued their hiring spree, according to the Labor Department's monthly jobs report released Friday. The unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent, the lowest since 2000.
The United States has gained 95,000 manufacturing jobs and 110,000 construction jobs from the start of the year through May. Hiring in manufacturing is off to the best start this year since 2011.
Read the full story at washingtonpost.com.
Trump hits Canada, Mexico, EU with metal tariffs
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Motion Industries acquires Power Industries, Inc.
Five questions with Saar Yoskovitz, CEO of predictive maintenance specialist Augury
Experience as platoon commander in Israeli military offered lessons in team management and prioritization
Saar Yoskovitz, CEO of Augury, is using emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and the internet of things to give machines a “mechanical nervous system.” This allows for predictive maintenance by making machines aware of their health and notifying users of impending problems.
As CEO, tackling tough problems quickly and accurately while also looking out for his team isn’t new to Yoskovitz. His experience commanding a 110-person platoon in the Israeli military taught him how to deal with pressure, prioritize and think of others.
FierceCEO: What is your favorite question to ask in a job interview?
SY: "What was your most impactful mistake in your previous role?"
Read the full story at fierceceo.com.
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama preparing for next generation engines
Perspective: OSHA's most frequent violations and how you can address them
Tackle these often-ignored trouble spots to better protect workers and avoid violations and penalties
The top 10 violations recorded by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - among them violations related to lockout/tagout, machine guarding, and powered industrial trucks - are fairly similar from 2015 to 2017. And the reason is that these are often-ignored trouble spots. Without a doubt, the most common noncompliances that I see are the employer has no written safety program required to meet the basic requirements of the standard, has failed to provide adequate relevant safety training, or has not enforced the standard.
As an employer, you must have written safety programs specific to the OSHA standards that are relevant to your industry, and the job tasks in your workplace.
Read the full perspective at…
Tesla workers say factory paint shop has had multiple fires
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Forklift explosion at P&G plant in Louisiana kills worker
21 injured after explosion at Texas chemical plant
Cal/OSHA proposes more than $280,000 in fines for foundry after amputation
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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
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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
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First female president of Kentucky Toyota plant hopes to be example for women, bring new vehicle to Georgetown
Proactive patching for your network
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Endress+Hauser forms alliance to provide digital oilfield technology
Pilot of Southwest flight with blown engine was among Navy's first female fighter pilots
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Manufacturers chime in on what it takes to be "Made in the USA"
“Made in the U.S.A.” has been in decline for decades, but in the last few years it has shown signs of an incipient comeback. Even as the number of manufacturing jobs has decreased, manufacturing output—the value of goods made here—has increased substantially. We still make $5.4 trillion worth of stuff annually here, and 12.4 million Americans still work in the manufacturing sector.
Popular Mechanics surveyed 26 of the largest manufacturers in the country—and a few smaller ones, because their perspective is important—for their thoughts, concerns, and predictions.
Read the full story at popularmechanics.com.
Perspective: When it comes to helping U.S. manufacturers, what works?
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In search of workers, Connecticut manufacturers reach into high schools
In-person outreach to high schoolers works, manufacturers say
Connecticut manufacturers, looking to fill thousands of jobs, are reaching beyond community colleges and vocational schools to persuade high school students to embrace careers in 21st-century factories.
“The struggle has been getting the kids to see it,” said Mark Ruede, assistant principal at Manchester High School. “We definitely have some perception work to do in town.”
Manchester High School students have visited Pratt & Whitney in Middletown where the United Technologies Corp. subsidiary manufactures jet engines, he said. What began as a trip to teach engineering became a lesson in manufacturing, Ruede said.
Read the full story at courant.com.
Raymond Corporation recognizes three high school seniors as part of Youth Apprenticeship Program
Student apprenticeship programs open doors to manufacturing jobs
Harley-Davidson workers stunned by plant closure after tax cut
Study: Refugees stay in manufacturing jobs longer than other employees
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…
GM deploys DHL contractors in 17 China plants to manage materials handling
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Productive leadership: A matter of respect
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