Plant Services Papers and Reports

Maintenance

[Webinar Brief] 4 Maintenance Myths that Are Costing You Time and Money
In a recent Plant Services webinar, Jason Tranter, CEO and founder of Mobius Institute, explored the maintenance myths that are preventing plant workers from properly understanding and repairing their equipment. This report, based on the webinar, offers free access to the on-demand presentation.

[Special Report] Modern-Day STOs: How to Look Beyond the Fixes and Find Opportunity in the Outage
Instead of just fixing things, strive to take outage planning to the next level and realize better outcomes. In this report, learn why STOs are the ideal time to incorporate new technologies and processes that reduce operational risk, increase efficiency, and are more cost effective in the long run.

[Webinar Brief] The Dos and Don’ts of Condition Monitoring
In a recent Plant Services webinar, Jason Tranter, CEO and founder of Mobius Institute, explored how to revive a struggling condition monitoring program and, if you’re starting a new program, how to make sureit will be successful from the start. This report, based on the webinar, offers free access to the on-demand presentation.

[Webinar Brief] Break Free of the Reactive Cycle of Doom
In a recent Plant Services webinar, Jason Tranter, CEO and founder of Mobius Institute, explored the causes of a detrimental cycle of reactive maintenance and identified five ways to break out of the cycle. This report, based on the webinar, offers free access to the on-demand presentation.

[Webinar Brief] 4 Reasons Why You Need to Draw a New Roadmap to Improved Reliability
In a recent Plant Services webinar, Jason Tranter, CEO and founder of Mobius Institute, explored why so many reliability programs fail and presented a unique roadmap for success. This report, based on the webinar, offers free access to the on-demand presentation.

Asset Management/Reliability

[Plant Services Research] Is Your Organization Getting in the Way of EAM/CMMS Success?
In the age of increasing plant automation and digital transformation, enterprise asset management or computerized maintenance management software (EAM/CMMS) systems are fast becoming a necessity for organizations both large and small to manage workflow and measure the net contribution of MRO teams to the financial bottom line. This report presents the ways new technologies can elevate EAM and five ways to cost-justify EAM software.

[Special Report] The Three Legs of the Digital Transformation Stool
Manufacturing plants, utilities, and other heavy industrial facilities cannot rely solely on new devices and connected technologies for transformative improvements in operations and maintenance. They must also have a high degree of usability and mobility in their enterprise software. Read this report to discover why these principals are the foundational pillars of the digital transformation in industrial business and how to take these factors into consideration while implementing IoT concepts.

[Technology Report] EAM/CMMS - From Reliability to Mobility
This collection of articles will help you build the foundation for a thriving asset management program, from software implementation and data analysis to criticality ranking and mobile technology. Article topics include CMMS implementation, risk management, and mobile asset management.

[Plant Services research] Are You Hesitating on Field Services Management Software?
Recent research data suggests that FSM software can help users achieve organizational benefits that positively impact the bottom line, but only if you know where to look. This report features charts, graphs, and specific data points from the recent Plant Services survey.

[Plant Services research] Is Your Organization Getting in the Way of EAM/CMMS Success?
Recent research data suggests asset management success depends on clearly defined concrete operational and financial goals, and the human resources to get you there. This report features charts, graphs, and specific data points from the recent Plant Services survey.

[Plant Services research] Mobility Can Drive Asset Management Success (If IT Lets You)
Recent research data suggests a connection between the size of the organization and a willingness to enable workers to use mobile devices for job-related tasks. This report features charts, graphs, and specific data points from the recent Plant Services survey.

[Special Report] How to Master Data Management
By taking the right steps to identify where and why data gaps happen and learning to respond to problems in real time, you, too, can become a data master. This report explores why data integrity is crucial to proactive asset management and how to reduce time spent on the production line while driving faster, smarter actions.

[Special Report] Field Service Management Software: Take the Next Step in Streamlining Your Service Processes
Many organizations are seeking a more flexible and scalable asset management solution they can use to better monitor assets and work in the field. Selecting the right solution can be a difficult task, however. Getting the right information to help make a decision is a crucial first step. This report explores how purpose-built FSM software can automate and streamline the complete service process while integrating with core EAM/ERP systems.

Predictive Maintenance

[Technology Report] What is Prescriptive Maintenance? And When Will You Need It?
Don’t just predict problems – prescribe a solution. That’s the premise behind the concept of prescriptive maintenance, which works hand-in-hand with prescriptive analytics. Odds are you’ll be hearing these new buzzwords a lot more often in the coming months and years. But what is it really; how does it work; and what can it achieve that other maintenance models don’t deliver? Article topics include modern vibration analysis, preparing for the prescriptive maintenance transformation, and how to use ultrasound for more than leak detection.

[Special Report] 7 Ways Contaminants Get in Your Machines, and How to Avoid Them
Fight back against contamination and unnecessary downtime by examining and avoiding the seven ways contaminants get in your machines. This report explores why maintaining clean oil is one of the best investments a company can make.

[Special Report] Power Up PdM Success
Retooling your PdM program can be a challenge, but with the right advice from industry professionals, you'll learn how to avoid the pitfalls and make your PdM program a lasting success. This report explores seven critical success factors that keep strong predictive maintenance programs on track.

[Technology Report] Power Up PdM Success
This collection of articles gives you the tips and advice you need to navigate the road to better reliability. Article topics include how to restart your PdM program, how to sustain PdM success, and how to avoid bearing lubrication mistakes.

Compressed Air

[Technology Report] Don't let compressed air bad practices cost you money
Most industrial facilities use compressed air as a common utility. From running air tools to complex pneumatic controls, compressed air use is common. What isn’t as common is a solid understanding of compressed air systems and their effects on a company’s bottom line. Article topics include the true cost of compressed air, how regulations and efficiency standards might impact your business, and strategies for better leak detection.

[Webinar Brief] Installing Variable-Speed Drives in Extreme Environments
In a recent Plant Services webinar, Scott Barker, business line director rotaries and QAS for Quincy Compressor, offered these tips on how VSD air compressor technology can enable reliable compressor operation in harsh and extreme environments. This report, based on the webinar, offers free access to the on-demand presentation.

[Special Report] Optimize Management of Your Compressed Air System
“Waterfall” and “agile” project management are two methods with roots in the software development world. These approaches to project management have naturally spilled over into other industries and corporate cultures. There’s also a clear application for these two approaches in compressed air system design and ongoing system maintenance and monitoring. This special report provides guidance on how to apply both in concert to achieve lasting success managing your compressed air system.

[Webinar Brief] What Is Your Air Compressor Trying to Tell You?
In a recent Plant Services webinar, John Smithey, connectivity manager for Quincy Compressor, explored how cellular connectivity
lets users save money on energy costs, improve service levels, and avoid downtime. This report, based on the webinar, offers free access to the on-demand presentation.

[Webinar Brief] Which Compressed Air System Design Is Right for You?
In a recent Plant Services webinar, Neil Mehltretter, engineering manager for Kaeser Compressors, explored compressed air system design and how it impacts energy efficiency. This report, based on the webinar, offers free access to the on-demand presentation.

[Webinar Brief] Keep Calm and Go With the Compressed Air Flow
In a recent Plant Services webinar, Werner Rauer, product manager for Kaeser Compressors,explored these common compressed air system areas of concern and offered simple solutions to address them. This report, based on the webinar, offers free access to the on-demand presentation.

[Special Report] Keys to Mastering Your Compressed Air System
Are you the master of your compressed air domain? Do you want to learn more about compressed air use? Thinking about industrial compressor vs. electric heater? This report covers these topics and more. This report explores how air leaks and inaccurate analysis of compressed air demand can result in a facility’s compressed air system being wildly inefficient, with costly results.

[Special Report] Compressed Air System Efficiency: What You Can Do Today to Lower Your Operating Costs
Air audits are a great way to identify the entire life-cycle cost of a compressor, but it is important to understand how each cost affects your bottom line and what steps can be taken to minimize the overall life-cycle cost. This report reviews how to quickly identify compressed air costs, such as energy and maintenance, in addition to not-so-obvious items like product warranty impacts.

[Webinar Brief] What You Don’t Know About Vacuum Systems Could Cost You
In a recent Plant Services webinar, Darren Cartney, vacuum business line manager for Quincy Compressor, explored myths about industrial vacuum systems that can be expensive and troublesome for maintenance and production. This report, based on the webinar, offers fee access to the on-demand presentation.

[Technology Report] Compressed Air: How to Get the Data You Need to Maximize Efficiency
This collection of articles will help you plan your compressed air system for maximum efficiency and future flexibility. Article topics include condensate management, compressed air optimization, and the importance of measurement and analysis.

[Technology Report] Compressed Air: 3 Ways to Implement a Successful Optimization Strategy
This collection of articles will explore how to select and implement the compressed air technology that is right for you, as well as offer first-hand advice from industry experts. Article topics include compressed air innovations and how to win at energy management.

Electrical Systems

[Technology Report] 6 Ways Electrical Systems are Evolving (and What You Need to do to Stay Safe)
This report examines the evolution of industrial electrical systems and explores steps you need to take to ensure the safety of your people and equipment. Article topics include achieving electrical safety by design and electrical equipment reliability with ultrasound and infrared.

[Webinar Brief] Quantity vs. Quality: Understanding the Causes of Poor Power Quality
In a recent Plant Services webinar, Han Tran, application engineer for Fluke, explored why measuring power and understanding the quality of your power is the key to helping plants avoid unplanned outages. This report, based on the webinar, offers free access to the on-demand presentation.

[Special Report] What Electrical Safety Challenges Keep You Up at Night (and How Can You Overcome Them?)
Are you the 1 in 4 who thinks your plant is not up to code? Recent survey responses have shed additional light on actions and attitudes that are going on in real time on the plant floor. Read this report to better understand the current state of industrial electrical safety and why protective relays are a necessary safety component of the power delivery system.

[Special Report] The Role of Protective Relays in Your Electrical Safety Strategy
Protective relays cover system abnormal conditions from very simple, such as overcurrent and voltage protection, to extremely complex, such as impedance relays with communications over long distances. In this special report, explore why protective relays are an essential component of any electrical safety strategy.

Safety

[Special Report] Eat, Sleep, Breathe, Safety
Workplace accidents can have tragic physical and emotional consequences for injured workers and their families and costly financial consequences for the facility. And while electrical hazards and fall risks typically receive a great deal of attention, it's critical to also address such long-term safety issues as dust management. This report will give you useful tips and advice on how to comply with current safety standards and reduce your risk of on-site accidents.

Motors, Drives, and Power Transmission

[Special Report] Traditional AC Motors: Beyond NEMA Premium Efficiency
With motor efficiency at an all-time high, the new question is how do we take the traditional induction motor and raise it to the next level of efficiency without adding a tremendous amount of cost? This report outlines how line start permanent magnet (LSIPM) motor technology in larger horsepower motors is a viable option for those looking for efficiency levels above what is possible with traditional induction motors.

[Technology Report] 3 Ways to Fight Motor Failure
This collection of articles will help you identify and correct problems that can lead to motor failure and unnecessary downtime at your plant. Article topics include best-in-class lubrication practices, motor insulation testing, and trickle varnishing.

IIoT and Digital Manufacturing

[Special Report] Six Ways the IIoT is Redefining Asset Management Success
The influence of the industrial internet of things (IIoT) on mobility, collaboration, and asset management effectiveness cannot be understated. Read this report to discover six ways that IIoT-powered mobile collaboration is energizing asset management.

[Technology Report] 4 Ways to Harness the Potential of the IIoT at Your Plant
The IIoT promises to redefine or add to the capabilities that organizations must master to be competitive, and it promises to do so sooner rather than later. Is your organization ready? Article topics include smarter motor maintenance, how to seize the IIoT, and 15 common problems.

[Special Report] 4 Keys to making IoT a Success at Your Plant
Do you fully understand how the internet of things (IoT) affects operations like enterprise asset management, work management, and project management? Read this report to discover how organizations expect the IoT to affect their businesses, as well as the hazards they see if they don’t adopt an IoT strategy.

[Webinar Brief] KPIs: Measuring the Metrics that Matter
In a recent Plant Services webinar, Kathie Poindexter, director of product marketing for manufacturing and supply chain for Epicor
Software Corporation, examined how KPIs enable users to manage, control, and achieve desired business results. This report, based on the webinar, offers free access to the on-demand presentation.

[Special Report] From Digitization to Digital Transformation - A New Operations Paradigm
Digital operations tools such as blockchain, Cloud, and IoT enable companies to move beyond simply optimizing existing constraints. This report outlines how organizations can achieve the promise of the IoT by first understanding what business KPIs need to be improved, what data are required to do that, then how to integrate data across assets and protocols into one coherent platform.

[Technology Report] IIoT - Bridging the Gap Between the Digital and Physical Plant
The industrial internet of things (IIoT) is ushering in a new era of efficiency, growth and information by giving companies a clear line of sight to critical assets and manufacturing processes. But some companies are still hesitant to embrace the IIoT and its potential. Article topics include IIoT myths, why collaboration is crucial for IIoT success, and the pros and cons of the cloud.

[Special Report] Your Smart Manufacturing Roadmap: How Smart Machines and the IIoT Enable 3 Key Areas of Excellence
A disruptive force known as the fourth industrial revolution is already underway and it's creating a host of opportunities for manufacturers around the world. This report identifies the key benefits of adopting an IIoT-enabled approach to plant operations as well as some practical steps manufacturers can take to make digitization a reality.

[Webinar Brief] 4 Keys to Making the IoT a Success at Your Plant
In a recent Plant Services webinar, Kevin Price, technical product evangelist for Infor EAM, revealed the results of a customer survey conducted by Infor. The survey revealed how organizations expect the IoT to affect their businesses, as well as the hazards they see if they don’t adopt an IoT strategy. This report, based on the webinar, offers free access to the on-demand presentation.

[Special Report] Wireless Digital Switches Enable New Control Possibilities
Learn more about wireless digital switches, switchgear and evolving automation architecture. This report takes a look at how manufacturers are meeting the challenges of the wireless world and the IIoT.

[Special Report] The Industrial Internet of Things for Maintenance
Don’t just predict problems – prescribe a solution. Early adopters are exploring how outcome-focused approaches to maintenance can enhance asset management. This report takes an in-depth look at predictive and prescriptive maintenance.

Automation

[Special Report] How to Future-Proof Your Plant
New tools and updated automation systems can address many of these challenges by enabling organizations to keep pace with accelerating operational and market requirements. This report explores how modern automation systems can help you overcome the challenges of evolving technologies, an aging and changing workforce, and more.

Cabling and Physical Infrastructure

[Special Report] The Trillion-Dollar Cable Question
It has been known for some time that the cable systems in the U.S. have reached and in many cases exceeded their life expectancy. In this report, we take a look at maintenance strategies, including condition-based and predictive, that will help you monitor and maintain your electrical system and cabling while maximizing safety.

[Special Report] Three Ways That Cabling and Connectors Drive Automation System Uptime and Performance
Everyone is interested in improving performance and lifecycle costs of assets, but many underestimate the role that cabling and connectors have to play. This report explores how effective specification of physical infrastructure starts with VFD cabling, servo motor cabling, and cabling connectors.

Supply Chain

[Technology Report] 3 ways smart tech is changing materials handling
Vision-enhanced robots that can halt their movement on a factory line if they sense an obstruction. Smarter real-time condition monitoring systems that can alert you that a fleet vehicle is going to need service soon because it’s been slogging through lousy weather. It’s not science fiction, and it’s not a vision of the manufacturing and materials movement environment 20 years from now. This Technology Report examines the evolution of warehousing and materials handling, from context-aware technology to blockchain and much more.

[Technology Report] 3 Ways Material Handing Is Getting Smarter
This collection of articles explores how the use of software and smart systems is changing the world of material handling. Article topics include context-aware technology, smart warehouse control systems, and warehousing equipment.