White Papers

Asset Management/Reliability

The next generation of ALIM: Connecting the digital asset
Sponsored by: Bentley
Not having access to a complete set of engineering and construction data can add substantial project and operational risk to your capital projects. Read this paper to learn the key reason why Asset Lifecycle Information Management (ALIM) systems are increasingly becoming the system of records for companies.

Monitoring how your assets use energy
Sponsored by: Infor
Organizations with major facilities have been practicing enterprise asset management (EAM) for years. Today, however, successful ones are relying more on technology and smarter asset management— a requirement for staying competitive within an uncertain economy, growing global competition, added regulatory pressures, and an aging infrastructure. Learn how to reduce costs and stay competitive by optimizing asset performance.

How to reduce risk and costs with advanced reliability management
Sponsored by: Infor
Reliability programs are now standard business practice in companies that rely heavily on machines, equipment, and other physical assets. But, in today’s lean economy, companies have fewer resources than ever to manage and maintain these assets. They face challenges in identifying new and cost- effective ways to ensure that their assets are performing and that they are managing to minimize operational risks.

Maintain accuracy of your asset database
Sponsored by: Emerson
Eliminate the risk of inaccurate data by automatically synchronizing field data with your asset database. With AMS Trex and AMS Device Manager, log and time-stamp field changes as they occur. Learn more about how the Auto Sync technology in AMS Trex helps you maintain the integrity of your asset database.

Key steps to fix your maintenance program
Sponsored by: Infor
By collecting and analyzing asset data not only can you better understand what the maturity of your assets mean, but you can predict why and when an asset will fail. With this information, you can plan preventive maintenance schedules as well as a maintenance program that will align with your company’s strategic goals.

Facilitating ISO 14224 with EAM software
Sponsored by: IFS
In this white paper, you will learn how enterprise asset management (EAM) software that is prepackaged to support ISO 14224 can speed up compliance with the standard and ensure successful generation of valuable key performance indicators (KPIs) which comply with the standard that in the long run will be used to enhance equipment reliability.

Improving ROA in asset-intensive process manufacturing
Sponsored by: Infor
Companies in equipment-intensive processing industries – chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and life sciences – anticipate rising revenues. Much of this growth will be fueled by a strong manufacturing sector, as well as growth in the healthcare industry. With this report, learn more about revenue growth, comprehensive asset management, plans for processing profitability and more.

Automation

Is now time to really focus on the edge?
Sponsored by: Stratus Technologies
The promise of edge computing in industrial environments means getting the right device data in near real-time to drive better decisions, and maybe even control industrial processes. For this to work, it means that the edge device, its embedded software, edge servers, the gateways and cloud infrastructure must all be up-and-running correctly all the time. ARC surveyed a group of more than 300 end users across the globe to gauge the current and future state of the market.

Protect your brand, manage industrial risk
Sponsored by: Rockwell Automation
Your automation infrastructure could be your company's best risk-management tool. You can tackle safety and security challenges at their source with modern control and information processes. Learn how you can proactively leverage existing investments to better protect people, brand and business performance.

The future-proof plant
Sponsored by: Schneider Electric
Industries today face critical challenges to process operations: operational acceleration, evolving technologies, and a changing workforce. Modern automation systems offer real solutions to these challenges through new functionality that, in essence, can result in a future-proof plant. This paper explores these challenges and explains how process automation systems can address them.

FAQ's about industrial-grade wireless components
Sponsored by: Steute
Interested users of wireless industrial control devices have posed a number of questions as they strive to become familiar with the design, performance, and application of these new control solutions. This white paper is a compilation of the most frequently asked questions and answers as they relate to currently available industrial-grade wireless digital switches, senses, and accessories.

Digital Manufacturing

Revolutionize industrial maintenance with machine learning
Sponsored by: Bentley
Understand how machine learning is ready to exploit the growth in data that every industry is generating. Read this paper to discover how machine learning can seize on historical data to predict future events; see how it will affect and improve different asset-intensive industries; and see how users will be able to significantly reduce costs, unplanned maintenance, and downtime while improving reliability and operational performance.

Hybrid analytics: The value of machine and human supervision
Sponsored by: PdMA
Big Data, IoT, Industry 4.0, unsupervised learning, and hybrid analytics: what are they? Is unsupervised machine learning the way of the future? This new white paper from PdMA investigates these questions and attempts to answer the bigger question: Will unsupervised machine learning be enough to maintain motor and plant reliability?

Smart instruments enable improved pumping
Sponsored by: Endress+Hauser
Smart instruments ensure that reliable, accurate data is always provided to a smart pumping system. When problems arise in the process or the instrument itself, the smart instrument notifies the pumping system controller and makes a recommendation. And, with automatic self-verification, the plant will know when an instrument needs to be removed for maintenance or re-calibration, and can remain in compliance with regulations.

Improving infrastructure performance with operational analytics
Sponsored by: Bentley
Operational analytics is rapidly emerging as an effective system for capturing and evaluating the high-impact, high-value data for better business outcomes. It helps infrastructure professionals to better design, operate, and maintain infrastructure at a level of excellence that improves performance, return on investment and efficiency. This white paper breaks down how operational analytics can provide a deeper understanding of how and why infrastructure system networks yield given results.

3 mandates for successfully managing your things
Sponsored by: National Instruments
The proliferation of smart and connected "things" in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) provides tremendous opportunities for increased performance and lower costs, but managing these distributed systems is often an overlooked challenge. Explore the three necessities for successfully managing your "things."

Industrial IIoT platforms pave the way for the smart factory
Sponsored by: Tridium.
By 2019, more than a third of global manufacturers will have converged IT and OT to achieve unprecedented levels of efficiency in energy and productivity — giving their businesses a powerful advantage. Learn how an open framework for the IIoT can help you run smarter and compete better in tomorrow’s discrete manufacturing marketplace.

Machine learning to revolutionize industrial maintenance with advanced analytics
Sponsored by: Bentley
This whitepaper will help you understand how machine learning is ready to exploit the growth in data that every industry is generating. Solutions like predictive maintenance is now becoming a game-changing reality across asset intensive and data rich industries all because of machine learning. Discover how it can learn from historical data to predict future events; see how it will affect and improve different asset intensive industries; and see how users will be able to significantly reduce costs, unplanned maintenance, and downtime, while improving reliability and operational performance.

Maximize equipment uptime with prescriptive analytics
Sponsored by: Aspen Technology
What are you doing to reduce unplanned downtime at your plant? Equipment breakdowns and process interruptions are a $20 billion problem. Millions are being spend on new maintenance solutions, but is that even addressing the problem? Effective, earlier detection of issues would eliminate these failures. Download this white paper to learn how leading manufacturers are using big data to solve reliability problems that only a few years ago were unsolvable.

Safety

Protect people, the environment, and critical infrastructure against industrial security threats
Sponsored by: Rockwell Automation
As industrial operations become more connected, organizations are making significant security investments to help protect their intellectual property, their operations and their brand. However, the inherent safety implications of security risks are too often overlooked. By integrating safety and security programs, manufacturers and industrial operators can assess, manage and mitigate the safety implications of security risks in a Connected Enterprise.

An insider's guide to MFPA 70E requirements
Sponsored by: Brady
Keep expert information on arc flash regulation right at your fingertips with the “Arc Flash Regulatory Summary: An Insider’s Guide to NFPA 70E Requirements.” This whitepaper offers insight into OSHA compliance, NFPA 70E requirements and NEC requirements.

Industrial security: Protecting networks and facilities against a fast-changing landscape
Sponsored by: Rockwell Automation
Manufacturing and industrial facilities are operating in ways they scarcely could have imagined a few decades ago, by converging historically separate information technology and operations technology systems. This creates new opportunities to access and share data, but also increases security risks. Focusing on three key aspects of a holistic security approach, companies can better manage potential threats and build more secure systems.

Improve compliance with safety data
Sponsored by: Rockwell Automation
Harnessing the power of safety and operational data can substantially improve safety compliance and performance. Learn how you can gain real-time understanding of worker behaviors, machinery compliance, causes of safety shutdowns or stoppages, and safety anomalies and trends.

OSHA silica dust regulations compliance
Sponsored by: CS Unitec
Each year, workplace illnesses claim the lives of thousands of U.S. workers, and respirable crystalline silica – or silica dust – is especially hazardous. Employees who inhale tiny crystalline silica particles are at risk of developing serious diseases, some of which may be deadly. While simply being near silica-containing materials is not hazardous, when job site activities cause the release of a breathable dust, dangerous situations may result. By following new OSHA standards and using the right silica dust control systems, employers can keep their workers safe from the hazards of crystalline silica.

Compressed Air

Humidity measurement for effective manufacturing
Sponsored by: Vaisala
Review humidity theory, tools and practical examples of how measuring humidity, moisture and dew point brings value to different manufacturing processes.

Motors, Drives and Power Transmission

Gaps in your electric motor reliability program
Sponsored by: PdMA
After you spend millions of dollars on a fail-safe maintenance program, the motor fails, and you ask, “How could we have missed this?” This article discusses the common gaps in the implementation and operation of an electric motor reliability program including mistakes in quality control, trending, and troubleshooting of electric motors.

Reliability solutions for turbomachinery applications
Sponsored by: Emerson
Across the entire plant, unreliable equipment increases the risk to maintaining both safety and profits. But nowhere it is this more true than on the high-performance turbomachines that are critical to your operations. Condition monitoring technologies that address the unique characteristics of turbomachinery can be the key to achieving business goals in your plant.

Motor insulation testing
Sponsored by: SKF
Insulation problems account for around 30% or more of motor failures-- meaning that electrical motor testing should be a large part of every motor testing program. Learn more about the importance of implementing an electrical motor testing program in this white paper.

Tips for a lean approach to motor reliability
Sponsored by: PdMA
How do you achieve cost-efficient and long-lasting motor reliability at a time when the emphasis is on lean operations? Reliability begins with balancing quality control, trending, and troubleshooting of your motors. This white paper discusses methods to make your lean motor reliability operations work.

Predictive Maintenance

Detecting torsional defects in a gear driven spindle
Sponsored by: GTI Predictive Technology
GTI Predictive Technology offers a Vibration Analysis monitoring program to target problem areas and assist with the repairing process. GTI’s Vibration Analysis was put to the test when Ingersoll Production Systems began experiencing problems with milling operations at Finkl Steel. During the face steeling of a several ton steel block, the machine began chattering violently; but why? GTI was selected to gather more information and perform a full Vibration Analysis using VibePro 8 technology.

Duke Energy takes advantage of IIoT for predictive maintenance applications
Sponsored by: National Instruments
Duke Energy implemented an end-to-end solution for plant-wide condition monitoring across 30 facilities. Read more in this case study from IHS Markit, which covers manual data collection replacement, technology investment and operation, implementation challenges, and solution payback from avoided costs.

Workforce

Embracing change is key for the next manufacturing leaders
Sponsored by: Epicor
The future—and your global competitors—won’t wait for you. Tomorrow’s manufacturer needs to be a leader when it comes to adopting technology. Those who want to run the factory of the future will need to shed any lingering habits of waiting for a new technology to become the norm before embracing it.

How to retain and build critical skills as workforce landscapes undergo dramatic changes
Sponsored by: Rockwell Automation
The need for talented new employees has taken on greater importance as older workers retire and new technologies require new skills. The global skills gap threatens to increase plant downtime, decrease productivity, and slow speed to market. A clear workforce development and training strategy can help you mitigate these workforce challenges.

Energy Management

LEDs offer a clearer look at safety, cost savings
Sponsored by: OEO Energy Solutions
While they don't attract as many headlines for their role in enhancing operational productivity, keeping costs down or enhancing facility appeal, the impact of LED lighting in U.S. manufacturing continues to grow. This report will offer insight on the ways in which upgrading to LED lighting from metal halide lamps or high-pressure sodium bulbs can help manufacturing, distribution and front-office environments achieve all these goals.

Wasted energy means wasted dollars
Sponsored by: PRUFTECHNIK
Electrical energy represents a substantial portion of industrial operating expenses. It is an unavoidable cost of doing business that all too often seems resistant to control or morderation. In this white paper, PRUFTECHNIK demonstrates how precision alignment can bring down energy costs.

Supply Chain Management

Addressing challenges of fleetwide monitoring
Sponsored by: National Instruments
Download the white paper to read about the challenges maintenance managers face with improving overall reliability and some of the technology considerations for implementing an online fleetwide monitoring solution for predictive maintenance.

Improve your safety record at the loading dock
Sponsored by: Rite-Hite
Adopting a systematic approach to loading dock safety helps control the operational sequence of your dock equipment; increase equipment efficiency and employee productivity; reduce the potential for loading dock separation accidents; provide clear, full time communication regarding the status of loading operations; and decrease the occurrence of damaged equipment.

Cabling and Physical Infrastructure

Benefits of pin and sleeve connectors over standard twist lock
Sponsored by: Lapp Group
Twist lock cable connectors may be the NEMA standard, but they're not the only cable connector option. Pin and sleeve connectors, common in Europe, have yet to find their place in the United States. This paper describes the benefits of pin and sleeve devices, including sealed power connections, and insulation from moisture, grime, and chemicals, as well as the range of pin and sleeve devices available.

Additive Manufacturing

Designing jigs and fixtures with 3D printing
Sponsored by: Formlabs
Reliability programs are now standard business practice in companies that rely heavily on machines, equipment, and other physical assets. But, in today’s lean economy, companies have fewer resources than ever to manage and maintain these assets. They face challenges in identifying new and cost-effective ways to ensure that their assets are performing and that they are managing to minimize operational risks.

Instrumentation

It's all about speed
Sponsored by: PRUFTECHNIK
With five successive loops, the now world-famous “Five Looping” or “Olympia Looping” at Oktoberfest is one of the world’s largest mobile roller coasters. However, to ensure complete safety at all times, all drives, brakes and every line need to 100% function – in warm and cold conditions as well as when it’s dry or wet! PRUFTECHNIK helps ensure such complete safety at the world’s largest public festival.

Reducing the costs of compliance
Sponsored by: Mettler-Toledo, Inc.
Routine testing and regular maintenance are necessary to ensure uptime and accuracy in your process. But how do you know if you're testing too much or too little? And what is the right level of accuracy to ensure you are meeting regulatory guidelines and also maximizing profit? This white paper discusses helpful actions, including determining required process tolerances to maximize profit; setting adequate testing and calibration schedules; choosing appropriate performance measures for your process.

Reduce waste and help avoid production shutdown with tighter weighing tolerances
Sponsored by: Mettler-Toledo, Inc.
Did you know your operations team can improve quality and throughput by refining your weighing practices? Your operators may be leveraging external weighing standards like HB44 in order to fulfill operational requirements and stay in legal compliance. However, these tolerances may not be enabling your team to optimize production processes. This white paper demonstrates how an Accuracy Calibration Certificate (ACC) with Good Weighing Practice from METTLER TOLEDO can help you optimize product quality and consistency, while reducing downtime; document that you are weighing in the safe weighing range; and ssure accuracy of your results in accordance with your quality management program.

ISO 9001:2015 and the implications on weighing devices
Sponsored by: Mettler-Toledo, Inc.
ISO 9001:2015 is a new version of ISO 9001, replacing the 2008 version. Organizations have a three-year transition period to adopt the changes, with a deadline of September 2018. This white paper will be relevant for managers from any organization follow ISO 9001 and use any type of weighing devices or processes in the course of their business.

Finding the sweet spot for accurate weighing
Sponsored by: Mettler-Toledo, Inc.
Weighing is just one step in your production or laboratory process, but it can have a big impact on the outcome and quality of your final product. Weighing within the "Safe Range" ensures your results are right the first time. Download the guide and learn about key weighing process concepts which will help to ensure optimal production quality.

7 ways to improve productivity and process management with pressure instrumentation
Sponsored by: Emerson
Optimize your operation in four critical areas – production, quality, energy efficiency and safety – with pressure instrumentation. This paper reviews pressure, flow and level solutions that work across all points of the operation to minimize process variability, gain process insight, reduce maintenance and downtime, and meet regulatory demands. Learn more.