• Analytics Provide Process Insights

    Advanced-analytics tools make it possible for engineers and other SMEs to greatly increase productivity and overall plant reliability. By Katie Pintar, Seeq In the process-manufacturing industries, there has been a significant increase in the amount, complexity, and accessibility of operational and equipment data. Engineering teams now have visibility into historical and near-real-time data, from local […]

  • Smart Maintenance Increases Uptime

    Digital technologies allow teams to take an informed approach to asset maintenance. By Brian Taylor, Rockwell Automation Nine of ten manufacturers now say digital transformation is important to their organization’s success. While digitalization can improve virtually any aspect of your operations—from throughput to quality to sustainability—perhaps no area has more potential for improvement than maintenance.  […]

  • Lubrication 101: Understanding Viscosity

    By Mark Barnes, PhD CMRP, Des-Case Corp. The Stribeck Curve and the Hersey number are your primary tools for selecting proper lubricant viscosity. For rotating equipment, proper lubricant selection is critical to asset reliability. Done correctly, equipment can live a long and healthy life; done poorly, asset life will be significantly reduced. Of course, original […]

R&M

  • Use Accelerometers to Monitor Machines

    Accelerometers, in general, are the most common sensor type for measuring industrial vibrations, but you might wonder why there are so many options. A short and unsatisfying answer is that accelerometers are designed for precise measurements, and that design must account for a lot of variables to ensure the highest level of reliability. It’s important […]

  • Use Remote Monitoring To Promote Safety

    Remote work used to be largely seen as a perk, but the pandemic has made it a norm. Studies now suggest that most of the workforce will work remotely at least several days a month in the coming years. During the pandemic, nearly 60% of maintenance teams operated with skeleton crews on site or primarily […]

  • Provide Learning Time

    By Nicholas Gigliotti, Seeq You’ve escaped pilot purgatory, cleared organizational obstacles, and are now in position to implement an advanced analytics system that will significantly improve manufacturing performance. With a well-defined IT architecture for your solution and a wide array of beneficial use cases, one nagging question may remain: How will I convince my colleagues […]

Featured Posts

  • Smart Maintenance Increases Uptime

    Digital technologies allow teams to take an informed approach to asset maintenance. By Brian Taylor, Rockwell Automation Nine of ten manufacturers now say digital transformation is important to their organization’s success. While digitalization can improve virtually any aspect of your operations—from throughput to quality to sustainability—perhaps no area has more potential for improvement than maintenance.  […]

  • Use Accelerometers to Monitor Machines

    Accelerometers, in general, are the most common sensor type for measuring industrial vibrations, but you might wonder why there are so many options. A short and unsatisfying answer is that accelerometers are designed for precise measurements, and that design must account for a lot of variables to ensure the highest level of reliability. It’s important […]

  • Extend Legacy Asset Lifespans

    Implementing Industry 4.0 technology on existing machinery contributes to overall operational sustainability. By Alexander Hill, Senseye Today, the most successful manufacturing organizations recognize that sustainability is not only good for business but is also integral to the way products are marketed, purchased, and operated. It should influence all decisions about engineering, operations, and maintenance, from […]

ON THE FLOOR

Each month we talk with maintenance and technology professionals about their views and pressing problems on the factory floor.

Featured Posts

  • Smart Maintenance Increases Uptime

    Digital technologies allow teams to take an informed approach to asset maintenance. By Brian Taylor, Rockwell Automation Nine of ten manufacturers now say digital transformation is important to their organization’s success. While digitalization can improve virtually any aspect of your operations—from throughput to quality to sustainability—perhaps no area has more potential for improvement than maintenance.  […]

  • Upgraded Reporting Improves Efficiency

    Atlas Copco boosts productivity and reduces CO2 emissions. Atlas Copco (atlascopco.com), based in Stockholm, Sweden, employs 40,000 worldwide and provides products such as compressors, air-treatment systems, vacuum solutions, and industrial power tools for customers in more than 180 countries.  When the company needed more efficiency and better reporting from its plant in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China, […]

Featured Posts

  • Learn Best Practices From Pit Stops

    For technologies and/or any high-tech equipment to reach its full potential, your entire team needs to foster a culture of discipline and display a tenacious desire to improve the outcome. It’s Sunday, May 8, 2022, (air temperature is 86 F but feels like 97 according to the weather and me). The crowds are getting loud, […]

  • Fix Common Compliance Issues

    By Vince Plank, CSP, Safety Management Group Throughout my years as a safety professional, there are specific compliance issues that are found at almost every manufacturing facility. Those issues usually lie in the production or operations departments and the maintenance shop. Here are the four I encounter most often:  Guards on bench/pedestal grinders: Since the […]

  • A Good Day For A Maintenance Manager

    Much has changed since I first described a good day in 2016. As I arrive in the morning, my personalized digital device (attached to my wrist) provides a schedule of today’s activities. Moving toward my desk activates my computer and turns it on and a retinal scan confirms my identity. I see that one of my […]

Featured Posts

  • Analytics Provide Process Insights

    Advanced-analytics tools make it possible for engineers and other SMEs to greatly increase productivity and overall plant reliability. By Katie Pintar, Seeq In the process-manufacturing industries, there has been a significant increase in the amount, complexity, and accessibility of operational and equipment data. Engineering teams now have visibility into historical and near-real-time data, from local […]

  • Smart Maintenance Increases Uptime

    Digital technologies allow teams to take an informed approach to asset maintenance. By Brian Taylor, Rockwell Automation Nine of ten manufacturers now say digital transformation is important to their organization’s success. While digitalization can improve virtually any aspect of your operations—from throughput to quality to sustainability—perhaps no area has more potential for improvement than maintenance.  […]

Featured Posts

  • Use Accelerometers to Monitor Machines

    Accelerometers, in general, are the most common sensor type for measuring industrial vibrations, but you might wonder why there are so many options. A short and unsatisfying answer is that accelerometers are designed for precise measurements, and that design must account for a lot of variables to ensure the highest level of reliability. It’s important […]

  • Can You Trust Your Sensor Output?

    Follow these tips to obtain accurate data and minimize maintenance costs. By Victor Viola, IMI Sensors, Industrial Division In the past decade, trending vibration parameters has become the most widely used technique for monitoring machinery health, and industrial accelerometers have become the workhorse in the predictive-maintenance market. Systems continue to evolve to accommodate modern manufacturing […]

  • Connected Systems Reveal Data Value

    Digitized data capture and analysis are key to finding solutions that advance manufacturing efficiency. By Josh Santo, Parsable The multitude of data that technology captures can be invaluable in uncovering new efficiencies or fixing roadblocks. Between 60% and 70% of data within an enterprise, however, goes unused. Most plants have the tools and data at […]

Featured Posts

  • Lubrication 101: Understanding Viscosity

    By Mark Barnes, PhD CMRP, Des-Case Corp. The Stribeck Curve and the Hersey number are your primary tools for selecting proper lubricant viscosity. For rotating equipment, proper lubricant selection is critical to asset reliability. Done correctly, equipment can live a long and healthy life; done poorly, asset life will be significantly reduced. Of course, original […]

  • How Much Is Lubrication Costing You?

    Evaluate yearly costs for replacement components that require lubrication to achieve cost avoidance. By Mark Barnes, PhD CMRP, Des-Case Corp. As consumers are seeing increased costs for everyday basics and unprecedented supply-chain disruptions, so to, manufacturers are facing the combination of increased costs for replacement parts, increased lead times for basic components, and a scarcity […]

NEW PRODUCTS

  • SPONSORED: Ultrasonic Bearing Friction, Cavitation, and Leak Detection Sensors – UltraTrak 850s...

    Significant damage to critical assets that lead to unplanned downtime is one of the most expensive hurdles your facility encounters. While there is never a convenient time for this to happen, there are better ways to be prepared and minimize the impact. The UltraTrak 850S family of sensors are versatile modern sensors and transmitters – […]

  • SPONSORED: Connect your pressure measurement to the future

    The Cerabar and Deltabar pressure transmitters offer safety, reliability and IIoT connectivity for your plant. Cerabar and Deltabar can be configured and verified quickly and easily with the SmartBlue app via the Bluetooth® interface. Thanks to Heartbeat Technology, verification is completed in 15 seconds – without interrupting the process. The pressure gauges signal any anomalies […]

  • Featured Product: OnTrack SmartLube

    One of the biggest reoccurring challenges that plants must face is how to extend and optimize their bearing lubrication processes on their more expensive assets. Since 60%-80% of premature bearing failures are due to lubrication-related missteps such as under lubricating, over lubricating, or using the wrong type of grease, it is important to utilize the […]

  • Clamp-On Flowmeter

    Prosonic Flow W 400 brings the company’s Proline series to clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeters. The W 400 clamp-on and I 400 insertion units provide comprehensive process monitoring with reported long-term cost efficiency and extensive diagnostics. These sensors pair with the Proline 400 transmitter to provide a complete flow metering solution. The flowmeter uses a nonintrusive method […]

  • Cables, connectors

    Murrelektronik data cables are high-flex shielded Ethernet Cat5e cables offering various connector styles, including D-coded M12 to M12, M12 to RJ45, RJ45 to RJ45, and M12 to pigtail. The cables are flame-retardant and chemical resistant with a TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) jacket for typical industrial applications. A selection of RJ45 IDC field wireable connectors and adapters […]

  • Turbine flow meter

    TRP Pelton-wheel high-temperature turbine flow meter monitors and controls the cooling and process efficiency of high- and ultra-high-temperature oil used in heating and cooling circuits. Four flow ranges are available across all meter sizes from 0.5 to 1 in. The meters are said to tolerate operating pressure to 290 psi. AW-Lake Oak Creek, WI aw-lake.com

  • Rust stopper, lubricant

    HinderRUST is a solvent-free and non-hazardous rust stopper and lubricant for surface-film management. It adsorbs to metals using thin-film technology, and its active wetting properties reportedly allow it to penetrate areas that cannot be reached. The product is approved for inclusion in the International Material Data System (IMDS), a global standard used by the automotive […]

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