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

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  • Integrate A CMS To Monitor Asset Health

    Advanced condition-monitoring solutions reliably track asset performance and prevent costly downtime. By Luis Narvaez, Siemens Industry Staying competitive in today’s environment is challenging. It’s made more difficult as customers seek customized products at the prices of mass-produced goods. Furthermore, growing global ecological awareness and rising energy prices are motivating many companies to work toward carbon […]

  • Design Maintainable Hydraulic Systems

    The positions and orientation of monitoring devices, service ports, and sensors play a critical role in assuring consistent, cost-saving maintenance.

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  • Implement Proactive Safety

    By Ryan Dobbins, CSP, CHST, CIT, CUSP Industries and employers strive for a culture of transparency and continuous improvement in safety, health, and environmental performance. The goal for all is often simple: zero injuries, zero incidents, zero claims. Executives, managers, and workers at all levels want to know about injuries in their work area as […]

  • Make Realistic Goals And Stick to Them

    Q: Will you keep your 2021 reliability and maintenance resolutions? A: Based on 2019 data: • 7% of survey participants stuck to all of their resolutions in 2019, while 19% kept some but not all of their resolutions • 8% of participants failed to keep any resolutions • 57% chose not to make a New […]

  • Reliability And Quality Are Related

    According to the American Society for Quality (ASQ), Milwaukee, (asq.org): “Reliability has sometimes been classified as ‘how quality changes over time.’ The difference between quality and reliability is that quality shows how well an object performs its proper function, while reliability shows how well this object maintains its original level of quality over time, through […]

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NEW PRODUCTS

  • Machine metrics

    The company’s system allows real-time machine monitoring and predictive-maintenance management from any mobile device or standalone workstation. Users can track key overall equipment efficiency (OEE) data points including utilization, uptime, downtime, and cycle times as well as built-in components that aid in scheduling and recording predictive-maintenance tasks and responsibilities. If preset thresholds are exceeded, users […]

  • IoT Remote Control Services Platform

    Flowserve Corp. Irving, TX, has introduced the Red Raven IoT service suite, designed to help production facilities remotely monitor assets, predict equipment failures, and take preventive measures to avoid disruptions. The platform supports any flow-control equipment, regardless of manufacturer, opening the door for companies to quickly realize the full benefits of IoT and predictive analytics […]

  • Safety Light Curtains

    Safegate Type 4 access-control barrier safety light curtains provide protection in a wide range of applications requiring integration of the muting functions. The muting function temporarily disables the safety function when a workpiece or conveying pallette passes through the detection area of the curtains or safety sensors. The curtains have integrated muting functions with two […]

  • Compact flow meter

    The Rosemount 8800 Quad Vortex flow meter has quadruple sensors and transmitters to meet safety-integrity-level requirements. Using multiple independent sensors in an all-welded meter body, the unit provides a compact flow solution with built-in redundancies for added safety without introducing intentional leak points. The meter’s design allows a SIL3-capable solution and protects against spurious trips […]

  • Comfort operator panel

    A line of 7 to 22-in. operator panels is part of the SIMATIC WinCC Unified System. Using glass fronts with multitouch technology, the Unified Comfort Panels are convenient to use. Sharp colors and contrast improve readability. Visualization on the devices is based on the SIMATIC WinCC Unified visualization system in TIA Portal and is suitable […]

  • 3D Metal Printing Produces Turbomachinery

    SupportFree capabilities allow an 80% reduction in build time. While it may take hundreds of parts to construct power-generation equipment, there are mission-critical components that can determine the performance of an entire system. Many of these highly optimized parts can be difficult to manufacture and present some of the greatest engineering challenges that high-tech companies […]

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