• Tips That Spark Innovation

    Today’s manufacturing environment calls for agile operations that can rapidly respond to changes in demand, evolving customer and consumer preferences and needs, and broken supply chains. Added to this are increased challenges to maintain the health and safety of team members. This is familiar territory for enterprises that have embraced the convergence of artificial intelligence, […]

  • How To Maximize Bearing Performance

    What do clocks, skateboards, and industrial machinery have in common? They all rely on bearings to maintain smooth rotational movement. To perform reliably, however, they must be maintained and handled correctly. Chris Johnson, Managing Director at specialist bearing supplier, SMB Bearings, Oxfordshire, UK (smbbearings.com), offers these tips for optimal bearing care. Handle and store correctly […]

  • Certified Greases Advance Reliability

    Managing lubrication is a primary component of your critical-asset reliability strategy. Unfortunately, ensuring that assets receive correct lubricants at proper intervals is often in conflict with the organization’s desire to simplify lubricant selection and reduce inventory. Lubricating many of today’s assets can be rather involved, resulting in complex lubricant needs and maintenance practices. According to […]

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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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  • Factor Grease into Asset Reliability

    The role of grease, grease specification, rotating-asset reliability, and how the NLGI High Performance Multiuse grease certification program can help all stakeholders achieve their performance goals are the topics discussed in this podcast. Our subject-matter expert is Chad Chichester, an Application Engineer for Molykote Specialty Lubricants at DuPont. He provides engineering and design support for […]

  • Failure Codes Key To Problem Elimination

    Q: How important are failure codes? A: A better way to ask the question is, “What are failure codes doing for you?” The response would explain their current importance, but possibly not everything they should be doing for you. A failure code is basically an alphanumeric grouping that, in a concise way, depicts why the […]

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  • Data Integrity Matters

    How much confidence do you have in your organization’s data when you need to make tough decisions? Is the data you’re collecting useable (reliable and complete)? High-risk operations such as food products, nuclear, pharmaceutical, and airlines are keenly aware of the consequences of unreliable data. While other manufacturers don’t necessarily carry the same risk, unreliable […]

  • Elevate Safety In Confined Spaces

    By Ryan Dobbins, CSP, CHST, CIT, CUSP The primary obligation of any industry leader is to ensure a safe and healthy work environment for employees, contractors, and/or service providers who are conducting on-site work. When that work is done in confined or enclosed spaces, hazard recognition becomes more challenging because, by nature, confined spaces generally […]

  • Educate for the Trades

    By Dr. Klaus M. Blache, Univ. of Tennessee Reliability and Maintainability Center (RMC) and Dr. Paul Kirkland, Grants Management, Monroe County Schools, TN Q: When should you start recruiting skilled trades/technicians? A: Many parents today are focused on sending their children to college as a measure of success. I’m all for a university education if […]

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  • Safety laser scanners

    Datalogic safety laser scanners are said to provide a cost-effective way to protect an entire area. This can be a static application, such as a robot cell, or the area surrounding a moving device such as an AGV. The scanners are configurable and feature a 275-deg. viewing window that allows several user-defined zones of protection. […]

  • Safety relay module

    HR6S safety relay module is a microcomputer-based device supporting a wide variety of connections, input devices, and operating modes while adding diagnostic and status monitoring. The module design meets ISO 13849 requirements, with one model for low-risk Safety Category 1 applications, and six models suitable for high-risk Safety Category 3 and 4 processes requiring redundancy. […]

  • Remote monitoring and control

    QCloudServer (QCS IIoT) system for remote monitoring and control applications provides connection to edge-source data, transmits it on-site or to the cloud, aggregates and logs data, performs calculations and analysis as needed, and delivers mobile/web visualization. The software reportedly connects with any user-supplied edge systems supporting MQTT. Quantum Automation Anaheim, CA quantumautomation.com

  • Handheld tachometers

    Three tachometers expand options for gathering condition-monitoring data. Models TKRT 21 and TKRT 31 are digital units, while the TKRT 25M is mechanical. All are compact, have large displays, and can be operated with one hand. The TKRT 21 uses laser or contact measurement to determine rotational and linear speeds, allowing measurement at a safe […]

  • Control valves

    Fisher V280 full-bore trunnion-mounted ball control valves for severe and specialty pressure, flow, and process-control applications, use a drive train to guide the shaft and absorb energy. Available attenuators for liquid and gas process fluids offer a solution for combatting the negative consequences of cavitation, such as vibration, erosion, and noise. Valve body connections are […]

  • Valve manifold

    The VTSA-F-CB (CB for C-Bus) pneumatic valve manifold offers serial communication that enables as many as three safety-shutdown groups per manifold. It is compatible with combinations of pilot air-control valves, soft-start exhaust valves, proportional valves, and vacuum generators. The C-Bus plug-and-play integration simplifies, speeds up, and lowers component costs when installing pneumatic safety circuits, which […]

  • Wireless transmitter

    RANGER is a battery- or solar-powered LTE-M transmitter that powers sensors and transmits their measurements over LTE-M cellular networks using the MQTT/Sparkplug messaging structure to bring data into a SignalFire cloud or an existing platform. New modules add capabilities for interfacing with HART & SDI-12 communication standards. The unit can power 15 HART devices when […]

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