• Featured Podcast: Exploring the GA500 AC Microdrive

    The GA500 AC Microdrive, from Yaskawa America Inc., Waukegan, IL (yaskawa.com), is a durable, extremely versatile motor drive designed to simplify programming, installation, and ongoing use in a wide range of environments. Edward Tom, GA500 AC Microdrive Product Manager, describes the unit’s various features and discusses how it is designed to be an effective, versatile […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • Improve Remote Collaboration

    Companies worldwide distributed their workforces when the pandemic hit, ditching office space for the flexibility of working from home or anywhere else. There are numerous benefits of remote work, but the lack of physical structure can take its toll on employees who thrive in an in-person setting. According to Corey Hulen, CTO at Mattermost, Palo […]

  • Grease Spec Helps Protect Assets

    Most industrial-grease applications require more performance than can be provided by the wide range of general-purpose greases available on the market. The challenge in identifying and manufacturing high-performance greases is that, until now, no independent entity had established a performance specification. In August 2019, NLGI, formerly known as the National Lubricating Grease Institute, Liberty, MO […]

  • Tighten Cybersecurity With These Five Tips

    Effective cybersecurity is not a set-it-and-forget-it function. Everyone at every level must be diligent at following best practices internally and wary of outside interactions. To help with your efforts to maintain a high level of cybersecurity, here are some guidelines from a blog post provided by Swift Systems Inc., Frederick, MD (swiftsystems.com), a provider of […]

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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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Metrics Key To Sustainable Success

    Use the SMART approach to establish KPIs that will improve your lubrication practices. By Mark Barnes, PhD, CMRP, Des-Case Corp. Lord Kelvin, famed for his 19th century pioneering work in thermodynamics and electrical engineering, is reputed to have said, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” In today’s data-driven world, that statement is […]

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

Featured Posts

  • Featured Podcast: Exploring the GA500 AC Microdrive

    The GA500 AC Microdrive, from Yaskawa America Inc., Waukegan, IL (yaskawa.com), is a durable, extremely versatile motor drive designed to simplify programming, installation, and ongoing use in a wide range of environments. Edward Tom, GA500 AC Microdrive Product Manager, describes the unit’s various features and discusses how it is designed to be an effective, versatile […]

  • 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 […]

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  • TBM Can’t Stand Alone

    Q: What’s wrong with time-based maintenance? A: Time-based maintenance (TBM) is running out of time. Maintenance thinking has gone through many changes since the 1978 Nolan and Heap report for United Airlines. The report compiled information on the conditional probability of failure versus operating age for numerous electrical and mechanical airline-industry components. Its findings challenged […]

  • Line of Site Clarity Drives Engagement

    Line-of-sight (LoS) has been called goal cascading and business-plan deployment. Most companies post missions and goals on their walls, but how many employees below top leadership understand and can explain them, including what they mean and how to achieve them? If your employees are not clear on what they can/should do to support those goals […]

  • View Training As an Investment

    By Ryan Dobbins, CSP, CHST, CIT, CUSP Whether you’re the highest ranking official or the lowest level technician in an organization, everyone needs training to be successful. Training can provide important information for safety and health, production, or simply operational tasks. Unfortunately, many organizations want training completed as quickly as possible to cut down on […]

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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 […]

  • 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 […]

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NEW PRODUCTS

  • 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 […]

  • Power converters

    The company has partnered with Yaskawa America to incorporate their VFD and digital single-phase converters within Single Phase engineered power systems to use application-specific parameters to deliver three-phase power from a single-phase utility. The partnership provides an IEEE 519-compliant product with a reported total harmonic distortion of less than 10%. Single Phase Power Solutions Cincinnati […]

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