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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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  • PODCAST: Driving Motors with the Yaskawa U1000

    The Yaskawa U1000 Industrial Matrix motor drive uses a direct AC-to-AC, input-to-output power conversion that inherently provides low input harmonics and full 100% regeneration. The result is a design that provides a high level of efficiency, easy installation, and a high level of reliability. In this podcast, Chris Jaszczolt, Matrix Drive Product Manager at Yaskawa […]

  • PODCAST: Exploring the GA800 Drive

    The GA800 AC Drive, from Yaskawa America Inc., Waukegan, IL (yaskawa.com), is a durable, extremely versatile motor drive that offers simplified programming, installation, and ongoing maintenance in a wide range of environments. Steve Perreault, Chief Product Line Manager of Drives at Yaskawa America, describes the unit’s various features and discusses how it is designed to […]

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  • The Future of Maintenance

    By Dr. Klaus M. Blache, Univ. of Tennessee Reliability and Maintainability Center (RMC)

  • Employee Engagement: Soft Stuff Becomes Important

    By Dr. Klaus M. Blache, Univ. of Tennessee Reliability and Maintainability Center (RMC) The year 2020 and the first half of 2021 were difficult for companies and individuals. According to Gallup, employee engagement in the United States fluctuated more than it has since Gallup began tracking it in 2000. Even though it wasn’t easy, the […]

  • 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 […]

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  • PODCAST: Exploring the GA800 Drive

    The GA800 AC Drive, from Yaskawa America Inc., Waukegan, IL (yaskawa.com), is a durable, extremely versatile motor drive that offers simplified programming, installation, and ongoing maintenance in a wide range of environments. Steve Perreault, Chief Product Line Manager of Drives at Yaskawa America, describes the unit’s various features and discusses how it is designed to […]

  • 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 […]

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