• 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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Featured Posts

  • 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 […]

ON THE FLOOR

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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  • 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 […]

  • Schedule 100% Of Available Hours

    By Dr. Klaus M. Blache, Univ. of Tennessee Reliability and Maintainability Center (RMC) and Jeff Shiver, People and Processes Inc. Q: Is your planning and scheduling ready-fire-aim? A: Jeff Shiver expounds on this pivotal question. His comments are based on numerous years of implementation experience in this area: Current resources indicate that manufacturers have been […]

  • Standardize Before Improving

    When you make changes (anticipated improvements) in an unstable process, you introduce chaos. While living in the village of Dimondale, MI (suburb of Lansing), a small roundabout was constructed at a three-way, out-of-the-way intersection. It was more like a small bump in the road at first. It just showed up and as I drove by […]

Featured Posts

  • 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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  • SPONSORED: 5 Tips to Protect Equipment and Prevent Downtime

    By Erin Bala, director of brand management and innovation at WD-40 Company  Unscheduled downtime due to equipment failure means loss of productivity, increased risk and negative impacts on the bottom line – but it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, there are simple and inexpensive ways to protect equipment, extend equipment life and […]

  • Precision Lubrication Applies To Spares

    How you lubricate and store critical spares determines whether you’ll realize maximum service life. By Mark Barnes, PhD, CMRP, Des-Case Corp. Having an inventory of spare parts and consumables is critical to success for asset-intensive industries. From pipes to valves, hoses, and fittings, most storerooms are packed with commonly used components. For larger rotating and […]

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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