• Maximize Learning From Experience

    By Jake Mazulewicz, Ph.D. The more experience you have, the more reliable, efficient, and safe you are, right? Well, not necessarily. Consider a mechanic brazing a pipe, an IT technician updating a network, or a manager hiring a new employee. Each of these experts can learn from their direct, hands-on experiences, but many don’t. In fact, […]

  • Select a Correct Switch

    What’s the difference between unmanaged and managed switches for networking and data-communication processes? Which type is correct for your specific application? A recent blog post from Comtrol, New Brighton, MN (comtrol.com) provided a brief explanation. UNMANAGED SWITCHES An unmanaged switch is less expensive at initial purchase. This type of switch contains a fixed set of rules and […]

  • Set Baselines, Alarms on Mechanical Assets

    With advancements in instrumentation and software, structure-borne ultrasound has become a major player in condition monitoring of rotating equipment. Adrian Messer of UE Systems, Elmsford, NY (uesystems.com), noted that increasing numbers of reliability professionals are adding structure-borne ultrasound to their condition-based maintenance programs. Its value-added capabilities and benefits are substantial (see sidebar below), as is […]

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  • Featured Podcast: Maintenance Shop Talk

    Listen today to the series premiere of “Maintenance Shop Talk,” a new podcast featuring editors of Efficient Plant magazine. In this episode, EP‘s Michelle Segrest welcomes contributor, Asset Management Consultant and Lubrication Expert Ken Bannister and Mobil Serv℠ Lubrication Engineer Corey Patz for an in-depth roundtable discussion on maintenance program efficiency. Click here to listen to […]

  • FEATURED PODCAST: IIoT Technology’s Meaning for Manufacturing

    In the fourth podcast in our series with UL’s Ken Modeste, we discuss IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) technology in general, applying it to legacy equipment, and the game-changing benefits it offers to manufacturing enterprises. The discussion centers on the inherent cybersecurity risks that must be understood/accepted when converting operations to connected systems and the […]

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