ON THE FLOOR
Each month we talk with maintenance and technology professionals about their views and pressing problems on the factory floor.
- IIoT Produces Plant Efficiency
By Lorraine Howell, Illumiti The Internet of Things (IoT) attracts plenty of media coverage these days, with experts saying it will fundamentally change significant aspects of consumer life and business. We’ve all seen IoT in action in many ways. For example, one study suggests more than 79% of U.S. consumers have at least one smart home […]
- Manage Pump-System Vibration With Sensors
Fluid-handling pumping systems are deployed everywhere in industry. Unfortunately, these workhorses have always been subject to some degree of vibration during operation. In a recent blog post, John Bernet of Fluke Corp., Everett, WA (fluke.com), noted that one of the easiest ways to identify vibration issues in rotating equipment, i.e., pumps, motors, compressors, fans, blowers, […]
- Get Smart With Critical Spares
By Drew D. Troyer, CRE, Contributing Editor One of the toughest issues in managing reliability is that of critical—or insurance—spares. Unlike consumables and ordinary repair items, where bin-level and economic-order-quality (EOQ) processes are effective, critical spares present a challenge in that the assets they support aren’t expected to fail. This means critical-spare decisions are basically risk […]