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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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  • Improve Through Culture Change

    When I visit and/or assess plants, the largest roadblock to improvement that I encounter continues to be a need to improve culture. When enterprises experience success in this area, it usually comes from one of two paths: • communicating a clear, understandable vision that is believable and carries easily identified benefits • dissatisfaction that people […]

  • Find Competitive Advantage With Asset Management

    By Drew D. Troyer, CRE, CMRP, Contributing Editor Most people think of reliable asset management as maintenance. This is natural. How many, though, also think of it as an opportunity to create a competitive advantage? Let’s explore.  Some years back, researchers Robert H. Hayes and Steven C. Wheelwright created a model showing how operational excellence […]

  • Asset Management: Evolution to Revolution

    Q: Asset management is changing rapidly. Where is it all headed? A: Maintenance and reliability concepts have been evolving for a long time with increasing complexity and capabilities. This is further complicated by global competition, the high number of trades/technicians leaving the workforce, changing business dynamics, and the ongoing need to improve culture.

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NEW PRODUCTS

  • Inline corrosion application

    The Plantweb Insight inline corrosion application provides real-time interpretation and analysis of critical data that helps prioritize maintenance. The app delivers field data from Roxar wireless corrosion transmitters, providing insight into instrument health and process corrosivity. It provides alerts on preset thresholds such as severe corrosivity, probe lifespan for electric resistance (ER) probes, and low […]

  • Magnetic Gripping, Clamping Solutions

    Magswitch switchable magnetic gripping and clamping solutions provide single-sided gripping systems with true on-and-off magnetic technology said to significantly simplify and lower costs of complete automation systems in OEM-assembled lines. Applications include robotic welding, pick-and-place, and body-in-white. Components integrate into the company’s electric and pneumatic automated-motion architecture. Festo Islandia, NY festo.us

  • Thermoplastic for Extreme Conditions

    Arlon 3000 XT thermoplastic for extreme conditions in oil and gas applications is said to deliver improved performance over other available materials. In dynamic mechanical analysis, it demonstrated a glass-transition temperature 35-deg. F higher than PEEK, and provided mechanical property retention from 350 F to 600 F. The material is said to withstand all common […]

  • Water Meter

    The Waterflux 3000 water meter is available in sizes from 1 to 24 in. When combined with the IFC 070 battery-powered converter electronics, the resulting model 3070 is an all-in-one meter with available integrated pressure and temperature sensor. The sensor allows the unit to be used for a variety of drinking-water network tasks. Krohne Inc. […]

  • Progressing Cavity Pump

    The NEMO BF progressing cavity pump, with an add-on asynchronous bridge preventing module (aBP-Module) prevents the formation of lumps that can cause bridge building in a sewage sludge-conveyance system. Designed for viscous media, the pump with the module eliminates high-media cohesiveness that can cause repeated entanglements and bridge building. The module uses a hopper extension […]

  • Sonic Imager

    The ii900 sonic imager is said to allow users to quickly and visually pinpoint the location of compressed air, gas, and vacuum-system leaks in minutes. Using an array of microphones combined with SoundSight technology, the handheld unit filters out background noise so users can accurately locate leaks in compressed-air systems, even in the noisiest environments. […]

  • Valves for Hazardous Conditions

    R.G. Laurence on/off control valves for rapid-opening and sealed-closure applications are ATEX-certified and Factory Mutual-approved. The 2500 series two-way, globe-type piston valves are operated by an external lever connecting the lifting action of the linear actuator to the valve piston using a rotary shaft. More force can be leveraged when operating the valve. Direct-, semi-direct-, […]

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