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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

  • Operator-control load leveler

    The P3 operator-controlled load leveler is said to increase productivity and improve worker safety in manual pallet loading and unloading operations. The unit can be raised or lowered at the touch of a button to position the top layer of boxes at the most comfortable, easy-to-access height. The unit’s platform has an integrated turntable that […]

  • Point level instruments

    Liquiphant FTL51B and FTL41 vibrating fork (vibronic) level instruments detect the point level of liquids in a range of products. The FTL51B features Industry 4.0 and IIoT capabilities, including access using Bluetooth, automatic proof tests and verification, and commissioning with a mobile device. The instrument can be used in storage tanks, containers, and pipes for […]

  • Temperature transmitter with Bluetooth

    The iTEMP TMT71 and TMT72 single-channel transmitters with reported user-friendly operation use Bluetooth communication to provide accurate and reliable measurements. Using the company’s SmartBlue app, device access is password-protected. The device can be configured without the need to previously install device drivers, since they are already stored in the transmitter’s electronics. Endress+Hauser Greenwood, IN us.endress.com   

  • Selectable voltage power supply

    Gen4 two-outlet selectable-voltage power supply allows users to choose input voltages of 115 VAC or 230 VAC. Two 5-kV stainless-steel output connectors can energize two static eliminators. Applications using as many as two Gen4 super ion air knives, ion air guns, ion air cannons, ionizing bars, or other of the company’s static eliminator products can […]

  • Control valves

    Aeroflow high-performance control valves from Leslie Controls integrate aerodynamic/hydrodynamic flow design, smart-valve technology, and a modular design. Applications include de-superheating systems. Valves provide Cv/size ratios previously not offered in cage-guided control valves while reducing flow turbulence and valve-generated noise. The product features an optional dead-zone inlet/outlet for accurate, stable pressure measurements. The valves also feature […]

  • 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

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