R&M

  • Move To The Proactive Jungle

    Choosing lifestyle over pay has always been a characteristic of millennials and the pandemic has increased this tendency in all other generations. People are far less willing to accept dull, dirty, dark, and dangerous conditions for more pay. In fact, they often take jobs for significantly less pay to have predictable schedules, better hours, and […]

  • Use Accelerometers to Monitor Machines

    Accelerometers, in general, are the most common sensor type for measuring industrial vibrations, but you might wonder why there are so many options. A short and unsatisfying answer is that accelerometers are designed for precise measurements, and that design must account for a lot of variables to ensure the highest level of reliability. It’s important […]

  • Use Remote Monitoring To Promote Safety

    Remote work used to be largely seen as a perk, but the pandemic has made it a norm. Studies now suggest that most of the workforce will work remotely at least several days a month in the coming years. During the pandemic, nearly 60% of maintenance teams operated with skeleton crews on site or primarily […]

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  • Sustain Digital Transformation Momentum

    The connectivity solutions put in place during the pandemic are a strong foundation for improved plant reliability and sustainability well into the future. By Erik Lindhjem, Emerson Businesses needed to adapt more in the past few years than in the decades preceding. The global pandemic rocked the foundation upon which those businesses were built, and […]

  • Smart Maintenance Increases Uptime

    Digital technologies allow teams to take an informed approach to asset maintenance. By Brian Taylor, Rockwell Automation Nine of ten manufacturers now say digital transformation is important to their organization’s success. While digitalization can improve virtually any aspect of your operations—from throughput to quality to sustainability—perhaps no area has more potential for improvement than maintenance.  […]

  • Use Accelerometers to Monitor Machines

    Accelerometers, in general, are the most common sensor type for measuring industrial vibrations, but you might wonder why there are so many options. A short and unsatisfying answer is that accelerometers are designed for precise measurements, and that design must account for a lot of variables to ensure the highest level of reliability. It’s important […]

ON THE FLOOR

Each month we talk with maintenance and technology professionals about their views and pressing problems on the factory floor.

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  • Featured Podcast: Save Energy, Increase Reliability with the Yaskawa FP605

    The Yaskawa FP 605 Variable-Frequency Drive is a powerful, versatile, and thoroughly supported fan and pump controller that will maximize motor operation in virtually any application or industry. In this podcast, Chris Jaszczolt, Pump Drives Product Manager at Yaskawa America Inc., Waukegan, IL (yaskawa.com), describes the many FP605 drive features and the variety of installation […]

  • Smart Maintenance Increases Uptime

    Digital technologies allow teams to take an informed approach to asset maintenance. By Brian Taylor, Rockwell Automation Nine of ten manufacturers now say digital transformation is important to their organization’s success. While digitalization can improve virtually any aspect of your operations—from throughput to quality to sustainability—perhaps no area has more potential for improvement than maintenance.  […]

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  • Motion Amplification: Seeing Is Believing

    By Dr. Klaus M. Blache, Univ. of Tennessee Reliability and Maintainability Center (RMC) and Dan Nower, P.E., RDI Technologies In more than forty years of industrial reliability and maintenance involvement, I’ve seen many predictive technologies go from crude (yet functional) to becoming a game changer. Motion Amplification is one of those. We’ve been using it […]

  • Everybody Factors Into Workplace Safety

    By Sean Silvey, Fluke Corp. Workplace safety is something everyone agrees is important, yet there can be significant differences in the perception of how adequate safety measures are and the optimum amount of emphasis they are given in an organization. According to a recent electrical-safety survey, conducted by Fluke Corp., sentiment that workers are most […]

  • Factor Humans Into Industry 4.0

    From the first industrial revolution, manufacturing has been on a continuous path of inventing and implementing new technologies. Today, mainstream focus is on Manufacturing/Industry 4.0 (digitization and connectivity of everything). How we make and transport product is quickly changing. Additive manufacturing (3D printing) is evolving and now includes 4D printing. From the production of medicine […]

Featured Posts

  • Motion Amplification: Seeing Is Believing

    By Dr. Klaus M. Blache, Univ. of Tennessee Reliability and Maintainability Center (RMC) and Dan Nower, P.E., RDI Technologies In more than forty years of industrial reliability and maintenance involvement, I’ve seen many predictive technologies go from crude (yet functional) to becoming a game changer. Motion Amplification is one of those. We’ve been using it […]

  • Software Enables Demand Response

    System shuts refrigeration systems down in less than 10 min., making it possible to realize peak-period revenue savings. Demand response (DR) programs pay businesses to reduce energy usage during periods of grid stress. The programs have existed in commercial buildings for many years, but industrial facilities have been slow to commit. That’s changing, thanks to […]

Featured Posts

  • Use Accelerometers to Monitor Machines

    Accelerometers, in general, are the most common sensor type for measuring industrial vibrations, but you might wonder why there are so many options. A short and unsatisfying answer is that accelerometers are designed for precise measurements, and that design must account for a lot of variables to ensure the highest level of reliability. It’s important […]

  • Can You Trust Your Sensor Output?

    Follow these tips to obtain accurate data and minimize maintenance costs. By Victor Viola, IMI Sensors, Industrial Division In the past decade, trending vibration parameters has become the most widely used technique for monitoring machinery health, and industrial accelerometers have become the workhorse in the predictive-maintenance market. Systems continue to evolve to accommodate modern manufacturing […]

  • 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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  • Air: The Forgotten Contaminant

    Air exists in oil exists in one of four states and can have a significant impact on lubricants and machines. By Mark Barnes, PhD CMRP, Des-Case Corp. With good reason, much has been made of the impact that contaminants such as particles and moisture have on lubrication and asset reliability. In most machines, particle and […]

  • Lubrication 101: Understanding Viscosity

    By Mark Barnes, PhD CMRP, Des-Case Corp. The Stribeck Curve and the Hersey number are your primary tools for selecting proper lubricant viscosity. For rotating equipment, proper lubricant selection is critical to asset reliability. Done correctly, equipment can live a long and healthy life; done poorly, asset life will be significantly reduced. Of course, original […]

NEW PRODUCTS

  • Featured Product: Liquiphant From Endress + Hauser

    Vibronic instruments are widely used in the process industries. Available from multiple manufacturers, millions of these devices have been installed worldwide over the past few decades. While the basic technology of vibronic instruments hasn’t changed much over the years, today’s instruments now employ technological innovations to bring them into the digital age. Find out how […]

  • SPONSORED: Ultrasonic Bearing Friction, Cavitation, and Leak Detection Sensors – UltraTrak 850s...

    Significant damage to critical assets that lead to unplanned downtime is one of the most expensive hurdles your facility encounters. While there is never a convenient time for this to happen, there are better ways to be prepared and minimize the impact. The UltraTrak 850S family of sensors are versatile modern sensors and transmitters – […]

  • SPONSORED: Connect your pressure measurement to the future

    The Cerabar and Deltabar pressure transmitters offer safety, reliability and IIoT connectivity for your plant. Cerabar and Deltabar can be configured and verified quickly and easily with the SmartBlue app via the Bluetooth® interface. Thanks to Heartbeat Technology, verification is completed in 15 seconds – without interrupting the process. The pressure gauges signal any anomalies […]

  • Featured Product: OnTrack SmartLube

    One of the biggest reoccurring challenges that plants must face is how to extend and optimize their bearing lubrication processes on their more expensive assets. Since 60%-80% of premature bearing failures are due to lubrication-related missteps such as under lubricating, over lubricating, or using the wrong type of grease, it is important to utilize the […]

  • Clamp-On Flowmeter

    Prosonic Flow W 400 brings the company’s Proline series to clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeters. The W 400 clamp-on and I 400 insertion units provide comprehensive process monitoring with reported long-term cost efficiency and extensive diagnostics. These sensors pair with the Proline 400 transmitter to provide a complete flow metering solution. The flowmeter uses a nonintrusive method […]

  • Cables, connectors

    Murrelektronik data cables are high-flex shielded Ethernet Cat5e cables offering various connector styles, including D-coded M12 to M12, M12 to RJ45, RJ45 to RJ45, and M12 to pigtail. The cables are flame-retardant and chemical resistant with a TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) jacket for typical industrial applications. A selection of RJ45 IDC field wireable connectors and adapters […]

  • Turbine flow meter

    TRP Pelton-wheel high-temperature turbine flow meter monitors and controls the cooling and process efficiency of high- and ultra-high-temperature oil used in heating and cooling circuits. Four flow ranges are available across all meter sizes from 0.5 to 1 in. The meters are said to tolerate operating pressure to 290 psi. AW-Lake Oak Creek, WI aw-lake.com

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