ON THE FLOOR
Each month we talk with maintenance and technology professionals about their views and pressing problems on the factory floor.
- In Search of Highly Skilled Talent
With the U.S. job market picking up and unemployment declining to 4.2% in Sept. 2017 (the lowest rate since Feb. 2001, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Oct. 6, 2017), some regions, sectors, and occupations are experiencing painful skills shortages.
- Why Good Notification Is Important
By Kristina Gordon, DuPont Click here for this month’s SAP Tips and Tricks video. Maintenance work orders in SAP usually always begin with a notification. This is the critical piece of data that identifies what the problem is, who is reporting it, the equipment or area that requires work, and the priority level. A complete […]
- New Exair Website Helps Improve Efficiency, Safety
EXAIR.com is the new digital home of the Exair Corp. Intelligent Compressed Air products for industry. The new design offers a product-selection process that provides descriptions immediately from the homepage. An improved account management and ordering process streamlines access to historical orders, allows one click repeat orders, and eases editing of your information. This website […]
- Emerson’s Plantweb Apps Simplify Asset Health Monitoring
With the demand to implement the Internet of Things, the challenge is knowing where to start. Plants generate more data than ever before without meaningful analytics to guide expert decisions and actions. Plant web provides customers with a scalable, easy path into Industrial IoT (IIoT) benefits that will transform data into information that plant personnel can […]
- Schneider Electric Rolls Out 3 Software Solutions for Food & Beverage Sector
Schneider Electric (Lake Forest, CA) is launching three new software solutions for Food & Beverage manufacturers. Announced at the company’s 2017 Innovation Summit: Software Conference running Oct. 3-5, in San Antonio, the trio is part of Schneider Electric’s ongoing effort to drive operational excellence, efficiency, and performance while enabling regulatory and food safety compliance. The new offerings include: Label Assurance inspects and validates […]
- Wireless E-Stop System
Safe-E-Stop is a wireless e-stop system that integrates with existing hard-wired emergency-stop systems for assembly lines and other production systems. It allows an immediate shut down of a production line without having to run to a hard-wired e-stop station. The system provides continuous status indicators with LED and LCD displays. The Ethernet/IP port on the […]
- Color Sensor Additions
Wenglor color sensors select color objects in automated high-speed processes based on previously defined reference colors. The pulsed white light is insensitive to extraneous light and reportedly makes reliable color recognition possible even at varying scanning distances. Applications include detection of color markings on print marks, labels, and packages; color object sorting; verifying color values […]