• Sponsored: What You Need to Know About IoT in Manufacturing

    You probably know about the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), but have you seen these concepts impact your daily work? The first thing that comes to mind when you think of IoT may be technology like smart home devices or even machine learning or artificial intelligence (AI), but it also […]

  • Podcast: Culture and Its Impact on People and Operations

    This fourth podcast in a new Efficient Plant series focuses on the changing culture we are experiencing in today’s manufacturing operations. In this conversation with Kevin Clark, vice president of Fluke Digital Systems, we discuss how technology availability has shifted from the workplace to the home; the expectations that creates for today’s workers, particularly younger […]

  • Podcast: Compressors, Lubricants, and Energy Savings

    In this Efficient Plant podcast, John Sander, vice president of research & development at Lubrication Engineers discusses the role of lubricants in air-compressor performance, maintenance, and reliability and how choosing the optimum lubricant and doing proper maintenance can result in notable energy savings. The discussion looks at lubricant function and performance, the importance of using […]

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  • Podcast: Culture and Its Impact on People and Operations

    This fourth podcast in a new Efficient Plant series focuses on the changing culture we are experiencing in today’s manufacturing operations. In this conversation with Kevin Clark, vice president of Fluke Digital Systems, we discuss how technology availability has shifted from the workplace to the home; the expectations that creates for today’s workers, particularly younger […]

  • Podcast: Compressors, Lubricants, and Energy Savings

    In this Efficient Plant podcast, John Sander, vice president of research & development at Lubrication Engineers discusses the role of lubricants in air-compressor performance, maintenance, and reliability and how choosing the optimum lubricant and doing proper maintenance can result in notable energy savings. The discussion looks at lubricant function and performance, the importance of using […]

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  • 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.

  • My Time Is Not Your Time

    By Dr. Klaus M. Blache, Univ. of Tennessee Reliability & Maintainability Center (RMC) I recently returned from a business business trip involving a round-trip flight and a three-night hotel stay. On my way to work, I purchased a breakfast sandwich and coffee. Upon arriving at the office, I contacted the IT department for some assistance […]

  • Manage STO Risk

    By Drew D. Troyer, CRE, Contributing Editor A shutdown, turnaround, or outage (STO) is critical to plant reliability. A smooth one restores the plant’s reliability and enables trouble-free production until the next STO. A rough one sets the stage for a subsequent period of painful reactive maintenance, which can compromise reliability, productivity, quality, even safety […]

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