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August 11, 2017  

Combination of process and monitoring data can mitigate asset shutdowns

Further digitalization of established technologies such as condition monitoring and smart sensors could have a revolutionary effect on manufacturing, says Bernie van Leeuwen, Director Product Management Digitalization at SKF.

August 2, 2017  

One-stop motor or transformer repair shop for power stations

Generation facilities speed up repairs and reduce costs by working with a single source for the full gamut of power generation equipment repairs, from the mechanical to digital elements in industrial control systems.

August 2, 2017  

Check, Replace, Renew – A look inside a chemical plant’s turnaround activity

An on-site visit at a Dow turnaround in a chemical plant in Böhlen, Germany, reveals the complexities of a well-planned turnaround.

August 1, 2017  

Revisiting GHS label compliance one year after OSHA’s deadline

One year after OSHA’s June 1, 2016 Globally Harmonized

July 28, 2017  

Acquiring skills for future automated processes

The shift to automated processes brings mixed blessings. Savings and efficiencies are offset by new challenges, including skills training and new product specifications.

July 19, 2017  

The next phase in industrial dust explosion protection

For a wide range of facilities that manufacture, process,

July 7, 2017  

Track progress by keeping a close eye on production rates and yield

A SCADA solution is intended as a platform for continuous improvement. It eliminates the lag between the collection of data and the availability of that information to inform decision-making.

July 3, 2017  

Benefits of rental equipment

Dayton, Ohio – A common problem among growing companies

July 2, 2017  

A laser alignment trainer passes along wisdom on skilling up, giving back

A laser alignment trainer joins a trade school advisory board and shares his experience with the next generation.

June 27, 2017  

Corrosion-resistant plastic cooling towers cut costs for sintering operations

When it comes to process cooling, few industries rely

June 23, 2017  

A maintenance manager builds her risk-management skills

Suzane Greeman is a seasoned maintenance professional who set out to master asset management and learned how to apply risk mitigation to maintenance.

June 13, 2017  

Paving the way forward for digital maintenance

Further digitalization of established technologies such as condition monitoring and smart sensors could have a revolutionary effect on manufacturing, says Bernie van Leeuwen, Director Product Management Digitalization at SKF.

June 9, 2017  

Work Orders – Make sense of maintenance, storeroom and purchasing reports

Knowing the requirements and creating the right reports from the get-go will allow maintainers to perform relevant tasks.

May 15, 2017  

Showstoppers – IFPE 2017 post-show roundup

Fluid power innovations at IFPE confirmed that keeping pace with technology is critical for the industry’s success.

April 28, 2017  

An emergency response plan speeds up return to normal operations

As the new wildfire season began on March 1,

April 21, 2017  

Abrasive blasting operation improves safety with heavy duty vacuuming system

Replacing manual removal of steel shot with vacuuming to handle ergonomic concern reduces unscheduled downtime by 80 per cent, manpower by more than 50 per cent and provides more efficient maintenance of cleaner environment.

April 17, 2017  

High Rollers – large bearings make their rounds

In a quest to find the oldest bearing, we

April 17, 2017  

What’s Up Doug? Where did that bearing come from?

With globalization, traditional perceptions of what is a good

April 3, 2017  

Optimizing reliability centered maintenance

Reliability Centered Maintenance methods compliant with the SAE standard JA-1011 (“Evaluation Criteria for RCM Processes”) all have common features – they must, or they won’t comply with the standard. Those requirements are “minimum” requirements, as they are with any standard. RCM-R complies. But what makes it different and why?

March 31, 2017  

IIoT and RCM3: Digital Transformation spawns new approach to Reliability Centered Maintenance

Reliability centered maintenance (RCM) is a rigorous optimization process for asset-intensive organizations. Typically, assets covered by an RCM initiative are mission critical because of the requirements for health, safety and the environment (HSE), but also because of the financial impacts of downtime.

March 23, 2017  

What maintenance professionals should know about tribology

The study of friction, wear, and lubrication – otherwise

March 17, 2017  

Test & Rewind – Electric motor maintenance

Regular inspections, maintenance and finding the right shop to repair critical motors will reduce costly, unplanned shutdowns.

March 17, 2017  

What’s Up Doug? Prevention of electrical damage in variable frequency drive motors

When I first joined the industry in 1987, bearing

March 17, 2017  

Roll-In replacement circuit breakers provide refurbishment options that minimize downtime

Aging electrical power distribution systems often contain legacy switchgear

March 3, 2017  

Deep Machine Learning – how smart solutions lower energy costs and boost safety

An integrated refrigeration and controls solutions leader paves the way for energy savings through award-winning analytics implementations.

March 1, 2017  

Book Review – Physical Asset Management

Reading Dharmen Dhaliah’s book, Physical Asset Management: An Organizational

March 1, 2017  

Three disruptive technologies driving change in enterprise asset management

Businesses in every industry are currently undergoing massive digital transformation, creating opportunities to leverage emerging technologies and enable innovative approaches to business practices. But these are not just flash-in-the-pan technologies – they are long-term shifts in the way we use technology, requiring a strategic approach if they are to provide bottom line benefits.

February 17, 2017  

Intelligent motors and actuators

“Many actuators are what might be termed ‘dumb,’ meaning they only do one thing and have no means by which they can be managed and operated in more subtle ways.” —Tom Venetis

February 17, 2017  

Embracing a systems philosophy in energy efficiency

In the united effort to preserve global security of

February 15, 2017  

Anticipate failure through condition monitoring

“In most cases we won’t be monitoring our equipment continuously. We’ll do it periodically on a fixed frequency – say once per shift, daily, weekly or monthly. How do we choose the frequency? This is where condition monitoring involves a bit of informed guesswork.” —James Reyes-Picknell