Archive | July, 2013

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2:43 pm
July 26, 2013
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Technology Showcase: Lubrication Solutions

Vibration Analysis & Lubrication: Natural Synergy It’s difficult to argue against the importance of an effective lubrication program or the necessity of vibration analysis. Still, rarely do these two modalities actively work together. Instead, they’re often considered completely separate entities on a reliability flow chart. The good news is that an often-overlooked dynamic synergy can […]

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July 26, 2013
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Capacity Assurance Marketplace

Smart And Analog Valve Positioners Badger Meter says the smart valve positioners in its new Research Control SRD series deliver the type of robust, actionable diagnostics that can help facilities comply with recent fugitive emissions regs. The company has also released a Research Control SRI series of analog positioners: The SRD 960 (explosion-proof) and SRD […]

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6:17 pm
July 19, 2013
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My Take: It’s Hard To Find The Words

By Jane Alexander, Deputy Editor The last few months have taken a tragic toll on too many “teams,” whether deployed in far-off, war-torn lands or working in operations closer to home. Just how many team members have we lost? How many families have suffered? How many dreams have been quashed? It’s hard to count, isn’t […]

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July 19, 2013
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Uptime: Thoughts On Maintenance Leadership And Teamwork

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor “Our division director is deploying a self-managed team approach in maintenance much like a transition two years ago in the production department. Our maintenance workforce is mostly older, with nearly 20 to 30 years of service, and very traditionally craft-oriented. We’re also deploying a ‘maintenance best practice’ approach for job […]

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July 19, 2013
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Boosting Your Bottom Line: Three Cautions Regarding Drives

One common cause of wasted energy—and wasted money—around industrial facilities is the running of motor-driven equipment at full speed, regardless of the load. Installing an adjustable speed drive (ASD) can help by matching motor speed to application requirements. There are, however, some important exceptions. This article explores several situations where installing an ASD may warrant […]

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6:05 pm
July 19, 2013
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Boosting Your Bottom Line: Three Cautions Regarding Drives

One common cause of wasted energy—and wasted money—around industrial facilities is the running of motor-driven equipment at full speed, regardless of the load. Installing an adjustable speed drive (ASD) can help by matching motor speed to application requirements. There are, however, some important exceptions. This article explores several situations where installing an ASD may warrant […]

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6:02 pm
July 19, 2013
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Don’t Procrastinate…Innovate!: ‘If I Only Had Time. . .’

By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor According to William Penn, Founding Fore-father of Pennsylvania, “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” He could have been referring to us: Of all the resources available to the maintenance department, time is the most precious, yet often the most squandered and undervalued.  We have become […]

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July 19, 2013
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Automation Insider: Get The Most From HART

By Gary Mintchell, Contributing Editor If you’re working in a process manufacturing facility, I’m willing to bet that you have instruments containing the HART communication protocol (www.hartcomm.org). This is a fact of life, even if you’re not using it. The most typical communication for transmitters to control is via the 4-20 mA analog signal. This […]

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