Archive | October, 2013

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October 9, 2013
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For On The Floor: Skills Shortage As Real As Ever

By Rick Carter, Executive Editor We’re told to embrace change because it’s coming (like it or not). But for those affected by the U.S. skills shortage, change has so far been a no-show. Consistently ranked a top challenge for industry, the shortage of skilled labor for key manufacturing positions has received a lot of coverage […]

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October 9, 2013
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Automation Insider: Flexible, Scalable Fieldbus For Asset Performance

By Gary Mintchell, Editorial Director Welcome to the fourth column in this series covering industrial networking and how these networks benefit maintenance, reliability and operations functions in a plant. I have previously covered HART Communication Protocol, Foundation Fieldbus and the FDT standard for displaying status and diagnostic information from the field. This month’s topic is […]

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October 9, 2013
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Lubrication Checkup: Single-Point Lubricators

By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor Symptom:   “We’ve begun using a variety of single-point lubricators for remote plant bearings on HVAC rooftop units, cranes, conveyor drives, etc. While our bearing failure rate has decreased drastically, we still experience failures. Is that normal for this type of automated lubricator?” Diagnosis:  Automatic single-point lubrication (SPL) devices are relatively […]

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October 9, 2013
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A Perspective On Electrical Training

By Ron Spataro As your workforce continues to turn over, are your new hires prepared to avoid the hazards of electricity? If there is an electrical accident in your facility, or you are in a high-risk industry, you’ve got pretty good chances of getting a visit from OSHA. In a one-year period, OSHA issued $26,460,902 in penalties […]

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October 9, 2013
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Technology Showcase: Automation Solutions

PLC Boiler Controls  Clayton Compusteam PLC Control Systems are standard on all modulating models of the company’s boilers. They are available in three basic levels (I, II & III) with various options for expanding system capabilities. Compatible with Modbus, Ethernet/IP and Bacnet protocols, these PLC controls increase system reliability by making operating parameters readily available. […]

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