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December 14, 2014
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Optimize Machine Health with Precision Lubrication

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By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor

Whether you call it world-class, best-practice or use the currently popular term—precision—the procedure is the same when it comes to lubrication: using the right lubricant for your equipment, in the right amount and at the right frequency. And it requires that lubricant condition be managed.

Jarrod Potteiger of Des-Case explains that the precision approach also excludes two common lubrication practices: the default use of high-quality lubricants and routine over-lubrication. Many steps are required to get a significant benefit from high-performance lubricants in most machines, and performing lubrication tasks at intervals shorter than those required is a waste of time and resources at best, and can lead to component failure at worst. Precision lubrication requires that lubrication PMs be rationalized and optimized to ensure that lubricant conditions and amounts will provide the most effective lubrication. Potteiger offers the following advice on developing and maintaining successful precision-lubrication programs.

Lubricant specs

Program success starts with having the right lubricant—oil and/or grease—in every component. This is probably the simplest precision-lubrication aspect to achieve, yet is rarely done right. Lubricants are often specified incorrectly due to initial misinterpretation of OEM specs or, over time, due to a misdiagnosed problem or misplaced perception of benefit. Whatever the reason, Potteiger says, it’s usually prudent to go through each lube point in a facility and verify or correct the lube specs if it has not been done recently. When specifying lubricants, however, he adds that it is important to not just create a proper spec, but to define the methods by which decisions are made. Doing so eliminates future questions about the accuracy of the selection.

With regard to accuracy, Potteiger notes that while it’s not uncommon for machines to have the wrong oil in them, grease is a different story. As he describes the situation, “Most maintenance professionals don’t really understand grease.” Rather, they tend to characterize different greases by the type of thickener they use or by vague terms such as “hi-temp.”

Grease, though, is actually just thickened lubricating oil. The purpose of the thickener is to hold the lubricating oil in place (like a sponge)—not to provide lubrication. For the most part, grease specification should use the same processes as oil, but with additional considerations.

According to Potteiger, the misunderstanding of grease runs so deep that many OEMs don’t provide adequate descriptions for grease specification. In a precision-lubrication program, each lubricated component should have a generic lube spec that identifies viscosity grade, base oil type and the proper additive system. Grease-lubricated components should have the same, and should include thickener type and NLGI grade.

Application amount and frequency

With the proper lubricant installed in every application, the rest of a precision-lubrication program is designed to ensure the proper condition of those lubricants. Lubricant condition has two components: 1) that the lubricant be suitably free of contaminants; and 2) that the lubricant be in acceptable condition from a chemical and performance standpoint. For oil, this means maintaining the proper oil level and replacing it at the right frequency. For grease, it means installing the correct amount initially, then replenishing with the correct amount at the right frequency going forward.

Oil-fill levels and replacement frequencies are typically pretty straightforward, Potteiger says. “OEM instructions usually cover this adequately.” Correct oil levels, however, can vary for similar components, based on factors such as their orientation or operating speed. OEM oil-level instructions should be reviewed carefully to determine that there is either a single, correct level or that the correct option has been chosen if there is more than one.

Oil-replacement frequencies can also vary. Typical recommendations are conservative because, to be on the safe side, the OEM must recommend for harsh operating conditions. Actual, useful oil service life, however, can vary dramatically. Factors such as high operating temperatures, wear debris, moisture and sludge can shorten oil life. In a given application, the severity of these items, or lack thereof, can alter useful service life by an order of magnitude. Nonetheless, most oil-change frequencies for similar equipment can fit into neat periods, such as three, six or 12 months, and should only be scrutinized when severe conditions exist. Use of oil analysis allows for oil to be replaced based on actual conditions, which, in turn, removes guesswork.

As with grease selection, grease application amounts and frequencies are often wrong. For grease-lubricated bearings, Potteiger says, the most common mistake is “too much grease too often.” This is especially true for electric motors. “The real problem,” he explains, “is that most people don’t realize they have a problem.” When the problem is recognized, correcting it is a simple, though time-consuming process that can depend on tapping several resources for information, including bearing manufacturers, electric-motor manufacturers and lubrication textbooks, among others.

To determine the proper initial fill amounts and replenishment rates for grease-lubricated bearings, one needs to know the bearing sizes, speeds and types. Secondary considerations such as temperature, vibration, contamination and bearing orientation are also important to know for fine-tuning default values. Whichever combination of factors is chosen, it is essential to use a consistent source for both amount and frequency determination.

Contamination control

While it’s a given that use of the correct lubricants—and ensuring that they are in suitable chemical condition—is a pre-requisite for success, Potteiger notes that big (i.e., positive) changes in the service-life of components can be achieved through the aggressive management of contamination. In most cases, he notes, the amount of particle contamination in oil is the single biggest factor that determines how long a lubricated component will last. “Many maintenance professionals,” he says, “don’t realize they have a problem with lubrication-related failures because they don’t properly characterize the failure or root cause. Most equipment failures are, in fact, lubrication-related.”

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The normal way in which most machines fail is to “wear out,” but wear rates can be controlled, and the primary purpose of lubrication is to do just that. Studies show that approximately half of lost machine life is due to mechanical wear—and, as shown in Fig. 1, approximately 80% of mechanical wear is caused by particle contamination in the oil. It therefore stands to reason that when particle contamination is reduced, wears rates go down and component service life goes up.

Effectively controlling contamination requires, among other things, a good strategy. Potteiger says that while implementing a contamination-control policy may take time and effort, developing the strategy is rather simple:

Step 1: Identify goals in the form of target-lubricant cleanliness and moisture limits for different types of machinery.

Step 2: Identify all potential measures to improve cleanliness.

Step 3: Verify the effectiveness of implemented measures with oil analysis.

The two basic approaches to controlling lubricant contamination are exclusion and remediation. Of these, contamination exclusion is typically the least costly and should always be the first—and sometimes only—measure taken. Improvements to contamination removal capabilities should be considered when exclusion measures prove inadequate.

Contamination exclusion

Preventing contamination in lubricated equipment starts with new oil. For several reasons, new oil from drums or bulk deliveries usually contains anywhere from 2 to 20 times the amount of particles that is acceptable for most lubricated equipment. This is not an indictment of lubricant suppliers, but a fact that must be addressed before cleanliness targets in machinery can be met.

In general, Potteiger says, it’s good practice to maintain the cleanliness of new oil at least two ISO codes cleaner than the targets for in-service oil. This will allow modest amounts of contamination to be introduced during transfer and application while still meeting the targets. Unfortunately, typical handling methods will add a lot more than a modest amount of contamination. Thus, for the average plant, lubricant-handling methods and equipment will need to be revised and upgraded to ensure oil cleanliness.

For small sumps that are filled from oil-cans, transfer containers should be made of plastic, sealed, marked for product type and maintained in a clean state. The use of funnels should be avoided when possible and separate handling equipment should be maintained for different lubricants. The simplest and most effective way to ensure that new oil additions are clean is to simply filter it as it is applied using portable filtration equipment. To do this, the reservoirs must be fitted with the proper fittings to effectively attach the transfer equipment.

Another effective and essential technique for preventing contamination is to stop airborne contaminants from entering machine reservoirs during service. Most reservoirs exchange air with the ambient environment regularly, and if that air is not filtered it can be a major source of contamination for both particles and moisture. “The good news,” Potteiger says, “is that this is one of the easiest problems to address through good headspace management.”

Headspace management is the process of managing the condition of the air that enters a sump when oil level is lowered or air pressure drops when the temperature goes down. Replacing typical OEM breathers with high-quality desiccant breathers will strip particles and moisture from the air as it enters the sump to a point where contamination is negligible. Other methods include purging reservoirs with clean, dry air or nitrogen to maintain positive pressure in the headspace, or using expansion chambers that effectively capture and re-circulate the air in the headspace.

For many common applications, such as small gearboxes and process pumps, contamination exclusion is the only practical approach. This makes good application practices and headspace management all the more crucial.

Contamination removal

Sometimes contamination exclusion is not enough. High ingression rates and/or sensitivity to contamination in some machines like hydraulics and those with circulating lube systems require improvements in contamination-removal capabilities as well. “When this is necessary,” Potteiger says, “the first step is to review existing filtration to see if the filters can be upgraded in terms of pore size, capture-efficiency or other factor.” If this is not the case, or if filter upgrades don’t achieve the desired results, offline filtration may be the best option.

Offline filtration systems, commonly referred to as kidney loops, offer several advantages over active filters in the oil-circulation system. Offline filtration is cost-effective because the kidney loop functions independently and is not bound by the flow rate and pressure requirements of the active circulating system. These systems also allow the use of alternative filter media and types such as depth media, electro-static, water-stripping and others that can remove more than just hard particles.

For critical applications where moisture contamination cannot be prevented, water-removal options include vacuum dehydrators, centrifuges, coalescing filters and water-absorbing filters. Vacuum dehydrators in particular are extremely effective at removing water from lube systems to the point that its presence is insignificant. Additionally, most vac systems include high-efficiency mechanical filters to remove particles, which makes them an excellent choice for contamination removal in any application where the cost can be justified.

Condition monitoring

Although most plants use oil analysis in some fashion, Potteiger believes few reap its full benefit. He views effective oil analysis as “the perfect condition-monitoring technology for proactive maintenance” because it can positively identify and quantify the top three root causes of machine failure: particle contamination, moisture contamination and use of the wrong (or degraded) lubricant.

Oil analysis is not difficult, Potteiger says. “Even a novice can easily learn to use viscosity and elemental analysis to verify oil for use in a machine.” Tests such as acid number, FTIR and QSA can be used to determine if the oil is suitable for use or has degraded, while particle counts and moisture concentrations require no deciphering at all. “Good oil analysis,” he continues, “depends on good oil-sampling practices, data analysis and data management, and with the proper education all of these things can be easily achieved.”

Summary

Potteiger sums up precision lubrication as a fundamental component of any good reliability program. Although it can take time to transform an average program into a great one, he reminds end-users that the fundamentals are simple: “Use the right lubricant, in the right amount, at the right frequency, maintain the lubricant’s condition with aggressive contamination control and verify condition with effective oil analysis.”

Jarrod Potteiger, Sr., is Technical Consultant/Manager–Training Services for Des-Case Corp. (descase.com).

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8:41 pm
December 14, 2014
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The State of the Lubrication Nation

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While our in-depth study of lubrication practices in North American industries provides some good news, it also reveals much room for improvement.

Lubrication plays a significant role in the success of any industrial plant or facility that operates moving equipment. With the “wheels of industry” literally relying on lubricant film mere microns in thickness, it is essential to recognize the need for good lubrication practice and implement a quality lubrication-management program.

As noted this month in the “From Our Perspective” column, thanks to studies performed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Dr. Ernest Rabinowicz, we know that up to 70% of all moving equipment failures (loss of bearing surface usefulness) are caused by mechanical wear and corrosion, which can be directly and/or indirectly attributed to ineffective lubrication practices. Both of these practices, we also know, are entirely preventable with Good Lubrication Practices (GLP).

In practical terms, the impact of lubrication is astounding. GLP translates into asset availability, reliability, uptime, throughput, energy savings, carbon footprint reduction and profit. The Rabinowicz law states that “every year, 6% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is lost through mechanical wear.” Applying Rabinowicz’s law to the 2014 estimated third-quarter U.S. GDP of $17.5 trillion, mechanical wear losses could amount to more than $1 trillion this year!

Determining North America’s ‘State of Lubrication’

To benchmark the current state of lubrication in North America, compared to accepted industry lubrication best practices, we created a comprehensive 37-question “State of the Nation’s Lubrication Practices” study and invited Lubrication Technology’s virtual subscribers to respond. To date, we have received 112 complete responses to this detailed survey, all from North America-based lubrication professionals.

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As depicted in Fig. 1, all major Industry types are represented, with Manufacturing as the largest sector at 32%. This is followed by the combined Natural Resources sector at 18% and the Automotive sector at 9%. The combined Food and Drug sector make up an additional 9%, with the Facility Management sector next at 8% and residual industries (the Other/Fleet sector) making up the final 24%.

Scorecard

The answers to all 37 questions were tabulated and averaged for all industry type sectors collectively, and for each specific industry sector, and scored out of 100. Table I shows how the nation scored on its lubrication practices.

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At an overall score of 43, these North American industry sectors have much room to improve on their lubrication practices. By a significant margin, the Natural Resource sector, with a score of 54%, leads the way. The good news is that both the individual answers and score levels demonstrate that lubrication awareness has been established.

System Review (Fig. 2)

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Individual questions in the survey are grouped into six lubrication-management program elements to enable the reader to understand specific areas requiring improvement. These elements are: System Review, Lubrication Personnel, Work Management, Contamination Control, Application Engineering and Safety. The first, System Review, asks if the company has had its lubrication practices professionally audited in the last three years. Professional audits open lubrication methods, processes and procedures to review by an independent resource skilled in developing best-practice lubrication programs so a customized improvement action plan can be developed.

Figure 2 shows that only 21% all sectors had been audited in the last three years. The most-audited sectors seem to be Automotive and Natural Resources, with 30% of both groups having been audited. The least audited is the Other sector, at 11%.

Another System Review component is the professional lubricant-consolidation exercise/program in which all lubricants on site are documented and analyzed to determine their necessity. This exercise is designed to consolidate and minimize the number of required lubricant SKUs, thereby reducing carrying and purchase costs, storage real estate, and the chance of causing lubricant cross-contamination through use of the wrong lubricant. This usually occurs just after or as part of the audit and, in this case, figures came out the same as those who say they were recently audited, with just 21% of all sectors performing a lubricant-consolidation exercise.

Lubrication Personnel (Fig. 3)

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Only 28% of all sectors combined use dedicated lubrication personnel, and only 12% of all sectors combined use only professionally certified (by ICML, STLE or ISO) lubrication personnel to administer their programs. Again, the Resources sector leads with 30% of this group using only professionally certified lubrication personnel. The Facilities sector comes in second with 20%. Manufacturing ranks the lowest: Only 1% of this sector’s lubrication personnel are professionally certified.

Certified and dedicated lubrication personnel appear to have made a difference with the Resource sector’s overall results.

Work Management (Fig. 4)

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Surprisingly, only 39% of respondents say they report all lubrication-related instances of machine failure or downtime. This may explain why only 42% of lubrication work is formally managed and tracked in a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) on a work order and, of those, only 28% are specifically typed (designated) as lubrication work orders for reporting purposes.

Lubrication work orders are only effective if the work actually gets scheduled and completed in a timely manner. Only 28% of all respondents say they complete their lubrication work within 48 hours of WO issue and 29% of respondents review their lubrication PMs for task and schedule effectiveness on an annual basis.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), designed to promote work consistency, are in use across all sectors for lubricants. According to the survey, SOPs are used at receiving by 42%; for manual bearing lubrication by 31%; for rotating lubricant stocks by 30%; and are used when taking oil samples for testing purposes by 26%. Again, the Resource sector is the predominant user of SOPs.

Oil analysis is used by 30% of respondents to determine oil-change intervals based on oil condition, and 43% say they perform regular quarterly (or less) cleaning and system checks on their automated lubricant-delivery systems.

Contamination Control (Fig. 5)

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Contamination control is arguably one the most critical aspects of lubrication management. Water, dirt and air all play their part in contaminating and destroying a bearing surface area and, unfortunately, much of it is introduced during the maintenance process.

From new, oil is relatively dirty and must be received correctly and filtered prior to use. Only 22% of all sectors have a lubricant cleanliness agreement with their oil suppliers. More than half—53%—say they do NOT reseal their bulk containers once opened to draw lubricant, and only 22% pre-filter their bulk oil prior to use. There are major opportunities for improvement in this area.

The better news is that 51% of all sectors use dedicated transfer equipment to eliminate cross contamination of lubricants, and 55% of all sectors use transfer equipment with closeable lids and spouts. It was great to see that 75% of all sectors store their lubricants in dedicated areas protected from the outside elements, and encouraging to see 61% of respondents always change/clean their filters when an oil change is performed.

Application Engineering (Fig. 6)

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A crucial part of GLP is documenting all bearing-point locations and types, so their lubricant requirements can be calculated for application purposes and to help avoid over-lubrication of bearing(s).

Although a crucial part of the lubrication program, the process of locating lubrication points and identifying lubrication types is performed by only 36% of respondents. The Manufacturing sector takes the lead here with 57%, and the Automotive and Resource sectors are right behind with 55% and 53%, respectively. Unfortunately, only 45% of respondents say they have schematics or drawings for their lube systems, and only 9% have lubricant requirement sheets for every bearing in the plant.

The ramifications of the above figures are reflected in the 60% of respondents who say they experience grease leakage from bearings on the floor, and the 41% who experience noisy bearings, hallmarks of ineffective lubrication practices.

There appears to still be a lot of manual greasing performed, yet only 41% of respondents use only one grease-gun type in their plant to eliminate the delivery and pressure issues that arise when different grease-gun types are used. Furthermore, only 6% of respondents measure and label their grease-gun output in cc/cu.in to enable engineered delivery to the bearing point, which is stated on only 20% of all greasing work orders.

Safety (Fig. 7)

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Almost every survey respondent indicated that his or her company is concerned about workforce safety. For example, 90% say they have easy access to lubricant Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). Additionally, 87% of all sectors operate a formal spill program, and 76% operating a formal waste-lubricant program. This is good news for personal safety and the environment!

Follow-up

Many of our study’s respondents are aware of the elements required to achieve a successful best-practice lubrication-management program and reap the benefits such programs offer and deliver. In upcoming issues of Lubrication Technology, we will address these issues in greater depth and discuss how to build on the foundation that many readers may already have in place at their facilities. The goal, regardless of sector, is to move all industries toward GLP.

Contributing Editor Ken Bannister of ENGTECH Industries, Inc., is a Lubrication Management Specialist and author of Lubrication for Industry (Industrial Press), and the 28th Edition Machinery’s Handbook Lubrication section (Industrial Press). He can be reached at 519-469 9173 or kbannister@engtechindustries.com.

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9:41 pm
December 12, 2014
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Emerson Smart Wireless Navigator Streamlines Management of Large and/or Expanding Wireless Deployments at Sites

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Emerson Process Management (Emerson) has introduced the Smart Wireless Navigator, a new software platform that lets users with large wireless deployments maximize the power of their networks. This new offering brings together Smart Wireless tools for planning, managing and maintaining networks and organizes them along with network and device diagnostics and data in an intuitive interface that streamlines the Smart Wireless experience. According to Emerson, at sites with large and/or expanding wireless deployments, the Smart Wireless Navigator’s single software platform makes it easier for users to manage their networks across functional groups and, in turn, deliver actionable information to people who need it.

Bob Karschnia, Vice President of Wireless at Emerson, notes that wireless technology is as scalable as it is powerful. “The Smart Wireless Navigator,” he says, “is a comprehensive tool that helps users realize the value of wireless across the range of reliability, safety, environmental accountability and process performance. It delivers value throughout the cycle of engineering, installation, operation and maintenance.”

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8:13 pm
December 11, 2014
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SKF Introduces Sensor Bearing with EMC Filter to Protect Against Power Surge

SKF Sensor Bearing w_3C510FA newly introduced SKF sensor bearing equipped with an electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) filter offers ideal protection against potential damage to the bearing’s sensitive electronics from power surges or electric discharges, most notably in AC electric motor applications. The EMC filter is integrated in-line with the sensor bearing’s cable to protect the Hall sensor and other electronics used in the bearing and ultimately can help improve bearing reliability and service life.

The new sensor bearing with EMC filter is one in a growing family of compact SKF sensor bearing solutions providing a variety of monitoring capabilities for applications across many industries. Depending on application, SKF sensor bearings can measure a range of operating conditions, such as speed, position, and direction of a shaft, among others.

All SKF sensor bearings uniquely serve as ready-to-mount, plug-and-play units incorporating a shielded sensor and versatile deep groove ball bearing. The sensor body, impulse ring, and bearing are mechanically attached to each other to form an integral unit retaining tight tolerances within the bearing.

SKF sensor bearings can deliver significant benefits before and after installation. Their integrated design helps reduce development times and costs associated with manufacturing and assembly; a reduced footprint for the all-in-one units can allow for downsizing and weight reductions; and robust and durable components and materials promote sensor bearing unit performance over time.

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8:04 pm
December 11, 2014
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GTI Unveils Vibration Documentation Solution for iPad

VibeRMS LT_1GTI Predictive Technology, Inc., creators of the iPad Vibration Analyzer, is proud to unveil VibeRMS LT – the complete, affordable condition documentation solution for iPad.

Developed for the iPad, VibeRMS LT is a single channel vibration documentation tool. Users can view live vibration data (velocity, acceleration, displacement) and create reports at the site on the iPad. Reports include machine data, spectrum data, alerts and alarms, user notes and integrated photos from the iPad.

The Build Machine function includes templates for common machine types (motors, pumps, fans) and the ability to combine machine types to create machine train templates. Machine templates can also be built on-site using a photograph of the machine. Measurement points are added by the user to complete the template.

VibeRMS takes advantage many of the functions included in the iPad like camera functions, touch screen, and instant e-mail of reports. It includes iPad Mini2, VibeRMS Software, accelerometer with magnet base and industrial case.

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8:52 pm
December 10, 2014
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Emerson Network Power Grows On-Site 24/7 Battery-Support Offering in U.S. with Expanded Capabilities and Mobile Service Units

Emerson Network Power (Emerson) has announced a number of expanded battery services delivered by its Electrical Reliability Services business. While the company has provided battery services to data-center, utility and industrial operations for decades, its recently expanded capabilities are said to offer customers a more comprehensive battery-management solution for protecting their emergency power systems.

The expanded services include capacity and load testing, battery charger maintenance, battery replacement and regular preventive maintenance programs. To help provide these capabilities to customers locally on a 24/7 basis, Emerson has invested in new Mobile DC Power Services units located strategically across the United States. These custom-engineered units allow DC-system maintenance to be performed on site with all the necessary power and safety equipment conveniently located in the mobile unit, thus ensuring a reliable temporary power source in conducting required system maintenance.

“Our new mobile units add a unique offering to our already robust line of battery services,” says Tom Nation, Vice President and General Manager for Emerson Network Power’s Electrical Reliability Services. “They are packed with state-of-the-art technology that allows for the most accurate, repeatable and safe DC system maintenance, and they ensure there is no downtime or interruption to our customers’ businesses.”

According to the company, in addition to continuous operation, customers who take advantage of the expanded service offering will also see increased battery life and backup time; maximum system reliability; improved compliance with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); and reduced overall maintenance costs.

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7:42 pm
December 10, 2014
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Raj Batra, President of Siemens Digital Factory Business, Elected to NEMA Board of Governors

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Raj Batra, President, Siemens Digital Factory

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has elected Raj Batra, President of Digital Factory for Siemens USA, to serve on its Board of Governors. Batra will serve a two-year term expiring in 2016.

The Digital Factory division of Siemens offers a comprehensive portfolio of seamlessly integrated hardware, software and technology-based services in order to support manufacturing companies worldwide in enhancing the flexibility and efficiency of their manufacturing processes and reducing the time to market of their products.

Since joining Siemens in 1993, Batra has held a variety of high-level management and sales positions including President of Industry Automation; VP & GM of the Automation and Motion Division; and Director of the company’s Automotive and Aerospace Businesses.  Prior to Siemens, he worked as a sales engineer and product manager developing automation solutions for the discrete and process industries. Batra holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University in Michigan, and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

About NEMA
Headquartered in Rosslyn, VA, NEMA is an association of electrical equipment and medical-imaging manufacturers that was founded in 1926. It’s nearly 400 member companies produce a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems and medical-diagnostic systems. According to the association, U.S. shipments for electro-industry products exceed $100 billion annually.

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7:04 pm
December 10, 2014
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AVnu Alliance’s Industrial Focus to Open New Paths Across the Industrial Internet

AVnu Alliance (Alliance), the industry consortium driving open standards-based deterministic networking through certification, has announced the creation of a new Industrial market segment. The move appears to be based, in part, on standard Ethernet’s expanded range, functionality and application with the evolution of the Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standard into Time Sensitive Networking (TSN).  Those new TSN capabilities, in turn, provide the industrial community with the ability to use standard Ethernet to support highly reliable and precise synchronized networking appropriate for industrial control.

Along with the news of its expansion into the industrial control market, the Alliance also announced three new members: Belden, with its Hirschmann, Tofino Security, GarrettCom and Lumberg Automation brands, is a leader in mission-critical industrial network infrastructure. General Electric (GE), is leader in the creation of infrastructure with advanced technologies to safely and reliably distribute, protect and control electricity. National Instruments (NI) is a leading test, measurement and embedded-systems provider for engineers and scientists.

Editor’s Note: AVnu Alliance is responsible for guiding the specification for new applications to simplify the process for engineers and designers to build products. It had previously announced support for TSN in automotive applications (i.e., drive-by-wire and autonomous driving). According to the organization, the Industrial sector, a market estimated to be worth $150 billion annually, parallels the type of work that Alliance members have been doing in the Automotive sector, and creates a pathway to the future of the Internet of Things (IoT) and, for end-users across industry, the Industrial Internet.

The Alliance ‘s Industrial Advisory Council has been established to help manufacturers and end-users learn more about the organization and standards, as well as become involved in shaping the future of industrial networking. For information, contact administration@AVnu.org.

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