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7:14 pm
February 22, 2017
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MindShare Design Acquires CMMS Provider WorkStraight

Screen Shot 2017-02-22 at 12.56.44 PMMindShare Design, Inc., (Oakland, CA) has announced the acquisition of WorkStraight (Newport Beach, CA), a growing player in the computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) arena.

Screen Shot 2017-02-22 at 12.45.44 PMWorkStraight’s software solutions are used in a wide range of operations to manage, monitor, and control maintenance operations, resources, field marketing, construction, and more. Its web-based, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution can be accessed on PCs, smartphones, tablets, and other browser-based devices.

According to the two companies, MindShare Design’s suite of business-acceleration tools, software, and data expertise combined with WorkStraight’s work-order management product represents a critical convergence in the marketing and ultimate delivery of solutions that ensure uptime and maximize return on assets for maintenance and operations managers.

For more information on Mindshare Design, CLICK HERE.

To learn more about WorkStraight’s solutions, CLICK HERE.

 

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7:05 pm
February 16, 2017
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Silicon Valley Company Joins the Predictive Maintenance Party

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Source: Element Analytics

Silicon Valley-backed Element Analytics formally announced their industrial software analytics solution, Element Platform, to the market last month. The San Francisco-based Element Analytics is taking aim at the oil and gas, chemical, utility and mining industries while partnering with OSIsoft and Microsoft’s Partner Network.

The platform and the solution is a good fit for those industries, as those fields tend to rely on proprietary automation and equipment platforms that need optimization. Oil and gas, specifically, moved their strategy from offshore to their current installed base to find profitability and most producers are understanding the need for infrastructure improvement. From the press release, the Element Platform works with OSIsoft’s technology in moving unstructured, operational sensor data from “silos” to a cloud-based analytics platform, where asset models help predict downtime for physical equipment.

Related Content | How to Start a Predictive Maintenance Program

“Industrial operators face no shortage of data, says David Mount, Kleiner Perkins’ Green Growth Fund partner and co-founder of Element Analytics. Mounds of data exist, but getting the data to a ready state is core to making it analyzable, predictive and actionable.”

Predictive maintenance technology has been slow to be adopted due to operational and production conflicts, but recent IIoT solutions live on separate platforms. This allows for control platfom updates, like security patches to occur, while not interrupting asset management programs.

The Element platform also uses Microsoft Azure and Cortana Intelligence for the cloud-based analytics.

For more information, visit www.elementanalytics.com

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9:00 am
February 16, 2017
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Advanced Controller

Anwender nutzen jetzt in Hochsprachen wie C/CC+ geschriebene Programme mit Simatic Controllern. Dazu hat Siemens den neuen Advanced Controller CPU 1518 ODK und das Engineering-Paket Simatic ODK 1500S entwickelt. Mit dem Open Development Kit erzeugt der Anwender sein Hochsprachen-Programm und integriert es in das Step-7-Programm des neuen Controllers. Nowadays, users are using programs written in high-level languages, such as C/CC+, with Simatic controllers. Siemens has developed the new CPU 1518 ODK advanced controller and the Simatic ODK 1500S engineering package for this purpose. The user generates his high-level language program with the Open Development Kit, and integrates it into the Step 7 program of the new controller.

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The Simatic S7-1518-4 PN/DP OKD controller is said to handles the most advanced standard and fail-safe automation applications. The controller has a 13-MB user work memory and 43-GB load memory with memory card. As many as 128 drives axes with isochronous operation in the 250-microsecond operation range can be connected without additional modules.
Siemens
Atlanta
siemens.com

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8:14 pm
February 14, 2017
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Words To Make You Think

1015gparrFrom time to time, when editing an article or listening to a conference presentation, the writer/speaker will say something that makes me stop and think, either because it applies to me personally or it might be thought-provoking for reliability and maintenance professionals.

A quote from author and pastor Andy Stanley that drives this month’s “Voice from the Field” professional really hits the mark for me. It also prompted me to look back through past articles and my conference notes for other notable quotes.

Here, beginning with the Andy Stanley quote, are selections from my collection that I read or  heard. As you read each, I trust you’ll find one or two that have meaning for you. MT

gparr@maintenancetechnology.com

Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say. — Andy Stanley

No matter how much money you throw at technology, at some point, you must capture the hearts and minds of people. — Ronald Lee

Reactive organizations do approximately twice as much work as their proactive counterparts. — Jeff Dudley

The biggest problem with communication is thinking it was successful. — Saul Cizek

Remember that it is the people who get things done. It doesn’t matter how good your systems are if your people don’t feel appreciated and part of the big picture. — Robert Bishop

Always be willing to learn something new and be a resource for others. — Clinton Davis

Is your reliability program on the wall or on the shop floor? — multiple people

With great data comes great liability. How much you know matters. — Jerry Kaplan

People don’t buy what you do. They buy why you do it. — Ryan Avery

Don’t let what you want to say get in the way of what you want to accomplish. — unknown

Does your company have a sustainable culture or do you just try to sell the buzz word? — Dale Stroud

Good people want to do jobs well and will create workarounds to do so. Workarounds cost money. — Missy Decker

What if I train people and they leave? What if you don’t and they stay? — Mary Jo Cherney

I hire people who are smarter than me and help them grow. I do not feel insecure because they know more than I. In fact, it has made me a better leader. — Mark Alan Csonka

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9:00 am
February 14, 2017
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Rolling Bags

1702mtprod10pAn 18-in. jobsite rolling bag and a 24-in. Hardtop model provide mobile solutions to transport tools, accessories, and other materials. Metal-rimmed 6-in., all-terrain wheels allow smooth movement and an industrial-grade extension handle provides a comfortable grip.
Milwaukee Tool
Milwaukee
milwaukeetool.com

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9:00 am
February 13, 2017
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Output Filter for Motor Drives

1702mtprod08pThe FN510 dv/dt filter is said to eliminate premature motor damage caused by high dv/dt, over voltages on motor cables, and motor overheating. For motors from 1.5 to 30 KW with frequencies to 400 Hz (4 to 24 A) or 200 Hz (33 to 66 A), the technology reduces high-output voltage dv/dt from IGBT motor drives and restricts over voltages caused by line reflections on motor cables.
Schaffner
Edison, NJ
schaffnerusa.com

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