Author Archive | Jane Alexander

7:08 pm
July 27, 2015
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Wunderlich-Malec’s VIP Services Puts World-Class Maintenance in the Palm of Your Hand

Minnesota-based Wunderlich-Malec Engineering Inc. (WM) has announced the release of VIP Services, a new maintenance tool for the industrial automation market. According to the company, VIP Services (which stands for  “Virtual Information Portal” Services) is a mobile app designed to improve efficiency, reduce downtime, attain key performance indicators (KPIs), and increase productivity, and it can all […]

7:05 pm
July 24, 2015
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U.S.-Made MetalMizer MV2018 Bandsaw Saves Space without Compromising Production

According to MetalMizer (Indianapolis, IN), its vertical MV2018 metal-cutting bandsaw has been engineered to save space without compromising production. This recently introduced “Made in the USA” product offers the same or greater cutting capacity of other saws in its class with over 30% less machine depth. Although designed specifically for cutting metal, the MV2018 can also be used for other cutting tasks, including large-diameter […]

11:24 pm
July 15, 2015
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.NET Software Development Kit Integrates Custom Applications with Opto 22 SNAP PAC Controllers

Industrial-automation leader Opto 22 (Temecula, CA) has released a new .NET Controller Software Development Kit (SDK) for writing custom Microsoft Windows applications that communicate directly with the company’s SNAP PAC control systems. This  SDK is well suited for machine builders, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and others that integrate custom applications with Opto 22 controllers. It supports modern .NET frameworks and Visual Studio environments, […]

7:25 pm
July 15, 2015
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Higher-Res Fluke TiS Performance Series Infrared Cameras Enhance Problem Solving

Fluke (Everette, WA) says the improved-resolution capabilities of its eight new TiS Performance Series Infrared Cameras let users analyze equipment health more quickly and accurately than ever. According to the company, products in the TiS Performance Series deliver up to 2.5 times more pixels than Fluke Ti1xx series cameras, as well as a 70% improvement in distance-to-spot. Better image quality, the […]

5:00 pm
July 15, 2015
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AVO Delivers New 9-Module, Online, Self-Paced Arc Flash Safety Training Series with Critical 2015 NFPA 70E Updates

According to the Dallas-based AVO Training Institute (AVO), its newly released nine-module online course series on Arc Flash Electrical Safety incorporates important 2015 NFPA 70E updates. Modules include: “Intro to Arc Flash Hazards” “NFPA 70E Introduction” “NFPA 70E & OSHA Qualified Person Requirements” “NFPA 70E & OSHA Un-Qualified Person Requirements” “Arc Flash Hazard Analysis” “Electrical Safety Program” “Establishing an Electrically Safe Work Condition” […]

3:36 pm
July 14, 2015
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SMRP Confirms 10 Companies as ‘Approved Reliability & Physical Asset Management Education Providers’

The Atlanta-based, non-profit Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP) has put 10 companies specializing in training for reliability and physical asset management on its list of Approved Providers of professional education. According to SMRP, the Approved Provider Education Program recognizes education and training that align with topics and best practices related to reliability and physical asset management, specifically those documented in […]

6:04 pm
July 10, 2015
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Use These Keys to Achieve Effective Balancing

Looking for keys to successful dynamic balancing of your plant’s equipment? Use the following eight points from Ludeca Inc.’s (Doral, FL) Gary James. More important, include them as must-do elements in your balancing procedures. —Jane Alexander, Managing Editor — Inspect the equipment structure/mounts to make sure no cracks or loose bolts are present. — Confirm […]

5:53 pm
July 10, 2015
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Hackers Never Sleep

When it comes to protecting your operations from cyber threats, be as aggressive as the hackers or lose productivity. Like plant safety, cyber security is everybody’s business. And it’s urgent. Regardless of origin and/or underlying agenda, hackers are targeting all sectors of the global economy. No organization or operation is off limits—yours included. The industrial […]