Author Archive | Jane Alexander

2:49 am
November 20, 2014
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Automation Fair 2014 Links Attendees to The Connected Enterprise

An information-packed Automation Fair 2014 (the 23rd in a series of annual events) kicked off today at the Anaheim Convention Center, in Anaheim, CA. More than 9000 registrants from around the globe attended day one of this year’s fair, presented by Rockwell Automation and members of its PartnerNetwork program. Many of the attendees arrived early in Anaheim to participate in the annual Rockwell Automation […]

11:02 pm
November 10, 2014
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Fluid Sealing Association Creates New Standards Partner Category

The Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) has received approval from its Board of Directors to adopt a “Standards Partner” membership category. The new category is specifically designed to engage engineers and engineering companies that actively practice in design and consulting services related to sealing devices and piping systems. For more information, visit and click under the “Membership” tab. […]

7:06 pm
November 4, 2014
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Preventing Impending Equipment Failure Earlier

Advanced-pattern-recognition technology adds a powerful predictive component to your reliability toolbox. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor Improving reliability metrics has long been among the top priorities of plants and other physical asset-intensive organizations. Plant managers, engineers and technicians continually work to ensure that equipment will efficiently operate for as long as safely possible. Proper maintenance […]

4:27 pm
November 4, 2014
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Improved Gas-Turbine Performance: Maintaining Inlet Fogging Systems

These turbine-output boosters work well with little maintenance, but  require proper installation and regular monitoring. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor Since their introduction more than two decades ago, gas-turbine inlet-air-fogging systems have been used with turbines across industry, including those found in power-generation applications. Inlet fogging boosts turbine output by cooling the air, especially on […]

2:48 pm
November 4, 2014
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ROI From Improved Emergency Power Protection

Leveraging best practices in maintenance with state-of-the-art monitoring technologies and remote services will keep your UPS systems in compliance, reliable and available. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor Because uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units and their batteries must function properly during unplanned outages, a compromised emergency power system can mean serious trouble. At this critical time, […]

9:16 pm
November 3, 2014
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International Manufacturing Trade Groups Launch Award to Recognize Industry Innovators

The Association For Manufacturing Technology  (AMT) and German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW*)  have announced the launch of an inaugural International Additive Manufacturing Award (IAMA) competition. Planned as an annual program, the IAMA recognizes innovations in additive manufacturing for industrial applications, including developments in the design of systems or major components; advances in processes or materials; new applications; and data generation or […]

8:18 pm
November 3, 2014
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CBS ArcSafe Minimizes Arc-Flash Exposure with New Remote-Switch Actuators for Low-Voltage Molded Case Circuit Breakers

CBS ArcSafe, the Texas-based maker of remote racking and switching solutions for low- and medium-voltage switchgear, has introduced a remote switch actuator for General Electric “E Line” (150 A frame size) low-voltage molded case circuit breakers. These new RSA-187A actuators allow personnel to operate the molded case circuit breakers from a safe distance outside the arc-flash perimeter without having […]

6:28 pm
October 30, 2014
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Ford, Goodyear, FTS Technologies Win Sustainability Innovation Awards

Ford, Goodyear Tire & Rubber and FTS Technologies received awards from the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment last month at the organization’s second annual Sustainable Innovation Awards ceremony in Rochester, MI. The Suppliers Partnership for the Environment is comprised of more than 40 automakers, their suppliers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The awards program […]