Author Archive | Jane Alexander

12:45 am
June 19, 2015
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Emerson Enhances CSI 2140 Machinery Health Analyzer Offering with New Shaft-Alignment Capability

According to Emerson Process Management (Emerson), “Not all vibration measurements are the same.” The company’s announcement that its portable CSI 2140 Machinery Health Analyzer now offers a wireless interface to popular laser-shaft-alignment tools would seem to strongly support that statement. As the company explains, this alignment feature can reduce both equipment and time burdens on personnel conducting vibration analysis and corrective tasks in the field. Tom Nelson, CSI […]

6:40 pm
June 12, 2015
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My Take: Pursuing Reliability — Time Well Spent

By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor The theme was innovation. The focus was solutions. Fluke’s 2015 Measure of Innovation Summit attracted a diverse group of interested individuals from around the world to the company’s Everett, WA, headquarters last month. Although invitations had promised “an interactive look at new technologies that capture, trend, and share detailed measurement […]

12:58 pm
June 9, 2015
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New ABB ‘Repair in a Box’ Service Simplifies Maintenance of Process-Control Systems

ABB has introduced a “Repair in a Box” service to simplify maintenance for its process-control systems, including NET 90/INFI 90/Harmony/Symphony (Bailey), Symphony Plus, MOD 300 (Taylor), Advant Master, Advant MOD, and DCI SYSTEM SIX (Fischer & Porter), pulp-and-paper-automation and QCS (AccuRay) equipment, and process-analytics parts. Designed to help operations easily maintain their process-constrol-system spare parts, the offering is available to ABB installed-base […]

8:15 pm
June 8, 2015
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AMETEK Set to Acquire Surface Inspection Systems Division of Cognex Corp.

AMETEK, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Surface Inspection Systems Division (SISD) of Cognex Corp. for approximately $160 million. Cognex has annual revenues of $60 million. Its SISD business develops and manufactures software-enabled vision systems used to inspect surfaces of continuously processed materials for flaws and defects. The division’s in-line image-processing technology detects, classifies, filters, and […]

1:09 pm
June 8, 2015
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Baldor Offers Quick Delivery on Complete Line of ABB Low Voltage IEC Motors

Baldor has announced the availability of a complete line of ABB low voltage IEC electric motors . The product portfolio includes motors for safe area operation, as well as units that meet requirements for hazardous area operation. With stock available in the United States, these process performance (safe area) and hazardous area motors are ready for immediate delivery. […]

5:04 pm
June 6, 2015
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ABB Opens Houston, TX, Facility to Build Fully Integrated Analyzer Shelters for Downstream Oil & Gas Customers

ABB’s recently opened 40,000-sq. ft. Analytical Systems Integration Facility in Houston, TX, will build fully integrated analyzer shelters for downstream oil and gas industry customers. These types of shelters house technologies that help oil refineries and petrochemical plants maximize product quality. The new operation’s deliverables include analytical solutions, from initial engineering through system manufacturing, testing, field start-up, and support. […]

3:54 pm
May 29, 2015
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Mobile Data Collection and Reporting Reduces Railway-Track Downtime

LORAM turns to a remote-monitoring software solution from Rockwell Automation and Microsoft to streamline crucial track-maintenance activities. Increased railway volume in the past few years has brought the importance of track uptime into greater focus for many operations. Tracks can be among the most costly assets that railway companies manage. Extensive downtime, planned or otherwise, is not an option in […]

1:02 pm
May 29, 2015
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KnechtionRepair Tool Allows Quick Connections of Compression-Tube Fittings

According to KnechtionRepair, its patented, manual-thread-chasing tool lets personnel make quick repairs of internal and external threads of industrial-standard, two-ferrule-type, compression-tube fittings. Used on both the male end of a fitting and the female captured nut on the tubing at the connection location, this compact device is well suited for tasks in tight spaces. How it […]