Author Archive | Jane Alexander

3:50 pm
May 21, 2015
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AutomationDirect Adds Harsh Duty Photoelectric Sensors to Product Lineup

AutomationDirect has announced that it now offers FM series harsh duty IP69K-rated photoelectric sensors in three-wire NPN or PNP styles, including 27 wash down models. Suitable for food and beverage applications, the 10-30 VDC rectangular sensors fitted with 316L stainless steel housings are available in diffuse, diffuse-with-background-suppression and polarized retroreflective styles. Through-beam models are sold as separate emitter […]

12:56 pm
May 20, 2015
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ABB Starts Robot-Production Operations in Michigan to Serve North American Market

ABB says today’s opening of its new robot-production facility in Auburn Hills, MI, makes it the first global industrial-robotics company “to fully commit and invest in a North American robotics manufacturing footprint.” Production at the Auburn Hills site is to commence immediately. As ABB’s third robotics production facility, in addition to Shanghai, China, and Västerås, Sweden, the Michigan site will build robots and related equipment for […]

1:06 pm
May 19, 2015
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Field-Mounted CSI 3000 Machinery Health Monitor from Emerson Process Management Improves Safety and Availability of More Rotating Assets

Emerson Process Management (Emerson) has introduced the CSI 3000 Machinery Health Monitor, a compact, field-mounted, dual-channel protection system for pumps, compressors, centrifuges, blowers, and generators. According to the manufacturer, the CSI 3000 delivers protection data in the types of situations where a standard rack-based system can’t fit or isn’t cost-effective. The CSI 3000 measures shaft vibration, bearing vibration, position, […]

6:24 pm
May 18, 2015
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Going Way Beyond Traditional Pump Monitoring with i-ALERT2 from ITT PRO Services

ITT’s PRO Services brand has rolled out its new i-ALERT2 solution for industry. This Bluetooth- SMART-enabled machinery health monitor tracks vibration, temperature and run-time hours, then wirelessly syncs the data with iOS smartphones and tablets through an i-ALERT2 mobile app. ITT refers to the new product as “the first industrial package” to successfully integrate Bluetooth low-energy and sensor technologies commonly used in […]

11:23 pm
May 15, 2015
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New Fluke Lenses Bring Different Worlds of Infrared Inspections Into Much Sharper Focus

Fluke is masterful when it comes to rolling out technologies and thought-provoking topics for industry. Take, for example, the recent information-packed “Measure of Innovation Summit” at the company’s headquarters in Everett, WA. I was just one of the many invited attendees (including end-users, consultants, thought-leaders from across industry and editors) treated to displays and demonstrations of almost too […]

8:07 pm
May 14, 2015
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Fluke Connect Assets System Set to Transform Predictive Maintenance Activities Across Industry, No IT Support Required

The new Fluke Connect Assets system highlighted at Fluke’s recent “Measure of Innovation Summit,” in Everette, WA, looks as though it could make effective predictive maintenance a reality for all equipment systems in all plants, regardless of size, sector, location and number of maintenance and reliability professionals. According to the company, this cloud-based wireless system of […]

12:59 am
May 14, 2015
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Innovative Pipe Clamps from Beta Machinery Analysis Reduce Vibration Problems

According to Beta Machinery Analysis (BETA), after decades of solving client problems associated with weak piping-restraint systems, the company has developed its own range of clamps proven to reduce vibration problems. The company says its most popular clamp prevents vibratory loosening by ensuring adequate bolt stretch. Other models are designed to address vibration and thermal flexibility: They’re dynamically […]

7:07 pm
May 13, 2015
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Matrix Technology Fuels Performance of ‘Greenest Drive Ever’ from Yaskawa

According to Yaskawa, its new U1000 Industrial Matrix Drive not only  enhances performance beyond that of conventional AC drives, it is the “greenest” drive product the company has ever introduced. The manufacturer explains that unlike conventional AC drives, U1000 Industrial Matrix units incorporate a matrix of 9 bi-directional switches that convert a three-phase AC input voltage directly into a three-phase AC output voltage. This eliminates the […]