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1:45 pm
June 15, 2015
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Live Updates From the IEEE Pulp & Paper Industry Technology Conference

Maintenance Technology’s managing editor Jane Alexander reports this week from IEEE’s 61st Pulp & Paper Industry Technology Conference in Milwaukee, WI. Presented by the Industry Applications Society of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), this event is highlighting information that holds value for end users across all process industries. Check back for some of […]

6:32 pm
June 12, 2015
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Compressed Air Challenge: Avoid VSD-Compressor Control Gap

By Ron Marshall, CET, CEM for the Compressed Air Challenge (CAC) One of the hottest topics in the compressed-air energy-efficiency field is the variable-speed-drive (VSD) screw compressor. Since this unit’s acceptance in the industry several years ago, all major manufacturers have developed a line of compressors that control compressor output pressure by varying the speed of the compression element. […]

4:40 pm
June 12, 2015
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Friction, Fluid Optimize High-Inertia Systems

By Greg Cober, Altra Industrial Motion Centrifugal clutches and fluid couplings allow maximum torque delivery in high-inertia-load applications with less energy and smaller motors. High-inertia loads are common in a wide range of mining, bulk conveying, and other industrial processes. Centrifugal clutches and fluid couplings reflect mature technologies that are still used in these types of high-performance […]

3:00 pm
June 12, 2015
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Improved Culture Cuts Downtime

By Shadrach A. Stephens, The Dow Chemical Co. Infusing cultural improvements into reliability strategies helped Dow’s Deer Park, TX, operations realize an 85% improvement in unplanned instrument-related downtime. As management philosopher Peter Drucker once described it, “Company culture is like country culture: Never try to change it. Instead, work with what you have.” That’s what we’ve done […]

2:44 pm
June 12, 2015
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Assign Areas to Maximize Power-Plant Skills

By T.E. Baker, Sumatron Inc. Use this labor-specialization approach to make the most out of a limited number of skilled workers, cut costs, improve efficiency, and enhance safety. Countless operations around the globe are feeling the impact of the ongoing skilled-workforce crisis. That situation, combined with the types of advanced digital-logic technologies on which industries now rely, […]

11:17 am
June 12, 2015
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Mechanical & Hydraulic Solutions

Higher-Thrust Spur Gearbox Rotork’s recently introduced IS21 gearbox adds higher thrust ratings to the company’s established lineup of multi-turn, thrust-taking, spur gearboxes. Retaining most parts of the Rotork IS20 design, the IS21 incorporates a new F60 cast-ductile-iron thrust base, thrust bearings, spigot ring, and output sleeve. Thrust ratings have increased to 4,350 kN for manual […]

6:58 pm
May 28, 2015
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Are Your Marketing Dollars Paying Off?

By Brien O’Brien We’ve heard from many advertisers about how important Return on Investment for your marketing endeavors is and yet I’ve received feedback from a few advertisers that the equation was too complicated to put to regular use in their organizations.  How can a marketer keep track easily of how well each of their […]

4:16 pm
May 1, 2015
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Managing Your Value Stream

Even with good people in a plant, careful attention to the continuous-improvement process is required. Why is it that in 2015 we still find organizations unable to grasp the fact that if they don’t improve their quality, cost and delivery, they will soon be gone? They probably have all the functions in place to manage […]