Author Archive | Maintenance Technology

6:25 pm
March 13, 2015
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Compressed Air Challenge: Show Me the Money

By Ron Marshall, CET, CEM for the Compressed Air Challenge (CAC) With compressed air system efficiency, ignorance is not bliss. Conditions can slowly develop over time that erode system efficiency. And because most compressed air systems have little in the way of monitoring instrumentation, key performance indicators that are important to keeping systems running in a cost-effective manner can’t be […]

6:10 pm
March 13, 2015
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Industry Trends: APM — Poster Child for IIoT ROI

By Dan Miklovic, Principal Analyst, LNS Research With bold market-size predictions ranging from $20B to $50B by 2020, it’s perhaps not surprising that the Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the most-talked-about technology topics these days. Carrying the potential promise of the ability to connect every device on earth, it seems, the IoT and, by extension, the […]

2:40 pm
March 12, 2015
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The Business Case For Asset Reliability

Build it by understanding how the many benefits of asset reliability affect everything the operation wants to accomplish. By Al Poling, CMRP Corporate executives and senior managers have historically held a dim view of the maintenance function. Many believe maintenance would be unnecessary if manufacturing operations were better run. Consequently, it is not uncommon to […]

11:32 am
March 12, 2015
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The Benefits of Detailed Failed-Part Analysis

Analyze your failed parts as a doctor would conduct an autopsy, and you’ll learn much about your operational effectiveness. By Cody Hostick, P.E., CMRP, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory A robust failed-part analysis of field returns is a well-recognized approach for identifying part hardening and design-improvement opportunities. Part and equipment autopsies are analogous to medical autopsies, and seek […]

10:41 am
March 12, 2015
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Maintaining Modular Conveyor Systems In Flexible Manufacturing Operations

Regularly scheduled maintenance and attention to detail are crucial for ensuring the longevity and efficiency of these systems. Pallet-based modular conveyors used in flexible manufacturing provide a wealth of benefits in just about any assembly operation. Suitable for applications ranging from small electronic parts assembly to large appliance manufacturing, automotive drivetrain and even medical-device assembly, […]

5:39 pm
March 10, 2015
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Safety Products Showcase

Hard Hat With Back-of-Head Protection Honeywell’s North Force hard hat offers 24% more back-of-head coverage than standard Type I hard hats, according to the company. The patented shell design of the new design provides increased rear-head coverage without restricting range of motion, while an innovative rear-impact attenuator absorbs force to minimize injuries. The hard hat […]

11:07 pm
February 18, 2015
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Boosting Your Bottom Line: Keeping Your 2015 Motor Resolution

By Walker Larsen, Program Manager, Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) Every January 1, many of us pledge to turn over a new leaf by making New Year’s resolutions. A good one for those in industry to have made this year would be to boost their bottom lines by resolving to better manage their electric motor-driven systems and save energy […]

6:17 pm
February 17, 2015
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Proper Risk Assessment Will Keep You in Compliance

The RIA R15.06 machine-guarding standard that took effect last month has important implications for manufacturers.  Assessing risk has always been an important safety consideration when developing and implementing industrial machinery. Thanks to the passage of the Robotic Industry Association (RIA) R15.06 standard in 2013, risk assessments just became even more important: They are now mandatory. […]