What We Need We begin 2013 with a number of challenges and opportunities. On one hand, some of the strongest headwinds we face are associated with government indecision (the debt ceiling, sequestration and wrangling over too many regulations vs. too few, for example). On the other hand, most of us are looking forward to what […]
By Jane Alexander, Deputy Editor The last Friday of 2012 found me listening to the Afternoon Shift, a program produced by Chicago’s WBEZ Public Radio station. In his wonderful voice, the host Rick Kogan was discussing New Year’s resolutions and how people tend to make them. Needing all the help I could get along those […]
By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Improving maintenance efficiency and effectiveness must proceed at a much faster pace than in the past to head off the opposites of growing technologies and skills shortages. In my October 2012 “Uptime” column, I responded to the question “How to Improve Maintenance” by describing the benefits of focusing on maintenance-related […]
Today’s marketplace is full of voices promoting adjustable speed drives (ASDs) with competing claims of savings and benefits. What’s all this discussion about? An ASD controls the speed of an induction motor by adjusting the voltage and frequency that supply the motor. Affinity laws—which show that change in power consumption is proportional to the cube […]
By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor Whether your maintenance management software program is categorized as a CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System) or as an EAM (Enterprise Asset Management System), the operative word is always “management.”
Everything points to the plant manager as the key to maintenance success.
Milwaukee Tool is introducing yet another productivity-enhancing solution for the professional tool user this month. Its Energy-Star-rated M18™ Six Pack Sequential Charger will sequentially charge up to six battery packs of any Milwaukee M18™ LITHIUM-ION battery, allowing users to walk away and remain confident they will have enough power to complete their jobs. The Six […]
Omega’s FTB-630 Series turbine meters are dry-register mechanical totalizers that offer accurate, economical reading of high flows with low pressure loss. The horizontal-axis turbine drives a vertical shaft that is magnetically coupled to a sealed register. In addition to mechanical totalizing, registers can be equipped with magnetic pulse reed sensors well suited for remote totalizing, […]