By Jane Alexander, Deputy Editor The Texas A&M Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia in Houston was full of it: the “R” word, that is. It showed up, in some shape, form or fashion, in technical sessions, networking affairs, casual conversations, printed and electronic materials, exhibitor-booth signage, you name it. Whether or not the event organizers planned […]
By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Facilities and equipment management is about to be taken to a whole new level with the release of ISO 55000 Asset Management Standard scheduled for early 2014. Or is it? The long-awaited rollout of this new global standard might not be what many are assuming it will be. Then again, […]
By Ron Marshall, for the Compressed Air Challenge (CAC) Air is like a sponge: It soaks up as much moisture as it can hold. When moisture-laden air is sucked into the intake of an air compressor and squeezed, like a sponge, it releases the moisture it has absorbed. If left untreated, this moisture will flow […]
By Rick Carter, Executive Editor We’re told to embrace change because it’s coming (like it or not). But for those affected by the U.S. skills shortage, change has so far been a no-show. Consistently ranked a top challenge for industry, the shortage of skilled labor for key manufacturing positions has received a lot of coverage […]
By Gary Mintchell, Editorial Director Welcome to the fourth column in this series covering industrial networking and how these networks benefit maintenance, reliability and operations functions in a plant. I have previously covered HART Communication Protocol, Foundation Fieldbus and the FDT standard for displaying status and diagnostic information from the field. This month’s topic is […]
Trending is crucial. Condition monitoring of your electrical equipment provides the type of data that helps you anticipate and plan future maintenance activities.
By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor Symptom: “We’ve begun using a variety of single-point lubricators for remote plant bearings on HVAC rooftop units, cranes, conveyor drives, etc. While our bearing failure rate has decreased drastically, we still experience failures. Is that normal for this type of automated lubricator?” Diagnosis: Automatic single-point lubrication (SPL) devices are relatively […]