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7:05 pm
February 16, 2017
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Silicon Valley Company Joins the Predictive Maintenance Party

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Source: Element Analytics

Silicon Valley-backed Element Analytics formally announced their industrial software analytics solution, Element Platform, to the market last month. The San Francisco-based Element Analytics is taking aim at the oil and gas, chemical, utility and mining industries while partnering with OSIsoft and Microsoft’s Partner Network.

The platform and the solution is a good fit for those industries, as those fields tend to rely on proprietary automation and equipment platforms that need optimization. Oil and gas, specifically, moved their strategy from offshore to their current installed base to find profitability and most producers are understanding the need for infrastructure improvement. From the press release, the Element Platform works with OSIsoft’s technology in moving unstructured, operational sensor data from “silos” to a cloud-based analytics platform, where asset models help predict downtime for physical equipment.

Related Content | How to Start a Predictive Maintenance Program

“Industrial operators face no shortage of data, says David Mount, Kleiner Perkins’ Green Growth Fund partner and co-founder of Element Analytics. Mounds of data exist, but getting the data to a ready state is core to making it analyzable, predictive and actionable.”

Predictive maintenance technology has been slow to be adopted due to operational and production conflicts, but recent IIoT solutions live on separate platforms. This allows for control platfom updates, like security patches to occur, while not interrupting asset management programs.

The Element platform also uses Microsoft Azure and Cortana Intelligence for the cloud-based analytics.

For more information, visit www.elementanalytics.com

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11:34 pm
February 8, 2017
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Emerson Introduces ‘Industry First’ WirelessHART Power Meter

Screen Shot 2017-02-08 at 4.31.12 PMEmerson (Mansfield, OH) has introduced what it says is “industry’s first” WirelessHART Power Meter. Part of the company’s pervasive-sensing portfolio, the device provides electrical demand- and consumption-measurement through a secure and reliable network for a range of applications, including, those found in processing, industrial, cold-chain storage facilities, and data centers, among others.

Screen Shot 2017-02-08 at 4.31.31 PMHow It Works
Incorporating WirelessHART technology in a revenue-grade wireless power meter, the new product is said to be capable of delivering a unique measurement solution that will greatly improve energy efficiency and sustainability.

WirelessHART technology, coupled with the power meter’s small physical footprint, simplifies and speeds installation of the unit and allows sites to monitor voltage, current, power, energy, and other electrical parameters on single- and three-phase electrical systems in real-time with revenue-grade accuracy. Real-time monitoring of electricity consumption and instantaneous demand enables more granular energy management and effective equipment monitoring, securely and reliably.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

 

 

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3:56 pm
February 8, 2017
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How to Start a Predictive Maintenance Program

IIoT motorsDevice and equipment advances, on display in our MT IIoT web section, is past the early adoption stage, but operations and maintenance (O&M) teams are still wrapping their arms around predictive maintenance programs. A recent interview with ARC Advisory’s Ralph Rio via SAP’s Enterprise Asset Management discusses this very issue and more.

Excerpt below:

Q: So how do people begin moving toward predictive maintenance – how do they get there?

Ralph Rio: The first thing people need to do is to educate themselves to understand what is available from a technology standpoint. People just entering this area are no longer “early adopters” so there is plenty of information out there. Get comfortable with the platforms and the business processes.

Sometimes technology education is coming from your machine builder (OEM) with improved data acquisition capabilities. From this post, “Are Smaller IIoT Applications The Next Wave for End Users?” and discussion with Erl Campbell at Aventics, MT found out how this is working:

“By actually monitoring the spool position, the machine can track exactly how each valve performed during a motion cycle: where that valve started, whether it fully shifted or only partially shifted, and its final position. These data points help machine builders and end-user operators correct issues that may affect overall packaging quality and integrity,” the white paper states (written by Erl Campbell.

Campbell added in a recent interview that the company is working on whether the (valve) reliability data should communicate with the factory floor or maintenance. Is it going to be some kind of wireless communication or will techs plug into the manifold and download that data?

>> For more on how to create a predictive maintenance program with Ralph Rio

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10:41 pm
February 7, 2017
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AutomationDirect Grows IronHorse Premium Efficiency Motor Lineup

Screen Shot 2017-02-07 at 4.22.03 PMThe IronHorse line of general-purpose, three-phase AC motors from AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) now includes MTRP-series 56HC-frame premium efficiency units. Available in sizes from 1 hp to 3 hp, these rolled steel motors come in 1800 and 3600 rpm models that feature 4:1 constant- and 10:1 variable-torque speed ranges, TEFC frames, cast-aluminum end bells, and removable mounting bases.

MTRP-series IronHorse motors meet RoHS and Low Voltage Directives, and are CSA and EU approved. Available accessories include bases, junction boxes, fans, and fan shrouds.

For more information about AutomationDirect’s motor offerings, CLICK HERE.

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7:27 pm
February 2, 2017
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Fluke Rolls Out Remote-Condition-Monitoring Lease Option

Screen Shot 2017-02-02 at 11.14.54 AMFluke Corp. (Everett, WA) has introduced a lease option for a bundle of its Condition Monitoring technology and support. According to the company, this leasing arrangement can help facilities keep tabs on critical equipment for a fraction of the cost of the current bundled purchase option.

Configured to meet a site’s needs, a leased bundle consists of multiple sensor options (electrical, temperature, or power monitoring), Fluke Connect Condition Monitoring Software, and service support. Fluke notes that not only is the system quick to install, flexible, and non-invasive, its easy setup allows technicians to begin viewing data in less than an hour.

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The system’s remote-monitoring capabilities support, among other things, troubleshooting plant equipment, expanding an operation’s preventive-maintenance protocol, and conducting load analysis. Appropriate personnel can access the Fluke Connect secure cloud anytime, from anywhere, to evaluate trends and set alarms.

Sites that enter into a bundled Fluke Condition-Monitoring lease agreement can easily upgrade their technologies. The hardware in these leased bundles will always be covered by warranty.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

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5:11 am
February 2, 2017
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Big Data Challenge as Train Company Moves to Predictive Maintenance

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Trenitalia, an Italian train company, looks to reduce maintenance costs by 8 percent.

There’s an interesting blog series on Trenitalia, a state-owned Italian train company, via ARC’s Industrie 4.0 website that depicts a transition from condition monitoring to a more predictive approach. The company reveals its real-time dashboards, but also discusses their transition to a component-based maintenance approach, which has many parallels to the factory or field space.

The scope is impressive. The new predictive application includes up to 4,000 “rolling stock” assets, with each locomotive collects up to 10,000 parameters per second. According to a news report, sensors will measure variables such as motor temperature, speed, traction, braking effort and line voltage.rt and line voltage.

More from the News report:

Sensor data is aggregated on-board through a remote PC or similar interface and offloaded via a communication gateway, typically via wi-fi when a train arrives at a station or at the maintenance plant. Data is sent to a Trenitalia data centre, and loaded into SAP HANA and cloud systems and dashboards for real-time monitoring, analysis and drill-down.

From ARC:

However, the team identified more representative KPI’s than mileage. These include door opening/closing cycles. They distinguished groups of components with higher or lower risk. With this information, Trenitalia is transitioning to a dynamic, component-based maintenance strategy in which higher risk components and components reaching the limits of their KPIs are checked and maintained more frequently; while other components are checked and maintained less frequently. In some cases, diverging KPIs of components on the same train can be balanced by choosing specific destinations. For example, trips causing more left wheel rotations and accelerations can be balanced with destinations leading to more right wheel accelerations. Trenitalia had to make its integrated travel and maintenance schedules much more granular to achieve the desired massive increase in reliability and savings.

Read More of ARC’s Blog Series >>

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7:12 pm
January 25, 2017
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White Paper | Digital Prescriptive Maintenance

170125prescriptiveThe first wave of IIoT industry reports, about two years ago, included big claims and produced a lot of head scratching by manufacturers and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) due to the lack of actual applications. Two years later, pilot projects are producing results and next discipline to catch on is prescriptive maintenance.

The best way to describe prescriptive maintenance is “preventive maintenance technology with built-in intelligence, with the ultimate goal to minimize machine downtime. Below is a white paper, titled, “Digital Prescriptive Maintenance,” and it shows how sensors and diagnostics play their part with a prescriptive maintenance approach.

From the White Paper:

Prescriptive maintenance goes beyond the realm of productive, preventive, and predictive maintenance. Descriptive focuses on what happened in the past. Predictive analytics discovers potential options for the future. Prescriptive maintenance leverages all these approaches and capabilities. The realm of what should happen and the execution of optimized maintenance strategies is precisely the realm of prescriptive maintenance. With prescriptive maintenance, devices, in collaboration with operators, are proactive participants in their own maintenance.

>> Download the White Paper

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1:12 am
January 18, 2017
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IDCON Grows Latin American Footprint with New Alliance Partner

Christer Idhammar, founder of IDCON INC., discusses his company's approach to maintenance maintenance productivity.

Christer Idhammar, founder of IDCON Inc., presents on his company’s approach to enhancing maintenance productivity.

IDCON Inc. (Raleigh, NC) has entered into a Latin American Alliance with the Cumbria Management and Projects group (Santiago, Chile). Terms of the agreement call for the two organizations to use IDCON’s philosophy, methodology, and documentation in providing professional services and training in the areas of reliability, maintenance, and asset management, for industrial clients across South America.

The newly established Latin American Alliance between IDCON and Cumbria will include Chile, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Guyana, Venezuela, Suriname, and French Guyana.

Screen Shot 2017-01-17 at 6.35.03 PMIDCON, which already has strategic alliances in Canada, Europe, Russia, Asia, and Australia to service its clients, provides management consulting in all sectors of the processing and manufacturing industries to reduce the overall cost of production through improved maintenance work management. All of these services are based on IDCON’s “Results Oriented Reliability and Maintenance (RORM)” approach that the company has developed over the years, through extensive project experience.

Screen Shot 2017-01-17 at 6.26.21 PMCumbria is in the business of providing professional services in Business Management, Project Management, Change Management, Organizational Development and Continuous Improvement Processes. Cumbria’s IDCON Alliance Brand names include “Cumbria an IDCON Alliance Partner” and/or “Cumbria e IDCON Avocados.”

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