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February 22, 2017
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MindShare Design Acquires CMMS Provider WorkStraight

Screen Shot 2017-02-22 at 12.56.44 PMMindShare Design, Inc., (Oakland, CA) has announced the acquisition of WorkStraight (Newport Beach, CA), a growing player in the computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) arena.

Screen Shot 2017-02-22 at 12.45.44 PMWorkStraight’s software solutions are used in a wide range of operations to manage, monitor, and control maintenance operations, resources, field marketing, construction, and more. Its web-based, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution can be accessed on PCs, smartphones, tablets, and other browser-based devices.

According to the two companies, MindShare Design’s suite of business-acceleration tools, software, and data expertise combined with WorkStraight’s work-order management product represents a critical convergence in the marketing and ultimate delivery of solutions that ensure uptime and maximize return on assets for maintenance and operations managers.

For more information on Mindshare Design, CLICK HERE.

To learn more about WorkStraight’s solutions, CLICK HERE.

 

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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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8:14 pm
February 14, 2017
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Words To Make You Think

1015gparrFrom time to time, when editing an article or listening to a conference presentation, the writer/speaker will say something that makes me stop and think, either because it applies to me personally or it might be thought-provoking for reliability and maintenance professionals.

A quote from author and pastor Andy Stanley that drives this month’s “Voice from the Field” professional really hits the mark for me. It also prompted me to look back through past articles and my conference notes for other notable quotes.

Here, beginning with the Andy Stanley quote, are selections from my collection that I read or  heard. As you read each, I trust you’ll find one or two that have meaning for you. MT

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Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say. — Andy Stanley

No matter how much money you throw at technology, at some point, you must capture the hearts and minds of people. — Ronald Lee

Reactive organizations do approximately twice as much work as their proactive counterparts. — Jeff Dudley

The biggest problem with communication is thinking it was successful. — Saul Cizek

Remember that it is the people who get things done. It doesn’t matter how good your systems are if your people don’t feel appreciated and part of the big picture. — Robert Bishop

Always be willing to learn something new and be a resource for others. — Clinton Davis

Is your reliability program on the wall or on the shop floor? — multiple people

With great data comes great liability. How much you know matters. — Jerry Kaplan

People don’t buy what you do. They buy why you do it. — Ryan Avery

Don’t let what you want to say get in the way of what you want to accomplish. — unknown

Does your company have a sustainable culture or do you just try to sell the buzz word? — Dale Stroud

Good people want to do jobs well and will create workarounds to do so. Workarounds cost money. — Missy Decker

What if I train people and they leave? What if you don’t and they stay? — Mary Jo Cherney

I hire people who are smarter than me and help them grow. I do not feel insecure because they know more than I. In fact, it has made me a better leader. — Mark Alan Csonka

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9:28 pm
February 9, 2017
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Ensure Clean, Dry Compressed Air

randmWhen it comes to compressed-air systems, equipment performance is only as good as the quality of the air itself. Unfortunately, the high-pressure air that these systems produce is wet and dirty. Air dryers and filters keep a compressed-air system operating efficiently, but only if they are properly maintained.

All atmospheric air contains some moisture and dirt. No matter how small the amount of contaminants initially, they are concentrated when the air is compressed. As the air heats up, its ability to hold water vapor increases. When the air begins to cool as it travels downstream, the vapor condenses into liquid.

Possible consequences of that condensation include, among other things, leaking seals, rusty or scaling pipelines, premature wear of moving components, and similar problems that can lead to subpar operation, equipment failure, and even damaged finished product. Plant personnel can prevent many of these headaches by selecting the right types of air dryers and filters to remove the liquid and particles and by performing regular maintenance on these
components.

Compressed-air experts at Mazeppa, MN-based La-Man Corp. (laman.com) offer several tips regarding air dryers and filters. Keep them in mind.

—Jane Alexander, Managing Editor

Types of dryers

Most compressors incorporate an aftercooler to reduce the temperature of the compressed air. Air dryers are often installed to further reduce the moisture content. There are four major types of air dryers:

• refrigerated

• chemical or deliquescent

• regenerative or desiccant

• membrane or mechanical.

Condensation in compressed-air systems can lead to a multitude of ills, including equipment failure and damaged finished product.

Condensation in compressed-air systems can lead to a multitude of ills, including equipment failure and damaged finished product.

The simplest, most economical dryer is the membrane or mechanical type. It uses a textile filter made up of thousands of individual fibers to trap large particles and cause moisture to form large droplets (coalesce). These particles and droplets collect at the filter’s base and are drained off. Water vapor passes through the filter to a sweep chamber, where it is vented.

Mechanical systems are typically installed at the point of use (unlike desiccant-type dryers that are placed near the air compressor to capture water vapor). At this point, air temperature has cooled sufficiently to permit water droplets to form and be captured by the system.

Impact of air filters

Mechanical filters work with compressed-air dryers to remove water and other contaminants from the compressed air and prevent component contamination. Three types of filters are typically used:

• particulate

• coalescing

• adsorption.

Particulate filters are typically made of a fine mesh glass fiber, plastic fiber, or woven wire cloth. They remove large particles using centrifugal force, while smaller particles are strained out. The filter is rated by the largest-size particle it will allow to pass. These types of filters work hand in hand with coalescing filters.

Coalescing filters are high-efficiency filters that use a fine stainless-steel mesh or woven fiber cloth (such as a cotton co-knit) to remove water and lubricants from the compressed air. They are often installed downstream of a particulate filter.

Adsorption filters use activated carbon to remove gaseous contaminants from compressed air. They adsorb the oil vapor into the pores of the carbon granules and must be replaced once saturated with collected oil. They are point-of-use filters, which should be supported upstream by a coalescing filter. Typical uses for adsorption filters include sanitary environments, such as paint spray booths, clean rooms, and food and beverage manufacturing.

Bottom line: Using—and maintaining—filters dramatically improves the performance and extends the life of compressed air systems. MT

For more information on solutions that remove water, oil, and contaminates from compressed air systems, visit La-Man Corp. at laman.com.

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7:14 pm
February 9, 2017
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Reliability on a Global Scale

An aerial view shows the entire RIL-Hazira facility, covering more than 4 square kilometers. All images provided by RIL-Hazira.

An aerial view shows the entire RIL-Hazira facility, covering more than 4 square kilometers. All images provided by RIL-Hazira.

Petrochemical plant in India commits to superior maintenance to build a world-class program.

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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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