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6:46 pm
March 24, 2015
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New Regal Power Transmission Solutions Retrofit Program Turns ‘Old Technology’ Live-Roller Conveyor Systems into High-Performers

Regal Power Transmission Solutions has rolled out a new turnkey retrofit program that transforms what has been characterized as “old technology” live-roller conveyor systems  for sustainable, high-uptime performance. Leveraging a combination of the company’s System Plast modular plastic belt and chain offerings, high-efficiency Hub City and Grove Gear drives and long-life Sealmaster material-handling bearings, the new program […]

5:03 pm
March 24, 2015
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Siemens Debuts SINAMICS G110M Motor-Mounted Drive for SIMOGEAR Motors at PROMAT 2015

Siemens is introducing the new SINAMICS G110M motor-mounted drive for its SIMOGEAR motors at this week’s ProMat Show in Chicago. Featuring Profinet and EtherNet/IP communications capabilities, the new drive appears to check off many of the boxes for today’s busy machine-builders and end-users. Items on those wish-lists include solutions that lead to faster machine-build, installation and startup, smaller equipment footprints and increased flexibility of control- system […]

9:58 pm
March 23, 2015
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Siemens Grows Sinamics V20 Drive Line for Basic Applications

Siemens has introduced its new single-axis Sinamics V20 AC drive, frame size E, with both Low Overload (LO) and High Overload (HO) ratings. Available in five frame sizes with power ratings ranging from 1/6–40 hp at 480V AC, the new units are well suited for a variety of basic tasks, including material handling, conveyor, pump, fan and […]

1:58 am
March 20, 2015
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New Electronic Logbooks from Emerson Enhance Operator Effectiveness and Protect Processes

New Logbooks from Emerson Process Management let operators electronically track and document activities and, in turn, streamline shift changes, accelerate decisions and drive actions. A consistent approach to operator logs, the company says, supports safety improvements, audits and corrective-action processes. Emerson points to inherently risky shift handovers as one example of how these products can improve communication, facilitate collaboration and help minimize process upsets. Theses […]

10:47 pm
March 17, 2015
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ABB Breaks Ground on New K-TEK Manufacturing Facility in Baton Rouge, LA

As part of its ongoing investment activities in North America, ABB has broken ground in Baton Rouge, LA, on a new 75,000-sq-ft factory for its Measurement & Analytics business unit. Planned as a replacement for an existing 65,000-sq.-ft. facility in the Baton Rouge area, the new plant will serve as world-class manufacturing facility for ABB’s K-TEK line of industrial level measurement devices […]

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 […]

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, […]