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12:45 am
June 19, 2015
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Emerson Enhances CSI 2140 Machinery Health Analyzer Offering with New Shaft-Alignment Capability

According to Emerson Process Management (Emerson), “Not all vibration measurements are the same.” The company’s announcement that its portable CSI 2140 Machinery Health Analyzer now offers a wireless interface to popular laser-shaft-alignment tools would seem to strongly support that statement. As the company explains, this alignment feature can reduce both equipment and time burdens on personnel conducting vibration analysis and corrective tasks in the field. Tom Nelson, CSI […]

6:32 pm
June 12, 2015
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Compressed Air Challenge: Avoid VSD-Compressor Control Gap

By Ron Marshall, CET, CEM for the Compressed Air Challenge (CAC) One of the hottest topics in the compressed-air energy-efficiency field is the variable-speed-drive (VSD) screw compressor. Since this unit’s acceptance in the industry several years ago, all major manufacturers have developed a line of compressors that control compressor output pressure by varying the speed of the compression element. […]

4:40 pm
June 12, 2015
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Friction, Fluid Optimize High-Inertia Systems

By Greg Cober, Altra Industrial Motion Centrifugal clutches and fluid couplings allow maximum torque delivery in high-inertia-load applications with less energy and smaller motors. High-inertia loads are common in a wide range of mining, bulk conveying, and other industrial processes. Centrifugal clutches and fluid couplings reflect mature technologies that are still used in these types of high-performance […]

12:58 pm
June 9, 2015
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New ABB ‘Repair in a Box’ Service Simplifies Maintenance of Process-Control Systems

ABB has introduced a “Repair in a Box” service to simplify maintenance for its process-control systems, including NET 90/INFI 90/Harmony/Symphony (Bailey), Symphony Plus, MOD 300 (Taylor), Advant Master, Advant MOD, and DCI SYSTEM SIX (Fischer & Porter), pulp-and-paper-automation and QCS (AccuRay) equipment, and process-analytics parts. Designed to help operations easily maintain their process-constrol-system spare parts, the offering is available to ABB installed-base […]

8:15 pm
June 8, 2015
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AMETEK Set to Acquire Surface Inspection Systems Division of Cognex Corp.

AMETEK, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Surface Inspection Systems Division (SISD) of Cognex Corp. for approximately $160 million. Cognex has annual revenues of $60 million. Its SISD business develops and manufactures software-enabled vision systems used to inspect surfaces of continuously processed materials for flaws and defects. The division’s in-line image-processing technology detects, classifies, filters, and […]

3:54 pm
May 29, 2015
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Mobile Data Collection and Reporting Reduces Railway-Track Downtime

LORAM turns to a remote-monitoring software solution from Rockwell Automation and Microsoft to streamline crucial track-maintenance activities. Increased railway volume in the past few years has brought the importance of track uptime into greater focus for many operations. Tracks can be among the most costly assets that railway companies manage. Extensive downtime, planned or otherwise, is not an option in […]

1:02 pm
May 29, 2015
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KnechtionRepair Tool Allows Quick Connections of Compression-Tube Fittings

According to KnechtionRepair, its patented, manual-thread-chasing tool lets personnel make quick repairs of internal and external threads of industrial-standard, two-ferrule-type, compression-tube fittings. Used on both the male end of a fitting and the female captured nut on the tubing at the connection location, this compact device is well suited for tasks in tight spaces. How it […]

6:24 pm
May 18, 2015
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Going Way Beyond Traditional Pump Monitoring with i-ALERT2 from ITT PRO Services

ITT’s PRO Services brand has rolled out its new i-ALERT2 solution for industry. This Bluetooth- SMART-enabled machinery health monitor tracks vibration, temperature and run-time hours, then wirelessly syncs the data with iOS smartphones and tablets through an i-ALERT2 mobile app. ITT refers to the new product as “the first industrial package” to successfully integrate Bluetooth low-energy and sensor technologies commonly used in […]