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2:44 pm
November 21, 2014
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5 Steps to a Safer Manufacturing Facility

A manufacturing facility can be a dangerous place, especially if management doesn’t enforce strict safety protocol and maintenance checks. In general terms, your facility should be stocked with equipment for quick action when a safety hazard is spotted. Your personnel should understand when to act on a perceived danger and when to stand down. Moreover, you should understand the […]

11:02 pm
November 10, 2014
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Fluid Sealing Association Creates New Standards Partner Category

The Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) has received approval from its Board of Directors to adopt a “Standards Partner” membership category. The new category is specifically designed to engage engineers and engineering companies that actively practice in design and consulting services related to sealing devices and piping systems. For more information, visit and click under the “Membership” tab. […]

7:27 pm
November 4, 2014
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Energy Management: Where to Begin

By Jenna Overton, Industrial Program Associate Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) “Strategic Energy Management” seems to be the new buzz term for industrial and commercial businesses that want to boost their bottom lines and reduce their environmental footprint through continuous energy improvements. Unfortunately, implementing a corporate energy-management program, as described in ISO 50001, can be […]

7:06 pm
November 4, 2014
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Preventing Impending Equipment Failure Earlier

Advanced-pattern-recognition technology adds a powerful predictive component to your reliability toolbox. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor Improving reliability metrics has long been among the top priorities of plants and other physical asset-intensive organizations. Plant managers, engineers and technicians continually work to ensure that equipment will efficiently operate for as long as safely possible. Proper maintenance […]

4:27 pm
November 4, 2014
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Improved Gas-Turbine Performance: Maintaining Inlet Fogging Systems

These turbine-output boosters work well with little maintenance, but  require proper installation and regular monitoring. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor Since their introduction more than two decades ago, gas-turbine inlet-air-fogging systems have been used with turbines across industry, including those found in power-generation applications. Inlet fogging boosts turbine output by cooling the air, especially on […]

3:34 pm
November 4, 2014
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Safe Machinery Design: Minimizing Risk in the Plant

Awareness of new design standards that increasingly call for safety to be “built-in” to modern machinery can help with purchase decisions and repairs. Today’s automated machinery—which includes all equipment driven by an electric motor—is designed to operate at considerably higher speeds than in the past. But in the race to meet production deadlines and budgets, […]

2:48 pm
November 4, 2014
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ROI From Improved Emergency Power Protection

Leveraging best practices in maintenance with state-of-the-art monitoring technologies and remote services will keep your UPS systems in compliance, reliable and available. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor Because uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units and their batteries must function properly during unplanned outages, a compromised emergency power system can mean serious trouble. At this critical time, […]

12:56 pm
November 4, 2014
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The Reliability-Driven Maintenance Organization

Getting there requires taking a close look at weaknesses and taking measurable steps to correct them. Here, a respected industry expert shares tips on how to become a high-performing operation. By Christer Idhammar Any plant maintenance department wants to be known as a cost-effective organization. For our purposes, “cost effective” means maintenance without waste: where […]