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9:49 pm
October 25, 2016
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Fluke Announces Immediate Availability of Wireless, Cloud-based, Equipment-Condition Monitoring System

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-3-48-13-pmFluke Condition Monitoring, the latest addition to the manufacturer’s Fluke Connect reliability system, features rugged voltage, current, temperature, and power sensors that can be moved from asset to asset or left in place for continuous monitoring.

Introduction of this cloud-based solution means that the Fluke Connect reliability platform can now compile measurements from the sensors, a wide range the manufacturer’s wireless tools, and a history of work orders. The result is a truly comprehensive view of equipment health.

In announcing the immediate availability of Fluke Condition Monitoring, Everett, WA-based Fluke noted that the sensors give maintenance teams a practical, scalable system that delivers the continuous data and alarms they need to prevent downtime without costly equipment retrofits or specialized training. The offering overcomes legacy system silos and IT conflicts, works on any equipment type, and helps teams stay effective while monitoring issues in different locations.

(CLICK HERE for a video of the technology in action.)


How It Works
Fluke Condition Monitoring consists of various wireless sensors and a gateway that receives signals from the sensors from up to 30 ft. away and works seamlessly with trusted Fluke technologies, such as iFlex current probes, current clamps, temperature sensors, and three-phase power monitoring.

Users can set up the system and begin monitoring in a matter of minutes. The sensors will transmit up to one measurement per second to the cloud, and equipment data and alarm notifications can be viewed through the Fluke Connect platform on a smartphone or web browser.

Fluke Condition Monitoring is available for purchase now. For more information, CLICK HERE.


5:36 pm
October 24, 2016
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Schneider Electric Expands Process-Solutions Biz through Acquisition of Applied Instrument Technologies (AIT)


screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-11-20-07-amSchneider Electric (Foxboro, MA) has announced the acquisition of Applied Instrument Technologies Inc. (AIT), a provider of online process analyzers for the hydrocarbon, petrochemical, chemical, pharmaceutical, and steel-making industries.

Building on a partnership the two companies established in 2015, the deal boosts an already robust Schneider Electric process-solutions portfolio that includes Foxboro plant instrumentation, Foxboro and PlantStruxure PES process-automation systems, Modicon PAC systems, and Triconex safety systems.

screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-11-21-46-amBased in Upland, CA, AIT has an installed base of more than 1,000 systems and an extensive lineup of spectroscopy and chromatography solutions, including process analyzers and associated implementation services. According to the company, its offerings improve process optimization, asset protection, and compliance with environmental regulations, allowing users to better manage and improve their operational profitability. Through the combination of AIT’s technologies and Schneider Electric’s Foxboro Evo process automation and I/A Series distributed control systems, sites will be able to leverage the power of seamless advanced process analysis and control.

Company leaders have noted that the AIT acquisition improves Schneider Electric’s competitiveness and its ability to deliver broad, multi-stream, multi-component analytical systems with less project risk and execution time. Moreover, as single-source provider of the combined portfolios, Schneider Electric will be able to offer additional flexibility in terms of pricing, positioning, and packaging of its process-automation solutions.

AIT and its technologies will be fully integrated into Schneider Electric’s process-automation business and continue to be managed by its existing executive team. The integration is expected to be finalized in late 2017.

For more information, CLICK HERE.



9:40 pm
October 21, 2016
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Industry Heavyweights T.F. Hudgins and Allied Reliability Merge

T.F. Hudgins Inc. (Houston) has announced a merger with Charleston, SC-based Allied Reliability Inc. According to the two companies, their merger combines the domain expertise and resources of industry leaders that are focused on improving the reliability and performance of a broad range of high-value assets operating in a variety of applications. Customers, in turn, are expected to benefit from an expanded portfolio of hardware, software, and value-added services.

screen-shot-2016-10-21-at-4-12-14-pmFounded in 1947, T.F. Hudgins provides a portfolio of engineered products and services that improve the reliability of high-value equipment. Its primary end-markets include midstream oil & gas, petrochemical, refining, and other process industries.

screen-shot-2016-10-21-at-4-10-08-pmAllied Reliability Group delivers best-in-industry operational reliability solutions, including condition monitoring, electrical services, consulting and training, staffing, and integrated product solutions for commercial and industrial manufacturing industries.

Jay Burnette, CEO of T.F. Hudgins, will lead the combined company  “We are extremely excited to bring our two companies together for the benefit of our collective customers, employees, and stakeholders,” he said. “This combination will accelerate our growth in the expanding equipment-reliability space, particularly with a much broader condition-based monitoring and advanced diagnostics offering. We believe this will create significant value for our customers.”

John Schultz, CEO and founding partner of Allied Reliability, emphasized the importance of joining forces with another organization that shares the same commitment to reliability. “We have built our business on listening to and understanding our customers’ needs, and delivering superior technical capabilities,” he commented. “With the combination of our two companies, we will be in an even better position to drive innovation and deliver exceptional value to the global reliability community.”

T.F. Hudgins is a portfolio company of The CapStreet Group, a Houston-based private equity firm that invests in owner-managed, lower-middle-market companies headquartered in Texas and surrounding states, with a particular emphasis on companies in the greater Houston area.

Allied Reliability is a portfolio company of Pfingsten Partners, an operationally focused private-equity firm with headquarters in Chicago and and representative offices in ChangAn, China, and New Delhi and Chennai, India. Since completing its first investment in 1991, Pfingsten has raised five investment funds with total commitments of approximately $1.3 billion and acquired 114 companies.


8:05 pm
October 19, 2016
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Day Two At SMRP 2016 With Maintenance Technology’s Editors


Contributing editor Michelle Segrest and editorial director Gary L. Parr return for a second day of extensive SMRP conference coverage. This record-setting conference has been filled with excellent presentations, enthusiastic attendees, and a large number of exhibitors ready to help reliability and maintenance professionals solve problems and move their operations to the world of reliability. Listen to Michelle and Gary discuss the second day of SMRP 2016 here:


Our coverage today also includes several interviews with exhibitors; an interview with Marc Cote, SMRP presenter and our November Voice from the Field; numerous attendees sharing what they have learned at the conference; a brief chat with Rebekah Wojac, president of Maintenance Excellence Roundtable; and an exchange with Maintenance Technology columnist Klaus Blache about his Univ. of Tennessee Reliability and Maintainability Center. If you weren’t able to attend this year’s SMRP Conference, we hope that the our coverage of the show, today and yesterday, will help you experience at least a small amount of what this annual event for reliability and maintenance professionals has to offer.

Marc Cote is Director of Maintenance and Engineering at C.B. Fleet Laboratories. He was the presenter of a training session on “Performance Metrics That Matter” at the 24th Annual SMRP Convention in Jacksonville, FL. During his presentation, Cote demonstrated best practices for managing and training people, materials management, workload management, and asset reliability. He showed how identifying key performance indicators and measuring them effectively can enhance any reliability program. This exclusive video interview highlights some of the main takeaways from his presentation. You can read more about Cote and his maintenance and reliability success in Maintenance Technology’s “Voice from the Field” feature in the November issue.

Editorial director Gary L. Parr interviews Klaus Blache, director of the Reliability & Maintainability Center at the Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville. Klaus talks about the center’s various programs, what it offers to students at three levels, and the various events they offer in conjunction with the program. For more information, contact him at

Editorial director Gary L. Parr interviews Rebekah Wojak, president of the Maintenance Excellence Roundtable, to learn about that organization, its activities, and its efforts to increase membership.


9:20 pm
October 18, 2016
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Day One At SMRP 2016 With Maintenance Technology’s Editors


Editorial director Gary L. Parr and contributing editor Michelle Segrest are attending the 2016 version of the SMRP conference. This year is the largest conference in SMRP’s history.


Listen to the above podcast Gary and Michelle recorded about the sessions they’ve attended, view some short video interviews with attendees in which they describe the hurdles they confront, and stream video interviews with a variety of exhibitors. We hope you enjoy the coverage and encourage you to visit tomorrow to learn more about what’s going on at the conference.


8:32 pm
October 18, 2016
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Schneider Electric Speeds, Simplifies Utility-Operator Decisions with Predictive Asset Analytics Suite for Power Generation

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-1-28-45-pmNews from the Schneider Electric “Maximize Return on Assets” Users Group Conference in Chicago this week includes today’s announcement on the release of Predictive Asset Analytics Suite for Power Generation. Built on the company’s Avantis PriSM platform, the product helps utility operators minimize outage disruptions, improve cross-department collaboration, and increase operational agility.

According to the Lake Forest-based manufacturer, this Asset Performance Management (APM) solution can drive safer, more reliable, and sustainable operational efficiency while providing a digital framework to transform business value.

How It Works
Predictive Asset Analytics Suite for Power Generation provides a closed loop performance management framework to let decision makers contextualize real-time performances across their fleet, perform causal analysis of any non-conformity, and then create a template of the resulting knowledge for later use, thus reducing downtime from future non-conformity incidents. Part of Schneider Electric’s comprehensive Enterprise APM platform, it bridges skills and process gaps with smart technology, by combining advanced predictive analytics with knowledge management, and decision support to maximize asset availability. Schneider Electric notes that the solution offers a simplified and enriched data-analysis and reporting framework, delivered by way of a single user interface with an integrated flow of intelligence. By digitizing operations and decision-support knowledge, power generation operators have new opportunities to transform their businesses along with their workforce.

As Doug Warren, vice president, Industry Solutions at Schneider Electric, explained the new offering, “Power-generation operators must increasingly operate with greater collaboration across departments, driving a need for a single version of the truth across stakeholders and an ability to better manage information across multiple systems, people, and processes.” Predictive Asset Analytics Suite for this sector, he said, enables information-sharing by connecting multiple systems with context to ensure process rigors are followed in terms of ownership, which ultimately simplifies collaborative decision-making.

Schneider Electric notes that it has worked closely with utility providers to deliver reliable power to homes and businesses since the end of the 19th century. Predictive Asset Analytics Suite builds upon that knowledge, adds subscription-model pricing options, and is bundled with a comprehensive Customer FIRST maintenance and support program. As a result, power generation operators can incorporate intelligent information into their processes and digitize that knowledge to achieve and sustain operational excellence.

To learn more, CLICK HERE.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The 2016 “Maximize Return on Assets” Avantis User’s Group Conference runs through Wed., Oct. 19, at the Loews Chicago Hotel. For information on upcoming Schneider Electric Software  events, including the company’s “Empowering the Mobile Workforce in Process Industries” conference in Houston (Dec. 5-7, 2016), CLICK  HERE.



6:43 pm
October 15, 2016
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Hands-On Training Takes Center Stage at Geiger Mid-Atlantic Pump & Process Equipment Symposium XI


geiger-symposium-logoCan you say “beehive of activity?” That’s what 830 Tryens Rd., in Aston, PA was like on Thurs., Oct. 6. 2016. It’s where 300+ industry professionals, representing more than 100 end-user organizations and leading suppliers, gathered for the Geiger Mid-Atlantic Pump & Process Equipment Symposium XI.

Maintenance Technology’s managing editor Jane Alexander and contributing editor Michelle Segrest were on the ground with the large crowd that included personnel from operations such as Dow, DuPont, D.C. Water, GAF, DELCORA, Air Liquide, Exelon, the U.S. Coast Guard, Kinder Morgan, American Sugar Refining, The Hershey Co., Perdue, Buckeye Partners LP, Chemours, Westway Group, Johns Manville, and Veolia Water; and vendors such as ITT Goulds Pumps, Viking Pump, Weir Specialty Pumps, Blacoh Surge Control, John Crane, Westech, and Verder.

logoPresented every two years by well-known industrial distributor Geiger Pump & Equipment (, which has facilities in Aston and Baltimore, these popular day-long events feature a full slate of pump and process-equipment training (much of it hands-on); product displays; and plenty of food, drink, and networking. The 2016 installment didn’t disappoint.


This special issue of Maintenance Technology was distributed to all attendees at the symposium. You can download a pdf version here.

From the start of this symposium series through this year, these free Geiger events have always attracted a wide range of attendees from end-user sites across the region. One of the biggest draws is the practical, expert-led, hands-on training that they incorporate. It’s an effective workforce-development and refresher model that’s very much needed, but not available everywhere. As an example, Geiger president Henry Peck and his team point to having trained more than 2,000 (unique individual) pump and process-equipment pros in this manner—just since 2004. Some individuals and teams, though, have returned more than once.

Classes at Symposium XI included hands-on exploration of pumping-system optimization, centrifugal pump maintenance, and installation and maintenance of mechanical seals. The breakdown on attendees included the fact that:

  • nearly 75% were first-timers
  • roughly 2/3 were from Industry, and 1/3 from municipalities or related consulting-engineer groups
  • more than 50% had 10+ years experience in their field
  • 67% were in plant operations and maintenance
  • almost 25% were in either plant process or consulting engineering.

To learn more about the day’s activities and also pick up some helpful equipment-maintenance tips, check out the videos and photos on this page.

Hands-on was the key learning tool at the Geiger Mid-Atlantic Pump & Process Equipment Symposium XI, held Oct. 6, 2016 in Aston, PA. Above are several images of attendees in action during the day. Images provided by Craig Fuller.