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8:28 pm
February 3, 2016
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Tecogen Deploying GE Equipment Insight Solution to Optimize CHP Fleet

Tecogen Inc. (Waltham, MA) has announced a pilot-deployment program involving installation of GE’s Equipment Insight technology on new combined heat and power (CHP) equipment sold by the company in 2016. It also has begun rolling out the solution on selective deployments across its existing installed base. In its most basic form, CHP technology combines on-site power generation with heating […]


3:09 am
January 25, 2016
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Rockwell Automation and Sunset Learning Institute Expand Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) Training/Certifications

Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee) and Reston, VA-based Sunset Learning Institute (SLI) are teaming up to improve and increase access to continuing education and certifications surrounding the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT). According to the two companies, Rockwell Automation is increasing its investment in an IoT training curriculum. The company has rolled out several courses and a certification program […]


2:17 am
January 25, 2016
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AutomationDirect Now Offers NITRA Pneumatic Precision Regulators

According to AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA), its extensive line of NITRA pneumatic parts now includes a wide range of American-made precision regulators designed for applications such as control and analysis instrumentation, medical equipment actuation, web-tensioning, high-grade paint booths, and drink process machines. NITRA BR and BFR Series Regulators are designed for use in systems that require […]


7:15 pm
January 13, 2016
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Marine-Compliant Parker Kittiwake Procal 1200M Collects and Processes Shipboard Emissions and Scrubber Data

London-based Parker Kittiwake Procal (Procal), a supplier of continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS) for marine, power, and offshore applications, has launched the Procal 1200M data gathering system and control unit for maritime use. In addition to collecting and processing data from the manufacturer’s marine emissions analyzers, the Procal 1200M is capable of sending and receiving data […]


2:28 am
January 13, 2016
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Yokogawa Acquires Cloud-Based Data Service Provider Industrial Evolution Inc.

In a move that strengthens its ability to provide Internet of Things (IoT)-based solutions to the process industries, Tokyo-based Yokogawa Electric Corp. (Yokogawa Corporation of America) has acquired Industrial Evolution Inc. (Phoenix), a provider of cloud-based plant data-sharing services. Expanding this type of advanced solutions business in the industrial automation and control field is one of […]


8:33 pm
January 12, 2016
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You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure

Just how much revenue can your process operations afford to lose? Shakopee, MN-based Emerson Process Management ( has released an Engineer Insight Report to help industrial end-users better understand where and how energy can be saved in their operations. Entitled Top 5 Measurements for Energy Efficiency, it identifies priorities with equipment systems that “should be […]


8:25 pm
January 12, 2016
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Use Infrared to Detect Underground Leaks

Suspect a buried leak? Thermography can help you find it. By James Seffrin, Director, Infraspection Institute Leaks are a common problem with underground piping systems. Under the correct conditions, infrared thermography can help you detect evidence of leaks from buried systems that carry hot or cold product. This set of images shows a thermal pattern created […]


8:13 pm
January 12, 2016
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Pitting Reveals Gear Issues

Best-practice maintenance varies based on component type. By Neville Sachs, P.E. Understanding gear and reducer metallurgies is the first step toward effective inspection and maintenance of these components (see “Hardness, Lubrication are Keys to Gear Inspection, p. 41, Maintenance Technology, Dec. 2015). Once that’s accomplished, the next step is to look at the contact pattern of […]