Archive | Preventive Maintenance

3:54 pm
November 25, 2015
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Schneider Electric Furthers IIoT Evolution

“The Industrial Internet of Things [IIoT] is an evolution, not a revolution,” was the lead statement at the Schneider Electric SPS Nuremberg show in Nuremberg, Germany, Nov. 24, 2015. To support that claim, Clemens Blum, Schneider’s executive vice president of industry business, referred to the description of a Schneider 1999 Computerworld Smithsonian Award that talked […]

3:03 am
November 16, 2015
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Consider The Common Cause Method

What appear to be stand-alone issues in different areas of a plant may actually have some things in common. Rooting out those factors is the only way to prevent such problems from recurring. By Randall Noon, P.E. Common-cause analysis is a relatively straightforward root-cause method. Sometimes referred to as “determining the cause of causes,” it’s used […]

7:35 pm
December 1, 2014
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My Take: Connecting Your Enterprise — Leveraging the Internet of Things

By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor This month’s cover asks “What’s Trending Now?” My take is that the “Internet of Things (IoT)” is one of the hottest topics out there, especially among the suppliers of technologies for consumer, commercial and industrial applications. Alas, among industrial end-users, the IoT may be one of the least understood trends. […]

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 […]

11:00 pm
July 1, 2014
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The 2013 NAME Award Winner: Redefining Excellence at Emergent BioSolutions

The Lansing, MI-based maker of the anthrax vaccine BioThrax tells how careful refinements of its already sophisticated maintenance operation brought them the coveted win. By Rick Carter, Executive Editor References to “customer service” are frequent at the Lansing, MI, campus of Emergent BioSolutions (EBS), Inc., winner of the 2013 NAME (North American Maintenance Excellence) Award. […]

1:24 am
June 20, 2014
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Save Cooling Tower Energy with These 10 Easy Maintenance Tips

Did you know that some simple cooling tower maintenance could help your facility save up to 15% on its electricity costs? Routine preventive maintenance also can help conserve water and extend the operating life of your cooling equipment. Over time, the leaving-water temperature of a neglected cooling tower will rise, as will the energy costs […]

3:58 am
June 9, 2014
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Compact-Footprint, Refrigerated Dryers for Rotary Compressors Offer Simplified Maintenance

Kaeser Compressors has released a new line of refrigerated dryers for use with rotary compressors up to 40 hp. The Kryosec TAH-TCH series can handle flows from 12 – 159 cfm. Incorporating copper-brazed stainless steel plate heat exchangers, they  provide drying at ambient temperatures up to 122 F. The units’ air-to-air and air-to-refrigerant heat exchangers are combined with […]

4:55 pm
June 3, 2014
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Honeywell Launches New Range of SmartLine Temperature Transmitters

Honeywell Process Solutions has launched a new range of SmartLine industrial temperature transmitters aimed at improving overall plant and personnel efficiency, even in harsh, noisy process environments. Part of the company’s SmartLine field-instrument portfolio, these products incorporate a number of efficiency-enhancing features, including advanced displays capable of showing process data in graphical formats and communicating messages from the control room. According to the manufacturer, […]