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January 13, 2015
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Why Single-Sourcing is Bad

Responding to feedback from the field, our “Contrarian View” columnist explains why narrowing your supply-chain choices is a surefire way to choke off innovation. By Heinz Bloch, P.E. When a large, West-Coast refinery decided to purchase from a single provider of mechanical seals, it experienced problems because the supplier did not have technical parity in all […]

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January 13, 2015
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Uptime: Asset Management — When the ‘Line of Sight’ is Broken

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Consider this: New equipment was designed and purchased before maintenance and operations had been consulted. Training and documentation for the new equipment had been eliminated in the final stages of the project as a cost-saving measure. Shortly after installation, marketing launched a new product that the plant wasn’t prepared to […]

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November 4, 2014
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Uptime: TPM — A Foundation for Asset Management Systems, Part III

This conclusion of a three-part, special-focus “Uptime” series weaves the five basic TPM Pillars together in ways that can open the eyes and minds of those who are interested in the Asset Management journey—and help you achieve sustainable results along the way. Sadly, as discussed in Parts 1 and 2, many plants have boiled TPM […]

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September 28, 2014
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Uptime: TPM — A Foundation for Asset-Management Systems, Part II

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Last month’s “Uptime” column set the stage for this multi-part series by stating that if you can’t make Total Productive Maintenance work in your plant, you will surely struggle with the ISO-55000 Asset Management Standard. And while there are five basic Pillars of TPM, the most important is Improving Equipment […]

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July 8, 2014
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Yokogawa Corporation of America Appoints Daniel L. Duncan as COO

Yokogawa Corporation of America (YCA) has named Daniel L. Duncan as Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective July 1. Duncan comes to his new position from Siemens, where he had held various management roles since 1997. He had most recently served as Vice President and General Manager of the Oil & Gas Division, with responsibilities for […]

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June 26, 2014
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Easily Configure, Monitor and Troubleshoot FOUNDATION Fieldbus Devices

Emerson Process Management has released Version 3 of the USB Fieldbus Interface, providing users with an easy way to configure, monitor and troubleshoot FOUNDATION fieldbus devices in the field or the instrument shop. The USB Fieldbus Interface provides multiple options for commissioning and configuring FOUNDATION fieldbus devices. The devices can be commissioned, decommissioned and assigned device tags […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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