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1:12 am
January 18, 2017
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IDCON Grows Latin American Footprint with New Alliance Partner

Christer Idhammar, founder of IDCON INC., discusses his company's approach to maintenance maintenance productivity.

Christer Idhammar, founder of IDCON Inc., presents on his company’s approach to enhancing maintenance productivity.

IDCON Inc. (Raleigh, NC) has entered into a Latin American Alliance with the Cumbria Management and Projects group (Santiago, Chile). Terms of the agreement call for the two organizations to use IDCON’s philosophy, methodology, and documentation in providing professional services and training in the areas of reliability, maintenance, and asset management, for industrial clients across South America.

The newly established Latin American Alliance between IDCON and Cumbria will include Chile, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Guyana, Venezuela, Suriname, and French Guyana.

Screen Shot 2017-01-17 at 6.35.03 PMIDCON, which already has strategic alliances in Canada, Europe, Russia, Asia, and Australia to service its clients, provides management consulting in all sectors of the processing and manufacturing industries to reduce the overall cost of production through improved maintenance work management. All of these services are based on IDCON’s “Results Oriented Reliability and Maintenance (RORM)” approach that the company has developed over the years, through extensive project experience.

Screen Shot 2017-01-17 at 6.26.21 PMCumbria is in the business of providing professional services in Business Management, Project Management, Change Management, Organizational Development and Continuous Improvement Processes. Cumbria’s IDCON Alliance Brand names include “Cumbria an IDCON Alliance Partner” and/or “Cumbria e IDCON Avocados.”


4:34 pm
January 10, 2017
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Fluke Introduces Online Motor and Drive Troubleshooting Course

screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-10-16-13-amFluke Corp. (Everett, WA) has announced the availability of an online Motor and Drive Troubleshooting Course. Developed, like other Fluke training offerings, by the company’s subject matter experts, this learning option is designed for maintenance professionals who have a working understanding of motor-drive systems. The goal is to help participants gain practical diagnostic skills needed to better understand motor/drive system health and improve equipment reliability, including, specifically:

  • How to improve motor/drive inspection and diagnostic skills for quick repairs
  • How to evaluate component failure, installation issues, and deeper system-level issues
  • How to identify the root cause of failures

The Fluke Motor and Drive Troubleshooting Course is divided into three modules that can be taken separately or as a package. They include:

  • Module 1: How to assess erratic problems in motor-drive systems
  • Module 2: How to assess repeat problems in motor-drive systems
  • Module 3: How to prevent motor-drive problems from recurring

According to Fluke, while the three modules work best when taken together in sequence, participants are welcome to select only those that interest them.

Individual 1 ½-hr. modules are priced at $110 each. The full 4-hr. course is offered for $300. Participants who complete the full course (all three modules) and pass the final test will receive a certificate of completion.

For more information, CLICK HERE.


5:46 pm
January 4, 2017
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Emerson AMS 6500 Machinery Health Monitor Earns SIL 2 Rating

screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-11-25-25-amEmerson (Knoxville, TN) has announced that its AMS 6500 Machinery Health Monitor is now certified for Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 2. The AMS 6500 provides predictive intelligence and protection capabilities that help sites achieve Operational Certainty through improved reliability and safety.

Whether operations need SIL- certified equipment to meet company guidelines or to comply with legal requirements, SIL ratings help evaluate whether a specific technology meets the selected risk tolerance for industrial applications.

Common examples of process applications where SIL 2 advanced safety integrities are needed are steam and gas turbines in power plants and critical refinery and nuclear industry assets.

For more information on the AMS 6500, CLICK HERE.



6:21 pm
December 26, 2016
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Juniper Systems’ Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet Does It All, in Any Environment

screen-shot-2016-12-26-at-11-41-29-amAccording to Juniper Systems (Logan, UT), its recently introduced Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet means the days of juggling multiple devices to collect and analyze data, even in the toughest environments out there, are gone.

Containing everything a technician needs in one sleek package, the Mesa 2 offers what Juniper says is highest-rated protection against water and dust of any tablet on the market, and can go into the harshest environments imaginable. Running Windows 10, this lightweight, ergonomically designed tablet features what the manufacturer refers to as a “racing-fast processor,” a large, 7-in., extra-bright display for easily viewing maps or images, and all-day battery power lasting up to 15 hours.

screen-shot-2016-12-26-at-11-42-44-amGiven the product’s full Windows operating system and wide range of data-collection software and apps from which to choose, users can conduct an entire data- collection process from start to finish with this device. That includes taking photos, recording field notes, and capturing a GNSS location, then analyzing any data that’s been collected. Data can also be transferred to another computer or network by way of Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth.

Built to be ultra-tough, the Mesa 2 offers these durability ratings/capabilities:

  • IP68 waterproof and dustproof
  • Operating temperature: -4 F to 122 F (-20 C to 50 C)
  • Storage temperature: -22 F to 158 F (-30 C to 70 C)
  • Shockproof: multiple drops from 4′ (1.2–1.5 m) onto concrete
  • Designed for MIL-STD-810G test procedures: Method 500.5 Low Pressure (Altitude); Method 501.5 High Temperature; Method 502.5 Low Temperature; Method 503.5 Temperature Shock; Method 506.5 Rain; Method 507.5 Humidity; Method 510.5 Sand and Dust; Method 512.5 Immersion; Method 514.6 Vibration; Method 516.6

View a short “Mesa 2 Torture Test” video here.

The Mesa 2’s battery lasts a full 8 to 10 hours on one charge. The company notes that users who need more power can opt for an additional built-in battery that provides an extra 4 to 5 hours of runtime, plus hot-swap capability for easily changing batteries during extra-long days that result in overtime work.

For more information on Juniper Systems’ complete line of products, CLICK HERE.



1:58 pm
December 7, 2016
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Schneider Electric Introduces RefineryWise Solution for Oil & Gas

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-10-05-01-pmSchneider Electric, has announced the availability of RefineryWise for the Oil & Gas industry.The manufacturer notes that this solution helps refiners transform their businesses to achieve greater operational excellence through improved visibility into contextualized, actionable data, from the process automation layer through the enterprise business system layer, and from crude feed planning to final product blending.

According to the company, RefineryWise addresses both internal and external pressures refineries face in maintaining a responsive, decisive and collaborative workforce amid industry challenges of dynamic demand, tightened regulations, and technology evolution. It does so by leveraging a portfolio of world-class applications from Schneider Electric Software and an Application Integration Framework that can be used with other legacy third-party content. Pulled together with a user-configurable unified data model, it then adds KPI Management and Decision Management with Workflows to enable the digital workforce.

Features and capabilities of RefineryWise include:

  • Improved collaboration and operational visibility of the entire value chain.
  • Improved collaboration and operational visibility of the entire value chain.
  • Optimization of the entire value chain from actionable business insights with industry-leading applications in process optimization, unified planning and scheduling, asset performance management, offsite optimization and mobile workforce management.
  • Reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) through a user-configurable, unified data model,
  • Increased operational excellence through performance and asset benchmarking (including operating boundary thresholds) across the enterprise, i.e., a highly configurable user interface can generate any KPI or arithmetic expression(s).
  • Capture of critical plant knowledge and provide a linkage between performance events, their root cause, and a list of potential actions depending on financial and scheduling parameters within a single system to avoid time consuming data gathering and analysis.

Included in the offering is Schneider Electric’s Customer FIRST Software Maintenance and Support Program that enables access to the latest software upgrades, expert technical assistance, and self-help tools to improve operational effectiveness.

To learn more about RefineryWise, CLICK HERE.



8:06 pm
November 30, 2016
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Siemens Announces Upcoming Changes in U.S. Leadership

screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-1-53-30-pmSiemens Corp. (Washington, DC) has announced that Eric Spiegel, CEO of Siemens in the U.S., will be leaving the company at the end of the year. Lisa Davis has been appointed chair and CEO of the corporation, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Judith Marks has been appointed Siemens CEO U.S., effective the same date.

“Eric has grown Siemens’ business and furthered our reputation in the U.S. as a critical contributor to the country’s economic, manufacturing, and innovation engines, and we thank him for his leadership,” said Davis, who heads the company’s global energy operations from its oil and gas headquarters in Houston. “Judy has a deep knowledge of Siemens’ entire portfolio that will serve us well during this time of transition and into the future.”

Marks began her career at Siemens in 2011 as president and CEO of Siemens Government Technologies Inc., where she led the company’s approach to the federal market. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with Lockheed Martin and its predecessor companies. Marks will be taking on her new responsibilities as CEO U.S. in addition to her duties as the executive vice president of Siemens’ Dresser-Rand business.

Siemens has had a presence in the United States for more than 160 years, and has invested $35 billion in America just in the last 15 years alone. Today, the company has 50,000 employees and approximately 75 manufacturing sites in the U.S.

For more information, CLICK HERE.


6:35 pm
November 16, 2016
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ITT PRO Services Launches ‘Next-Gen’ PumpSmart PS220 Control And Protection Solution

ITT’s PRO Services brand (Seneca Falls, NY), characterizes its recently launched PumpSmart PS220 as a “next-generation” intelligent pump control and protection solution. Providing variable-speed control for single and multiple pumps, the PS220 is said to offer a number of important capabilities and benefits. Among them:

  • Patented pump-protection technology that protects against upset conditions such as dry run, minimum flow, and cavitation, resulting in improved reliability and safety of the pump systems.
  • Advanced sensorless algorithms that determine critical performance parameters and provide valuable process insight and diagnostic data. Premier process control functionality comes with robust redundancy to maximize process uptime.


Adarsh Iyengar, global director for the brand’s Monitoring & Controls business, points to a number of specific features of the PS220, including six-pump Multipump Control, a Flow Totalizer, Intelligent Sleep, Flow Economy, and minimum-flow bypass valve control. “These features,” he said, “deliver exceptional value to our customers as they better optimize pump control strategies and lower system design and operating costs compared to other variable-speed drives that have pump functionality.”

For more information, CLICK HERE.

EDITOR’S NOTE: By protecting against pump failure due to process upsets, PumpSmart technology keeps operations running longer and reduces unplanned repair activities and expense. By right-sizing pumps to the systems they are running, the technology helps reduce energy consumption and wear and tear on the process systems.

CLICK HERE to see how PumpSmart Technology works.



4:35 pm
November 16, 2016
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Zebra Technologies Introduces Rugged, Enterprise-Class TC5 Series Touch Mobile Computers

screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-9-44-32-amAccording to Zebra Technologies Corp. (Lincolnshire, IL), its recently introduced TC5 Series of devices represents the “next evolution” in enterprise mobile computing. Developed for retail and field mobility applications, the lineup of rugged, enterprise-class TC51 and TC56 touch mobile computers has been designed to satisfy the durability, power, and security needs of business users, while offering intuitive consumer design that meets the expectations of today’s end users.

Features and Capabilities

  • Said to be “as easy to use as consumer smartphones,” devices in the TC5 Series are designed to withstand accidental drops into water or onto concrete and used in dusty areas.
  • Running the Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) operating system, the series is supported by Zebra’s Mobility DNA suite of application security, development tools, and mobile end-user apps.
  • A 1.8 GHz hexa-core 64-bit processor helps enterprise apps run up to five times faster while consuming 15% less power than other devices running on quad core platforms.
  • Innovative productivity-design features include an easily removable and replaceable battery pack, a large 5-in. display, and customizable Active Edge Touch Zones for one-touch access to the most frequently used device features and apps.
  • The TC5 Series also provides the operational ease of support for a better total cost of ownership (TCO,  as well as fastest, dependable wireless connections inside and outside with 802.11ac/r/k Wi-Fi connectivity for superior roaming capability, and 4G LTE WWAN.

For more information, CLICK HERE.