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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.”

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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.

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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.

 

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8:22 pm
December 7, 2016
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Big Payoff with Mobile Work Orders

In their presentation “Mobile Work Order Execution,” Diego Izarra and Jack Craighton shared some telling benefits from the use of mobile work order systems. The talk was given as part of Schneider Electric’s Empowering the Mobile Workforce in Process Industries conference, held Dec. 5 to 7 in Houston.

According to the speakers, use a mobile work order solution and you could potential see

  • safety incidents reduced to zero
  • work capacity increased 10% to 20%
  • labor productivity increase by more than 50%
  • rework drop 15% to 20%
  • downtime production delays reduced 20% to 30%
  • preventable failures slashed by 90%.

They also stated that mobile a mobile system can improve wrench time, material coordination, planning, work flow, scheduling, field supervision, and travel.

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12:39 pm
December 7, 2016
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Questions to Ponder

Patrick Schwerdtfeger inspires attendees with his “Disrupting Technology” Dec. 5 talk at Schneider Electric’s Empowering the Mobile Workforce in Process Industries conference in Houston.

Patrick Schwerdtfeger inspires attendees with his “Disrupting Technology” Dec. 5 talk at Schneider Electric’s Empowering the Mobile Workforce in Process Industries conference in Houston.

Good inspirational speakers are, well, inspirational, and Patrick Schwerdtfeger’s “Disrupting Technology” Dec. 5 talk at Schneider Electric’s Empowering the Mobile Workforce in Process Industries conference (Houston) certainly got the wheels turning. Inspirational speakers also give you some takeaways to ponder on the flight home and/or to post on the company bulletin board. Schwerdfeger’s takeaways were some thought-provoking questions:

  • What is the biggest threat to your industry?
  • Who is your worst supplier? Would you benefit by bringing that work in-house?
  • What else do your customers want?
  • How could your assets be used differently?
  • How can you achieve your 10-yr. plan in six months?

He also pointed out that when it comes to disruption in any industry, most are looking in the wrong place. Disruption doesn’t come from within an industry but almost always come from adjacent markets. In other words, people with game-changing ideas usually start in a related arena and then have an impact on you as they look to expand their business/find new applications. Some get blind-sided and savvy people proactively look in adjacent industries for ideas/technologies/opportunities that give them a competitive advantage.—Gary L. Parr, editorial director

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6:00 pm
December 2, 2016
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Emerson Network Power Becomes ‘Vertiv,’ Gets New CEO

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-11-47-30-amThe business formerly known as Emerson Network Power has officially launched a campaign to rebrand the standalone company as Vertiv and announced the appointment of industry veteran Rob Johnson as CEO. Platinum Equity recently acquired the business from Emerson in a transaction valued in excess of $4 billion. (Emerson is also retaining a minority interest in the rebranded company.)

About Vertiv (vertivco.com)
screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-11-44-40-amVertiv is a global provider of mission-critical infrastructure technologies for vital applications in data centers, communication networks, and commercial and industrial environments. Headquartered in Columbus, OH, the company has more than 20,000 employees and more than 25 manufacturing and assembly facilities worldwide.

Under the Vertiv banner, the business will build on the broad portfolio of product and service offerings for power, thermal, and IT management capabilities it previously offered as Emerson Network Power, including its flagship brands ASCO, Chloride, Liebert, NetSure, and Trellis

Rob Johnson, Vertiv’s newly announced CEO, comes to the position from that of an operating partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture-capital firm based in Menlo Park, CA. Johnson previously spent 10 years at American Power Conversion (APC), a leader in data-center infrastructure, where, in 2007,  he was serving as president and CEO when the company was sold to Schneider Electric. While at APC, he also served as general manager of the company’s Availability Enhancement Group.

Prior to his time at APC, Johnson worked in executive positions at Consolidated Container Corp. In 1989, he founded Systems Enhancement Corp. (SEC), a company that created innovative software and hardware solutions for the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) industry. He sold SEC to APC in 1997.

For more information about Vertiv, CLICK HERE.

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3:39 pm
December 2, 2016
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FS-Elliott Expands Distribution

elliotFS-Elliott Co., LLC, Export, PA, a manufacturer of oil-free, centrifugal compressors, has reached new distribution agreements with Dynamic Compressor Services, Rockwood, MI, CDA Systems, Livermore, CA, Power Equipment Co., Memphis, TN, and Rasmussen Air & Gas Energy, Waterloo, NE.

Joining a network of more than 75 distributors and representatives worldwide, the four new distributors are staffed with factory-trained sales representatives and service technicians, providing full support for local FS-Elliott customers. Services include installation and startup assistance, maintenance training, operator training, and remote or on-site technical support. These distributors maintain extensive inventories, providing immediate access to quality OEM parts for emergency or planned repairs.

“The caliber of distributors that we have added this year will allow us to reinforce our commitment to delivering quality products and services to our valued customers,” stated Will Collett, Director of Global Industrial Sales. “Delivering this level of quality to customers is something we are known for, and we are thrilled to bring our newest distributors on board to continue that strong reputation together.”

To locate your nearest FS-Elliott distributor, please visit www.fs-elliott.com/locate-distributor.

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