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9:20 pm
May 24, 2017
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FLIR Systems Taps James J. Cannon as New President and CEO

FLIR CEO Appointment_ Jim Cannon_5-23-2017FLIR Systems Inc. (Wilsonville, OR) has announced the appointment of James J. (“Jim”) Cannon as president and chief executive officer, effective June 19, 2017. He succeeds Andy Teich, whose retirement after 33 years of service was announced in February of this year.

According to the company, Cannon’s extensive and varied leadership experience, together with his proven operational expertise and ability to adapt business strategies to meet evolving market needs, makes him ideally suited to lead FLIR and its portfolio of technology-based products and applications. He had previously served for more than 16 years in a variety of senior leadership positions at Stanley Black & Decker Inc., most recently as president of Stanley Security North America & Emerging Markets. Prior to that, he was president of the company’s Industrial & Automotive Repair (IAR) business unit, first in North America and later  in Europe and Latin America, before then serving as president of Stanley Oil & Gas.

Cannon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.  He’ll be based at FLIR’s Wilsonville, OR headquarters.

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3:55 pm
May 4, 2017
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Fluke Accelix Merges Data Silos

The new Accelix platform, introduced today by Fluke Corp., Everett, WA (fluke.com), connects the company’s eMaint cloud-based CMMS with its Fluke Connect Wireless test tools and Fluke Condition Monitoring. The key development is that the platform eliminates manual digital entry, allowing reliability and maintenance professionals to quickly gather data and, most important, actually do something with the information.

  • The platform is designed to address issues in several areas:
    There are a third fewer manufacturing facilities today than existed prior to the recession. All are operating at higher productivity levels with smaller teams.
  • Continuous margin pressure has converted maintenance from a cost center to a bottom-line contributor, but maintenance metrics don’t convert to top line KPIs.
  • Increased quality and transparency requirements at all levels.
  • “My team doesn’t speak data. They fix machines. How do I get buy-in?”
  • Younger workers expect answers right away.
  • Small- to medium-sized plants don’t have data scientists.
  • Best people have been promoted to management levels and the team under them is lean and green. Moving forward is hard.
  • There are too many technology choices and not enough obvious ROI.
  • “Taking advantage of IIOT? Not without a WiFi hotspot or cell coverage! We can’t use smart devices on the floor.”
  • “I have so many different legacy proprietary systems I can’t get an overall viewpoint, much less standardize or scale.”

Accelix makes maintenance activities and data visible and connects the reliability and maintenance team to the rest of the enterprise. Because it’s SaaS (software as a service), the platform is accessible and targeted at small- and mid-sized manufacturing operations. According to Kevin Clark, Strategic Alliances Director, Fluke Digital Systems, “Our culture is ready for this. They want data right now.”

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7:14 pm
February 22, 2017
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MindShare Design Acquires CMMS Provider WorkStraight

Screen Shot 2017-02-22 at 12.56.44 PMMindShare Design, Inc., (Oakland, CA) has announced the acquisition of WorkStraight (Newport Beach, CA), a growing player in the computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) arena.

Screen Shot 2017-02-22 at 12.45.44 PMWorkStraight’s software solutions are used in a wide range of operations to manage, monitor, and control maintenance operations, resources, field marketing, construction, and more. Its web-based, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution can be accessed on PCs, smartphones, tablets, and other browser-based devices.

According to the two companies, MindShare Design’s suite of business-acceleration tools, software, and data expertise combined with WorkStraight’s work-order management product represents a critical convergence in the marketing and ultimate delivery of solutions that ensure uptime and maximize return on assets for maintenance and operations managers.

For more information on Mindshare Design, CLICK HERE.

To learn more about WorkStraight’s solutions, CLICK HERE.

 

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11:34 pm
February 8, 2017
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Emerson Introduces ‘Industry First’ WirelessHART Power Meter

Screen Shot 2017-02-08 at 4.31.12 PMEmerson (Mansfield, OH) has introduced what it says is “industry’s first” WirelessHART Power Meter. Part of the company’s pervasive-sensing portfolio, the device provides electrical demand- and consumption-measurement through a secure and reliable network for a range of applications, including, those found in processing, industrial, cold-chain storage facilities, and data centers, among others.

Screen Shot 2017-02-08 at 4.31.31 PMHow It Works
Incorporating WirelessHART technology in a revenue-grade wireless power meter, the new product is said to be capable of delivering a unique measurement solution that will greatly improve energy efficiency and sustainability.

WirelessHART technology, coupled with the power meter’s small physical footprint, simplifies and speeds installation of the unit and allows sites to monitor voltage, current, power, energy, and other electrical parameters on single- and three-phase electrical systems in real-time with revenue-grade accuracy. Real-time monitoring of electricity consumption and instantaneous demand enables more granular energy management and effective equipment monitoring, securely and reliably.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

 

 

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7:27 pm
February 2, 2017
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Fluke Rolls Out Remote-Condition-Monitoring Lease Option

Screen Shot 2017-02-02 at 11.14.54 AMFluke Corp. (Everett, WA) has introduced a lease option for a bundle of its Condition Monitoring technology and support. According to the company, this leasing arrangement can help facilities keep tabs on critical equipment for a fraction of the cost of the current bundled purchase option.

Configured to meet a site’s needs, a leased bundle consists of multiple sensor options (electrical, temperature, or power monitoring), Fluke Connect Condition Monitoring Software, and service support. Fluke notes that not only is the system quick to install, flexible, and non-invasive, its easy setup allows technicians to begin viewing data in less than an hour.

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The system’s remote-monitoring capabilities support, among other things, troubleshooting plant equipment, expanding an operation’s preventive-maintenance protocol, and conducting load analysis. Appropriate personnel can access the Fluke Connect secure cloud anytime, from anywhere, to evaluate trends and set alarms.

Sites that enter into a bundled Fluke Condition-Monitoring lease agreement can easily upgrade their technologies. The hardware in these leased bundles will always be covered by warranty.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

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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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