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11:23 pm
May 15, 2015
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New Fluke Lenses Bring Different Worlds of Infrared Inspections Into Much Sharper Focus

Fluke is masterful when it comes to rolling out technologies and thought-provoking topics for industry. Take, for example, the recent information-packed “Measure of Innovation Summit” at the company’s headquarters in Everett, WA. I was just one of the many invited attendees (including end-users, consultants, thought-leaders from across industry and editors) treated to displays and demonstrations of almost too […]

7:07 pm
May 13, 2015
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Matrix Technology Fuels Performance of ‘Greenest Drive Ever’ from Yaskawa

According to Yaskawa, its new U1000 Industrial Matrix Drive not only  enhances performance beyond that of conventional AC drives, it is the “greenest” drive product the company has ever introduced. The manufacturer explains that unlike conventional AC drives, U1000 Industrial Matrix units incorporate a matrix of 9 bi-directional switches that convert a three-phase AC input voltage directly into a three-phase AC output voltage. This eliminates the […]

2:04 pm
May 1, 2015
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Information Technology Solutions

System Organizes and Manages Maintenance Data Anywhere, Anytime Benchmate Systems calls its easy-to-learn maintenance-management software “a simpler CMMS” designed for small- to medium-sized plants. System components include a Benchmate PDA Module that puts the power of the CMMS in a user’s hand, anywhere, anytime. Among other things, work assigned to a technician is downloaded to […]

8:53 pm
April 29, 2015
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Schneider Electric Introduces Modicon M580 Ethernet Programmable Automation Controller

Schneider Electric introduced the Modicon M580 Ethernet programmable automation controller (ePAC) this week at the company’s 2015 Global Automation Conference in Dallas. The latest addition to the Modicon family of controllers, this high-availability solution for mid- to high-end applications has been designed for users who need traceability in their processes and programs. According to the company, the M580 is the first PAC built […]

3:28 pm
April 7, 2015
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Bipartisan Coalition Bill Would Designate ‘Manufacturing Universities’

A bipartisan coalition of U.S. senators introduced legislation last month to help schools strengthen their engineering programs and meet the growing demands of 21st century manufacturing. The bill would designate 25 universities as ‘Manufacturing Universities’ and provide incentives to better align educational offerings with the needs of modern manufacturers. The incentives would be used to […]

6:26 pm
April 1, 2015
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My Take: Priming The Pump — No Heroics Required

By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor Our publication is not alone in highlighting innovative solutions to industry’s skilled-worker crisis. In a March 10 New York Times article, Patricia Cohen discussed growing partnerships between companies and community colleges to sate the “insistent hunger” for welders (one of several “disappearing” critical skills) in the Gulf Coast energy industry. […]

6:20 pm
April 1, 2015
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For On The Floor: Strong Salaries and Benefits Cannot Stem Skills Shortage

By Rick Carter, Executive Editor In the three years since we last asked our Maintenance Technology Reader Panelists about their salaries and benefits, the economy and the manufacturing sector have both improved. For the most part, our Panelists have been carried upward by this rising tide: They’ve received raises and bonuses along the way, some […]

6:18 pm
April 1, 2015
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Lubrication Checkup: Managing Change

By Dr. Lube, aka Ken Bannister Symptom: We have a full lubrication program in place with two teams looking after different parts of the plant. All four specialists (two per team) have had the same training and use identical processes and procedures. However, over a six-month period, one side of the plant has seen reduced […]