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5:01 pm
September 11, 2015
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Seven Steps to Maximum Belt Life

Take a few extra minutes to help these components deliver on their promise of long, trouble-free service. Drive belts often receive less attention than they deserve from plant personnel. And why not? The cost of these consumable items is relatively low compared with other components. Improperly installed and tensioned belts, however, can add to operating […]

4:51 pm
September 8, 2015
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Emerson Expands Safety-Monitoring Leadership with Spectrex Acquisition

Emerson (St. Louis) has acquired Spectrex, Inc., a New Jersey-based manufacturer of flame and open-path gas detectors. The company will become part of the Emerson Process Management Rosemount portfolio of measurement and analytical technologies. The addition of Spectrex is said to give Emerson the most comprehensive line of flame, gas, and ultrasonic leak-detection safety-monitoring solutions in the industry. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. […]

1:54 pm
August 12, 2015
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Mitsubishi Electric Introduces F800 Series VFD for Precise Motor Control, Maximum Energy Savings

Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. (Vernon Hills, IL) has introduced an F800 Series variable frequency drive (VFD) that offers precise motor-speed control with maximum energy-savings. Designed specifically to improve air-movement efficiency, the low-voltage, multi-funtional F800 is suitable for a range of HVAC applications, including air handlers, cooling towers, and pump, as well as for industrial pump and fan applications. Embedded motor control algorithms optimize AC motor voltage […]

8:10 pm
July 10, 2015
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Drive Strategy With Performance Metrics

Use this culture- and target-based method to unlock the hidden value of your measurements, and holistically improve your manufacturing operations. By David A. Rosenthal, P.E., CMRP For most companies, manufacturing strategy focuses on safety, cost, quality, productivity, reliability, delivery, and flexibility. Those elements are measured through performance metrics. Metrics help determine the achievement of goals for the […]

6:18 pm
July 10, 2015
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Forward Observations: Louder Than Words

By Rick Carter, Executive Editor I’ve been to the sustainability mountain, so to speak. I found it in upstate New York recently during a meeting with Bob Bechtold, the 67-year-old president and owner of custom injection-molder Harbec Inc. Shortly into our conversation (which forms this month’s feature, “Carbon-Neutral Lifestyle Drives Molding Company,” p. 24) I […]

1:45 pm
June 15, 2015
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Live Updates From the IEEE Pulp & Paper Industry Technology Conference

Maintenance Technology’s managing editor Jane Alexander reports this week from IEEE’s 61st Pulp & Paper Industry Technology Conference in Milwaukee, WI. Presented by the Industry Applications Society of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), this event is highlighting information that holds value for end users across all process industries. Check back for some of […]

4:40 pm
June 12, 2015
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Friction, Fluid Optimize High-Inertia Systems

By Greg Cober, Altra Industrial Motion Centrifugal clutches and fluid couplings allow maximum torque delivery in high-inertia-load applications with less energy and smaller motors. High-inertia loads are common in a wide range of mining, bulk conveying, and other industrial processes. Centrifugal clutches and fluid couplings reflect mature technologies that are still used in these types of high-performance […]

12:53 pm
June 8, 2015
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Live Updates from Mainstream 2015

Gary Parr, editorial director, is in Denver, CO, to attend the 2015 Mainstream Conference. Check in regularly to hear audio updates and follow us @MTMagazine on Twitter for regular tweets. Day Two, first report Welcome back to those who have been listening to my reports and welcome to those who are just discovering my ramblings. […]