Read the latest entries to each of Plant Engineering's blogs.
Lachance on CMMS is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group. Lachance has been developing and perfecting the company’s CMMS solution for the maintenance professional for 18 years.
Marshall on Maintenance is provided by the Marshall Institute, an asset management consulting and training company dedicated to helping companies improve the maintenance contribution to their organizational performance.
Machine Safety is J.B. Titus's blog in which he discusses machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis, operating efficiencies and cost savings, as well as all relevant safety standards, such as those from NFPA, ANSI, RIA, IEC, ISO and OSHA.
Research Analyst blogs are provided by IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry. These analyst blogs discuss hot topics in the following industries: Automotive + Transport, Communications + Wireless, Consumer Electronics, Displays, Factory Automation, Financial + ID Technologies, Lighting + LEDs, Power + Energy, Security + Fire, and Semiconductors.
CMMS conventional wisdom tells us to schedule our machine preventive maintenance items on a calendar, but what if it's too early to check and replace a part?
Companies spend a bundle on inventory management software to avoid overstocks and outages. But maintenance teams have a friend in CMMS.
Better management of corrective and preventive work orders means a more efficient maintenance team will provide workers more capacity and reduce unnecessary overtime
So often prospects and clients ask me how to “go mobile” with CMMS. Their question typically starts off in the middle of the mobile process: “I want to use barcode scanning. Where do I begin?”
When it comes to maintenance, don’t underestimate the value of CMMS consulting and maintenance organization analysis.
Even with OSHA's good intent, catastrophic incidents were still happening, especially in the petroleum industry.
Without routines, you run the risk of causing undue suffering on the machinery parts or end up with a monumental mess to clean up.
In practice, it’s easier to ‘build’ a world class MRO process from one that is mature and functioning, rather than from scratch.
As much as some CMMS vendors don’t like to admit it, not every CMMS implementation has been a resounding success.
What does the word performance mean to your organization? When I hear the word performance I envision a Formula Race Car at the head of the pack or an Olympic athlete crossing the finish line.
New quantitative requirements for designing safety-related parts of the control system (SRP/CS) have created many discussions. Even with new requirements from ISO 13849-1, this updated standard...
Industrial executives are engaged more than ever in operational risk oversight. This certainly includes machine safety.
Is PAC the newest PLC? Is there less risk for machine safety in using one or the other?
How inclusive is effective grounding for machine safety? Should safe machine grounding consider hand rails, walkways, and protective fencing?
How can the ambient air temperature range from -30 to +120 degrees Fahrenheit inside a manufacturing plant? The product specs call for certification at -5 to +30 degrees Centigrade for safe...
Most major airlines will offer connectivity at some point in the next ten years.
The electric vehicle charging station market is at risk of losing direction once government backed projects evaporate.
The machine-tool industry continues to be the largest sector for the global motion control market.
With 6 weeks still left in 2012, it has already been a year to remember for in-flight connectivity.
Silicon’s vice-like grip of the power electronics market in coming under increasing pressure from a pair of wide bandgap semiconductors.