2012 POY Finalists: Maintenance Tools and Equipment
Finalists in the Maintenance Tools and Equipment category for the Plant Engineering 2012 Product of the Year competition.
Heavy-duty gear oils
The Mobil SHC Gear Series are heavy-duty gear oils designed for enclosed gearing, as well as plain and rolling element bearings. The series is designed to provide service in equipment protection, oil life, and problem-free operation, enabling increased customer productivity. The lubricants are formulated from synthetic base fluids with exceptional oxidation and thermal properties. The Mobil SHC Gear Series covers a viscosity range from ISO VG 150 to 6800, which allows the series to meet the lubrication needs of very slow speed and high-load/high-temperature gears and bearings.
Power quality analyzers
The Fluke 430 Series II three-phase power quality analyzers use patented algorithms to measure energy waste and quantify costs. By providing the ROI justification to mitigate power quality distortion, the 430 Series II helps reduce electrical power consumption and improve the performance and lifespan of electromechanical equipment. With the Unified Power function of the 430 Series II, electricians, utility technicians, electrical engineers, field service technicians, and energy consultants can determine how much power is being wasted and calculate the extra consumption costs. The improved screen quality and battery life on the 430 Series II gives users more options to analyze power quality and power consumption.
Vibration screening tool
The Fluke 805 Vibration Meter is a portable multifunction vibration screening tool, providing quantifiable information on the bearing and health of motors and other rotating equipment. The Fluke 805 has the ability to measure overall vibration, bearing condition, and surface temperature. The design of the Fluke 805 features a unique sensor tip that minimizes measurement variations caused by device angle or contact pressure, reducing operator error and improving accuracy. The vibration meter also has a severity scale for overall vibration and bearing condition.
Fluke’s Ti Series of five infrared cameras or thermal imagers offer a broad range of easy-to-use capabilities, capturing images of infrared energy or temperature. Fluke infrared cameras combine the power of infrared images with visible light images on the same display. The thermal imaging detects heat patterns or temperature changes in objects, allowing users to discover problems or monitor developing problems. Common applications of the Ti Series include electrical, mechanical, process, and building inspection.
ROTALIGN Ultra iS is a system designed by Prueftechnik for machinery alignment, combining sensALIGN intelligent sensor technology with ROTALIGN Ultra computer for fast acquisition and real-time results display. sensALIGN calculates misalignment from collected measurement points while monitoring the rotating angle, speed, acceleration, and environmental vibration. This eliminates external influences and coupling backlash, ending in accurate readings in harsh conditions. With ROTALIGN Ultra iS, users can accomplish alignment in three steps: Enter Dimension, Measure, and View Results.
The SeeSnake Max rM200 Camera System combines portability and versatility to provide plumbing professionals with a solution for inspecting longer and tighter lines up to 200 in. in length and 1-1/2 in. to 6 in. in diameter. The camera system features improved reel mechanics for easier passage through tight turns, an ultracompact camera capable of providing optimal lighting through narrow spaces, and an upgraded cable. This provides greater abrasion resistance and allows users to push further with less effort. The system comes equipped with a built-in docking system for attaching viewing monitors and is compatible with RIDGID SeeSnake CS10 and CS1000 digital recording monitors.
The wireless aisle-way beacon solution is a pushbutton and motion sensing technology providing users with the flexibility to position aisle-way beacons when and where they are needed. This allows plant operators to signal for parts, material refills, or machine maintenance in a timely manner. The design of the beacon allows for one, two, or four wireless pushbuttons to be linked. The motion sensor can be linked to the beacon for visible warning of approaching industrial vehicles, and the ultrasonic sensor can be linked for blind doorway applications.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.