Safety and instrumentation

Moore Industries has launched a dedicated section of its web site ( to provide an overview of product certification and safety-related instrumentation issues for process control instrumentation. The site includes a link to the company's E-HELP EXPRESS support service, white papers, and technical articles concerning important product certification and safety instrumentation issues, and fact sheets on emerging topics.

Lockout procedures

Brady Identification Services Group provides professional graphical lockout procedures development and installation to quickly implement an OSHA-compliant program. Engineers assess and analyze equipment lockout needs, develop graphical lockout procedures, install the procedures, and create and install energy source tags at each lockout point. Brady Signmark Write 317 on PE card

Safety light curtain

The latest version of the C 4000 series safety light curtain is a self-contained, noncontact, control-reliable, machine safeguarding device that combines high resolution with small size and increased functionality. Units feature a small profile cross-section with protective heights ranging from 300 to 1800 mm. Sensing resolutions of 14, 20, 30, and 40 mm are available with scanning ranges up to 19 m. SICK, Inc. Write 318 on PE card

Cooling headband

Icy Blue Ones contain cooling crystals that provide up to 24 hr of heat relief. Bandanna ties around neck or forehead, and headband wraps around brow with hook-and-loop fasteners. Products are soaked in cool water for 20 minutes and then worn for comfort and convenience. American Allsafe Write 319 on PE card

Fire suppression

Aero-K fire suppression aerosol generators are highly effective extinguishing agents that are nontoxic, noncorrosive, and virtually maintenance-free. Aerosol suspends in air and vents easily after discharge. Installation does not require pressure vessels, piping, or expensive manpower, and involves very low cost. Fire Combat Write 320 on PE card

The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
Doubling down on digital manufacturing; Data driving predictive maintenance; Electric motors and generators; Rewarding operational improvement
2017 Lubrication Guide; Software tools; Microgrids and energy strategies; Use robots effectively
Prescriptive maintenance; Hannover Messe 2017 recap; Reduce welding errors
The cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Research team developing Tesla coil designs; Implementing wireless process sensing
Commissioning electrical systems; Designing emergency and standby generator systems; Paralleling switchgear generator systems
Natural gas engines; New applications for fuel cells; Large engines become more efficient; Extending boiler life

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
The maintenance journey has been a long, slow trek for most manufacturers and has gone from preventive maintenance to predictive maintenance.
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me