Robotics August 16, 2019

Collaborative robotics open doors for manufacturing

In labor-constrained industries, collaborative robots could boost productivity.

By Tom Kurowski
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 14, 2019

Take baby steps on IIoT

Collect usable data as the first step toward effective analysis.

By Tim Faillo
Arc Flash August 13, 2019

Are you aware of arc flash hazards?

Be cognizant about hazards, preventive measures and the dire consequences of an arc flash event.

By Steve Park, Director, Engineering and Technical Support
Machine Safety August 8, 2019

Four steps to safer plant machinery

Risk assessment is one key – and don’t forget the data.

By Tim Loria, Allen Tubbs, and Joaquin Ocampo
Motors, Drives August 16, 2019

Motors, fans, pumps, compressors: IIoT avoids downtime

Think Again: Remote monitoring, sensors, analytics and real-time intelligence is helping those who manufacture, use, and repair motors and attached critical assets to avoid downtime with prescriptive maintenance technologies, says EASA and Plant Engineering research.

By Mark T. Hoske
Webcasts August 20, 2019

Plant Data and Connectivity: The Building Blocks for Industrial Transformation

Recent technology innovations have made IT/OT convergence a necessity and a reality, but complexities arise from a short-term view of plant data and connectivity needs. Operational technology (OT) users can mitigate this by working collaboratively with information technology (IT) to develop an implementation plan that addresses complexities and limitations for a positive future outlook.

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Effective maintenance of waste grabs ensures continued safe and reliable performance. Courtesy: Sulzer
Hydraulics August 22, 2019

Regular hydraulic grab maintenance improves performance and reliability

Hydraulically-powered grabs are designed for tough working environments and regular maintenance and repair is essential to keep the business running smoothly.

By Mike Baker
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AI and Machine Learning August 21, 2019

Combining vision technology and collaborative robots for safer work environments

Safety is paramount with collaborative robots and they can be made safer with machine vision and artificial intelligence technology.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Eduardo Salas, a professor specializing in industrial and organizational psychology at Rice University. Courtesy: Rice University
Workforce Development August 20, 2019

Study launched to examine hurdles women face in STEM careers

A researcher from Rice University will examine the hurdles women face in STEM careers by examining their everyday work experiences in the profession.

By Amy McCaig
Implementing safety systems helps ensure employees can work with peace of mind. Courtesy: Bosch Rexroth
Machine Safety August 19, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 12-18

Articles about safer plant machinery, skilled workforce, lubrication and bearings, long battery life, and baby steps with the IIoT were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 12-18. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
WVU Professor Powsiri Klinkhachorn, Derek Roesch, Bertrand Wieliczko Ian Hostottle, Nathan Owen and Karan (Kermit) Sah make up the MIDAS III team. Courtesy: West Virginia University
Robotics August 18, 2019

Robotics team wins NASA competition for second time in three years

West Virginia University’s robotic drilling team won NASA’s Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge for the second time in three years with the Mountaineer Ice Drilling Automated System III (MIDAS III).

By Paige Nesbit
Asset Management August 17, 2019

Continuous asset optimization in manufacturing

Continuous asset optimization (CAO) combines smart manufacturing technologies with cutting edge statistical, data-driven and physics of failure modeling techniques.

By Dr. Ananth Seshan
After the male and female snaps have been inserted, the UR5 places the fabric under a vision camera lens for quality inspection and sorts it in either a “good” or “reject” pile. Courtesy: Universal Robots
Robotics August 15, 2019

Do-it-yourself collaborative robotic project

Case study: Collaborative robots at a thermal wrap manufacturing company deliver a zero-defect rate while doubling production output. Installation, integration and use has been a do-it-yourself (DIY) project.

By Joe Campbell