Maintenance July 5, 2019

Redesigning maintenance processes to optimize PdM automation

Set the stage for a successful transition from manual to IIoT-enhanced, predictive maintenance processes.

By Frederic Baudart
Machine Safety July 2, 2019

Converging safety, non-safety systems increases scalability, flexibility

Integrating safety systems into a machine’s standard control platform simplifies operations, increases diagnostic capabilities and creates safer work environments for engineers and end users.

By Sree Swarna Gutta
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 10, 2019

Benefits of digitizing reality for workers in manufacturing

Digitizing reality is now possible for workers thanks to technology advances such as the Internet of Things (IoT). This new reality allows workers to benefit from augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) and virtual reality (VR) to solve old problems in new and better ways.

By Michael D. Thomas
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 6, 2019

Smart manufacturing opens the door to real-time data

Smart manufacturing and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-enabled technologies can use real-time data to optimize processes and reduce costs for manufacturers.

By John Clemons
Process Safety July 12, 2019

10 alarm management tips for the busy control engineer

Alarm management has been a great success for the process industry. Initial challenges have largely been met, but new challenges have emerged. Alarm management is most effective as an operations tool, not a safety tool.

By Allan Kern
Recent Content
A new MIT-invented system automatically designs and 3-D prints complex robotic actuators optimized according to an enormous number of specifications, such as appearance and flexibility. To demonstrate the system, the researchers fabricated floating water lilies with petals equipped with arrays of actuators and hinges that fold up in response to magnetic fields run through conductive fluids. Courtesy: Subramanian Sundaram, MIT
Robotics July 18, 2019

Automated system generates robotic actuators

MIT researchers have developed an automated system that designs and 3-D prints robotic actuators, which are optimized and automatically created, which is almost impossible for a human to do.

By Rob Matheson
Rice University graduate student Chloe Doiron co-led a project to create a device that recycles waste heat into electricity through aligned carbon nanotube films. Courtesy: Chloe Doiron/Rice University
Energy, Power July 17, 2019

Researchers develop device that channels heat into light

Rice University scientists are designing arrays of aligned single-wall carbon nanotubes to channel mid-infrared radiation and increase the efficiency of solar energy systems.

By Mike Williams
Webcast

IIoT/Cloud series, Part 3: Introduction to machine learning

August 15, 2019
11AM PT | 1PM CT | 2PM ET

Once the testing modalities are chosen, devices can be selected and installed on assets. The devices and assets chosen will help prove the case for predictive maintenance efforts. Courtesy: Fluke Corp.
Maintenance Strategy July 15, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 8-14

Articles about maintenance process redesign, smart manufacturing, lubrication and bearings, predictive maintenance obstacles, and safety best practices were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 8-14. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Robotics July 15, 2019

Tips for implementing robotic automation tools

Robotic automation can spur greater efficiency, deliver better results, lower costs and increase flexibility, but companies need to have the right tools to make the robot's application successful.

By Kristian Hulgard
Webcast

Make data available for fast, efficient analysis

August 14, 2019
11AM PT | 1PM CT | 2PM ET

Universal Robots is opening authorized training centers (ATCs), which cover a range of core and advanced collaborative robot programming skills. Courtesy: Universal Robots
Robotics July 12, 2019

Training centers for collaborative robots launched

Universal Robots is opening authorized training centers (ATCs) to broaden users’ understanding of the collaborative robots' potential applications as well as cover a range of core and advanced collaborative robot programming skills.

By Universal Robots