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Maintenance May 25, 2022

Preventive maintenance software: Doing preventive maintenance the right way

Preventive maintenance is a better way of preventing equipment breakdowns before they cause problems on the plant floor.

By Trent Maw
Maintenance May 23, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: May 16-22, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered Product of the Year winners, predictive maintenance, condition-based monitoring, remote condition monitoring and robotic wearables. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance May 16, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: May 9-15, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered Product of the Year winners, predictive maintenance, COVID-19 controls, compressed air systems and automation career advice. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance May 9, 2022

Introduction to condition-based monitoring (CBM)

New technology advances help manufacturers across industries move away from inefficient maintenance processes, increasing machine uptime and plant productivity

By Jesse Hill
Maintenance May 9, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: May 2-8, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered Product of the Year winners, predictive maintenance, air compressor lubricants, material handling and RNG fleet vehicle benefits. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance April 18, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 11-17, 2022

Articles about AI-based predictive maintenance, supply chain improvements, remote condition monitoring, industrial automation and future-proof manufacturing were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 11-17, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance March 31, 2022

Predict process events with contextual data insights

Maintenance teams see predicted machine failures

By Rob Azevedo
Maintenance March 21, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 14-20, 2022

Articles about the benefits behind cycle-based PM, how to extend the life of a ball valve, and the IIoT's role in smart manufacturing, were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 14-20, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance February 21, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles Feb. 14-20, 2022

Articles about how to avoid fault tree analysis mistakes, how to improve the maintainability of critical assets, what's in store for Industry 4.0, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Feb. 14-20, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Maintenance February 7, 2022

Reduce microbiological activity with PVDF piping

Using Red Kynar PVDF reduces extra maintenance costs and unexpected downtime

By Alexandra Peters, Marco DeAngelo and Dan Wagner
Maintenance January 25, 2022

How to improve the maintainability of critical assets

Four efficient and effective ways to improve maintainability of critical assets.

By Bryan Christiansen
Maintenance January 14, 2022

The benefits behind cycle-based PM

Moving from calendar-based to a cycle-based preventive maintenance system can be a game changer for organizations

By Eric Whitley
Maintenance January 13, 2022

How to extend the P-F interval for critical assets

The objective of prolonging the P-F interval is to increase the capability to detect potential failures

By Bryan Christiansen
Maintenance December 13, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles Dec. 6-12, 2021

Articles about how to launch a successful predictive maintenance program, artificial intelligence developed to understand object relationships, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Dec. 6-12, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Maintenance December 10, 2021

ADAC Automotive gains real-time visibility into root causes of machine downtime

Production management and predictive maintenance in one

By Trent Maw
Maintenance December 3, 2021

How to launch a successful predictive maintenance program

An approach that keeps people at the center of the digitalization project has a better chance of success

By Mohamed Abuali and Kelly Knepley
Maintenance November 8, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles Nov. 1-7, 2021

Articles about how to keep spare part inventories accurate, make to stock vs. make to order, differences between NEMA and IEC electric motors, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Nov. 1-7, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Maintenance October 18, 2021

Maintenance and power quality events for ac induction motors

Michael Lyda, director of the Advanced Energy motor lab in Raleigh, NC, will speak on basic operation and maintenance of ac induction motors, as well as delving deeper into power quality events.

By Kevin Parker
Maintenance September 27, 2021

Best practices in IIoT-based predictive maintenance

Modernized FDT technology drives collaboration between control system and device suppliers to provide cloud-based monitoring for improved asset reliability.

By Glenn Schulz
Maintenance September 26, 2021

How to convince maintenance to use the new CMMS

When it comes to selecting a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS), get the maintenance staff involved in the process

By Bryan Christiansen
Maintenance September 21, 2021

Why cycle-based preventive maintenance is becoming simpler

Technology advances, particularly cloud and mobile technology, as well as smarter intelligence are making preventive maintenance (PM) operations easier.

By Eric Whitley
Maintenance August 13, 2021

Benefits of a predictive maintenance system for monitoring vibration

Continuously and remotely monitoring vibration with a predictive maintenance system can help is better than waiting for a system to fail.

By Nick Schiltz
Maintenance August 9, 2021

PLCs improve predictive maintenance

Pulling vital information from field devices and transmitting it to the enterprise boosts maintenance practices.

By Damon Purvis
Maintenance August 3, 2021

Make to stock vs. make to order: Why one is on the rise

Make to order (MTO) is gaining traction with manufacturers because it allows consumers to purchase products customized to their specifications.

By Rao Kolla
Maintenance July 28, 2021

Clean lubricant program success

Particle count analysis, either in the lab or onsite, has the potential to catch issues early before they lead to equipment failure.

By Jeanna Van Rensselar
Maintenance July 19, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 12-18, 2021

Articles about safer, smarter and more productive electrical maintenance, four remote work solutions post-pandemic, lithium battery developments, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 12-18, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Maintenance June 28, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 21-27, 2021

Articles about how to get ROI from IIoT for maintenance applications, the current state of the maintenance function, four ways site location can affect construction costs, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 21-27, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Maintenance June 23, 2021

The maintenance function, like manufacturing itself, is a rapidly changing environment

Facilities on average outsource more than 20% of maintenance operations.

By Amanda McLeman, Jack Smith and Kevin Parker
Maintenance June 16, 2021

How to get ROI from IIoT for maintenance applications

Enhanced productivity through smart device monitoring technology can help manufacturers realize a return on investment (ROI) with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

By Nick Schiltz
Maintenance June 10, 2021

Predictive maintenance best practices

Best practice strategies involve reducing maintenance costs and improving equipment performance.

By Andrea R. Aikin
Maintenance June 9, 2021

Advanced valve diagnostics drive savings

When coupled with diagnostic software, smart positioners can be used to reduce maintenance costs and outages.

By Brent Baker and Jordan Mandernach
Maintenance June 2, 2021

Beyond the bearing housing retrofit

A look into additional retrofit options outside of the bearing housing to improve reliability and reduce operating costs.

By Aaron Burton
Maintenance May 14, 2021

Choosing the right maintenance strategy

Picking the right maintenance strategy depends on the plant's specific needs and priorities. Five maintenance strategies are highlighted.

By Daniel Penn Associates
Maintenance May 3, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 26- May 2, 2021

Articles about how to keep spare part inventories accurate for maintenance departments, cybersecurity throwback attack, and the anatomy of an effective preconstruction strategy were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 26- May 2, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Maintenance April 27, 2021

How to keep spare part inventories accurate for maintenance departments

Spare part inventory management isn't easy to get started and it's even harder to maintain. Everyone in a maintenance department has a role to play in helping ensure accuracy and cleanliness.

By Ken Staller
Maintenance April 26, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 19-25, 2021

Articles about spare part inventory for maintenance organizations, fire safety best practices for manufacturing facilities, and how to resolve a conflict before it manifests itself were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 19-25, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Maintenance April 15, 2021

Five ways to improve food manufacturing flexibility

Consider five potential blind spots that can hamper a food manufacturer's flexibility to adjusting to new market trends.

By Jim Oko
Maintenance April 13, 2021

Spare part inventory for maintenance organizations is critical

Maintenance organizations often need spare parts for various tasks, but keeping everything orderly is a challenge. Companies can change things, though. Consider seven steps and best practices highlighted here.

By Ken Staller
Maintenance March 24, 2021

Five reasons why shop floor software is critical for manufacturers

Shop floor maintenance software gives manufacturers information on how things operate and the right program will improve efficiency.

By Cara Winther
Maintenance March 22, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 15-21, 2021

Articles about digital transformation trends, plant turnarounds, two-way radios, effective communication and writing a maintenance task procedure were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 15-21, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance March 1, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 22-28, 2021

Articles about Product of the Year finalists, writing a maintenance task procedure, machine learning and manufacturing, implementing Industry 4.0 and effective plant turnarounds were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 22-28, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance February 27, 2021

Taking the time out of function blocks

Software tools are speeding up the creation of IO-Link function blocks to enable the capture of more valuable process data from machine controllers. 

By Charlie Walker
Maintenance February 22, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 15-21, 2021

Articles about Product of the Year finalists, writing a maintenance task procedure, machine learning and manufacturing, implementing Industry 4.0 and effective plant turnarounds were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 15-21, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance February 12, 2021

How to write a maintenance task procedure

Thorough maintenance task procedures document the repair process and make everyone accountable for their actions.

By Hank Kocevar
Maintenance February 3, 2021

Fasteners manufacturer acquired to join construction services division

Würth Industry North America (WINA) has acquired Atlantic Fasteners Inc. to become part of their new construction services division.

By Würth Industry North America (WINA)
Maintenance January 25, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 18-24, 2021

Articles about the factory of the future, asset maintenance, predictive analytics success, solar power plant commissioning and wastewater surveillance were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 18-24, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance January 6, 2021

How vertical farming can change the supply chain

Vertical farming has the potential to redistribute the supply chain from a small group of producers to dozens or hundreds of urban vertical farms that supply surrounding local markets.

By Kurt Warzynski
Maintenance January 4, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles December 28 to January 3

Articles about 2020 Top Plant, Product of the Year finalists, testing and maintenance programs, maintenance automation and digital twins were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 14-20, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance December 21, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles December 14-20, 2020

Articles about 2020 Top Plant, Product of the Year finalists, testing and maintenance programs, maintenance automation and digital twins were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 14-20, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance December 14, 2020

How system integrators can help reduce maintenance costs

Shirley Ike from Wood Americas offers advice on predictive and prescriptive maintenance

By Shirley Ike
Maintenance December 14, 2020

Swagelok Co. excels by looking to the future

2020 Plant Engineering Top Plant: Focus on training, workforce development and digitalization enable success

By Kevin Parker
Maintenance December 13, 2020

Where supply chains are at the moment

Manufacturing and supply chains have endured during the COVID-19 pandemic

By Kevin Parker
Maintenance November 30, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles November 23-29, 2020

Articles about testing and maintenance programs, LEED certification, Product of the Year finalists, robots packaging eggs and maximizing people power were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 23-29, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance November 18, 2020

How to build a better testing and maintenance program

The central objectives of any maintenance program are to extend the life of the equipment, increase facility uptime and improve plant safety

By Eric Nation
Maintenance November 11, 2020

Reduce unplanned downtime, endorse predictive maintenance

Recent webinar presentation answered range of attendee questions.

By Kevin Parker
Maintenance October 7, 2020

How to maintain material traceability in LMS-commissioned plants

Introducing manual processes in line management systems (LMS)-commissioned plants can harm material traceability

By Oladeji Andrew
Maintenance October 3, 2020

Four common profit killers and how to avoid them

Superior maintenance operations may just be the difference maker

By Paul Lachance
Maintenance September 4, 2020

Select and specify efficient, accurate grab sampling systems

How fluid vessel types and other variables influence system design

By Matt Dixon
Maintenance August 26, 2020

End users, OEMs and technology partners engage on IIoT

IIoT-enabled predictive maintenance maximizes uptime, with machinery end users and OEMs working together to determine best practices

By Silvia Gonzalez
Maintenance August 24, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 17-23, 2020

Articles about protecting VFD investments, cable gland strategies, predictive maintenance and block valves were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 17-23, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance August 18, 2020

SaaS will revolutionize predictive maintenance in motor driven systems

Report highlights relationships between component manufacturers, OEM machine builders and end users

By Kevin Parker
Maintenance August 15, 2020

Rugged, real time and remote

Streaming content on phones and other devices also has changed our expectations and the technology must be able to withstand tough conditions.

By Kevin Parker
Maintenance August 5, 2020

How to improve electrical maintenance with predictive tests

How to use these four predictive tests to improve your electrical maintenance plan

By Leif Hoegberg
Maintenance July 20, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 13-19, 2020

Articles about predictive maintenance value, manufacturing accidents, reusable masks for COVID-19, tungsten's value to manufacturers and the manufacturing index tips were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 13-19, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance July 13, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 6-12, 2020

Articles about predictive maintenance value, energy assessment tips, manufacturing index automating manufacturing workflow, data integration and energy assessment tips were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 6-12, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance July 5, 2020

Predictive maintenance value: Smart sensors, machine learning, new industrial business models

Smart sensors and machine learning algorithms detect anomalies in industrial machines, and as algorithms become better trained, software can accurately predict when machines with industrial automation is at risk of failure. New business models for machine as a service (MaaS) may help overcome slow adoption of predictive maintenance technologies.

By Blake Griffin
Maintenance May 8, 2020

Your questions answered: Maintenance technology and the industrial skills gap

Apply best practices to maintenance operations despite shortages in talented industrial personnel

By Jim Freaner and Jeff Kosiorek
Maintenance May 7, 2020

Manufacturing fights back

How manufacturers continue to operate amidst the virus crisis

By Plant Engineering
Maintenance May 6, 2020

The state of uncertainty persists

The future of manufacturing and the economy remains unclear due to the COVID-19 pandemic

By Kevin Parker
Maintenance May 4, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 27 to May 3, 2020

Articles about Product of the Year winners, ventilator production, manufacturing post COVID-19, supply chain solutions and robots fighting COVID-19 were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 27 to May 3, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance April 29, 2020

Non-destructive testing provider contributes to consortium for ventilator production

First marketed in 1957, Bird Mark 7 returns as open-source ventilator solution

By Kevin Parker
Maintenance April 17, 2020

Maintain material traceability in LMS-commissioned plants

Introducing manual processes in line management systems (LMS)-commissioned plants can harm material traceability

By Oladeji Andrew
Maintenance March 23, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 16-22, 2020

Articles about coronavirus challenges for manufacturers, the 2020 Maintenance Survey, electrical component protection and 3D metal printing were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 16-22, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance March 11, 2020

An evolutionary challenge faces the maintenance function

It involves a mix of people and technology concerns, each one feeding off the other

By Kevin Parker
Maintenance March 9, 2020

Rethink 3D metal printing of turbomachinery parts

Higher-performance pumps and compressors are now possible through support-free additive manufacturing (AM)

By Dr. Zach Murphree
Maintenance February 4, 2020

Seven steps for a successful shutdown

Follow these steps to ensure a successful outage and restart.

By Steve Hall
Maintenance January 20, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 13-19

Articles about Product of the Year, real-time monitoring and control, long-term integrator relationships, Top Plant 2019, and cutting compressed air costs were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 13-19. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance December 13, 2019

Top Plant 2019: Raymond Corp. excels as an innovator

From introducing wooden pallets to incorporating Lithium ion batteries, near-100-year-old Raymond Corp. moves the materials that define the e-commerce era.

By Kevin Parker
Maintenance November 25, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles November 18-24

Articles about Product of the Year, HMIs and maintenances, future of industrial automation, Industry 4.0 success, and selecting actuator components were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 18-24. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance November 18, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles November 11-17

Articles about Product of the Year, optimized maintenance programs, Leaders Under 40, low battery self-discharge, and Industry 4.0 success were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 11-17. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance November 15, 2019

Report finds U.S. leading future of manufacturing production

RS Components' report finds the U.S. leads the way for manufacturing production with Canada also in the top 10 from North America.

By RS Components
Maintenance November 11, 2019

Your questions answered: Tips on avoiding leakage, downtime and equipment failure

Presenters Brian Kalfrin and Jack Bagain from John Crane answered questions on topics such as adequate seal pot pressure, seal reliability, and more.

By Brian Kalfrin and Jack Bagain
Maintenance November 4, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles October 28 to November 3

Articles about HMIs enabling maintenance, shape-shifting robots, digital engineering, exoskeletons on the supply chain, and optimized maintenance programs were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 28 to November 3. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance October 21, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles October 14-20

Articles about optimized maintenance programs, getting the automation zone right, data-driven maintenance, optimizing project satisfaction, and selecting lubricating greases were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 14-20. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance October 17, 2019

Predicting the end of unplanned downtime

Any unscheduled downtime will cause a major headache for engineers in the food and beverage manufacturing sector, but predictive maintenance can be a remedy.

By John Rowley
Maintenance October 11, 2019

Optimize a maintenance program for rotating equipment

Some things to think about when it comes to reliability.

By Jim Turnbull
Maintenance September 30, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles September 23-29

Articles about preventive maintenance, maintaining secondary equipment, generator rotor repair, HMI remote access options, and the Engineering Leaders Under 40 were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 23-29. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance September 24, 2019

Your questions answered: How to Become a Preventive Maintenance All-Star

On September 11, Plant Engineering presented a webinar, “How to Become a Preventive Maintenance All-Star,” sponsored by Dude Solutions.

By Paul Lachance and Bill Hoff
Maintenance September 15, 2019

A copious mandate is plant engineering

How is plant engineering changing and how does that influence the editorial direction of Plant Engineering magazine?

By Kevin Parker
Maintenance September 6, 2019

Safeguard refractory installation

Take these 12 vital steps to ensure a successful refractory installation and a flawless dry out.

By Norm Phelps
Maintenance August 1, 2019

Manufacturing index drops for fourth consecutive month

The Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) purchasing manufacturers' index (PMI) slid to 51.2% in July as anxiety about tariffs, inventory and employment weigh on manufacturing companies.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance July 29, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 22-28

Articles about alarm management tips, lubrication advice, NFPA 70E advice, maintenance process redesign, and smart manufacturing were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 22-28. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance July 8, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 1-7

Articles about lubrication and bearings, the 2019 Lubrication Guide, oil's return on investment, predictive maintenance obstacles, and worker safety best practices were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 1-7. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
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
Maintenance June 5, 2019

Beyond the buzz: How IIoT helps manage reliability

Predictive maintenance data is altering the plant landscape.

By Mike Brooks
Maintenance June 1, 2019

xiros B180 by Igus

The xiros B180 radial deep ball bearings are designed for vacuums, packaging equipment, household appliances and cleanroom technology.

By Igus Inc.
Maintenance May 14, 2019

The human factor in change management

Earn trust and show the benefits in building a case for CMMS.

By Kevin Clark, CMRP
Maintenance April 29, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 22-28

Articles about the Product of the Year winners, why things break, data visualization, engineer career advice, and IEEE 1584-2018 were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 22-28. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance April 17, 2019

Why things break: Just the facts

A root cause failure analysis takes the guesswork out of downtime

By Mary Beckman
Maintenance April 16, 2019

Bumper crop

Flex-N-Gate looks to grow its business and help Detroit’s rebounding manufacturing base.

By Bob Vavra
Maintenance April 1, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 25-31

Articles about maintenance survey findings, NGV trucking, IEEE 1584-2018 changes, workplace fatalities, and AI-based maintenance were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 25-31. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance March 18, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 11-17

Articles about maintenance strategies, machine learning and maintenance, IEEE 1584-2018, AI-based maintenance, and a dust collection survey were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 11-17. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance March 13, 2019

A race against time

Maintenance is valued, but aging equipment puts pressure on plants.

By Bob Vavra and Amanda Pelliccione
Maintenance March 12, 2019

Aging dust collection equipment requires attention to maintenance

Donaldson study finds more system evaluation needed.

By Bob Vavra and Amanda Pelliccione
Maintenance March 4, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 25 to March 3

Articles about 2018 Salary Survey findings, conveyor maintenance, the top plant winner, and cybersecurity questions to ask during the digital transformation process were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 25 to March 3. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance February 25, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 18-24

Articles about 2018 Salary Survey findings, conveyor maintenance, the top plant winner, and cybersecurity questions to ask during the digital transformation process were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 18-24. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance February 18, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 11-17

Articles about conveyor maintenance, the top plant winner, data's role in manufacturing's future, future plant designs, and choosing the right electrical wiring were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 11-17. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance February 7, 2019

Supply chain security advice and guidelines

Supply chain security is crucial as data becomes more important to a company's success. Ten principles from the Charter of Trust and 17 baseline requirements for the supply chain are highlighted.

By Gregory Hale
Maintenance February 4, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 28 to February 3

Articles about the top plant winner, clean water, modern warehouse innovations, Toyota Kata's benefits, and ERP testing were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 28 to February 3. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance January 28, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 21-27

Articles about the Product of the Year finalists, food and beverage facility security, develop an ERP business plan, regenerative solutions, and predictive maintenance growth were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 21-27. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance January 21, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 14-20

Articles about the Product of the Year finalists, food and beverage facility security, develop an ERP business plan, regenerative solutions, and predictive maintenance growth were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 14-20. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance January 9, 2019

Choosing between stripwound or corrugated metal hose

Stripwound or corrugated metal hose can provide major benefits for users working in harsh applications or applications that deal with extreme temperatures.

By Brian Crisp
Maintenance December 6, 2018

Roller bearings and predictive analytics

Predictive maintenance is a powerful tool to keep the noise down with roller bearings and can reduce costly repairs.

By Scott Moeller
Maintenance October 29, 2018

Is service now what you sell?

IFS study finds aftermarket services a valuable profit center

By Charles Rathmann
Maintenance March 4, 2015

Five hats for reliability engineers

As a reliability engineer, there are several different functions that come with the job. This article will point out the five different hats that a reliability engineer will wear and the one that they should avoid.

By Shon Isenhour
Maintenance March 2, 2015

The top 5 signs of a reliable plant

Having visited hundreds of manufacturing plants in the last 15 years, someone recently asked me if there were any traits the most reliable plants all had in common. I have listed below the top 5 signs of a reliable plant.

By Doug Plucknette, Allied Reliability Group
Maintenance February 25, 2015

Change: Don’t become another statistic

Have you achieved the outcomes from your investment in Lean that you expected? Here are four elements that, if incorporated into your approach to Lean initiatives, will reinforce your ability to achieve the outcomes you expect.

By Shawn Casemore
Maintenance February 25, 2015

Six questions about your reliability vision that you need to answer

To drive effective change in your organization, deliver focus leadership.

By Shon Isenhour
Maintenance February 23, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 16-22: Additive manufacturing, three pillars of OEE, facility maintenance planning, more

Articles about additive manufacturing, OEE pillars, facility maintenance planning, false positives in HiPot testing, and Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, February 16-22. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance February 18, 2015

Five ideas that can drive success with reliability centered maintenance and equipment maintenance plans

See these five suggestions to make sure that your reliability centered maintenance and equipment maintenance plans are successful.

By Shon Isenhour
Maintenance February 17, 2015

Maintaining the human machine

In the same way as you maintain your equipment, workers need updates on new strategies and technology. They need to operate efficiently. Above all, they must be part of a safe operation, and that safety must be ingrained in the production process.

By Bob Vavra
Maintenance February 17, 2015

3D: Adding to additive’s capabilities

Technology makes new materials, new designs possible.

By Bob Vavra
Maintenance February 17, 2015

Banning the ‘three Rs’ from our vocabulary

Over the last three years, there have been less than a handful of months where manufacturing failed to grow, and the current streak is starting to feel more like an expectation.

By Bob Vavra
Maintenance February 12, 2015

Nine reasons your facilities maintenance planning and scheduling effort isn’t giving you the benefits you expect

Every organization should use either a CMMS or work order management system to manage preventative maintenance work requests. However, facilities maintenance planning and scheduling effort may not always be delivered as intended.

By Steve Mueller, Daniel Penn Associates
Maintenance February 11, 2015

Strategies to survive the skills gap

Use technology and human resources approaches to mitigate the effects of the retirement of trade professionals.

By Jon Bailey, Eruditio
Maintenance February 11, 2015

Construction data an asset for maintenance—but only if it’s shared

ARC Forum: Better quantity and quality of asset data an opportunity to reduce costs and improve uptime.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Maintenance February 9, 2015

Setting a cadence for your failure analysis efforts

I have decided to address this topic because I believe that we are leaving a lot of value on the table with our failure analysis (RCFA, RCA, Problem Solving, 8D) efforts. Here is what I see when I interact with maintenance organizations (some or all of these may apply to you).

By Mike Gehloff, Allied Reliability Group
Maintenance February 9, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 2-8: System integration trends, selecting and applying VFDs, managers vs. leaders, more

Articles about system integration trends, selecting and applying VFDs, the difference between managers and leaders, PMI Index results, and Ethernet/IP links to plant productivity were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, February 2-8. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance February 5, 2015

Removing obstructions to your plant’s workflow streams

Tackle moving plant information strategically across departments and locations.

By Joe Morray, EMC
Maintenance February 5, 2015

Will Lean survive the next generation?

There are a few key variables between Millennials and previous generations when it comes to Lean adoption.

By Shawn Casemore, Casemore and Company
Maintenance February 5, 2015

Top 10 signs your company just doesn’t get reliability

In honor of the new year, I have listed some of the sure-fire signs that your company may not be ready for reliability.

By Doug Plucknette, Allied Reliability Group
Maintenance February 5, 2015

The three pillars of OEE

Build technical, process, and supervisory skills to gain operational knowledge.

By Jerry Wanichko, T.A. Cook Consultants, Inc.
Maintenance February 2, 2015

PMI index slips again due to supply slowdown

Despite overall growth, the dock workers' slowdown in California are impacting inventories.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Maintenance February 2, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, January 26 to February 1: Value stream mapping, managers vs. leaders, PM task frequency, more

Articles about value stream mapping, the difference between managers and leaders, choosing the right PM frequency, designing packaging from the outside in, and five food processing plant trends were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, January 26 to February 1. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance January 29, 2015

Energy efficient doorways

The door's high-speed operation minimizes air exchange, resulting in buildings needing less energy to maintain room temperature and comfort.

By Rytec
Maintenance January 27, 2015

Spark resistant air hoists

The AW series hoists come with gear box and chain lubricants for food processing, food handling, pharmaceutical manufacturing. and hygienic environments.

By Harrington Hoists
Maintenance January 26, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, January 19-25: Deploying GFCIs, designing packaging, managers vs. leaders, more

Articles about deploying GFCIs in the real world; designing packaging from the outside in; the difference between managers and leaders; safety and risk assessment benefits; and Lean manufacturing benefits were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, January 19-25. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance January 22, 2015

Value stream mapping: Lessons from the front

Value system mapping provides the foundation for a plan that should look out no more than six months. Understand the process of value system mapping to achieve Lean improvement.

By Tom Voss, senior consultant, Daniel Penn Associates
Maintenance January 21, 2015

3 ways to build top-level APM commitments

Like all other BPI initiatives, asset performance management (APM) relies on top leadership to establish the culture where the BPI projects can thrive and be successful. With APM there are numerous ways leaders can have either a positive or negative impact on the success.

By Dan Miklovic, LNS Research
Maintenance January 19, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, January 12-18: Managers vs. leaders, 2015 manufacturing predictions, deploying GFCIs, more

Articles about the difference between managers and leaders; 2015 manufacturing predictions; deploying GFCIs in the real world; tips to improve your KPIs; and PID loop tuning advice were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, January 12-18. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance January 16, 2015

Is 2015 the year you will “think” Lean?

Considering what your customers really want and the latest market trends is the first step in thinking Lean.

By Shawn Casemore
Maintenance January 16, 2015

Abnormality reporting is the key to proactive maintenance

If we do not report the abnormalities as soon as they are detected, we are robbing the organization of the time they need to react appropriately to the abnormality.

By Mike Gehloff, Allied Reliability Group
Maintenance January 16, 2015

Pipe wrap repair system

The SuperWrap II wrapping system uses higher density carbon and glass reinforcement, only three or four spirals or wraps are required for each repair.

By Belzona
Maintenance January 12, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, January 5-11: PID loop tuning advice, improving your KPI, saving energy, more

Articles about PID loop tuning advice, improving your KPI, saving energy, reducing preventive maintenance costs for your food processing plant, and workflow improvement in maintenance were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, January 5-11. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance January 8, 2015

The double-edged sword: Saving without sacrificing

In planning maintenance strategies in 2015, managers will have to balance the demand to save money and resources without sacrificing quality.

By Paul Lachance, Smartware Group
Maintenance January 5, 2015

Ten tips to immediately improve your key performance indicators

Plan, think and manage your way to a better KPI process in the new year.

By Shon Isenhour, Eruditio
Maintenance January 5, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, December 29 to January 4: Shutdown managers and critical path, PID loop tuning advice, choosing the right PM task frequency, more

Articles about shutdown managers and critical path, PID loop tuning advice, choosing the right PM task frequency, audit costs and benefits, and the 2014 Top Plant winners were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, December 29 to January 4. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance December 31, 2014

Coordinated constraint management vs. chaotic improvement

Constraint management is based on the understanding that the rate of throughput, revenue, or work is limited by a minimum of one constraining process or process step and management must focus only on increasing the flow at the bottleneck in order to achieve optimum levels of throughput.

By Darrin Wikoff, Eruditio LLC
Maintenance December 29, 2014

Key steps to workflow improvement in maintenance

It’s impossible to address the organizational behaviors that encourage or discourage change without first understanding your organization’s culture.

By Jon J. Thorne, Daniel Penn Associates
Maintenance December 29, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, December 22-28: PID loop tuning, Top Plant 2014 winners, more

Articles about PID loop tuning advice, the 2014 Top Plant winners, and audit costs and benefits workplace were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, December 22-28. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance December 26, 2014

Three things all shutdown managers need to know about their critical path

There is much opportunity to be gained by using some simple tools to calculate and manage to the critical path of the shutdown. Not the “gut-feel critical path” but rather the “mathematically calculated critical path."

By Mike Gehloff, Allied Reliability Group
Maintenance December 24, 2014

Benchmarking and assessments: 8 questions that will improve your studies and results

Here are eight points to consider when assessing your performance and benchmarking with others.

By Shon Isenhour
Maintenance December 23, 2014

Choose the right PM task frequency

There are two main components of an effective maintenance plan: the type of maintenance task and the task interval.

By Bill Barto, ASQ CRE, CMRP, Life Cycle Engineering
Maintenance December 22, 2014

Do the boiler house walkabout

The boiler house is the engine of any steam system. Make sure yours is in good working order with a stroll around to check that vital maintenance and testing is being regularly performed.

By Spirax Sarco
Maintenance December 22, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, December 15-21: Workplace safety trends, Top Plant 2014 winners, PID loop tuning, more

Articles about workplace safety trends, Top Plant 2014 winners, PID loop tuning advice, workplace safety trends, and manufacturing growth were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, December 15-21. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance December 17, 2014

Four “-isms” that might be killing your reliability

There are four "-isms" that may be running around in your plant and limiting your ability to improve up-time, quality and reliability. The first step is to recognize that they exist and then we can determine a plan to mitigate or eliminate it.

By Shon Isenhour
Maintenance December 17, 2014

Wet electrostatic precipitators an effective technology

In an effort to reduce emissions produced by various industries, plant designers are turning with renewed interest to modern wet electrostatic precipitators (WESPs).

By Ronald F. Vitale
Maintenance December 15, 2014

2014 Top Plant winners announced

Victaulic and Mother Parkers are honored with Plant Engineering's top manufacturing honor.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Maintenance December 15, 2014

Top Plant: Victaulic Forks facility: Connecting the pipes

When it comes to safety and manufacturing excellence, Victaulic is doing much more than connecting the dots.

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, CFE Media
Maintenance December 15, 2014

Top Plant: Mother Parkers: Recipe for growth

Mother Parkers is managing growth and brewing success.

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, CFE Media
Maintenance December 15, 2014

Maintenance benefits just the tip of the iceberg

One of the areas in a manufacturing environment that deserves attention is the fleet of forklifts used in and around the facility.

By Jim Gaskell, Crown Equipment
Maintenance December 15, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, December 8-14: PID loop tuning, workplace safety trends, managers and leaders, more

Articles about PID loop tuning advice, workplace safety trends, the differences between managers and leaders, valve failure solutions, and selecting inductive proximity switches were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, December 1-7. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance December 12, 2014

Simplify troubleshooting to reduce downtime

By utilizing modern electrical power management systems (EPMS), organizations can go a step further to proactively access vital performance details including circuit loading, peak demand, and equipment status.

By Marty Aaron, Eaton
Maintenance December 12, 2014

2014 Best Practices

Mastering the fundamentals means looking at all of the small things you can do to get better at your craft. In manufacturing, we call these Best Practices.

By Bob Vavra
Maintenance December 10, 2014

Precision Maintenance: Belts, Chains, and Sprockets

Today's post will add the element of precision to your program.

By Brandon Weil
Maintenance December 9, 2014

AME: Will Lean survive the next generation?

As we experience generational shifts in the workforce across North America, we have to start considering how this shift in generational occupancy will impact the deployment, integration and acceptance of Lean.

By Shawn Casemore, AME
Maintenance December 9, 2014

Kicking inefficiencies to the curb with better budget modeling, asset mapping, and more

By utilizing these CMMS capabilities maintenance professionals gain the upper hand for meeting the practical demands on their departments as well as the strategic goals of their organizations.

By Paul Lachance, Smartware Group
Maintenance December 9, 2014

Is it possible to over-automate processes in APM?

In the article I explore the possibility of over-automating the APM process and the cause for it.

By Dan Miklovic, LNS Research
Maintenance December 8, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, December 1-7: PID loop tuning, rules for pumps and fans, plant workflow obstructions, more

Articles about PID loop tuning advice, rules for pumps and fans, removing obstructions for plant workflow streams, integrating vs. self-regulating fundamentals, and selecting inductive proximity switches were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, December 1-7. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance December 5, 2014

Four differences between managers and leaders

There are four distinct differences between leaders and managers. We believe we have a world full of leaders, yet for some strange reason, there are very few managers who are leaders. Those who do meet this criteria, that will be discussed in this blog, are truly a blessing to work with.

By Doug Plucknette, Allied Reliability Group
Maintenance December 5, 2014

Facts and statistics on growth, skills, reliability, and manufacturing

Data to help communicate the need for both education and retention of talent in your facility.

By Shon Isenhour
Maintenance December 4, 2014

Venturi cartridge series

Cartridge series replace failed or clogged multi-stage pumps to maximize productivity and minimize downtime.

By Vaccon
Maintenance December 1, 2014

New orders, employment bolster November PMI

Index at 58.7%, marking 18 straight months of growth for manufacturing.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Maintenance December 1, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, November 24-30: Workplace safety trends, rules and regulations for pumps, maintenance manufacturing traits, more

Articles about workplace safety trends, rules for pumps and fans, the 10 traits of high maintenance manufacturing organizations, innovation in management, and electrical power measurement were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, November 24-30. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance November 28, 2014

Why your expansion plan needs supply chain modeling

A supply chain analysis can lead to better decision-making and more efficient capital expenditures. Here are some specific questions to answer related to your supply chain.

By Jason Duff, Stellar and Donald A. Hicks, LLamasoft
Maintenance November 24, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, November 17-23: Maintenance manufacturing traits, Lean manufacturing growth, dynamic logistics in manufacturing, more

Articles about the 10 traits of high maintenance manufacturing organizations, the four tiers of growth in Lean manufacturing, dynamic logistics in manufacturing, workplace safety trends, and the plant reliability improvement efforts were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, November 17-23. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance November 19, 2014

Limit system condensate generation and removal through efficient desuperheater design

As certain processes and steam turbines demand the use of higher pressure and higher temperature boilers, superheated steam may be too hot for equipment with structural temperature limitations. Therefore reversing that process becomes just as important because there will always be cases where superheated steam is too hot and too dry especially in power and process applications.

By David Matherly, Product Manager for Spirax Sarco
Maintenance November 17, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, November 10-16: Determining a motor’s load, maintenance manufacturing traits, innovation as management, more

Articles about determining a motor’s load, 10 traits of high maintenance manufacturing organizations, innovation as a management process, automation controllers for real-time monitoring and efficiency, and the four tiers of growth in Lean manufacturing were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, November 10-16. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance November 14, 2014

5 secrets to a successful operator care process

Giving your operators a reason and purpose for what you do is the value of a simple key performance indicator (KPI). This blog presents you with 5 secrets that will tremendously increase your chances of success.

By Mike Gehloff, Allied Reliability Group
Maintenance November 13, 2014

The 10 traits of high maintenance manufacturing organizations

Seeing the Forbes article on The (Unlucky) 13 Traits of High Maintenance People made me think. What are the traits of a high maintenance manufacturing organization or facilities? Let’s look at 10 of the 13 categories from the article but in the context of manufacturing and reliability.

By Shon Isenhour
Maintenance November 12, 2014

“Ps” for profitable plant reliability improvement efforts

I have listed nine things that I would focus on and they all start with P for ease of remembering.

By Shon Isenhour
Maintenance November 11, 2014

Four tiers of growth in Lean journey

Manufacturer builds daily management into continuous improvement process.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Maintenance November 10, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, November 3-9: Determining a motor’s load, common engineering mistakes, electrical power measurement, more

Articles about determining a motor’s load, common engineering mistakes, electrical power measurement on motors, risk factors for automation projects, and bypassing safety systems were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, November 3-9. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance November 5, 2014

Safety is good business

A sound safety strategy can save money and drive productivity increase, research finds.

By Anisa Samarxhiu
Maintenance November 5, 2014

Industry trend talk: the steam and condensate trap

This is the first of a four series article on “The Steam and Condensate Loop from Generation to Recovery.” It is intended to give a brief, nontechnical overview of a steam plant. It offers an overall explanation of how the different parts of a steam plant relate to one another – and represents useful reading for anyone who is unfamiliar with the topic of steam theory or steam plant equipment.

By Steve Gow, Director of Marketing
Maintenance November 3, 2014

Additive manufacturing award announced

The International Additive Manufacturing Award (IAMA) competition recognizes innovations in additive manufacturing for industrial applications.

By CFE Media
Maintenance November 3, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, October 27 to November 2: Common engineering mistakes, determining a motor’s load, manufacturing and reshoring, more

Articles about common engineering mistakes, determining a motor’s load, rebuilding manufacturing through reshoring, two-way radios in industrial settings, and IT and OT convergence were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, October 27 to November 2. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance November 3, 2014

PMI Index rebounds to 59.0% in October

All segments show strength as manufacturing continues 2014 growth spurt

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Maintenance October 30, 2014

Antistatic power transmission belt

The Poly Chain Carbon Volt belt is engineered to reduce safety risks in explosive environments by providing longer-lasting static conductivity.

By Gates Corporation
Maintenance October 30, 2014

Telescoping light pole system

System offers an alternative to lighting installation and maintenance

By Crouse-Hinds by Eaton
Maintenance October 30, 2014

Webcast will discuss identifying, managing critical assets

Nov. 6 presentation focus on improving maintenance and reliability performance.

By CFE Media
Maintenance October 30, 2014

Virtual reality, cordless tools, and LED technology presented at the 2014 Assembly Show

Technologies designed to improve assembly line design, safety, and efficiency were presented at the 2014 Assembly Show held on October 28-30 at Rosemont, Ill. Virtual reality, cordless power tools, and LED technology are the focuses of the show.

By Joy Chang
Maintenance October 29, 2014

Education without application is just entertainment: 3 things that can help create a return on education

Here are three ways to help your organization create a return on your educational expenses.

By Shon Isenhour
Maintenance October 29, 2014

Chemical water treatment: the essential vitamins required for a “healthy” steam and condensate loop

A steam and condensate loop acts like a living breathing organism; taking in water to produce steam and utilizing that steam for work, then returning a portion of the used steam as condensate to be reutilized.

By Spirax Sarco
Maintenance October 29, 2014

Bringing jobs back to America: Rebuilding manufacturing through reshoring

David Lippert and Timothy Hutzel's keynote speech at the 2014 Assembly Show talked about reshoring and revitalizing the American manufacturing industry.

By Anisa Samarxhiu
Maintenance October 27, 2014

CMMS with OPC interface creates real-time savings

Integrating a CMMS with an open platform communications (OPC) server can lessen breakdowns and manual entry, helping maintenance managers get information in real time.

By Paul Lachance, Smartware Group
Maintenance October 27, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, October 20-26: Building safety into maintenance, preventive maintenance, welding helmets, more

Articles about building maintenance into safety, setting up a smart-tool preventive maintenance program, welding helmets, and determining a motor’s actual load, and the 2014 Leaders Under 40 were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, October 20-26. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance October 24, 2014

The top 3 reasons why our work order feedback loop is broken

Here are 3 tips that will increase your chances of receiving real and meaningful feedback on your job plans.

By Mike Gehloff, Allied Reliability Group
Maintenance October 22, 2014

Two things engineers consistently get wrong

There are two concepts that consistently show up as weak areas with engineers in manufacturing environments. The first is true in-depth "root causes" problem solving and the second is relying on technical solutions rather than culture change to solve problems.

By Shon Isenhour
Maintenance October 17, 2014

Water meters

Certified to meet ANSI/NSF 61 for materials safety and ANSI/NSF 372 for lead free compliance by the Water Quality Association.

By Clark Solutions
Maintenance October 17, 2014

Eight steps in water treatment

Whether for a new food processing plant or to upgrade an existing facility, determining appropriate water treatment is a vital first step to protect and maintain plant systems.

By Marc Weaver, PE, LEED AP and Taylor Wilson
Maintenance October 15, 2014

A beginner’s guide to Lean

Many companies started with 5S events are stalled or, worse, going backward. See what you should do to establish a lasting Lean program.

By Mark Doman, AME
Maintenance October 14, 2014

Education, training are 2 keys to wider IoT deployment

At the 2014 Internet of Things World Forum, Cisco officials say creating global connectivity in a rapidly-evolving technology will require a deeper talent pool.

By Bob Vavra
Maintenance October 14, 2014

Three areas that drive safety performance

While safety is always the number-one priority in every manufacturing plant, ensuring safety and reaching zero-injury performance remains one of the great challenges for plant managers, especially as it relates to maintenance work.

By Ken Jobe, Day & Zimmermann
Maintenance October 14, 2014

Plant managers need financial, operational data

Plant floor workers need to understand the financial implications of their decisions so they can prevent the problem from ever occurring.

By Dan Miklovic, LNS Research
Maintenance October 14, 2014

Overcome obstacles to build a reliable supplier network

Associations and buying groups can help alleviate issues faced by small and mid-sized manufacturers when trying to develop a smoother supply chain.

By Mike McDonald, Prime Advantage
Maintenance October 14, 2014

Checklist: Set up a smart-tool preventive maintenance program

Here are a few tips for creating an effective preventive maintenance system on your plant floor.

By Leah Friberg, Education and Public Affairs Manager, Fluke Corporation
Maintenance October 13, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, October 6-12: Leaders Under 40, safety and reliability, Schneider Electric acquisition, more

Articles about the 2014 Leaders Under 40, the relationship between safety and reliability, Schneider Electric’s planned acquisition of InStep Software, welding cells in manufacturing, and worker development were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, October 6-12. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance October 10, 2014

Digital multifunctional environmental meters

The RH87 is a digital multifunctional environmental meter which combines the function of sound level, luminometer, relative humidity meter, temperature meter and anemometer.

By Omega Engineering
Maintenance October 10, 2014

Three reasons why wrench time is not a benchmarking tool

In this article, the author presents ciritcal issues and misunderstandings about wrench time.

By Shon Isenhour, CMRP
Maintenance October 9, 2014

Corrosion protection technology

Eco-efficient, compact, space-saving and unobtrusive inhibitor derived from sustainable resources.

By Cortec
Maintenance October 6, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, September 29 to October 5: Schneider Electric acquisition, Leaders Under 40, data-driven efficiency, more

Articles about Schneider Electric’s planned acquisition, the 2014 Leaders Under 40, data-driven efficiency rewards, welding cells in manufacturing, and worker development were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, September 29 to October 5. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance October 3, 2014

Remote switch actuator for circuit breakers.

The RSA-161A actuator, designed for all 3-in. handle versions of the Type L circuit breaker mechanisms, operates circuit breakers or interrupters of 75-250A at up to 600V.

By CBS ArcSafe
Maintenance October 2, 2014

PROACT V.4 Root Cause Analysis

With this release the PROACT V.4 Root Cause Analysis enables workers at all levels and in a large cross section of business, industry and healthcare to become highly skilled analysts.

By CFE Media
Maintenance October 2, 2014

MicroPress rack and pinion press

MicroPress MPZ 500-30 rack and pinion press is a hand-operated press which Image courtesy of Mäder Pressenparticularly suitable for precise fitting work in light engineering.

By Mäder Pressen
Maintenance October 2, 2014

Quaternary Ammonium sanitizer/disinfectant

The next generation of Quaternary Ammonium compounds offers many advantages such as corrosion inhibition, strong cleaning ability/surfactant properties, rapid wetting and good hard-water tolerance.

By CFE Media
Maintenance October 1, 2014

Stainless steel flat nozzle

The Stainless Steel Flat Super Air Nozzle, with its flat 1" (25mm) wide airstream with a strong blowing force of 16 ounces and stainless steel construction makes it ideal for corrosive, high temperature, food, pharmaceutical, and chemical environments.

By CFE Media
Maintenance October 1, 2014

PMI growth rate slips, but stays strong

September index slips to 56.6%, but stays on solid path overall.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Maintenance September 30, 2014

Analyzing the relationship between safety and reliability: Q&A Session

Webcast Q&A session with presenter Shon Isenhour, CMRP, Eruditio and The Institute at Patriot’s Point

By Shon Isenhour, CMRP
Maintenance September 30, 2014

Best practices panel: attraction, retention, and advancement of women in manufacturing

Lisa Blais, Christie Fleming, Natalie Panek, Diana Peters, and Karen Norheim comprised the 2014 Women in Manufacturing Summit best practices panel, which covered topics on recruiting and retaining women in the manufacturing industry.

By Anisa Samarxhiu and Joy Chang
Maintenance September 30, 2014

Strengthening the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing

Chandra Brown, deputy assistant secretary for manufacturing for the U.S. Department of Commerce, spoke about the U.S. manufacturing sector and how the U.S. government is trying to strengthen its global presence, at the 2014 Women in Manufacturing (WiM) Summit. Exports are good for manufacturers, and companies with women on the board of directors have stronger financials.

By Anisa Samarxhiu
Maintenance September 29, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, September 22-28: OSHA violations, lean manufacturing, welding cells, more

Articles about the top 10 OSHA violations, lean manufacturing, welding cells in manufacturing, evaluating cleaning strategies, and the 2014 Leaders Under 40 were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, September 22-28. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance September 26, 2014

TWI: harness the power of collaborative standard work to boost lean effectiveness

Training Within Industry (TWI) is a crucial element in lean, continuous improvement and Toyota Production System (TPS) success. Companies can achieve high level competitiveness by consistently embedding TWI throughout operations.

By Paul Kuchuris, AME
Maintenance September 24, 2014

Dual laser infrared thermometer

The IR2000A thermometer has 6.6 ft. drop protection, dual laser targeting, tight distance-to-spot ratio, a wide temperature measurement range, and auto temperature scan.

By Klein Tools
Maintenance September 22, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, September 15-21: Leaders Under 40, Schneider Electric, safety data collection, more

Articles about the 2014 Leaders Under 40, Schneider Electric moving its corporate HQ, safety data collection, STEM education, and understanding cavitation were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, September 15-21. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance September 18, 2014

Evaluate cleaning strategies to improve productivity

Reliability, safety can increase with a clean plant environment.

By Frank Pedeflous, Omegasonics
Maintenance September 15, 2014

5 tips for improved coaching skills

Help your employees gain the skills they need to succeed

By Dave Berube
Maintenance September 15, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, September 8-14: IMTS technology, Robotics and 3D printing, STEM fundraiser, more

Articles about the first two days of IMTS 2014, a STEM fundraiser in Chicago, salt research, and STEM opportunities for students were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, September 8-14. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance September 12, 2014

10 questions for successful shutdown managers

It may be hard to believe, but the success or failure of your shutdown is determined long before you shut down the equipment and begin the event. If we are to have a successful shutdown, we must have clear and repeatable answers to these 10 questions at a minimum.

By Mike Gehloff
Maintenance September 11, 2014

Thriving companies at IMTS are investing more in technology

IMTS Day 3: Aerospace and standards highlighted at Chicago conferences.

By CFE Media
Maintenance September 10, 2014

Robotics, 3D printing take center stage at IMTS

Day 2: precision an important factor, whether building a 3D model or programming a robot.

By CFE Media
Maintenance September 6, 2014

Nine pavilions at IMTS let attendees focus on specific needs

IMTS 2014 is organized into nine pavilions with specific focuses on areas like additive manufacturing, metal cutting, quality assurance, and gear generation. Link to roundup of Day 1 coverage.

By CFE Media
Maintenance September 5, 2014

Manufacturing hits three-year high; One Voice working to keep air in sector’s sails

Even as manufacturing booms, the struggle to find manufacturing workers remains a significant problem. One Voice is actively seeking solutions to the problem by holding numerous advocacy campaigns and events.

By NTMA & PMA
Maintenance September 4, 2014

IMTS to attract 100,000 manufacturing professionals

IMTS 2014 at Chicago's McCormick Place will host more than 100,000 industrial decision makers from more than 110 countries.

By CFE Media
Maintenance September 4, 2014

Robot series to be featured at IMTS

Universal Robots' third generation of the UR5 and UR10 robot arms will be features at IMTS 2014 and are designed to adapt advanced safety settings to each specific application it is used for.

By CFE Media
Maintenance September 3, 2014

Integrated machine control platform at IMTS 2014

Modular automation solution unifies CNC, PLC, HMI, robotics, safety and more

By CFE Media
Maintenance September 2, 2014

PMI Index hits three-year high

“Awesome” results from manufacturing as benchmark climbs to 59.0%

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Maintenance September 2, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, August 25-31: GM plant revival, changing plant floor, asset management laws, more

Articles about a GM plant’s revival in Michigan, the changing plant floor, the three laws of asset management, effectively maintaining your steam system, and delivering data from the plant floor were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, August 25-31. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance August 31, 2014

Servo drives to debut at IANA

Elmo Motion Control will exhibit its Gold Twitter and Gold Drum HV servo drives at Industrial Automation North America (IANA) at IMTS in Chicago, Booth E-4971, September 8-13, 2014.

By CFE Media
Maintenance August 30, 2014

A technology boom for manufacturing

Hannover Fairs’ Larry Turner looks at how automation is driving global change, and global growth

By Larry Turner, President and CEO Hannover Fairs USA, Inc.
Maintenance August 29, 2014

IMTS spotlight: Three major events under one roof bring the world to Chicago

2014 IMTS Show combine machine tools, automation, motors and drives into a can’t miss biannual event

By CFE Media
Maintenance August 28, 2014

Flexible, adaptable automation on display at IMTS

AMT’s Doug Woods on the future of manufacturing and how to drive change and innovation.

By Doug Woods, President and CEO, Association for Manufacturing Technology
Maintenance August 28, 2014

Serial interface converters

The SC-232 series converters feature Send Data Control (SDC) which automatically enables the RS485 driver when data is present on the RS-232 side.

Maintenance August 27, 2014

Saying the same thing differently: a tip for change initiatives

The first major issue some organizations run into is that they create the vision without a full understanding by each of the involved parties as to what details the vision conveys.

By Shon Isenhour, CMRP
Maintenance August 27, 2014

The heart of engagement

Sur-Seal rebuilt its culture, one Lego block at a time

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Maintenance August 26, 2014

As growth accelerates, manufacturing is poised to thrive

McGladrey’s Karen Kurek to open 2014 Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit on Sept. 10

By Bob Vavra
Maintenance August 25, 2014

Advanced manufacturing in Chicago

Dr. William King of DMDII will present at the Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit on Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m.

By CFE Media
Maintenance August 25, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, August 18-24: GM plant revival, safety data collection, GM recall crisis, more

Articles about a GM plant’s revival in Michigan, safety data collection, the GM recall crisis, machine safety tips for the plant floor, and delivering data from the plant were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, August 18-24. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance August 23, 2014

How to get the most out of your System Integrator

Tim Jager of DMC will present at the Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit on Sept. 10 at 9:15 a.m.

By CFE Media
Maintenance August 20, 2014

Renowned leadership and reliability experts to headline SMRP annual conference

The 22nd annual conference is expected to bring over 1,000 maintenance and reliability professionals.

By SMRP
Maintenance August 20, 2014

Rotating seals or lip seals?

Analyze lifecycle costs, use to pick the right application

By Heinz Bloch, PE
Maintenance August 20, 2014

Measuring the right stuff in your Lean organization: why a fresh look makes sense

Take a critical look at your organization’s key metrics. You may discover the need to revamp how your company measures performance, to be aligned with today’s business environment.

By Paul Kuchuris, AME
Maintenance August 19, 2014

Summit Webcast: The Building Blocks of Manufacturing Excellence

Mick Wilz, Director of Enterprise Excellence at Sur-Seal Corporation, will talk about building employee engagement at the 2014 Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit at IMTS 2014 in Chicago.

By CFE Media
Maintenance August 18, 2014

Advanced Manufacturing Center focused on five emerging trends

The Advanced Manufacturing Center's (AMC) presentation will focus on the five trends and technologies that are moving manufacturing forward like additive manufacturing and data-driven manufacturing.

By CFE Media
Maintenance August 18, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, August 11-17: Delivering data, workforce development, reliability lessons, more

Articles about delivering data from the plant floor, workforce development research, reliability lessons from the aircraft industry, maintaining your steam system, and Lean maintenance advice were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, August 11-17. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance August 15, 2014

From bankruptcy to rebirth

In a summer of turmoil at GM, one Michigan plant keeps building on its second chance

By Bob Vavra Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Maintenance August 14, 2014

Safety data collection process as important as what’s collected

Take the system beyond paper to process hazard analysis.

By Alfonsius Ariawan DuPont Sustainable Solutions
Maintenance August 14, 2014

Additive manufacturing takes center stage at IMTS

The Additive Manufacturing Workshop at IMTS on Sept. 9 is designed to bring together manufacturing professionals who are interested in or are already applying additive manufacturing as a production resource.

By CFE Media
Maintenance August 13, 2014

10 ways to ruin your PdM program

While Preventive Maintenance only applies to at best 11% of your components, Predictive Maintenance (PdM) applies to a much larger percentage of your equipment, and it requires a much larger investment in equipment and training.

By Doug Plunkette, Allied Reliability Group
Maintenance August 13, 2014

TRAM conference looks at advanced machining issues

The Trends in Advanced Machining, Manufacturing and Materials (TRAM) '14 will take place at IMTS at Chicago's McCormick Place on Sept. 10-11 and focus on upcoming trends and advancements in manufacturing technology within the aerospace industry.

By CFE Media
Maintenance August 12, 2014

Delivering data from the plant floor

Digital technology brings asset performance information throughout the enterprise

By Roy Whitt
Maintenance August 12, 2014

In her own words: Mary Barra and the GM recall crisis

New CEO at GM spends her first year dealing with the recall crisis

By Bob Vavra
Maintenance August 12, 2014

IMTS Conference offers solutions to manufacturing issues

The IMTS 2014 Conference will feature 69 one-hour presentations that will provide solutions to current manufacturing problems like process innovations and alternative manufacturing processes.

By CFE Media
Maintenance August 11, 2014

5 tips to effectively maintain your steam system

Here are five basic tips that everyone could be applying to increase productivity and achieve more ‘bang for their buck’ when it comes to steam systems.

By Spirax Sarco
Maintenance August 11, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, August 4-10: Compressed air, Workforce development, steam production, more

Articles about compressed air demand, workforce development research, high-efficiency steam production, asset management laws, and M2M to IoT on the plant floor were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, August 4-10. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance August 10, 2014

AMT’s Emerging Technology Center to deliver a 3D car

IMTS partner Local Motors will build and deliver the first direct digital manufactured vehicle at IMTS 2014 at the Emerging Technology Center (ETC).

By CFE Media
Maintenance August 9, 2014

IANA, MDA pavilions focus on automation, motion excellence

Industrial Automation North America (IANA) is returning in 2014 as a one-day seminar with manufacturing experts providing insights using automation.

By CFE Media
Maintenance August 6, 2014

Expediting costs: How much is too much?

Find the true expense involved to understand the direct cost

By Doug Wallace, CPIM
Maintenance August 6, 2014

Achieving strategic success through people-powered excellence

AME's 30th annual International Excellence Inside Conference will be held on Nov. 10–14 in Jacksonville, Florida.

By Ellen Sieminski, AME
Maintenance August 5, 2014

AME: Lean lassoes, roping in sustained results

Nearly two decades of integrating Lean across a variety of industries has shown that incremental improvement is the best way to engage employees, sustain results, and create measurable progress.

By Shawn Casemore
Maintenance August 4, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, July 28 to August 3: Industrial communication, control system designs, workforce development, more

Articles about industrial communication boards, centralized and distributed control system designs, workforce development research, key elements in selecting lubrication, and employee engagement were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, July 28 to August 3.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance August 1, 2014

A balanced improvement strategy

Focusing your business strategy on the 4Cs will help leadership to think globally and act locally.

By Darrin Wikoff, Eruditio LLC
Maintenance August 1, 2014

The three laws of asset management

How manufacturers can benefit from the adoption of ISO 55000

By Terrence O’Hanlon, CMRP
Maintenance August 1, 2014

The 10 mistakes that ruin preventive maintenance

A good preventative maintenance program will help work to ensure the inherent designed reliability of your equipment.

By Doug Plucknette, Allied Reliability Group
Maintenance July 31, 2014

Machine safety tips to prevent plant injuries

Machinery can increase production with less labor, but heavy machinery also presents safety hazards and workers must be fully trained and aware of the machine operations to avoid injuries

By Jeff Maree, Product Specialist at Eaton Filtration Online
Maintenance July 31, 2014

How to make your dairy plant more sustainable

Switching to sustainable practices for your dairy plant not only helps the planet; it can bring real benefits to your product quality, your reputation and your bottom line.

By Russell Zawacki, Quality and Safety Manager of TPC Wire & Cable Corp.
Maintenance July 28, 2014

Advancing my career through the CMRP

The CMRP of the Year awards were established by the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals to recognize individuals for their leadership capabilities, achievements and commitment to continuing education.

By Christopher Mears, Aerospace Testing Alliance, Arnold Engineering Development Co
Maintenance July 28, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, July 21-27: Workforce development, employee engagement, cavitation, more

Articles about workforce development research, employee engagement, cavitation, compressed air, and key elements in selecting lubrication were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, July 21-27. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance July 21, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, July 14-20: Arc flash, compressed air, manufacturing safety strategies, more

Articles about reducing arc flash hazards, compressed air, safety concerns in manufacturing, propane truck maintenance, and employee engagement were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, July 14-20. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance July 16, 2014

Restart, renew your Lean transition

Five checklist items to begin rekindling the power of Lean.

By Paul Kuchuris, Association for Manufacturing Excellence
Maintenance July 15, 2014

Right-angle servo gear reducers

AutomationDirect's SureGear line of precision servo gearboxes has expanded to include right-angle gear reducers.

By AutomationDirect
Maintenance July 11, 2014

AME: Building a more skilled labor market

How the manufacturing sector can close the skills gap.

By Juliana Bush
Maintenance July 10, 2014

Summertime and the skills gap

Bolstered by good industry performance news, the manufacturing sector seeks new workers.

By NTMA & PMA
Maintenance July 9, 2014

Standardization: Good for you but not for me!

How to drive the scientific discovery into maintenance planning.

By Mike Gehloff, Allied Reliability Group
Maintenance July 7, 2014

Top safety concerns in the manufacturing industry

Manufacturing facilities are riddled with risks, both hidden and out in the open.

By Tom Bonine, National Metal Fabricators
Maintenance July 7, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, June 30 to July 6: Motor power factor, energy efficiency, employee engagement, more

Articles about induction motor power, energy efficiency for small and mid-sized manufacturers, employee engagement, the myths about bearings, and reducing HVAC energy consumption were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, June 30 to July 6. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance July 3, 2014

Why your organization should change from reactive to proactive culture

Most companies talk a good talk and say the right things when prompted, but in the end do not follow good basic principles of equipment and process reliability.

By Dale Wilson
Maintenance July 1, 2014

PMI a mixed bag for June, as index slips to 55.3%

One-tenth point drop continues steady growth, but consumer spending a concern

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Maintenance June 30, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, June 23-29

Articles about arc flash solutions, the myths about bearings, key elements in selecting lubrication, practical manufacturing safety strategies, and energy monitoring trends were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, June 23-29. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance June 26, 2014

Surface conditioning: 5 questions to pick the right media

Follow the logic to ensure the right decision is made to complete the job

By Ron Vogt Jr., Weiler Corp.
Maintenance June 24, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, June 16-22

Articles about debunking bearing myths, three key elements in selecting lubrication, remote energy monitoring improving plant performance, reducing HVAC energy consumption with FHP and VFD operations, and energy monitoring trends were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, June 16-22. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance June 20, 2014

10 things your equipment operators can do to improve reliability

Here are the 10 things your operators can do today to improve the reliability of your equipment.

By Doug Plucknette, RCM Discipline Leader, Allied Reliability Group
Maintenance June 20, 2014

3 steps toward end-to-end traceability capabilities

Regardless of your industry, improved product traceability is important in enabling better customer response and handling operational issues quickly and effectively.

By Greg Goodwin, LNS Research
Maintenance June 20, 2014

AME: Conquering the roadblocks to acceptance of Lean

There are several strategies that can move you beyond the leaky bucket syndrome and increase confidence and value in Lean integration.

By Shawn Casemore, Casemore & Co Inc.
Maintenance June 19, 2014

Ultrasonic flow meters

CSLFC Ultrasonic Flow Meters, available in various pipe sizes, are bi-directional, with field selectable flow ranges to 3000 GPM (11000 LPM), and are accurate to ± 0.75% of full scale.

Maintenance June 19, 2014

Degreasing and VOC-exempt solvent

Elevance Clean 1200 is a degreasing and VOC-exempt solvent for industrial degreasing applications targeted toward heavy manufacturing, transportation maintenance and repair operations (MRO), and industrial food processing.

Maintenance June 19, 2014

Electronic cleaner

ElectriCorr VpCI-238/239 is powerful electronic cleaner, provides instant, long-term, multi-metal corrosion protection.

Maintenance June 19, 2014

Break-over torque wrenches

These break-over type torque wrenches, used to precisely fasten connections between components and systems, are suitable for multiple RF connector types

Maintenance June 16, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, June 9-15

Articles about preventing arc flash incidents, energy monitoring trends, remote energy monitoring improving plant performance, real-time data, and correcting induction motor power factor were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, June 9-15. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance May 21, 2014

Manufacturing safety: 12 practical strategies

Planning for safety is crucial to protecting your workers and facilities from accidents and mishaps. Taking steps now to ensure your workers are safe from injury protects yourself from liability. Below are 12 tactics for improving safety in manufacturing facilities.

By Jeff Maree
Maintenance May 19, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 12-18

Articles about Schneider Electric accelerating its transformation, safety in a 5S system, contract maintenance strategies, electric motor power measurement, and safety automation were Plant Engineering's most-clicked articles from last week, May 12-18. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Jessica DuBois-Maahs, CFE Media
Maintenance May 16, 2014

Three ways to improve your proactive maintenance plan

Plant managers should challenge old beliefs about maintenance and adopt new ones.

By Mike Gehloff
Maintenance May 13, 2014

Global reshoring efforts aim to boost manufacturing and production

Make it smart, and make it here!” These are rallying words heard around the world regarding keeping manufacturing and production jobs within their respective countries. The following are global efforts now under way:

By Frank Tobe
Maintenance May 9, 2014

Three ways to transform a manufacturing facility’s management and operations

Bombardier Aerospace, a manufacturer of commercial and business aircraft, was consistently over budget and laying off employees before instituting three key management and operational changes to improve their facility.

By Lea Tonkin
Maintenance May 9, 2014

Three ways to add measurable value to a manufacturing organization

How using a maintenance planner can increase wrench time, scheduled compliance, and make the manufacturing floor a more safe and efficient work environment.

By Mike Gehloff
Maintenance May 7, 2014

Contract maintenance: 5 ways to keep things humming in a cost-effective model

With manpower in high demand, fewer highly qualified personnel are available in the labor pool. More and more operators recognize the value of a resident maintenance program, offering guaranteed uptime, guaranteed staffing, and limitless access to OEM engineers and support staff.

By Corey Calla, Intelligrated
Maintenance May 6, 2014

Steam project installation options: What works?

The survey has been completed. A list of repairs or upgrades has been identified, capital has been spent to identify the problems, and the payback analysis has been performed. Now what?

By Bernie Sapp
Maintenance May 5, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 27 to May 4

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Plant Engineering's five most-clicked articles from last week, April 27 to May 4, including articles about safety hazards to avoid in manufacturing jobs, how the Internet of Things is connected to the Zebra acquisition, an Automation in Manufacturing conference update, using IPD methods to complete construction projects, and moving to a condition-based program.

Maintenance May 1, 2014

High bay aluminum LED

The High Bay LED fixture is manufactured from a solid piece of anodized, extruded aluminum that includes ribbed fins at the top to further increase surface area.

Maintenance May 1, 2014

Oil-injected screw compressors

The Neos proprietary drive technology for oil-injected screw compressors provides variable speed drives in the 50-125 hp range.

Maintenance May 1, 2014

IP 67-rated sensors

The R/IR sensors are for zero pressure accumulation applications.

Maintenance May 1, 2014

2-D barcode reader for harsh factory floor conditions

The DataMan 8050 Series is designed with a ruggedized housing to handle harsh factory floor conditions.

Maintenance May 1, 2014

Vertical storage and retrieval system

The Tower automated vertical storage and retrieval system can help save 75% of floor space with a high-density storage solution.

Maintenance April 30, 2014

Magnetic drill

The Slugger JCM 200 U Portable Magnetic Drill is ideally suited for on-site construction, MRO in-plant applications, workshops, and fabricating operations.

Maintenance April 30, 2014

Portable magnetic drill

The Slugger JCM 200 U Portable Magnetic Drill is ideally suited for on-site construction, MRO in-plant applications, workshops, and fabricating operations.

Maintenance April 28, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 20-26

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Plant Engineering's five most-clicked articles from last week, April 20-26, including articles about reducing HVAC energy consumption, manufacturing safety hazards to avoid, operating NEMA Premium motors, electric motor power, and evolving SCADA toward energy management.

By Jessica DuBois-Maahs, CFE Media
Maintenance April 25, 2014

Automation in Manufacturing conference looks at robotics on the rise

First AMT-sponsored event on May 15 to feature NASA engineer, aerospace experts

Maintenance April 25, 2014

2014 NAME award nominations now open

Deadline is June 30 to have your plant recognized for maintenance, operational excellence

Maintenance April 23, 2014

Using integrated project delivery to optimize construction success

The IPD process can be successfully used for grassroots projects, facility expansions, major upfits, and relocation projects. For many, the IPD system reduces project risk, delivers predictable results, and maximizes the effectiveness of capital funding.

By Brian Gallagher, O’Neal Inc.
Maintenance April 23, 2014

Six serious safety hazards to avoid in manufacturing jobs

Almost no work environment is as hazardous as manufacturing, but if you know what to look for, you may be better able to protect yourself and your workers from injury.

By Tom Bonine
Maintenance April 22, 2014

Best practices: Turbo-compressor control monitoring

Coverage of turbo-compressor surge and turbo-compressor condition monitoring tends to be popular, but topics related to turbo-compressor control can be just as vital. Here are some of the best products and practices used in the field.

By Amin Almasi
Maintenance April 18, 2014

Electric actuators

The PC Series by Thomson Industries Inc. is a series of electric linear actuators for continuous-duty applications.

Maintenance April 18, 2014

I/O module

The 750-658 I/O module by Wago links CAN field devices and provides a gateway between a CAN network and other fieldbuses (e.g., Ethernet or Profibus), leveraging the flexibility of the fieldbus.

Maintenance April 18, 2014

Industrial PC

The IPC 6641, manufactured by Heidenhain, is an industrial PC for machine tools.

Maintenance April 18, 2014

Fluid analyzer

The LNF Q200 Series analyzers, benchtop units by Spectro Inc. aim to provide particle size, count, and shape data

Maintenance April 18, 2014

Punchdown tool

The Cushion-Grip Impact Punchdown Tool & Blade, produced by Klein Tools, incorporates a cushion-grip handle, hi/lo impact settings and an inherently long shaft for reaching into narrow/crowded blocks.

Maintenance April 16, 2014

Artificial intelligence devices now entering the marketplace

Here are some new consumer artificial intelligence breakthroughs entering the robotics marketplace.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Maintenance April 14, 2014

AME: MMI releases manufacturing trends for 2014-2015

Jacob Prak, CEO of Michigan Manufacturing International (MMI), provided an overview of manufacturing trends for the next 12 months. A mechanical engineer, Prak founded MMI in 1991. He has seen many changes over the last 23 years and is well-positioned to provide a comprehensive overview of the trends in manufacturing.

By Jacob Prak, AME
Maintenance April 14, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 6-12

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Plant Engineering's five most-clicked articles from last week, April 6-12, including articles about Microsoft XP, the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement, Hannover Messe conference coverage, and industrial cybersecurity.

By Jessica DuBois-Maahs
Maintenance April 10, 2014

Is your maintenance organization centralized or decentralized?

Why some organizations would benefit more by choosing just one.

By Shon Isenhour, SMRP
Maintenance April 10, 2014

Preventing disasters: maintenance reliability

Why aren't we hearing reliability engineers evaluate the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disaster on news outlets?

By Doug Plucknette
Maintenance April 10, 2014

The art of motion control

Everyone talks about motion control as a way to deliver precision machine movement throughout a variety of manufacturing uses.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager
Maintenance April 10, 2014

Two ways to improve manufacturing, and three big issues at Hannover Messe

Investment will be needed to realize all the great innovations available at this year’s show.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager
Maintenance April 9, 2014

Siemens, McAfee team up to address industrial cybersecurity

The partnership is intended to develop new manufacturing data security solutions.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager
Maintenance April 8, 2014

Solve safety and maintenance challenges with a sheet of paper

Using a one-point lesson may help address a plant's safety and maintenance challenges.

By Mike Gehloff
Maintenance April 8, 2014

Reduce costs by supporting Lean and continuous improvement

Here are some ways to update your organization’s energy strategies using free or low-cost energy-saving resources.

By Lea Tonkin
Maintenance April 8, 2014

Students’ innovation the right prescription for success

Pill dispenser earns Walker Career Center a trip to Hannover Messe and solves a common problem by using automation

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Maintenance April 7, 2014

Festo gets Hannover Messe hopping

Festo brought a kangaroo to Hannover Messe. That’s one of those sentences they told us we’d never have to write when I went to journalism school.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Maintenance April 7, 2014

Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement touted at Hannover Messe opening

The U.S. and E.U. must embrace trade deal, Merkel asserts at conference kickoff event

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Maintenance April 3, 2014

PMI Index increase part of the spring thaw

As weather improves, index rises for second straight month

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager
Maintenance March 28, 2014

The value of work planning in maintenance

How the value of a well-established and trained planning organization should exceed the cost for a business.

By Jim Davis, CMRP
Maintenance March 27, 2014

Attacking abnormalities head-on prevents future maintenance problems

Properly reporting abnormalities early on can improve an organization's safety and promote effective maintenace practices.

By ARG
Maintenance March 24, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, March 17 – 23

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Plant Engineering's five most-clicked articles from last week, March 17 - 23, including articles about predictive maintenance, supply chain. harmonics in electrical systems, and manufacturing industry trends.

By Jessica DuBois-Maahs
Maintenance March 12, 2014

Moving from predictive maintenance to a condition-based program

Evaluate the equipment’s effectiveness by how it’s doing, not how old it is

By Monroe Blanton
Maintenance March 4, 2014

The rewards of remote monitoring for air compressor maintenance

The Compressed Air and Gas Institute offered its views on the issue of remote monitoring as part of its effort to educate its members and others who use compressed air.

Maintenance February 20, 2014

Robotic MIG guns: Make the consumables last

Select the right products and equipment for the right situation

By Ryan Lizotte
Maintenance February 14, 2014

Lift truck maintenance goals

Maximum uptime, minimal costs

By Tony Fedele, Abel Womack, Inc.
Maintenance February 13, 2014

Autonomous maintenance

The peril of eliminating a department

By Rick Wheeler, Life Cycle Engineering
Maintenance February 12, 2014

Using technology to gain ‘situational awareness’

Consortium works to improve operator understanding of alarm management

By Subhankar Dey, Anand Tharanathan, Tom Williams, Honeywell
Maintenance February 12, 2014

Real-time power management is a plant manager’s secret weapon

Technology that allows plant managers to have more control may improve system utilization, lower energy costs, and foster financial stability

By Shervin Shokooh, PE, and Tanuj Khandelwal, ETAP
Maintenance February 12, 2014

Mastering effective daily management in supply chain and engineering

Organizational performance benefit through faster innovation, increased accountability, shared direction, and decisions reflecting clearly-defined priorities, AME LEADERSHIP

By Lea Tonkin
Maintenance February 12, 2014

A beginner’s guide to Lean

Lean Sustainable Employment (LSE) is the key to unlocking loyalty and innovation in your workforce.

By Mark Doman
Maintenance February 11, 2014

Global manufacturing enters ‘a decisive year’

2014 Hannover Messe preview touts merits of integrated manufacturing plants

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Maintenance February 10, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, Feb. 2 – Feb. 9, 2014

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, Feb. 2 - Feb. 9, 2014, including articles about motor strategies, Schneider Electric, aluminum piping, and steam valves.

By Jessica-Dubois Maahs, Jordan Schultz
Maintenance February 10, 2014

Plant operators play a big role in Big Data deployment

Emerson expert says operations needs to be in from the start of data management effort

By Bob Vavra
Maintenance February 3, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering stories, Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2014

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2014, including articles about rolling resistance, Schneider Electric and Invensys, inverter-duty motors, variable frequency drives, and aluminum piping.

Maintenance February 3, 2014

Weather or not, PMI Index hits the skids in January

PMI Index drops to 51.3%, lowest mark in seven months, mostly due to poor weather

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Maintenance January 30, 2014

Flow controller

The Air and Water PFE Flow Controller allows different air pressure settings to be set for time of day or week for plant operations

Maintenance January 30, 2014

HVAC Meter Kit

The HVAC Meter Kit includes a rugged TRMS multimeter with NCV detection and 30:1 Ultra Wide-Range IR Thermometer with K Port

Maintenance January 29, 2014

Handheld diagnostic meter

The SensoControl Diagnostic Serviceman Plus is a hand-held meter that features an automatic sensor recognition that scales the measurement range to eliminate setup routines

Maintenance January 29, 2014

Walkie straddle stacker

The Crown ST 3000-25 Series walkie straddle stacker can handle up to 2,500 lbs. and is designed for environments with tight spaces, such as grocery and retail

Maintenance January 8, 2014

Screw blower range

The ZS screw blower range's latest addition has an integrated variable speed drive and offers flow rates from 50-5000 CFM

Maintenance January 2, 2014

ISM Index wraps up 2013 with bullish growth

PMI at 57% for December; new orders, employment on the rise

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Maintenance December 17, 2013

Self-priming centrifugal pumps: What you need to know

Most maintenance and operations personnel who work with centrifugal pumps have been warned repeatedly that starting a pump dry can scorch and permanently damage the seals or packing, and that pumping won’t begin if the suction liquid is below the pump’s suction lift. Then they encounter a “self-priming” pump and begin to question all those warnings.

By Gene Vogel
Maintenance December 16, 2013

Lincoln Electric is 2013 Top Plant winner

Cleveland manufacturer delivers quality today with a strong vision for the future.

Maintenance December 16, 2013

Top Plant 2013: A spark of excellence

Many factors determine how well a manufacturing plant performs. Those that perform best are qualified to become a Top Plant.

By Jack Smith
Maintenance December 13, 2013

Take a risk by challenging ‘conventional wisdom’

Conventional wisdom…is the safest route, the path of least resistance, but it isn’t a path to greater success. It is just an avoidance of possible failure.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Maintenance December 13, 2013

Make maintenance a dream for 2014

Companies should consider improving their maintenance in 2014 to keep their operations running smoothly

By Paul Lachance, Smartware Group
Maintenance December 13, 2013

Top 10 ways to streamline a ‘live factory’ project

When designing a new project, consider these ten tips to evaluate whether you and your A/E are employing best practices

By Julian Quist, PE, SSOE Group
Maintenance December 13, 2013

To develop Lean culture, first build ‘wildfire engagement’

Building an understanding of Lean manufacturing and showing how it can benefit manufacturers in the short- and long-term is vital

By Shawn Casemore
Maintenance December 13, 2013

Get more from your data analysis: 5 tips to understanding the numbers

Maintenance managers who use CMMS for maintenance functions should know these key best practices to improve their asset reliability

By Mike Johnston, CMRP, T.A. Cook Consultants, Inc.
Maintenance December 13, 2013

Set-up and design for a steam-pressure-reducing valve station

Proper system design, component selection, and installation of your steam PRV station may prolong the life of steam components

By Kelly Paffel, Swagelok Energy Advisors
Maintenance December 4, 2013

Robotic MIG gun series

The Tough Gun ThruArm G1 Series Robotic MIG Guns are designed for through-arm style robots and provide 500 amps of welding capability

Maintenance December 4, 2013

Photoelectric sensor series

The OPT photoelectric sensor series feature high-resolution CMOS line array technology and Class 1 or Class 2 laser options

Maintenance December 4, 2013

Elevator pulley line

The Dodge elevator pulley line meet CEMA standards and are available in drum or single disc design

Maintenance November 18, 2013

A road map to reliability

How Premier Silica's Brady operation used evaluation to improve plant performance.

Maintenance November 18, 2013

Maintenance must take lead in machine guarding checks

In a letter to the editor, Chris Mumford from ManagerPlus argues that establishing a thorough preventive maintenance checklist is vital to improve safety.

By Chris Mumford, ManagerPlus
Maintenance November 18, 2013

Finding the hidden value in asset hierarchy validation

Make the effort now to save time and money down the line.

By Paul Langan, Life Cycle Engineering
Maintenance November 13, 2013

NAND flash moves into the next dimension, as 3-D manufacturing technology overtakes the market

NAND flash memory suppliers are adopting 3-D production techniques and it is estimated that nearly two-thirds of all NAND memory chips will be produced using 3-D manufacturing processes by 2017.

By IHS Inc.
Maintenance November 8, 2013

Five reasons why aluminum piping makes sense for compressed air systems

Aluminum piping offers many advantages for compressed air installation including reduced costs and increased longevity

By Kyri McDonough, Transair
Maintenance November 7, 2013

Condition-based maintenance offers a system check-up

Condition-based maintenance (CBM), when used with a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS), can help to implement a preventative maintenance plan.

By Paul Lachance
Maintenance November 4, 2013

‘Business is booming’ and so is the PMI Index

ISM report hits 12-month high, climbs for the 5th straight month

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Maintenance November 4, 2013

Increase motor reliability by monitoring and reducing operating temperature

Whether your facility has thousands of motors or just a few, regularly checking the operating temperature of critical motors will pay huge dividends—by preventing unexpected shutdowns and extending motor life. Here’s how to go about it.

By Thomas H. Bishop, P.E.
Maintenance October 30, 2013

Pneumatic air cylinders

The NITRA D-Series cushioned air cylinders have a 250-psi operating pressure and can be used with solid state or reed switches

Maintenance October 29, 2013

4 levels of asset reliability at steelmaker ArcelorMittal

Effective planning leads to effective maintenance, which ArcelorMittal learned during the economic downturn

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Maintenance October 29, 2013

4 keys to a successful supply chain

A successful supply chain is vital in a world that is becoming faster and more demanding

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Maintenance October 29, 2013

5 things to consider when selecting a safety system

Performance requirements now drive the selection process

By Luis Duran, ABB
Maintenance October 21, 2013

Safety and risk minimization in the operator control of plant machinery

Machine and operator safety must be considered at all stages of its service life and never become an afterthought

By Chuck Edwards, Lenze Americas
Maintenance October 18, 2013

Eight ways electronic work instructions are transforming the shop floor

Electronic work instructions software are evolving and integrating 3D technology to make the process more streamlined and seamless for workers

By Mike Roberts, LNS Research
Maintenance October 18, 2013

The 28 metrics every plant needs to monitor

Make sure your actions are SMART: Specific, Measureable, Actionable, Realistic and Time-based

By Mark Davidson, LNS Research
Maintenance October 17, 2013

Examine all factors when choosing between a reciprocating piston or rotary compressor

Making the correct choice between a reciprocating piston and a rotary compressor can be greatly beneficial for operations

By Daniel Leiss, President, Jenny Products, Inc.
Maintenance October 16, 2013

Strategic automation the solution to many manufacturing challenges

Companies in the U.S. need to keep their technological edge by expanding automation as a strategic, long-term initiative

By Paul Galeski, MAVERICK Technologies
Maintenance October 16, 2013

Four strategies to deliver value with contract partnerships

Thinking long-term and valuing the team's culture can go a long way in overcoming any potential hurdles when someone is brought in on a contract basis

By Ken Jobe, Day & Zimmermann
Maintenance October 16, 2013

A change in speed control strategy ramps up production for steel company

TSA manufacturing upgraded the speed controls for their thread roller by adding a variable speed drive

By Mike Daniel, Industrial Motion Technologies
Maintenance October 16, 2013

The use, utility of steam

In the first of a three-part series, Spirax Sarco, a Plant Engineering content partner, takes a look at the uses and utility of steam as a manufacturing power source and as a source of clean energy.

Maintenance October 7, 2013

Empowering shop-floor leaders to optimize energy performance

Three of the most common energy management challenges companies face are measuring metrics, managing disparate systems and data sources, and a lack of support around energy management

By Matthew Littlefield, LNS Research
Maintenance October 7, 2013

Material handling roadmap report needs industry review

Deadline for comments on report's first draft is Oct. 15

Maintenance October 7, 2013

Top 10 recommendations for successful design and construction in large operating facilities

A fresh perspective on streamlining a complex process

By Julian Quist, PE, SSOE Group
Maintenance October 7, 2013

Four ways fabric curtain walls can improve energy efficiency

Fabric curtain walls have many benefits for building including increased energy efficiency, controlling dust and debris, and HVAC cooling

By Kyle Justice, Zoneworks
Maintenance October 7, 2013

The assembly line turns 100

The first moving assembly line debuted by Ford for the Model T production on October 7, 1913.

Maintenance October 2, 2013

PMI leaps to another new high for 2013

ISM Index hits 56.2 percent in September as manufacturing optimism grows

Maintenance October 1, 2013

CMMS keeps a watchful eye on outside contractors

All contracted work should be tracked by a CMMS database. Just as the maintenance manager assigns a job to a staff member and issues a work order, he should do the same for outside technicians.

By Paul Lachance, Smartware Group
Maintenance September 27, 2013

Why full-power wind converters are not overtaking the market yet

High prices for rare earth materials, lagging offshore wind development, and high demand for doubly-fed converters by China continue to hamper the market.

By IHS Inc.
Maintenance September 19, 2013

Mechanical seal rings

The Metcar Grade M-444 is an antimony impregnated carbon-graphite primary seal ring designed for sealing refrigerants and low viscosity liquids

Maintenance September 19, 2013

Centrifugal compressors

The ZH 355+ to 900+ oil-free centrifugal compressor range employs advanced aerodynamics and are designed based on Computational Flow Dynamic (CFD) analysis to reduce pressure drops

Maintenance September 19, 2013

Mix spray nozzles

External atomizing mix spray nozzles atomize fluids in situations where a high volume of liquid is needed and can be used with a viscosity up to 800 cp

Maintenance September 19, 2013

Stainless steel connectors

The expanded family of Corrosion Resistant Stainless Steel (CRSS) Connectors are designed for use in washdowns and high moisture environments

Maintenance September 18, 2013

AME Conference Leans toward improvement

Joe Fisher, the AME Toronto 2013 Conference Chair, talks about Lean manufacturing and its benefits

Maintenance September 17, 2013

Understanding of resonance essential for solving vibration problems

It's no secret that severe vibration can destroy bearings, ruin shafts and potentially disrupt production. What's less well known is that resonant machine components and supporting structures can magnify even small vibration problems enough to damage connected equipment or cause catastrophic machine failure.

By Eugene Vogel
Maintenance September 17, 2013

Plant Engineering Workforce Development Study: Lack of skilled workers leading to unfilled jobs

Finding qualified workers to fill needed manufacturing jobs has continued to remain a problem for companies and it is limiting their ability to expand operations.

By Plant Engineering
Maintenance September 12, 2013

Intel, AeroScout partner on RFID technology in devices

Webcast Sept. 17 to discuss RFID technology in manufacturing environment

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Maintenance September 10, 2013

Start saving with bi-fuel diesel engines

Replace diesel fuel with natural gas

Maintenance September 10, 2013

Improved melters save energy

Reduced emissions also targeted

Maintenance September 10, 2013

Capture more turbine energy with CHP

Thermal applications are the key

By Energy Solutions Center
Maintenance September 10, 2013

When it comes to motors, how hot is hot?

Temperatures that are too high affect machine performance and lifespan.

By Jim Bryan
Maintenance September 3, 2013

Integrated quality software: 3 real-life examples

Underutilized data is a roadblock to quality

By Matthew Littlefield, LNS Research
Maintenance September 3, 2013

Disaster recovery plans, procedures

In the wake of the natural disasters, maintenance professionals and motor repairers need creative solutions to speed the removal of moisture and contamination from thousands of swamped motors.

By Chuck Yung
Maintenance September 3, 2013

Common misconceptions about how to dry wet motors

Two mistaken ideas about how to dry wet windings have persisted for years. One is that heating the windings with a welding machine is good way to dry out an electric motor. The other is that windings should not be dried at oven temperatures above 180 F.

By Chuck Yung
Maintenance August 28, 2013

Survey: Manufacturing job confidence, mobility on the rise

Randstad Index find four in 10 workers may look to switch jobs in next 12 months

Maintenance August 28, 2013

Sharing data on quality performance more likely in manufacturing

ASQ study finds most companies link quality with top management

Maintenance August 19, 2013

Consideration when deciding to repair NEMA Premium motors

Further investigation needed before making a decision on motor repair

By Thomas H. Bishop
Maintenance August 15, 2013

Despite hot issues, plant managers keep their cool

Companies all over the world are thriving and growing amidst the challenging economy, but certainty about the future remains murky

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Maintenance August 9, 2013

Subsurface fatigue can lead to bearing failure

A combination of technologies can alert to the early signs of failure

By Andy Page, GP Allied
Maintenance August 8, 2013

India machine tool market seen as emerging force

Experienced manufacturers see a pathway to success in newly industrialized market

Maintenance August 7, 2013

Siemens: New facility still learns from experience

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Siemens has used the experience of its workers all over the world to build and expand their operations

By Plant Engineering
Maintenance August 7, 2013

MBX Systems: Maintaining quality at a time of expansion

MBX Systems has been able to expand by continuing to demonstrate operational excellence

By Plant Engineering
Maintenance August 7, 2013

Turck: Better measurement helps clarify operational goals

A clearer focus thanks to KPI has allowed Turck to focus their efforts on ways to improve the company

Maintenance August 7, 2013

Pratt and Whitney: Soaring into the future

Pratt and Whitney's jet engine manufacturing plant balances speed and flexibility

By Plant Engineering
Maintenance August 7, 2013

Inside the manufacturing revival

Plant managers talk about their challenges, and their success

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Maintenance August 6, 2013

The ISM Index’s big July surge

Manufacturing, housing, export data all pointing in the right direction

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Maintenance August 5, 2013

Lines blurring between CMMS and EAM

The software industry is riddled with acronyms: ERP, CRM, SaaS, you get the picture. But what is not always clear for maintenance professionals, is the difference between computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) and enterprise asset management (EAM) software.

By Paul Lachance
Maintenance July 31, 2013

Audit management software supports closed-loop quality

Many organizations have developed and implemented audit management systems because of higher public expectations and stricter regulations

By Mike Roberts, LNS Research
Maintenance July 29, 2013

To record or not to record: That is the question

Conventional wisdom tells us any activity that falls under the asset maintenance umbrella should be captured in CMMS.

By Paul Lachance
Maintenance July 26, 2013

Outsourcing maintenance: 10 questions to ask your provider

Companies looking to outsource technical skills should consider these guidelines when the need arises

By Don Johnson, Advanced Technology Services
Maintenance July 26, 2013

CertainTeed joins Ford, GM in Missouri’s manufacturing surge

Company’s $100 million plant latest in line of new projects for Show-Me State

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Maintenance July 24, 2013

Automation service strategy: 5 things to consider

5 tips for developing and documenting a life cycle services strategy

By Andrew Kovach, ABB
Maintenance July 23, 2013

Reap the benefits of CMMS with your ERP system

CMMS is essential when running enterprise resource planning (ERP) for a company's operations because it controls quality and operating costs

By Paul Lachance
Maintenance July 15, 2013

Valve Manufacturers Association marks 75th anniversary

Research and celebration to mark VMA anniversary events

Maintenance July 15, 2013

AME Lean Summit conference registration open

Registration is open for AME's Lean Summit in Atlanta, which is focused on the theme of leadership for the August 2013 conference

Maintenance July 9, 2013

Leak detection kit

The OPK-441 Leak Detection Kit uses an LED leak detection flashlight to find oil-based fluid systems, compressors, engines, gearboxes and fuel systems

Maintenance July 3, 2013

Oil/water filtration units

SP Oil/Water Separator Filtration Units are designed for molecular filtration and other potential contaminants

Maintenance July 2, 2013

Tie best of breed CMMS with your ERP and reap the business benefits

Most corporate departments think of maintenance when they need the thermostat adjusted in the conference room. But maintenance management and CMMS are an integral part of ERP, which runs 80% of Fortune 1000 companies

By Paul Lachance
Maintenance July 2, 2013

Graphic display panel meter and logger

The Dpi1701 panel meter and data logger series is designed for for temperature and process measurement and features alarm relays and isolated analog output

Maintenance July 2, 2013

ISM data jumps back above growth threshold

PMI at 50.9% is 1.9 points higher than May, signaling improving conditions overall

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Maintenance June 19, 2013

Develop and execute a sound lubrication strategy

Ahmet Guven from Shell discusses lubrication strategies and methods for companies looking to improve efficiency and maintenance

By Plant Engineering
Maintenance June 19, 2013

The process of proper lubrication

The right work procedures drive consistency and ensure success

By Stacy Heston
Maintenance March 28, 2010

ISO 55000: An insider’s perspective

With the upcoming release of the ISO 55000 series standards on asset management from the International Organization for Standardization, the world’s largest developer of international standards, there has been much discussion on what the standards are all about.

By Scott Morris, SMRP
Maintenance July 6, 2001

Maintaining hydraulic fluids

Maintaining hydraulic fluids is an important job that can reduce or eliminate many problems. This article describes how to keep fluid contamination to an acceptable minimum; external and internal contamination sources; portable instruments used to quickly and accurately measure particle contamination; maintenance measures and more.

By Plant Engineering Staff