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Lean Maintenance

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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
Freshpet's refrigerated pet food plant features fine-tuned temperature and humidity control. Courtesy: CRB
Process Safety January 15, 2020

Consumer trends’ impact on pet food processing

Growing consumer awareness and changes in standards have forced pet food manufacturers to rethink their processes, products and production facilities.

By Matthew Beier
Manufacturers and plant operators have begun to appreciate the impact that i4.0 technology offers their businesses. However, the best way to maximize the potential of this technology is by also investing in and strengthening the application of lean principles and lean thinking to continuously address waste and error in their operations. Courtesy: Bosch Rexroth
Lean Maintenance December 16, 2019

Applying Lean tactics in the Factory of the Future

The Factory of the Future can maximize the value and performance of every machine and production unit.

By Thomas Brown and Rodney Rusk
Raymond Corp. strives to recruit the best talent to fill welding and manufacturing positions and is committed to developing a strong workforce through continuous training. Courtesy: Raymond Corp.
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
Figure 2: An embedded air bearing system permanently mounted into the tool, machine or structure serves as its own permanent rigging gear. Courtesy: AeroGo Inc.
Material Handling December 13, 2019

How air casters optimize factory flexibility

Integrated air bearings make it possible to implement a reconfigurable system to improve or supplement manufacturing floor changes.

By Cole Miller, M.E.
Optimation provided engineering, controls programming and design, and skilled trade’s installation services, which included mechanical, electrical and construction management support, as well as control panel, pipe supports and frame fabrication. Courtesy: Optimation Technology Inc.
System Integrators November 27, 2019

System integrator upgrades complex batch system

Canadian food & beverage company, Grober Nutrition, expanded to the U.S. with the help of Optimation Technology Inc., and keeps growing.

By Jennifer Palumbo
Courtesy: John Crane
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
Industry 4.0 success can be broken down into six steps, with each one become more involved from a data and intelligence standpoint. Not every company, however, starts at the beginning. It depends on what they’re already doing or not doing. Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media & Technology
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 23, 2019

Finding success on the road to Industry 4.0

Six pillars of Industry 4.0: There’s so much talk about Industry 4.0, but many companies haven’t stopped to ask what success looks like and how to achieve it. Start with asking three questions, why the company needs Industry 4.0 and how to achieve success.

By Chris Vavra
It's hard to navigate without a map. A dashboard can orient a maintenance department as to where it is, and where it should be. All images courtesy: Dude Solutions
Maintenance Strategy October 14, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles October 7-13

Articles about data-driven maintenance, optimizing project satisfaction, condition monitoring technologies, manufacturing trends, and the Engineering Leaders Under 40 were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 7-13. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
A basic care program for rotating equipment enables operations to accurately record, communicate and act upon process and inspection data. Courtesy: SKF
Maintenance October 11, 2019

Optimize a maintenance program for rotating equipment

Some things to think about when it comes to reliability.

By Jim Turnbull