Maintenance Strategy
A controls and automation upgrade to this traverse winder included eight Siemens S120 Vector drive systems to uncoil, slit, and recoil copper. Six Siemens S120 Servo drive systems were used for traversing. Courtesy: Electronic Drives & Controls Inc.
Maintenance Strategy December 13, 2018

Controls upgrade boosts machine productivity 40%

Machine running speed nearly doubled with greater product control, quick ROI.

By Chuck Dillard
Chobani empowers its employees with as much data as possible. Courtesy: Inductive Automation
Maintenance Strategy December 12, 2018

Yogurt plant improves active culture, technology

System integrator helps Chobani streamline operations to provide more flexibility and efficiency.

By Jim Meyers
CFE Media file photo
Maintenance Strategy December 7, 2018

Decision paralysis and what to do about it

Manufacturers must react swiftly to changing markets, technologies. Eight influencing factors are highlighted.

By Steve Beard
CFE Media file photo.
Maintenance Strategy 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
Selecting the right motor is crucial as it can provide performance, cost, and maintenance advantages. Design engineers also can combine motors to gearheads for increased reliability and convenient ordering processing. Courtesy: Thomson Industries, Inc.
Maintenance Strategy December 6, 2018

Picking the right motor size

Finding the right size is crucial for choosing a motor as well as balancing torque, speed, and inertia for optimal application performance.

By Andrew Skidmore
Chart 1: Predictive maintenance market share 2017-2022. Courtesy: Cyient
Maintenance Strategy December 4, 2018

Predictive maintenance market grows along with benefits

Tracking plant equipment health through data management a growing trend

By Dr. Sean Otto
Applications ranging from CNC machines to material handling require accurate and durable linear motion systems. Courtesy: Thomson Industries, Inc.
Maintenance Strategy December 4, 2018

Eight factors to consider when implementing a linear motion application

When implementing and specifying a linear motion application, users should consider many aspects including the required accuracy, speed, and the duty cycle to ensure the best possible performance.

By Richard R. Knotek, Niklas Sjostrom
Courtesy: Lenze Americas
Maintenance Strategy December 3, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles November 26 to December 2

Articles about the Product of the Year finalists, three phases of digital transformation, food safety, five warehouse innovations, and functional safety were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 26 to December 2, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Bob Vavra, content manager, Plant Engineering. Courtesy: CFE Media
Maintenance Strategy November 15, 2018

Digital journey begins with ‘What if?’

Manufacturers should always be asking questions as they begin their journey into digital manufacturing because it encompasses so much ground and can bring so many changes.

By Bob Vavra
With warehouses and distribution centers growing in size and importance, different technology, such as higher lift trucks, is needed to keep up with demand. Courtesy: The Raymond Corporation
Maintenance Strategy November 14, 2018

Five innovations moving the modern warehouse

As e-commerce expands, telematics, automation help keep pace as consumers and retailers evolve.

By Erica Moyer and Shannon Curtis