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Top 5 Plant Engineering content: May 29 to June 4, 2023
The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered electrical insulation, oil sampling, maintenance advice and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Electrical insulation market expected to double in next decade
The market for electrical insulating materials is expected to grow to more than $20 billion over the next decade due to high industry demand.
How working with robots helps a team increase efficiency
Incorporating robots into daily routines has surprising impacts on the teams’ day-to-day work at a semiconductor manufacturing facility.
Top 5 Plant Engineering content: May 15-21, 2023
The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered flyback diode ratings, maintenance advice, sustainability goals and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Plant Engineering most-viewed electrical articles in 2023
Read the best articles about electrical including safety hazards, hazard recognition, electrical risks and more.
Top 5 Plant Engineering content: March 20-26, 2023
The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered flyback diodes, condition-based maintenance, compressed air systems and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Considerations for choosing the right flyback diode and rating
There are several important considerations when selecting flyback diodes that can make the difference in reliable design and extending the life span of the system.
Know what to prioritize when choosing a valve
Certain valves are suited for certain areas and applications. Four areas on what to prioritize when choosing a valve are highlighted.
Technique developed to increase understanding of electrochemical interfaces
Researchers have pioneered a noninvasive way of measuring an important but difficult to determine variable in electrochemical interfaces.
Top 5 Plant Engineering content: February 6-12, 2023
The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered arc flashes, Product of the Year, predictive maintenance, linear and direct-drives and ESG. Miss something? You can catch up here.
How to write better electrical specifications for food manufacturing equipment
Growing companies have an electrical specifications list that isn’t robust enough to be practical when scaling up manufacturing equipment.
Fluid viscosity effects on valve performance
Selecting valves for viscous fluid service is not as straightforward as it may appear. The valve must support variance caused by system variables like temperature and pressure drops.
Top 5 Plant Engineering content: January 16-22, 2023
The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered arc flashes, pumps, electrical safety, control systems and IIoT. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Top 5 Plant Engineering content: December 26 to January 1, 2023
The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered pumps, maintenance, arc flashes and safety. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Electric vehicle tire challenges in winter
Electric and hybrid vehicles are being built and sold, worldwide, in increasing numbers, but their heavier weight compared to conventional vehicles is a challenge, particularly in winter conditions.
Center for next-gen battery technology created
The University of Michigan will lead a suite of projects involving multiple institutions to boost understanding of solid-state EV power cells.
Optimize control cabinet construction with standards
Standards and standardization improve safety when it comes to control cabinet construction.
Top 5 Plant Engineering content: August 8-14, 2022
The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week hydraulic cylinders, AMR technology, robots, MES and workplace skills. Miss something? You can catch up here.
How to optimize control cabinet construction
Automated and digitized processes that support cabinet manufacturers by providing simplicity, speed and reliability generate benefits and concrete added value.
White paper highlights electric vehicles’ future, technology advances
A white paper created by the STLE highlights current trends and predictions for the EV market and how its impacting the tribology and lubrication engineering field.
Cutting tool orders up 9% in Q1 2022
Cutting tool consumption totaled $175.4 million in the United States for the first quarter of 2022, which is an increase of more than 9% compared to 2021.
Choosing the right cylinder isn’t always easy
Sometimes the problem is too many options
Edgar talks design tech for cabling
The video podcast show, Let’s Talk Cabling!, recently invited an ESD expert to discuss the benefits of 3D modeling for designing cable installation projects.
Graphene on textured surface allows for 2D electron optics
Rice University scientists put forth the idea that graphene on a gently textured surface turns it into “pseudo-electromagnetic” devices.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 21-27, 2022
Articles about electric vehicles, luminaire benefits, safety in explosive environments, motor management and propane forklifts were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 21-27, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.
World events create disruptions in motors and drives
There are several factors in crucial areas of the motor and drive supply chain to note as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues. See video.
Establishing the case for building electrification
Building electrification presents a tangible strategy within the consulting-specifying industry to reduce and eliminate long-term operational CO2 emissions.
Stabilizing interfaces in solid-state batteries
MIT researchers have developed a method for stabilizing the interfaces in solid-state lithium-ion batteries opens new possibilities.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles Feb. 28- March 6, 2022
Articles about why short circuit current matters, no two greases are the same, what’s in store for Industry 4.0, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Feb. 28- March 6, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Considering electric vehicle charging risks
Electric vehicle (EV) charging risk involves potential damage to EV batteries, compromised EV life safety systems, charger malfunction and more.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles Feb. 21-27, 2022
Articles about why short circuit current matters, no two greases are the same, what’s in store for Industry 4.0, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Feb. 21-27, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Electrostatic engineering gets the lead out for faster batteries
A Cornell-led research collaboration discovered an approach for making a lead-free antiferroelectric that performs as well as its toxic relatives.
How to free seized nuts and bolts with penetrating oil
Heating with a torch may not be the best method for freeing stuck parts; consider penetrating oil instead
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles Dec. 20-26, 2021
Articles about how to perform a safer and smarter LOTO procedure, cybersecurity and IT/OT convergence, industrial oil filtration, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Dec. 20-26, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Industrial machinery industry poised for rebound
The machinery sector is bouncing back, with farming machinery, semiconductor & electronics machinery, and textiles machinery leading the way.
Powering the shift to electric mines
How resistors can facilitate safe, efficient underground mining.
Global semiconductor equipment sales reach record high
SEMI reported record semiconductor equipment sales for the fifth quarter in a row as strong demand fuels industry.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles Nov. 22-28, 2021
Articles about EVs recharging in under 5 minutes, upgrading industrial PC cybersecurity in manufacturing, grease performance testing methods, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Nov. 22-28, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.
EVs recharge in under 5 minutes with new charging cable design
Purdue researchers designed a charging cable that can deliver a current 4.6 times that of the fastest available EV chargers on the market today
Machinery production size in 2021 to exceed 2019 levels
Interact Analysis is projecting the global machinery market will rise by 6% in 2021 to more than $2 trillion with heavy machinery and materials handling leading the way.
Why more manufacturers are turning to microgrids
Microgrids mitigate power distribution vulnerabilities
Semiconductor fabrication facility receives grant
The National Science Foundation granted almost $18 to the University of Arkansas to build and operate a national silicon carbide research and fabrication facility.
Protecting power systems
The benefits of neutral earthing transformers for safe transmission
Nanoscale discovery could help prevent overheating in electronics
Researchers at CU Boulder have learned why some nano sources cool when bunched together, which could help companies develop electronics that overheat less.
Carbon nanotubes could replace silicon in transistors
Engineers have worked out a method to make orderly sheets of 2-dimensional carbon nanotubes by aligning them between layers of water and a solvent “ink.”
Metal fabrication show going live in September
FABTECH will return to Chicago Sept. 13-16, providing attendees with an opportunity to see the latest trends and products in person.
Active piezoelectric shims improve machine precision
Due to the piezo element’s high resolution down to the nanometer range, active shims cover applications in classical mechanical precision engineering as well as the alignment of optical components in astronomy, semiconductor manufacturing, and in materials research employing beamline instrumentation.
Technique for recycling nanowires developed
A technique for retrieving nanowires from electronic devices that have reached the end of their utility and then using those nanowires in new devices has been developed by North Carolina State University researchers.
Manufacturing group names new CEO
Debra Phillips will be the next president and CEO of NEMA, succeeding Kevin Cosgriff, who is retiring at the end of 2021.
Changing a 2D material’s symmetry can help improve optoelectronic devices
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) materials scientists and engineers have created a novel optoelectronic phenomenon, which could improve optoelectronic devices.
Tools designed to enhance grid operations and benefit consumers
Texas A&M University researchers are developing decision-making tools to enable and incentivize consumers to provide energy resource support back to the power grid when needed
Safer, smarter and more productive electrical maintenance
Regularly checking critical assets' operating temperature and other key functions pays a huge return on investment (ROI) by preventing unexpected shutdowns.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 31- June 6, 2021
Articles about optimizing gas turbines performance, how to properly size surge protective devices, IIoT in the real world, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 31- June 6, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Optimizing gas turbine performance through planned maintenance and repairs
Gas turbines are efficient and reliable sources of power that drive generators in national power stations as well as smaller industrial settings.
How to properly size surge protective devices
To specify an SPD, understand the ratings associated with its application.
How to extend switchgear life and improve system reliability
Improve system reliability of switchgear with protective relay upgrade projects.
Manufacturer invests in Florida electrical equipment facility
Integrating latest design technology and adding new jobs to build on nearly 50 years of growth in Florida.
Original equipment effectiveness’ role in productive manufacturing
Original equipment effectiveness (OEE) can be used as a gauge to determine how effective and productive a manufacturing plant is.
Install medium-voltage cables in petrochemical plants
How to ensure code requirements for hazardous environments are satisfied
Electromechanical resource center opened
EASA's Electromechanical Resource Center lets plant maintenance and reliability professionals access a range of technical resources relating to the operation and maintenance of electric motors and other electromechanical equipment.
Mercury Marine builds innovative acoustic testing facility
Mercury Marine commissioned Albert Kahn Associates to design and engineer a new noise, vibration and harshness test facility
Annual electromechanical expo theme focused on industry growth
EASA's annual convention in June 2021 in Fort Worth, Tex., will focus on the theme of “Keeping industries moving.”
Nanowire could provide a stable superconducting transistor
The cryoyton is a superconducting transistor, inspired by decades-old MIT research, which could boost quantum computers and other superconducting electronics.
Industrial electronics distributor appoints CEO
Allison Sabia, Galco Industrial Electronics president, COO, named as Galco Industrial Electronics CEO starting February 1.
Fab spending expected to increase worldwide
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a surge in fab spending and is expected to continue over the next several years, according to a report by SEMI.
Tailoring 2D materials to improve electronic and optical devices
Altering thin 2D materials atomically and physically for applications in many optical and electronic devices allows them to enhance light emission and increase signal strength.
Updating legacy rotating equipment
Retaining legacy equipment is a cost-effective way to minimize capital expenditure, provided efficiency and reliability can be upheld.
Wet electrostatic precipitators are proven for emission control and gas cleaning
Two case studies illustrate the point
Electronics market steady in first half of 2020
Revenues in the electronic components market for the first half of 2020 are better than expected in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are supply chain concerns.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 10-16, 2020
Articles about VFD parameters, CMMS success, robotic software, industrial lubrication and predictive analytics were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 10-16, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Develop a cable gland strategy for hazardous environments
Tips on how to get maximum benefit from cable glands
Electrically-injected laser developed
An electrically-injected laser made with germanium tin has been developed and is used as a semiconducting material for circuits on electronic devices.
Cutting tool orders declined in May
Cutting tool orders dropped a little over 4% in May 2020 compared to the prior month and is down by over a third compared to the same time period in 2019 due to COVID-19.
Improving machine performance and reliability with predictive maintenance
With more advanced predictive maintenance tools at their disposal, today’s maintenance and operations teams can improve efficiencies and minimize unplanned downtime.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 25-31, 2020
Articles about prevention through design, COVID-19 safety standards, electrical safety programs, safer ventilator sharing and high-tech warehouses were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 25-31, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.
2D oxide flakes pick up electrical properties
Rice University lab detects piezoelectric effects in nanosheets due to defects, which could improve energy harvesting applications.
SACE air circuit breakers by ABB
The SACE Emax 2 air circuit breakers are rated up to 6,300 amps and have been designed to increase efficiency.
Single-phase disconnect switch by Eaton
The D-73 distribution-class, single-phase disconnect switch provides a durable and dependable switch for line sectionalizing or isolating equipment
Electronics group releases COVID-19 survey results
Results from the sixth survey conducted by the Electronic Components Industry Association show a growing sense of concern for supply-chain impacts and end-market destruction.
LDC Focus: Spotlight on Enbridge Gas Inc.
Ontario utility embarks on North America’s first utility-scale Power to Gas plant project
Decarbonization and electrification: View from the utilities
Two utilities speak out regarding their efforts and views on decarbonization and electrification
Protect electrical components from corrosion
Corrosion is a powerful destructive force; prevention is key
Equipment leasing and finance index plunges due to coronavirus uncertainty
The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation's Monthly Confidence Index for dropped more than 20% to 46.0.
Transform pneumatics systems for energy conservation, efficiency and safety
Machine automation evolution proves the only limitation is the imagination
Manufacturing index grows, but concern looms about coronavirus
The purchasing manufacturers' index (PMI) slid to 50.1 in February, which shows overall growth, but there are major concerns about the coronavirus and what it will mean for the manufacturing industry.
Cutting tool consumption declines slightly to close 2019
U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled dropped 1% compared to 2018, but optimism remains for 2020
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 27 to February 2
Articles about cut-to-length cable, control panel safety, system integrator relationships, safety procedures, and service robots were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 27 to February 2. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Cutting tool consumption records slight decline
The U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT) reported a 1% decline in November 2019 compared to the same period in 2018.
Pneumatic safety technology and the IIoT
How IIoT principles, along with appropriate pneumatic technology, offer machine safety and operation enhancements.
How to specify cut-to-length cable
Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), end users, and system integrators seeking to improve manufacturing and fabrication flexibility can purchase cut-to-length cables to save time and money.
Cutting tool consumption declines in September
The U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology reported a 4% decline in sales from August as concerns about the economy grow.
Equipment finance report gets boost thanks to consumer confidence
Consumer spending keeps things strong in the November 2019 Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation's MCI-EFI report.
Safety tips on SCCR for industrial control panels, industrial machinery
How to determine short-circuit current rating (SCCR) and avoid misapplications. When the industrial control panel or industrial machinery does not have an adequate SCCR for the available short-circuit (fault) current, an electrical hazard exists.
880 Crown & Chassis Extreme by Texas Refinery Corp.
880 Crown & Chassis Extreme is designed for sub-freezing and high ambient temperature conditions.
iglide I180 by Igus
The iglide I180 can uploading a CAD model of the part to the igus website, choosing a printing material, and placing the order.
Electrical group names president for national committee
Kevin Lippert has been appointed president of the United States National Committee (USNC) to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and will work on testing, certification and accreditation for the electrotechnical industry.
Equipment, software growth likely to slow according to report
Equipment and software investment growth is likely to slow in 2019 to 3.9% as the U.S manufacturing sector weakened, and investment growth in several key verticals is expected to slow or contract in the second half of 2019.
Equipment leasing report shows new business up double-digits in May
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index reported business was up 18% year-over-year in May, with overall business flat in 2019.
Equipment leasing confidence slides, according to report
The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation's June Monthly Confidence Index (MCI-EFI) had an index of 52.8, which is down several points compared to May and double digits compared to the same period in 2018.
Cutting tool consumption remains steady in 2019
Cutting tool consumption is up 7% through the first months of 2019 compared to the prior year, but that strength may be tempered by a bumpy market up ahead.
Specifying performance instead of parts
Specifying performance instead of parts when purchasing machines and process skids will cut costs, reduce lead time and guarantee operation.
Equipment leasing business increased in April
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index reported business was up 11% year-over-year in April, though overall 2019 business is down compared to 2018.
Overcurrent protection technologies change the calculations for PPE
NEC Section 240.87 provides guidance for safety, maintenance teams.
Entelleon by General Electric
EntellEon low-voltage power panel offers an array of innovative features that help to streamline stocking, ordering, installation and maintenance processes
RTS series by Russelectric
The RTS series senses the voltages of both power sources and, by means of easy-to-see LEDs, indicates switch position and source availability
TMC 8 series by Phoenix Contact
These UL 489-listed circuit breakers provide required fundamental branch circuit protection.
Pick the right wiring for the right application
Plugs, connectors have different uses in different environments.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles December 3-9
Articles about the Product of the Year finalists, NFPA 70E standard changes, three phases of industrial digital transformation, linear motion considerations, and sensor communication were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 3-9, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Selecting a winch for heavy duty applications
A heavy duty winch can be a valuable insurance policy, but picking the correct winch capacity and other features can be confusing.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, October 29 to November 4
Articles about Manufacturing 4.0, implementing change, predictive maintenance, compressed air and VFDs, and the plant of the future were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, October 29 to November 4. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Lab-planning details that matter
If a researcher is struggling to perform a particular task, making a change to the architectural details of the lab space can help improve productivity.
Megger insulation testers include special noise suppression for use in high voltage substations or switchyards and are line- or battery-operated for extra testing flexibility in the field. The measurement range has been expanded to 15 TΩ on the S1-552 and 35 TΩ on the S1-1052 for improved insulation testing and better long-term trending of test results of higher value apparatus.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, October 15-21
Articles about Manufacturing 4.0, predictive maintenance, digital twin collaboration, compressed air and VFDs, and the plant of the future were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, October 15-21. Were you out? You can catch up here.
The era of air insulated switchgear has passed
Adjusting to the new normal in the oil & gas industry means increased innovation alongside operational discipline and re-evaluating medium-voltage switchgear applications.
Equipment finance sector reporting growth in 2018
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) showed overall new business volume for August was $8.9 billion, up 14% year-over-year from new business volume in August 2017.
Women in Engineering: The journey to a career in engineering
"Growing up, I always enjoyed math and science. I loved seeing my work on paper turn into something real as well."
Optimizing pump reliability and performance
Taking a proactive approach and involving an expert maintenance provider can allow offshore platform operators to deliver significant benefits to their business in the long term.
2018 Engineering Leaders Under 40
The 2018 CFE Media Engineering Leaders Under 40 are in a class by themselves, but they also have plenty of experience in a class. These 30 manufacturing professionals are by far the best educated group we've recognized since the program began almost a decade ago. They've taken that formal education and turned it into groundbreaking improvements on their plant floor and in patented product development.
Commercial and industrial lubricant demand in U.S. to rise
Commercial and industrial lubricant demand in the US is projected to grow 1.0% annually thanks to an increase in active oil and gas rigs in the U.S., which use engine oil and fluids for lubrication.
Your tablet is your new HMI
A year ago, Plant Engineering lamented the death of the human-machine interface (HMI), at least as we have known it. The increased use of tablets, smartphones and other portable devices has moved the machine-bound HMI to the back bench. That hasn’t changed the value of the HMI, however, and certain new rules and realities have to be part of the equation.
Move past customized vendor equipment
Working with suppliers on standardizing equipment procurement can lower costs, simplify processes, and save up to 50% in engineering resources.
Choose the right automation controller
It seems like a basic need, but look deeper before deciding.
Robotics: Driving efficiency, creating jobs
Robots aren’t the job killer some fear. In fact, they may be the catalyst for better jobs, and more of them.
Robotics will drive job growth, study finds
Global research finds mid-sized manufacturers will benefit—if they can find workers.
‘The only way to advance is through technology.’
“The manufacturing segment of the value chain is undergoing a renaissance because digitalization makes it much more strategic to a company’s performance than ever before.”
Facility management addressed by building technologies
Security and safety enhanced by integration and standardization.
Mindset changing on oil and gas safety and profitability
In the oil and gas industry, safety and profitability must be intertwined as today's way of thinking needs to go beyond the conventional and move into the more digital and connected world.
2018 Lubrication Guide
The science and art of lubrication often is as important as the mechanical functions it enables.
Combine technologies for effective oil analysis
Vibration analysis, thermography, and ultrasound are more valuable together.
Motor maintenance trends: 6 factors to evaluate
Recent EASA research studies provide new insights on repair vs. replace to help motors reliably drive machinery, pumps, conveyors, and other vital industrial equipment.
Where’s the ‘Factory of the Present’?
If manufacturers wait too long, their plant won’t have a chance to be considered a ‘Factory of the Future’. In an era when manufacturing is gaining respect and building strength despite the many challenges the industry faces, the laggards will be merely ‘Factories of the Past’.
Gaining efficiency from hydronic boilers
Hydronic systems are gaining popularity due to their ease of installation, quiet operation, and safety compared to other heating technologies.
Machine learning applied in U.S. oil and gas shale fields
A machine-learning solution allowed Denver-based Bonanza Creek Energy to monitor data drawn from its SCADA system to detect increasing risk of volatile organic compounds (VOC) or carbon-dioxide emissions.
Advances in dryer design
Industrial dryers are overcoming unique challenges and making improvements in energy efficiency, process control, and drying uniformity.
NERC PRC-025: 2019 compliance starts now
Six steps to meet the new Generator Relay Loadability Standard.
Digital supply chain has arrived, and challenges await
MHI study cites three barriers to adoption, but a majority of companies already use the technology.
Dual-purpose winches used to improve material, personnel safety
Dual-purpose winch series moves onshore rig material and personnel safely to save rig floor space for oil and gas applications.
Refinery water treatment extends service life, increases efficiency
Practical and effective ways to protect against corrosion can help maintain healthy systems, increase efficiency, and enhance cost savings for a company in the long run.
Progressing cavity pumps applied to oil field multiphase fluids
Solution compared to conventional separation is cost-effective and are useful for multiphase fluid transfer of crude oils.
Trade organization announces annual conference
The Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) Annual Convention and Exposition from June 24 - 26, 2018 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisc. is focused on the theme "Connect 2 Quality."
Roundtable forum on semiconductors, automations at Hannover Messe announced
IHS Markit will host a multi-topic roundtable-style forum about the semiconductor and automation industries at Hannover Messe 2018.
How machine learning contributes to smarter pipeline maintenance
Machine learning can allow oil and gas companies to make better use of the enormous amounts of data as they try to maintain their pipelines.
AI used to predict oil and gas equipment failures
Graphics processing units is being used to train deep learning algorithms, it is possible to predict when oil and gas equipment might fail and improve the efficiency and reliability of expensive drilling and refining operations.
Sags, swells, and voltage deviation effects for troubleshooting motors
NEMA states speed and torque performance—as well as motor life—may be negatively affected by voltage variations.
Total harmonic distortion effects on motors
Prior to the advent of the transistor, electrical loads were linear: their consumption of current resembled voltage’s sine wave.
Know the score about SCCR
Short-circuit current ratings is a number you need to heed.
400-volt servo motors and amplifiers
A complete line of 400-volt servo motors and amplifiers includes a completely new amplifier design that offers unique advantages to machine builders and end users seeking to upgrade a 400-volt motion control system.
Reliable data enhances automation product designs
As the world progresses to digital, analog measurement reliability is more important than ever to ensure quality input for product design.
The drive to prevent downtime
Aging equipment is revealed as a major area of concern in manufacturing.
Gain lubrication insight by looking a little deeper
Understand how metals and lubricants will interact.
The evolution of power monitoring and maintenance
IIoT and Big Data have changed the power monitoring and preventive maintenance landscapes.
Engineering analytics can instill confidence in innovative solutions
Examine equipment and its functions within a system and resist the urge to continue going with the flow when it comes to gathering data.
Using a PHA for process valve safety
A detailed process hazard analysis (PHA) has to examine the human factors involved and identify, evaluate, and control potential hazards to prevent future process valve incidents from occurring.
Prevent process safety incidents from occurring
Process safety incidents can lead to tragic consequences for workers and for innocent bystanders and it is paramount companies work on improving protocols and best practices.
Answering the big question: ‘What If?’
Over the past 30 years, Plant Engineering's Product of the Year award has highlighted the innovative companies who dare to ask the tough questions.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, November 6-12: Why electric motors overheat, finding the perfect maintenance balance, 2017 Product of the Year finalists, and more
Articles about why electric motors overheat, finding the perfect maintenance balance, 2017 Product of the Year Finalists, spare parts management, and why ‘Five Whys’ may be incomplete were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, November 6-12. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Four reasons why electric motors overheat
Increases in the temperature of an electric motor reduce its lifespan. By knowing the reason why electric motors overheat, users can develop a preventive maintenance strategy to combat inefficiencies.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, October 30-November 5: IoT for predictive maintenance, preventive maintenance shortcomings, spare parts management best practices, and more
Articles about IoT for predictive maintenance, preventive maintenance shortcomings, spare parts management best practices, why “Five Whys” may not be enough, and managing compressed air efficiency were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, October 30-November 5. Were you out? You can catch up here.
The benefits of using high-efficiency motors
The use of high-efficiency, electric motors can lead to significant drops in energy use, as well as significant savings in cost. There are other factors, such as the difference in material quality and higher upfront costs, that need to be considered as well.
Knowing the causes and solutions for bearing issues
Improving the performance and longevity of bearings begins with understanding the most common causes of bearing failure and malfunction.
Filter replacement: 5 signs it’s time for a change
Testing and monitoring offer best indications of filter health.
The six fault zones key to proper maintenance
A proper maintenance program goes beyond a visual inspection; instead it uses the proper tools and equipment necessary to check the six fault zones of a motor.
Practical approaches to rigorous corrosion protection
Volatile corrosion inhibitor (VCI) technology is designed to be used across oil & gas industry sectors and in many applications.
Encoders with mechanical, electro-optic technologies
The F58 encoders combine certified Ethernet/IP support with patented mechanical and electro-optic technologies that ensure accuracy and reliability.
Electro-Hydraulic Motion Controller
RMC200 is an electro-hydraulic motion controller capable of controlling up to 32 motion axes simultaneously.
Coal-fired power plant slashes maintenance time
Damper bearing upgrade solves lock up issue at a North American plant.
Power panels: a flexible, modular approach
With lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and faster installation, power panels are entering into a new era of platforms.
Rare earth metals in the industrial sector
Known for their magnetic and electrochemical properties, these components enhance the performance of various industrial equipment with minimal weight and emissions. Furthermore, they offer superior efficiency, durability, performance, and speed to several pieces of equipment used in many industries.
2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Tyler Budde, 27
Engineering Associate, Advanced Technology Services, Peoria, Ill.
2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Brian Gapske, 36
Software Engineering Team Leader, RedViking, Plymouth, Mich.
2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Alexander Hamilton, 29
Mechanical Engineering Team Leader, RedViking, Plymouth, Mich.
2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Kevin Harris, PE, 33
Engineering Director, Dynamic Test Systems, RedViking, Raleigh, N.C.
2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Sheikh Nauman Iqbal, 35
Control System Specialist, Intech Process Automation Pvt. Ltd., Lahore, Punjab
2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Elizabeth Kokesh, 31
Senior Maintenance & Reliability Professional, Cargill, Hopkins, Minn.
2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Adithi Raghavendra, 27
CSD Engineering Manager, Solid State Relays (Industrial Sensing), Sensata Technologies, Tijuana, Mexico
2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Tyler Robertson, 33
Robotics Engineer, Taylor Guitars, El Cajon, Calif.
The benefits of upgrading to LED lighting
LED lighting uses up to 80% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb.
Condensing boilers: the final step in boiler savings
Using a counterflow heat exchanger arrangement to take the exhaust below the point of condensation results in improvements in efficiency in the magnitude of 10% to 15% over an annual heating cycle.
The basics of industrial motor power surge suppression
Power surges can be very damaging to electronic equipment in various ways, making it important to take precautionary measures in order to avoid them.
Large engine-generator sets keep getting better
Engine-generator sets come in all sizes for many applications. Large stationary units, in particular, are especially attractive for many electric power applications.
Seven tips for proper bearing maintenance
Bearings are important mechanical components that help in maintaining the liner and rotational movements of a machine and it is important they are maintained properly to ensure long operational life.
This electropneumatic valve positioner offers outstanding accuracy and industry-leading reliability with an ease of installation, calibration, and operation.
Automatic case packer
The XpressPack automatic case packer is designed to run high volumes of cartons in a single-layer, single-row configuration.
The ReliaGear UL 1558 low-voltage switchgear features circuit breakers with embedded logic capabilities that make the switchgear safer and more compact, flexible, and reliable.
Shaft alignment tool
The TKSA 71 shaft alignment tool is designed to deliver precise measurements for a range of alignment tasks in harsh industrial environments.
The ET60 and ET250 voltage testers use standard replaceable test leads and can test GFCI-protected circuits.
Contextual mobility declutters on-the-go SCADA
How IIoT impacts oil & gas SCADA-based field mobility.
Precision limit switches
The precision limit/position switches are designed to be mounted in tight locations and have a 4mm diameter barrel.
Ejector venturi for tough process and high concentration emergency gas scrubbing
Bionomic's series 6500 jet venturi scrubber is designed to simultaneously remove gaseous contaminant and particulate down to .75 micron size for chemical, pharmaceutical, and other scrubbing applications.
Spring cotter pins for axial mounting
The GN 1024 cotter pins can be used for the axial mounting of bolts and axles.
Polarization index testing benefits
Polarization index (PI) testing is an extension of the insulation resistance test and is designed to check specific issues in a motor such as moisture and insulation deterioration.
Differences between electric motors and generators
Electric motors and generators have significant differences in terms of function and what they are used for, but both are closely connected to Faraday's Law of Electromagnetic Induction.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, June 26 to July 2: Continuous improvement, electrical design, common welding errors, more
Articles about creating a continuous improvement team, electrical design, common welding errors, potential safety hazards, and remote monitoring were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, June 26 to July 2. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Benefits of equipment life optimization programs
Operations and maintenance is not one-size-fits-all and an equipment life optimization program (ELOP) can help engineers achieve equipment reliability while cutting costs.
Gear drive specification Webcast: Your questions answered
Robin Olson, director of applications engineering, Rexnord Industries, answered additional questions on gear drive specification from the Jun. 15 webcast.
Empowered to cut wasted energy
The Department of Energy (DOE) program is designed to find and eliminate energy waste and offers many resources to help organizations achieve their goals.
Disruptive technology meets the intractable challenge of fugitive-gas emissions
Optical-gas imaging (OGI) makes gas clouds visible and operates as an infrared sensor capable of operating within the thermal spectrum.
Insulation resistance testers
The MIT515, MIT525, MIT1025, and MIT1525 insulation resistance testers are designed to test high-voltage power cables and buses, large motor/generator windings, as well as line and substation transformers for insulation resistance.
Control room temperatures: Strategies to beat the heat
Air-to-water exchangers can reduce variable frequency drive (VFD) heat exposure.
Five lubrication warning signs to look for
Lubrication testing is common for preventive maintenance programs and people performing the tests should watch out for water, acid, and viscosity during the tests.
Microgrids drive a new energy strategy
Energy master planning provides a bridge to the future by using microgrids to help manufacturers integrate renewable energy resources.
Gear motor and gearhead line
A full line of gear motors and gearheads has been designed to pair with every servo motor, creating complete gear motor solutions rated from a low of 50 W to as high as 15 kW.
Motor control devices for low-voltage management
The motor control devices of the Simocode pro product series were developed specifically for the management of motors in the low-voltage range and can be integrated simply into virtually any control system.
Potable water solenoid valves
The NS-Series National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) certified potable water solenoid valves can be mounted in any position and a spring-loaded plunger assures positive shutoff.
Benefits and limitations of ac generator motors
AC generator motors have advantages such as simple design and not requiring matching voltages, but they do have some drawbacks such as higher levels of insulation.
Carbon brush benefits for a dc motor
In dc motors, the carbon brush makes sure the commutation process remains free from sparks and helps conduct electric current between the moving parts of the motor.
Bring the heat to avoid six common welding errors
Avoiding six common welding mistakes such as improper gas pressure, poor material fit-up, and overlooking preventive maintenance can reduce costs, improve productivity.
Soft starter 101: How do they work?
Soft starters are designed to increase the voltage in steps and keep the motor from receiving the full voltage right away, which saves the motor from damage over time.
Molded nylon position hinge
The MH-18 molded nylon position hinge integrates one-way torque technology while enabling easy adjustment with no resistance.
Flat-plate battery for industrial applications
The Marathon FPX flat plate battery is designed for medium-to heavy-duty industrial use and opportunity charging applications.
Double-diaphragm pumps with welded flanges
The Husky line of corrosion-resistant stainless steel air-operated double diaphragm (AODD) pumps has expanded to include stainless steel ANSI/DIN welded flanges.
Motor and gearbox
The Smart Gear g350 is a compact mechatronic drive unit combining a gearbox, motor, electronics and software and blends the motor and gearbox elements, so the gear ratio slips far into the motor housing.
The QX Series Cordless Torque Multiplier is a high-torque fastening tool for industrial applications that employs advanced technology to ensure accurate, repeatable bolting for torque-critical joints.
Take back your steam energy
Great opportunities exist in making major improvements in steam and hot water distribution systems, which can save money for companies.
Upstream oil and gas safety improves in the post-Deepwater Horizon era
So nothing like this catastrophe happens again.
FCC compliance and frequency selection for SCADA
Radio-frequency solutions remain viable for off-shore installations.
Overcome challenges in offshore wireless communications
Sound communication are key to good collaboration, and must be secure as well.
In-service data used to support continued-service assessments
Floating productions systems remain in use longer than it had been supposed.
Are ROVs more like robots or drones?
Remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs) are emerging mobile technologies that are used underwater that have continued to evolve.
Seven mistakes to avoid when upgrading your plant to LEDs
Mistakes to avoid when highlighting your plant to LED include choosing the wrong watt level, not using available technology, and making a purchasing without doing your homework.
Geared bearing solutions with zero backlash
Geared Bearing solutions comes with a zero backlash gear mounted and dialed in on a precision grade high capacity bearing and are preconfigured for fit, form and function, for easy integration into any precision rotary motion application.
HVLS basics: Balancing the air temperature
Destratification creates more comfort and lower costs for plants throughout the entire year.
Dual-purpose capacitor product line
The DD60 capacitors are designed to block harmonics and prevent resonance in high ambient temperature and high-harmonic current real-world applications
What the oil and gas industry needs from SCADA
Supervisory control systems aggregate data at key points in the supply chain. A list of industry suppliers is included.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, January 30 to February 5: Improving power factor, energy efficiency advice, VFD best practices, more
Articles about improving power factor, energy efficiency tips, VFD efficiency best practices, 2017 manufacturing technology predictions, and keeping DC motors healthy were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, January 30 to February 5. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Lightweight mag drill
The HMD130 is an ultra low-profile, compact magnetic drill designed for fast, efficient holemaking in confined spaces.
Medium-voltage drive for low power applications
The Sinamics Perfect Harmony GH180 variable frequency drives have medium-voltage power output for critical applications and is created by linking a series of low-voltage power cells.
Series of pressure indicators, transmitters
The Series 699 Differential Pressure Indicators & Transmitters are designed for use with air and neutral gases to measure low differential pressures typically found in air conditioning applications.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: January 2-January 8: managing small capital projects, 2016 Product of the Year finalists, new EAB members, more
Articles about managing small capital projects, 2016 Product of the Year finalists, new EAB members, 2016 Top Plant, and control panel questions were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, January 2-January 8. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Adjustable LED lamp
The Lotus Lamp is designed for versatility with a 180° adjustable mounting arm that allows the Lamp to install in multiple positions and at different lengths for use in a wide variety of applications.
Tips for keeping DC motors healthy
An effective maintenance program prolongs the lifespan of DC motors and prevents expensive and unnecessary repairs.
Belt-type oil skimmer
The Mini-Skimmer R.S. is a belt-type oil skimmer designed to collect over a quart of oil p/hr, skim unwanted tramp oils from coolants, and clean wastewater.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: December 19-December 25: 2016 Product of the Year Finalists, importance of short-circuit rating, 2016 Top Plant, more
Articles about 2016 Product of the Year Finalists, importance of short-circuit rating, 2016 Top Plant, bearing failures beyond root-cause analysis, and data management driving IIoT were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, December 19-December 25. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Why is short-circuit current rating important?
It is important to verify and improve short-circuit rating to remain in compliance.
Transformers are key for safety in any electrical system
Proper installation and maintenance of an electrical system’s components help keep the working environment safe while extending the life of the equipment.
Compression hip kit
The LinearX 3 compression hip kit is an all-in-one solution that contains the essential tools needed to strip, cut, and terminate coaxial cables.
Intelligent automation series part 6: Understanding the process of automation systems
Automation pyramid part 6: The easiest way to understand the pyramid as a whole is to see how information moves from Level 1 to Level 5 and how to get value out of data analysis.
Position hinge with compact design
The RT-50 position hinge is designed to hold the angle of mounted components in any position.
The Vol-Con Elite is a voltage/continuity tester that is designed with low impedance, a vibration mode, advanced safety capabilities, and higher test accuracy.
Power backup systems for uninterrupted power
The CTEC, C-TEC P, and AC-C-TEC power backup systems enable energy storage, microcontroller-based charging and discharging, and extended energy release up to 55 minutes.
Optical rotary torque sensors
The TorqSense ORT 230/240 Series of optical rotary torque sensors are designed for low torque and high bandwidth applications with a rotary and static torque measurement up to 100Nm and bandwidth up to 50kHz.
Welding power source for stick, TIG applications
The Maxstar 161 series welding power source is designed with a digital meter for precise control for stick and TIG applications.
Six ways to avoid electrical testing problems
It is important to safely start up electrical systems and restarting them securely after routine maintenance has taken place. Six tips to avoid these problems are highlighted below.
Clamp column cover brackets
The clamp brackets enable quick installation column covers onto rectangular and round structural columns with large or small diameters.
Close circuit coolers
The eco-LSWE and eco-LRWB forced draft coolers available are designed to replace existing forced draft equipment of the same box size and fan motor horsepower.
Dual mode LED tube
The Duluxe LED Tube is designed for long-term maintenance and runs at 18W and provides up to 122 lumens per watt.
Liquidtight conduit fittings
4QSS liquidtight fittings feature 316 stainless steel for wet, corrosive locations and is engineered for industries where sanitation is a critical concern such as food, beverage, and pharmaceutical.
Self-adjusting crimping tools
The self-adjusting crimping tools are designed for insulated and non-insulated ferrules, and adjust to wires sizes from 26 to 8AWG.
Oil-free standard air compressors
The Emeraude-ALE series of oil-free standard air compressors are designed for supplying compressed air to power equipment and plants, as well as for painting, powder conveying and other uses.
Medium voltage switchgear Webcast: Your questions answered
Jeff Jordan, offer manager for metal-enclosed products, Schneider Electric, answered additional questions on how to increase reliability and decrease cost from the Oct. 6 webcast on medium-voltage switchgear.
Power solution for battery-power applications
CBI all-in-one UPS power solutions combines multiple functions in a single device for use as a power supply unit, battery charger, battery care module, or backup module.
How to properly operate a three-phase motor using single-phase power
There are several methods to operating a three-phase motor using single-phase power to make what would be an otherwise expensive and arduous process a little easier.
Portable cords for power connections
Type SOOW and SJOOW flexible power cables feature multiple conductors used for electrical power connections requiring flexibility and resistance to many environmental factors.
SCCR code change Webcast: Your questions answered
Thomas Domitrovich and Derek Strittmatter from Eaton answer unanswered questions from the Sept. 21, 2016, webcast on how SCCR code changes will impact procurement, installation, and safety.
Cable glands for securing electrical equipment
Bimed cable glands are designed to secure wire or cable to electrical equipment while providing strain relief and protection from dust, dirt, and liquids.
Motorized blower for industrial, commercial applications
The TCC motorized blower is an air-moving package that is designed for applications that require low noise and high efficiency.
Digitizers with fully synchronous multi-channel acquisition
The LXI-based DN.649x series is designed for applications where a large number of signals need to be acquired and analyzed with speed and precision such as sensors, detectors, rectifiers, antennas and other electronic devices.
LED retrofit kit expanded
The LED Linear Retrofit Assembly (LRA) option is designed for indoor and covered outdoor strip fixture applications.
Self-regulating heating system for supply lines
The EasyHeat In-Pipe Self-regulating Heating System is designed to provide economical, reliable in-pipe freeze protection for PE and metallic supply lines.
Electrical distribution, redefined
Technology developments improve safety, maintenance while limiting outages.
Precision levels for eliminating dog-legs
IDEAL Precision Levels are designed to eliminate dog-legs and to ensure that bent conduit lines up correctly for perfect, labor-saving installations no matter how many bends are made.
Integrated VSD compressors: 8 key advantages
Strategy combines compressor motor, drive in one package.
Mid-range turbine air starter
The ST150 turbine air starter with 47 horsepower aluminum motor is designed for fast starts on mid-size, heavy-duty diesel and gas engines.
Fork sensor series with red light and laser models
The PS series fork sensors are offered in visible red light and laser models and the rugged metal one-piece construction is designed for constant alignment.
Shaft machine for variety of machining operations
Rotomax flexible shaft machine features interchangeable hand pieces for a variety of machining operations with a single machine.
Cordsets for food and beverage applications
The M12 overmolded cordsets are ideal for harsh environments such as demanding vibration and high pressure washdowns.
Addition to LubePro pump series
Graco Inc. adds the A2800 vertical oil and A2900 vertical grease pumps to the LubePro™ series of injector-based automatic lubrication pumps.
Motor connection tips for avoiding costly mistakes
The following tips apply to common connections on machines with one speed at power frequency.
Corrosion protection adhesive tape for electrical and electronic equipment
ElectriCorr VpCI®-150 Tape powered by Nano-VpCI® protects metal in enclosed spaces from corrosion.
The Liquiline CM44P can measure 16 different parameters from 6 analytical sensors simultaneously, simplifying monitoring of processes such as chromatography, fermentation, phase separation and filtration.
Multi-wavelength LED solar simulator
The LumiSun-50 multi-wavelength LED solar simulator is designed for terrestrial photovoltaic testting and PV research applications.
Package boilers find new friends
For original equipment or replacements, package boilers offer efficiency, redundancy, flexibility: Advanced controls manage steam ramp-up and ramp-down for better combustion efficiency and heat transfer; improvements create efficiencies as high as 85%.
Standby generation as a profit center
Natural gas-powered reliability.
Luminaire longevity for AreaMax LED in marine environments
Evluma provides an enhanced coastal package for AreaMax installed in marine shore and salt spray environments.
Industrial UPS delivers power protection to fracking applications
Power demands ranging from the rejuvenated oil fields of Oklahoma, a refinery in California, to a TI-class supertanker are diverse and pose electrical power challenges. These challenges often occur in unforgiving environments that need to be considered.
CHP a ‘powerful combination’ for plants
While combined heat and power faces challenges, it offers intriguing opportunities.
Variable speed drive with permanent magnet motor
VSD+ technology for GA oil-injected rotary screw compressors adjusts motor and element speed to meet the demand of a plant or facility.
Digital magnification system
CODA, a digital benchtop magnification system, is designed to provide the ultimate in magnification simplicity for production, quality control, and other inspection applications.
IR inspections help spot energy loss
Part 1 of 3: Because of the many facets of IR scans, this is the first of a three-part series which sheds light on an important part of a predictive maintenance program.
Protect your ball bearings: 8 common problems
Identifying the primary reason for premature motor failure is as easy as looking at the bearings.
Rate indicator/totalizer with increased flexibility
The Hoffer HIT-4U rate indicator/totalizer features additional options providing the user with enhanced functionality and flexibility in a compact enclosure.
Liquid-tight flexible conduit
The Liquatite conduit is designed for a wide range of uses in the electrical industry, including motors, lighting, electric signs, elevators, pools/fountains, enclosure connections, and more.
Retrofill circuit breaker for smaller spaces
The 26-inch Wide Retrofill circuit breaker provides a cost-effective solution to address switchgear applications with space restrictions.
Micro Ethernet communication module
AutomationDirect’s C-more Micro line of operator interfaces includes the EA-ECOM communication expansion module.
Webcast: The Link Between Maintenance and Electrical Safety
This webcast presentation looks at the important link between maintenance and electrical safety and how best practices in both areas can be coordinated to produce a safer and more efficient electrical system.
Model 4750 sit-down counterbalanced truck
The Model 4750 sit-down counterbalanced truck features an open view mast design and integral sideshift on 4,000 and 5,000 pound trucks with three stage mast and full free lift.
PSMP cable plugs expand Amphenol RF product line
Amphenol RF builds upon the PSMP board-to-board designs by adding four PSMP cable connectors.
TULMan electronic counter serves as universal tool to monitor and maintain pneumatic devices.
Line of flexible waveguides
Flexible waveguides operating 40 GHz over nine bands help fix common alignment issues in waveguide systems.
Grease gun with integrated grease meter
The TLGB 20 grease gun is a portable tool to maximize efficiency and accuracy of manual lubrication for bearings, machines, and off-road equipment across industries.
Lithium EP grease for lubrication
The CorrLube VpCI Lithium EP grease offers longer lubrication with corrosion protection on electrical connections.
Carbon-graphite self-lubricating materials
Metcar materials feature a low coefficient of friction and good wear properties in a high speed environment, making them ideal for aircraft gearbox face seals.
Colorimetric analyzer helps monitor manganese and iron in drinking water
The CA6 colorimetric analyzer provides accurate and reliable measurement of manganese (Mn) or iron levels in municipal drinking water production, food/beverage processing, and other high purity water processes.
Helical gearboxes for line of motor products
AutomationDirect’s IronHorse line of motor products now includes helical gearboxes which provide quiet startup and smooth operation in applications such as conveyors, packaging machines, rotary tables, and more.
Three reasons to implement a mobile maintenance strategy
A mobile CMMS app can give maintenance professionals a new and better organized way to complete routine duties.
The compact design of the Lenze servo adaptor provides a more compact and cost-effective solution than using a standard input flange connection from a gearbox to a servo motor.
Ultrasonic flowmeter for superheated steam
The OPTISONIC 8300 ultrasonic flowmeter for superheated steam, delivers 1% measuring accuracy, high repeatability, and has a large dynamic measuring range with maintenance-free operation.
Give technicians the tools they need to succeed
With an average of six out of 10 jobs going unfilled today in manufacturing, the lack of qualified technicians will continue to take its toll on industrial businesses. The demand for skilled technicians has been on the rise for years. With a proactive business mindset, however, service organizations can make the most of the qualified technicians by equipping the service team with an all-in-one service management solution.
Wall mount steel enclosures for harsh environments
The HWHK Series of wall mount enclosures is designed to house electrical and/or electronic equipment in harsh industrial environments.
The Thermo Scientific CB Omni Fusion analyzer is designed to meet the demands and challenges of cement plant operators and quality control personnel seeking efficient analytical methods to produce and control the quality of cement products.
LED driver series for large-scale lighting systems
The HLG-320H-C series of LED drivers designed for large-scale lighting systems requiring high voltage with high power.
Continuous-motion case sealer
The Model 199 continuous-motion case sealer is ideal for high-speed sealing of primed flap and re-shipper cases (RSC).
The camera-to-light (CTL) Grey Series of cables provide a directly wired connection between a single light and the Baumer VeriSens® XC series camera.
Library for pneumatic systems
The MapleSim Pneumatics Library extends the scope of MapleSim to include the modeling and simulation of pneumatics systems.
The efficiency of a new vs. repaired electric motor
Although you may make every effort to ensure that a motor has a long life, there will come a time when it eventually needs to be repaired or will need to be replaced. At this point, one common question that is going to be asked is in regards to the benefits of repairing the motor versus replacing it with a new one.
What’s involved in an energy audit?
There are many considerations for saving both money and energy at a facility. To ensure that you are moving in the right direction, however, it may be necessary to have an energy audit conducted.
What is the problem with counterfeit bearings?
The reason counterfeit items are made is that they are a cheap imitation, yet they appear as if they are a well-known brand. In fact, some of the counterfeits look more like the real item than the actual item itself.
Non-contact infrared thermometer
The micro IR-200 non-contact infrared thermometer provides simple, quick and accurate surface temperature readings of virtually any surface.
Series of process alarm switches
The CR3595 Series of process alarm switches feature LED indicator for alarm status to provide an effective method for signaling alarm status.
The Compact CX8190 embedded PCs is ideal for Ethernet communication.
Mobile power meter with silicon sensor
The PRONTO-Si, a mobile power meter with silicon sensor, is ideal for use in power measurement applications or testing of structural and equipment laser protective measures.
Sigma-7 family of servo motors and amplifiers
Sigma-7, a line of rotary, linear and direct drive servos and amplifiers that bring a new level of operating efficiency to automated equipment.
Multi-sense humidity probe
The HP125 Multi-Sense Humidity Probe measures relative humidity, dew point, temperature, and pressure in industrial and laboratory applications.
Portable last marker
The VIS-P portable laser marker is ideal for applications to mark plastics, metals and alloys, as well as anodized, painted surfaces.
Lumen output areamaster LED
A 26,000 lumen output Areamaster LED version for flood light and high bay applications to address the market's need for an energy-efficient alternative to traditional 1000W HID fixtures in hazardous industrial areas.
Ohmic current sense resistors
The Model CSS series features low Temperature Coefficient of Resistance (TCR) for operating accuracy over wide temperature ranges and excellent long term stability.
Isolated miniDIP dc/dc converters
The MG800xRW series provides 8W of output power in a space saving MiniDIP package. They are specifically designed to provide the compact size, high power density, I/O isolation and model selection required by a wide range of space critical board level applications.
Circuit monitor panelboard
The Pow-R-Line PXBCM Branch Circuit Monitor Panelboard delivers remote energy usage monitoring and improved compliance.
EtherCAT plug-in I/O modules with compact drive technology
The EtherCAT plug-in modules for motion applications expand the application spectrum of Beckhoff EJ series I/O in mass-produced machinery.
3,900-watt LED work area string light set
The 3,900-watt LED work area string light set for general work areas.
Ultra-compact impact tools for technicians
The 35MAX and 15QMAX Ultra-Compact ImpactoolsTM that technicians and operators can use to quickly loosen or tighten a variety of fasteners in confined spaces.
Analog to relay limit alarm modules
AutomationDirect’s new FC-series analog to relay limit alarm modules are field configurable for a variety of alarm and control applications.
Regulations look past motors to improve system efficiencies
NEMA: Motion control system can deliver more than six times the power savings by utilizing a power drive system.
Quiescent current surge stopper
The LTC4380, an ultralow quiescent current (IQ) surge stopper, provides compact overvoltage and overcurrent protection for always-on 4V to 72V electronics in automotive, industrial and avionic systems.
LED pedestal mounted work light
The BML-150LED is a 150 watt LED pedestal mount work light that produces 14,790 lumens of light capable of illuminating an area 18,000 square feet in size.
Hazardous location signal light with audible horn
The HAL-TL-5X10W-C-PA is a hazardous location LED signal stack light equipped with an audible horn for use in hazardous environments where explosive and flammable gases, vapors, and dusts may occasionally be present.
Innovation and motion control at 2016 Hannover Messe
Interview with Arun Jain, VP of Motion Control at Siemens Industry at Hannover Messe.
High current inductors for high frequency applications
Coilcraft's SLR Family of high current, shielded power inductors is offered with current ratings up to 100 Amps and inductance values from 85 to 370 nH, making it suitable for high frequency applications.
Siemens launches control system with integrated fieldbus diagnostics
With the Active Field Distributor Simatic AFDiSD which features extended fieldbus diagnostics, Siemens is the first supplier to offer fully integrated and extended fieldbus diagnostics for PROFIBUS PA in the process control system Simatic PCS 7.
Intuitive operation and efficient engineering of process plants
To meet the ever growing demands of automation, the Simatic PCS 7 process control system has been further developed by Siemens. Version 8.2 comes complete with a range of new functionalities.
Electromagnetic flowmeter for demanding and harsh environments.
The OPTIFLUX 4100 electromagnetic flowmeter is demanding and harsh applications including liquid manure applications, dragline pump safety, and billing for commercial applicators.
Cryogenic vs. mechanical freezers: The best uses for each method
Part two: Process freezing series.
Work area blasting gun
BLG-LEDBLT-HGL-X24I is light equipped with a polycarbonate handle, a quick-change lens system, and a step down transformer for low voltage operation.
Cutting AEC costs down with high definition laser scanning webcast: Your questions answered
Webcast speaker Jon Sever answered additional questions about topics such as technology services, reducing costs, and how detailed a scan needs to be.
Predictive maintenance showcase a new pavilion at Hannover Messe
The integration of predictive maintenance (PdM) and the data generated through the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is expected to pinpoint impending outages before they occur, speed up overhaul processes and avoid production outages.
Traceability a growing trend for process manufacturing
Traceability is growing in importance. In the next few years, we will see a significant increase of its use in process manufacturing as companies collect transactional data and explore Internet of Things (IoT) to increase traceability.
Falling oil prices’ impact on pump and compressor suppliers
While they face many tough challenges, innovation and intelligent manufacturing initiatives are still driving forces in these markets; IHS believes they will greatly reduce the full impact of the ongoing oil price crisis.
Cool facts about cooling electric motors
Whether it's an old or new design, the process of lowering motor temperatures is based on same principles.
Vision-guided robotic inspection system
Vision-guided robotic inspection system that provides both automated inspection and decision making via an exclusive process monitoring tool.
Level winding drive
Rolling ring level drives enable users to spool cable with specific spacing between rows.
Stainless steel comfort panel
The TP1900 HMI INOX comfort panel is designed with a stainless steel front making it ideal for food and beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, fine chemical applications, and other hygienic-intensive areas.
Stainless steel connector clamps
GN 132.5 stainless steel two-way connector clamps are designed to resist moisture build-up in hygienic applications.
Compact LED solution for demanding environments
The DMW2 LED solution that provides application versatility and energy saving control options for demanding applications where moisture or dust in a concern.
Low-resolution analog modules
Productivity2000 programmable controllers are low-resolution analog modules are designed for cost-conscious applications.
Voice of the industry: Johnathan Hottell, SCADA supervisor
Well Site Automation spoke to Johnathan Hottell, SCADA Supervisor at EXCO Resources in a pre-conference interview, ahead of the second annual Well Site Automation Congress in Houston, TX January 27-28, 2016.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, December 28 to January 3: Preventive maintenance program, why preventive maintenance fails, IIoT technologies, more
Articles about preventive maintenance programs, how to fix preventive maintenance when it fails, IIoT technologies, the 2015 Product of the Year Finalists, and Obama to open Hannover Messe were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, December 28 to January 3. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
2015 Top Plant: Phoenix Contact USA
Phoenix Contact USA is a manufacturing success story.
Sealing and lubrication in mounted bearings webcast: Your questions answered
Webcast speaker Jim Madsen and Mac Duke from Baldor-Dodge answered additional questions about topics such as alternatives to managing heat for extending bearing service life and rules of thumb for checking grease.
Swivel fittings for tight, confining spaces
NPT swivel fittings are designed for applications in tight spaces or requiring precision positioning for achieving desired results.
Theatrical chain hoists
The TNER010S is 1 Ton and has a lifting speed of 32 feet per minute and the 2 Ton TNER020S model has a lifting speed of 16 feet per minute.
Air-operated diaphragm pumps for explosive atmospheres
MID and CU15 air-operated diaphragm pumps are designed to facilitate transfer of liquids up to 5000 cps in explosive atmospheres.
Cutting tools for metallic objects
Ruko cutting tools include high speed steel jobber length drill bits, internal and external thread chasers, knockout punch kits, grinders, and rotary burrs.
Centrifugal pump for hygienic pumping applications
EcoPure centrifugal pump designed to increase production efficiency and product safety in hygienic applications such as food and beverage, dairy, and pharmaceutical.
Motors and Drives System Webcast: Your questions answered
Webcast presenter William R. Finley, Sr. answered additional questions about topics such as VFDs for cooling tower fans and whether a VFD can be used in fixed speed and variable load systems.
Servo motors with winding techniques and magnetic materials
Cyber dynamic line servo motors with winding techniques and magnetic materials that increase output power by 47%.
High-definition thermal inspection cameras
The T1K series of premium HD inspection cameras equipped with an HD infrared detector that delivers image clarity, measurement performance, and an intuitive hybrid-touch user interface.
Right-angle cable assemblies
Sixteen low profile, right angle, high performance flexible cable assemblies are designed for Type-N, TNC, and SMA cables and cover frequency ranges to 26.6 GHz.
High efficiency dust collector
Quad Pulse Package PX dust collector offers high performance in a compact unit designed for pharmaceutical, chemical, and other processes that produce hazardous dusts in high concentrations.
Manufacturing Day a way to reach out into the future
Manufacturing Day is designed to dispel the prevalent misconceptions about our industry and also address the serious skilled labor gap that now exists.
Stainless steel in-line check valves
The Series S800 stainless steel check valves with flow prevention are designed for corrosive applications.
Fastening tools for industrial environments
Geta line drive fastening tools are designed for fast-paced construction, light industrial assembly, general maintenance, and repair applications.
Fittings and flow control valves for pneumatic cylinders
Nitra pneumatic G-thread fittings and flow control valves provide accurate airflow regulation for precise speed control of pneumatic cylinders.
Spinfinity maintenance-free casters are designed to provide strength in shock conditions and has CNC machining to host a large internal seal.
Fueling greater efficiency with modular, on-demand boilers
Efficiency, cost savings a key benefit to oil and gas transportation issues.
Miniature solenoid operated piston pump
The Model ET-17 miniature piston pump is designed for low volume OEM liquid pumping applications.
Liquid-tight connectors for indoor and outdoor locations
RACO liquid-tight connectors for metallic liquid-tight conduit and Type B flexible non-metallic liquid-tight conduit in outdoor or indoor locations.
Screw conveyor package
The Screw Conveyor Package (SCP) is designed as an alternative to screw conveyor drives and features speed reduction ratios and a coupled gearmotor to reduce the need for additional parts.
Stainless steel fittings for mechanical piping systems
Victaulic's stainless steel Advanced Groove Systems (AGS) fittings deliver fast, reliable piping system installation and facilitate proper coupling positioning for increase coupling-to-pipe engagement.
How to choose the best lighting for a food facility
When selecting LED or fluorescent lighting for a food facility or warehouse, understand that each type is better suited for some areas rather than others.
Three ways to prevent food plant electrical system malfunctions
The electrical system is sometimes overlook at food processing facilities. Here are three ways to maintain the plant's electrical well-being and prevent potential malfunctions and safety hazards.
The KTM contrast sensor is a high-performance contrast sensor enclosed in a small, IP 67-rated housing that can be easily mounted and integrated into machines.
Switch for precision flow, level, temperature
The FLT93 Series FlexSwitch can be used in a wide range of fluids and industrial applications.
High-precision weighing platforms
The PBK9 and PFK9 weighing platforms provide accuracy and reliability in harsh industrial conditions.
Green power adaptors
These power adaptors meet both the Energy Independence and Security Act’s new EISA 2007/DoE Level VI standard.
Webcast Q&A: Motor Maintenance: The Predictive Way viewer questions answered
Vijay Anand, regional product specialist-condition monitoring & diagnostics for ABB was the presenter at the June 9 Plant Engineering Webcast, “Motor Maintenance: The Predictive Way.” An archive version of the Webcast is now available on the Plant Engineering Website.
The culture of lubrication
Critical process often goes overlooked, underappreciated.
Green and gold in lubrication
Environmentally friendly fluids and sealing systems offer a new perspective.
Coriolis flow meters for high pressure offshore chemical injection applications
Emerson Process Management's Micro Motion F100P and HPC010P Coriolis flowmeters are designed to measure accurate flow rates for wellbore chemicals injected at high pressure conditions for demanding offshore applications.
Industrial cable for hazardous and harsh environments
Dekoron Wire & Cable's DekaFlex is a UL-Listed industrial cable designed to withstand numerous bending cycles and resist higher mechanical impact and crushing forces in hazardous and harsh environments.
Five tips to make HVAC maintenance more effective
Here are five tips to help ensure the success and effectiveness of your facility’s HVAC maintenance plan.
Process safety lessons from Chinese PX projects
Control Engineering International: Heavy chemical engineering enterprises are often involved in lengthy and complicated production processes. An accident can occur if an error occurs in any process. Advanced diagnosis and safety management systems can help enterprises predict and prevent accidents before and during occurrence, according to Control Engineering China.
Radar level meter for liquid applications
Krohne's Optiwave 5200 C/F is a 10 GHz FMCW radar level meter designed to measure level and volume in storage or process tanks with process conditions up to 250 C and pressures up to 580 psi for general purpose or hazardous locations.
Liquid level switches designed as replacements for sensors and switches
Endress+Hauser's Liquiphant FTL31 and FTL33 liquid level switches are based on vibrating tuning fork technology and are designed to handle difficult process conditions and can be installed in any vertical or horizontal position in a vessel, pipe or tank.
Safety instrumented system for small and midsized process applications
Rockwell Automation's OptiSIS solution is a pre-engineered safety instrumented system designed for oil and gas, chemical and petrochemical producers with aging process safety systems that are either noncompliant or can no longer be maintained.
Implementing energy management for machinery and processing plants
Energy management doesn’t require a task force to implement. It can be done from the ground up by teaching energy management best practices to all employees at a facility and ensuring good habits don’t die.
Explosion proof linear actuator
The EL Series of linear actuators is engineered to provide reliable and precise operation over thousands of hours, handling heavy loads.
Flared-gas powered Pykrete can protect offshore rigs
Gas flaring is a waste of energy and by taking flared gas and redirecting it, it can be used to power a pykrete barrier for offshore rigs that can contain spills and protect the rigs from harsh weather and even pirates.
Canted coil spring for oilfield connecting
This high-force canted coil spring is a mechanical fastening component for mating critical parts with controllable insertion and removal forces.
Explosion- and flame-proof coil enclosure
These explosion and flame-Proof 316L coil enclosures are used for 2-Way and 3-Way valves in the oil and gas industry.
Unleash the potential of your reliability function
It is about time to disconnect the reliability function from maintenance and make it an autonomous external entity, focusing on asset reliability at every level in the Asset Lifecycle Management (ALM).
Programmable motion controller adds flexibility to testing blowout preventers
A general-purpose test system can be viewed as a research and development tool and a production and reliability support tool. An advanced motion controller allows customers to go beyond design verification to study materials science and design integrity.
Plugging up leaky graphene
Researchers at MIT, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) have found a new technique that may enable faster, more durable water filters.
Chemical injection system optimizes
This chemical injection system optimizes the injection process while providing operational monitoring and control.
Automated hydrostatic pressure tester
This automated hydrostatic pressure tester system is used for critical iron parts for oil and gas applications.
Using a historian to store machine data
Cover story: HMI-historian integration cover story: Integration of historians with human-machine interface software allows knowledge workers to change the future based on past collection of big data. Here’s the why and how of linking your machine HMI to a historian, and the best ways to view and analyze historical data. See 8 benefits of historical machine data and 7 ways to view and analyze machine data.
Explosion proof encoder for oil and gas applications
The Model LP35 from BEI Sensors is a hollow shaft encoder that is explosion proof and flameproof and is designed to operate in harsh oil and gas conditions, such as drilling.
Soft starters: The modern solution for every girth gear drive
Soft starters replace old mechanical solutions such as star-delta or autotransformers and are gaining market share in the electrical drive field, previously dominated by variable frequency drives. The latest developments in this area was presented at the Middle East Electricity show.
Hyperspectral video camera sees leaks
Hyperspectral cameras designed to take pictures of cancer cells at 30 frames per second are now being used to spot and detect gas leaks.
Smart cement revolutionizes well casings
Cumaraswamy “Vipu” Vipulanandan, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Center for Innovative Grouting Materials and Technology at the University of Houston (UH) created smart cement. It has great potential in the oil and gas industry with revolutionary properties beyond the oil-well cement currently used.
Schneider Electric announces process safety, security controller
The Tricon CX system is a controller designed to combine traditional process controls and safety with improved cyber security in a smaller footprint.
Hydrogen sulfide scrubbers
These refillable hydrogen sulfide scrubbers remove hydrogen sulfide from natural gas streams, facilitating the measurement of oxygen and other gases.
Gas Technology: Powder coating applications growing
New methods, new markets.
Speed dome camera designed for harsh conditions
Moxa's VPort 66-2MP is a 1080p PTZ dome camera designed for mission-critical video surveillance applications for harsh factory conditions and challenging outdoor locations.
Technologies converge to improve sensor networks in the oil and gas industry
In a time of depressed oil prices, producers and large oil companies are working hard to increase production and reduce costs. However, adding sensors to oil and gas infrastructures allow engineers to better actuate extraction process efficiency and maximize production potential.
Relationship of torque and shaft size
A rudimentary understanding of how shaft sizes are determined can be helpful to anyone who works with pumps, fans, elevators or any other motor-driven equipment. Engineers often design using an ample safety factor, but consider modifying a shaft only with good engineering support. The greater the consequence of failure, the more generous the safety factor should be.
New way to monitor offshore oil, gas fields
A new technique called time-lapse reflection seismology is used to monitor offshore oil and gas deposits to optimize production and look for hazards such as hidden gas pockets.
Remote sensing system
This wireless telemetry system offers remote monitoring of well pad tubing and casing pressures.
Linear position sensors
LVDT SE 750 linear position sensors automate the testing process and reduce material testing laboratory lead time.
This lightweight fall protection is suitable for workers on drilling or service rigs and in oilfields.
Inspecting instruments installed in hazardous locations
A difficult, time-consuming, and expensive task is made much simpler with wireless instruments to relay information from flow, pressure, temperature, level, and other field transmitters.
Extracting hydrocarbons with thermal runaway
Linden Duncan did some experimenting with some thermal-enhanced oil recovery techniques using a monopole antenna and microwaves. Applications for this hybrid system include heavy oil, bitumen, and kerogen extraction. The results of this test are sufficiently convincing to require a larger-scale test.
Vietnamese oil company selects company to handle project management for offshore oil and gas platform
Hoang Long Joint Operating Co. (HLJOC) has selected Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) to handle project management as well as install control and safety solutions for an oil and natural gas platform located in the Te Giac Trang (TGT) Field off the southern coast of Vietnam.
Rugged panel PCs for OEMs, end-users
The Value HMI Panel PC series from American Industrial Systems is designed and engineered specifically for OEMs and end-users needing to improve their smart operations in industries with harsh, rugged conditions.
Connected decision making for energy producers
Bringing together documents and data to enable complete visibility.
Measure motor efficiency to understand VFD’s value
Multi-phase ac induction motors have traditionally dominated the electric motor industry. The industry has improved overall motor efficiency in each subsequent NEMA-MG 1 motor standard revision. To make sense of motor efficiency, one must understand what efficiency losses are attributed to.
Infrared cameras for predictive maintenance, oil and gas operations
Fluke's TiX560 and TiX520 infrared cameras are designed to allow thermographers to easily navigate over, under, and around objects to preview and capture images for predictive maintenance, R&D, oil and gas, and other utility applications.
Compact automation solution for hazardous locations
The 750 XTR series offers a modular, compact solution for automation architectures operating in hazardous environments.
No drip atomizing nozzles
The Siphon Fed atomizing spray nozzles stop liquid flow when compressed air is shut off and can be used when no post-spray drip is permissible.
Control system, PLC, IO, backplane, power supply are secure by design
Video: Bedrock Automation has designed a control system that features a programmable logic controller (PLC), backplane, power supply, and I/O modules, all with cyber security in mind from inception. This automation system, said to be secure by design, was introduced and discussed at 2015 ARC Forum. Beta customers will use the system in March; sales are expected in July. See video link.
Safety Plan: Preventing hydraulic shock
Following the catastrophic hydraulic shock at Millard Refrigerated Services facility in Theodore, Alabama, which released more than 32,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) issued a safety bulletin to inform industries that utilize anhydrous ammonia in bulk refrigeration operations on how to avoid a hydraulic shock hazard.
Short-body inductive proximity sensors
PN series inductive proximity sensors are IP 69K-rated short-body sensors with metal housings.
Petroleum density measurement software
CL-10-HY density cell and series 2000 density digital converter can measure the density of crude oil and its refined products. It provides a specific gravity, API gravity and information generated from the density cell.
Applications and inventions, quoting custom machinery
This article is intended to explain a little bit about the applications process machine builders use when quoting custom machinery.
Companies collaborate to provide cyber security solutions for oil plants
Yokogawa and Cisco are collaborating to deliver Shell's SecurePlant initiative, which SecurePlant is a security management solution for plant control systems. This is scheduled to be implemented over the next three years at around 50 Shell plants globally.
An engineering imperative: Integrating operations into design
To gain operational readiness and improve asset data builds for new facilities, oil and gas companies look beyond simple data handoff to collaborative methods and hub solutions that more effectively bridge the worlds of plant design and operations.
Explosion proof emergency lighting system
This emergency light is multi-voltage capable and withstands temperature variances.
Frack well flow meter
The ST100 flow meter can be calibrated to measure various kind of process gas, including wet gas, mixed gases and dirty gases.
Combustion gas probe
The Endura AZ25 combustion gas analyzer withstands high temperatures and reduces sulfurous atmospheres for fired process heaters and furnaces.
SCADA market growth expected to continue
IHS projects continued growth in the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) market with the Americas generating a lot of revenue through the oil and gas markets as well as strong domestic consumption in the food and beverage and power markets.
Industry trends: Restorative hibernation
The start of 2015 looks uncertain for the U.S. oil and gas industry given the continuing supply glut and slumping prices. The overall slowdown is beginning, however, and this may be the time to upgrade and integrate systems for increased efficiency when the industry ramps up again.
Jaw forming ring
The jaw forming ring grips entire workpiece more uniformly to maximize jaw life on cutting and forming operations.
Mass flow meters with color display
These meters and calibrators have backlit color display for accurate flow verification in low light conditions.
How do burner combustion control systems work?
Gas and oil burners are everywhere. They power package boilers, start up larger furnaces with fluidized beds and grates, and heat many other processes. To understand how to tune gas and/or oil burners, it helps to first understand how and why they work the way they do.
Webcast Q&A: How Lakeland Electric Maintains Production Efficiency, Lowers Cost, and Conserves Fresh Water With Reuse of Reclaimed Water for Cooling: Questions and Answers
Ken Riddle and Kevin Milici answer your questions from the Plant Engineering Webcast, "How Lakeland Electric Maintains Production Efficiency, Lowers Cost, and Conserves Fresh Water With Reuse of Reclaimed Water for Cooling."
Benefits of heating heavy oil with medium-voltage mineral insulated cables
Thermal enhanced oil recovery (EOR), which has been around for more than 50 years, is a relatively old technology. But over the past 20 years thermal EOR has evolved to feature all kinds of tricks, including: steam heating, water flooding, solvent dissolving, in-situ combustion, direct ohmic heating of the reservoir, microwave heating, and steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD). Thermal EOR is a technology that keeps on learning new tricks despite its age.
Terminal blocks for hazardous locations
Phoenix Contact’s line of screw-clamp terminal blocks—the UT 4-MT-EX, UT 4-TG-EX, and UT 6-TG-EX—have pluggable fuse and knife disconnect terminal blocks and are designed for control applications throughout the process industry, especially in oil and gas applications.
Spherical roller bearings
Bearings feature a common sphered raceway in the outer ring and an optimized internal design designed to reduce friction
The FT45 series can be applied across a wide range of linear motion applications and use alternatively as hydraulic cylinders.
IO module market improved global performance in 2013
The global I/O market improved overall in 2013 thanks to a strong performance in the Americas, according to a recent IHS report. The Americas was the strongest regional market for I/O modules in 2013 thanks to the relatively stable economic situation and strong growth in the process sectors.
Digital oilfield technology demonstrated
Digital oilfields are becoming more and more important to ensure the utmost efficiency in the production phase as companies look to cut costs as oil prices continue to drop worldwide.
Biodegradable fuel additive
The VpCI-705 is a biobased, biodegradable fuel additive to bio-fuels, produced using renewable and sustainable raw materials.
Valve interlocking series for process safety control
The Kirk Eagle trapped key valve interlocking systems are designed to ensure that users follow a pre-determined sequence of operation for startup and maintenance on generators in power stations, refineries, chemical plants, and other industrial applications.
Oil & Gas Engineering to debut in February
Oil & Gas Engineering is a bi-monthly publication by CFE Media that will cover aspects of oil and gas operation, design and distribution, with a specific focus on helping oil and gas operations managers operate their systems safely and more efficiently.
Energy pipeline operator installs control system, gains production system visibility
Oil and Gas: Information-enabled control architecture provides production intelligence, system visibility for Cybertrol Engineering’s software implementation. This includes a wide view of historical information, health monitoring, and verification for critical assets, like 5000 hp motors, and role-based access to performance data.
High-horsepower generator sets
Rated at up to 3.5 MW, QSK95 Series generator sets are suited for mining, gas, or projects in harsh conditions.
Industry trend talk steam series part 4 of 4: The steam and condensate loop
This is the last installment of a four part series article on “The Steam and Condensate Loop from Generation to Recovery.” It is intended to give a brief, non-technical overview of the steam plant. It offers an overall explanation of how the different parts of the steam plant relate to each other – and represents useful reading for anyone who is unfamiliar with the topic of steam theory or steam plant equipment.
10 things to know about valves
A little valve knowledge can go a long way to improving your operation.
New version of one of the longest running DCS platforms
Yokogawa releases Centum VP R6.01 integrated production control system with major new features.
The EVERLINE LED Retrofit Kit serves as a fluorescent lighting replacement kit, reducing energy consumption and maintenance costs.
Coriolis flow meter for process applications
Emerson Process Management's Micro Motion Model 5700 Transmitter is a Coriolis flow transmitter designed to translate measurement data and is applicable for liquid and gas custody transfer to simple process control and other applications.
The combination-tip drivers are designed for maximum contact with the combination head screws most commonly found on electrical devices and fittings.
Raising the bar on oil-rig pipe testing
A testing process using electro-hydraulic motion controllers gives drillers confidence that rigs can stand up to the most extreme subsea conditions.
Ultra-low capacitance and high surge energy withstanding provide more protection from lightning
Safety concerns for collaborative robots
At a daylong workshop on Collaborative Robots by the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), two main themes were expressed: worker safety and almost universal expectation for rapid deployment of collaborative robots.
Emerson launches expanded reliability management consulting service
Recent acquisition helps enlarge range of services combined with growing product line. Campaign aims at saving customers cost and improving production capacity.
The IEC 61850 Server Module to IEC 61850 gateway allows IEDs on an IEC 61850 network to communicate with PACs on an EtherNet/IP network.
Software designed to monitor asset health, operations
The NI InsightCM Enterprise by National Instruments is software that allows users to cost-effectively monitor critical and ancillary rotating machinery, which helps manage operational risk while maintaining profitability and production efficiency.
Portable multi-function instrument calibrator, communicator
GE Measurement & Control's DPI 620 Genii combines multifunctional test and calibration capabilities with digital HART and Foundation Fieldbus communications for chemical and process applications.
Energy market outlook
Mark Peters reports the energy market outlook for the next decade at the 2014 Yokogawa Users Conference and Exhibition.
Using SCADA beyond the typical process environment
At the 2014 Yokogawa Users Conference and Exhibition, Ming Zhang demonstrated how an operator can have process control in their fingertips.
Current industry challenges and expectations of an automation partner
At the 2014 Yokogawa Users Conference and Exhibition, Simon Lam addresses how the automation industry has changed and the new challenges it now faces going forward.
HMI touch panel PC for industrial and commercial automation
American Industrial Systems' (AIS) Custom, Smart HMI Touch Panels Design for Manufacturability Services for OEM customers are designed for industrial and commercial automation industries and markets.
SCADA platform with expanded device connectivity
Emerson Process Management's OpenEnterprise v3 SCADA platform has expanded device connectivity for communication protocols to help the operation and management of large installations of RTUs and flow computers.
Operator control units for explosive environments
The LRC-M1-IS and the LRC-L1-IS by Laird are operator control units (OCUs) that are approved for use in highly explosive environments, including oil and gas rigs, petroleum processing and chemical engineering plants.
In-line viscometer providing on-location measurement
The Model 3330 In-Line Viscometer from Chandler Engineering provides real-time, on-location measurement of fracturing fluid viscosity and is designed to withstand the harsh field conditions that fracking crews encounter on a constant basis.
The new norm for Chinese machinery production
In 2014, machinery production in China is forecast to expand 7.4%, according to the quarterly tracker for Chinese Machinery Production from IHS Inc.
Safety, production process upgrades for offshore platform in Russia
Sakhalin Energy Investment Co. has contracted Honeywell Process Solutions has been contracted to upgrade process control and alarm management systems at the Molikpaq platform on the Sakhalin shelf in Russia.
The NITRA line of pneumatics products now includes additional directional control solenoid valves available in a variety of configurations to meet a broad range of pneumatic valve applications.
HDI+/HDI-L and HDV drop in anchors
The new Hilti HDI+/HDI-L+ Drop-In Anchors provide performance for applications such as anchoring sprinkler, HVAC, plumbing, electrical elements and suspended interior finishing elements.
Integral volume booster valve accessory
The Integral Volume Booster accessory for the Sipart PS2 electro-pneumatic valve positioner is designed for pneumatic actuators that require high flow for fast stroking times.
Pneumatic rotary actuators
The MHRQ double-rack, rack & pinion series includes a clean and compact extruded aluminum body for maximum mounting efficiency.
Flexible radar level measurement solutions
Ametek Drexelbrook's DR 2000 guided wave radar level meter and the DR 5200 open air radar level meter are radar-based level measurement solutions and each device is calibrated for a wide variety of applications in harsh conditions.
Real-time oil and gas data in the cloud
Oilfield services company boosts productivity and bolsters worker safety by sharing drilling information via the cloud.
Multiport router certified for hazardous locations
The EDR-810 by Moxa is a highly integrated industrial multiport secure router with Firewall/NAT/VPN and managed Layer 2 switch functions.
The first and second quarter of 2014 robot sales are at their best
The North American Robotics Industries Association has announced that the first and second quarter robot sales have set a new sales record.
TF450 Laser marking machine
This laser solution takes advantage of all the benefits of it's fiber laser source including: long life, consistent marking quality, minimized integration costs and reduced maintenance. The TF450 beam vaporizes material, creating a completely unalterable marking. This allows use with multiple materials such as steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, and brass as well as industrial applications like: automotive, fittings, metallurgy, cutlery, armory, medical industry, and many more.
The Scout Pro 2 series cable tester a multi-functional tester that tests voice, data and video connections.
Industrial coalescing system
The industrial coalescing system is used for maintaining machine sump performance while extending maximum coolant performance.
Drilling deeper for offshore oil and gas production
Automation improvements make deep offshore drilling economically feasible, while still maintaining safety and reliability.
Eight-channel thermocouple conditioner
The Sensor Connection has expanded its line of measurement and control instrumentation with 8 Channel Type K Thermocouple Amplifier Module.
Edge of dock leveler
The BBL series edge of dock leveler is designed to compensate for uneven gap differences between truck bed and loading dock.
Guided wave radar level transmitters
Emerson Process Management's Rosemount 5300 Guided Wave Radar (GWR) level transmitters are certified to IEC 61508 for safety instrumented functions up to SIL 3 and provides continuous level measurement.
Advanced control technology puts performance, safety above all
CAD Control Systems and Siemens Industry partner to bring continuous improvement to the oil exploration industry, adding reliability and efficiency to existing blow-out preventer control systems.
First Chinese supplier breaks into top 10 LED rankings in 2013
China's investments have finally paid off as one of it's companies has joined the ranks as one of the top companies in LED manufacturing capacity.
Single loop controllers receive enhancement
Yokogawa has enhanced its YS1000 series single loop controller with an enhanced LCD screen and the ability to replace the LCD screen while online. Courtesy: Yokogawa
Tension load cell for mast and hook weight up to 40,000 lb
The tecsis LP's Model XLRW load cell is an inline load cell that monitors mast and hook weight up to 40,000 lb with an accuracy of ±0.50% FSO and is engineered for heavy duty use with reliable bonded foil strain gage sensing elements.
Identify three key elements in selecting lubrication
Cost, maintenance, and downtime all must factor into decision
Importance of safety and security on the rise
When it comes to safety, or even running a process, everyone has to be on the same page to ensure a smooth running operation.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, June 2-8
Articles about the ISM error and the stock market impact, military robotics, energy monitoring trends, synchronizing industrial Ethernet networks, and electric motor power measurement were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, June 2-8. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
Transformer for energy-intensive industries
General Electric's Prolec-GE Multitap Transformer is designed to deliver customized power to energy-intensive industries such as oil & gas and operate in extreme conditions like including high humidity, ultraviolet radiation, and chemical pollution.
Magnum DC switch
The Magnum DC switch provides DC disconnect and switching technology in a common power breaker platform to meet demanding industry standards.
Natural-gas-heated indexing conveyor oven
Davron Technologies, Inc. designed and manufactured the DTI-1175, a natural-gas-heated indexing conveyor oven, to cure disc brake pads for a Tier 1 automotive supplier.
When fully mated the cables are rated IP67 to ensure protection from liquids and debris.
Six steps to energy efficiency in pneumatic systems
By reevaluating system requirements and determining the right components to use, plants can save money and increase productivity
Modeling software for refinery, petrochemical operators
Honeywell's RPMS 500 modeling software is Microsoft Windows 7/8 compatible and incorporates analytics software to help refinery and petrochemical companies assess long-term investment and operational conditions.
Ultrasonic flowmeter for pipeline monitoring
Honeywell's USM GT400 Ultrasonic Flowmeter is designed to reduce the amount of effort needed to maintain pipeline metering and also features cloud-based technology to provide stability during flow perturbations.
Current-to-pressure transmitter series
Moore Industries' IPH2/IPX2 Current-to-Pressure (I/P) Transmitter features 22 direct and reverse output ranges and feature a removable electronics module that speeds the recovery process.
To serve and to manufacture
Veterans are trained, disciplined, and task-oriented. They sound like just what manufacturing needs today. How do we get them into our ranks?
Capital spending seen as a boost to manufacturing
Economist talks about re-investment as a key to economic growth at German-American Chamber event
Pitt’s new electrical lab looks to energy’s future
Eaton's equipment donation provides tools to study efficiency more effectively
Cloud systems may be link in supply chain
Greater visibility seem as a key to smoothing out the process and reducing costs
Infrared Heat Increases Comfort, Lowers Energy Costs
Put the Heat Where It’s Needed
Pushing machines to the limit: Transitioning to digital overspeed protection
Application Update: Understand rotating machinery designs and limits, conduct thorough analysis, and test for protection from overspeed catastrophes.
Valve Manufacturers Assn. creates online training
With employment rising, valve basics course seen as way to educate industry
HMIs for hazardous oil and gas conditions
American Industrial Systems' Hazardous Area HMIs and Thin Clients are designed to help oil and gas operators improve plant performance and reliability while maintaining worker safety.
Classified-area control panels
4 basic design concepts that could help avoid costly errors or worse.
Digital pH/ORP sensor and PC software platform
Yokogawa's SENCOM platform product series for the digital measurement of pH and ORP consists of a module, a sensor, cable, and software that are designed for process industries.
Coriolis flowmeter series
The Micro Motion ELITE CMFS sensor platform features a compact and fully drainable design that delivers precise measurement in an array of line sizes for tough applications.
Industrial serial-to-fiber converter protects from surges, spikes
Antaira Technologies' STF-401C industrial serial-to-fiber converter series is designed to protect connected serial equipment in industrial manufacturing and factory automation applications.
Growth, hiring on the rise in valve industry
VMA reports positive trends at its 75th anniversary meeting
Evolving RTU capabilities facilitate expanding oil and gas production
With the growth of unconventional sources, more production assets are being created and put into production. Monitoring and integrating thousands of sites requires a high level of sophistication.
The PX409-USBH series of high speed pressure transducers connect directly to the computer and has 1000/reading/second capacity
The Enhanced Precision Super Duty (EPSD) Series features swivel technology to improve the bearing's element of contact
Machine vision improves safety, productivity for food and beverage manufacturers
Machine vision can help food and beverage manufacturers improve manufacturing quality and performance by eliminating defects, verifying assembly and tracking, and capturing information at every stage of the production process
Oil, gas industry dominates the market for hazardous area equipment
Increased legislation has spurred increased sales for hazardous equipment in the oil and gas industry in the EMEA region.
Surveillance camera receives certification for hazardous conditions
The VPort 36-1MP-IVA-T by Moxa received UL certification for deployment in hazardous locations in the oil and gas industry where flammable gases or vapors may be present.
Pressure gage for panel builders
The Ashcroft Type 2008S panel builder's gage is designed to monitor pressure in a variety of industries where precision and accuracy are demanded.
Flowmeter tip of the month: Ensure meter accuracy
One of the easiest ways to ensure meter accuracy is to ensure that the meter is piped properly. Attention should be paid to the required upstream and downstream pipe requirements needed to 'smooth' out the flow profile.
Which kind of temperature sensor is the most accurate?
Readers are often passionate about temperature sensors. Here’s one discussion based on experiences going back more than 40 years with more current responses.
High-end compact controller is 4x faster, gets an open Linux-based design
National Instruments redesigns NI CompactRIO from the inside out. The new NI cRIO-9068 software-designed controller is part of the most advanced and open system design platform for embedded control and monitoring systems, the company said. NI introduces the controller during the first keynote session of its NIWeek conference and show on Aug. 6.
Company selected to provide control valves for offshore oil platform
GE Oil & Gas will supply control valves for an offshore production platform in the Hejre oil and gas field in the Danish sector of the North Sea.
Pressure sensors for oil and gas industry
Honeywell added two models to their Wing Union/Hammer Union pressure sensor portfolio, which are designed for precision accuracy during drilling operations.
Thermoelectric cooling units receive NEMA certification
The ThermoTEC Class I, Division 2 Series of thermoelectric air conditioners by EIC Solutions received NEMA 4x certification, allow the air conditioner to be used with enclosures washdown and hazardous locations.
ISM index slides below growth threshold
Index of 49% is lowest since 2009; global slowdown gets much of the blame
Fish and glow rods
Splinter Guard Fish and Glow Rods keep hands free from fiberglass splinters when wire pulling and come in a variety of flexibilities and lengths
Lenze taking ‘machine-up’ approach in customer center
New Illinois facility expands company’s capability to grow.
Basics of tuned circuits
The tuned circuit is a fundamental building block among electrical and analog electronic circuits. Understanding how it functions provides insight to power quality, communications, controls, electronic equipment, and many other systems found in industrial manufacturing plants. This article provides a brief tutorial on tuned circuit theory and operation.
A physical analogy for ac electrical power
Electricity cannot be seen physically; only its effects can be seen or felt. At times, some aspects of electricity can be difficult to understand. One such phenomenon is the presence of different types of power in ac electrical systems. This article presents a physical analogy of electrical power as a refresher to help you understand these concepts further.
Basics of how to minimize harmonics
The August 14, 2003 blackout emphasized that power quality should not be taken lightly. The blackout was caused by, and affected the power grid — our nation's electrical infrastructure. The issues raised by this event should and will come under scrutiny. Just as the nation looks at its power quality issues, plant engineers must look at power quality issues inside the plant.
Basics of low-voltage circuit breakers
A circuit breaker is designed to keep an undesirably large amount of current, voltage, or power out of a given part of an electrical circuit. Industrial circuit breaker categories tend to follow voltage classes, which are divided according to magnitude. The IEEE divides voltage systems into four classes listed in the table titled "IEEE voltage classifications.