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Mechanical & Electrical July 16, 2024

Manufacturer expands Pennsylvania facility to improve workflow, management

ThermOmegaTech announced the expansion of its manufacturing facility in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, which incorporates manufacturing, R&D, and office space for the company's growing divisions.

By ThermOmegaTech
Mechanical & Electrical June 3, 2024

Metals get stronger when heated under extreme conditions

The finding by MIT researchers could be important for designing spacecraft shielding or in high-speed machining applications.

By David L. Chandler
Mechanical & Electrical May 7, 2024

Design requirements and challenges for single-use EV fluids

Industry experts share their knowledge on current single-use electric vehicle (EV) fluids requirements, chemistry and related challenges to testing and components designs.

By Dr. Yulia Sosa
Mechanical & Electrical May 6, 2024

Mechanical engineering driven by innovation for the future

Mechanical engineering is one of the most important pillars of the global economy and is currently facing enormous challenges now and in the future.

By Helukabel
Mechanical & Electrical April 27, 2024

Plant Engineering most-viewed electrical articles in 2024

Read the best articles about electrical including predictive maintenance, electric motors, lockout/tagout and more.

By Tyler Wall
Mechanical & Electrical February 7, 2024

How electrical, power system trends are affecting and impacting manufacturing facilities

Electrical and power systems have changed in many ways over the years and their impact is felt throughout the plant floor in many ways.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Mechanical & Electrical February 1, 2024

Fast-charging lithium battery developed to reduce range anxiety for EVs

Cornell researchers have created a lithium battery that can charge in under five minutes while remaining stable to help reduce range anxiety about electric vehicles (EVs).

By David Nutt
Mechanical & Electrical January 24, 2024

How cobalt-free batteries could power EV cars

MIT chemists developed a battery cathode based on organic materials, which could reduce the EV industry’s reliance on scarce metals.

By Anne Trafton
Mechanical & Electrical January 12, 2024

Collaboration to optimize battery manufacturing announced

Siemens is collaborating with Voltaiq to accelerate battery manufacturing, by combining their strengths to offer better capabilities for battery manufacturing-focused companies.

By Siemens Industry, Inc.
Mechanical & Electrical January 9, 2024

Plant Engineering most-viewed content in 2023

The most-viewed stories published in 2023 included: Choosing the right flyback diode, robots improving team efficiency, using artificial intelligence and more.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical January 2, 2024

Firing hydrogen in utility-scale power boilers: What you need to know

Hydrogen has been used in boilers for decades. If implemented correctly, hydrogen can be used safely in industrial boilers to lower carbon footprints

By Drew Robb
Mechanical & Electrical December 18, 2023

Welding technique for composite metal foam developed

Researchers at North Carolina State University have identified a welding technique that can be used to join composite metal foam (CMF) components together without impairing the properties that make CMF desirable.

By Matt Shipman
Mechanical & Electrical December 9, 2023

Thin insulation market to almost double in growth by 2033

The thin insulation market is expected to show strong growth and almost double in value to around $4 billion by 2033.

By Future Market Insights
Mechanical & Electrical November 16, 2023

Key components and current revisions of the National Electrical Code (NEC)

The National Electrical Code (NEC) is designed to safeguard individuals and property from potential electrical hazards. Learn how it has evolved over the past several decades.

By Herbert Post
Mechanical & Electrical November 8, 2023

Your questions answered: Power and electrical systems maintenance

During a webcast on May 9, 2023, the presenters explained extending the life of the equipment, increasing facility uptime and improving plant safety.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Mechanical & Electrical October 23, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: October 16-22, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered low-voltage dry type transformers, fastener redesign, 5G lighthouse smart factories and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical October 10, 2023

Measure electrical safety program effectiveness

Contact with or exposure to electrical energy is a leading cause of occupational fatalities. Yet lost time electrical injuries are among the rarest injuries in the workplace, contributing less than 0.2% (or 1 in 500) of all workplace injuries.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Mechanical & Electrical October 9, 2023

August manufacturing technology orders grow

New orders of manufacturing technology totaled $404.2 million in August, which is a jump of more than 16% compared to July.

By Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
Mechanical & Electrical October 2, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: September 25 to October 1, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered electric vehicle manufacturing, adjustable speed drives, Leaders Under 40 and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical September 28, 2023

Mechanical testing equipment growth expected to be strong

The mechanical testing equipment is expected to grow by more than 10% over the next decade and exceed $7 billion by 2032.

By Future Market Insights
Mechanical & Electrical September 6, 2023

How constant online diagnostics are the future of control valve maintenance

A Sept. 19 webcast examines how proactively addressing online connected positioners can help extend the life of control valves, which can reduce operational costs and downtime.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Mechanical & Electrical August 28, 2023

Plant Engineering most-viewed mechanical engineering articles in 2023

Read the best articles about mechanical engineering including robots improving efficiency, flyback diodes, bearings and more.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical July 18, 2023

Electrical fuses market expected to reach $6.5 billion in next decade

The electrical fuses market is expected to reach $6.5 billion by 2032, at a CAGR of 4.8% thanks to increased investment in smart cities and growing power demand overall.

By Future Market Insights
Mechanical & Electrical June 5, 2023

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.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical June 1, 2023

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.

By Future Market Insights
Mechanical & Electrical May 25, 2023

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.

By Samantha Garrison
Mechanical & Electrical May 22, 2023

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.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical May 2, 2023

Plant Engineering most-viewed electrical articles in 2023

Read the best articles about electrical including safety hazards, hazard recognition, electrical risks and more.

By Tyler Wall
Mechanical & Electrical March 27, 2023

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.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical March 14, 2023

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.

By Dr. Michael Wrinch
Mechanical & Electrical February 27, 2023

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.

By Gilbert Welsford Jr.
Mechanical & Electrical February 24, 2023

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.

By Jason Daley
Mechanical & Electrical February 13, 2023

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.

By Christina Miller
Mechanical & Electrical February 10, 2023

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.

By Michael McCollum
Mechanical & Electrical February 2, 2023

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.

By Gilbert Welsford Jr.
Mechanical & Electrical January 23, 2023

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.

By Christina Miller
Mechanical & Electrical January 3, 2023

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.

By Christina Miller
Mechanical & Electrical October 1, 2022

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.

By R. David Whitby
Mechanical & Electrical September 22, 2022

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.

By Jim Lynch
Mechanical & Electrical August 26, 2022

Optimize control cabinet construction with standards

Standards and standardization improve safety when it comes to control cabinet construction.

By Weidmüller
Mechanical & Electrical August 15, 2022

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.

By Christina Miller
Mechanical & Electrical July 29, 2022

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.

By Weidmüller
Mechanical & Electrical July 20, 2022

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.

By Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE)
Mechanical & Electrical July 12, 2022

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.

By Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
Mechanical & Electrical April 16, 2022

Choosing the right cylinder isn’t always easy

Sometimes the problem is too many options

By James Hauser
Mechanical & Electrical April 15, 2022

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.

By Mike Edgar
Mechanical & Electrical March 31, 2022

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.

By Mike Williams
Mechanical & Electrical March 28, 2022

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.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical March 23, 2022

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.

By Blake Griffin
Mechanical & Electrical March 10, 2022

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.

By Brian Alessi
Mechanical & Electrical March 10, 2022

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.

By David L. Chandler
Mechanical & Electrical March 7, 2022

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.

By Keagan Gay
Mechanical & Electrical March 1, 2022

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.

By Resiliant
Mechanical & Electrical February 28, 2022

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.

By Keagan Gay
Mechanical & Electrical February 11, 2022

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.

By David Nutt
Mechanical & Electrical January 19, 2022

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

By Liza Klein
Mechanical & Electrical December 27, 2021

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.

By Keagan Gay
Mechanical & Electrical December 14, 2021

Industrial machinery industry poised for rebound

The machinery sector is bouncing back, with farming machinery, semiconductor & electronics machinery, and textiles machinery leading the way.

By Adrian Lloyd
Mechanical & Electrical December 11, 2021

Powering the shift to electric mines

How resistors can facilitate safe, efficient underground mining.

By Simone Bruckner
Mechanical & Electrical December 3, 2021

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.

By SEMI
Mechanical & Electrical November 29, 2021

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.

By Keagan Gay
Mechanical & Electrical November 20, 2021

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

By Kayla Wiles
Mechanical & Electrical October 27, 2021

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.

By Adrian Lloyd
Mechanical & Electrical October 5, 2021

Why more manufacturers are turning to microgrids

Microgrids mitigate power distribution vulnerabilities

By Brent Tracy
Mechanical & Electrical October 5, 2021

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.

By Matt McGowan
Mechanical & Electrical October 1, 2021

Protecting power systems

The benefits of neutral earthing transformers for safe transmission

By Martin Nicholls
Mechanical & Electrical September 25, 2021

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.

By Daniel Strain
Mechanical & Electrical September 16, 2021

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.”

By Jason Daley
Mechanical & Electrical August 11, 2021

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.

By FABTECH
Mechanical & Electrical August 11, 2021

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.

By Dr. Mathias Bach and Stefan Vorndran
Mechanical & Electrical July 27, 2021

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.

By Matt Shipman
Mechanical & Electrical July 26, 2021

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.

By National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
Mechanical & Electrical July 22, 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.

By Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Mechanical & Electrical July 18, 2021

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

By Rachel Rose
Mechanical & Electrical July 7, 2021

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.

By Nick Schiltz
Mechanical & Electrical June 7, 2021

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.

By Keagan Gay
Mechanical & Electrical May 26, 2021

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.

By Campbell Archibald
Mechanical & Electrical May 18, 2021

How to properly size surge protective devices

To specify an SPD, understand the ratings associated with its application.

By Mark Dziedzic
Mechanical & Electrical May 18, 2021

How to extend switchgear life and improve system reliability

Improve system reliability of switchgear with protective relay upgrade projects.

By Jeff Brittain and Andrew Kaster
Mechanical & Electrical May 13, 2021

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.

By ABB
Mechanical & Electrical April 19, 2021

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.

By Frank Lamb
Mechanical & Electrical April 8, 2021

Install medium-voltage cables in petrochemical plants

How to ensure code requirements for hazardous environments are satisfied

By Garrett Nariman, PE
Mechanical & Electrical March 12, 2021

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.

By Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA)
Mechanical & Electrical March 11, 2021

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

By Peter G. Lynde, PE
Mechanical & Electrical February 18, 2021

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.”

By Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA)
Mechanical & Electrical February 11, 2021

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.

By Daniel Ackerman
Mechanical & Electrical February 5, 2021

Industrial electronics distributor appoints CEO

Allison Sabia, Galco Industrial Electronics president, COO, named as Galco Industrial Electronics CEO starting February 1.

By Galco Industrial Electronics
Mechanical & Electrical November 5, 2020

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.

By SEMI
Mechanical & Electrical October 29, 2020

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.

By Sarah Small
Mechanical & Electrical October 23, 2020

Updating legacy rotating equipment

Retaining legacy equipment is a cost-effective way to minimize capital expenditure, provided efficiency and reliability can be upheld.

By Troy Rodger
Mechanical & Electrical September 9, 2020

Wet electrostatic precipitators are proven for emission control and gas cleaning

Two case studies illustrate the point

By Gary Siegel
Mechanical & Electrical August 24, 2020

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.

By Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA)
Mechanical & Electrical August 17, 2020

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.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical August 12, 2020

Develop a cable gland strategy for hazardous environments

Tips on how to get maximum benefit from cable glands

By Matt Ogden
Mechanical & Electrical August 10, 2020

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.

By Matt McGowan
Mechanical & Electrical July 20, 2020

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.

By Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
Mechanical & Electrical June 26, 2020

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.

By Phil Burge
Mechanical & Electrical June 1, 2020

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.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical May 16, 2020

2D oxide flakes pick up electrical properties

Rice University lab detects piezoelectric effects in nanosheets due to defects, which could improve energy harvesting applications.

By Mike Williams
Mechanical & Electrical May 1, 2020

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.

By ABB
Mechanical & Electrical May 1, 2020

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

By Eaton Corporation
Mechanical & Electrical April 28, 2020

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.

By Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA)
Mechanical & Electrical March 30, 2020

LDC Focus: Spotlight on Enbridge Gas Inc.

Ontario utility embarks on North America’s first utility-scale Power to Gas plant project

By Gas Technology
Mechanical & Electrical March 27, 2020

Decarbonization and electrification: View from the utilities

Two utilities speak out regarding their efforts and views on decarbonization and electrification

By Gas Technology
Mechanical & Electrical March 13, 2020

Protect electrical components from corrosion

Corrosion is a powerful destructive force; prevention is key

By Dave Mueller
Mechanical & Electrical March 12, 2020

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.

By Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation
Mechanical & Electrical March 6, 2020

Transform pneumatics systems for energy conservation, efficiency and safety

Machine automation evolution proves the only limitation is the imagination

By Bob Bradley and Robby Haun
Mechanical & Electrical March 2, 2020

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.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical February 25, 2020

Cutting tool consumption declines slightly to close 2019

U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled dropped 1% compared to 2018, but optimism remains for 2020

By Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
Mechanical & Electrical February 3, 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.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical January 30, 2020

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.

By Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
Mechanical & Electrical December 5, 2019

Pneumatic safety technology and the IIoT

How IIoT principles, along with appropriate pneumatic technology, offer machine safety and operation enhancements.

By Jeff Welker and Enrico De Carolis
Mechanical & Electrical December 3, 2019

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.

By Jim Krebs
Mechanical & Electrical November 22, 2019

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.

By Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
Mechanical & Electrical November 14, 2019

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.

By Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation
Mechanical & Electrical September 27, 2019

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.

By John Kovacik, Dan Neeser, Christy Rosati and Joe Pavia
Mechanical & Electrical September 1, 2019

880 Crown & Chassis Extreme by Texas Refinery Corp.

880 Crown & Chassis Extreme is designed for sub-freezing and high ambient temperature conditions.

By Texas Refinery Corp.
Mechanical & Electrical September 1, 2019

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.

By Igus Inc.
Mechanical & Electrical July 22, 2019

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.

By Eaton Corporation
Mechanical & Electrical July 12, 2019

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.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical June 25, 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.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical June 20, 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.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical June 17, 2019

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.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical May 28, 2019

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.

By Bill Dehner
Mechanical & Electrical May 24, 2019

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.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical May 15, 2019

Overcurrent protection technologies change the calculations for PPE

NEC Section 240.87 provides guidance for safety, maintenance teams.

By Thomas Domitrovich, P.E., LEED AP
Mechanical & Electrical May 1, 2019

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

Mechanical & Electrical May 1, 2019

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

By Russelectric
Mechanical & Electrical May 1, 2019

TMC 8 series by Phoenix Contact

These UL 489-listed circuit breakers provide required fundamental branch circuit protection.

By Phoenix Contact
Mechanical & Electrical February 11, 2019

Pick the right wiring for the right application

Plugs, connectors have different uses in different environments.

By Jeff Seabury
Mechanical & Electrical December 9, 2018

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.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical November 6, 2018

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.

By David Saunders, Cross Co.
Mechanical & Electrical November 5, 2018

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.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical November 2, 2018

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.

By Mark Paskanik, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CRB, Raleigh, N.C.
Mechanical & Electrical November 2, 2018

Insulation tester

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.

By Staff
Mechanical & Electrical October 22, 2018

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.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical October 2, 2018

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.

By Joe Richard, Schneider Electric
Mechanical & Electrical September 26, 2018

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.

By Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA)
Mechanical & Electrical September 25, 2018

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."

By Plant Engineering Staff
Mechanical & Electrical September 22, 2018

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.

By Jennifer Cardillo, Sulzer
Mechanical & Electrical September 17, 2018

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.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Mechanical & Electrical September 7, 2018

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.

By The Freedonia Group
Mechanical & Electrical September 3, 2018

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.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Mechanical & Electrical August 28, 2018

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.

By Sandy Vasser, ExxonMobil, retired
Mechanical & Electrical August 20, 2018

Choose the right automation controller

It seems like a basic need, but look deeper before deciding.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Mechanical & Electrical August 20, 2018

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.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Mechanical & Electrical August 19, 2018

Robotics will drive job growth, study finds

Global research finds mid-sized manufacturers will benefit—if they can find workers.

By Bill Wasilewski, Day & Zimmermann
Mechanical & Electrical August 17, 2018

‘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.”

By Raj Batra, Siemens
Mechanical & Electrical July 18, 2018

Facility management addressed by building technologies

Security and safety enhanced by integration and standardization.

By Kevin Parker
Mechanical & Electrical July 17, 2018

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.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Mechanical & Electrical June 18, 2018

2018 Lubrication Guide

The science and art of lubrication often is as important as the mechanical functions it enables.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Mechanical & Electrical June 12, 2018

Combine technologies for effective oil analysis

Vibration analysis, thermography, and ultrasound are more valuable together.

By Jeanna Van Rensselar, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE)
Mechanical & Electrical June 7, 2018

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.

By Mike Howell, Electrical Apparatus and Service Association (EASA)
Mechanical & Electrical May 25, 2018

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’.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Mechanical & Electrical May 22, 2018

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.

By Gas Technology
Mechanical & Electrical May 21, 2018

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.

By Oil & Gas Engineering
Mechanical & Electrical May 18, 2018

Advances in dryer design

Industrial dryers are overcoming unique challenges and making improvements in energy efficiency, process control, and drying uniformity.

By Gas Technology
Mechanical & Electrical May 17, 2018

NERC PRC-025: 2019 compliance starts now

Six steps to meet the new Generator Relay Loadability Standard.

By Steve Nollette, Vertiv Electrical Reliability Services
Mechanical & Electrical May 15, 2018

Digital supply chain has arrived, and challenges await

MHI study cites three barriers to adoption, but a majority of companies already use the technology.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Mechanical & Electrical May 11, 2018

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.

By Ingersoll Rand
Mechanical & Electrical May 8, 2018

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.

By Julie Holmquist, Cortec; Casey Heurung, Cortec; Tonya Decterov, Bionetix
Mechanical & Electrical April 27, 2018

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.

By Robert Kurz, NETZSCH
Mechanical & Electrical April 27, 2018

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."

By Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA)
Mechanical & Electrical April 13, 2018

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.

By IHS Markit
Mechanical & Electrical April 10, 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.

By Tim Edward with Rob Salkowitz
Mechanical & Electrical April 4, 2018

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.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Mechanical & Electrical April 3, 2018

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.

By Nicole Dyess, Motors@Work
Mechanical & Electrical March 26, 2018

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.

By Nicole Dyess, Motors@Work
Mechanical & Electrical March 19, 2018

Know the score about SCCR

Short-circuit current ratings is a number you need to heed.

By Paul Avery, Yaskawa
Mechanical & Electrical March 9, 2018

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.

By Yaskawa
Mechanical & Electrical February 14, 2018

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.

By John Lehman, Georg Haubner, Dataforth Corp.
Mechanical & Electrical February 5, 2018

The drive to prevent downtime

Aging equipment is revealed as a major area of concern in manufacturing.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Mechanical & Electrical January 12, 2018

Gain lubrication insight by looking a little deeper

Understand how metals and lubricants will interact.

By Helmut Seubert, Klüber Lubrication
Mechanical & Electrical December 13, 2017

The evolution of power monitoring and maintenance

IIoT and Big Data have changed the power monitoring and preventive maintenance landscapes.

By Arthur Mulligan, Eaton
Mechanical & Electrical December 5, 2017

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.

By Collin Gaskill
Mechanical & Electrical November 20, 2017

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.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Mechanical & Electrical November 20, 2017

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.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Mechanical & Electrical November 17, 2017

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.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Mechanical & Electrical November 10, 2017

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.

By Sierra Grayson, CFE Media
Mechanical & Electrical November 3, 2017

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.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Mechanical & Electrical November 3, 2017

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.

By Sierra Grayson, CFE Media
Mechanical & Electrical October 30, 2017

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.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Mechanical & Electrical October 24, 2017

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.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Mechanical & Electrical October 20, 2017

Filter replacement: 5 signs it’s time for a change

Testing and monitoring offer best indications of filter health.

By Robert Connor Rohina and Richard Juskowiak, Donaldson Company, Inc.
Mechanical & Electrical October 18, 2017

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.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Mechanical & Electrical October 9, 2017

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.

By Julie Holmquist
Mechanical & Electrical October 2, 2017

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.

By Kuebler
Mechanical & Electrical September 29, 2017

Electro-Hydraulic Motion Controller

RMC200 is an electro-hydraulic motion controller capable of controlling up to 32 motion axes simultaneously.

By Delta Computer Systems, Inc.
Mechanical & Electrical September 27, 2017

Coal-fired power plant slashes maintenance time

Damper bearing upgrade solves lock up issue at a North American plant.

By Eric Ford, Graphite Metallizing Corp.
Mechanical & Electrical September 21, 2017

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.

By Jason Newby, GE Energy Connections
Mechanical & Electrical September 20, 2017

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.

By David Manney, L&S Electric Inc.
Mechanical & Electrical September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Tyler Budde, 27

Engineering Associate, Advanced Technology Services, Peoria, Ill.

By CFE Media
Mechanical & Electrical September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Brian Gapske, 36

Software Engineering Team Leader, RedViking, Plymouth, Mich.

By CFE Media
Mechanical & Electrical September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Kevin Harris, PE, 33

Engineering Director, Dynamic Test Systems, RedViking, Raleigh, N.C.

By CFE Media
Mechanical & Electrical September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Sheikh Nauman Iqbal, 35

Control System Specialist, Intech Process Automation Pvt. Ltd., Lahore, Punjab

By CFE Media
Mechanical & Electrical September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Tyler Robertson, 33

Robotics Engineer, Taylor Guitars, El Cajon, Calif.

By CFE Media
Mechanical & Electrical September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Alexander Hamilton, 29

Mechanical Engineering Team Leader, RedViking, Plymouth, Mich.

By CFE Media
Mechanical & Electrical September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Elizabeth Kokesh, 31

Senior Maintenance & Reliability Professional, Cargill, Hopkins, Minn.

By CFE Media
Mechanical & Electrical September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Adithi Raghavendra, 27

CSD Engineering Manager, Solid State Relays (Industrial Sensing), Sensata Technologies, Tijuana, Mexico

By CFE Media
Mechanical & Electrical August 22, 2017

The benefits of upgrading to LED lighting

LED lighting uses up to 80% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb.

By David Manney
Mechanical & Electrical August 22, 2017

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.

By Gas Technology
Mechanical & Electrical August 18, 2017

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.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Mechanical & Electrical August 18, 2017

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.

By Gas Technology
Mechanical & Electrical August 17, 2017

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.

By Nancy Ross, Bearing Boys Ltd.
Mechanical & Electrical August 14, 2017

Valve positioner

This electropneumatic valve positioner offers outstanding accuracy and industry-leading reliability with an ease of installation, calibration, and operation.

By Spirax Sarco
Mechanical & Electrical August 14, 2017

Automatic case packer

The XpressPack automatic case packer is designed to run high volumes of cartons in a single-layer, single-row configuration.

By WSI Global
Mechanical & Electrical August 14, 2017

Low-voltage switchgear

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.

By ABB
Mechanical & Electrical August 14, 2017

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.

By SKF
Mechanical & Electrical August 14, 2017

Voltage testers

The ET60 and ET250 voltage testers use standard replaceable test leads and can test GFCI-protected circuits.

By Klein
Mechanical & Electrical August 14, 2017

Contextual mobility declutters on-the-go SCADA

How IIoT impacts oil & gas SCADA-based field mobility.

By Ed Nugent
Mechanical & Electrical July 10, 2017

Precision limit switches

The precision limit/position switches are designed to be mounted in tight locations and have a 4mm diameter barrel.

By AutomationDirect
Mechanical & Electrical July 10, 2017

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.

By Bionomic Industries
Mechanical & Electrical July 10, 2017

Spring cotter pins for axial mounting

The GN 1024 cotter pins can be used for the axial mounting of bolts and axles.

By J.W. Winco Inc.
Mechanical & Electrical July 10, 2017

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.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Mechanical & Electrical July 5, 2017

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.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Mechanical & Electrical July 5, 2017

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.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical June 22, 2017

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.

By Grant Lanthort
Mechanical & Electrical June 21, 2017

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.

By Robin Olson, Rexnord
Mechanical & Electrical June 19, 2017

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.

By Kitt Butler, Advanced Energy; Jay Wrobel, Pete Langlois, Department of Energy
Mechanical & Electrical June 14, 2017

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.

By Laith Amin
Mechanical & Electrical June 13, 2017

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.

By Megger
Mechanical & Electrical June 12, 2017

Control room temperatures: Strategies to beat the heat

Air-to-water exchangers can reduce variable frequency drive (VFD) heat exposure.

By Mark Harshman, Siemens
Mechanical & Electrical June 7, 2017

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.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Mechanical & Electrical June 7, 2017

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.

By Philip Barton, Schneider Electric
Mechanical & Electrical June 6, 2017

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.

By Yaskawa
Mechanical & Electrical June 5, 2017

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.

By Siemens
Mechanical & Electrical May 31, 2017

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.

By AutomationDirect
Mechanical & Electrical May 24, 2017

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.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Mechanical & Electrical May 19, 2017

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.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Mechanical & Electrical May 17, 2017

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.

By John Leisner, Miller Electric Mfg. Co.
Mechanical & Electrical May 16, 2017

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.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Mechanical & Electrical May 10, 2017

Molded nylon position hinge

The MH-18 molded nylon position hinge integrates one-way torque technology while enabling easy adjustment with no resistance.

By Reell Precision Manufacturing
Mechanical & Electrical May 9, 2017

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.

By Exide
Mechanical & Electrical May 8, 2017

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.

By Graco
Mechanical & Electrical May 3, 2017

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.

By Lenze Americas
Mechanical & Electrical May 2, 2017

High-torque tool

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.

By Ingersoll Rand
Mechanical & Electrical May 1, 2017

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.

By Gas Technology
Mechanical & Electrical April 13, 2017

Upstream oil and gas safety improves in the post-Deepwater Horizon era

So nothing like this catastrophe happens again.

By Marty Stetzer, Joseph Perino
Mechanical & Electrical March 26, 2017

FCC compliance and frequency selection for SCADA

Radio-frequency solutions remain viable for off-shore installations.

By Elizabeth Buckley
Mechanical & Electrical March 25, 2017

Overcome challenges in offshore wireless communications

Sound communication are key to good collaboration, and must be secure as well.

By Josh Parker
Mechanical & Electrical March 24, 2017

In-service data used to support continued-service assessments

Floating productions systems remain in use longer than it had been supposed.

By Scot McNeill PhD, PE; David Renzi, PE
Mechanical & Electrical March 23, 2017

Are ROVs more like robots or drones?

Remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs) are emerging mobile technologies that are used underwater that have continued to evolve.

By Kevin Parker
Mechanical & Electrical March 17, 2017

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.

By Dwayne Kula, MyLEDLightingGuide
Mechanical & Electrical March 13, 2017

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.

By Nexen Group
Mechanical & Electrical March 8, 2017

HVLS basics: Balancing the air temperature

Destratification creates more comfort and lower costs for plants throughout the entire year.

By Andy Olson, Rite-Hite Fans
Mechanical & Electrical February 13, 2017

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

By Frako
Mechanical & Electrical February 11, 2017

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.

By CFE Media
Mechanical & Electrical February 6, 2017

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.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical February 2, 2017

Lightweight mag drill

The HMD130 is an ultra low-profile, compact magnetic drill designed for fast, efficient holemaking in confined spaces.

By Hougen
Mechanical & Electrical January 26, 2017

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.

By Siemens
Mechanical & Electrical January 11, 2017

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.

By Clark Solutions
Mechanical & Electrical January 9, 2017

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.

By Brana Webb
Mechanical & Electrical January 8, 2017

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.

By Hylite
Mechanical & Electrical January 5, 2017

Tips for keeping DC motors healthy

An effective maintenance program prolongs the lifespan of DC motors and prevents expensive and unnecessary repairs.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Mechanical & Electrical January 2, 2017

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.

By Wayne Products
Mechanical & Electrical December 27, 2016

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.

By Brana Webb
Mechanical & Electrical December 19, 2016

Why is short-circuit current rating important?

It is important to verify and improve short-circuit rating to remain in compliance.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Mechanical & Electrical December 7, 2016

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.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Mechanical & Electrical November 29, 2016

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.

By Ideal Industries
Mechanical & Electrical November 23, 2016

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.

By Alex Marcy, Corso Systems
Mechanical & Electrical November 17, 2016

Position hinge with compact design

The RT-50 position hinge is designed to hold the angle of mounted components in any position.

By Reell
Mechanical & Electrical November 16, 2016

Voltage/continuity tester

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.

By IDEAL Electric
Mechanical & Electrical November 14, 2016

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.

By Altech Corp
Mechanical & Electrical November 10, 2016

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.

By Saelig Company
Mechanical & Electrical November 9, 2016

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.

By Miller Electric Mfg. Co.
Mechanical & Electrical November 8, 2016

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.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Mechanical & Electrical November 3, 2016

Clamp column cover brackets

The clamp brackets enable quick installation column covers onto rectangular and round structural columns with large or small diameters.

By SAF Metal Fabrication
Mechanical & Electrical October 31, 2016

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.

By Evapco
Mechanical & Electrical October 28, 2016

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.

By HyLite LED Lighting
Mechanical & Electrical October 27, 2016

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.

By Emerson
Mechanical & Electrical October 20, 2016

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.

By AutomationDirect
Mechanical & Electrical October 18, 2016

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.

By Kobelco
Mechanical & Electrical October 14, 2016

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.

By Jeff Jordan, Schneider Electric
Mechanical & Electrical October 12, 2016

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.

By Altech Corp.
Mechanical & Electrical October 10, 2016

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.

By Chuck Yung, EASA
Mechanical & Electrical October 10, 2016

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.

By AutomationDirect
Mechanical & Electrical October 4, 2016

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.

By Thomas Domitrovich, Derek Strittmatter
Mechanical & Electrical October 3, 2016

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.

By AutomationDirect
Mechanical & Electrical September 29, 2016

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.

By Continental Fan
Mechanical & Electrical September 28, 2016

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.

By Spectrum Instrumentation
Mechanical & Electrical September 27, 2016

LED retrofit kit expanded

The LED Linear Retrofit Assembly (LRA) option is designed for indoor and covered outdoor strip fixture applications.

By Universal Lighting Technologies
Mechanical & Electrical September 23, 2016

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.

By Emerson
Mechanical & Electrical September 22, 2016

Electrical distribution, redefined

Technology developments improve safety, maintenance while limiting outages.

By James Stacy
Mechanical & Electrical September 22, 2016

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.

By Ideal Industries
Mechanical & Electrical September 21, 2016

Integrated VSD compressors: 8 key advantages

Strategy combines compressor motor, drive in one package.

By Deepak Vetal, Atlas Copco Compressors, LLC
Mechanical & Electrical September 2, 2016

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.

By Ingersoll Rand
Mechanical & Electrical September 2, 2016

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.

By AutomationDirect
Mechanical & Electrical September 1, 2016

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.

By Suhner
Mechanical & Electrical August 29, 2016

Cordsets for food and beverage applications

The M12 overmolded cordsets are ideal for harsh environments such as demanding vibration and high pressure washdowns.

By Binder-USA
Mechanical & Electrical August 25, 2016

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.

By Graco Inc.
Mechanical & Electrical August 17, 2016

Motor connection tips for avoiding costly mistakes

The following tips apply to common connections on machines with one speed at power frequency.

By Mike Howell, EASA
Mechanical & Electrical August 17, 2016

Corrosion protection adhesive tape for electrical and electronic equipment

ElectriCorr VpCI®-150 Tape powered by Nano-VpCI® protects metal in enclosed spaces from corrosion.

By Cortec Corporation
Mechanical & Electrical August 17, 2016

Analytical transmitter

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.

By Endress+Hauser
Mechanical & Electrical August 17, 2016

Multi-wavelength LED solar simulator

The LumiSun-50 multi-wavelength LED solar simulator is designed for terrestrial photovoltaic testting and PV research applications.

By Innovations in Optics, Inc. (IOI)
Mechanical & Electrical August 12, 2016

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%.

By Gas Technology
Mechanical & Electrical August 12, 2016

Standby generation as a profit center

Natural gas-powered reliability.

By Gas Technology
Mechanical & Electrical August 8, 2016

Luminaire longevity for AreaMax LED in marine environments

Evluma provides an enhanced coastal package for AreaMax installed in marine shore and salt spray environments.

By Evluma
Mechanical & Electrical August 7, 2016

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.

By Ron Seredian, Falcon Electric, Inc.
Mechanical & Electrical August 4, 2016

CHP a ‘powerful combination’ for plants

While combined heat and power faces challenges, it offers intriguing opportunities.

By Roy Palk, LeClairRyan
Mechanical & Electrical August 3, 2016

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.

By Atlas Copco
Mechanical & Electrical July 28, 2016

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.

By Dazor Lighting Solutions
Mechanical & Electrical July 27, 2016

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.

By David Manney
Mechanical & Electrical July 27, 2016

Protect your ball bearings: 8 common problems

Identifying the primary reason for premature motor failure is as easy as looking at the bearings.

By David Manney
Mechanical & Electrical July 26, 2016

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.

By Hoffer Flow Controls, Inc.
Mechanical & Electrical July 25, 2016

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.

By AutomationDirect
Mechanical & Electrical July 18, 2016

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.

By Schneider Electric
Mechanical & Electrical July 15, 2016

Micro Ethernet communication module

AutomationDirect’s C-more Micro line of operator interfaces includes the EA-ECOM communication expansion module.

By AutomationDirect
Mechanical & Electrical July 14, 2016

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.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Mechanical & Electrical July 13, 2016

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.

By Raymond Corporation
Mechanical & Electrical July 12, 2016

PSMP cable plugs expand Amphenol RF product line

Amphenol RF builds upon the PSMP board-to-board designs by adding four PSMP cable connectors.

By Amphenol RF
Mechanical & Electrical July 6, 2016

Electronic counter

TULMan electronic counter serves as universal tool to monitor and maintain pneumatic devices.

By Cleco Assembly Tools
Mechanical & Electrical July 5, 2016

Line of flexible waveguides

Flexible waveguides operating 40 GHz over nine bands help fix common alignment issues in waveguide systems.

By Fairview Microwave
Mechanical & Electrical June 27, 2016

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.

By SKF
Mechanical & Electrical June 20, 2016

Lithium EP grease for lubrication

The CorrLube VpCI Lithium EP grease offers longer lubrication with corrosion protection on electrical connections.

By Cortec
Mechanical & Electrical June 20, 2016

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.

By Metallized Carbon Corporation
Mechanical & Electrical June 20, 2016

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.

By Electro-Chemical Devices
Mechanical & Electrical June 16, 2016

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.

By AutomationDirect
Mechanical & Electrical June 15, 2016

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.

By Paul Lachance
Mechanical & Electrical June 14, 2016

Servo adaptor

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.

By Lenze Americas
Mechanical & Electrical June 14, 2016

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.

By Krohne
Mechanical & Electrical June 10, 2016

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.

By Emily Poklar
Mechanical & Electrical June 2, 2016

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.

By Hammond Manufacturing
Mechanical & Electrical June 2, 2016

Elemental analyzer

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.

By Thermo Fisher Scientific
Mechanical & Electrical June 2, 2016

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.

By Sunpower
Mechanical & Electrical June 1, 2016

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).

By Standard-Knapp
Mechanical & Electrical June 1, 2016

Camera-to-light cables

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.

By Smart Vision Lights
Mechanical & Electrical June 1, 2016

Library for pneumatic systems

The MapleSim Pneumatics Library extends the scope of MapleSim to include the modeling and simulation of pneumatics systems.

By Maplesoft
Mechanical & Electrical May 27, 2016

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.

By David Manney
Mechanical & Electrical May 27, 2016

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.

By David Manney
Mechanical & Electrical May 27, 2016

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.

By David Manney
Mechanical & Electrical May 23, 2016

Non-contact infrared thermometer

The micro IR-200 non-contact infrared thermometer provides simple, quick and accurate surface temperature readings of virtually any surface.

By RIGID
Mechanical & Electrical May 23, 2016

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.

By CR Magnetics
Mechanical & Electrical May 23, 2016

Embedded PCs

The Compact CX8190 embedded PCs is ideal for Ethernet communication.

By Beckhoff Automation
Mechanical & Electrical May 23, 2016

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.

By LASER COMPONENTS
Mechanical & Electrical May 23, 2016

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.

By Yaskawa
Mechanical & Electrical May 20, 2016

Multi-sense humidity probe

The HP125 Multi-Sense Humidity Probe measures relative humidity, dew point, temperature, and pressure in industrial and laboratory applications.

By Edgetech Instruments, Inc.
Mechanical & Electrical May 17, 2016

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.

By Automator
Mechanical & Electrical May 17, 2016

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.

By Appleton Group
Mechanical & Electrical May 17, 2016

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.

By Bourns
Mechanical & Electrical May 17, 2016

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.

By MicroPower Direct
Mechanical & Electrical May 9, 2016

Circuit monitor panelboard

The Pow-R-Line PXBCM Branch Circuit Monitor Panelboard delivers remote energy usage monitoring and improved compliance.

By Eaton
Mechanical & Electrical May 9, 2016

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.

By Beckhoff Automation
Mechanical & Electrical May 9, 2016

3,900-watt LED work area string light set

The 3,900-watt LED work area string light set for general work areas.

By Larson Electronics
Mechanical & Electrical May 9, 2016

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.

By Ingersoll Rand
Mechanical & Electrical May 9, 2016

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.

By AutomationDirect
Mechanical & Electrical May 6, 2016

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.

By Rob Boteler, Bill Finley, and Tim Schumann
Mechanical & Electrical April 28, 2016

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.

By Linear Technology
Mechanical & Electrical April 28, 2016

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.

By Larson Electronics
Mechanical & Electrical April 28, 2016

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.

By Larson Electronics
Mechanical & Electrical April 26, 2016

Innovation and motion control at 2016 Hannover Messe

Interview with Arun Jain, VP of Motion Control at Siemens Industry at Hannover Messe.

By Siemens & CFE Media
Mechanical & Electrical April 26, 2016

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.

By Coilcraft
Mechanical & Electrical April 19, 2016

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.

By Siemens
Mechanical & Electrical April 19, 2016

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.

By Siemens
Mechanical & Electrical April 15, 2016

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.

By Krohne
Mechanical & Electrical March 28, 2016

Cryogenic vs. mechanical freezers: The best uses for each method

Part two: Process freezing series.

By Randy Peterson
Mechanical & Electrical March 23, 2016

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.

By Larson Electronics
Mechanical & Electrical March 21, 2016

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.

By Jon Sever
Mechanical & Electrical February 29, 2016

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.

By Bob Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical February 29, 2016

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.

By Jakob Björklund
Mechanical & Electrical February 6, 2016

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.

By Preston Reine, IHS
Mechanical & Electrical February 3, 2016

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.

By Chuck Yung
Mechanical & Electrical January 15, 2016

Vision-guided robotic inspection system

Vision-guided robotic inspection system that provides both automated inspection and decision making via an exclusive process monitoring tool.

By Lakeview Vision & Robotics
Mechanical & Electrical January 15, 2016

Level winding drive

Rolling ring level drives enable users to spool cable with specific spacing between rows.

By Amacoil Inc.
Mechanical & Electrical January 14, 2016

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.

By Siemens Corporation
Mechanical & Electrical January 8, 2016

Stainless steel connector clamps

GN 132.5 stainless steel two-way connector clamps are designed to resist moisture build-up in hygienic applications.

By J.W. Winco
Mechanical & Electrical January 6, 2016

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.

By Acuity Brands
Mechanical & Electrical January 6, 2016

Low-resolution analog modules

Productivity2000 programmable controllers are low-resolution analog modules are designed for cost-conscious applications.

By AutomationDirect
Mechanical & Electrical January 5, 2016

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.

By Johnathan Hottell
Mechanical & Electrical January 4, 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.

By Erin Dunne
Mechanical & Electrical December 14, 2015

2015 Top Plant: Phoenix Contact USA

Phoenix Contact USA is a manufacturing success story.

By Bob Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical November 18, 2015

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.

By Jim Madsen, Mac Duke
Mechanical & Electrical November 18, 2015

Swivel fittings for tight, confining spaces

NPT swivel fittings are designed for applications in tight spaces or requiring precision positioning for achieving desired results.

By Exair Corporation
Mechanical & Electrical November 10, 2015

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.

By Harrington Hoists, Inc.
Mechanical & Electrical October 7, 2015

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.

By Clark Solutions
Mechanical & Electrical October 2, 2015

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.

By AutomationDirect
Mechanical & Electrical September 29, 2015

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.

By SPX
Mechanical & Electrical September 28, 2015

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.

By Siemens
Mechanical & Electrical September 24, 2015

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%.

By Wittenstein
Mechanical & Electrical September 23, 2015

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.

By FLIR Camera
Mechanical & Electrical September 22, 2015

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.

By Fairview Microwave
Mechanical & Electrical September 21, 2015

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.

By Camfil
Mechanical & Electrical September 15, 2015

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.

By Ed Youdell
Mechanical & Electrical September 8, 2015

Stainless steel in-line check valves

The Series S800 stainless steel check valves with flow prevention are designed for corrosive applications.

By Bonomi
Mechanical & Electrical September 7, 2015

Fastening tools for industrial environments

Geta line drive fastening tools are designed for fast-paced construction, light industrial assembly, general maintenance, and repair applications.

By Apex
Mechanical & Electrical September 6, 2015

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.

By AutomationDirect
Mechanical & Electrical August 30, 2015

Maintenance-free casters

Spinfinity maintenance-free casters are designed to provide strength in shock conditions and has CNC machining to host a large internal seal.

By Hamilton Caster
Mechanical & Electrical August 20, 2015

Fueling greater efficiency with modular, on-demand boilers

Efficiency, cost savings a key benefit to oil and gas transportation issues.

By Doug MacMaster
Mechanical & Electrical August 16, 2015

Miniature solenoid operated piston pump

The Model ET-17 miniature piston pump is designed for low volume OEM liquid pumping applications.

By Clark Solutions
Mechanical & Electrical August 14, 2015

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.

By AutomationDirect
Mechanical & Electrical August 10, 2015

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.

By Nord Gear Corporation
Mechanical & Electrical August 4, 2015

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.

By Victaulic
Mechanical & Electrical July 30, 2015

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.

By Jud Walker, Stellar
Mechanical & Electrical July 20, 2015

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.

By Jud Walker, Stellar
Mechanical & Electrical July 8, 2015

Contrast sensor

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.

By SICK
Mechanical & Electrical July 8, 2015

Switch for precision flow, level, temperature

The FLT93 Series FlexSwitch can be used in a wide range of fluids and industrial applications.

By Fluid Components International
Mechanical & Electrical June 23, 2015

High-precision weighing platforms

The PBK9 and PFK9 weighing platforms provide accuracy and reliability in harsh industrial conditions.

By Mettler Toledo
Mechanical & Electrical June 18, 2015

Green power adaptors

These power adaptors meet both the Energy Independence and Security Act’s new EISA 2007/DoE Level VI standard.

By Sunpower
Mechanical & Electrical June 15, 2015

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.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Mechanical & Electrical June 9, 2015

The culture of lubrication

Critical process often goes overlooked, underappreciated.

By Kevin Smay, Valin Corporation
Mechanical & Electrical June 9, 2015

Green and gold in lubrication

Environmentally friendly fluids and sealing systems offer a new perspective.

By Joe Woods, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions
Mechanical & Electrical June 4, 2015

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.

By Emerson Process Management
Mechanical & Electrical June 4, 2015

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.

By Dekoron Wire & Cable
Mechanical & Electrical June 3, 2015

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.

By Timothy Robb, Goodway Industries
Mechanical & Electrical May 31, 2015

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.

By Aileen Jin, Control Engineering China
Mechanical & Electrical May 29, 2015

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.

By Krohne, Inc.
Mechanical & Electrical May 27, 2015

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.

By Endress+Hauser
Mechanical & Electrical May 26, 2015

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.

By Rockwell Automation
Mechanical & Electrical May 20, 2015

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.

By Amin Almasi
Mechanical & Electrical May 19, 2015

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.

By Curtiss-Wright Corporation
Mechanical & Electrical May 18, 2015

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.

By Don Yates
Mechanical & Electrical May 18, 2015

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.

By Bal Seal Engineering
Mechanical & Electrical May 15, 2015

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.

By Parker
Mechanical & Electrical May 15, 2015

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).

By Obaidullah A. Syed, CFSP, CMRP, P.E.
Mechanical & Electrical May 13, 2015

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.

By Bill Savela, PE
Mechanical & Electrical May 7, 2015

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.

By Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office
Mechanical & Electrical May 6, 2015

Chemical injection system optimizes

This chemical injection system optimizes the injection process while providing operational monitoring and control.

By SignalFire
Mechanical & Electrical May 5, 2015

Automated hydrostatic pressure tester

This automated hydrostatic pressure tester system is used for critical iron parts for oil and gas applications.

By Intellitest
Mechanical & Electrical May 5, 2015

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.

By Richard Clark
Mechanical & Electrical May 4, 2015

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.

By BEI Sensors
Mechanical & Electrical May 4, 2015

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.

By Andreas Fornwald
Mechanical & Electrical May 4, 2015

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.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Mechanical & Electrical April 30, 2015

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.

By Eric R. Eissler
Mechanical & Electrical April 28, 2015

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.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Mechanical & Electrical April 27, 2015

Hydrogen sulfide scrubbers

These refillable hydrogen sulfide scrubbers remove hydrogen sulfide from natural gas streams, facilitating the measurement of oxygen and other gases.

By Advance Instrument Inc.
Mechanical & Electrical April 23, 2015

Gas Technology: Powder coating applications growing

New methods, new markets.

By Gas Technology
Mechanical & Electrical April 22, 2015

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.

By Moxa
Mechanical & Electrical April 15, 2015

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.

By Nina Rach
Mechanical & Electrical April 13, 2015

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.

By Chuck Yung
Mechanical & Electrical March 30, 2015

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.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Mechanical & Electrical March 20, 2015

Remote sensing system

This wireless telemetry system offers remote monitoring of well pad tubing and casing pressures.

By SignalFire
Mechanical & Electrical March 17, 2015

Linear position sensors

LVDT SE 750 linear position sensors automate the testing process and reduce material testing laboratory lead time.

By Macro Sensors
Mechanical & Electrical March 13, 2015

Lightweight harnesses

This lightweight fall protection is suitable for workers on drilling or service rigs and in oilfields.

By Miller Fall Protection by Honeywell
Mechanical & Electrical March 13, 2015

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.

By Ian MacDonald
Mechanical & Electrical March 11, 2015

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.

By Linden Duncan
Mechanical & Electrical March 10, 2015

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.

By Honeywell Process Solutions
Mechanical & Electrical March 10, 2015

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.

By American Industrial Systems
Mechanical & Electrical March 6, 2015

Connected decision making for energy producers

Bringing together documents and data to enable complete visibility.

By Sean Baird
Mechanical & Electrical March 4, 2015

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.

By John Yoon, PE, LEED AP
Mechanical & Electrical March 3, 2015

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.

By Fluke
Mechanical & Electrical February 24, 2015

Compact automation solution for hazardous locations

The 750 XTR series offers a modular, compact solution for automation architectures operating in hazardous environments.

By WAGO
Mechanical & Electrical February 23, 2015

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.

By Exair Corporation
Mechanical & Electrical February 19, 2015

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.

By Bedrock Automation
Mechanical & Electrical February 17, 2015

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.

By ISSSource
Mechanical & Electrical February 16, 2015

Short-body inductive proximity sensors

PN series inductive proximity sensors are IP 69K-rated short-body sensors with metal housings.

By AutomationDirect
Mechanical & Electrical February 12, 2015

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.

By Dynatrol
Mechanical & Electrical February 11, 2015

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.

By Frank Lamb, Automation Primer
Mechanical & Electrical February 9, 2015

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.

By Yokogawa
Mechanical & Electrical February 4, 2015

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.

By Roberto Michel
Mechanical & Electrical February 3, 2015

Explosion proof emergency lighting system

This emergency light is multi-voltage capable and withstands temperature variances.

By Larson Electronics
Mechanical & Electrical February 2, 2015

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.

By Fluid Components International
Mechanical & Electrical January 23, 2015

Combustion gas probe

The Endura AZ25 combustion gas analyzer withstands high temperatures and reduces sulfurous atmospheres for fired process heaters and furnaces.

By ABB
Mechanical & Electrical January 22, 2015

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.

By IHS Inc.
Mechanical & Electrical January 20, 2015

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.

By Eric R. Eissler
Mechanical & Electrical January 19, 2015

Jaw forming ring

The jaw forming ring grips entire workpiece more uniformly to maximize jaw life on cutting and forming operations.

By Dillion
Mechanical & Electrical January 15, 2015

Mass flow meters with color display

These meters and calibrators have backlit color display for accurate flow verification in low light conditions.

By Alicat Scientific
Mechanical & Electrical January 13, 2015

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.

By Chris Hardy, Cross Company Integrated Systems Group
Mechanical & Electrical January 13, 2015

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."

By Ken Riddle and Kevin Milici
Mechanical & Electrical January 13, 2015

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.

By Chet Sandberg
Mechanical & Electrical January 12, 2015

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.

By Phoenix Contact
Mechanical & Electrical January 9, 2015

Spherical roller bearings

Bearings feature a common sphered raceway in the outer ring and an optimized internal design designed to reduce friction

By SKF
Mechanical & Electrical January 9, 2015

Linear actuator

The FT45 series can be applied across a wide range of linear motion applications and use alternatively as hydraulic cylinders.

By Curtiss-Wright Corporation
Mechanical & Electrical January 8, 2015

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.

By IHS Inc.
Mechanical & Electrical January 6, 2015

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.

By Eric R. Eissler
Mechanical & Electrical December 29, 2014

Biodegradable fuel additive

The VpCI-705 is a biobased, biodegradable fuel additive to bio-fuels, produced using renewable and sustainable raw materials.

By Cortec
Mechanical & Electrical December 23, 2014

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.

By Kirk
Mechanical & Electrical December 22, 2014

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.

By CFE Media
Mechanical & Electrical December 12, 2014

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.

By Ben Durbin
Mechanical & Electrical December 3, 2014

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.

By Cummins Power Generation
Mechanical & Electrical November 26, 2014

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.

By Steve Gow
Mechanical & Electrical November 25, 2014

10 things to know about valves

A little valve knowledge can go a long way to improving your operation.

By Spirax Sarco
Mechanical & Electrical November 24, 2014

New version of one of the longest running DCS platforms

Yokogawa releases Centum VP R6.01 integrated production control system with major new features.

By Yokogawa
Mechanical & Electrical November 19, 2014

LED fixtures

The EVERLINE LED Retrofit Kit serves as a fluorescent lighting replacement kit, reducing energy consumption and maintenance costs.

By Universal Lighting Technologies
Mechanical & Electrical November 4, 2014

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.

By Emerson Process Management
Mechanical & Electrical October 24, 2014

Combo-tip drivers

The combination-tip drivers are designed for maximum contact with the combination head screws most commonly found on electrical devices and fittings.

By Klein Tools
Mechanical & Electrical October 21, 2014

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.

By Bill Savela
Mechanical & Electrical October 17, 2014

Three-terminal GDT

Ultra-low capacitance and high surge energy withstanding provide more protection from lightning

By Littelfuse
Mechanical & Electrical October 14, 2014

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.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Mechanical & Electrical October 9, 2014

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.

By Emerson Process Management
Mechanical & Electrical October 6, 2014

Server module

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.

By Prosoft Technology
Mechanical & Electrical September 24, 2014

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.

By National Instruments
Mechanical & Electrical September 22, 2014

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.

By GE Measurement & Control
Mechanical & Electrical September 11, 2014

Energy market outlook

Mark Peters reports the energy market outlook for the next decade at the 2014 Yokogawa Users Conference and Exhibition.

By Anisa Samarxhiu
Mechanical & Electrical September 10, 2014

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.

By Anisa Samarxhiu
Mechanical & Electrical September 9, 2014

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.

By Anisa Samarxhiu
Mechanical & Electrical September 9, 2014

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.

Mechanical & Electrical August 27, 2014

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.

Mechanical & Electrical August 26, 2014

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.

Mechanical & Electrical August 25, 2014

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.

Mechanical & Electrical August 20, 2014

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.

By Jay Tang, analyst for IHS Inc
Mechanical & Electrical August 20, 2014

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.

By Honeywell Process Solutions
Mechanical & Electrical August 19, 2014

Pneumatic valves

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.

Mechanical & Electrical August 19, 2014

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.

Mechanical & Electrical August 19, 2014

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.

Mechanical & Electrical August 13, 2014

Pneumatic rotary actuators

The MHRQ double-rack, rack & pinion series includes a clean and compact extruded aluminum body for maximum mounting efficiency.

Mechanical & Electrical August 13, 2014

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.

Mechanical & Electrical August 12, 2014

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.

By Sidney Hill, Jr.
Mechanical & Electrical August 10, 2014

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.

Mechanical & Electrical August 4, 2014

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. 

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Mechanical & Electrical August 1, 2014

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.

Mechanical & Electrical July 31, 2014

Cable testers

The Scout Pro 2 series cable tester a multi-functional tester that tests voice, data and video connections.

Mechanical & Electrical July 28, 2014

Industrial coalescing system

The industrial coalescing system is used for maintaining machine sump performance while extending maximum coolant performance.

Mechanical & Electrical July 18, 2014

Drilling deeper for offshore oil and gas production

Automation improvements make deep offshore drilling economically feasible, while still maintaining safety and reliability.

By Eugene Spiropoulos
Mechanical & Electrical July 15, 2014

Eight-channel thermocouple conditioner

The Sensor Connection has expanded its line of measurement and control instrumentation with 8 Channel Type K Thermocouple Amplifier Module.

By The Sensor Connection
Mechanical & Electrical July 9, 2014

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.

Mechanical & Electrical July 8, 2014

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.

Mechanical & Electrical July 8, 2014

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.

By Colm Gavin
Mechanical & Electrical July 7, 2014

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.

By Source: IHS
Mechanical & Electrical July 2, 2014

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

Mechanical & Electrical June 13, 2014

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.

Mechanical & Electrical June 11, 2014

Identify three key elements in selecting lubrication

Cost, maintenance, and downtime all must factor into decision

By Ahmet Guven, Shell Global Solutions
Mechanical & Electrical June 10, 2014

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.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Mechanical & Electrical June 9, 2014

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.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical June 6, 2014

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.

Mechanical & Electrical June 3, 2014

Magnum DC switch

The Magnum DC switch provides DC disconnect and switching technology in a common power breaker platform to meet demanding industry standards.

Mechanical & Electrical May 9, 2014

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.

Mechanical & Electrical May 6, 2014

Spark-resistant cables

When fully mated the cables are rated IP67 to ensure protection from liquids and debris.

Mechanical & Electrical May 5, 2014

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

By Pat Philips, Automation Direct
Mechanical & Electrical May 1, 2014

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.

Mechanical & Electrical April 8, 2014

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.

Mechanical & Electrical April 8, 2014

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.

Mechanical & Electrical February 12, 2014

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?

By Bob Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical February 10, 2014

Capital spending seen as a boost to manufacturing

Economist talks about re-investment as a key to economic growth at German-American Chamber event

By Bob Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical January 9, 2014

Pitt’s new electrical lab looks to energy’s future

Eaton's equipment donation provides tools to study efficiency more effectively

By Bob Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical January 6, 2014

Cloud systems may be link in supply chain

Greater visibility seem as a key to smoothing out the process and reducing costs

By CFE Media
Mechanical & Electrical December 20, 2013

Infrared Heat Increases Comfort, Lowers Energy Costs

Put the Heat Where It’s Needed

Mechanical & Electrical December 10, 2013

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.

By Darren Herschberger, Jim Blanchard
Mechanical & Electrical December 5, 2013

Valve Manufacturers Assn. creates online training

With employment rising, valve basics course seen as way to educate industry

Mechanical & Electrical December 2, 2013

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.

Mechanical & Electrical November 26, 2013

Classified-area control panels

4 basic design concepts that could help avoid costly errors or worse.

By Andy Crossman
Mechanical & Electrical October 29, 2013

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.

Mechanical & Electrical October 17, 2013

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.

Mechanical & Electrical October 9, 2013

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.

Mechanical & Electrical October 7, 2013

Growth, hiring on the rise in valve industry

VMA reports positive trends at its 75th anniversary meeting

Mechanical & Electrical October 3, 2013

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.

By Senthil Balasundaram
Mechanical & Electrical September 19, 2013

Pressure transducer

The PX409-USBH series of high speed pressure transducers connect directly to the computer and has 1000/reading/second capacity

Mechanical & Electrical September 19, 2013

Industrial caster

The Enhanced Precision Super Duty (EPSD) Series features swivel technology to improve the bearing's element of contact

Mechanical & Electrical September 17, 2013

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

By John Lewis, Cognex Corporation
Mechanical & Electrical September 10, 2013

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.

By IHS Inc.
Mechanical & Electrical September 10, 2013

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.

Mechanical & Electrical September 10, 2013

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.

Mechanical & Electrical September 9, 2013

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.

By Spirax Sarco
Mechanical & Electrical August 9, 2013

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.

By Control Engineering
Mechanical & Electrical August 6, 2013

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.

Mechanical & Electrical August 2, 2013

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.

By General Electric
Mechanical & Electrical July 10, 2013

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.

Mechanical & Electrical July 1, 2013

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.

Mechanical & Electrical June 3, 2013

ISM index slides below growth threshold

Index of 49% is lowest since 2009; global slowdown gets much of the blame

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Mechanical & Electrical April 10, 2013

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

Mechanical & Electrical October 1, 2012

Lenze taking ‘machine-up’ approach in customer center

New Illinois facility expands company’s capability to grow.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Mechanical & Electrical February 10, 2005

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.

By Wendell S. Rice
Mechanical & Electrical December 10, 2003

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.

By Shanmuga S. Pandian, Electrical Engineer, Design Services Division/PD&CD, Saudi Aramco, Ras Tanura, KSA
Mechanical & Electrical October 10, 2003

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.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering Magazine
Mechanical & Electrical March 15, 2003

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.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering Magazine

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