Mechanical

Robotic waterjet system produces a stream of water traveling at supersonic speed to cut a variety of materials including superalloycomponents used in the aerospace industry. Courtesy: Shape Technologies Group/RIA
Mechanical October 18, 2019

Collaborative robots bringing automation to aviation industry

Collaborative robots are improving aircraft construction, testing and maintenance as the aviation industry adopts Industry 4.0 and automates aircraft operation.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Mechanical October 15, 2019

Shape-shifting robots show new locomotion strategy

Georgia Tech and Northwestern University researchers have built a robot entirely from smaller robots known as “smarticles” to unlock the principles of a potentially new locomotion technique.

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

Optimize a maintenance program for rotating equipment

Some things to think about when it comes to reliability.

By Jim Turnbull
Figure 1: In the wake of tropical storms (hurricanes, monsoons and cyclones) with heavy rain, maintenance professionals and motor repairers need creative solutions to speed the removal of moisture and contamination from thousands of swamped motors. Courtesy: EASA
Motors, Drives October 7, 2019

How to deal with wet or flooded motors

Saltwater becomes a major problem.

By Chuck Yung
Endress+Hauser’s booth at WEFTEC had several sensors and tools designed to gather quick and accurate readings that could be sent to a display for the user so they know when something is wrong. Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Pumps September 27, 2019

Water, wastewater industry is going digital and getting smarter

The water and wastewater industry is improving digitalization and automation with smarter sensors designed to make operations safer.

By Chris Vavra
On September 11, Plant Engineering presented a webinar, “How to Become a Preventive Maintenance All-Star,” sponsored by Dude Solutions. Courtesy: Dude Solutions
Gears and Bearings September 30, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles September 23-29

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

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Energy Solutions Center
Hydraulics September 26, 2019

Fueling asphalt production with LNG and CNG

Asphalt companies without a readily-available pipeline are turning to LNG and CNG.

By Gas Technology