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Mechanical April 16, 2022

Choosing the right cylinder isn’t always easy

Sometimes the problem is too many options

By James Hauser
Mechanical 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
Mechanical 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Alexander Hamilton, 29

Mechanical Engineering Team Leader, RedViking, Plymouth, Mich.

By CFE Media
Mechanical September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Elizabeth Kokesh, 31

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

By CFE Media
Mechanical 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 March 28, 2016

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

Part two: Process freezing series.

By Randy Peterson
Mechanical 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 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 January 15, 2016

Level winding drive

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

By Amacoil Inc.
Mechanical 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
Mechanical June 9, 2015

The culture of lubrication

Critical process often goes overlooked, underappreciated.

By Kevin Smay, Valin Corporation
Mechanical 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 December 5, 2013

Valve Manufacturers Assn. creates online training

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

Mechanical October 7, 2013

Growth, hiring on the rise in valve industry

VMA reports positive trends at its 75th anniversary meeting

Mechanical 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 September 19, 2013

Industrial caster

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

Mechanical 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 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 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