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Courtesy: Frank Lamb, Automation Primer
Machinery and Equipment 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
Courtesy: Albert Kahn Associates Inc.
Machinery and Equipment 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
Courtesy: SMB Bearings
Gears and Bearings October 6, 2020

Understand the capabilities of polymer 3-D printing

Discover the manufacturing potential of 3-D printed bearings

By Chris Johnson
Courtesy: Swagelok
Machinery and Equipment 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
The graph below includes the 12-month moving average for the durable goods shipments and cutting tool orders. These values are calculated by taking the average of the most recent 12 months and plotting them over time. Courtesy: Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
Machinery and Equipment 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)
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Machinery and Equipment 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
Gears and Bearings June 25, 2020

Executive Brand Video Series—Learn How Thought Leaders at Motion Industries are Responding to COVID-19

Randy Breaux, President, Motion Industries, discusses how they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Randy Breaux
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Machinery and Equipment 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
Courtesy: U.S. Cutting Tool Institute/AMT
Machinery and Equipment 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)
Figure 2: To monitor the wear of a shock absorber in a pneumatic cylinder for example, the edge gateway would analyze the end-stroke sensor signals to evaluate the cushioning efficacy. Courtesy: Emerson
Machinery and Equipment 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