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HMI, OI January 26, 2022

Data supply chains and the built environment

Reasons you need a solid data supply chain to optimize building controls systems

By Sean Turner
HMI, OI November 16, 2021

Robotics and software make up 51% of new products

Robotics and software products account for the majority of product launches in 2021 according to an Interact Analysis report.

By Rueben Scriven
HMI, OI October 20, 2021

The controls and automation market prepares for growth in the post-pandemic era

Manufacturers, technology companies and service providers offering controls and automation solutions will benefit as the international business community evaluates, reviews and redefines progress into the future. Hear from experts on automation investments.

By Clint Bundy
HMI, OI July 8, 2021

New president at machine-builder automation and motion-control company

With its new president, the company plans to invest in logistics and supply chain and expand its motion automation portfolio and engineering support to help machine builders add productivity, increase efficiency and lower system cost.

By Lenze Americas
HMI, OI April 12, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 5-11, 2021

Articles about control systems helping drones team up to deliver heavy package, smart factory acceleration in a pandemic, and two ways smart pneumatics maximize energy savings were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 5-11, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
HMI, OI April 4, 2021

Insights on remote operations and HMIs

A look at how COVID-19 is changing remote operations and human-machine interfaces

By Jack Smith
HMI, OI October 9, 2020

Insights on DCS migration and mobility

Many software and hardware technologies have been developed that allow companies the means to remotely monitor and control business processes from anywhere, via any device, at any time.

By Jack Smith
HMI, OI June 3, 2020

Doing more with HMI/SCADA software

Modern technology and creative thinking are enabling many impressive projects using human-machine interface software and supervisory control and data acquisition software. HMI and SCADA software help with OT and IT convergence. See six SCADA software advantages, applications.

By Travis Cox
HMI, OI May 30, 2020

Upgrading HMIs and change management

The June issue of AppliedAutomation looks at high-performance HMIs (HP-HMIs) and remote monitoring in the age of COVID-19.

By Jack Smith
HMI, OI May 27, 2020

How to upgrade to a high-performance HMI

When beginning a hardware and software upgrade project, look to implement high-performance human-machine interface (H-P-HMI) graphics for greater control of manufacturing processes and systems.

By Brian E. Bolton and Eric Rector
HMI, OI May 25, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 18-24, 2020

Articles about plant cooling system optimization, Product of the Year winners, COVID-19 grant for wastewater, digital twins and COVID-19's impact on engineering jobs were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 18-24, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
HMI, OI March 2, 2020

Automation of auxiliary processes is the key to the smart factory

The essence of a factory, based on the Industry 4.0 technology, will be to incorporate further areas and production structures into already automated ecosystem of key processes and a digital expansion should be radical.

By Jerzy Greblicki
HMI, OI February 28, 2020

Four ways to sharpen the technology that runs buildings in 2020

IoT and intelligent management systems have revolutionized the capabilities of our buildings by enabling better automation and increasing efficiencies for better overall building health

By Himanshu Khurana
HMI, OI February 16, 2020

Configuring HMIs and hiring SIs

Have a plan when it comes to configuration your human-machine interface (HMI) and hiring the next generation of engineering talent.

By Jack Smith
HMI, OI January 31, 2020

Configure intuitive HMI screens to simplify automation

Design standards and best practices for human-machine interfaces (HMIs) continue evolving, but simplicity and clarity never go out of style.

By Bill Dehner
HMI, OI January 20, 2020

Industrial HMI migrations: Help with Microsoft Windows 7 expiration

Microsoft Windows 7 expired on Jan. 14, and manufacturers’ human-machine interface (HMI) software may still need help migrating to a supported operating system. System integrators can provide migration assistance to lower cybersecurity risk.

By Mark T. Hoske
HMI, OI December 13, 2019

Revamped HMI provides better process control, operator compliance

System integrators should do a deep dive into the customer’s manufacturing process with detailed conversations and clarification of expectations during the design phase of any project.

By Rick Vanden Boom
HMI, OI December 12, 2019

Food packaging company cuts compressed air costs by $250,000

IZ Systems minimizes equipment footprint and slashes energy requirements 45% by implementing PC-based automation and EtherCAT.

By James Figy
HMI, OI December 2, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles November 25 to December 1

Articles about Product of the Year, HMIs and maintenances, future of industrial automation, Industry 4.0 success, and selecting actuator components were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 25 to December 1. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
HMI, OI October 29, 2019

HMIs enable operations and maintenance collaboration

Mobile interfaces facilitate convergence of operations and maintenance.

By Rich Carpenter
HMI, OI September 20, 2019

Selecting HMI remote access options

Two leading methods exist for establishing mobile human-machine interface (HMI) connectivity; one providing more cybersecurity. See table comparison of remote access HMI connections.

By Jonathan Griffith
HMI, OI September 1, 2019

OPTALIGN touch by PRÜFTECHNIK Dieter Busch AG

OPTALIGN touch alignment system consists of the touch handheld device and the PRUFTECHNIK sensALIGN 5 sensor/laser heads.

By PRÜFTECHNIK Dieter Busch AG
HMI, OI August 27, 2019

Four ways industrial automation will evolve

Industrial automation has continued evolving as machines become more connected and smarter while reducing maintenance costs for companies.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
HMI, OI August 14, 2019

Augmented reality expected to address manufacturing skills deficit

Manufacturers share knowledge where and when needed via augmented reality (AR). See eight leading AR applications, according to IHS Markit research.

By Alex West
HMI, OI February 1, 2019

GT2107 human-machine interface by Mitsubishi Electric Automation

The GT2107 is an interface that connects to equipment such as PLCs, VFDs and servos.

HMI, OI November 2, 2018

Plant facilities provide key production resources

When manufacturers are asked about their most valuable assets, the discussion probably centers around the workforce or machinery used to produce the final product. But a very important asset often not considered on a par with the other two points is the structure that houses the operation.Businesses should consider the facility equal to any other part of their investment.

By Ronald Wajer, CMC, President, Business Engineering, Northbrook, IL
HMI, OI June 13, 2018

Five essential criteria for effective mobile HMIs

Mobile human-machine interface (HMI) strategies should consider security, ease of use, level of access and detail, and collaboration when bringing HMI interfaces from the control room to the plant floor.

By Mariana Dionisio, Camilo Fadul, and Cindy Scott, Emerson Automation Solutions
HMI, OI September 20, 2017

What motivations do teams have for completing training? 7 reasons we have been told.

Here are seven explanations we've been given as to why people do training. Let's look at each one and what it says about the organization and what you might do to improve your training ROI.

By Shon Isenhour, Eruditio LLC
HMI, OI April 27, 2017

Fleets switching to natural gas fueling

UPS announced plans to build an additional 12 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and to add 380 new CNG tractors in the US. This announcement is indicative of a growing trend in North America toward long-term commitments to CNG as a major fleet motor fuel.

By Gas Technology
HMI, OI July 11, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 4-10: Managing removable media use, improving machine maintenance, oil and gas skills gap, more

Articles about managing removable media use, improving machine maintenance, bridging the oil and gas skills gap, air leaking from pipes, and arc flash safety requirements were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, July 4-10. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
HMI, OI June 27, 2016

Inline vortex mass flowmeter

The VLM20 inline vortex mass flowmeter that measures mass, volumetric, and energy flow measurement for steam, liquid, and gas applications.

By Spirax Sarco
HMI, OI June 7, 2016

Combustible gas leak detector

The PRO-Chek™ CG (combustible gas) Detector provides a safe and effective way to detect gas leaks in industrial systems.

By Spectroline
HMI, OI May 9, 2016

Combustion gas and emissions analyzer

The E4500-N combustion gas and emissions analyzer is ideal for commercial and industrial applications.

By E Instruments International
HMI, OI March 7, 2016

Separators for mechanical separation of liquids and solids

The AC 2500 separators for the mechanical separation and clarifying of mixtures of solids and liquids can be used in a variety of applications.

By Flottweg SE
HMI, OI February 17, 2016

Better maintenance strategies are a must in oil and gas

To ensure that your business model remains sustainable for the long haul, it’s important to follow up and check on the integrity of your assets.

By Smartware Group
HMI, OI January 6, 2016

Flowmeter measures blended waste and natural gases for co-gen power

The ST98 flowmeter is suitable for service in biogas and natural gas, as well as numerous other process gases, hydrocarbon mixed or dirty gases and plant compressed air and HVAC systems.

By Fluid Components International LLC
HMI, OI July 1, 2015

Flux-cored wire

The FabCO 812-Ni1M provides low-temperature toughness for critical applications.

By Hobart Brothers Company
HMI, OI May 11, 2015

Perfect fuel cells with imperfect graphene

An imperfect graphene structure with tiny holes could lead to improved fuel cells.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
HMI, OI March 24, 2015

Corrosion preventive liquid

VpCI-379 protects ferrous and non-ferrous metals in sheltered areas, indoor or in packages not in direct exposure to rain and outdoor elements.

By Cortec Corporation
HMI, OI September 15, 2014

2014 Engineering Leader Under 40: Thomas Hughes

Energy Specialist; Leidos Engineering; Oklahoma City, Okla.

By CFE Media
HMI, OI September 8, 2014

STEM fundraiser for young students

The Chicago Pre-College Science & Engineering Program (ChiS&E), an innovative STEM program serving grades K-5 will hold its first fundraiser at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) on Sept. 11, 2014.

By CFE Media
HMI, OI April 3, 2014

Welcome to the One Voice for Manufacturing blog

This blog will report on federal and state public policy issue that impact the manufacturing sector. If you are own or work at a manufacturing company and/or are interested in manufacturing issues, visit this blog often for the latest news on issues that directly impact the sector.

By NTMA, PMA
HMI, OI February 14, 2014

How growth can create headaches for dairy

A case study of how a Spirax Sarco audit led to an optimized condensate collection and return for improved control and energy savings.

By Spirax Sarco
HMI, OI February 13, 2014

HMIs embrace the future, deliver performance

Human-machine interface (HMI) technologies have paved the way for some of industrial automation’s most beneficial applications, used to gain access to critical information.

By Maria Hansson, Kontron
HMI, OI January 8, 2014

Eight tips to keep steam dry and clean

Maintaining steam quality can reduce plant downtime, improve energy efficiency and minimize the use of chemicals and water.

By Spirax Sarco
HMI, OI December 2, 2013

PMI jumps again to new high for the year

Index hits 57.3% as strength in orders, hiring continues manufacturing’s surge

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
HMI, OI September 3, 2013

PMI jumps to highest level in 2013 as growth accelerates

Manufacturing Index hits 55.7% in August to extend growth streak

HMI, OI August 13, 2013

Boost productivity to new levels within the steam system

It is just as important to tackle the basics when it comes to techniques for boosting productivity.

By Spirax Sarco
HMI, OI August 6, 2013

Ideas for money-saving steam system upgrades

It makes sense in today’s economy more than ever to save steam and cut energy consumption.

By Spirax Sarco
HMI, OI July 1, 2013

Manufacturers gaining a broader view of PLM’s potential

A lifecycle management process overlaps from design to manufacture, and data is driving this change

By Tony Christian, Cambashi
HMI, OI March 1, 2013

PMI surges to highest point in almost two years

ISM Report shows manufacturing index at 54.2%; year-end stall seems to be easing

HMI, OI January 7, 2013

ISM manufacturing index ends 2012 above growth mark

December figure in at 50.7% as experts see firming growth

HMI, OI November 1, 2012

ISM Report: October manufacturing continues autumn rebound

ISM data shows manufacturing grew for second straight month as new orders, production jumps

HMI, OI September 7, 2012

ISM Report: PMI hovers below break-even again in August

Institute for Supply Management index remains just under 50 mark for third straight month.

By Institute for Supply Management
HMI, OI August 2, 2012

ISM Report: Manufacturing slumps for second straight month

ISM index hovers just below 50 as uncertainty slows growth

By ISM
HMI, OI May 29, 2012

Operator’s changing role requires better tools, faster

Shifting from being purely functional to highly analytical, operators have become an increasingly critical part of today’s business processes—significantly changing the way businesses operate and adding more value than ever before.

By Mark Bernardo, GE Intelligent Platforms
HMI, OI May 3, 2012

A “Round Table” Conference Call

August 23, 2011, five graduates of the Advanced Diploma in Maintenance and Reliability Management (MRM) participants gathered to discuss how things were going since graduating from Marshall Institute and North Carolina State University’s diploma program.

By Tom Furnival and Rinnette Lowder, Marshall Institute
HMI, OI April 12, 2012

Industrial automation software suite

PAC Project 9.2

HMI, OI February 20, 2012

DIN-Rail Surge Protector

New UL DIN-Rail surge protective devices (SPD) deliver comprehensive UL 1449 3rd Edition recognized overvoltage protection.

HMI, OI February 1, 2012

ISM shows manufacturing growing at a quicker pace

Index of 54.1 jumps 1.0 percentage points from December

By ISM
HMI, OI January 5, 2012

ISM data showed manufacturing accelerated in Dec. 2011

PMI jumped to 53.9% in latest survey, finished 2011 on the upswing.

By Source: Institute for Supply Management (ISM)
HMI, OI December 19, 2011

What did we learn about the business cycle From SPS/IPC/Drives in 2011?

Factory automation insiders believe, in spite of recent economic troubles in Europe, that the FA industry will remain strong, though perhaps growth may be reduced.

By Adrian Lloyd, IMS Research
HMI, OI November 28, 2011

Flowmeters – A closer look at the numbers

IMS Research forecasts coriolis flowmeters to overtake differential pressure (DP) flowmeters as the largest flowmeter market in 2014, having replaced magnetic flowmeters as the second largest market in 2012.

By Paul Everett, Research Director, IMS Research
HMI, OI November 15, 2011

ISM report shows manufacturing slowly grows

Manufacturing expanded for the 27th consecutive month based on economic activity, according to the latest ISM report. The economy overall grew for the 29th consecutive month.

By Source: Manufacturing ISM Report on Business
HMI, OI September 23, 2011

Will the future of microinverters match the expectations of suppliers?

While microinverters have the potential to change the market, it is too early to tell what kind of impact they will have in the long run.

By Tom Haddon, PV Market Analyst, IMS Research
HMI, OI September 23, 2011

Recruiting manufacturing’s new ‘Dream Team’

We’re not only competing against the rest of the world for manufacturing, we’re also competing against other U.S. companies for talent. And some people just don’t want to play on our team any more.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager
HMI, OI September 12, 2011

Machinery production: A correction or contraction?

With the global economy slowing down, machine production is likely to follow suit.

By Source: IMS Research
HMI, OI May 19, 2011

Website to share news, activities of House Manufacturing Caucus

The bipartisan House Manufacturing Congressional Caucus has launched a website to keep the public up to date on its activity and debates.

By SOURCE: House Manufacturing Caucus
HMI, OI May 13, 2011

Rising labor costs in China may cause manufacturers to return to U.S.

Reinvestment during the next five years could usher in a ‘manufacturing renaissance’ as the U.S. becomes a low-cost country among developed nations.

By SOURCE: Boston Consulting Group
HMI, OI May 9, 2011

Reshoring becomes a data-driven discussion

Initiative’s TCO calculation determines the true cost of manufacturing

By SOURCE: Reshoring Initative
HMI, OI May 4, 2011

Sanitary probes

3-A approved PRS-TMM12 series transducers are designed for use in sanitary or hygienic clean-in-place applications in the food, dairy, beverage and biopharmaceutical industries.

HMI, OI April 26, 2011

FPL wind turbine hack a hoax

Not all reports of cyber incidents are real. Sometimes they turn out to be a hoax.

By Source: ISS Source
HMI, OI April 12, 2011

Zero days here again

There is a vulnerability in Ecava IntegraXor HMI that could allow potential threats against the backend host running the database service.

HMI, OI March 16, 2011

SME Education Foundation joins Automation Federation

The Automation Federation welcomes the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation as its newest member.

By SOURCE: Automation Federation
HMI, OI March 14, 2011

BP oil spill: A ‘preventable disaster’

Deepwater Horizon reports continue to mount and they all point to the same thing: BP was asleep at the wheel

HMI, OI January 2, 2011

BP oil spill blankets Gulf Sea bed

High levels of toxins have been found in a deadly blanket of oil on the sea floor measuring several centimeters thick - all of the microorganizms and worms found in the sediment were dead, according to scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

HMI, OI November 4, 2010

Composite pipe repairs gain acceptance

Composite repairs have gained greater acceptance among asset owners and equipment operators because they provide an engineered, durable, and affordable solution and they comply with international engineering standards.

By Osmay Oharriz, Belzona, Inc.
HMI, OI October 6, 2010

ICONICS releases AlarmWorX64 Multimedia

It's designed to interface to any OPC alarm and event compliant server

HMI, OI September 15, 2010

IMTS 2010: Getting the manufacturing world together

Deutsche Messe officials will bring their Industrial Automation show to the U.S. in 2012. They also want American manufacturers to head to European, Asian events

HMI, OI April 1, 2010

Crimper

The Finn-Power King Crimper 1200 has a maximum crimping force of 1,200 tons and has a crimping range from 7.87 inch to 25.59 inch. It is equipped with a new UC Controller, which has computing power, and features automated quality control reporting options and an easy-to-use menu guided operation. The feedback of the master die position allows part crimp dimensions to be changed within seconds.

HMI, OI March 1, 2010

Optimize automation design for serviceability

Machine builders specializing in factory automation and assembly systems are challenged at every turn. Capital equipment investment is high, material and labor costs are increasing, competition is growing fiercer and customers are demanding faster delivery. It’s not surprising that machine manufacturers are constantly seeking ways to contain costs and increase efficiency, while maintainin...

By Yoshihiro Kaneda, Misumi USA
HMI, OI February 1, 2010

NAM offers manufacturing recovery plan

A new report finds that manufacturing fuels economic prosperity but requires pro-growth policies to create jobs and remain globally competitive. The report released by the National Association of Manufacturers and the Council of Manufacturing Associations was written by economists Joel Popkin and Kathryn Kobe, noted experts on issues related to prices, wages, productivity and technology.

HMI, OI February 1, 2010

Configuration management, aggregation software

Integrity Automation Genome software is designed to provide a universal framework for the aggregation, contextualization and simplification of data across an entire automation and production management system. It maps the automation genome, which is comprised of the databases, programs, displays and interconnections within and among all automation systems in a plant including distributed contro...

HMI, OI January 22, 2010

NAM offers six-point plan to boost manufacturing recovery

Report offers ideas to create jobs and enhance innovation, productivity and competitiveness

By Bob Vavra
HMI, OI January 1, 2010

A little care for the compressor

Air compressors are the workhorses behind many manufacturing operations. Assembly and maintenance professionals rely on this equipment every day to perform their daily tasks, so if a compressor breaks down, plant efficiency comes to a halt as well. Considering how valuable compressed air is, keeping the compressors well maintained should be a high priority.

By Dan Leiss, Jenny Products Inc
HMI, OI November 12, 2009

Wireless energy harvesting: EnOcean Alliance publishes first specification

Releasing the industry's first open specification for self-powered, wireless sensors, EnOcean Alliance says it moved closer toward becoming an international standard. Beckhoff Automation, DisTech Controls, Texas Instruments, Wago, and Weiland are among users. Members number more than 130.

By Bob Vavra
HMI, OI November 1, 2009

Celebrate the enthusiasm of innovation

For me, there are many exciting things about the annual Product of the Year issue. For one thing, it begins the process toward getting to hand out a lot of trophies at the 2010 Manufacturing/Automation Summit in Chicago on March 28. Handing out trophies is exciting. It also begins a six-month process where we look at all the crucial elements that make manufacturing work.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
HMI, OI October 26, 2009

Needed: A Guitar Hero for the plant floor

The curriculum needs to change if we really want to make manufacturing attractive again. This goes beyond reinforcing business school curriculums or increasing the amount of engineering students. It must start at a grass-roots level with our youth.

By Simon Jacobson, AMR Research
HMI, OI October 9, 2009

With rental compressors, preparation and training are crucial to safety

Despite the fact that compressed air systems harness and distribute an incredible amount of energy, significant accidents are rare. To achieve the same level of safety with rented portable compressors, a few additional factors need to be taken into consideration.

By Kurt White, Aggreko
HMI, OI October 9, 2009

Compressor strategies keep money from vanishing into thin air

Estimates indicate that poorly designed and maintained compressed air systems in the United States account for up to $3.2 billion in wasted energy costs annually. You need a plan to do better.

By Robert A. Baker, Atlas Copco Compressors LLC
HMI, OI October 1, 2009

Encoder selection guide

A new “Selection Guide for Encoders” is designed to help users quickly select the appropriate incremental, absolute, wire draw or linear encoder for their application. The guide includes a helpful dictionary of commonly used technical terms, as well as a helpful overview describing the primary differences between incremental and absolute encoders; absolute single-turn and absolute m...

HMI, OI October 1, 2009

Power supply – 2009-10-01

A new type of central power supply for ACOPOSmulti drive systems is designed for mains input voltages from 380-500 Vac. They provide continuous power output of 8 kW or 16 kW depending on the type. The high peak power rating of 24 kW or 48 kW is especially useful for dynamic applications such as packaging and printing.

HMI, OI October 1, 2009

H1N1

For some plant professionals, last spring's H1N1 influenza outbreak provided an opportunity to fine tune existing emergency plans, while others received a much needed wake up call. Whatever the case, businesses should be taking full advantage of the “extra time” they have to prepare in advance of the full-scale pandemic expected to hit this fall.

By Mamta Bhargava, Grainger Industrial Supply
HMI, OI September 30, 2009

H1N1 and your plant

Put a facility-wide plan in place to beat the flu bug and keep your workers safe

By Mamta Bhargava, Grainger Industrial Supply
HMI, OI September 21, 2009

MESA, Cambashi study focuses on linking plant, business performance

Input sought from industry leaders

By Bob Vavra
HMI, OI September 1, 2009

Proper hydraulic safety begins with knowledge, maintenance

Everyone who has direct, or indirect, contact with fluid power systems should take the proper steps to prevent injury to people and damage to equipment and property from fluid leakage.

By Gary Kleiner, Parker Hannifin Corporation
HMI, OI September 1, 2009

Alabama summer camp sparks an interest in welding for girls

Even in the face of a recession, great careers are currently available in many technical fields, and throughout the nation efforts are under way to grow the workforce in those jobs through greater diversity. A week-long free summer camp offered by Calhoun Community College is sparking the interest of area high school girls in non-traditional, high-tech, high wage careers in welding and electric...

By Staff
HMI, OI September 1, 2009

TAMPSS system points to correct sealing solution

The ubiquitous sealing devices that keep plant equipment and systems operating reliably often do not receive the attention they warrant from operations and maintenance personnel. Typically, little thought is given to these low-cost, but high-consequence components until specifications are being developed for a plant-wide contract, or they begin to leak causing unscheduled downtime, lost product...

By Jim Drago P.E., Garlock Sealing Technologies
HMI, OI August 3, 2009

Historian use improves process automation

It is now necessary to have improved client tools that transform the captured data into actionable information.

By John Leppiaho and Derrick Moolman
HMI, OI August 1, 2009

Get IT, engineering together on MES effort

Traditionally, IT departments handle the ERP and other systems used in the office. The functionality in these systems belongs largely on ISA-95 Level 4. These IT people “speak” Java, .Net, and other programming languages. Engineers are working in a completely different world, namely, the world of instrumentation, PLC, SCADA and DCS, with programming methods like ladder logic, SFC an...

By Bianca Scholten
HMI, OI August 1, 2009

Historian use improves process optimization

The benefits of Advanced Process Control and advanced analytics have become increasingly well established in the process industry. Through continually evolving technologies, the benefits of APC are now accessible to a much broader range of industries and users by providing mainstream tools and leveraging diverse industry experience.

By John Leppiaho, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms and Derick Moolman, CSense Systems
HMI, OI July 16, 2009

‘No longer in a freefall’

MAPI manufacturing index shows signs of recovery for first time in two years

By Bob Vavra
HMI, OI July 13, 2009

Lang und Peitler, PAS expand partnership

German partner extends PAS' reach and its Operations Effectiveness solutions to Europe.

HMI, OI July 9, 2009

Process simulator

SimSci-Esscor PRO/II software is a steady-state process simulator used to design, analyze and improve chemical processes. In addition to the numerous enhancements that address the emerging needs of the hydrocarbon and chemicals processing industries, the newest version of the company's PRO/II simulation software is even easier to use, faster and more flexible."Many of the features and functionality of our PRO/II 8.3 simulation software came directly at the request of our clients," said Joseph McMullen, PRO/II product manager, Invensys Operations Management. "Its most innovative feature is the customizable language module that allows the graphical user interface, error messages and warning messages to be viewed in many languages, starting with Japanese.

By PLE Staff
HMI, OI July 1, 2009

Remote service reduces maintenance costs

The value of remote service stood on its own merits prior to the market downturn, but now it addresses a whole new set of needs in process industries. Plants of all sizes are looking for creative ways to reduce their maintenance costs (which in most cases means reducing personnel), while facing constant demand for delivering higher reliability and performance.

By John W. DuBay, ABB Inc.
HMI, OI May 11, 2009

Keeping enclosures cool is white paper topic

Rittal report looks at ways to keep electronics from overheating

By PLE Staff
HMI, OI March 23, 2009

Cost reductions in SCADA, HMI development

Wonderware white paper looks at how to reduce development costs 80%

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI March 10, 2009

Historian combines trends, reports

This process historian combines trending and historian functions, data analysis, HMI graphics, on-line drawings and manuals and aerial views into a single package.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI March 1, 2009

Guided wave radar transmitter

The Rosemount 3300 series of guided wave radar transmitters with HART to Modbus converter has been upgraded to include Modbus ASCII and LevelMaster protocols in addition to the previously available Modbus RTU.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI March 1, 2009

On the level: Dealing with non-linear shapes

A big advantage automation lends is the the ability to acquire data continuously rather than as discrete points in time. If consumption varies predictably, acquiring data at a couple of points in time can be fine. Otherwise, continuous measurement is practical and cost-effective.

By Mike Mendicino, Pepperl+Fuchs
HMI, OI February 1, 2009

The Skills Gap

Rather than dwelling on the rising unemployment figures, the focus for the future shouuld be on how to attract young people to manufacturing and how to connect manufacturers with the business, civic and educational leaders who can drive the grass-roots effort needed to address the issue. The perception of manufacturing careers being unstable and in undesirable work environments is a perception that must change.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
HMI, OI February 1, 2009

Utilities an excellent resource to help manufacturers save on energy costs

Recent economic, energy and environmental trends may seem disheartening, but industrial facilities are increasingly recognizing that there’s an opportunity in connecting energy performance, profitability and future competitiveness. In recognition of this opportunity, more customers are making continuous improvement in energy performance a management priority by integrating energy into the...

By Marc Hoffmann, Executive Director, Consortium for Energy Efficiency
HMI, OI February 1, 2009

Guide-rib system for sprayer nozzles

The guide-rib system for sprayer nozzles is a two-component product consisting of a male adapter and a cam lever, female coupler. It’s available in single-rib and double-rib designs that are self-aligning for reliable nozzle angle repeatability and fast nozzle changes. The guide locks are produced in glass-reinforced nylon for chemical resistance and the elimination of cross-threading.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI January 30, 2009

A bullish 2009: Seven ways to bring your company out of recession mode; start thriving again

Are your weary of trying to exist in recession-inspired survival mode? You’re not alone. Consultant Gayle Lantz, author of the new book, Take the Bull by the Horns, says it’s time for leaders to find inspiration and take action to move their businesses forward.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
HMI, OI January 1, 2009

Brass check valves

Series BICV brass inline check valves incorporate a soft seat for bubble-tight shutoff and are spring-loaded for rapid reseating at high and low temperatures.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI January 1, 2009

Making the electrical grid smarter

The Department of Energy's effort to modernize the U.S. electrical grid is headed by the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. The office's multi-agency Smart Grid Task Force is responsible for coordinating standards development, guiding R&D projects and reconciling the agendas of a wide range of stakeholders.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI December 2, 2008

Filtration white paper a guide to cost savings

Donaldson ties filtration to energy cost savings

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI November 1, 2008

Using a system integrator vs. doing it yourself

At our house, carpentry projects are better left to the professionals. I often joke that for plumbing projects, I have a rule that the hardware store must remain open for four hours after beginning the project, and I have to have at least a half-tank of gasoline in the truck. Even so, the project has to be simple and the risk has to be minimal.

By Ray Bachelor, PE, Bachelor Controls Inc.
HMI, OI November 1, 2008

Maintenance Products – 2008-11-01

Shaft sealing system The Water Mizer bearing isolator uses water to create a positive purge for control of liquid products in paper stock, slurries and other applications. A non-contact seal, it is engineered to avoid direct egress of particulate matter to ensure performance. The design uses a wall of water that functions as a barrier to retain product.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI October 23, 2008

Schneider Electric to integrate Citect into organization

Move to strengthen HMI, SCADA, MES offerings across platform

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI October 16, 2008

MESA European Conference goes to Prague

Manufacturing Plant-to-Enterprise group focuses on strategic issues

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI September 17, 2008

12 new features: Infor enhances HCM Workforce Management package

Key among the new features is a new Payroll Wizard that automates the payroll process to reduce the number of retro adjustments following each pay cycle, including off-cycle exports for retroactive adjustments and terminated employees.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
HMI, OI September 15, 2008

Liquid level switches

Available in side-mount, vertical-mount and temperature/liquid level models, liquid level switches also come in high-performance versions.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI September 15, 2008

Sun-readable operator panel

The EXTER sun-readable HMI features a bright display, a polarization filter and an anti-reflection filter.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI September 15, 2008

Stretch wrapper

The Lan-ringer overwrap stretch-wrapping system handles loads up to 4,000 pounds and 82 inches diagonal, depending on the model.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI September 5, 2008

Tips for keeping employees, even in a tough economy

Manufacturers continue to weather the impacts of an aging workforce while the economy struggles to grow. Following a few guidelines can make a big difference in a company’s efforts to retain its employees. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to help.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI August 14, 2008

Application guide

Application guide

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI August 4, 2008

Industry standards: ISA releases report on using ISA88 and ISA95 together

A new ISA technical report is targeted for industry stakeholders intending to use the ANSI/ISA95 series for enterprise-to-control system integration and the ANSI/ISA88 series for control system integration within a common project.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
HMI, OI July 28, 2008

HMIs: NASCAR pit crews, Vista users get Simatic options

Read the full exiderdome report from Control Engineering editor Renee Robbins.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI July 25, 2008

Big idea: BigMachines serves up new customer support portal

BigMachines , a specialist in on-demand sales configuration and proposal software, is expanding its Customer Support program to include a new online Support Center, an interactive customer idea forum called “ My BigIdea, ”and online customer collaboration tools.The multi-faceted support program extends customers’ software investments through open online access to customer-shared and industry-leading best-practices, BigMachines product tools and support information, and a collaborative network of BigMachines customers.A key component of this customer-facing initiative is the launch of a new online Support Center, extending BigMachines’ comprehensive customer services to its worldwide user base. BigMachines’ online Support Center provides the company’s global customers with a single point of entry to a repository of support information and tools, as well as an interactive community to share best practices and drive innovation in product design and development.In addition, Web 2.0 community applications have been added, including My BigIdea , an interactive forum where customers can submit their own ideas for product enhancements. Using My BigIdea , other customers can view the suggestions, add their own comments, and vote on the ideas they would like to see implemented.Other feature on tap:• Integrated global CRM platform to manage customer accounts and contacts;• Online Support Center Web portal offering single point of access for customers;• Helpdesk with new Voice Over IP (VOIP) system integrated to a CRM system to ensure that BigMachines support agents have relevant customer information at their fingertips;• Customer knowledge base allowing access to comprehensive solutions database online;• Customer collaboration tools to share ideas within the customer community and directly with BigMachines staff; and• Dashboards and metrics reporting tools to track and monitor helpdesk case load, including causes, volume and frequency of issues; and patterns and trends over time.In addition, BigMachines Customer Success Managers are responsible for proactive communication to customers, sharing best practices, and ensuring that BigMachines customers achieve full adoption and value.According to Mei-lin Cheng, VP Enterprise Services for BigMachines, “With these enhancements, we can continuously monitor customer adoption, enabling us to ensure that customers are getting all the benefits available to them.”.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
HMI, OI July 17, 2008

Optimized model: Metastorm enhances Process Discovery software

Version 6.4 of Metastorm Discovery, an interactive process discovery tool for faster and more accurate collection of data, process understanding, and process metrics, offers enhanced capabilities for wireless data collection, improved reporting capabilities, and tighter integration with Metastorm ProVision for process modeling and optimization.As part of the Metastorm Enterprise platform, Metastorm Discovery interoperates with Metastorm ProVision, an enterprise modeling solution. Organizations can use Metastorm Discovery to quickly engineer a process metric study, provide process participants with a hand-held PDA interface to self-record their activities and related events, generate standard process analysis reports, and then directly use the new data in Metastorm ProVision for advanced modeling and further statistical analysis.It is not uncommon for a group of 20 study participants to generate in excess of 8,000 data points in two weeks, and Metastorm Discovery eliminates the need for scarce, high-cost business analysts or consultants to sit, observe, and time workers and manually aggregate and analyze the collected data. Instead, all of it can be automated and participant-driven through Metastorm Discovery.Other key capability enhancements in Metastorm Discovery 6.4 include:%%POINT%% Support for PDA Bluetooth stack technology for study deployment and process data capture;%%POINT%% Enhanced library of standard “one-click” reports;%%POINT%% Improved performance of data import and export for cleansing and for custom report development in Microsoft Excel; and%%POINT%% Improved integration to Metastorm ProVision’s workflow simulation capability so that real and credible activity information can be used.“Data collection and analysis are critical to the success of business process modeling and improvement initiatives,” says Greg Carter, CTO, Metastorm.“[Companies] are realizing the value of using Metastorm Discovery as a core component of their process initiatives.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
HMI, OI July 15, 2008

The impact of imperfect manual testing on safety systems

Safety instrumented system standards (IEC 61508 & 61511) are performance based. Essentially, the greater the level of process risk, the better the systems needed to control it. A variety of techniques may be used to determine the level of performance (referred to as Safety Integrity Level, or SIL) needed of safety instrumented functions.

By Paul Gruhn, PE, CFSE, ICS Triplex
HMI, OI July 11, 2008

Deeper shade of green: ILOG expands SC network optimization to address new global realities

Supply chain management processes gain in complexity as new economic and social issues that affect the markets take priority. Oil prices, total landed costs—even green environmental concerns—are top of mind for executives now. “Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers traditionally turn to offshore suppliers based largely on inventory costs,” says Ronan O. Donovan, ILOG product manager for the LogicTools line.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
HMI, OI June 24, 2008

Bulk level measurement

The TDR-1000 makes use of low-power radar pulses guided along a stainless steel cable to accurately measure the level of solids, granules, powders and various liquids.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI June 15, 2008

Data center case studies focus of ASHRAE book

Data centers are becoming increasingly more difficult to adequately cool, due to increased datacom performance that results in increased heat dissipation.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI June 11, 2008

Maintenance CD

The interactive Air System Maintenance CD is a training tool that details common maintenance functions for rotary screw compressors, refrigerated and desiccant dryers, filters, and drains.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI May 23, 2008

Data center case studies part of ASHRAE book

Power, heat put a strain on systems, author finds

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI May 6, 2008

Cooper Bussmann releases next generation of OSCAR

This release of the enhanced OSCAR 2.0 software simplifies SCCR calculations and electrical panel code compliance.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI May 2, 2008

Webcast series focuses on automation software

Among the topics for the series are OPC-UA connectivity, 3D HMI and scheduling tools.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI April 15, 2008

Alarm management life cycle provides process insight

Alarm management can simply be defined as “efficient handling of alarms.” However, this statement has a different meaning to different people.

By Prasad Pai, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms
HMI, OI March 25, 2008

Heavy oils simulation, modeling capabilities

New capabilities apply the precision of conventional oil simulation software to the unique and specialized processing and modeling requirements of heavy oils.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI March 15, 2008

Duct expansion joints

The custom-engineered 8400-HT style expansion joint is available in a variety of configurations. Ideal for low-pressure, lightweight piping and ductwork applications, the joint withstands a temperature excursion range of -75 to 2,200 F.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI March 15, 2008

Morris, Long launch company, software, partner program

Former Citect exec Wayne Morris has created a new company, myDIALS, which offers hosted software – which shares the company name – within the performance management space. Morris officially launched the company, product and partner program on Feb. 11.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI March 12, 2008

DOE, EPRI team up on energy efficiency

The Dept. of Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute signed a memorandum of understanding in early March to closely coordinate their research, development, and deployment of energy-efficient technologies.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI February 15, 2008

Boiler

The Benchmark 1.5 low NOx condensing, fully modulating boiler incorporates a stainless-steel heat exchanger and a C-More unit controller, along with a patented air/fuel delivery system, which enables the boiler to deliver 20:1 turndown. The boiler has an operating range of 75,000 to 1.5 million BTU/hour, and it matches fluctuating loads to minimize boiler cycling.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI February 15, 2008

Touchscreen HMI

The GT05 series is a 3.5-inch touch screen that is available in color and monochrome versions. The color model supports 4,096 colors, and the monochrome model offers multicolor backlighting. The units feature a screen resolution of 320x240, a built-in, SD memory slot for program transfers, a USB programming port and an operating size of 92.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI February 15, 2008

‘The art of the possible’

Once upon a time, a company needed to learn more about the reasons one of its manufacturing cells was under-performing. “This customer assigned individuals to review the data, manage the system and make recommendations for improvement.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
HMI, OI January 15, 2008

Air filtration systems contribute more than clean air

While productivity, quality and the bottom line will never go away as the primary drivers of manufacturing processes, new focuses on safety and sustainability will have a growing impact on how those processes are executed. One area where plant managers can find real savings while addressing sustainability concerns is in their air filtration systems.

By Kevin Campbell, Senior Editor
HMI, OI December 15, 2007

Output displacement transmitters

The LD630 series of current-output displacement transmitters has an IP67 rating and polymer guides with rigid carriers. The transmitters have a stainless-steel body construction and feature direct- or reverse-acting 4-20 mA output. The operating temperature range for the transmitter is 0-65 C. It has a 500-Hz bandwidth.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI December 12, 2007

Tube deburring guide

Tube Deburring with Brushes describes typical tube deburring processes using brushes and explains the advantages of brush deburring over other methods.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI December 7, 2007

Alignment tool

The spindle alignment tool is equipped with a round laser that is secured into a chuck or attached to the end of a shaft or spindle.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI December 6, 2007

ASME set to release digital library resource tool

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Scitation announced the release of its comprehensive ASME Digital Library. The digital library consolidates the ASME’s publications, including 22 journals, more than 100 ASME annual conference proceedings volumes and archived ASME Press e-Books from 1999 into a single resource.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI December 1, 2007

Rockwell Automation Fair highlights process-sector push

A steady stream of acquisitions by Rockwell Automation is enhancing its appeal in process industry verticals. The automation giant—historically strong in discrete and hybrid sectors—also owes part of that momentum to software activities. A key part of this activity is enabling new application offerings to plug into the service-oriented architecture (SOA) developed by the company's R...

By Roberto Michel, senior contributing editor (robertomichel@charter.net)
HMI, OI November 20, 2007

More manufacturing leaders mark 2007 milestones

In addition to Plant Engineering magazine; The Raymond Corporation; the Square D plant in Lexington, KY: and Bosch Rexroth, U.S., here are more companies that reached important milestones in 2007.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI November 15, 2007

Touch screen operator interface

HMi is a family of analog touch screen operator interfaces with programmable function buttons featuring macros that give users the capability to store application recipes, images, historical trends and alarm data. Its expansion slot and serial communication ports allow connections to a parallel printer, Ethernet or I/O modules.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI November 15, 2007

Visualization software

Proficy HMI/SCADA iFIX 4.5 provides monitoring, control and data management by using Proficy Change Management version 5.7. The device supports operation on Microsoft Windows Vista, XP Professional and Vista Ultimate editions and 24-bit resolution for color graphic images. The software features dynamo versioning, multiple display instances, double-precision math in the process database, support...

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI November 15, 2007

Electric KWH/KW submeter

Green Class E-Mon D-Mon electric submeters offer utility-grade metering accuracy. The submeters comply with several guidelines of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The submeter features a scrolling display of kW usage and an eight-digit LCD. It displays kWh in dollars, current demand load and cost per hour based on current load, estimated CO2 emissions in pounds, estimated hourly CO2 emissions bas...

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI November 15, 2007

Monitoring and control software

Proficy HMI/SCADA-CIMPLICITY 7.0 is designed to handle complex, multi-user applications on multi-tasking operating systems. The software features change management, which provides file version management and automated backup; a real-time information portal, which provides a Web-based solution that integrates all on-line and process-based systems with plant-wide connectivity; and analysis and We...

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI November 15, 2007

Vibration analysis software

Ascent 2007 software supports Microsoft Windows Vista in both its 32-bit and 64-bit variants. The software features greater internal memory, improved navigation and ergonomics, full support for the vb7 instrument via both Ethernet and USB, an applicable instruments guide designed to advise users which measurement parameters are available and fully automated error reporting.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI November 15, 2007

Technology driven innovation sought by SME

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers has developed a new initiative to identify technologies that are making an impact across industry. “Technologies that Could Change the Way You Manufacture” is a member-driven program to discover and showcase new and emerging technologies that are making a difference in manufacturing.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI October 26, 2007

SME seeks nominations for emerging technologies initiative

A member-driven program helps discover and showcase new and emerging technologies that are making a difference in manufacturing.

By Staff
HMI, OI October 24, 2007

Cisco, Rockwell Automation release initial collaborative resources

Collaborative effort simplifies integration of plant floor and corporate networks to improve the flow and security of production information.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI October 15, 2007

Class Zero technology eliminates oil contaminates in food processing

In the food processing industry, the last thing a manufacturer needs is a product recall due to contamination. The cost of the spoiled product is really the smallest cost in a series of problems for the manufacturer. There will need to be process inspections by the Food and Drug Administration to identify the source of the contamination, repairs to the equipment and the loss of productivity.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI September 28, 2007

Energy-saving measures proposed for ASHRAE standard

Addenda are under consideration to help increase energy efficiency of facilities.

By Staff
HMI, OI September 15, 2007

Vibration software

Ascent 2007 vibration analysis software supports Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows XP Professional x64 editions. The software leverages communications and database management of information from the vbSeries instruments, vbOnline modules and the vb7 offering, which offers support via USB or Ethernet.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI September 4, 2007

Bottom line benefit: address employee engagement to end steep turnover, grow customer loyalty

The cost to replace an employee can be as high as 2.41 percent of annual salary, according to a study by Metrus Group, but the long-term cost to the organization's service-profit chain often is even higher. The service-profit chain establishes the relationship between corporate policies, employee satisfaction, value creation, customer loyalty, and profitability.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
HMI, OI August 27, 2007

An acquisitive Business Objects leaps into “Top Three” in CPM ranking

Business Objects commands an 8.9-percent 2006 worldwide market share based on total software revenue.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
HMI, OI August 22, 2007

OPC creates Technical Advisory Council

The OPC Foundation has established a Technical Advisory Council to guide, monitor and approve the technical deliverables of its OPC Unified Architecture technology.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI August 17, 2007

Innovation, competitiveness law may be pathway to economic prosperity

The new legislation is designed to provide the foundation for new scientific discovery, high-growth jobs and future leadership and prosperity in the United States

By Staff
HMI, OI July 25, 2007

Configuration manager

TheDOC4000 Express is an automated documentation and configuration management solution.

By Staff
HMI, OI June 27, 2007

Current output displacement transmitters

These displacement transmitters have improved IP67-rated sealing coupled with polymer guides with rigid carriers.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI June 15, 2007

Automation handbook

The OMEGAMATION New Horizons Handbook offers 124 color pages detailing a line of new automation products. The line includes sensors, PLCs, HMIs, enclosures, motion systems, power products and more. Omega Engineering, Inc. www.omegamation.com.

By Staff
HMI, OI June 1, 2007

Interface enclosure

The CC3000 operator interface enclosure system is designed for use in UL Type 12 industrial environments.

By Staff
HMI, OI June 1, 2007

Proposed standard to bring Green building practices mainstream

Proposed Standard 189P will provide minimum guidelines for green building practices is nearly complete. It will provide a baseline for sustainable design, construction and operations in order to drive green building into mainstream building practices. The standard will apply to new commercial buildings and major renovation projects.

By Staff
HMI, OI June 1, 2007

Unilever expert cites financial flexibility as sales & operations planning aim

Effective sales & operations planning (S&OP) not only addresses supply and demand concerns, but also encompasses a more flexible approach to financial resources, according to an S&OP expert with Unilever. Martin Jarvis is VP of global S&OP for the London-based manufacturer of consumer goods, ranging from home and personal care products to foods.

By Staff
HMI, OI May 25, 2007

Relative humidity, tobacco smoke among targets of revised indoor air quality standard

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers published this week a new standard that contains key changes impacting ventilation system design. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2007, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, addresses the separation of environmental tobacco smoke in areas of buildings and clarifies how mechanical cooling systems are analyzed to limit space relative humidity. “Standard 62.1 has served the building industry and the public as the most prominent standard on ventilation for indoor air quality,” said Dennis Stanke, chair of the Standard 62.1 committee. “Changes in the 2007 standard build on the improvements published in the 2004 version, providing additional guidance for designers of building ventilation systems.” Click here.

By Staff
HMI, OI May 15, 2007

HMI for provox system

The SIMATIC PCS7/PVX OS HMI is designed to modernize existing Emerson PROVOX systems. Available for both batch and continuous applications, the HMI provides the benefits of redundant S88 batch management without the need to change existing PROVOX controller hardware and configuration. The existing PROVOX controller and configuration is left untouched during migration, facilitating online upgrades.

By Staff
HMI, OI May 15, 2007

Chemical brochure

“Alco Water Treatment Portfolio” brochure contains selection guides detailing its high-performance additives for process water treatment applications. Sections cover synthetic polymers and natural clarification polymers for flocculation of solids and removal of oils, fats and greases from a range of process and wastewater applications and polymers with the ability to provide scale and deposit control in industrial water treatment applications. Other capabilities also included. Alco Chemical www.alcochemical.com.

By Staff
HMI, OI May 15, 2007

AFE exams set for September

It’s been proven that education creates the shortest distance between a dead-end job and an upward career. That’s why the Association for Facilities Engineering invites participation in its 2007 Certified Plant Engineer and Certified Plant Maintenance Manager review classes and exams. Classes and exams for the CPE credential will be conducted September 17-20; for the CPMM credential...

By Staff
HMI, OI April 25, 2007

What’s New in the world of automation?

The OMEGAMATION New Horizons in Automation from Omega Engineering will have 124 full-color pages offering a complete line of state-of-the art automation products including sensors, PLCs, HMI, Enclosures, Motion Systems, power products and much more. The free catalog includes comprehensive techical refrerences and is loaded with Rube Goldberg cartoons. To reserve your copy, available after May 1, call (888) 556-6342 or visit the Omega Website. Omega Engineering www.omega.com www.omegamation.com.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI April 16, 2007

AFE certification coming in September

Start studying now for Certified Plant Engineer certificate

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI April 9, 2007

ISA publishes guide to manufacturing operations management

Best practices in ISA-95 highlighted in "Hitchhiker's Guide"

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI March 15, 2007

Website upgrades will feature a virtual plant resource guide

When PlantEngineering.com upgrades its functionality on April 15, visitors will find new information and new ways to access all kinds of information for the plant floor. “Website content has typically been text-driven,” said Plant Engineering editor Bob Vavra. “With the new functions built into our Website, however, visitors will be treated to audio and video clips as well as ...

By Staff
HMI, OI March 1, 2007

ICONICS plans national strategic operation forums

ICONICS, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner provider of Web-enabled, OPC-based, HMI/SCADA visualization and manufacturing intelligence software for Microsoft Windows operating systems, announced its 2007 free seminar series “Strategies for Operational Excellence” held in major cities worldwide.

By Staff
HMI, OI February 2, 2007

More help: System integration assistance

The Control Engineering Automation Integrator Guide Click here to read more.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI February 1, 2007

Turn ‘little innovations’ into big cost reductions

One of the clarion calls in all businesses is to innovate – that is, they must develop or access the latest advance in technology, products or processes in order to gain a competitive advantage. Yet many companies are managing this process with only mediocre results. How can you achieve advances through innovation in a climate of mediocrity? In manufacturing companies, working to create i...

By Ron Moore, The RM Group, Inc.
HMI, OI January 24, 2007

Pressure transmitter diagnostics

The ASP Diagnostics Suite is embedded in the pressure transmitter that is part of the Rosemount 3051S series of instrumentation. The diagnostic enhancement provides tools for troubleshooting, detecting and preventing abnormal situations. Patented statistical process monitoring technology, integral to the transmitter, provides an early warning of abnormal process or equipment conditions such as plugged impulse lines, changes in fluid composition or other events signaled by a change in the noise characteristics of the pressure signal.Early notification of these abnormal conditions allows operators to respond quickly, reducing maintenance costs and increasing plant productivity.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI January 24, 2007

Take the ISA-SP100 wireless survey

You are invited to contribute to the ISA-SP100 Standards Committee on Wireless Systems for Automation continuing efforts to gather use-case information. Many of you may have participated in a similar ISA-SP100 survey last year. That input was gratefully received by the committee. This current survey, developed by the ISA-SP100 marketing work group, delves a bit deeper into the specification requirements for particular applications that you may have for wireless systems in your plant.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI January 1, 2007

OPC server

The S7/S5 OPC server provides fast data access to Siemens’ S7/S5 PLC-family and compatible products. It features intelligent compilation of read and write requests that enhances data throughput; easy and intuitive configuration system; and secure, high-performance remote access without DCOM through an integrated server-side OPC tunnel and the included OPC ActiveX Client application.

By Staff
HMI, OI January 1, 2007

Research sheds light on emerging technologies

Money is tight in manufacturing, but spending on emerging technology is on the rise. If you need to make that point to your corner office, here’s some new research on the market that may help. AMR Research released a report showing that enterprise resource planning spending will jump 12.3% in 2007.

By Staff
HMI, OI December 20, 2006

ISO nanotechnologies technical committee advances work in Seoul

In its largest meeting to date, more than 100 delegates from seventeen nations gathered in Seoul, Korea , early this month for the third plenary meeting of the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 229, nanotechnologies. Dr. Clayton Teague, director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office and chair of the ANSI -accredited U.S.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI December 8, 2006

Lean Enterprise Institute publishes new management guide

In his new book, Getting the Right Things Done: A leader's guide to planning and execution, Shingo Prize-winning author and Toyota veteran Pascal Dennis describes the tools, the management system and the behaviors and mental models needed to make strategy deployment work. Also referred to as Hoshin Kanri and policy deployment, strategy deployment is the planning and execution system that Toyota developed to ensure that the company’s strategic objectives drive all of the improvement activities in the rest of the organization. The book combines a storyline that illustrates a company implementing strategy deployment with a step-by-step approach. It also contains a variety of simple but effective visual tools such as filled-in charts and graphs at every step in the process, dashboards, detailed A3’s and an appendix of blank templates.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI December 1, 2006

ASHRAE, Canada Green Building Council partner to advance sustainability

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and the Canada Green Building Council recently signed a memorandum of understanding to advance buildings that are healthy, productive, environmentally responsible and economically viable. The memorandum calls for the partners to join efforts in development and maintenance of technical standards and guidelines, communi...

By Staff
HMI, OI December 1, 2006

Lubrication

Among the many tasks and conditions plant engineers must contend with on a daily basis are maintenance and downtime. When these two aspects are minimized, production can be enhanced and the impact on the bottom line can be reduced. Following some simple guidelines to keep equipment lubricated properly are the first steps to preventing unscheduled maintenance and costly downtime.

By Kevin Campbell, Senior editor
HMI, OI November 11, 2006

Configuration tool

The company’s Microwave/RF configurator is an online interactive design guide that provides simple, step-by-step instructions for configuring microwave/RF cable assemblies. It simplifies the assembly design and configuration process, enabling the user to build an assembly and submit an RFQ without requiring registration to access the process. W. L.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI November 11, 2006

ASME announces new president

Sam Y. Zamrik, a technical consultant and professor emeritus of engineering mechanics at The Pennsylvania State University, was named president-elect of ASME during this week’s proceedings of the 2006 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress in Chicago. His one-year term as president commences in June. A member of ASME for more than 34 years, Zamrik is a society fellow and served as a member of the board of governors from 2002 to 2005.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI November 3, 2006

2007 Joint Rail Conference set for March 13-16

The 2007 ASME/IEEE Joint Rail Conference will be held March 13-16, 2007, at the Marriott Hotel in Pueblo, CO. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers are joint sponsors of the conference, which will bring together engineers, equipment manufacturers, operators, maintenance personnel, and other professionals in the business of passenger and freight rail transportation. Featuring the theme “Railroad Advancements through Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering,” the multidisciplinary conference will cover a broad range of topics in the industry. In addition, members of the ASME Internal Combustion Engines Division will contribute presentations on engine design and maintenance, alternative fuels for rail transportation, lubrication and friction and technologies for emissions control. ASME, IEEE and the American Society of Civil Engineers, which is participating in the conference for the first time, have issued a call for papers to their respective memberships.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI November 3, 2006

Selecting the correct insulation for heaters an important consideration in molding systems

Many molding systems require heat as part of the manufacturing process. In the plastics industry, heaters are the key ingredients to maintaining the temperature of the molten plastic. The plastic flows through the mold base, sprue nozzle and manifold, into a die-head or through an injection barrel.

By John Pape | Watlow Product Specialist
HMI, OI November 1, 2006

Roll-up door

The Draw-Tite powered roll-up door features a tensioning device that enables the door to maintain a seal under gusts of up to 70 mph and prevents the curtain from blowing out of its guides. It comes standard with an in-tube-style 110-V motor that moves the door at 6 ips, and it has an active edge that senses objects in the lowering curtain's path.

By Staff
HMI, OI November 1, 2006

Electrical circuits hazard video

Electrical Measurement Safety interactive video now focuses on reducing hazards for people measuring electrical circuits, and reducing the risk and liability for employers. The video available on Fluke’s website (www.fluke.com/safety), incorporates the most recent guidelines from the NFPA 70E standard for electrical safety in the workplace.

By Staff
HMI, OI November 1, 2006

Automation software suite

Genesis32 v.9 is a suite of HMI/SCADA applications that provide real-time visualization, alarm management and plant historian functionality for industrial automation systems. Centered on integrating information from popular communication infrastructures, the suite incorporates IT, plant-floor communicating OPC and enterprise infrastructures to provide flexible connectivity and scalability.

By Staff
HMI, OI November 1, 2006

Graphical system design platform

LabVIEW 8.20 graphical system design platform for control, test and embedded system development features advanced control and analysis, improved distributed system management and new targets for HMIs. Marking the 20th anniversary of LabVIEW, new libraries allow engineers to use streamlined FPGA targeting tools to implement high performance hardware-based machine monitoring and protection systems.

By Staff
HMI, OI November 1, 2006

Touch screen monitor

TT-1700-TuffTouch touch screen LCD monitor is designed for use on the plant floor and features a sealed NEMA 4, IP66 sealed front panel; rugged metal enclosure; resistive and capacitive touch screens; versatile mounting; 17-inch bright active display area; wide 160-degree viewing angle; and two-year warranty.

By Staff
HMI, OI November 1, 2006

EAM software integration tools

The iMaint Integrator facilitates integration between the company's iMaint EAM system and other software applications. It's designed to reduce communications difficulty with other applications via two-way integration with multiple applications or scheduled file transfers. Step-by-step wizards and drag-and-drop screens guide users through setups.

By Staff
HMI, OI October 27, 2006

ASME enters agreements with groups on global training program

anagement and Abar Solutions will administer the GMET courses to trainees, using the delivery format, method of instruction and course materials developed by ASME. ement and operations. Consisting of four courses, GMET is delivered through a blended learning format combining online course material, quizzes, case studies, and discussion forum, coupled with a two-day online training program.  Participants completing the course or program receive a certificate of completion.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI October 27, 2006

Did you miss the recent Safety and Wireless Ethernet Webcasts at plantengineering.com?

Safety: Right to the Bottom Line, aired yesterday at 1 p.m. CT, and Wireless Ethernet, broadcast Oct. 12, are both available for viewing now at www.plantengineering.com.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI October 20, 2006

New ASME standard sets requirements for pipeline workers

ASME has announced a new standard containing general and specific requirements that pipeline operators and regulators can apply to qualify individuals who perform safety checks, maintenance tasks and other work on gas and hazardous liquid pipelines. ASME B31Q-2006: Pipeline Personnel Qualification Standard covers tasks typically carried out by pipeline personnel, providing federal and state regulators an important guide for evaluating qualification programs. The standard aims to minimize the role of human error in pipeline failures, imposing a set of requirements associated with specific tasks performed in the construction, operation, and maintenance of gas and hazardous liquid systems.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI October 13, 2006

Updated kaizen manual now available

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers recently published the fifth edition of the Kaizen Event Implementation Manual by Geoffrey L. Mika. Revised and expanded in its fifth edition, the Kaizen Event Implementation Manual has seen use in many industries, for a range of applications. It provides workers at many levels of an organization with a how-to guide for planning, organizing and implementing kaizen events.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI October 1, 2006

Creating empowerment teams helps multiply productivity

With increasing globalization of the U.S. economy and the world, and the impacts of technology, to survive today a company must learn to handle, manage and support necessary changes. The only way a company can stay ahead today is to be constantly improving and changing. World-class companies initiate change by extending supply chain management globally; by dealing with cutting-edge technology d...

By Arnold L. Most, Hudson Valley Technology Development Center
HMI, OI October 1, 2006

ISO publishes supply chain security guidelines

In an effort to help secure global supply chains, ISO has two reference documents in the ISO 28000 family of standards for supply chain security. These documents help implement the recently published ISO/PAS 28000:2005, currently a publicly available specification for security management systems for the supply chain.

By Staff
HMI, OI October 1, 2006

Making Lean results visible at Industries for the Blind

Lean training and implementation involves a lot of visual techniques to bring about process improvements. However, Industries for the Blind (IFB) in Asheville, NC, a small, non-profit manufacturer, has realized a number of benefits from it. Thanks to Lean, IFB Asheville has saved more than $337,000 in operating costs over the past year, and that amount is expected to increase.

By Jim Daggerhart, Industrial Extension Service, North Carolina State University
HMI, OI September 29, 2006

ASME extends executive director agreement

The ASME board of governors voted recently to extend the employment agreement of Virgil R. Carter, executive director, through July 2, 2008, coinciding with Carter’s retirement. Terry E. Shoup, ASME president, expressed appreciation and gratitude for the leadership Carter, who joined ASME as executive director in 2002, has provided, and noted that his announcement of retirement at this early time “permits ASME to continue to benefit from his continuity of executive leadership while planning for succession in an orderly manner. “ASME owes executive director Carter a great deal of gratitude and appreciation for his leadership, which has enabled ASME to regain financial viability, to expand its global leadership and to improve its society-wide operations through use of the balanced scorecard,” he added.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI September 21, 2006

Students explore the potential of fuel cells to power efficient cities

For most people, the promise of fuel cells is only that: a complicated technology closer to a pipe dream than reality. For tens of thousands of seventh and eighth-graders across the United States participating in the 2007 National Engineers Week Future City Competition, however, fuel cells are the key component of urban energy strategies that may serve as real-world examples. Future City, sponsored by the nation's professional engineering community, each year asks students, working in teams and under the guidance of a teacher and a volunteer engineer mentor, to design and build a city of tomorrow. Students must also research and write an essay on a pressing social need.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI September 7, 2006

ASME to hold Gas Turbine Users Symposium at 2006 Power-Gen

The ASME International Gas Turbine Institute will hold the Gas Turbine Users Symposium Nov. 28-30 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, the site of the 2006 Power-Gen International Conference. The symposium will deliver practical training and information to engineers and other technical professionals who are responsible for operating, testing, and maintaining industrial gas turbines and aero-engine systems. “The Gas Turbine Users Symposium is an excellent resource for engineers, technicians, and managers to learn about practical solutions to challenges shared in the industry,” said Patrick Campbell of Alliance Pipeline, the chair of the symposium. The Gas Turbine Users Symposium will include 16 sessions on fuel utilization, diagnostics and testing, repairs and upgrades, failure prevention, environmental control and other subjects. Attendees will receive training and instruction in best practices as well as access to the equipment exhibit and other programs and events of Power-Gen.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI September 1, 2006

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist to speak at 2006 ASME congress

David A. Vise, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at the Washington Post and author of the book, “The Google Story,” will present the keynote speech at the 2006 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress, Tuesday, Nov. 7 at the Chicago Hilton. The speech will focus on the essential factors that drive innovation in successful business.

By Staff
HMI, OI September 1, 2006

Training helps NJ manufacturer maintain a competitive edge

Despite mounting competitive pressures, Johanson Manufacturing intends to remain in the state of New Jersey. The family-owned-and-operated manufacturer of precision electronic and fiber-optic products is making a critical investment in the company and its people with assistance from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Partnersh...

By Bob Loderstedt, President and CEO, New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Partnership
HMI, OI August 1, 2006

Voice-order fulfillment

EASYpick voice-order fulfillment system is now compatible with select mobile computing units available from the industry’s top manufacturers. Mobile computing units, which resemble PDAs, offer touchscreens, bar-code and RFID scanning compatibility and rugged construction designed specifically to handle the demands of warehouse work.

By Staff
HMI, OI August 1, 2006

Abanaki has solutions book for oil skimming applications

Abanaki Corporation, the leading U.S. supplier of oil skimming equipment, announced its first engineering sourcebook for oil skimming applications. Called the “Solutions Sourcebook,” the 28-page handbook offers application notes on more than 25 real-world implementations of oil skimming. The Abanaki Solutions Sourcebook is indexed both by type of industry and by type of application,...

By Staff
HMI, OI August 1, 2006

Gates offers white paper on selecting drive systems

Selecting the proper drive system can save you thousands of dollars over the life of the drive. Whether designing a new power transmission system or converting to a new drive, design engineers and plant maintenance managers have three broad options: roller chain, V-belt and synchronous belt drives. The Gates Corporation has produced a white paper that discusses the proper ways to determine your...

By Staff
HMI, OI August 1, 2006

OSHA site adds steel manufacturing info

OSHA recently launched a new topics page on its Website (www.osha.gov) aimed at assisting employers and employees with information on OSHA workplace standards for steel product manufacturing. Basic Steel Products, a new safety and health topic, is a product of alliances with The Steel Group and the Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance (consisting of the Crane Manufacturers Association of America,...

By Staff
HMI, OI July 7, 2006

Gordon R. Parker retires from Caterpillar board

Caterpillar, Inc. has announced that Gordon R. Parker has retired after 10 years on its board of directors. "Gordon is a renowned businessman and leader in the global mining industry, and he provided Caterpillar with invaluable guidance during his tenure on our board," said Jim Owens, Caterpillar chairman and CEO. Parker is the former chairman and CEO of Newmont Mining Corporation, where his career spanned 40 years.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI July 1, 2006

United Air Specialists launches new Website

United Air Specialists has launched its redesigned Website, www.uasinc.com. The site guides visitors to the recommended clean air solution for their specific application and provides full product details on UAS’ line of dust collectors, Smog-Hog mist collectors, kitchen emissions systems and Smokeeter commercial equipment.

By Staff
HMI, OI July 1, 2006

DuPont, Siemens establish alliance

Siemens Energy & Automation has been selected as one of two guidelined distributed control systems suppliers for DuPont. “DuPont selected Siemens as one of its process control suppliers based on a Six Sigma project that evaluated technology, five-year life-cycle costs and long-term benefits to DuPont,” said Dennis Inverso, DuPont alliance manager.

By Staff
HMI, OI July 1, 2006

Shoup begins term as ASME president

Terry E. Shoup, Ph.D., P.E. and professor of mechanical engineering at Santa Clara University, took office as the 125th president of ASME during the proceedings of the organization’s 2006 Summer Annual Meeting held in San Francisco. Shoup will serve a one-year term. Shoup has more than 35 years of experience in engineering education.

By Staff
HMI, OI July 1, 2006

Proactive people management one key to Lean success

In October 2005, I wrote a column for PLANT ENGINEERING titled, “FAT Results from Lean Implementation: Managing Business-Process Improvement Proactively.” The FAT results I referred to were: Financially triangulated results, which come at an Accelerated pace and are consistently Translatable across the organization.

By Arun Shukla
HMI, OI June 28, 2006

Datastick Spectrum software for PDA-based vibration analysis upgraded

Datastick Systems, Inc.’s Datastick Spectrum software, version 1.5, for its PDA-based VSA-1212 vibration spectrum analyzer for predictive, conditions-based maintenance, and Datastick Reporting System for VSA software, version 1.5, for machine histories and vibration analysis on desktop PCs, were recently made available. Both programs are included in the PDA-based VSA-1212 vibration spectrum analyzer, which includes the VSA-1212 hardware module that snaps onto the back of a Palm OS Datastick Spectrum 1.5's vibration severity alert-level system has been redesigned from the ground up, with a large, full-color overall vibration and alert-level display that shares the screen with the vibration spectrum. Alert levels can be set to ISO 10816-3 guidelines or to any levels the user specifies.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI June 16, 2006

SME expands available publications and technical references

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers recently expanded its collection of publications and technical references. Books and videos are now on sale on subjects such as assembly, composites manufacturing, finishing & coating, forming & fabricating, Lean manufacturing and machining & material removal processes, among others. The selection of new books is highlighted by “The Hitchhiker's Guide to Lean,” which includes practical lessons learned from more than 30 years of combined experience in overcoming the constant construction and detours one endures in traveling down the road to Lean. The new videos are highlighted by a composites manufacturing series. It includes eight programs that explore materials, tools and techniques used for composites fabrication.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI June 1, 2006

Understanding applications, uses key to solenoid valve selection

Recent advancements in solenoid valve technology have expanded their scope of applications, while improving performance and reducing costs. To select the right valve for a given task, users should understand valve characteristics, consider critical factors, and be aware of some common problems and solutions in solenoid valve selection and maintenance.

By David Zdobinski, William Mudd and Gregory Byrne, ASCO Valve, Inc.
HMI, OI May 12, 2006

New guidelines for handling refrigerants

In a continuing effort to reduce emissions by manufacturing facilities that either produce, use, store, or transport refrigerants, the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has released new guidelines for handling refrigerants to minimize their potential environmental impact. cord of handling refrigerants." and more than 50 percent of respondents built new facilities with a zero emission goal. elease into the environment during every phase of the manufacturing process. pressure vessels that meet national, state, and local regulations; monitoring transported or shipped equipment for leakage and taking corrective action when necessary; and designing packaging to minimize refrigerant loss during shipping. https://www.ari.org .

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI May 1, 2006

Interoperability standards group formed

The creation of the Manufacturing Interoperability Guideline Working Group, a collaborative venture of ISA, MIMOSA, OAGi, OPC, and WBF, was announced recently. This group will develop an industry guideline that defines generic business process models between the operations management and business layers of the manufacturing support system.

By Staff
HMI, OI May 1, 2006

Nanotechnology advisory committee formed

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association created the Nanotechnology Advisory Council, a panel of experts intended to provide guidance to the electrical manufacturing community on this emerging technology. “President Bush made it clear in his recent State of the Union address that the development of nanotechnology is vitally important to the future of this nation.

By Staff
HMI, OI May 1, 2006

Manufacturing’s steady growth likely to continue

Two new reports show steady growth and continued optimism for the manufacturing sector. The quarterly Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI Survey on the Business Outlook showed a March 2006 composite index of 74 equals that of the previous December 2005 survey, an indication that the industrial component of the U.

By Staff
HMI, OI May 1, 2006

PRI offers on-line energy scenarios

If you had a crystal ball to predict the future for the energy industry, what choices would you make today to ensure you saw that future? The Electric Power Research Institute has recently unveiled four new scenarios to give the energy industry’s top decision makers a glimpse of the future with a hope to guide critical decisions in the present.

By Staff
HMI, OI April 26, 2006

Three new maintenance studies available for download

Life Cycle Engineering has released three news case studies on issues facing the maintenance engineer. These studies are now available at www.plantengineering.com in the Research section of the Engineer’s Resource Guide. The studies include: Manufacturing Approach to Reliability Excellence by Darrin Wikoff. He writes about how an organization can achieve reliability excellence by involving not only maintenance, but also operations, engineering, materials and procurement, and other functions operating within the same business, regardless of business unit physical boundaries. Scheduling…Not Just a Maintenance Thing! by Darrin Wikoff.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI April 26, 2006

ISA SP104 gains support

The Fieldbus Foundation recently announced its support for an ISA committee creating a harmonized version of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61804-3 international standard on Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL). The ISA SP104 committee will republish the IEC standard as an American National Standard Institute (ANSI) standard. EDDL is a text-based language for describing the digital communication characteristics of intelligent devices and equipment parameters in an Operating System (OS) and Human Machine Interface (HMI)-neutral environment. EDDL enables a host system manufacturer to create a single engineering environment that eliminates the need for custom software drivers for each device type. The ISA SP104 committee will create a national standard adopting the generic language specified by IEC 61804 to describe the properties of automation system components.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI April 14, 2006

Steady growth for manufacturing continuing

Two new reports show steady growth and continued optimism for the manufacturing sector. The quarterly Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI Survey on the Business Outlook showed a March 2006 composite index of 74 equals that of the previous December 2005 survey, an indication that the industrial component of the U.S. economy, with the possible exception of the auto industry, remains on firm ground. A composite business index above 50 indicates that overall manufacturing activity is expected to increase over the next three months to six months. It should be noted, however, that the index measures the direction of change rather than the absolute strength of activity in manufacturing. Eight of the 10 factors measured by the quarterly survey were higher than the previous report. The profit margin index showed the greatest improvement, jumping from 74% in December to 82% in March, setting a new record by surpassing the index’s previous high of 79% reached in June 2004. Two other individual indexes equaled their all-time highs.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI April 5, 2006

EPRI unveils future scenarios to guide strategic planning

If you had a crystal ball to predict the future for the energy industry, what choices would you make today to ensure you saw that future? The Electric Power Research Institute has recently unveiled four new scenarios to give the energy industry's top decision makers a glimpse of the future with a hope to guide critical decisions in the present. The scenarios explore a range of technologies critical to meet future energy needs, given 100 market drivers with a high potential impact on the evolution of the U.S. energy and electric power industries including: fuel prices, environmental policies, and the availability of natural resources. Rather than predict the future, these scenarios serve as planning tools for utility executives to strategically prioritize technological improvements to yield the most benefit in the future. "EPRI is committed to empowering the energy industry by relaying the most relevant research to deliver cleaner, safer, more reliable electricity to communities across the globe," said Clark Gellings, EPRI Vice President for Innovation.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI April 5, 2006

LORD Corp. joins Steer-by-Wire Working Group

LORD Corp. has become an associate member of the Steer-by-wire Working Group of the TTA-Group. LORD, a supplier of commercial by-wire steering interface devices and a member of the TTA-Group since 2005, decided to expand its membership role because of the value the Steer-by-wire Working Group provides in defining certifiable reference architecture for steer-by-wire applications. Doug LeRoy, Marketing Manager for LORD Corporation MR Solutions said this is a critical requirement for the wider adoption of steer-by-wire without mechanical backup for on-road and industrial vehicles.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI April 4, 2006

NEMA launches nanotechnology council

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association created the Nanotechnology Advisory Council, a panel of experts intended to provide guidance to the electrical manufacturing community on this nascent, but quickly emerging technology. “President Bush made it clear in his recent State of the Union address,” said NEMA President Evan Gaddis, “that the development of nanotechnology is vitally important to the future of this nation. We agree with the president. The establishment of an industry advisory council will help electrical manufacturers take the lead in the development of this revolutionary technology.” The new council will be a resource for manufacturers interested in the research and public policy implications of nanotechnology development, as they themselves seek to apply the technology to their products.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI April 1, 2006

Astronaut among keynotes at ABB’s Automation World

ABB's 2006 Automation World event will be May 8 through May 11 at The Hilton Americas in Houston. The 2006 Automation World offers a series of solution-focused seminars and work groups as well as a number of keynotes on key issues facing manufacturing. Among the keynotes will be retired NASA astronaut Navy Capt.

By Staff
HMI, OI April 1, 2006

Touch-screen terminal

The new Telemecanique Magelis XBT-GT 1000 Series terminal is small and compact, yet powerful enough to support high-end HMI applications. Just 3.8 inches wide, the monochrome graphic terminal is programmed with Vijeo Designer software. The Magelis XBT-GT terminal features six function keys to reduce implementation time and costs, exceptional screen display quality, and an embedded FTP server fo...

By Staff
HMI, OI April 1, 2006

Online Diagnostics

TSI Incorporated now offers on-line diagnostic and interactive guides to make it easier to maintain CA-CALC analyzers in-house. Available at http://combustion.tsi.com, this interactive support helps users troubleshoot problems by providing possible causes and corrective actions. The website also walks users through maintenance procedures with easy-to-follow 3D instructions for select models.

By Staff
HMI, OI March 24, 2006

Calculating availability to develop preventative maintenance plan

Anthony M. Smith and Glenn R. Hinchcliffe, authors of “RCM — Gateway to World Class Maintenance” write on the subject of maintenance: “Our view is that the maintenance organization should be treated as a ProfitCenter for your company.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI March 24, 2006

Achieve knock-your-socks-off project performance in 7 steps

Most projects are not completed on time and on budget. Lackluster project performance is about many things - unclear goals, under funding, low technical skill - but first and foremost, it's about lack of leadership. For a look at a report on this topic from John Ager and Holman T. (Cap) White of Kepner-Tregoe, Inc., go to www.plantengineering.com and go to the Engineer’s Resource Guide under Maintenance & Management.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI March 1, 2006

10 tips on maximizing heater performance

Most plant engineers don't give much thought to the heaters operating within their processes and applications — unless those heaters fail, need maintenance or cause other problems. Heaters play an integral role in many applications, so heater problems can easily snowball and lead to much larger headaches.

By Rich Hartfelder, Process Systems Product Manager, Watlow
HMI, OI February 1, 2006

Beware of the fallacy of the bathtub curve

As this title suggests, all may not be totally well with the bathtub curve. True, some devices may follow its general shape, but the fact is that more has been assumed along those lines than has actually been measured and proven to be the case. The commercial aviation industry, however, does have fairly large populations of identical or similar components in its aircraft fleets.

By Anthony M. Smith and Glenn R. Hinchcliffe
HMI, OI February 1, 2006

Coordinated value mapping process makes Lean effective for manufacturer

New York Lt. Gov. Mary Donohue presented Frank Falatyn, president and CEO of FALA Technologies in Kingston, with the 2005 New York State Small Business Person of the Year Award on Nov. 16, 2005. Falatyn heads the semiconductor and nanotechnology equipment manufacturing company that his parents founded nearly six decades ago.

By Phyllis Levine, Hudson Valley Technology Development Center
HMI, OI January 31, 2006

NEMA’s EBCI shows growth, declines again

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index for current North American conditions continued to signal electroindustry expansion in January. At 55.2 points, the index topped the 50-point threshold — indicating a business environment favoring industry growth — for the 33rd month in a row. At the same time, the index has declined in each of the last four months, suggesting that conditions have moderated since reaching a near-term peak in late summer.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI January 27, 2006

Welcome to our new Website!

PLANT ENGINEERING has launched this new Website to provide our online audience a faster way to get information and use the vast resources of our magazine in new ways. “More than just a re-launch, we wanted to add some tools a plant engineer can use every day,” said editor Bob Vavra. “Our readers aren’t always at their desks, but they need access to information quickly, wherever they are. Our Website puts those tools at their fingertips.” Among the new tools you can find here at www.plantengineering.com : The Engineer’s Resource Guide: The centerpiece of PLANT ENGINEERING ’’s new Website, the ERG will ultimately archive the last 10 years of PLANT ENGINEERING ’’s outstanding technical stories, organized by subject area.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI January 13, 2006

NAM pushes regulatory “clarity”

Trying to get federal regulators to drop rules they believe are barriers to manufacturers, the National Association of Manufacturers is calling for what it called “clarity and transparency” in regulatory implementation guidelines. The NAM submitted comments on the proposed Bulletin for Good Guidance Practices solicited by the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. “Far too often, guidance documents have been used by agencies as a means to get around the transparent rulemaking procedures as found in the Administrative Procedure Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, E.O.r requirements, thereby leading to greater voluntary compliance.” “The Bush administration has made great progress in improving the quality and reining in the cost of regulations that suffocate growth and jobs,” said NAM President John Engler. “More clarity and transparency in guidance documents will encourage greater voluntary compliance with existing and future regulations.”.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI January 6, 2006

New looks for Website, Plant Mail!

PLANT ENGINEERING has a fresh new look for both its newsletters and for its Website at www.plantengineering.com . Plant Mail begins weekly distribution this week, providing readers with up-to-date information about issues and events in manufacturing right to your desktop. Also launched in January is the new www.plantengineering.com to provide our online audience a faster way to get information and use the vast resources of our magazine in new ways. “More than just a re-launch, we wanted to add some tools a plant engineer can use every day,” said editor Bob Vavra. “Our readers aren’t always at their desks, but they need access to information quickly, wherever they are.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI January 1, 2006

ERG does all the work at www.plantengineering.com

In physics, the word 'ERG' is defined as a unit of energy or work equal to the force of one dyne over the distance of one centimeter. It is the smallest measurable unit of work. At Plant Engineering, 'ERG' will be defined in a whole new way. Instead of the smallest unit of work, ERG will be the most powerful work tool a plant engineer will have at his disposal.

By Staff
HMI, OI January 1, 2006

Gas fired boilers reference

The 24-page quick reference guide for HVAC engineers illustrates how AERCO gas-fired boilers can enhance the fuel efficiency and lower the project costs of five hydronic heating designs — traditional loops, high 916;T designs, two-pipe systems, combination DHW and space heat, and water-source heat pump systems.

By Staff
HMI, OI January 1, 2006

Tough road ahead for WTO talks, and the manufacturing agenda

We at the National Association of Manufacturers came away from the most recent round of trade talks pleased with the effort by U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman and U.S. negotiators to hold the line in Hong Kong, but deeply regretful that the World Trade Organization Ministerial meeting did not make the tough decisions needed to negotiate cuts in manufactured goods trade barriers.

By John Engler, President, National Association of Manufacturers
HMI, OI December 7, 2005

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By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI December 1, 2005

Groups are honored for “green” building effort

The U.S. Green Building Council honored the 2005 recipients of the Leadership Awards, at USGBC's Annual Greenbuild Conference and Expo on Nov. 10 in Atlanta, at a ceremony to be held at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, Ga. The LEED individual award went to Paul von Paumgartten of Johnson Controls for his many years of service in the development of the LEED for New Construction and for existing buildi...

By Staff
HMI, OI December 1, 2005

Software upgrade

The release of new Activeworx v2.6 software provides enterprise grade security information management for leading security products, such as firewalls, vulnerability assessment tools, and more. The latest version expands on Activeworx's management abilities with a new configuration wizard, additional device support, and increased support for HIPAA and SOX compliancy.

By Staff
HMI, OI December 1, 2005

Electric linear actuators

The SLME electro-mechanical ball screw-driven linear actuator utilizes a fine pitch ball screw and recirculating ball bearing guide to achieve high accuracy and repeatability. The ball tracks each have four contact points providing high dynamic load (up to 27kN) and moment (up to 1410 Nm) capacities.

By Staff
HMI, OI November 29, 2005

Contributor’s Guide

Since 1947, PLANT ENGINEERING magazine has been the leading problem-solving information source for America 's industrial plant engineers. It has won virtually every readership study in its field during the past 20 years. One reason for that success is that we attract the best minds in our industry to share their knowledge with our readers.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI November 29, 2005

Building and industrial automation protocols available

Digi International announced the availability of FieldServer Technologies' ProtoCessor Protocol Suite of building and industrial automation protocols with the NetSilicon NET+Works development environment and NET+ARM processors. "FieldServer's ProtoCessor Protocol Suite runs on top of our NET+Works development platform and device networking software making it easy for OEMs to network and control a wide variety of building and factory automation devices," said Bruce Berger, senior vice president, Digi International. "This partnership greatly enhances and expands our offering." The protocol software enables companies to deploy Ethernet and serial connectivity options throughout buildings and factories. It includes linkable libraries, an installation guide, fully documented API, sample source code and runs all NET+OS platforms.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI November 10, 2005

18th Annual Product of the Year contest voting is in progress

The ballot in the November Issue of Plant Engineering is next to page 94 and will guide you through the voting process.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI November 7, 2005

NEMA reacts to Energy Policy Act

National Electrical Manufacturers President Evan Gaddis told members of the Commercial Building Tax Deduction coalition that the provision in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 mandating tax incentives for achieving national energy efficient goals "is a win for everyone, the government, industry and the public. We're going to do our level best to promote this program, encourage builders, architects, manufacturers and others to take advantage of it, and work with government toward speedy, effective implementation of the law." Representatives of nearly 40 organizations attended the second meeting of the coalition, which was convened by NEMA in October. Members include standards organizations, manufacturers, building and trade associations, government officials, energy efficiency groups and others. At a press briefing, Gaddis emphasized the strengthening partnership between the Department of Energy (DOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and members of the business community determined to encourage the use of energy efficient equipment and systems. Harry Misuriello, director of buildings and utility programs at the Alliance to Save Energy, said that the full implementation of the tax incentives in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 would save the nation two quads of energy, with attendant environmental benefits and reduction of pollution.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI November 1, 2005

Laser scanner

The OS 3100 OptoShield is an advanced safety laser scanner. It uses laser light to sense an intrusion into a guarded area. It can be configured for multiple irregularly-shaped hazardous areas for use in guarding work cells, transfer lines, robot stations or automated guided vehicles. Scientific Technologies Inc.

By Staff
HMI, OI November 1, 2005

Shaft/coupling alignment system

Rotalign Ultra features a backlit color screen and keyboard ideal for any working condition, day or night. Intuitive navigation guides the user to align a simple pump/motor or up to 14 machines. The unit offers USB and Bluetooth connectivity for interfacing with printers and PCs. A patented single beam technology has a 5-axis, 2-plane sensor and built-in position detector.

By Staff
HMI, OI November 1, 2005

Human Side – 2005-11-01 – 2005-11-01

How does a temporary transfer affect pay rate? The day stockroom attendant Gail Griffen was granted a two-week leave of absence to help organize and straighten out family affairs after her father's death, maintenance foreman Mike Rizzo approached Alison Garth. "Do you think you can handle Gail's job?" "No problem," Alison replied. Three employees were employed in the stockroom: Gail Griffen, Alison Garth and one other assistant. Garth performed well during Griffen's absence. A temp was brought in the fill the gap. A week later on Friday, following the disbursement of paychecks, Garth appeared at foreman Rizzo's desk. "What's the problem?" Garth presented her paycheck.

By Raymond Dreyfack, Contributing Editor
HMI, OI October 1, 2005

FAT results from Lean implementation

Lean management is an adaptive system of continuous improvement of multiple, interconnected processes. The Lean process begins with setting goals that are directed by the company strategy. Gap analysis identifies the most critical business processes for meeting these goals. The organization then conducts business-process improvement and integrates people and process performance.

By Arun Shukla, Kepner-Tregoe, Inc.
HMI, OI July 1, 2005

Improve cost estimating accuracy

How many times have you used the term "plus or minus 10%" in reference to a cost estimate? Most of us who are in the project world have. Have you ever stopped to think what it really means? In its common engineering usage, "plus or minus X%" is a nearly meaningless phrase inserted after a dollar amount to meet some company criteria.

By Randall D. Lund, principal member, Antares EPM Systems LLC, Kalamazoo, MI
HMI, OI July 1, 2005

Tools & Welding

MIG welding guide A free MIG Welding Buyer's Guide helps make purchasing an all-in-one MIG welding power source easy. The guide answers frequently asked questions and includes a detailed description of a full line of all-in-one MIG welders, explaining how their functionality provides everything a welding operator needs everywhere they need it. The guide also explains the importance of duty cycles, how to determine the amount of amperage to use and outlines key features that should be considered in any all-in-one MIG purchase. Miller Electric Mfg.

By Staff
HMI, OI July 1, 2005

Power Transmission – 2005-07-01

Capture contaminants magnetically Magnom, a patented and unique magnetic filter, efficiently removes ferrous and some non-ferrous contaminants as small as 1ng even after the device is full of contaminant. Fluid Conditioning Systems magnom.com Write 309 on PE card Digital pressure valve Digital Interface valves, with microprocessor-based and a CANopen fieldbus, are ideal for pressure control and pressure limiting applications. This valve replaces analog technology and offers configurable functions that enable users to define dynamic valve behavior and adapt its characteristics to application requirements, while providing high precision digital flow and pressure control. The valve has integrated electronics and optional analog/digital inputs and outputs. Moog, Inc., Industrial moog.com/industrial Write 310 on PE card Shaft seal handles misalignment Articulated Air Mizer-PS has the ability to handle extreme shaft misalignment and deflection, common in dry powder and bulk process applications, to provide a seal that traditional devices cannot attain.

By Staff
HMI, OI June 1, 2005

Energy value is crucial in compressor selection

Since an air compressor is the heart of a compressed air system, proper choice and selection of the right model, capacity, and performance criteria is essential to the entire system. For this reason, most customers traditionally consider the following list of factors before ultimately selecting their preferred compressed air system provider: Reliability and reputation of both the prospective manufacturer and the on-the-job performance record of the equipment they design and produce. Durability of the compressed air system and its components both in normal day-to-day operation as well as the ability to handle unexpected system changes or fluctuations without experiencing a major delay or malfunction. Quality as it relates to both the integrity of the original system components and the consistency and performance of those components as integral parts of the total system. Product features that provide unique or superior performance, convenience, or cost effectiveness and the latest technological innovations to make these features useful, practical, and cost efficient. Warranties that assure customer protection for the initial investment and equipment performance, plus peace of mind in knowing that the compressed air equipment will function as expected with minimum maintenance or additional expense. Environmental health and safety issues as they relate to compliance with mandatory laws, current industry standards, and the safest possible operating practices. Relationship with the manufacturer and its representatives in terms of customer confidence, anticipated performance, and satisfaction with the equipment and its performance. After sales support including the capability to offer a service network that provides comprehensive product know-how and backup regardless of where the customer is located. Life cycle cost which encompasses the system provider's capability to offer competitive rates for equipment, installation, maintenance, and energy saving options. Return on investment as it relates to the equipment provider's ability to supply systems and equipment that will ultimately pay for itself in equipment value, operating efficiency, time saving design, and performance benefits. Obviously, the depth and importance of each of these factors will tend to vary with each customer. As far-fetched as it might seem, consider that buying a compressor is, in many ways, analogous to buying a house. When buying a house, the real estate agent will frequently remind you that there are three vitally important things to consider: Location, location, location. In many ways, the same rationale applies to purchasing a compressor.

By Harish Shah, Principal Engineer, Sullair Corp., Michigan City, IN
HMI, OI May 1, 2005

Congress honors ASME for 125 years of service

A Congressional resolution in March congratulated the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) on its 125th anniversary. Introduced by Sen. John Sununu (R-NH), himself a mechanical engineer, the resolution describes ASME as "one of the premier professional organizations focused on technical, educational and research issues of the engineering community.

By Staff
HMI, OI May 1, 2005

Human side – 2005-05-01

Age discrimination: Is your plant vulnerable? As I view it, the recently widened Supreme Court protections against age discrimination in the workplace trigger two key questions: Is my company a candidate for court action stemming from age discrimination? (Of equal if not greater importance) Are we getting maximum productivity yield from our older employees? In a nutshell, the ruling opens the door for older workers in companies with payrolls of 20 or more to claim discrimination based on "disparate impact" rather than discriminatory intent. To escape unscathed, an employer must prove the existence of a "reasonable factor" in response to a grievance. In short, if X receives a 3-day suspension for a time card abuse, under ordinary circumstances you can't fire Y for the same offense without a convincing explanation. Court Action: How Big a Concern? Big enough, considering that as Denver-based consultant Sheldon Steinhauser points out, about 20% of discrimination charges filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are for age discrimination.

By Raymond Dreyfack, Contributing Editor
HMI, OI May 1, 2005

Brushing up on dc circuit fundamentals

Before you get out of bed each day, an electronic clock radio awakens you so that you can get ready for your commute to the plant. Perhaps your car or truck has electronic fuel injection — not to mention a main computer that can be serviced only at the dealership. At the plant, you encounter electronic circuits, equipment, and systems — some of which you probably take for granted.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering magazine
HMI, OI May 1, 2005

The rules and tools to dispose of compressor condensate

Since the 1970 Clean Water Act, state and local legislatures developed their own initiatives, and the proper disposal of wastewater generated by manufacturing facilities has been a focal point of environmental regulations. This concern exemplifies the operating and environmental challenges confronting plant engineers.

By Joseph L. Foszcz, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering magazine
HMI, OI March 10, 2005

OMAC merger with ISA approved

The executive board of the Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society has approved a merger to create a subsidiary organization for the Open Modular Architecture Controls Users' Group. The merger allows the two organizations to build on their respective strengths. The OMAC Board of Directors will be working in the coming months to establish a strategic plan for the organization, includin...

By Staff
HMI, OI March 10, 2005

Touch screens displacing keypads

There is a continuing shift toward greater use of touch screens instead of keypads as input devices for operator interface terminals. VDC cites several reasons for this upswing. Touch screens provide an easy-to-use graphic interface for data or command inputs and occupy less space than a keyboard. The incorporation of a small keypad or shortcut keys with a touch screen increases the usability o...

By Staff
HMI, OI February 11, 2005

NAM urges crackdown on product counterfeiting, currency manipulation 

John Engler, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Manufacturers, called on the Bush Administration to increase pressure on China to cease its unfair trade practices, specifically product counterfeiting and currency manipulation. “The U.S. can compete with anyone on a level playing field,” Engler told reporters at the National Press Club. “But economists estimate the Chinese currency could be as much as 40 percent undervalued.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI January 31, 2005

Hot process jacketing

Jacketing or providing heat for piping in hot processes can be achieved in several ways: steam tube tracing, fully jacketed piping, and bolt-on jacketing.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI January 10, 2005

Moving on

When I came to Plant Engineering as an associate editor in 1969, I didn't know what plant engineering was. I just had an idea that I wanted to be a writer or journalist in some technical area. Plant Engineering seemed a good place to start. Armed with a degree in technical journalism, a minor in chemistry, and two years' experience as a Navy engineering officer, I dove into my new occupation wi...

By Richard L. Dunn, Chief Editor
HMI, OI December 10, 2004

Software & Computers – 2004-12-10 – 2004-12-10

Small computer LPC-401FL fanless computer system is small enough to fit in the palm of the hand. Compact and rugged computer is ideal for embedded control, digital signs, interactive kiosks, thin-clients, and HMI applications. Robust aluminum chassis is 10 in.

By Staff
HMI, OI November 10, 2004

Training Products

Course leads to vibration analysis certification Distance Learning Vibration Analysis Certificate Series has been developed to allow students to avoid travel. The programs in the series are designed to provide condition monitoring professionals with guidelines to enhance their knowledge. Practical material with meaningful exercises are presented for 3 to 4 hr every week for 12 weeks.

By Staff
HMI, OI October 10, 2004

Using maintenance as a strategic business asset

To become an accomplished golfer, a number of distinct skills are needed. Divided very basically, you need a strong short game and a strong long game — that is, you need to be able to drive the ball and putt the ball equally well. After mastering each of these skills separately, you can merge them together to become a formidable competitor.

By Mike Laszkiewicz
HMI, OI July 8, 2004

Do you need permission?

Rummaging through some old files, I ran across a report on one of these high-level conferences where outstanding CEOs and others share the secrets of their success. You know the ones I mean — big-name motivational speakers and big-time fees to attend. This one was held in 2001. One of the topics discussed, according to this report, was the "permission statement" — some kind of guide...

By Richard L. Dunn, Chief Editor
HMI, OI June 10, 2004

What does instrument IP rating mean?

Somewhere in the fine print of most test equipment product bulletins, you'll find an IP rating. Is this just boilerplate, or does it give you vital information? Actually, the IP rating lets you know whether a piece of test equipment is suited for your application and test environment.

By Jeff Jowett, Senior Applications Engineer, Megger, Valley Forge, PA
HMI, OI May 10, 2004

AFE creates new credential

Applications are being accepted for the Association for Facilities Engineering's new credential, Certified Plant Supervisor. CPS was developed to demonstrate a facilities professional's preparedness and/or proficiency in the world of first-line supervision. It joins the association's highly regarded and popular Certified Plant Engineer (CPE) and Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPMM) programs.

By Staff
HMI, OI May 10, 2004

Hose assembly safety surveys

Hose assemblies in manufacturing or processing plants can sometimes be the source of equipment malfunction, dangerous product spills, or serious personnel injury. With today's increasing need for faster and quicker fluid transfers, the demands being placed on hose assemblies are greater than ever due to increased working temperatures and pressures that can easily diminish their containing power.

By Joe Dawson, Dixon Valve & Coupling Co., Chestertown, MD.
HMI, OI February 10, 2004

Guide to data capture scanning technologies

There's a debate over scanning technologies that rivals the religious fervor of the "PC vs. Mac" debate. When it comes to scanning technology, the two competing camps are lasers and linear imagers.

By Dan Bodnar, Director of Data Capture Systems, Intermec Technologies Corp., Everett, WA
HMI, OI January 10, 2004

Starting up new plants overseas

Your company's executive team just approved investing $3.2 billion in a new refinery and petrochemical plant 7000 miles from your corporate offices, and you were selected to be the program director. They asked you, "What are the key tasks we need to accomplish to make sure we have a successful plant startup on schedule?" Your executive team is looking to you for leadership, especially in somet...

By Jim Leitch, Senior Director, Fluor Operations & Maintenance
HMI, OI January 10, 2004

Unresolved resolutions

I'm not really into New Year's resolutions anymore. I decided a number of years ago that I was just setting myself up for failure, since I never really kept any of them. But I am into New Year's reflections a little bit. You know, the annual taking stock of where you are and where you're headed? Anyway, here are some of the more-or-less random thoughts I've contemplated lately that I want to re...

By Richard L. Dunn, Editor
HMI, OI October 10, 2003

Welding aluminum alloys

The question often comes up 'Isn't there one filler metal I can use for all my aluminum welding?' The answer, unfortunately, is no. However, there are basic rules for filler metal selection. First, know which aluminum alloys will be welded (Fig. 1). If all you know is that you have aluminum, that is not enough information to choose a filler metal.

By Frank G. Armao, The Lincoln Electric Co., Cleveland, OH
HMI, OI October 10, 2003

Compressed Air – 2003-10-10

Air knife package WindJet Air Knife has many features that make dry-off applications successful and cost effective. A unique protruding leading edge directs air out of the knife in a straight stream. A 0.40 in.

By Staff
HMI, OI August 6, 2003

HVAC – 2003-08-06

Online training RETA Online Training offers refrigeration operators quality RETA training material at any location where there is internet access. The training program increases operator skill levels while reducing training costs and record-keeping hassles. This self-paced, online learning program is simple and economical to use. Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Assoc., reta.com, Write 310 on PE card R-410A training An interactive CD-ROM provides the necessary training and knowledge to safely perform service on systems containing R-410A and R-407C.

By Staff
HMI, OI June 12, 2003

Reader Feedback – 2003-06-12 – 2003-06-12

Proper use of lifting eyes On page 46 of the May issue is a table with max loading capacities, depending on the angle of the lift. My question is regarding the third row of the table, stating the decrease of the capacity for a 3/8-in. eye bolt from 1300 lb at 0 deg to 32 lb at 45 deg. It is probably a typing mistake, and the number should be read 320 lb.

By Staff
HMI, OI April 28, 2003

Alcoa-Deschambault demonstrates overall leadership

Doing the right things right is perhaps the best description one can give to the maintenance operations at the Alcoa aluminum smelter in Deschambault, Quebec, Canada. By demonstrating superior performance in just about every area of evaluation, Alcoa-Deschambault earned the North American Maintenance Excellence (NAME) Award for 2002.

By Staff
HMI, OI March 15, 2003

Compressed Air – 2003-03-15

Venturi blowers Venturi blowers offer the perfect solution for quickly and easily moving fumes that may be poisonous, explosive, or hazardous. Four models feature a sturdy, steel, galvanized diffuser, single-piece, cast aluminum inlet housing and a convenient carry handle. Compressed air or steam provides power.

By Staff
HMI, OI February 15, 2003

Compressed Air – 2003-02-15

Two-day class Plant Support & Evaluations, Inc., will hold a two-day compressed air training class April 3-4, 2003 in Fort Myers, FL. All classes are limited to 30 attendees to ensure that instructors have the time to provide individual attention. Call 888-615-3559 or fax 262-789-8127 for more information.

By Staff
HMI, OI February 15, 2003

Microwaves and crock pots

To borrow a phrase from the pastor of my church, "I seem to be a crock-pot guy in a microwave world." Everything these days, it seems, has to be faster and faster. I can't agree with speed just for the sake of speed. Nor do I feel guilty about that. I'd just as soon things slowed down a bit, and I think we might all be a little better off if they did.

By Richard L. Dunn Editor
HMI, OI March 11, 2002

Plant Engineering Software – 2002-03-11

Power monitor software supports load shedding RSPower32 Version 2.0 is a Microsoft Windows-based program that supports Allen-Bradley power monitors by managing configurations and displaying real-time and historical data stored within the power monitors. It provides a view of a plant's electrical system by integrating power monitoring data into factory automation human machine interface (HMI) packages. The software allows users to measure, analyze, or control electrical power.

By Staff
HMI, OI February 15, 2002

Reader Forum – 2002-02-15

Moral issues in the corporate world I usually enjoy reading the Human Side articles in PLANT ENGINEERING , but I have to say after reading the "When work and religious observance conflict" story, I am sorely disappointed at the verdict formed. Just because the receptionist shares the same religious background as the animals that brutally attacked our country in September, it makes her no...

By Staff
HMI, OI February 15, 2002

Bookshelf recommendations

Plant Engineer's Handbook edited by R. Keith Mobley. 1189 pp, hardbound. Butterworth-Heinemann, 225 Wildwood Ave., Woburn, MA 01801-2041; phone 781-904-2500; fax 781-904-2620; bh.com. $125. Every plant engineer's bookshelf should contain at least one basic engineering reference. And if you're only going to have one, Plant Engineer's Handbook is a good candidate.

By Richard L. Dunn, Editor, Plant Engineering
HMI, OI January 15, 2002

Simple Solutions – 2002-01-15

Getting squared away Problem: A square is needed to check several right angles on a layout but none is available. Is there a way to construct an accurate square in the field? Solution: Nail together two straight pieces of 1 x 2 board to form an "L" as shown. Mark off a point 3-ft from the corner on one board.

By Staff
HMI, OI November 1, 2001

Environment, Safety & Health

Click on the above link to see Product of the Year finalists in this category.

By Staff
HMI, OI November 1, 2001

Comparing major manufacturing improvement methods – Part 3

Comparing major manufacturing improvement methods — Part 3EDITOR'S NOTE: The past decade has seen the development of a number of manufacturing management concepts. Chief among them are: lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, supply chain management, total productive maintenance (TPM), and reliability centered maintenance (RCM).

By Ron Moore, Managing Partner, The RM Group, Inc., Knoxville, TN
HMI, OI November 1, 2001

Cooper Turbocompressor Offers Energy-Efficient Solutions for Plant Air

Compressed air is an essential utility in today's manufacturing. As such, manufacturers seek more efficient air compressor technologies to help lower energy costs. Cooper Turbocompressor, a leading manufacturer of oil-free, energy-efficient centrifugal compressors, answers the call with a number of new product introductions and services.

By Cooper Turbocompressor
HMI, OI September 28, 2001

Computer simulation helps solve SO2 scrubber problem in aluminum smelter plant

To solve a problem of potentially acidic moisture droplets being emitted from Reynolds Metal Co. in Massena, N.Y., engineers simulated the operation of scrubbers using computational fluid dynamics and discovered a significant gas maldistribution in the absorber. This case study also details how engineers solved the problem, which included selecting new inlet ducting for a tower.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI September 4, 2001

Plant Engineering’s Exclusive 2000 Synthetic Lubricant Guide

Published in July, 2000.

By Plant Engineering Staff
HMI, OI July 1, 2001

Developing a roof asset management program

Why are roofs managed? There are three commonly accepted reasons: keep out precipitation; augment the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system; and protect the owner's investment. The earliest shed roof prevented precipitation from entering the building, and this task is still the primary goal of all steep and low-sloped roofs.

By William J. Hope, PE, RRC, CCS, Exterior Consulting & Roof Management, Albany, NY
HMI, OI June 1, 2001

HMI market sees growth

The global human machine interface (HMI) software market, which exceeded $461 million in 2000, will reach almost $741 million by the end of 2005, according to a newly revised study by ARC Advisory Group. This figure is a compound annual growth rate of 9.9%. The "control system" buying pattern and new technology adoption are causing enormous shifts among suppliers in the HMI market.

By Staff
HMI, OI November 1, 2000

Scanning Your Perspective

Have you ever wondered how some plant engineers have time to surf the web when you barely have time for lunch? This situation brings to mind even more questions: How much time do plant engineers spend using the internet? Where do they go to look for information? For what types of information do they search? Do they make internet purchases and, if so, how do they feel about them? What changes in e-business internet usage do they expect? These questions can be combined into one basic question: "How can you make the best use of the time you spend on the internet?" All good questions. These questions, as well as others, are addressed in an exclusive Plant Engineering magazine survey. This article summarizes the survey results. Time you spend on the internet Plant Engineering magazine asked: "How much time do you spend using web-based tools in a typical work day?" The chart in Fig.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor
HMI, OI November 1, 2000

Hot sites, cool sites: HVAC/R

As the winter heating season moves upon us in earnest, plant engineers' thoughts turn to boilers, fuel supplies, energy costs, and other HVAC/R related topics.

By Jeanine Katzel, Senior Editor
HMI, OI October 1, 2000

Products and jambalaya highlight ISA 2000

Daytime temperatures approaching 95 F, spicy Creole cuisine, and innovative plant engineering and management products and services kept the heat on at ISA Expo 2000 in New Orleans, LA, August 21-24.

By Staff
HMI, OI September 1, 2000

So many sites, so little time…

As anyone who has ever surfed the web can attest, finding the right information when you need it is an ongoing challenge. New web sites are being launched every day and the volume of information offered continues to explode.

By Jeanine Katzel, Senior Editor, Web Content
HMI, OI March 1, 2000

Welding and cutting equipment

New 52-p catalog highlights a complete line of equipment, including power sources, plasma cutters, robotics, and consumables. Major product categories include stick, MIG/Flux-cored, TIG, multiprocess, plasma, and engine-driven welders.

By Staff
HMI, OI March 1, 2000

Plastic containers

Product selector guide for polyethylene containers lists UN ratings, colors, dimensions, and closures for a variety of 55-gal. drums. Russell-Stanleywww.russell-stanl

By Staff
HMI, OI March 1, 2000

Oil dryer removes moisture automatically

Oil Dryer proactively prevents equipment damage through early detection and automatic elimination of moisture contamination. The unit continuously monitors saturated relative humidity (SRH) in closed and minimally vented systems.

By Staff
HMI, OI March 1, 2000

Cool the coils

A complete line of heat exchange products for a wide range of process cooling applications includes coaxial coils, shell and tube chiller barrels, and brazed heat exchangers.

By Staff
HMI, OI March 1, 2000

Welding products

Welding and plasma cutting products are described in a full-line, 84-p catalog.

By Staff
HMI, OI March 1, 2000

Free fluid cuts it

Handy kit contains samples of Tapfree Excel, Tapfree 2, CleanTap, and AlumTap cutting and tapping fluids. A recommendation guide lists metal types and materials and performance properties of the products. Winfield Brooks Co., Inc. www.

By Staff
HMI, OI March 1, 2000

Air hoists

TCR Series high-performance air hoists are offered in capacities from 1/4-6 tons. The hoists operate quietly with an external muffler, and perform fine feathering movements and precise load spotting with simple controls. Harrington Hoists, Inc.

By Staff
HMI, OI March 1, 2000

Get control of motors

Practical Guide to Motor Control is an interactive CD-ROM that serves as a training tool and reference guide.

By Staff
HMI, OI February 1, 2000

Guide targets optimal maintenance of industrial systems

This book addresses maintenance and repair from an engineering perspective.

By Jeanine Katzel
HMI, OI January 1, 2000

Lubricants face price hike in 2000

Plant managers beware: Suppliers of lubricating oils and sealants, as well as purveyors of abrasive products, might be on the hunt for price hikes. Both these industries scored a D grade in the Plant Engineering cost analysis table (opposite page).

By Staff
HMI, OI January 1, 2000

CV power sources

Constant voltage (CV) dc power sources are designed for MIG and flux-cored welding with mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and alloys. Literature describes four models -- CV-250, CV-300, CV-400, and CV-655.

By Staff
HMI, OI January 1, 2000

Face protection

Selection guide makes it easy to choose the proper face protection products for any application. Guidelines for selecting faceshield assembly/frame and visor are listed in handy color-coded charts. MSA www.msanet.

By Staff
HMI, OI December 1, 1999

Lighting fundamentals

New 24-p brochure provides information on lighting basics, light sources/lamp characteristics, photometry, calculations, and lighting quality. The literature provides lighting system designers with important guidelines for practical application.

By Staff
HMI, OI December 1, 1999

Internet advances fosterenterprise asset management solutions

Enterprise asset management (EAM) is not a new concept. Companies of all sizes have long recognized the benefits that result from standardizing maintenance methods, practices, and procedures across the enterprise.

By Robert Kelley
HMI, OI December 1, 1999

Duct liner insulation

Ultra*Round spiral duct liner insulation is described in a new 4-p brochure. Physical properties, features, benefits, and installation guidelines are provided in the literature. CertainTeed Corp.

By Staff
HMI, OI December 1, 1999

Automation software resources add power and flexibility

Genesis32 6.0 is OPC 2.0 standard compliant.

By Staff
HMI, OI December 1, 1999

Data acquisition and instrumentation

The 2000 catalog features more than 320 pp of data acquisition and instrumentation products. Photos illustrate each product, and a selection guide leads readers to the best product for any application.

By Staff
HMI, OI December 1, 1999

Dust collector products

Product selection guide offers information on a complete line of dust collection equipment.

By Staff
HMI, OI December 1, 1999

Diaphragm pumps

A 40-p pump selection guide features a wide range of air-operated double-diaphragm pumps in sizes from 1/4-3 in. with flow rates from 5-275 gpm. Technical specifications, performance curves, and schematic diagrams are provided for each model.

By Staff
HMI, OI November 1, 1999

Building a quality, intranet-based document management system

Before 1997, whenever a manufacturing issue came up or an employee needed to be trained at our plant, someone would head into an office to find the appropriate operating procedure or training manual.

By Scott S. Haraburda
HMI, OI November 1, 1999

Intelligence and Wizards simplify data collector use

Microlog CMVA60 vibration data collector/analyzer includes Wizards and on board intelligence to guide users through detection, analysis, and correction of machine problems.

By Staff
HMI, OI November 1, 1999

Restraint safely holds nearly all trailers

Global Wheel-Lok vehicle restraint secures virtually all trailer configurations to the loading dock, including those with hydraulic lift gates.

By Staff
HMI, OI November 1, 1999

Drain cleaner uses auto feeds

K-40 drain cleaner features a guide hose power feed accessory that does away with whipping cables and leaves the job site cleaner.

By Staff
HMI, OI November 1, 1999

Monitoring system requires no field adjustments

Silo Patrol inventory monitoring system provides for reliable measurements in silos and tanks. It features robust design, smart sensor technology, and multi-functional HMI.

By Staff
HMI, OI November 1, 1999

Thin client computer cuts HMI and SCADA costs

ThinTerm industrial client computer replaces expensive industrial computers with inexpensive Windows terminals. Unit lets all HMI software run on a single, centrally located server and drastically cuts total cost of ownership for HMI and SCADA systems.

By Staff
HMI, OI November 1, 1999

Touch button eases repetitive motion concerns

Zero-Force industrial touch button converts human touch into an electrical output that initiates operation. Ergonomic design helps prevent carpal tunnel and other disorders common in repetitively-used operator interfaces.

By Staff
HMI, OI October 1, 1999

Surfing…

store.intellution.com - IntelliStore from Intellution, Inc., provides services, products, third-party components, and other information to sim- plify more effective purchases for its customers.

By Staff
HMI, OI October 1, 1999

Adjustable speed drive has three operating modes

AV-300i adjustable speed drive features a closed loop field oriented control (FOC), sensorless FOC, and Volts/Hertz operating modes. With horsepower ranging from 3/4-200, this compact drive is suitable for a broad range of applications.

By Staff
HMI, OI October 1, 1999

Safety resources

Health and safety resource guide offers product information on air purifying respirators, powered and supplied air systems, self-contained breathing apparatus, hearing protection, personal air monitoring systems, and more.

By Staff
HMI, OI September 1, 1999

Conveyor chain

Double plus chain, which conveys products up to 2.5 times the speed of the base chain with reduced noise, is described in a 24-p brochure.

By Staff
HMI, OI September 1, 1999

Proper handwashing

A Guide to Proper Handwashing: How to Fight Germs Simply and Effectively defines handwashing and offers tips on when to wash hands. The 12-p brochure illustrates proper handwashing techniques and explains the types of skin cleaners available.

By Staff
HMI, OI September 1, 1999

Better searching: Technology and people

If you're like me and many others surfing the internet, you reluctantly rely on search engines to help you find information.

By Len O'Neal
HMI, OI August 1, 1999

Behave yourself

A training program covers all aspects of behavior-based safety instruction, from the scientific basis to setting up a successful work place program, through making safety orientation take hold and work.

By Staff
HMI, OI August 1, 1999

HazMat resources

A catalog and resource guide lists drums, steel containment sumps, heavy-duty spill decking, and other products for use in HazMat situations. Product specifications and photographs are included in the brochure. P&D Solutions www.

By Staff
HMI, OI August 1, 1999

This guide gets you boiling

Boiler Comparison Guide evaluates the characteristics of flexible watertube steam boilers to firetube steel, cast iron, and other watertube boilers.

By Staff
HMI, OI August 1, 1999

Coil replacement made easy

Coil Sidekick accurately field measures tubes, fins, and connections for any coil that needs replacement. In addition, there are step-by-step instructions showing how to replace any coil.

By Staff
HMI, OI August 1, 1999

Clean spray painting

Contamination Control Considerations for Paint Spray Applications, Recommended Practice IEST-RP-CC029.1, provides guidelines and recommended procedures for controlling dirt contamination (particles, fibrous material, etc.

By Staff
HMI, OI August 1, 1999

Plate heat exchanger

Product guide details design, features, and applications of the Compabloc fully welded plate heat exchanger. The unit is rated for up to 600 F and 450 psig. Alfa Laval Thermal, Inc.

By Staff
HMI, OI August 1, 1999

Data acquisition – 1999-08-01

The 1999 guide to high performance data acquisition solutions introduces many systems, including DAT/AIT recorders, oscillographs, and dynamic portable analyzers. Product information and specification data are offered.

By Staff
HMI, OI August 1, 1999

Vacuum products

New 124-p catalog presents a complete range of compact, maintenance-free vacuum pumps and ac- cessories. Detailed schematics, application guides, and product feature sections help the user select the right product for an application.

By Staff
HMI, OI August 1, 1999

Skin care

What is Healthy Skin? A Guide to Understanding Skin and Skin Wellness examines the role of skin in protecting the body. The 8-p guide also identifies skin hazards and discusses how infection is spread through skin contact.

By Staff
HMI, OI August 1, 1999

Touch buttons

Zero-Force touch button line of operator interface devices features a contoured surface that mimics the shape of the palm of a hand, helping eliminate repetitive motion commonly found in standard operator interfaces.

By Staff
HMI, OI July 1, 1999

Duct heaters

A full line of electric duct heaters for a wide range of applications including wet, dusty, and corrosive environments is featured in a 64-p catalog.

By Staff
HMI, OI June 1, 1999

Hose and tubing guide

A catalog offers updated details on a complete line of thermoplastic hose and tubing. Of the 63 items included, 18 have reformulated compounds to provide compliance with NSF-51, NSF-61, and California Proposition 65 requirements.

By Staff
HMI, OI June 1, 1999

Spring into action

A new guide provides all the information needed to plan, design, and specify custom springs, wire forms, and stampings.

By Staff
HMI, OI June 1, 1999

Pick the perfect joist

A 28-min video serves as an introduction to steel joists and a tool for selection and specification. The tape includes advantages and benefits of steel joists, and describes the four standardized products and how they are used. The video costs $35.

By Staff
HMI, OI June 1, 1999

HMI/SCADA automation software supports Windows 98, SQL servers, more

FIX 4.0 automation software now features OPC server capability, SQL server support, and support for the latest versions of Microsoft Windows 98 and NT operating systems.

By Staff
HMI, OI June 1, 1999

Vending machine tampering: How serious?

Some of the world's best inventions are apt to trigger rash outbursts of temper. The computer that acts up, the telephone when it plays the numbers game, and the vending machine that fails to vend, to cite a small sampling.

By Raymond Dreyfack
HMI, OI May 1, 1999

AC drives – 1999-05-01

Full-color guide features the VLT 2800 series ac drives for fractional to 5-hp applications. The guide contains information on performance, adaptability, durability, Logic I/O, and hardware and communcations options offered.

By Staff
HMI, OI May 1, 1999

Stick welding

A 72-p guide to procedures and techniques gives operators a thorough overview of how to create high quality welds in the most cost-effective manner. Topics covered extend from preweld concerns to postweld inspection and troubleshooting.

By Staff
HMI, OI May 1, 1999

Your total compressor cost may be too high

When users talk about updating their compressed air systems, they often say: "The price is too high!" Why is that? And why is the price always questioned? Maybe cost is not explained well enough.

By Harold H Wagner
HMI, OI May 1, 1999

Chart updates gas concentration limits

An updated wall chart, "OSHA Concentration Limits for Gases and Instrument Selection Guide," gives information on time weighted average (TWA), short-term exposure limit (STEL), and Ceiling set forth by 29 CFR 1910, January 1, 1998.

By Staff
HMI, OI May 1, 1999

Labeling guide

A comprehensive full-color guide covers proper labeling for conformance with the TIA/EIA-606 Labeling Standard. The 40-p reference includes innovative solutions to put a network cabling system into compliance.

By Staff
HMI, OI May 1, 1999

Shaft alignment simplified

TMEA 1 shaft alignment tool makes accurate machine adjustment simpler and quicker than using traditional methods and equipment. The unit uses four buttons and proven laser alignment techniques.

By Staff
HMI, OI April 1, 1999

Pressure transducers – 1999-04-01

A 20-p handbook covers understanding, specifying, and applying capacitive pressure transducers.

By Staff
HMI, OI April 1, 1999

High-pressure water

Waterjetting tools and systems are the subject of a 56-p catalog. Product categories presented include self-rotating nozzles, tube lancing systems, rotary couplings, nozzles and nipples, and powered rotation devices.

By Staff
HMI, OI April 1, 1999

Casters and wheels

A complete line of casters and wheels is presented in a 112-p catalog. The publication provides complete specifications for thousands of casters and wheels with load capacities from 60-8000-lb each.

By Staff
HMI, OI April 1, 1999

Keep your guard up

Machine Guard Safety video training program explains how various types of equipment prevent accidents and injury. The program comes with a leader's guide, employee quiz, training log, and training certificate. The Marcom Group, Ltd., www.marcomltd.

By Staff
HMI, OI April 1, 1999

Benefits and pitfalls of software for project management

Like just about every other topic imaginable today, project management has been both complicated and simplified by the influence of microprocessor technology.

By Jeanine Katzel
HMI, OI April 1, 1999

Vehicle restraint fits most trailers

Global Wheel-Lok vehicle restraint secures virtually all configurations of trailers to the loading dock.

By Staff
HMI, OI March 1, 1999

Rupture discs

A 4-p technical bulletin explains the current ASME code as it pertains to the application of rupture disks, and the new rules regarding the application of the ASME UD code symbol.

By Staff
HMI, OI March 1, 1999

PE sensing

An information-packed 20-p specifier's guide provides detailed information on advanced photoelectric and ultrasonic sensors.

By Staff
HMI, OI March 1, 1999

Particle emission monitor meets EPA guidelines

DustMeter particle emission transmitter complies with EPA guidelines by providing reliable and economical continuous monitoring and detection of filter failures.

By Staff
HMI, OI March 1, 1999

Air cleaners

Model OM6000DD air cleaners capture airborne oil mist through a combination of baffle-type oil impingers and special oil mist bag filters. Captured oil goes to the bottom of the unit and out the drain.

By Staff
HMI, OI March 1, 1999

Don’t work in a vacuum

A free 60-p reference guide to industrial vacuum includes sections on terminology and product descriptions. The handbook also includes material on designing an efficient system, pages of drawings showing applications, and glossary of vacuum terms.

By Staff
HMI, OI March 1, 1999

Applying double-diaphragm pumps

An extensive guide to air-operated, double-diaphragm pumps examines performance, specifications, air distribution systems, and accessories. Metal and plastic pumps for a variety of applications are included in the free 52-p brochure.

By Staff
HMI, OI February 1, 1999

Drumming up solutions

Drum handling equipment video guide is an overview of many types of products, including dispensers, drum mixers, drum carts, dollies, drum clutchers, and rotators. The stacker positions 55-gal. steel drums horizontally on shelves.

By Staff
HMI, OI February 1, 1999

Data acquisition – 1999-02-01

A 20-p catalog features popular hardware, software, and interface tools for a variety of industrial automation applications. Automated data collection, time and attendance systems, and operator interfaces/control terminals are the areas of focus.

By Staff
HMI, OI February 1, 1999

Disabled job applicant: Approach gingerly

At times, a disabled job applicant can put you smack in the middle in your effort to decide what's right, what's legal, and what's allowable. Also, disabled or not, you want to give qualified candidates a fair chance at the job.

By Raymond Dreyfack
HMI, OI January 1, 1999

Fieldbus

Updated Fieldbus Wiring Design and Installation Guide is filled with information on wiring and troubleshooting a Foundation Fieldbus network. The 40-p publication contains new sections on signaling and determining maximum network segment size.

By Staff
HMI, OI January 1, 1999

Wall provides the answer

Free 18-in. X 27 1/2 -in. wall chart includes industrial regulators on one side and natural gas regulators on the other, with photos of the products. Smaller wall charts -- 8 1/4 in. X 12 1/2 in.

By Staff
HMI, OI January 1, 1999

Anchoring systems

A 52-p catalog presents a wide range of anchors in epoxy, mechanical, and cast-in-place types. Selection and calculation guides help determine the type and size of anchor needed. Other useful sections include accessories and troubleshooting.

By Staff
HMI, OI January 1, 1999

Welding electrodes

A new 32-p guide makes it easier for welders to determine which stick electrode to use for a particular application. Detailed illustrations and charts help even the most inexperienced welder quickly find needed information.

By Staff
HMI, OI January 1, 1999

Create the perfect boiler

Boilerspec web/CD-ROM program can create specifications suited to a project or application.

By Staff
HMI, OI January 1, 1999

Gas regulators

An updated brochure on natural gas regulators contains photos, descriptions, and specifications on regulators, slam shuts, and relief valves.

By Staff
HMI, OI December 1, 1998

Find the right height

To achieve the highest level of separation efficiency with suspended electro and permanent magnets, they must be positioned the correct distance from the conveyor belt.

By Staff
HMI, OI December 1, 1998

Saving compressed air energy

A guide to understanding and measuring the complete cost of generating compressed air, often referred to as the fourth utility, demonstrates that in 125-hp applications the annual cost of electrical power to drive air compressors can be twice the cost of the compressor unit. It outlines easy steps to dramatically increase the efficiency of existing systems. Kaeser Compressors www.kaeser.com.

By Staff
HMI, OI December 1, 1998

Bellows protect linear guides

Walk-On protective bellows for linear guides maintains long life and reduce or eliminate frequent replacement and maintenance problems caused by abuse.

By Staff
HMI, OI December 1, 1998

Order picker

A new electric order picker fork lift with a 3000-lb capacity is presented in 6-p brochure and a 6-p specification guide.

By Staff
HMI, OI December 1, 1998

Air sampling products

A complete line of air sampling products, including sample pumps, calibrators, collection media, and passive samplers, is featured in a 1999 catalog.

By Staff
HMI, OI November 1, 1998

Calculating pump costs

A 20-p catalog outlines factors that contribute to the total cost of ANSI pump ownership and includes an extensive presentation of performance curves, impeller designs, sealing solutions, base plate mountings, and options.

By Staff
HMI, OI November 1, 1998

Paging, wizards, symbol library enhance control software

Cimplicity HMI version 3.

By Staff
HMI, OI November 1, 1998

Automation software suite functions seamlessly

OAenterprise 98 object-based, industrial automation software contains numerous manufacturing-oriented components for the visualization and back-end support of such services as control, HMI, history storage, and alarm management.

By Staff
HMI, OI November 1, 1998

Reflectors aid spotting of truck trailers at docks

Guiding Lite2 dock reflectors are an inexpensive approach to spotting truck trailers safely into loading docks. The 4 X 18-in. reflectors feature a microprismatic, retroreflective film that provides an extra bright, luminescent, day and night guide.

By Staff
HMI, OI November 1, 1998

Upgrade safety training

"General Awareness" and "Safety Training" video programs contain the latest DOT updates, including information on labeling/placarding, safe handling of hazardous materials, and the Emergency Response Guidebook.

By Staff
HMI, OI November 1, 1998

Management software ensures proper lubrication practices

Lube-It 2.5 allows the user to schedule individual lubrication tasks more efficiently, eliminating the possibility of equipment failure due to inadequate lubrication. Software features a Windows interface that guides the user through the scheduling.

By Staff
HMI, OI November 1, 1998

Level transmitter offers superior performance at low cost

Eclipse guided wave radar level transmitter is a loop-powered, 24-V dc, liquid-level transmitter. The enclosure orients dual compartments in the same plane and is angled to maximize ease of wiring, configuration, setup, and data display.

By Staff
HMI, OI November 1, 1998

System Monitors, Controls Data

NetPoiNT provides users with world-class HMI capabilities, gives access to real-time and historical data, and monitors and controls on-going activities from any computer on an enterprise system using a standard web browser.

By Staff
HMI, OI October 1, 1998

Matching volts and plugs

NEMA Configuration Wall Chart illustrates the relationship between receptacle and plug configurations and their amperage and voltage ratings. Additions to the 27 in. X 19 in.

By Staff
HMI, OI October 1, 1998

Controls

A 32-p catalog features popular in-stock controls. Included are time delay relays, timing modules, universal timers, alternating relays, three-phase monitors, current sensors, liquid level controls, flashers, and more.

By Staff
HMI, OI October 1, 1998

Test equipment – 1998-10-01

New product listings and information about meters, oscilloscopes, probes, power supplies, and accessories are presented in a 24-p booklet. Oscilloscope users will benefit from a special probe guide.

By Staff
HMI, OI October 1, 1998

Is an employee liable for misconduct off the job?

When Maintenance Foreman Pete Schifflin got word that Grade II Welder Joe Fallon had been convicted of shoplifting at a local department store, he wasn't surprised. Fallon was a slippery character in Schifflin's opinion and not to be trusted.

By Raymond Dreyfack
HMI, OI October 1, 1998

Consumer confidence showing signs of strain

There's mounting evidence that the stock market "correction," international financial turmoil, and the personal problems of the President are beginning to weigh on the minds of Americans.

By Staff
HMI, OI October 1, 1998

Different strokes

A free cylinder crossover slide rule provides for easy conversion of Airstroke air spring actuators to replace hydraulic or pneumatic cylinders.

By Staff
HMI, OI October 1, 1998

Interactive selection

A free, 2.0 version CD-ROM interactive caster selection guide makes choosing the correct product fast and easy.

By Staff
HMI, OI October 1, 1998

Welding stainless steel

A free guide, Stainless Steels: Properties -- How to Weld Them -- Where to Use Them, provides a comprehensive look at stainless alloys, welding processes, and consumables.

By Staff
HMI, OI October 1, 1998

Oiler lubricates pneumatic tools

Pneuguard lubricator improves the performance and service life of pneumatic tools by adding an oil mist to compressed airlines whenever the tool is in operation.

By Staff
HMI, OI October 1, 1998

Regulate temperature & pressure

Temperature and Pressure Regulators is a free, 140-p technical handbook that contains selection guides to assist the user in choosing the right regulator for his application.

By Staff
HMI, OI October 1, 1998

Chain hoist works in tight quarters

Loadlifter Series 622 hand chain hoist features a compact design and low headroom, making it simple to install in confined areas. The hoist requires minimum maintenance, and the enclosed housing allows outdoor use.

By Staff
HMI, OI September 1, 1998

Don’t get trapped

Steam Trap Selection Guide provides all the required information to pick the technology that best matches the application.

By Staff
HMI, OI September 1, 1998

Security is a video away

Site Survey and Installation Tips and Techniques video describes electromagnetic locking systems. This entertaining and informative 1-hr video highlights a typical location, from site survey to system installation.

By Staff
HMI, OI September 1, 1998

Track welder performance

A 4-p color brochure documents the functions of a welder management software program. ASME Welder enables the user to maintain accurate, up-to-date welder performance qualification records and continuity logs.

By Staff
HMI, OI September 1, 1998

Respirators

An easy-to-understand selection guide for air-purifying respirators helps in finding the correct product.

By Staff
HMI, OI September 1, 1998

Compressed air products

A 72-p catalog and technical guide offers solutions to common industrial cooling, blowoff, cleaning, drying, conveying, and static electricity problems.

By Staff
HMI, OI September 1, 1998

Signal interface

Interface products that support signal processing and conditioning, power supplies, and overvoltage protection are featured in a 160-p selection guide.

By Staff
HMI, OI September 1, 1998

Can racial slurs be erased by hiring a black worker?

When black Stockroom Attendant Anita Shaw complained to Maintenance Supervisor Ben Arnold that Bill Jones, his assistant, was guilty of racist statements, Arnold investigated.

By Raymond Dreyfack
HMI, OI August 1, 1998

Have you tried switching?

Switch Product Data Book provides complete specifications, engineering data, and selection guides for general purpose, miniature, and DIP switches.

By Staff
HMI, OI August 1, 1998

Surge protection

Surge protection products for service entrances, branch circuits, and point of use are the subject of a 28-p catalog.

By Staff
HMI, OI August 1, 1998

Can you reject an applicant because she’s pregnant?

Maintenance Control Clerk Mary Rheem resigned because she was going to have a baby. This made her supervisor, Greg Burnside, supersensitive to the departmental hazard of pregnancy. Control clerk was a critical job that required a lot of training.

By Raymond Dreyfack
HMI, OI August 1, 1998

Fiberscope has two-way articulation

QTCFS26 multiflex fiberscope is supplied with 8-mm dia X 660-mm working length with stay-put shaft, 100-W light source, 5-ft light guide cable, 55-deg field of view, frictionless control for two-way articulation of viewing tip through 240 deg, and DIN eyepiece with diopter adjustment. Q-Tronics Co.

By Staff
HMI, OI August 1, 1998

Pressure-sensitive safety mat detects light loads

FF-SM Series safety mat is a pressure-sensitive protective device that uses an infrared modulated light source spread by a fiber optic cable and operates in a positive break light mode. The presence of a load greater than 66.

By Staff
HMI, OI August 1, 1998

Door system easily reinserts panels

DuraRoll high-speed door has a soft bottom edge, dual safety photo cells, builtin draft resistance, flexible breakout panels, and NEMA 4 watertight control panel.

By Staff
HMI, OI August 1, 1998

Test equipment – 1998-08-01

A 36-p catalog presents a wide range of electrical testers. Included are DMMs and clamp-ons, analog testers, telecommunications and LAN testers, wire tracers, specialty testers, and accessories.

By Staff
HMI, OI July 1, 1998

Regulator relief

A 140-p handbook, Temperature and Pressure Regulators, contains selection guides to assist the user in picking the right type of regulator.

By Staff
HMI, OI July 1, 1998

The scoop on interlock receptacles

An 18-p brochure and 10-min video describe a full line of mechanical interlock receptacles. The package offers valuable information about interlock solutions to meet the growing emphasis on safety, global specifications, and OSHA lockout regulations.

By Staff
HMI, OI July 1, 1998

Getting the dirt

A comprehensive guide, Principles and Applications of Hydraulic Filters, explains the whys and wherefores of detecting and eliminating contamination in hydraulic systems.

By Staff
HMI, OI July 1, 1998

Virtual handbook of books

Book of Books Update is an online handbook at http:www.books1.com that covers 16 subject areas. Books from 15 leading publishers, including professional societies such as IEE, ASME, ACS, and ASM Intl., are included.

By Staff
HMI, OI June 1, 1998

All-organic polymer separates oil and water

KlarAid all-organic polymer coagulant was specifically developed for industrial oil/water separation applications.

By Staff
HMI, OI June 1, 1998

Compressed air filtration

A 16-p booklet is a practical guide to help attain reliable, energy-efficient compressed air filtration at minimum cost.

By Staff
HMI, OI June 1, 1998

Compressed air – 1998-06-01

An 8-p guide provides a step-by-step approach to selecting and determining an air system. Six key elements addressed are demand, air quality, supply, storage, distribution, and layout. A glossary, rules of thumb, and conversion formulas are included.

By Staff
HMI, OI May 1, 1998

Can you fire a chronic gambler?

Ed Bonney, a young engineer in the plant engineering department, was rated above average from a performance standpoint, but viewed as a security risk by his boss, Engineering Supervisor Bob Griffin.

By Raymond Dreyfack
HMI, OI May 1, 1998

Makeup air heaters

A 4-p guide describes how a 100% heat-efficient series of direct fired makeup air heaters delivers pressure and temperature control at minimum cost. An easy-to-read specification chart simplifies model selection.

By Staff
HMI, OI May 1, 1998

Commutator maintenance

An 18-p guide offers detailed text and illustrations for commutator and slip-ring maintenance. Problem identification, troubleshooting, and how-to sections provide instructions for restoring and maintaining contact surfaces.

By Staff
HMI, OI April 1, 1998

Enterprise-wide software challenges plant engineers to expand their influence

Until recently, mentioning the enterprise more than likely conjured up images of a well-known starship. In the last year or so, however, the term enterprise has come to be connected with an entirely different subject: enterprise-wide software.

By Jeanine Katzel
HMI, OI March 1, 1998

Hot water boiler burns used oil

Coil Tube Boiler burns used oil to economically heat water for closed loop applications, such as snow melt and wash water. The unit is rated at 280,000 Btu/hr and burns 2 gph. Clean Burn, Inc. www.cleanburn.com

By Staff
HMI, OI March 1, 1998

Hazgas guide

Gas Sensors Handbook provides information on the dangers of hazardous gases, principles of gas detection and monitoring systems, and includes a section on gas sensors and their characteristics and applications. A glossary of terms is included.

By Staff
HMI, OI March 1, 1998

Corrosion control

This 1998 Products Guide is the largest compilation of material degradation reference materials in the world. The publication features more than 1000 books, technical standards, software, and related products for corrosion control and prevention.

By Staff
HMI, OI March 1, 1998

Have mobile space station, will travel

A 36-p pocket guide, The Mobile Space Station, includes detailed specification information relative to mobile and inplant offices, multi-sectional buildings, storage trailers, and storage containers.

By Staff
HMI, OI March 1, 1998

Working safer and smarter

Space Optimization Guide provides an objective overview of ergonomic reach zones, workspace layout, and effects of wasted motion.

By Staff
HMI, OI March 1, 1998

Choosing long-life pumps

A condensed, full-line catalog contains performance data, specifications and descriptions, color photos, and typical applications for positive displacement pumps.

By Staff
HMI, OI March 1, 1998

Filter cartridges

A complete selection of industrial filter cartridges is described in a 4-p selection guide. Six different filter types are covered in 10, 20, and 30-in. sizes. Hayward Industrial and Commercial Filtration www.thomasregister.com/hayward

By Staff
HMI, OI February 1, 1998

What’s in an acronym?

Telecommunications Acronym Directory is a handy reference guide to often-used acronyms and abbreviations used in the telecommunications industry.

By Staff
HMI, OI February 1, 1998

Properly Designed Filtration Systems Keep Plant Air Quality High

With the variety of contaminants that exist in most manufacturing plants, a single type of filtration system or filter medium seldom is universally effective.

By Dean Schneider
HMI, OI February 1, 1998

Watch my hands

Chemrest chemical resistance guide is a comprehensive computer program of commonly used chemicals and appropriate hand protection for each.

By Staff
HMI, OI February 1, 1998

Checking spills across the country

Environmental compliance professionals now have a time-saving, updated reference for their reporting requirements -- Spill Reporting Procedures Guide.

By Staff
HMI, OI February 1, 1998

Double jeopardy: can an employee be tried twice on the same charge?

After maintenance department Utility Worker Jack Hansen grabbed a female employee's buttocks, tried to embrace her, and talk her into having sex with him despite her struggle to get free, he was fired for sexual harassment.

By Raymond Dreyfack
HMI, OI February 1, 1998

Condensate separator boils off water

Condensate separation system offers an efficient, low cost method for isolating lubricant from condensate for easy disposal.

By Staff
HMI, OI January 1, 1998

Does a manual constitute an employment contract?

Bill Hadley, a young engineer in the plant engineering department hired six months ago, had his good points and bad. But, when Chief Engineer Charley Graham decided that the cons exceeded the pros, Graham decided to let him go.

By Raymond Dreyfack
HMI, OI January 1, 1998

Fasteners

Torx Plus Drive System fasteners are covered by an 8-p technical guide. The publication illustrates everything about the product from bit strength to ultimate torque strength, including comparisons of bits/fasteners and other drive systems. K-Tech Mfg.

By Staff
HMI, OI January 1, 1998

How dry I am

Drying Compressed Air explains how to optimize system performance. The 12-p guide discusses methods for drying compressed air, filtration recommendations, techniques on condensation prevention, and types of drying systems. Whatman, Inc.

By Staff
HMI, OI January 1, 1998

Getting all the dirt

Filtration Products Master Catalog is a full-color, 174-p publication detailing housings, bags and elements, construction materials, flow rates, and micron ratings.

By Staff
HMI, OI January 1, 1998

Training series improves safety

Practical Inspection Series has four interlinked video modules, guides, and workbooks that explain proper daily walkthrough inspections, employee hazard reporting, regular housekeeping inspections, and formal general safety and health inspections.

By Staff