Standards

ISO 50001 is designed to identify and implement energy projects that save money by integrating with smart technologies that provide data and help control energy use. A continuous improvement model is divided into four steps: Plan, do, act and check. Courtesy: Department of Energy, Energy Solutions Center (ESC)
Standards September 30, 2019

ISO 50001 benefits for manufacturers

The ISO 50001 standards establishes an energy policy and process to achieve energy management objectives for manufacturers.

By Gas Technology
Each component in an industrial control panel must be properly applied for safe and reliable operation. The requirements for each component are unique and often misunderstood. Courtesy: Eaton’s Bussmann Division
Standards September 27, 2019

Safety tips on SCCR for industrial control panels, industrial machinery

How to determine short-circuit current rating (SCCR) and avoid misapplications. When the industrial control panel or industrial machinery does not have an adequate SCCR for the available short-circuit (fault) current, an electrical hazard exists.

By John Kovacik, Dan Neeser, Christy Rosati and Joe Pavia
Courtesy: Dennis Schroeder, NREL
Standards September 25, 2019

Producing RNG through power-to-gas technology

Power-to-gas (P2G) technology can help produce renewable natural gas (RNG) without creating greenhouse gas emissions, but there are questions about how to make P2G work, mostly related to system optimization and electric grid integration; projects in the field and university research are working to answer those questions.

By Gas Technology
Figure 2: First four phases of the Smart Factory Web Testbed. Courtesy: Industrial Internet Consortium, Fraunhofer IOSB and KETI
Standards September 19, 2019

Smart Factory Web Testbed: From concept to reality

The Smart Factory Web Testbed aims to set up a marketplace for industrial production that comprises a web-based platform to allow factories to offer production capabilities and share resources to improve order fulfillment in a more flexible way than is currently possible with available technology.

By Kym Watson
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Standards August 13, 2019

Putting safety first with collaborative robots

While collaborative robots are starting to be accepted within the manufacturing sector, safety is still a concern for many. Learn how several companies are working to address the safety issue and address misconceptions.

By Suzanne Gill
Table 3: Conditions for fire and explosion hazards. Courtesy: Stonehouse Process Safety Inc.
Standards August 12, 2019

NFPA 652 compliance starts with a dust hazard analysis

Combustible dust safety standard requires understanding the codes.

By Vahid Ebadat, Ph.D.
Courtesy: Axel Americas/STLE
Standards August 6, 2019

Aesthetics in lubricating greases

There are several kinds of lubricating greases available with notably distinct differences in colors, tackiness level and smell.

By Debbie Sniderman
Emerging technologies are solving the problem of unconnectable assets, providing data from legacy systems to people on the shop floor. Courtesy: Fluke
Standards August 2, 2019

Modern technologies solve industrial cybersecurity needs

Emerging condition monitoring software and devices have ingrained cybersecurity that helps bring legacy systems and processes into the modern era.

By Edward Valencia
Figure 1: Badly damaged fan impeller. Courtesy: Holming Fan & Fabrication LLC
Standards August 1, 2019

What to do when a production fan fails

Catastrophic failure of a critical piece of air handling equipment can be devastating.

By Fritz Theilacker
Typical cause of being failure by percentage. Courtesy: ABB
Standards July 29, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 22-28

Articles about alarm management tips, lubrication advice, NFPA 70E advice, maintenance process redesign, and smart manufacturing were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 22-28. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra