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Standards January 7, 2022

Action plan pledges to open up consolidated meat and poultry industries

The White House responded with $150 million to provide development of worker training, increased workplace safety and well-paying jobs.

By Family Farm Action Alliance
Standards October 28, 2021

Potentially explosive atmosphere product certification

Understanding regional requirements for global market access for electrical equipment in potentially explosive environments is critical.

By Zaneer Iqbal
Standards November 2, 2018

Crane & hoist inspection

The Mainman Crane & Hoist inspection is a multi-point visual inspection of overhead lifting equipment. Inspection results alert customers of maintenance problems and points out areas that are not in compliance to OSHA standards. The results are delivered in a detailed report that can be hand delivered or accessed through the Internet.

By Staff
Standards November 2, 2018

Laser level

The L97 mini-magnet laser level can project a beam of light more than 80 yards to help align objects. The level makes a variety of applications easier for electrical contractors and plumbers. Tasks such as bending conduit, aligning an electrical panel box or plumbing metal cabinets can be done faster with this level.

By Staff
Standards July 23, 2013

McGladrey study: Optimism is local, concern is global

While manufacturing continues to grow in the U.S, concerns remain about the global economy and how regulations might impact or hamper the industry's growth

Standards April 1, 2013

Manufacturing ‘resurgence’ possible with accelerated effort

MAPI, Aspen Institute report says ‘disciplined’ approach needed to address tax, energy, export and Skills Gap issues

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Standards March 2, 2012

White paper: SPX: A discussion on air quality standards ISO 8573.1, ISO 12500

It is in all our best interests to select the proper compressed air equipment.

By SPX
Standards February 10, 2011

Heavy duty “mudder” radio

The HYT TC-610 Water-Resistant Radio features high capacity battery, dirt, water resistant casing

Standards January 2, 2011

Hacker Report: More malware in 2011

Hacktivism and cyberwar, more profit-oriented malware, social media, social engineering and malicious codes with the ability to adapt to avoid detection will come on strong in the new year, according to a report by PandaLabs.

Standards April 13, 2010

What plant engineers said about their changing world

With more than 1,300 respondents from more than 40 countries, it's not surprising that there would be a variety of issues on the current and future state of manufacturing.

By Bob Vavra
Standards February 18, 2010

Stronger project management can help drive manufacturing performance

As manufacturing organizations switch their focus from surviving to demonstrating business value, project governance and metrics will play an increasingly important role in keeping management informed about project performance and its impact on the bottom line and customer service.

By Joseph R. Czarnecki, PMP, Senior Advisor, ESI International
Standards December 21, 2009

2010 manufacturing outlook will improve, says Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International

Economic influences in 2010 include credit availability, inflation, demand, and government policies. Improvements are expected, FMA says.

Standards December 21, 2009

IBM Expands Ecosystem of Partners to Provide Robust Data Center Solutions

IBM Partnerships Help Clients Increase Availability, Energy Efficiency; Cut Capital and Operating Costs

By Company Supplied
Standards December 3, 2009

USB data logger for temperature measurements

This USB data logger is capable of measuring and recording more than 32,000 temperature readings, has a long-life lithium battery and is IP67 rated.

Standards December 1, 2009

Indoor air comfort

In the world of large diameter, low speed fans, comfort and energy efficiency are synonymous with air movement. It might not be the first thing facility managers think of when providing comfort for their employees, but air movement provides a year-round solution to summer cooling and winter heating, which in turn increases morale and contributes to employee safety.

By Nina Wolgelenter, Big Ass Fans
Standards December 1, 2009

ASSE pushes for more workplace safety coverage

The American Society of Safety Engineers has written to U.S. Rep. Lynn C.

By Bob Vavra
Standards October 1, 2009

Ultrasound

Ultrasonic leak detection has been used for a variety of applications ranging from energy reduction by locating compressed air leaks to quality assurance inspections such as locating wind noise and water leaks in automobiles. The secret to success is to understand the nature of what type of leak produces a detectible ultrasound and what does not, along with the techniques that can be used for e...

By Alan S. Bandes, UE Systems, Inc.
Standards October 1, 2009

Industry executives: Innovation the key to recovery

A federal strategy and support is critical if American manufacturers are to thrive in the post-recession global economy, leading U.S. manufacturing experts said recently. “U.S. manufacturers absolutely must have innovative energy-efficient and productivity-enhancing technology to be competitive,” Keith Nosbusch, Rockwell Automation, Inc.

Standards September 24, 2009

Virtual Product Showcase focus is safety, avoiding spills

Day-long event features New Pig safety, productivity experts

By Bob Vavra
Standards September 9, 2009

Industry leaders urge technology push to boost manufacturing

Innovation, sustainable energy the key, Rockwell CEO tells National Press Club meeting

By Bob Vavra
Standards May 20, 2009

Global sourcing: Holding low-cost suppliers to higher standard yields competitive edge

Headlines about product recalls focus manufacturers' attention on whom and from where they purchase materials. Some have increased wariness of dealing with suppliers from "low-cost" countries, which may not be a bad thing.

Standards May 18, 2009

The recovery is coming – slowly

Manufacturer's Alliance/MAPI report shows modest room for growth

By PLE Staff
Standards April 1, 2009

Control transformers

The HPS Fortress series of encapsulated control transformers has been expanded. Single-phase units are available in 0.50 kVA to 5 kVA. Units are encapsulated with electrical grade silica sand and resin compounds. The NEMA 3R enclosure meets or exceeds NEMA and ANSI standards. AutomationDirect www.automationdirect.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards March 6, 2009

Smart technology on the grid for Congress

A big portion of the Federal Government’s stimulus package – $4.5 billion, according to Cnet News – is planned to go for the development and implementation of smart grid technology. But in recent testimony to Congress this week, executives from NIST and NEMA said that money could be squandered if distributed before standards for the technology are put into place.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards March 1, 2009

Manufacturing plant as classroom: Reinventing continuous learning

At East Hartford, CT-based Dur-A-Flex, they've taken Lean to a whole new level. Instituting it as a  continuous learning  and improvement process, the company has seen increases in yield and a great reduction of waste, all while empowering its employees along the way.

By Bonnie Del Conte, CONNSTEP Inc.
Standards February 18, 2009

World-class in high-tech: Digital River enhances global e-commerce platform

A new regulatory fee management tool enable consumer electronics companies to meet complicated recycling and copyright regulations when selling online.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Standards February 10, 2009

ISA releases industrial cyber security management standard

ANSI has approved a second standard in the ISA99 Security for Industrial Automation and Control Systems series. The new standard describes cyber security management criteria, including policies, procedures, practices and personnel.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards February 1, 2009

AC drive

The PowerFlex 755 ac drive is available in power ranges from 7.5 to 250 kW or 10 to 350 hp at 400/480 Vac and 540/650 Vdc input; supports multiple languages; and meets global standards and certifications. Features include embedded DeviceLogix control, EtherNet/IP and embedded Safe Torque-Off and Safe-Speed Monitoring safety options.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards January 28, 2009

Website focuses on new hearing regulations

Partnership with E-A-R, Peltor, 3M brings latest data to plant managers

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards January 23, 2009

Green reality: “Regulations won’t stop until the wooly mammoth returns”

IDC, the Framingham, Mass.-based research firm, was pleasantly surprised in a survey of 372 U.S. companies to find that the vast majority—72 percent—stated that green/sustainability issues were important to senior management.  Much of the interest, however, is being driven by regulations—a key factor in doing business. As one survey respondent put it: “Regulations won’t stop until the wooly mammoth returns.”

By Frank O Smith, senior contributing editor (fosmith@thewritinggroup.com)
Standards January 14, 2009

Quality commotion: Many kids are saying no to a career in engineering

An American Society for Quality survey among youth ages 8-17—as well as among parents—aimed to provide a better understanding about the perceptions of selecting an engineering career in light of a troubling shortage, which will reach 70,000 by 2010 based on an estimate by the National Science Foundation.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Standards January 10, 2009

Screwdriver

The Felo Ergonic screwdriver handle conforms to the user’s hand to eliminate pressure points.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards January 1, 2009

ISA: Moving full speed ahead

As author and poet G.K. Chesterton once said, “The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears and new eyes.” The International Society of Automation's task as we start this calendar year is to do just that: develop a new outlook to match the needs of the professionals we serve.

By Dr. Gerald W. Cockrell, 2009 ISA president Indiana State University
Standards January 1, 2009

Explore new options to bring cleaner air to the plant floor

Indoor air quality is an increasingly important responsibility for plant managers. Fundamental concerns include fiscal responsibilities for energy conservation and waste minimization, and additional duties arise from the need to comply with workplace heath and safety standards.

By Mike Harris, Air Quality Engineering Inc.
Standards December 10, 2008

Brake cleaner

U-10 brake cleaner has a low VOC content and improves brake performance by removing brake fluid, dust, dirt, grease and oil without disassembling the brake unit.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards November 13, 2008

Lighting systems outlook dim

Residential market affects domestic lighting system shipments; commercial, industrial sector holding on, but not for long

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards October 22, 2008

Instant snapshot: Inventory “rightsizing” program softens impact of the credit crunch

Inventory management specialist ToolsGroup says it has an innovative new program to help companies quickly “rightsize” their inventories, free up millions of dollars of cash, and improve free cash flow—or FCF. The new program, called Rapid Inventory Rightsizing (RIR), seeks to reduce a company’s working capital needs.In this era of tight credit and higher cost of capital, cash is king. According to the U.S.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Standards October 21, 2008

Carter named new president of Rockwell Software

Ex-Pavilion CEO moves from acquisition to head division

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards September 15, 2008

Precision screwdrivers

FELO precision screwdrivers feature handles that are designed to be used either in a finger-tip, precision mode or a full-grip, high-torque mode.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards September 15, 2008

In search of a wireless standard

Although the yet-to-be-completed ISA100 standard promises to establish policies and procedures, as well as best practices for using wireless systems in an industrial environment, there are three “standards” vying for prominence in the field device arena: ISA100.11a, WirelessHART and ZigBee PRO.

By Jack Smith, Managing Editor
Standards September 3, 2008

Small-vehicle production ramps up

Ford Motor Co. plans to convert a body shop that will eventually produce smaller vehicles.

By Amara Rozgus
Standards August 19, 2008

Fast talk: GXS EDI solution connects lighting manufacturer to global partners

Osram Sylvania, one of the two largest lighting manufacturers in the world, is using GXS Trading Grid Messaging Service to manage B2B e-commerce transactions with customers and suppliers on a global basis.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Standards August 15, 2008

Strengthening relationships between suppliers and OEMs

Robbins Manufacturing has a long tradition of continuous improvement. ISO certification, quality management systems, Value Stream Mapping, 5S and other Lean programs are just a few of the many initiatives the company has invested in to streamline costs and processes and better serve customers. But for owner Greg Robbins and general manager Jim Heathman, the job is never done.

By Mike Klonsinski, Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Standards August 1, 2008

Tips for financing in tight times

Good news: While the U.S. economy is stuck in downshift, manufacturing hasn't universally lost traction, nor its ability to secure money from financial markets, says Tom Murphy, executive VP of the manufacturing and wholesale distribution practice for RSM McGladrey, the fifth-largest U.S. accounting, tax, and business consulting firm.

By Staff
Standards July 31, 2008

Surface-mount dc/dc converter

These compact dc/dc converters feature high isolation, surface-mount packaging and 2-W power handling capability.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards July 22, 2008

USBIC advisory: Domestic manufacturers say new Democratic trade bill will stem foreign trade cheating; key loopholes remain

U.S. Business and Industry Council (USBIC) recommended quick passage of a new bill introduced by senior House Democrats to improve the enforcement of U.S. trade agreements and trade laws.

By U.S. Business and Industry Council
Standards July 15, 2008

Drying system

The Macrowave RF drying system selectively heats only the patterned coatings on the web and leaves the bound moisture in the substrates intact, which prevents over-drying, distortion and shrinking. The system is capable of operating at speeds up to 1,500 FPM and requires 1/3 to 1/5 of the floor space of hot air and infrared dryers.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards July 10, 2008

Simplifying the complex: Sterling Commerce delivers first global e-invoicing solution

Sterling Commerce says it has the first solution that enables multinational organisations to automate electronic-invoicing processes worldwide while maintaining conformity with individual tax regulations mandated by multiple countries.“The e-invoicing landscape is complex in both regulation and technology requirements. Managing these correctly is key to increasing the comfort levels of CFOs taking on e-invoicing projects,” says Trevor LaFleche, a senior research analyst with Framingham, Mass.-based IDC Financial Insights .Sterling e-Invoice Gateway eliminates the need to support separate solutions for isolated geographies, and reduces risk and exposure by complying with ever-changing electronic invoicing tax regulations. Operational efficiencies are improved by automating both buyer and seller electronic invoice processes in compliance with country-specific tax regulations.“Compliance with e-invoicing legislation is a complex challenge that is beginning to cost global organisations significant time and money,” says Chris Johnson, a Sterling Commerce VP.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Standards July 10, 2008

Circular connectors

XRC sealed plugs and receptacles meet IP67 standards and protect against the ingress of dust, water and other contaminants.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards July 9, 2008

‘Interoperability’ the buzzword behind Autodesk, Bentley partnership

Sharing of design and engineering data will benefit manufacturing operations

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards June 26, 2008

Strategic initiatives, foundations base of Plant-to-Enterprise conference

Annual MESA conference is Sept. 21-23 in Orlando; registration now open

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards June 18, 2008

Wonderware release targets water, wastewater applications

Wonderware is targeting specific vertical market segments with the recent release of its IndustryPack, which is designed to enhance overall productivity in water and wastewater facility operations.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards June 3, 2008

General purpose electrical wire

THHN building/hookup wire is 19-strand 600V uncoated copper wire available in 4-14 gauge sizes and intended for general purpose, new construction or rewiring 600 V applications.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards May 15, 2008

ICONICS looks forward, but keeps an eye on the past

Even if you overlook the cool factor of the 3-D plant floor imaging capabilities of the ICONICS Genesis 64 system, you still have the ability to connect your plant floor and enterprise systems in a seamless, Web-based package.

By Bob Vavra
Standards May 15, 2008

Green practices meet economic value: achieving the waste-to-profit balance

One person's trash truly is another's treasure.

By Larry Gess, Chicago Manufacturing Center
Standards May 1, 2008

Julie Fraser: Strategic applications shift from enterprise to industry networks

The era of enterprise systems' strategic role is ending. In its current form, core ERP is not likely to provide full support for critical business processes, let alone strategic advantage. That's because acting as a stand-alone enterprise is no longer a competitive strategy. Most manufacturers must now function as members of industry networks.

By Julie Fraser
Standards April 29, 2008

Costs driving U.S. manufacturing firms out of China

According to an Associated Press report, China is loosing some of its attractiveness to foreign investors as rising costs are forcing some U.S. manufacturing firms to leave the country, the American Chamber of Commerce said Monday.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards April 15, 2008

IT: The eighth hidden waste

Information technology is tasked with creating a technology infrastructure that is more flexible, responsive and adaptable to a company’s growing and changing needs while pursuing efficiency and tighter management controls – all at a lower cost.

By Kevin Prouty, Motorola
Standards April 15, 2008

There’s virtue in earning fiscal and eternal profits

The Vatican announced in March that pollution is a sin.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Standards April 11, 2008

Gearbox lubricant

A new gear oil series is engineered to deliver long-lasting wear and corrosion protection for gearboxes.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards March 28, 2008

Temporary covers

Temporary panel covers meet OSHA standards and provide easy and safe access to an electrical panel that is being serviced by a qualified worker.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards March 15, 2008

exida purchases AIM

Process safety consulting and certification company exida.com, LLC has purchased safety lifecycle tools supplier, Asset Integrity Management (AIM) of Aberdeen, Scotland, U.K.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards March 15, 2008

Safety mats

The UMQ series of safety mats features a patented IP67 quick-disconnect cable connector that facilitates cable length changes in the field and is designed for backward compatibility with the mat cable location. Black safety mats in the series are available in standard sizes, with a standardized cable location.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards March 15, 2008

Label printer-applicator

The model 5300 twin-tamp printer-applicator is available with a choice of print engines that offer 203- or 300-dpi label imprinting. The system produces variable-sized text, bar codes and graphic images at print speeds of up to 16-inches per second. The twin-tamp printer applicator features a one-to-one relationship among its label supply, liner rewind and ribbon usage.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards March 14, 2008

Reducer

The Dodge MagnaGear XTR reducer is available with parallel shaft or right angle configurations.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards March 1, 2008

Capgemini concludes: satisfaction, expectations on the rise for third-party logistics providers

When starting a new business relationship, it is important to map out common goals and objectives using a two-way communication process. Then, when problems or challenges occur, both parties can work to solve them together. When it comes to outsourcing, new research shows that although many organizations want to work collaboratively with their third-party logistics (3PL) providers, they are uns...

By Karen Dilger, contributing editor (kadilger@comcast.net)
Standards March 1, 2008

Office goes server-side: Microsoft’s blending of Office with SharePoint begets enterprise collaboration platform

For Del Monte Foods, the San Francisco-based food manufacturer, Microsoft Corp.'s portal and office software were the foundation for a formula change management system. At Metro Vancouver, the water utility for the Vancouver, B.C. area, Microsoft's SharePoint portal—along with a partner application built on it—comprise the foundation for managing real-time trends.

By Roberto Michel, senior contributing editor
Standards February 29, 2008

Designs on compliance: Kongsberg Automotive tackles regulations using quality, risk management solutions

Dyadem's FMEA-Pro quality and risk life-cycle management solution will allow Kongsberg Automotive to unify its compliance reporting from development through preparation and production, resulting in an efficient way to meet its rigorous quality standards.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Standards February 29, 2008

Eye injuries: more than 800,000 suffered at work annually

According to Prevent Blindness America, the U.S. Department of Labor recently reported that eye injuries add up to more than $300 million each year in lost production time, medical expenses and worker compensation.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards February 15, 2008

Plastics guide

A 154-page resource manual titled Introduction to Plastics includes technical information, engineering drawings, plastic application examples and a performance summary, plus general specifications for nearly 100 plastic compounds. It discusses both ASTM and ISO standards and offers all technical information in both standard and metric measurements.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards February 15, 2008

Delivering demand-driven manufacturing, sustainability

Today’s manufacturers have more insight into corporate environmental sustainability than ever before. Sustainable manufacturing is all about choices – finding ways to be more strategic and reducing waste and energy while benefiting the bottom line. Essentially, an efficient plant is a more environmentally sustainable plant.

By Dennis Cocco, Activplant Corp.
Standards January 23, 2008

OPC Training Institute selects Kepware as demonstration standard

Kepware Technologies announced that its products were selected by the OPC Training Institute as its preferred demonstration product for use in OPC hands-on training workshops. The OPCTI will use Kepware OPC products and technology in their training classes and Webcasts to demonstrate OPC server functionality and device connectivity.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards January 17, 2008

National Safety Council’s McMillan to retire

The council’s president and CEO departs following 15 years of service and a well-documented career in the safety and health community.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards January 15, 2008

Idea engineering leads to ‘Eureka!’ moments

Lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, and many other process improvement programs do more than reduce costs and eliminate waste. They create opportunities for growth by increasing capacity. This outcome may be welcome, yet often manufacturers struggle to increase sales enough to fill that capacity and grow their top-line.

By Roy Peters, Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance
Standards January 9, 2008

Regulatory compliance: MES, quality systems excel at pinpointing compliance violations

Adopting manufacturing execution (MES) and quality management systems can give a company a decided advantage when it comes to identifying products or shipments that don’t conform to regulatory requirements. That’s the conclusion drawn from an analysis of more than 650 manufacturing companies conducted by Boston-based Aberdeen Group.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Standards December 21, 2007

H+D Graphics announces FSC certification

H+D Graphics recently announced its meeting the requirements for Forest Stewardship Council certification.

By Staff
Standards December 21, 2007

ASHRAE continues building international community of HVAC&R

The association continues to grow with a new chapter in the Pacific Rim.

By Staff
Standards December 21, 2007

EtherCAT passes as official IEC standard

The EtherCAT Technology Group announced this week that EtherCAT is now an official IEC standard.

By Staff
Standards December 15, 2007

Manufacturing’s future: Chasing the ‘Perfect Plant’

The perfect plant is your vision of a fully integrated, seamlessly operational factory in its purest state. Every key process has been identified and optimized, while the systems supporting it have been simplified, streamlined and stabilized.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards December 15, 2007

Educational software

The CodeSmart Design & Specification Tool: Best Practices for Code Compliant Lighting Controls CD includes video presentations, PDF files, CAD files and links to related information for specifiers and building owners. The content focuses on energy code requirements, code-compliant lighting and design solutions.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards December 15, 2007

Improve all the M’s in TPM system

As discussed last month in Part 1 of our look at TPM, “Total” and “Productive” are the methods by which organizations implements solutions to resolve issues associated with Machines, Manpower, Materials and Money. In Part 2, we explore the focus of improving each of these M’s within TPM.

By Darrin Wikoff, Life Cycle Engineering
Standards December 13, 2007

Low-profile sanitary screener

The VIBROSCREEN FLO-THRU model K24-1FT-SS employs two unbalanced-weight gyratory motors mounted on opposing exterior sidewalls of the unit, reducing minimum height requirements.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards November 15, 2007

High-output light fixture

The 400-Watt high-bay light is a temporary lighting fixture designed for efficiency and use in commercial, industrial and warehouse work areas. The halide lamp meets OSHA 1926.56 requirements for minimum illumination of work bays. It outputs 36,000 initial lumens at 4,200 Kelvin color rendering. Additional features include a Type-O lamp and mogul socket, a spring-loaded clamp hook and a heavy-g...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards November 15, 2007

Efficiency at root of standards debate

An estimated annual energy savings of 13% relative to ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004 should result from a proposed addendum regarding air- and water-cooled chillers. ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, provides minimum requirements for the energy-efficient design of buildings.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards November 10, 2007

ISA Symposium destined for Pensacola Beach

The 54th annual ISA International Instrumentation Symposium will be held May 5-8, 2008, at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front Hotel, Pensacola Beach, Fla.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards November 7, 2007

Power converters

Power converters offer packaging, mounting and input choices; remote sense, comprehensive overvoltage and overload protection circuitry are standard.

By Staff
Standards October 24, 2007

NECA publishes standard for fuse applications

NECA 420-2007, Standard for Fuse Applications (ANSI), has just been published by National Electrical Contractors Association.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards October 24, 2007

Frame grabbers

The MVS-8600e family of frame grabbers connects Camera Link cameras through the PCI Express interface. The frame grabbers are available in cost-effective, single-channel and dual-channel models that increase throughput. The units are equipped with machine-vision software tools that locate objects or patterns, measure their geometric properties, detect defects and read characters and codes.

By Staff
Standards October 19, 2007

Switch enclosure

Available in gray with a yellow top, the RoHS-compliant emergency stop box polycarbonate enclosures measure 65x65x57 millimeters and is designed as an accessory for the Series 84 illuminated emergency-stop button. A 16-millimeter version is available for use with the Series 61 emergency stop, and all enclosures meet IP66 standards.

By Staff
Standards October 12, 2007

ISA, MIMOSA, OAGi, OPC, and WBF join forces

The groups are the prinicipal members of OpenO&M, a cooperative forum where members can work together to solve automation challenges through standardization and harmonization of industry guidelines.

By Staff
Standards October 9, 2007

Open O&M a forum for automation groups

Five associations to share knowledge and work on projects -- but won't set standards

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards October 5, 2007

National Safety Council makes BAPCO 2007 Robert W. Campbell Award recipient

The first non-North American company to receive the award, Bahrain Petroleum dedicates a number of resources to safety, health and environmental efforts, including a full-time staff, regular assessments and audits of performance and a budget of $20 million.

By Staff
Standards September 28, 2007

SME launches laser cutting certificate program

The program builds on fundamental knowledge of CNC operations and part design for CO2 laser cutting.

By Staff
Standards September 21, 2007

World Standards Week arrives in Washington mid-October

Meetings, forum discussions and networking events all planned as part of the four-day event.

By Staff
Standards September 20, 2007

MESA International moving forward

New association model, Website unveiled at Plant2Enterprise Conference

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards September 15, 2007

Info management system

An environmental health and safety information management system is designed to promote consistent regulatory compliance and uniform record keeping. The system integrates with previous EHS infrastructure, and automates environmental health safety functions, including audits and EHS metrics. The system’s software modules are capable of configuration as stand-alone units or integrated suite...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards September 15, 2007

Looking at Lean in a new way accommodates unique workers

What do you do when many of the standards of Lean cannot be applied to an organization that otherwise needs to streamline its operations? For Paul Gormley and his colleagues at Iowa State University Extension, Center for Industrial Research & Service (CIRAS), it meant looking at Lean through a new lens.

By Tim Sullivan, Iowa State University Extension Center for Industrial Research and Service
Standards September 15, 2007

Jeffrey, Johanson to be honored at 2007 ISA gala in Houston

William Jeffrey, director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and K. Arvid Johanson, former chief control system engineer for Union Carbide Corporation/Bechtel Association, will be honored by ISA at its awards gala in Houston as part of October’s ISA Expo. The Honors and Awards Gala 2007 is at the Hyatt Regency Houston, Houston, on Oct.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards September 12, 2007

Standards coming on enterprise control integration

ISA-95 standard the umbrella for WBF, OAGi collaboration

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards September 1, 2007

Web-enabled technology makes fast work of trade regulation compliance

Despite more than five years of on-again/off-again negotiations, the major stumbling blocks to a global free-trade agreement are differences between developed nations—the U.S., Japan, and the European Union—and the major developing nations, represented primarily by China, India, and Brazil.

By Carolyn Heinze (carolynheinze@free.fr)
Standards August 24, 2007

Wonderware appoints Bullotta vice president and chief technology officer

Co-founder of Lighthammer and previous vice president of SAP joins Invensys company.

By Staff
Standards August 20, 2007

NAFTA’s impact quantified; CATFTA’s explored

There’s little evidence that large numbers of U.S. manufacturing jobs were lost due to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In fact, most economists believe NAFTA had only a marginal impact on the much larger U.S. economy.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Standards August 15, 2007

Standards committee proposes Security Compliance Institute

At a May 2007 meeting with the ISA-sponsored Automation Standards Compliance Institute, an ad-hoc group of asset owners and suppliers of industrial automation technology and services moved forward with a plan to establish an ISA Security Compliance Institute. The group’s mission is to decrease the time, cost and risk of developing, acquiring and deploying control systems by establishing ...

By Staff
Standards August 3, 2007

AS/RS system

The MegaLift FSE vertical lift module meets OSHA standards for quiet operation.

By Staff
Standards August 3, 2007

ASHRAE, DOE partner to improve energy efficiency

Under a new agreement, ASHRAE and the U.S. Department of Energy will work to increase building energy efficiency standards for the year 2010 by 30 percent over 2004 standards.

By Staff
Standards July 15, 2007

Learning how to leverage Lean Six Sigma’s power

There are two internationally revered business approaches that, when combined, can offer any company exemplary, tangible improvements and benefits. They are two intensely disciplined approaches that identify and aggressively eliminate wasteful actions, steps and activities that are neither productive nor profitable.

By Steven Bogart, Hudson Valley Technology Development Center
Standards July 15, 2007

Leading organizational improvement: Finding structure within culture

What is it that causes anyone of us to step across the line and commit to a significant undertaking or a new way of doing things?

By David Spong
Standards July 3, 2007

ISA Security Compliance Institute proposed

At a May 2007 meeting with the ISA-sponsored Automation Standards Compliance Institute, an ad-hoc group of influential asset owners and suppliers of industrial automation technology and services moved forward with a plan to establish an ISA Security Compliance Institute.

By Staff
Standards June 15, 2007

Bilingual approach to Lean breaks down barriers to success

While Lean manufacturing concepts are taking hold in a variety of manufacturing industries, the food processing sector has been slower to adopt its principles and tools. Certainly, food processing companies with typically thin margins can quickly realize the benefits of Lean in improving profitability and productivity.

By William Mullane, TechHelp
Standards June 15, 2007

WBF honors Brandl, Emerson for work on ISA specifications

World Batch Forum presented its Thomas G. Fisher Award to Dennis Brandl, principal consultant of BR&L Consulting and Dave Emerson, principal system architect for Yokogawa Corp. of America. They were recognized for their contribution to the ISA-88 and ISA-85 specifications. The presentations were made during the WBF 2007 North American Conference in Baltimore.

By Staff
Standards June 15, 2007

Flow economy determines true pump system efficiency

A properly sized and operated pump can be one of the most efficient means of performing useful work. An average sized pump operates near 75% efficiency, compared to a combustible engine which operates at only 20% efficiency. In relative terms, a pump can be an efficient machine. It is easy to lose sight of the enormous potential for energy savings that exists by optimizing pump systems.

By Daniel Kernan, ITT Corp.
Standards June 15, 2007

On-the-job safety challenges include criminal activity

As a 1988 graduate of Virginia Tech, the recent events in Blacksburg, Va., are very much on my mind. While OSHA has taken no position on this event other than to express sincere condolences to families affected, I thought it might be appropriate to write an article on workplace violence. Workplace violence is not a new concern for OSHA.

By Sherman Williamson, OSHA Department of Enforcement
Standards June 5, 2007

RFID System

BLident is the first modular RFID system with built-in I/O capability. Users may add additional I/O modules to the RFID system: up to 8 channels of RFID, plus additional discrete or analog I/O comprise a single node on the network. Built on the ISO15693 13.56MHz HF standard, BLident can be integrated into existing platforms and supports PROFIBUS-DP, DeviceNet, Modbus-TCP, PROFINET and EtherNet/IP.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards May 21, 2007

Workwear

Carhartt, Inc.’s durable and comfortable workwear is now available in fits and sizes designed especially for women. The women line of clothes and accessories consists of jeans, dungarees, knit shirts, sweatshirts, outerwear and accessories, including the iconic Carhartt Detroit Jacket and Sandstone Work Dungarees. To ensure that the women clothing line and accessories meet the same demanding standards as Carhartt’s existing workwear, Carhartt had women in a variety of fields give real-world torture tests to the new products, then interviewed the testers and examined their test garments for potential issues.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards May 15, 2007

Unifying information a key to plant floor connectivity

Plant-floor information systems connect data collected at the machine level with enterprise and corner-office software. The exact terminology used to describe such systems range from Manufacturing Execution Systems to Manufacturing Intelligence. The latter term is preferred by Foxborough, MA software provider ICONICS, which is taking its message on the road this year in a series of sessions cal...

By Bob Vavra
Standards May 15, 2007

ISA wireless forum is July 23-24

ISA will sponsor a two-day conference, “Wireless Solutions for Manufacturing Automation: Insights for Technology and Business Success,” on July 23-24 at the Marriott Vancouver Airport in Richmond, BC, Canada. The program provides insight into the current state of wireless technologies for manufacturing and control systems.

By Staff
Standards May 15, 2007

In the midst of challenges, find a little room for humor

So, this maintenance manager walks into a bar and . . . It is right about this point that our in-house editor at Life Cycle (bless her little pea-pickin’ heart!) starts bleeding all over my proposed articles for publication. She says that magazine and other articles for publication are serious stuff, and there is no place for humor.

By Bob Call, CMRP, Life Cycle Engineering
Standards May 4, 2007

Safety magnet

The supermagnet controls the opening of movable machine guards in harsh industrial environments with electromagnets and can prevent unintentional opening of guards. It controls, in conjunction with a delay module, the opening of guards at the end of the machine cycle. The magnet complies with IP65 standards and ensures reliability in hostile environments, and its non-contact design facilitates less wear and higher tolerance to door misalignment.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards April 20, 2007

ISA hosts conference on wireless

"Wireless Solutions for Manufacturing Automation: Insights for Technology and Business Success," is a two-day conference that will examine several topics concerning wireless technology. Scheduled for July 23-24 at the Marriott Vancouver Airport in Richmond, British Columbia, topics will include: Overview of wireless technology Current state of commercialization of wireless solutions Current state of standards for wireless solutions Making the business case for implementing wireless solutions Case histories of wireless implementations Click here for more information.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards March 22, 2007

ASHRAE hosts online seminars on sustainability

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers continues the push for sustainable operation through its ASHRAE Learning Institute. Topics range from an introduction to green buildings and sustainability to complying with various standards. Click here for more information or here to register for the seminars.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards March 16, 2007

Low-profile sifter

The low-profile Flo-Thru sifter features a gap-free screen frame with quick-disconnect clamps and a crevice-free interior finished to cGMP, 3-A, USDA and FDA standards. The unit can be disassembled without tools and is intended to scalp oversize particles as small as 38 microns (400 mesh) from dry bulk materials or solids-laden slurries. The sifter is offered in diameters of 24, 30, 40, 48 and 60 inches and can be equipped with either single or twin imbalanced-weight gyratory motors.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards March 15, 2007

High performance ID reader

The DataMan 100 provides code-reading and simplicity in a package that’s smaller than a flip phone, using IDQuick software for fast reading of well-formed codes. All DataMan 100 readers offer easy setup with integrated illumination, a beeper, adjustable optics, a built-in aimer and a pushbutton trigger.

By Staff
Standards March 7, 2007

Compact DPM reader

DataMan 100 fixed-mount ID readers provide the capability to read printed barcodes and 2D direct-marked codes in a package that's smaller than a flip phone. The reader is easy to deploy and is intended for use in fixed-mount reading applications. The reader uses IDQuick software, a decoding tool for fast reading of well-formed codes.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards March 2, 2007

ASME starts company, expands reach in China

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers has established a limited liability company named ASME Asia Pacific, LLC, enabling the society to further its global outreach in codes and standards, conformity assessment, continuing education and other programs. The Beijing-based office will form the base of operations to advance the society’s growth in an area that the organization considers a key market for engineering services. In addition to promoting understanding and use of codes and standards programs in the growing markets of the Asia Pacific, the company will be engaged in expanding the reach of the society’s engineering workforce short courses and training seminars throughout the region. “ASME Asia Pacific will provide the society an on-the-ground presence in growth markets,” said Virgil R. Carter, executive director of ASME.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards March 1, 2007

Lead your organization with a higher purpose

Leadership is an essential and even dominant element in any company’s business success. Data from benchmarking studies and subsequent analysis through statistical correlations indicate 'leadership’ to be the primary influence on the success of a company in applying best practice. But what is leadership? How do we become leaders? Are we born with leadership qualities? Can we learn it...

By Ron Moore, The RM Group, Inc.
Standards March 1, 2007

Today’s flashlights built for performance – and safety

For plant engineers, high performance and safety go hand in hand. And today’s flashlights are up to the challenge. The comprehensive array of flashlights – from compact, super-bright lights that are virtually unbreakable to specialty lights that can detect hard-to-find HVAC leaks or isolate repairs with laser pointers – are essential tools for plant technicians as they perform...

By Dawn Dalldorf-Jackson, Streamlight, Inc.
Standards March 1, 2007

Sanitary flowmeter

HART-compatible Foxboro Model 84S sanitary vortex flowmeters are designed for use in sanitary liquid, gas or steam pharmaceutical applications. The series provides accuracies of ±0.5% of reading with liquids, and ±1.0% of reading with gas and steam. The sanitary vortex is 3A-authorized per specification 28-03 and features a crevice-free design with no moving parts.

By Staff
Standards February 15, 2007

OSHA issues final rule on electrical installation standard

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a final rule in Wednesday’s Federal Register for an updated electrical installation standard. "These are the first changes to the electrical installation requirements in 25 years, so it is important the standard reflects the most current practices and technologies in the industry," said Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., assistant secretary for occupational safety and health. "The revised standard strengthens employee protections and adds consistency between OSHA's requirements and many state and local building codes which have adopted updated National Fire Protection Association and National Electrical Code provisions." Changes to OSHA's general industry electrical installation standard focus on safety in the design and installation of electric equipment in the workplace.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards February 1, 2007

Double-deck screener

Suitable for pharmaceutical, food and dairy applications, as well as chemical applications where cross-contamination is a concern, the Vibroscreen ultra-sanitary, double-deck screener for scalping, de-dusting and dewatering of contamination-sensitive materials meets cGMP, 3-A, USDA and FDA standards.

By Staff
Standards January 24, 2007

WBF 2007 North American Conference, “Mining for Gold – Discovering the value of standardized process automation,” April 30–May 4, Baltimore, MD

The 2007 WBF North American Conference will be held April 30 through May 4 at the Tremont Plaza Hotel in Baltimore, MD. The theme of the WBF 2007 North American Conference, "Mining for Gold — Discovering the value of standardized process automation," embraces automation processes, tools and applications being implemented in our industry today and in the future. The conference will showcase the automation’s leading experts who will address manufacturing system control — from batch to continuous, discrete and hybrid processes, from production planning to equipment automation. Keynote speakers, panels and discussion forums will provide focus on implementation of industry standards including ISA-88, ISA-95, B2MML and Make2Pack. WBF's collaborative activities with ISA, OMAC and MESA will also be highlighted. For more information or to register, call (919) 314-3970 or visit www.wbf.org .

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards January 1, 2007

Schneider’s Petratis to deliver Manufacturing Summit keynote

Plant Engineering magazine will host its Manufacturing Summit in Chicago from Sunday, April 1 to Tuesday, April 3. This unique event will bring together the top leaders in manufacturing strategy and product development with plant managers throughout the country. The Summit is designed to help plant managers learn about the latest in technology and techniques that will help their plants run bett...

By Staff
Standards January 1, 2007

Coming to a theater near you: ‘Safety’

“SAFETY: Uncover the Competitive Advantage” is the name of a full-screen, high definition 45-minute movie that will be viewed in theaters in 45 cities across the U.S. beginning in January. General Motors, Astec Industries, AMT, Camotion and Dematic are a few of the companies that joined with Siemens Energy & Automation to produce and launch the movie production that features a w...

By Staff
Standards January 1, 2007

Sensor actuator interfaces

Full-featured active sensor actuator interfaces for industrial applications provide users with wiring flexibility to achieve modular and decentralized process control in automation applications. Available in robust and environmentally rated IP67 housings, each of the SAI’s support Profibus, DeviceNet and CANopen, as well as Ethernet, Ethernet/IP, PROFINET and Modbus/TCP.

By Staff
Standards January 1, 2007

Wireless working group established for end-users

Current and future industrial applications for wireless technology will be the focus of the User Working Group, which was formed to ensure that the ISA-100 standard will be consistent and provide maximum benefit to the market. The UWG will also provide input that will help drive the development of ISA-100 compliant devices from multiple suppliers.

By Staff
Standards December 22, 2006

NAM welcomes EPA rule streamlining release regulations

The National Association of Manufacturers Tuesday welcomed new EPA regulations easing reporting requirements on toxic releases from more than 24,000 manufacturing, mining and waste management facilities. “By streamlining the regulation process, the EPA will ensure continued improvement in the nation’s environmental quality while sustaining economic growth,” said NAM president John Engler. The final rule, promulgated pursuant to the Toxics Release Inventory program, will allow more businesses to use a shorter, simpler disclosure form.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards December 15, 2006

ISA wireless committee forms user working group

ISA's SP-100 committee, Wireless Standards for Automation, recently formed a new user working group to provide input and feedback to the committee's technical working groups. The UWG will review, comment on, and provide recommendations for the work of all SP-100 technical working groups. The group will focus on both current and future industrial applications for wireless technology, and provide input that will help drive the development of ISA-100 compliant devices from multiple suppliers. The UWG will act as a single, global voice of the end user community. "In a recent meeting held via teleconference with several end users, the users clearly identified a need for an increased focus on security as part of the standard," said UWG co-chair Greg LaFramboise of Chevron .

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards December 15, 2006

DOE adopts ARI standards for testing efficiencies

The U.S. Department of Energy issued a final rule on Friday, Dec. 8 adopting ARI standards as federal test procedures for evaluating the energy efficiency performance of a variety of commercial cooling and refrigeration products. "While manufacturers have voluntarily conformed to ARI Standards for years, the federal government’s adoption of these standards will lend even more strength to their value in the global marketplace," said Karim Amrane, ARI’s vice president of public policy.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards December 15, 2006

Blog! Five Fast Things for December 15, 2006

1. Top Plant winners: Congratulations to this year’s Top Plant recipients — Toyota , BMW and Square D . The Plant Engineering staff hustled around the country to visit these facilities and get an on-the-ground view of excellence. Our senior editor, Kevin Campbell, got a view of excellence at 140 mph behind the wheel of a BMW.

By Bob Vavra, Editor, Plant Engineering
Standards December 1, 2006

NEMA pushes for EU to reduce the burden of regulations

While the National Electrical Manufacturers Association has been closely following European Commission vice president Guenther Verheugen's Better Regulation Initiative, it has yet to see meaningful reduction in the amount of red tape confronting companies in the European Union. With the development and implementation of several new environmental directives in particular, the EU business climate...

By Staff
Standards December 1, 2006

NAM offers proposal to provide environment, public health benefits

In comments submitted recently on the Environmental Protection Agency’s New Source Review proposal, the National Association of Manufacturers urged the EPA “to continue efforts that will simplify the regulatory permitting process in a meaningful manner.” During the current rulemaking, regulators are addressing debottlenecking, aggregation and project netting procedures to atte...

By Staff
Standards December 1, 2006

Safety cell enclosure

The Enviro Saf-T-Cell, a standardized safety cell enclosure with an integral air filtration system, is designed for robotics, metal forming and fabrication, welding, printing, manufacturing, assembly and other hazardous processes. It uses regularly-stocked, off-the-shelf components packaged in an unlimited number of sizes.

By Staff
Standards November 30, 2006

Door screens

Bug Barriers are designed for use in and around loading docks, dumpster areas and food packaging and processing areas. Roll-up and sliding doors are manufactured to withstand a multitude of work environments. Standard wall-mounting options include header and face of wall, and a standoff bracket mounting is optional.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards November 30, 2006

NEMA urges more forceful effort in EU to reduce regulatory burden

While the National Electrical Manufacturers Association has been closely following European Commission vice president Guenther Verheugen’s Better Regulation Initiative, it has yet to see meaningful reduction in the amount of red tape confronting companies in the European Union. With the development and implementation of several new environmental directives in particular, the EU business climate is, if anything, worsening, the association said. “Though well intentioned, these regulations are not only freighted with a faulty understanding of cost-benefit, innovation and the marketplace, they are also driving trade and investment away from many European economies,” observed Evan Gaddis, NEMA president. “At a time when international competition is intense and the EU should be rationalizing its regulatory regime in accordance with its Lisbon Agenda goals to boost competitiveness, Brussels still seems to be moving in exactly the wrong direction.” Notable among these regulatory regimes is the proposed regulation on the registration, evaluation, and authorization of chemicals, which would impose extensive re-certification and reporting requirements on both chemical companies and downstream users. “The Better Regulation Initiative would be a move in the right direction and we are pleased that vice president Verheugen has cited REACH in particular,” added Gaddis.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards November 17, 2006

Proposal to provide environment, public health benefits

In comments submitted this week on the Environmental Protection Agency’s New Source Review proposal, the National Association of Manufacturers urged the EPA “to continue efforts that will simplify the regulatory permitting process in a meaningful manner.” During the current rulemaking, regulators are addressing debottlenecking, aggregation and project netting procedures to attempt to streamline the program. “Doing so will enable industries and the administration to provide real benefits to the environment and public health,” said Bryan Brendle, NAM director of energy and resources policy. “Streamlining and clarifying the program will help our members implement projects that increase energy efficiency, reduce the intensity of air emissions and continue to improve the nation’s air quality.” On a side note, Brendle expressed concern over the frequency with which federal regulators attempt to revise NSR and the subsequent legal troubles, which not only delay regulations but also create business uncertainty. “I think we’ve reached a point where NSR reform, as well as other programs under the Clean Air Act, should be reformed through the legislative process,” Brendle said. Log onto www.nam.org/rep for more information.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards November 15, 2006

POWER-GEN International 2006, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL – Nov. 28–30

POWER-GEN International brings the sharpest minds in the industry together for three days of education, training, fast-track networking and new business negotiation. With passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the power industry faces many important questions in 2006: •Will natural gas prices ease as liquefied natural gas supplies come nearer to fruition? •How many of the 100-plus coal-fired power plants under development will progress toward construction? •Will the nuclear renaissance sustain and build its momentum? •How large of a share of the U.S. power mix will renewable energy acquire? •Will environmental pressures lead to regulations on carbon dioxide emissions? Beyond such questions, the industry will also be subject to intensifying competitive pressures, leading to further consolidation and cost-reduction efforts. Get ready. With the industry on the threshold of change, there's never been a more critical time to learn about the latest developments and trends impacting the industry in 2006. For more information, or to register, visit: https://pgi06.events.pennnet.com.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards November 15, 2006

Precision digital Multimeters

Fluke 8845A and 8846A precision digital multimeters feature 6.5 digit resolution, graphical display modes, multifunction measurement capability and 14 measurement functions. The dual display shows data in graphic or numeric formats.These high-accuracy meters are designed for bench or systems applications including manufacturing test, research and development, and service. The 14 measurement functions extend the capability of a standard DMM with wider ranges and features to measure temperature, capacitance, period and frequency.The 2 x 4 ohms function uses patented split-terminal jacks that allow users to perform 4-wire measurements using only two leads instead of four. The meters measure volts dc with an accuracy of up to 0.0024%; have a voltage range of 100 mV to 1000 V with up to 100-nV resolution, current range of 100 The meters also feature a large, bright dual display that enables users to measure two different parameters of the same signal from one test connection and view the results in graphic or numeric format.With graphical display modes including TrendPlot paperless chart recording, statistics and histograms, users can analyze data in real time for efficient troubleshooting of signal quality issues such as drift, intermittants and instability. Designed for easy integration in automated test systems, the meters emulate several legacy bench DMMs, and feature input terminals on both the front and rear of the instrument to simplify connections.Both meters are equipped with serial, IEEE-488 and Ethernet interfaces, and provide multiple drivers to help ensure compatibility with existing or new standards.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards November 8, 2006

EPA recognizes Philips

The Environmental Protection Agency recognized Philips Lighting Co. in Somerset, NJ as the first U.S. company to launch a company-wide effort towards meeting the EPA’s National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP) waste minimization standards. As a new partner in the national program, Philips Lighting has committed to reducing the amount of mercury used in the manufacturing of their fluorescent lamps by 780 pounds by the end of 2007.In addition, the company has committed to eliminating the amount of lead in all of their U.S.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards November 1, 2006

Hotwire on Instrumentation: October 2006

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By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards November 1, 2006

OEMs explore automation trends at PACK EXPO

Four leading OEMs participated in a panel discussion hosted by Rockwell Automation Tuesday, Oct. 31 at PACK EXPO in Chicago. Laurence Oldacre and Rob Holl, ATS; Nick DiFabio, Bradman Lake Group; Peter Fox, Delkor Systems and Darren Elliott, R.A. Jones & Company addressed packaging trends, machine design challenges, robotic control technology and OEM relationships with end users.

By Staff
Standards November 1, 2006

NAM study lays out ‘facts’ on U.S. manufacturing

Amid a slew of negative news about American manufacturing, the National Association of Manufacturers contends in a new study that manufacturing still plays a dominant and crucial role in economic growth. “The Facts About Modern Manufacturing” produced by the NAM and The Manufacturing Institute and sponsored by Toyota Motor North America, contains government statistics and NAM econom...

By Staff
Standards November 1, 2006

Open-head funnel

The Pig One-Hand open-head funnel features a low-profile funnel and installs on open 55-gallon steel drums with existing bolt rings. One-handed lever operation facilitates easy opening and closing and meets closed-container regulations. Available in three colors, it features ¾ and 2-inch bungs and a lockable latch.

By Staff
Standards November 1, 2006

Door strap

The Safety Strap is designed for cross docks and facilities that leave dock doors open and can be incorporated with the company’s Dock Communications System. It is available as a standalone product or paired with a proximity sensor. A high-visibility dock barrier, it offers a robust design that exceeds OSHA standards and is retractable to keep clear of door openings when not in use.

By Staff
Standards November 1, 2006

Expanded range pH meter

The pH 620 pH meter has a pH measurement range of -2.00 to 19.99, which is expandable to 0.001pH resolution with accuracies up to +/-0.002 pH. Meter features include IRDA communication, 500-data set memory and an IP67-rated housing. Time-and-date stamping meets GLP standards. Calibration capabilities include up to six calibration points, user-settable calibration due alarm and up to 15 buffer o...

By Staff
Standards November 1, 2006

SCCR-compliance software

OSCAR compliance software is designed to help facilities comply with new electrical industry standards for determining short-circuit current ratings of industrial control panel assemblies. The Web-based software includes a database of more than 50,000 part numbers. The database is updated continuously with new part numbers and code changes.

By Staff
Standards November 1, 2006

Small-character inkjet printers

The PXR Series of small-character inkjet printers meets the new European RoHS directive. Certified to IP55 standards for harsh environments, the high-speed printers feature an ink-return system that confines the mixing of air and ink, reducing solvent evaporation. They're equipped with a 10.4-inch, color LCD touchscreen that can be set to either ABC or QWERTY formats.

By Staff
Standards November 1, 2006

Test exit signs, emergency lighting

CheckMate ET1 allows 30-second and 90-minute remote control testing of exit signs and emergency lighting wall packs in accordance with life safety codes. It simplifies testing, making it more likely that tests will be conducted as required; reduces time, money and labor and enables testing using a handheld remote control transmitter from up to 32 feet away.

By Staff
Standards November 1, 2006

Penetrant

KB 88 The Ultimate Penetrant is formulated to attack and release rusted and corroded nuts, bolts, hinges and other frozen components. It offers a high solvency, a surface tension of 25.5 dynes/cm and has a flash point of 151 F. The penetrant meets many local, state and Federal VOC regulations, including those of the California Air Resources Board and is available in a 16-ounce aerosol, 1 and 5-...

By Staff
Standards October 24, 2006

ANSI approves SMACNA’s new HVAC duct construction standards

The American National Standards Institute announced that the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association’s new “HVAC Duct Construction Standards — Metal and Flexible,” third edition, has been approved as an American national standard, designated ANSI/SMACNA 006-2006. The 390-page “HVAC Duct Construction Standards — Metal & Flexible” manual is intended primarily for commercial and institutional duct construction. The standard contains tables and details for constructing ductwork for The updated edition features expanded pressure class tables, separate tables for TDC/TDF construction and expanded tables for round duct construction, including 6-inch wg positive and negative pressure and sizes up to 96 inches. New is an engineering and design chapter to provide additional information to design professionals, double-wall construction details, new casing construction details and additional accessory items.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards October 20, 2006

The next chart-topping CD: the IT security standards collection

The principal ISO and IEC standards for information technology security are now available for the first time as a collection on a single CD-ROM. Users will get access to IT security standards — from evaluating and implementing to maintaining and managing information security in any organization, producing and using information in any form. “There is no doubt that the protection of our information in systems and over networks is a critical business issue that needs immediate and ongoing attention,” said Ted Humphreys, convener of working group WG 1, requirements, services and guidelines. “Information has become one of the critical commodities in today’s fast-moving, e-biz world.” The CD offers full text and illustrations of ISO/IEC standards in IT security, providing the user with a practical reference.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards October 18, 2006

ISA increases financial support for standards

ISA's executive board voted yesterday to approve a financial commitment to support standards development activities as well as to provide a new member benefit of free, downloadable, ISA-developed standards. This financial support allows the society to continue to grow its standards programs and fund future initiatives. "Because of this action, our current and future members will benefit professionally from our standards at no cost, and they'll be able to bring value to their employers by introducing best practices into their business," said Steve Huffman, ISA president-elect secretary. "This will serve both individual members and their companies, and we're excited about its positive impact on the industry as a whole." ISA has traditionally invested more than $1,000,000 per year in its industry standards development programs.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards October 13, 2006

ARI and Mexico to work together for harmonization of HVACR standards

The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute and Mexico’s electrical standards development agency, the Associación de Normalización y Certificación have agreed to work together on the development of HVACR industry standards. The two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding during a ceremony held recently in Mexico City. The MOU recognizes their shared interests in advancing the harmonization of ARI and Mexican HVACR standards and international and regional standards in general. As part of its global trade efforts, ARI has signed similar agreements with China and Korea. “Ultimately, more harmonized standards will improve the efficiency of HVACR equipment and facilitate the free flow of international trade,” said Deborah Hawkins, chairman of ARI.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards October 13, 2006

ISA creates Automation Standards Compliance Institute

ISA announced yesterday the creation of the Automation Standards Compliance Institute, an ISA-owned, non-profit organizational entity that will assess automation-related standards compliance. The institute's charter includes a range of standards compliance assessments including software or hardware products, implementation methods, solutions, companies and individuals. "We are widely recognized as the source for unbiased, authoritative standards," said ISA president Steve Huffman. "This initiative will provide a vital link between the standards we develop and the implementation of those standards.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards October 3, 2006

NEMA publishes electric lamps specification

On behalf of the American National Standard Lighting Group (ANSLG), NEMA has published “ANSI_ANSLG C81.61-2006, American National Standard for Electric Lamp Bases-Specifications for Bases (Caps) for Electric Lamps.” This standard sets forth the specifications for bases used on electric lamps. The 2006 edition of ANSI_ANSLG C81.61 includes a reference to all IEC base standard sheets adopted as American National Standards (ANS); standard sheets for a small number of bases, used mainly in North America that are not harmonized with IEC; and any U.S. deviations to the IEC standard sheets, which have been adopted as Nationally Acknowledged International Standards that are published in IEC 60061-1. Part IV contains an informative annex on first vs.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards October 1, 2006

Engler appointed to advisory committee on export controls

NAM president John Engler has been appointed by Carlos Gutierrez, Commerce Secretary, to the Department of Commerce’s new Advisory Committee on Deemed Export Controls. The advisory panel will develop recommendations for improving regulations governing the export of knowledge that occurs when foreign nationals work on controlled technologies in the U.

By Staff
Standards October 1, 2006

Brady Website offers compliance information

Brady’s new Website, www.bradyid.com, has been redesigned to offer access to company products, facilities and safety identification solutions. The redesigned, U.S. version of bradyid.com allows customers and distributors to find the information and products they need at a single online source.

By Staff
Standards October 1, 2006

Product of the Year balloting to be conducted electronically

Beginning with the 2006 Product of the Year awards, PLANT ENGINEERING readers will be able to vote electronically for the first time. The finalists for the 2006 awards will be announced in the November issue of PLANT ENGINEERING magazine. The 19th annual Product of the Year program brings together the top innovations in categories ranging from automation to maintenance and from motors to lighting.

By Staff
Standards October 1, 2006

Positive safety programs preserve a few good men

In the climactic scene of the movie “A Few Good Men” Col. Nathan Jessep and defense lawyer Daniel Kaffee are sparring over the military chain of command when Jessep barks, “We follow orders, son. We follow orders or people die. It’s that simple. Are we clear?” “Yes sir,” Kaffee replies.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Standards September 26, 2006

Extended vibration monitoring

Two new safety-rated versions of the CSI 2130 Machinery Health Analyzer are available for evaluating the condition of a broad range of equipment types in hazardous work areas.Both versions comply with the rigorous international safety standards established by Factory Mutual (FM), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and the European (ATEX) standard, extending the use of these tools for assessing the condition of rotating machinery in sensitive plant environments. The safety-certified versions of the CSI 2130 retain all functions of the machinery health analyzers commonly operating in other areas.They are capable of gathering large amounts of data and reducing it into accurate diagnostics and actionable information. The collected data are uploaded for analysis and trending to the AMS Suite: Machinery Health Manager software, a component of Emerson’s PlantWeb digital plant architecture. The health of critically important rotating equipment in hazardous areas can now be addressed through: Vibration data collection (single or dual-channel) Vibration analysis (single and dual-channel) Advanced cross-channel vibration analysis Cascade analysis for machine startup or coast-down (single or dual-channel) Advanced transient analysis (single or dual-channel). Dynamic balancing and laser shaft alignment, which can also be done in hazardous areas using the new versions of the CSI 2130, typically require hot-work permits for hazardous environments. Originally released as a high-function, dual-channel data collector and analyzer, the CSI 2130 is now available as a lower-cost single-channel data collector and as a single or dual-channel stand-alone vibration analyzer. Emerson Process Management www.emersonprocess.com https://www.mhm.assetweb.com/marketing/p_catalog.nsf/(onlinecatalog)?OpenView&Start=1&Count50.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards September 26, 2006

Dassault Systemes, IBM announce PLM Portfolio V5R17

Dassault Systemes and IBM released Version 5, Release 17 of their Product Lifecycle Management portfolio, comprised of CATIA for collaborative product development, ENOVIA VPLM and ENOVIA SmarTeam for collaborative lifecycle management. Dassault Systemes also announced DELMIA V5R17 for virtual production and its V5R17 PLM sourcing solutions (Collaborative Enterprise Sourcing - CES) for ENOVIA VPLM. V5R17 reportedly leverages DS and IBM’s PLM strategy for business process optimization, value chain innovation, engineering to manufacturing cycle streamlining, intellectual capital growth and standards adoption. “V5R17’s unique virtual community enables integration between stakeholders in the product development chain, facilitating the reuse and sharing of knowledge,” said Dominique Florack, executive vice-president, Strategy and R&D at Dassault Systemes. “V5R17 extends V5 openness, offering major XML enhancements through its combined 3DXML and web services strategy, for large deployments in our customers’ ecosystems.” Walter Donaldson, general manager, Product Lifecycle Management, IBM, said, “Leveraging product information to align product development processes with business strategy is a key challenge for our customers.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards September 21, 2006

Engler appointed to new advisory committee on export controls

NAM president John Engler has been appointed by Carlos Gutierrez, Commerce Secretary, to the Department of Commerce’s new Advisory Committee on Deemed Export Controls. The advisory panel will develop recommendations for improving regulations governing the export of knowledge that occurs when foreign nationals work on controlled technologies in the U.S. It is comprised of individuals with backgrounds in business, academia and security. Staffing will be handled by the Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls, a division of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards September 14, 2006

OSHA honors post office for safety and health efforts

OSHA recently recognized the U.S. Postal Service main post office in Casper, WY, for excellence in its employee safety and health program. The post office was designated a Voluntary Protection Program "Star" site, the highest level of recognition that OSHA's VPP offers, during a September 7 ceremony at the facility. A VPP Star site meets safety and health program elements that far exceed minimum OSHA standards. "This award recognizes world-class leadership in the area of employee safety and health programs," said Bob Glover, OSHA assistant regional administrator in Denver.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards September 1, 2006

Hearingportal.com set up by Bacou-Dalloz

The Bacou-Dalloz Hearing Safety Group’s website has recently been expanded to provide a wide range of resources to help safety officers and industrial hygienists implement better hearing conservation programs worldwide. In the Hearing Conservation section at www.hearingportal.com, users can find information on global hearing conservation regulations, as well as posters, presentations, lit...

By Staff
Standards September 1, 2006

Vacuums

Designed to meet the twin concerns of cost and performance, the SL Vacs feature solid construction and strong performance at an affordable price, making them a cost-effective solution for many companies. These vacuums simultaneously address the cleanliness standards of organizations and tackle the health and safety concerns of employees.

By Staff
Standards August 10, 2006

Grinder safety video

Addressing common safety issues and accompanied by companion materials, “Air Grinder Safety is in Your Hands” is a video aimed to educate industrial and automotive professionals on safe usage of the company’s grinders in the workplace. The 18-minute video focuses on potential risks, preventative measures and the role operators play in workplace safety. It features six sections and includes material on codes, standards and documentation, personal protective equipment, air delivery system safety, abrasive wheel handling and mounting, protective grinder features and safe grinding techniques.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards August 4, 2006

Cooper Bussmann introduces online short-circuit current rating software

Cooper Bussmann introduced Wednesday what it says is the industry’s first compliance software for helping facilities comply with new electrical industry standards for determining the short-circuit current rating (SCCR) of industrial control panel assemblies. OSCAR compliance software eliminates the guesswork commonly associated with calculating the total SCCR of all individual components in a panel and reduces noncompliance issues that can result in costly shutdowns and delays, the company said. Electrical industry standards — UL508A and the 2005 NEC article 409, specifically — require all electrical panels and assemblies to prominently display nameplates with SCCR totals. With a one-year subscription to the software, users can access OSCAR compliance software online as often as needed, at any time of day.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards August 1, 2006

Regulatory reform improving, but slowly, NAM tells House

Regulatory reform is a major thrust of the Bush Administration’s agenda to help manufacturing become more competitive, and the Environmental Protection Agency has been especially responsive to the need to improve regulations, but some other agencies have done less than they could, according to Lawrence Fineran, Vice President for Legal and Regulatory Reform Policy of the National Associat...

By Staff
Standards July 19, 2006

Free white paper on language translation now available

International Language Services, Inc. announces the first in a series of white papers designed to help prospects and clients with their translation needs. The purpose of the first white paper is to share information with those new to the translation process or with very limited knowledge of the process as they prepare their project. "We have always worked with our prospects and clients on a consultative basis and feel the time is right to share the knowledge and expertise we have gathered over the last 24 years with those new to the translation industry,” said Arlene Jullie, ILS president and founder.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards July 18, 2006

Voluntary standards introduced for packaging machinery to oven volume measurement

From bottled water and pharmaceutical drugs and to electronics and clothes, packaging machinery is used daily in manufacturing plants around the globe to speed the shipping and distribution of a wide range of consumer goods. The potential risks involved in the operation of these machines depend upon numerous elements, including the type of machinery being used, the condition of the equipment, electrical design, ergonomics and human factors. The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI), an ANSI-accredited standards developer, recently published a newly revised standard that helps manufacturers and operators of packaging machinery reduce risks of injury within the scope of their respective work activities. ANSI/PMMI B155.1-2006 defines a process for use by machine users and suppliers to identify potential hazards, evaluate risks, and employ countermeasures to reduce these risks to an acceptable level. Taking into account factors such as personnel safety, product quality and machine productivity, the risk assessment process minimizes variation in the safety performance of machines.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards July 1, 2006

AppliedAutomation debuts in August

Bringing automation products to the plant floor is just the delivery of equipment. Making automation an effective tool in measuring and managing manufacturing effectiveness is all about applying the right strategies. That’s why PLANT ENGINEERING magazine has created AppliedAutomation, which makes its debut in the August issue.

By Staff
Standards June 27, 2006

Wonderware to support OPC UA standard development

As OPC advances toward the OPC Unified Architecture, the OPC UA must advance toward a development of an OPC UA standard. Wonderware announced its commitment to this initiative for use in its plant information and automation software. The underlying ArchestrA software architecture upon which Wonderware software is built supports the existing OPC standard, and will also support the new OPC UA. The OPC UA will offer a common data model and device communications environment for plant connectivity by leveraging Microsoft .NET and Web Services functionality. The OPC UA standard upgrades OPC communications from Microsoft COM/DCOM technology and features enhanced reliability, security and robustness while maintaining a common data model, interoperability and integration.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards June 27, 2006

OMAC for Packaging Automation guidelines updated

The OMAC Packaging Workgroup has updated the “Guidelines for Packaging Automation” to Version 3.1. This version of the guidelines includes the guidelines for PackAL, an application library of common software elements used in packaging machinery applications that was developed by the PackSoft subgroup of the OPW. A working group of OMAC, the OPW provides a forum where packagers, machine builders and technology providers from around the world can work together to achieve the benefits of advanced packaging machinery automation. The working group has adopted the "Connect and Pack" logo to signify the workgroup's effort to promote industry standards and guidelines to facilitate plug-and-play packaging machines. OPW subgroups working on different aspects of the guidelines include: PackSoft — development of programming guidelines like PackAL PackML — development of a common machine language including a machine-state model and PackTags (a tag-naming guideline) PackConnect — development of industry network standards required for packaging applications PackLearn — promoting the education needs in packaging automation PackAdvantage — promoting the business benefits of the OPW guidelines. The “Guidelines for Packaging Automation” is a single document that encompasses the combined work of all of these subgroups.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards June 27, 2006

PPG goes wireless

PPG Industries, a large chlor-alkali chemical manufacturing complex in Lake Charles, LA received the first phase of a comprehensive managed wireless infrastructure deployment as part of an ongoing automation upgrade. Supplied by Invensys with its strategic partner Apprion, this infrastructure is designed to help further improve plant profitability, safety and security, while providing a secure, flexible and cost-effective foundation to support additional wireless applications in the future. Invensys and Apprion implemented a common, layered network infrastructure following a comprehensive site assessment. The team that conducted the critical site assessment included Invensys, Apprion and PPG personnel representing production operations, maintenance, safety, security and information technology functions. The new infrastructure incorporates multiple wireless technologies (both standard and proprietary), wireless devices and wireless-enabled applications.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards June 1, 2006

Proper LOTO procedures detailed in white paper

The issue of lockout/tagout procedures can be overlooked without attention to detail in all areas. That’s the subject of a white paper produced by Brady Corporation. Entitled, “Proper Lockout/Tagout Procedures Result in Increased Safety, Improved Productivity and Reduced Costs,” the report by product manager Chris Rutter takes a detailed look at the LOTO issue, what the curren...

By Staff
Standards June 1, 2006

New online white papers tackle scheduling, network issues

A series of new white papers are now available at the Engineer’s Resource Guide (ERG) at www.plantengineering.com focus on a variety of issues affecting the plant floor – everything from network systems to efficiencies scheduling: Scheduling the Manufacturing Workforce: Since labor is the most significant cost of production and management is under pressure to keep their workforce le...

By Staff
Standards May 2, 2006

Control Panel Compliance Webcast

June 15, 2006 , 10 a.m. CDT Click here to register Industrial control panels control specific processes and loads in industrial facilities. UL 508A covers industrial control panels intended for general industrial use.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards April 14, 2006

Invensys launches InFusion

Invensys introduced its enterprise control system to link the enterprise and plant floor systems. Called InFusion, the enterprise control system wraps technologies from Invensys’ Avantis, Foxboro, Simsci-Esscor, Triconex and Wonderware business units around its ArchestrA unified architecture, then combines it with integration technologies from Microsoft and SAP to create a business control strategy that optimizes asset availability and asset utilization to maximize the economic value derived from those assets. Company officials unveiling the system in Boston on April 11 said InFusion will help industrial enterprises more effectively align plant operations and maintenance with the business operation. “By combining the latest capabilities from across Invensys into one unified architecture, Invensys has realized a step change in the utilization of open technologies and standards in a fully industrial system,” said Mike Caliel, president of Invensys Process Systems. InFusion marks the emergence of the enterprise control system, which enables manufacturers to develop solutions that break down the traditional barriers that have, in the past, resulted in islands of automation.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards April 7, 2006

Foulke confirmed as new OSHA administrator

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Edwin G. Foulke Jr.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards April 5, 2006

ADG-fueled power plant with certified

FuelCell Energy, Inc., a manufacturer of ultra-clean and efficient electric power generation plants for commercial and industrial customers, has announced that the Japan Institute of Wastewater Engineering Technology has completed a comprehensive review of the DFC300A power plant operating at Seibu Wastewater Treatment Plant, certifying that the product meets or exceeds the independent industry trade group's examination standards for electrical efficiency, heat recovery efficiency, air emissions and operational stability in anaerobic digester gas applications. Certification of the Direct FuelCell unit by JIWET was the result of more than a year of testing and evaluation by the group in conjunction with the city of Fukuoka, operator of the Seibu plant; Marubeni Corporation (TSE:8002), FuelCell Energy's Asian distributor; and Kyushu Electric, one of Japan's five largest utilities. JIWET's certification process reviewed the plant's electrical efficiency; its exhaust heat recovery; and its ability to reduce atmospheric pollutants like particulate matter, nitrogen oxides and sulfuric oxides. The DFC unit was confirmed to eliminate these air pollutants to levels lower than 1/10 the emissions permissible under Japan's strict environmental laws. "Certification from JIWET is an important endorsement of Marubeni's long-term investment in FuelCell Energy's products," said Mamoru Sekiyama, Corporate Vice President and COO of Marubeni Corp. "Direct FuelCell power plants operating on renewable bio gas are economically competitive — since the fuel is free — and they qualify for government support under Biomass Nippon and the RPS Law of 2003.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards April 1, 2006

New Heidenhain Website has manuals, training

Heidenhain Corporation's new Website at www.heidenhain.com centralizes the published information that Heidenhain provides on topics relating to precision measurement components. The North American marketplace can access all in various languages or select the USA tabs for specific information; including choosing from portals such as "News", "Product and Applications", and a "Services and Documen...

By Staff
Standards April 1, 2006

‘Innovation Blitz’ jump-starts expansion for Quick Start

Allen Brue, president and CEO of Quick Start Products and Solutions, Inc., was facing a challenge common to senior executives of both large and small manufacturing companies - how to expand his business. Although the company had experienced double-digit growth after he bought it back in November 2003, Brue realized that he was in a mature, cost-competitive market.

By Tucker Kennedy, Illinois Manufacturing Center
Standards March 1, 2006

Technical program announced

The 2005/2006 IEEE PES Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition scheduled for May 21—24, 2006, will offer attendees the most comprehensive technical and business program of any event serving the power-delivery marketplace this year. This year's program consists of more than 240 technical poster sessions, nearly 30 focused technical panel sessions, four super sessions, instructional tutorial sessions, special interest sessions, an educational track, a special short course, a collegiate program and an exhibition that features hundreds of manufacturers who will display the most up-to-date technology and equipment available in the marketplace today. The event also provides technical and companion tours designed to enrich the conference and exposition experience. The event begins on Sunday, May 21, at 6 p.m. with a conference reception at Eddie Deen's Ranch in downtown Dallas.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards March 1, 2006

NAM sets 2006 policy agenda

The NAM has developed a policy agenda through 2006. That agenda includes: Reduce production costs in the U.S.: Level the international playing field: Promote innovation, investment and productivity:

By Staff
Standards March 1, 2006

Innovation is the key to economic strength

The real key to America's economic strength has always been creativity and innovation. Since this country's founding, Americans have been eager to embrace new concepts and capitalize on them. We've developed ingenious new systems for production and distribution and unlocked mysteries in diverse areas such as health care, technology, engineering and industry.

By John Engler, President, National Association of Manufacturers
Standards February 24, 2006

Smaller manufacturers play a big role, NAM says

A new report underscoring how small and mid-sized manufacturers are playing an increasingly important role in the nation’s industrial economy -- despite unprecedented challenges -- was released Thursday by the National Association of Manufacturers, its research and education arm, The Manufacturing Institute and RSM McGladrey. %%s economic success,” said NAM President John Engler.  “But small manufacturers are facing unprecedented challenges such as exorbitant energy and health care costs.  The cost burden of complying with regulations falls disproportionately on small businesses in all sectors of the economy, but it is especially onerous for small manufacturers because regulatory costs for manufacturers are 81% higher than for all types of businesses.  We simply must bring down these costs if we want to strengthen the hand of SMMs and enhance America’s manufacturing economy.” “Two trends are increasingly shaping the future of SMMs,” commented Manufacturing Institute President Jerry Jasinowski.y large manufacturers.  SMMs are the dominant part of the global supply-chain network of large corporations. ntrepreneurs offering value to their customers that low-cost overseas competitors cannot match -- such as proprietary high-technology products, a willingness to customize, extraordinary service and parts support, flexible production runs and fast turnaround times.  These trends make it clear that the performance of all of U.S. manufacturing is tied more than ever to the success of SMMs.” A copy of the full SMM Report is available at www.nam.org/SMMReport .

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards February 24, 2006

Bringing productivity information to the plant floor

The promise of driving information to plant engineers and plant workers was the recurring theme at the 2006 ARC Next Generation Manufacturing Forum in Orlando on February 20-22. With strategists from the major automation providers on hand, the discussion at the three day event focused on new tools that will migrate maintenance and productivity information from the control level to workers on the floor that will give them real-time information on performance standards. Sid Snitkin, vice-president of the ARC Advisory Group, said the need to link design, operations and maintenance has been around for a long time, but it is just now gaining traction among manufacturers looking for new ways to increase plant productivity. The interdependence of design, operations and maintenance can result in consistent processes, relieve inventory issues and increase productivity. It can also help better measure exactly what is being produced, and how well. Snitkin said manufacturers need to understand the importance of the design, operate and maintain interoperability and to learn more about emerging standards and systems that can help measure those areas of the plant. His call to product suppliers to do the same had already been heeded.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards February 16, 2006

OSHA’s budget request rises $11.2 million

OSHA’s fiscal year 2007 budget request is $483.7 million, an increase of $11.2 million over final FY 2006 appropriations. The budget includes increases for federal enforcement, compliance assistance and safety and health statistics.Acting OSHA administrator Jonathan Snare said that the increase will help the agency maintain its programs designed to promote both enforcement and compliance with regulations. “As we celebrate our 35th anniversary as America's workplace safety and health leader, the President has proposed a budget that gives us the resources we need to continue to improve our efforts to further cut worker injuries, illnesses and fatalities,” Snare said.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards February 2, 2006

NAM study warns of innovation gap

Downward trends in U.S. manufacturing innovation pose a serious threat to America’s long-term economic growth and living standards, according to a new report released today by the Council of Manufacturing Associations and The Manufacturing Institute of the National Association of Manufacturers. “Our nation can not afford to lose its manufacturing innovation edge and the wealth that it generates throughout our economy,” said Jerry Jasinowski, president of The Manufacturing Institute, at a press conference Feb. 1. “One bright ray of light is U.S.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards January 1, 2006

Don’t mistake power-supply MTBF for life expectancy

For machine system designers needing to evaluate which power supplies will best fit a specific machine design or application, it's standard practice to compare each unit's mean time between failures (MTBF) rating. Most people believe that MTBF is the number of operating hours that will elapse before a unit fails.

By Victoria Alla, Rockwell Automation
Standards January 1, 2006

Keeping the CFO out of jail, and other data management benefits

The data that whirls around your plant floor - guiding production, improving quality, enhancing maintenance and other operations - has become extremely valuable to the people in the front office. Providing accurate plant data to assure compliance with government regulations, such as FDA 21 CFR Part 11 and Sarbanes-Oxley accounting reforms in the post-Enron world, can keep your facility from eno...

By Ron Monday, President and CEO, Online Development, Inc.
Standards January 1, 2006

Silicon hoses

PAGE Silicone Hose Products are offered in plain platinum cured silicone, braided, 4-ply, 4-ply with stainless steel wire helix, stainless steel braided PTFE with extruded platinum cured silicone cover, and convoluted PTFE with 316 stainless steel braid and a platinum cured silicone cover. Featuring sizes ranging from 0.

By Staff
Standards December 1, 2005

Power transmission standard comment period extended

OSHA's written comment period on updating the standard for the construction of electric power transmission and distribution installations has been extended to Jan. 11, 2006. The update is designed to make it consistent with the revised general industry standard. The proposed standard includes requirements relating to enclosed spaces, working near energized parts, grounding for employee protecti...

By Staff
Standards November 3, 2005

ASHRAE manual explains 62.1 standard

A new user’s manual provides users with a better understanding of the design, installation and operation requirements in ASHRAE’s ventilation standard. The “Standard 62.1 User’s Manual” explains the requirements of “ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2004, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality,” and contains numerous examples of their application in an easy-to-follow question and answer format. “Because the standard is written in code-intended language, such material could not be included in the standard itself, so the manual helps users better understand the intent and apply it to their work,” said Dennis Stanke, chair of the Standard 62.1 committee. “It helps users understand what Standard 62.1 requires and how those requirements can be met. It’s a document that designers have needed for many years and will find useful for many years to come.” The manual includes a CD containing a spreadsheet to assist in the standard’s new ventilation rate procedure calculations.

By staff
Standards November 3, 2005

BricsCad NV joins Open Design Alliance as founding member

The Open Design Alliance announced that BricsCad NV has joined as a Founding Member. Founded in 1998, the Open Design Alliance is a non-profit consortium committed to promoting open industry-standards for the exchange of CAD data. Its members include thousands of design, engineering and technology companies.

By staff
Standards November 1, 2005

Rugged ac drive exceeds NEMA regs

E-trAC X4 variable speed ac drive features an IP66-rated enclosure that exceeds NEMA 1, 12 and 4x standards. The drive is available in 1–10 hp models, and voltages that include 115, 230, 460 and 575 Vac. Features include wireless IR programming via PDA; startup macros; extra relays, inputs and outputs; fault tolerance; 120% overload for one minute; and 150% momentary overload.

By Staff
Standards November 1, 2005

Sanitary digital thermometer meets standard

Digi-Tel sanitary digital thermometer meets 3A Standard Number 74-02, Sanitary Standards for Sensors and Sensor Fittings and Connections Used on Milk and Milk Products Equipment. The thermometer is installed directly in the process — no thermowell is required because its sanitary fitting is integral to the thermometer, reducing installation and instrument costs and providing a faster resp...

By Staff
Standards November 1, 2005

Laser bar code scanner

The AXIOM 1L laser bar code scanner is a single-laser reader that offers scanning at up to 1,400 scans per second to deliver highest possible read rates on good and poor quality codes. The unit is housed in an IP65-rated industrial enclosure to withstand harsh environments. It also offers several options for bar code data transfer to existing systems.

By Staff
Standards November 1, 2005

Facility training assists engineers with fire safety

The Facility Assurance Containment Team program has been expanded to help engineers manage penetration on fire-related assemblies in their buildings. It provides a management plan for fire-rated floors and walls and firestopping training and education for employees and contactors over the life of the facility.

By Staff
Standards November 1, 2005

Power quality monitoring software

ION EEM PQ module power quality monitoring software helps plant managers improve power quality and reliability by quickly and accurately identifying the source of power quality problems. It automatically analyzes and reduces large quantities of energy data to help pinpoint threats to power quality before they can result in downtime or equipment damage.

By Staff
Standards November 1, 2005

Collapsible guardrail

The StealthRail is a collapsible guardrail that exceeds OSHA safety standards. The guard rail folds easily on a roof's surface. Removing the detent pin from the pivot assembly allows the guard rail to be lowered, and inserting the detent pin will lock the rail in an upright position. When folded, it offers clean roof sightlines.

By Staff
Standards November 1, 2005

3-D anchor design program has graphic interface

The PROFIS Anchor supports allowable stress design and load resistance factor design in accordance with standards to bring the 3-D anchor design process to the desktop. The software allows users to choose the detail and complexity of each product all the way to full definition of all variables. A full-screen graphic input includes all dimensions for easier visualization.

By Staff
Standards October 21, 2005

Calculating purge times for type X, Y and Z systems

In order to calculate the amount of time it takes to complete a full purge cycle, you need to know: %%POINT%%Enclosure volume %%POINT%%Flow rate %%POINT%%Purge media Compressed instrument air If you are using compressed instrument air to purge your enclosure, you can refer to predetermined purge times. These times are represented as a ratio of 1 minute per “X” cubic feet of enclosure volume. The “X” is a variable that changes with different size systems.

By Jason Norris, Application Engineer, Pepperl+Fuchs, Twinsburg, OH
Standards October 1, 2005

Blasting helmet

The Nova 2000 blasting helmet from Allegro is made of high-density polyethylene that meets the penetration requirements of ANSI 289.1. It features foam padding, Velcro-mounted for easy removal and cleaning. The large double lens, with optional tear-out lenses, allows for optimum vision without irritating side glare, and the inner lens complies with ANSI 289.

By Staff
Standards September 21, 2005

Axeda to partner with SyTech

SyTech Inc., a provider of automated report generation and data analysis software, announced will partner with Axeda Systems, a provider of Device Relationship Management (DRM) and supervisory, control and data acquisition (SCADA) software and services. SyTech Inc. is to rebrand its XLReporter product as WizReport XL for Axeda. Emmanuel Vitrac, Marketing Director at Axeda, says "WizReport XL will be our primary solution for any application involving compliance, maintenance, production or performance reporting.With Microsoft Excel at its core, a native historical interface to Wizcon, standard interfaces such as OPC and ODBC, advanced automated scheduling, Web publishing, PDF conversion and emailing, WizReport XL makes light work of the most complex reporting requirement." The newly branded report writer is designed specifically for Axeda customers in markets with reporting requirements such as building automation and facility management, cooling & refrigeration, water & waste, power & energy and large infrastructure management.Companies in these markets increasingly rely on professional reporting and analysis tools for more efficient asset utilization, energy usage optimization, or simply for regulatory compliance.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards September 1, 2005

Winning the race to innovation

America's manufacturers use innovation in every aspect of their business, to streamline production processes and to create new products that change lives for the better. U.S. manufacturing grew faster than the economy as a whole in 2004. Yet, there is a genuine, longer-term concern that our nation is in danger of losing its leadership position in R&D, innovation and a number of vital indus...

By John Engler, President, National Association of Manufacturers
Standards September 1, 2005

NAM calls for new approach to boost skilled workforce

In a Labor Day report on the state of U.S. manufacturing, the National Association of Manufacturers called for a three-pronged approach to making American manufacturing more competitive in a global marketplace by improving education, attracting more skilled workers internationally and increasing funding for research and development.

By Staff
Standards June 1, 2005

Commerce Dept. to create ‘roadmap’ for standards

An initiative to "roadmap" the nation's future measurement needs was announced in May by the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology. "The nation's measurement system is a vital element of our innovation infrastructure," NIST Acting Director Hratch Semerjian said during testimony before the House Subcommittee on Environment, Technology, and Standards.

By Staff
Standards May 1, 2005

NAM leaders push Congress for pro-growth legislation

At its spring meeting in Florida, the National Association of Manufacturers' (NAM) board of directors threw its support behind Congressional action on trade and energy bills it said would "influence our economy's capacity to compete and grow." Continuing to push NAM's theme of pressing federal lawmakers to level the playing field on trade issues, NAM chairman John Luke said, "We can't be compla...

By Staff
Standards May 1, 2005

ISA studies standards compliance program

The Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society (ISA) is studying the feasibility of a new program to document compliance with specific ISA standards. Society officials said a standard compliance program would give ISA a new role in determining conformity assessment in addition to the society's current standards development role.

By Staff
Standards May 1, 2005

Two new NEMA standards approved

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has released two standards that are adaptations from IEC standards: Both documents contain amendments to identify those specifications in the original IEC standard that are not applicable in the United States. They also incorporates those additional requirements necessary to conform to the generally accepted wiring practices and rules fo...

By Staff
Standards April 1, 2005

Human Side – 2005-04-01

Flexibility enhances the best of rules The 17th century philosopher and theologian Robert Burton wrote that "no rule is so general which admits of no exception." It's a thought for rule makers and rule enforcers—managers and supervisors—to ponder. Presumably, rules are established with a positive purpose in mind. In short, so far as the plant or company is involved, adherence to a rule in question should be beneficial to its bottom line performance.

By Raymond Dreyfack, Contributing Editor
Standards April 1, 2005

Review of manufacturing regs needs a push

One of the loudest screams from the manufacturing sector is that federal regulations hamstring U.S. companies by imposing additional rules and additional costs on the manufacturing process. Now the White House has promised to review regulatory reform in a timely fashion, and that's earning praise from National Association of Manufacturers.

By Staff
Standards March 10, 2005

Machine safeguarding gains

The North American market for machine automatic safeguarding products is gaining ground on Europe, according to a recent market study by Venture Development Corp. The compounded annual growth rate from 2004–2007 for Europe is projected to be 7.4%, while the CAGR for North America is projected to be 12.

By Staff
Standards January 10, 2005

Understanding synchronous belt drives

Many components of a synchronous power transmission belt interact with each other and combine to produce its performance characteristics. Obvious features, such as reinforcement cord and a variety of elastomeric materials, are very important to the belt carcass. But a design variation often over-looked is a belt's tooth profile, and a closer look at this critical belt feature is warranted.

By Ron Francis, Project Engineer, Goodyear Engineered Products, Lincoln, NE
Standards January 10, 2005

Replacing incandescent lamps with LEDs

Currently, there is interest in high efficiency, long-life, light emitting diode (LED) lamps for use in factories, institutional, and commercial applications, because the costs of electricity for lighting and labor for bulb replacement are significant. The goal of the LED manufacturers is to build a very high-brightness white LED that is economical and efficient enough to be used for illumination.

By Staff
Standards November 10, 2004

Looking ahead

Early next year, PLANT ENGINEERING will be producing a couple of events that you might want to put on your calendar now. The first, our webcast on "New Directions in Electrical Safety," will take place on January 27 at 10 a.m. CST. Through your computer, you'll be able to see and hear the presentations of four experts on establishing a plant electrical safety program.

By Staff
Standards July 8, 2004

Digital multimeter essentials

A digital multimeter (DMM) is like an electronic tape measure for making electrical measurements. It may have any number of special features, but a DMM primarily measures volts, ohms, and amperes. This article provides the essentials required for selecting and operating this versatile tool.

By Harvey Trager, Fluke Corp., Everett, WA
Standards June 10, 2004

Human side – 2004-06-10

Employee in trouble Needs help, not lecture A week after returning from a three-week medical leave, Utility Worker Susan Walsh appeared at Alex Carpenter's desk. "What now?" the supervisor asked. "My doctor says I need two more weeks of leave." Carpenter rolled his eyes upward. Walsh walked with a limp. Her medical problem as reported was related to a back injury and osteoporosis. According to plant scuttlebutt, Susan's husband was abusive. A longtime employee, Walsh was a marginal performer at best.

By Raymond Dreyfack, Contributing Editor
Standards March 10, 2004

Software and process reviews enable continuous improvement

Editor's note: This is Part 2 of a two-part series on the value of software and process reviews. Companies completing a software and process review (SPR) gain closer adherence to documented procedures and instructions as well as ensured accuracy and integrity of the database data structure and reporting elements.

By Steve Pitsos
Standards February 10, 2004

New books of note

Fire-safe buildings Fire Protection Engineering in Building Design by Jane I. Lataille, P.E., is an excellent reference on incorporating fire protection standards compliance into the design of buildings. This handbook should prove useful for engineers involved with commercial buildings as well as those dealing with industrial structures.

By Staff
Standards January 10, 2004

Reader Feedback – 2004-01-10 – 2004-01-10

Solutions I enjoy your magazine, especially the "Solutions" article. This is the first thing that I look for in your magazine. I have just received your Dec 2003 issue and was reading the "Solutions" section and your solution to portable air tank I do not quite agree with. Using a used propane tank for anything else is not only dangerous, but in some states may be illegal.

By Staff
Standards December 10, 2003

Do you need stronger wrenches?

Because of the pressure for higher performance and lower cost for virtually every product made, bolted joints are now made to work harder and their failure could be very damaging. Over the past few years, fasteners have grown stronger, and the use of high-strength fasteners has increased. Through the widespread use of torque wrenches, fasteners are being tightened to higher torques.

By Richard B. Wright, Wright Tool Company, Barberton, OH.
Standards October 22, 2003

Maintenance work: Part 2

By Donald H. Decker, PE, Principal The Hayo Consultants( www.hayoconsultants.com ) This is the second installment in a three-part article about Maintenance work. We are centering on the “Make Ready, Do, Put Away” activities of your maintenance crew. Quite often maintenance productivity is associated with the motivation level of our maintenance and technical personnel.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards October 10, 2003

Reader Feedback – 2003-10-10 – 2003-10-10

Support for Energy Policy Act of 2003 Dear Editor: The U.S. Congress is seriously considering a comprehensive energy bill with an emphasis on conservation, and this should be a comfort to every American. Sponsors of the Energy Policy Act of 2003, which is presently being debated in the U.S. Senate, have demonstrated leadership and vision in recognizing that effective energy policy is one of the...

By Staff
Standards September 10, 2003

Temperature calibration basics

The types of calibration applicable to a manufacturing plant include temperature, pressure, flow, and electrical parameters, such as power, voltage, current, and resistance. This article addresses temperature calibration primarily. But much of the information applies to calibration of all instruments.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering Magazine
Standards June 12, 2003

Plant floor coatings review

The types and variations of floor coatings for industrial use today are bewildering. Even if you're a knowledgeable chemist, it's hard to sift through the plethora of names, properties, and recommended applications. Even so, a little knowledge can go a long way in talking with suppliers and installers.

By Richard L. Dunn, Editor, Plant Engineering Magazine
Standards April 28, 2003

Devil is in the execution

Execution is the buzzword for the initiative du jour . When all is said and done, it seems, all of the initiatives of the last several decades don't amount to much without execution. Well, duh! The interesting thing about all the attention to execution is that it's being hailed as some new discovery, some breakthrough in management.

By Richard L. Dunn, Editor
Standards February 15, 2003

Malleable maintenance: Departments must evolve with changing times

Maintenance departments are living and breathing entities. They need to grow and change. They need to adapt to changing production techniques, evolve with new technologies, accept new ideas as their team ages, and keep up with accelerating productivity demands. Today's successful maintenance departments are forward leaning, progressive, and motivated.

By Michael E. McBride, Facilities Operations & Property Manager, Nike Inc., Beaverton, OR
Standards December 15, 2002

Maintenance excellence

Much is being made of maintenance excellence these days. There are seminars on maintenance excellence, awards for maintenance excellence, institutes for maintenance excellence, roundtables for maintenance excellence. All of these are good. But what the heck is "maintenance excellence," anyway? Lowest cost? Lowest downtime? Highest uptime? Zero breakdowns? Highest overall equipment effectivene...

By Richard L. Dunn Editor
Standards October 15, 2002

Fluorescent and HID duke it out

Both T5 high-output (HO) linear fluorescent and pulse-start metal halide HID lamps are excellent lighting options for high-bay applications in a variety of environments. In some installations, either lamp would be an excellent choice. In others, one lamp may provide greater benefits than the other. Each light source has several attractive attributes that might tip the scales toward one choice o...

By Ted Simpson, Philips Lighting, Somerset, NJ
Standards September 15, 2002

Human Side – 2002-09-15

Assignment dispute: Must unit rep be summoned while on overtime? Saturday morning a skeleton crew was on hand working overtime. Maintenance Supervisor Joe Moody instructed Utility Worker Frank Durkin to scrub down two large tanks in the lab. The tank scrub-down was the dirtiest job in the plant. "It's not my turn," Durkin protested. Ordinarily an effort was made to split up the scrub-down as evenly as possible among the department's three utility workers. Durkin pointed out he had done a scrub-down only a week ago. "Sorry about that," Moody sympathized.

By Raymond Dreyfack Contributing Editor
Standards August 8, 2002

Mobilizing CMMS/EAM

What if your department no longer had to fill out work orders at the end of a shift? What if you could have an extra hour a day to work on equipment? What if you were able to move your maintenance department from reactive to proactive and predictive? Using mobile CMMS/EAM can answer all these questions in one fell swoop.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering magazine
Standards September 1, 2001

Human Side of Engineering – 2001-09-01

Is morale a miracle productivity cure-all?Is good employee morale the magic touchstone that ensures high productivity? Not necessarily. No question, morale's effect on performance cannot be disputed. But viewing it as a be-all and end-all solution to productivity problems is a mistake made by too many managers.

By Raymond Dreyfack, Contributing Editor
Standards July 12, 2001

Software reduces ISO 9000 training and implementation time

Web-based platform from Prism eSolutions streamlines communications, training and document management to speed implementation time up to 20 percent while reducing costs by half.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Standards February 1, 2001

Sound level meter or dosimeter? Making the choice

Key concepts More stringent noise level rules and exposure criteria are likely. Dosimeters provide an 8-hr TWA and/or the dose.

By Matthew F. Kluesener, PE, Vibration Research Co., Cincinnati, OH
Standards November 1, 2000

Is there anyone out there who does not have a shortage of skilled labor?

Last month's Management Side of Engineering column explained what Tech Prep is and how it works. The discussion concludes this month as the authors examine the four standards categories of Tech Prep and how to create the program.

By Tom Huey, Technical Training Manager, Duracell, and J. Stanley McCallar, Georgia State Tech Prep Coordinator, Atlanta, GA
Standards November 1, 2000

Human Side of Engineering – 2000-11-01

Rules are guidelines, not straightjackets Group Leader Mark Chernoff yelled after Electrician Grade II Fred Baseman, "Hey, where are you going? It's only 3:00." Baseman paid him no heed.

By Raymond Dreyfack Contributing Editor
Standards August 1, 2000

Getting started

Over the past year or so, we've been trying to draw your attention to-the problem. That is, the shortage of skilled workers now and into the future.

By Richard L. Dunn, Editor
Standards May 1, 2000

Human Side of Engineering – 2000-05-01 – 2000-05-01

Names used in Human Side of Engineering are fictitious. Any similarity to real persons is coincidental.

By Raymond Dreyfack , Contributing Editor
Standards March 1, 2000

Column protection

Column Sentry FE features an 8 X 10-in. cutout, allowing extinguishers up to 24-in. tall to be hung from the column. The unit protects columns from fork lift damage while conforming to federal, state, and local codes.

By Staff
Standards March 1, 2000

Explosion protected control stations

SpecOne line of explosion protected control stations meets codes and standards for hazardous areas anywhere in the world. The control stations feature NEMA 4X, IP 66 enclosures, with a formed-in-place gasket, and a variety of operators.

By Staff
Standards March 1, 2000

The people thing

Over the past few years, it has been my privilege to visit a number of plants with excellent plant engineering and maintenance operations. To be sure, they have all made good use of technology. But the thing that impresses most, and always, is the people.

By Richard L. Dunn
Standards March 1, 2000

Compliance solutions

Compliance Solutions: Compliance You Need...When You Need It brochure describes a variety of services available, from regulatory reports to waste minimization.

By Staff
Standards March 1, 2000

Automation software

Cimplicity software catalog provides solutions to help make enterprises faster, smarter, and easier to control at every level.

By Staff
Standards March 1, 2000

How to get quality

The latest release of the biannual Fall/Winter, 1999 catalog features hundreds of books, standards, software programs, and videos focusing on quality.

By Staff
Standards March 1, 2000

Creating a quality management system

ISO 9000 practitioners work within a dynamic enterprise that fosters a myriad pattern of standards and their interpretation.

By Ron Holzhauer
Standards February 1, 2000

A stop in time

Stop hazardous machine motion quickly with an emergency stop (E-stop) palm button. These buttons can be used to increase safety on many types of machines, including presses, lathes, drills, and mills.

By Staff
Standards February 1, 2000

Crane components

Comprehensive 28-p catalog describes crane components for industrial assembly, maintenance, or matching applications. The literature provides features, benefits, dimensional data, and specifications for eight models in the Series 3 end trucks line.

By Staff
Standards February 1, 2000

Excessive absence: Can you deny merit increase?

I've been ripped off," Carpenter Grade II Sam Horner protested when he saw that the amount on his paycheck was the same as it had been the week before. He had been passed over for the quarterly merit increase.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Standards December 1, 1999

Sign and label maker creates signs instantly

Powermark sign and labeling system allows users to create a wide range of custom products without the delays associated with ordering custom signs.

By Staff
Standards December 1, 1999

Can Christmas bonuses be eliminated unilaterally?

Anyone can be mistaken, and that goes for arbitrators as well as ordinary mortals. Business had been in the doldrums for months.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Standards December 1, 1999

Batteries don’t spill

PowerLock series of industrial, front-termination VRLA batteries have a "non-spillable" rating under the Code of Federal Regulations, International Air Transport Association's (IATA) provision A67, and International Maritime Dangerous Goods code.

By Staff
Standards November 1, 1999

Keyless ignition controls driver access

Programmable keyless ignition for fork lifts holds up to 100 operator codes, ensuring that only trained and authorized operators can start the vehicle to comply with OSHA training regulations.

By Staff
Standards November 1, 1999

Integrated suite simplifies sizing and analysis

Engineer's Aide SINET 5.2 is an integrated software suite designed for plant engineers for pipeline sizing, simulation, network analysis, equipment sizing, and equipment costing.

By Staff
Standards November 1, 1999

Integrated system analyzes machine efficiency

Focus Series data collector is a rapid deployment, integrated hardware/software system for analyzing machine efficiency.

By Staff
Standards November 1, 1999

Chain hoist assembly simplifies testing of fire doors

Fireset 3 fire door chain hoist assembly allows for more frequent, regular testing of chain-operated fire doors. Conforming to NFPA 80 regulations, the product's construction allows for the door to drop during testing without releasing spring tension.

By Staff
Standards November 1, 1999

Oil/water separator exceeds regulations

Balston Oil/Water Separator for contaminated air compressor condensate offers proven technology, which exceeds 10-ppm stormwater regulations and produces the cleanest water of any system available.

By Staff
Standards October 1, 1999

Don’t just operate a plant: Take steps to optimize your business

Today's new generation of plant information management systems (PIMS) form the core of integrated information systems (IIS) that enable plant engineers to optimize their businesses and discover new and substantial profits.

By Nigel Bowden
Standards October 1, 1999

How safe is safe?

Interactive Safety Source is a free CD-ROM designed to be a one-stop source that allows users, regardless of previous knowledge, to quickly search for and find answers to safety questions.

By Staff
Standards October 1, 1999

Motors – 1999-10-01

Global Series large ac motors are described in a 4-p color brochure. The motors are designed to meet IEC 34 electrical standards and IEC mounting requirements, with many ratings available in NEMA mounting dimensions.

By Staff
Standards October 1, 1999

Should ADA cover infertility treatments?

It wasn't easy, but after four tries at invitro fertilization, Electrician First Grade Jim Fishman finally became a father. He handed out cigars to the guys on the crew. "A 5-lb baby girl," he crowed.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Standards October 1, 1999

Incompetent? Think twice before firing him.

His performance rating is low and getting lower. The obvious first thought is to get rid of him. The sensible second thought is to probe to the root of the problem. Unfortunately, Engineering Project Supervisor Stu Mailin never got beyond thought one.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Standards September 1, 1999

Machine safeguarding

The 1999-2000 edition of Engineering Guide to Machine Safeguarding features detailed information on safety light curtains, safety mats, interlock switches and relays, two-hand controls, and process safeguarding products.

By Staff
Standards August 1, 1999

Do you have a skills problem?

Speaking of skills development (as we did on this page last month), have you thought about your own skills development lately? As important as it is to worry about the skills of those who work for you, don't forget about yourself.

By Richard L. Dunn
Standards August 1, 1999

Sensors: Smart devices, smarter solutions

Sensors, today, can be found almost everywhere in industry, from conveyors and boilers to process lines and air handlers. Major sensor technologies are not new.

By Jeanine Katzel
Standards July 1, 1999

Fork lift training

New fork lift operator training brochure details reasons for implementing a training program.

By Staff
Standards July 1, 1999

Dealing with the skills problem

A skilled workforce is one of the biggest problems facing plant engineers -- if not the biggest. It has been a problem for many years, and it will continue to be a problem. Consider, for example, that the U.S.

By Richard L. Dunn
Standards June 1, 1999

Handling fluids in drums

Handling Industrial Fluids? Take the Innovative Approach details how storage and dispensing systems eliminate the inefficiencies and safety problems inherent in product transfer using traditional 55-gal. drums.

By Staff
Standards June 1, 1999

Save the environment

Large and small businesses can benefit from environmentally secure services, which include recycling/resource recovery, waste removal, technical and remedial plans, water treatment, photographic/radiological handling, environmental consulting, compliance remediation, disposal, and allied products. Specialty services include total environmental activity management and regulatory compliance programs. Safety-Kleen Corp. Circle 259.

By Staff
Standards June 1, 1999

Controlling lift truck access

Programmable, keyless ignition for fork lift trucks easily installs on electric, internal combustion, and diesel vehicles. An easy-to-use keypad is programmable for up to 100 operator codes, ensuring that only authorized personnel operate the fork lift.

By Staff
Standards May 1, 1999

Lift truck safety

A 4-p brochure features a sitdown counterbalanced lift truck operator training program that complies with OSHA regulations.

By Staff
Standards May 1, 1999

Using DDC controls to ensure adequate ventilation in VAV systems

Ever since the advent of variable air volume (VAV) supply systems, ensuring adequate ventilation air or exhaust makeup air throughout the supply air volume range has been a problem.

By Jerry Siemens and Dermot Houston
Standards April 1, 1999

Plastic pallet meets fire safety codes

AdvantEdge is the first pallet to achieve a UL2335 listing, meeting the new NFPA standards for fire safety. The 56-lb pallet provides several benefits over traditional wood versions, including toughness, uniformity, slip-resistance, and stiffness.

By Staff
Standards April 1, 1999

Motor optimized for variable speed applications

RPM AC 180 frame motor brings an advanced variable speed design to users with tight space requirements and high performance standards. Motors are available from 1/8-1000 hp in frame sizes from 56-4460.

By Staff
Standards April 1, 1999

Instruct the instructor

Onsite instructor certification program for lift trucks and other mobile equipment includes a review of applicable regulations, safety theory, accident case studies, and accident prevention strategies.

By Staff
Standards April 1, 1999

A 10-step program for improved power quality

Have you ever noticed the lights in your plant blink slightly, and then some of your process or manufacturing equipment grinds to a halt? Sometimes this interruption occurs without the telltale flicker of the lights.

By Robert G Lang
Standards April 1, 1999

Mezzanine system meets Y2K codes

QUiK Space-4 mezzanine system is a modular design with the ability to customize. The design incorporates building code requirements for the year 2000. Decking choices include Resindek, Sturd-I-Floor, Polydek, diamond plate, and bar grating.

By Staff
Standards March 1, 1999

And where are your VOCs?

The Clean Air Compliance Handbook contains more than 100 pp of information about volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions, regulations, and control technologies, as well as tips for choosing control equipment.

By Staff
Standards March 1, 1999

Integrated low NOx solutions

With today's industrial facilities facing stringent NOx emission regulations, it's imperative to seek the most cost effective and complete solution.

By Staff
Standards March 1, 1999

Liquid storage cabinets

Storage cabinets for Class I, II, and III flammable liquids and acid storage cabinets are built to meet or exceed OSHA and NFPA Code 30 standards.

By Staff
Standards March 1, 1999

Access equipment

A 16-p catalog covers personnel lifts, work platforms, crossovers, rolling ladders, and custom fabrications. Grouped by product type, more than 200 selections of access equipment are represented, all built to applicable ANSI and OSHA codes.

By Staff
Standards February 1, 1999

Get the word on hazardous materials

A service is available to help companies communicate information on hazardous materials to employees.

By Staff
Standards February 1, 1999

IEEE standards

A carefully organized 100-p catalog provides a complete listing of IEEE standards and related products. Also included are details of online and web delivery standards services offered.

By Staff
Standards February 1, 1999

Corrosion information

The world's largest compilation of corrosion reference materials features more than 1000 books, technical standards, software, and related products.

By Staff
Standards February 1, 1999

Is excessive absence a valid basis for layoff?

The plant rated its employees A, B, or C depending on their "contribution to productivity and profits," as determined by periodic supervisory evaluations.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Standards February 1, 1999

Comparing grades

A free, pocket-sized slide rule shows the comparative equivalence of the different viscosity grading systems: ISO, SAE, AGMA gear grade oils, and NLGI grease consistency grade classifications.

By Staff
Standards January 1, 1999

Cog belts

New 6-p literature outlines advantages and benefits of RPP+PLUS synchronous (cog) belt drive systems. Prominent among the advantages are horsepower well above industry standards, high torque ranges, and smooth operation. Dayco Industrial Div.

By Staff
Standards January 1, 1999

“Evil” editorial stirs opinions

Our October 1998 editorial, "The beginning of evil," prompted numerous letters expressing both support and criticism. Here's a sampling of what our readers told us. Some comments have been edited.

By Staff
Standards January 1, 1999

Device checks receptacles for safety

The Inspector tests the retention force of receptacles as recommended by NFPA and other codes. Thesafety device features stainless steel contacts and tests ground/hot/neutral holding forces. Ohmic Instruments Co. www.thomasregister.

By Staff
Standards January 1, 1999

What’s a bar code weigh?

Scanteam 3400HD Series CCD bar code scanner, when interfaced with optional equipment, simplifies parts counting with quick and accurate scanning of the average piece weight bar code label. Used with bar codes up to 4-in.

By Staff
Standards December 1, 1998

Don’t close the door on this one

Directory of Certified Door Closers is a free, 60-p directory that lists all products certified to meet ANSI/BHMA A156.4 and A156.15 standards. The standards are performance oriented, with functional and finish test requirements.

By Staff
Standards December 1, 1998

Can a supervisor be too goal oriented?

Plant Engineer Gordon Beasley was growing concerned over the number of gripes and grievances emanating from Project Supervisor Ron Corwin's section in recent months. He asked Dave Runyan, his assistant, to look into it. Runyan blew out his cheeks.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Standards November 1, 1998

Bladder system captures leaks and spills from cabinets

Ultra-Safety cabinet bladder system captures leaks from drums and other items stored inside fire-rated cabinets. The system fits all vertical drum storage cabinets, increases overall cabinet height by only 6 in., and holds 66 gal. of leaking waste.

By Staff
Standards November 1, 1998

If he can’t “cut the mustard,” must you transfer him?

Service Equipment Mechanic Jack Taylor had for years been a marginal performer at best. When several new tools and machines were installed in his work section, Taylor was unable to master them.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Standards November 1, 1998

Truck training based on OSHA regulations

"Sit-Down Counterbalanced Lift Truck Training Program" complies with proposed training regulations announced by OSHA.

By Staff
Standards November 1, 1998

Take care in interviewing disabled job applicants

On one hand, you want to be a "good guy" and do the "right thing." On the other hand, you have an operation to run. Work has to get done properly and on time. Productivity standards must be maintained.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Standards November 1, 1998

Reduce pump seal emissions

A 4-p brochure describes the RV8 back pullout assembly, which is a power frame upgrade to virtually any overhung API process pump.

By Staff
Standards November 1, 1998

Labelmaker travels anywhere in the plant

HandiMark handheld portable labelmaking system allows the user to create custom labels for any location in the plant. Unit runs on a rechargeable battery or ac power supply.

By Staff
Standards November 1, 1998

Calibration System Tracks Data, Documents Findings

MasterCAL automates the calibration of instruments plantwide.

By Staff
Standards November 1, 1998

Complying with OSHA/DOT regs

Companies that must comply with OSHA and DOT regulations relating to hazardous materials information can conveniently meet these requirements through three services.

By Staff
Standards October 1, 1998

Using the network to network

Using the network to network not only improves your means for communicating and your ability to receive timely information, but it also enables associations to provide you with a vast array of products and services to more efficiently meet their mission of serving you. Go to many association websites today, and you'll be hard-pressed not to find several, if not all, of these offerings: online versions of publications developed by the association; comprehensive calendar; directory of individuals (usually members) or organizations available to answer your questions or help solve your problems; lists of links to industry-related websites; up-to-date standards and regulations governing your industry; the latest research and technological advances within your industry; current job openings and resume posting area; "live" tradeshow coverage; and much more.

By Len O'Neal
Standards October 1, 1998

The beginning of evil

In a perverse kind of way, President Clinton may be providing an important service to the nation by forcing us to reexamine many of the ethics and standards that we have generally applied in business and public life.

By Richard L. Dunn
Standards October 1, 1998

Hazmat storage

Over 200 models of hazmat storage systems with thousands of variations are covered in a 44-p catalog. Included are spill containments, enclosed cabinets, racking and shelving, drum handling, gas cylinder storage, structures, and accessories.

By Staff
Standards September 1, 1998

Color me safe

Protective Coatings Color Spectrum showcases more than 100 color selections for protective coating systems.

By Staff
Standards September 1, 1998

Thou shalt not vent

A fact sheet, "Summary of Proposed Regulations for Recycling of Substitute Refrigerants Under Section 608," summarizes the rule proposed on June 11, 1998, and explains how EPA is currently applying venting prohibition to substitute refrigerants and various types of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. The rule covers substitutes for CFC and HCFC refrigerants. EPA, Stratospheric Protection Div.

By Staff
Standards September 1, 1998

Training the answer

Problem: Belt-driven air handlers are exhibiting unusual vibration, leading to questions concerning belt and sheave condition, belt tension, and overall installation practices. How can you maximize belt performance?

By Staff
Standards August 1, 1998

Demoting a recently promoted employee? Take care

You have reservations regarding Joe's ability to qualify, but are pondering whether or not to give him a crack at the promotion from Grade II to Grade I. If he fails to measure up, you can always downgrade him to his former classification.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Standards August 1, 1998

Using a BAS for process control

Building automation systems are found in nearly every type of industrial plant handling a variety of tasks. But their diversity is perhaps best exemplified in an application that uses a BAS for process control.

By Staff
Standards August 1, 1998

Accessing government regulations

Companies that must comply with OSHA and DOT regulations regarding hazardous material information can conveniently meet these requirements. The MSDS On Demand Program is accessible by phone or fax 24 hr a day.

By Staff
Standards June 1, 1998

Welding software

A 6-p brochure introduces a variety of welding software packages created to provide solutions to complex welding parameters and applications.

By Staff
Standards June 1, 1998

Safety glasses feature stylish look

The stylish Attitude offers a 10 base wraparound frame that requires no side shields, yet meets all applicable ANSI standards. The black-framed safety spectacles come in four lens options: clear, smoke, silver mirror, and clear 4A coating.

By Staff
Standards June 1, 1998

Make machinery safe

Engineering Guide to Machine Safeguarding features a wide range of safety light curtains, safety mats, safety interlock switches and relays, two-hand controls, and process safeguarding products.

By Staff
Standards June 1, 1998

Can you force extra work on an employee?

When Carpenter I Joe Hillman, age 64, came down with the flu, Maintenance Foreman Harold Braxton informed Carpenter I Chuck Danowski he would have to "take up the slack" while Joe was out.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Standards June 1, 1998

Exit sign retrofit meets UL standards

The 2000 ALS is the only universal exit sign retrofit kit that is UL approved for listing under brightness standards in UL Life Safety Code 924.

By Staff
Standards June 1, 1998

Metric, metric, and more metric

Is metric-related government and industry news important to your operations? Are you still pulling out conversion tables and your calculator to figure out metric equivalents? If so, then you may want to add metricUSA (www.metricusa.

By Len O'Neal
Standards May 1, 1998

Transfer data to laptops without bus cards

PAR24B data acquisition system features 24 bit A/D resolution, 8 independent channels, LabView and Win95 driver application and source codes, and parallel port EPP connection with FIFO buffering.

By Staff
Standards May 1, 1998

Software supplier

The following company was inadvertently omitted from the supplier directory in our April cover article on enterprise-wide software. For more information on this product, please contact the company directly.

By Staff
Standards May 1, 1998

Suite allows handheld computers to use bar codes

Maximo Mobile Application Suite is a set of integrated modules that install directly onto hand-held computers and use bar coding technology to ensure compliance with procedures and automation of routine and preventive maintenance practices.

By Staff
Standards May 1, 1998

Electrical testing

Electrical equipment testing and maintenance services are the subject of a fact-filled 12-p brochure.

By Staff
Standards May 1, 1998

Uncommon side: The slow learner — part I

The qualifying test for Electrician Grade I was divided into two sections: written and hands-on. Both parts were timed. Four maintenance employees took the test. Three qualified; Joe Chernoff was the only rejectee.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Standards April 1, 1998

Year 2000 and counting?

In the January 1998 issue of Plant Engineering, we featured an article on how the Year 2000 could affect your control systems. This problem is no computer hoax; businesses should pay ample attention to the Year 2000 computer phenomenon.

By Staff
Standards April 1, 1998

Analyzer handles up to five gases

GMP 1000M continuous emissions monitoring package measures as many as five gases, and opacity, for regulatory compliance. Measurement options include oxygen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, and total hydrocarbons.

By Staff
Standards April 1, 1998

Safely get rid of dead lamps

Recycling service handles all fluorescent, HID, and mercury-containing lamps. The service provides shipping containers, labels, and assistance with necessary paperwork.

By Staff
Standards April 1, 1998

Container safely ships used fluorescent bulbs

Lamp Pak hazardous waste container meets UN Performance Oriented Packaging standards for use in the transport of spent fluorescent bulbs. The container holds up to 64, 4-ft bulbs with no cushioning or dunnage. Tri-Wall

By Staff
Standards April 1, 1998

Welding references

More than 325 items are described in a 40-p catalog covering welding standards, books, work aids, CD-ROMs, videotapes, and home study courses. American Welding Society www.aws.org

By Staff
Standards April 1, 1998

One-stop site for regs

EH&S RegSmart is a comprehensive, low cost internet site for environmental, health, and safety information. The site is updated monthly and provides access to regulations for all states and the Federal Register. IHS Environmental Information, Inc. www.

By Staff
Standards March 1, 1998

Clean parts service provides equipment and disposal

TLW-2 top-loading washer handles parts up to 29-in. long. The cabinet is 12-ga steel coated with polyurethane epoxy paint. AquaWorks parts cleaning solution is nontoxic, nonflammable, nonhazardous, noncaustic, nonirritating, and water based.

By Staff
Standards March 1, 1998

All about automatic identification

AIDC Sourcebook walks the reader through fundamentals, technologies, and applications relating to automatic identification and data capture. The book describes common pitfalls, industry standards, compliance requirements, and cost justification.

By Staff
Standards March 1, 1998

Cable Integrity Is Critical Part Of Move To High-Speed Networks

A computer network is an integral part of plant communications. Networks linking people and information are critical to the overall success of most organizations. Failure of a network can significantly affect a company's bottom line.

By Hugo Draye
Standards March 1, 1998

What’s in the air?

The expanded and easy-to-use Air Sampling Guide contains NIOSH, OSHA, EPA, and ASTM standards.

By Staff
Standards March 1, 1998

President’s fiscal year 1999 budget seeks $725 million for technology

In a move that demonstrates further efforts to improve the economy, President Clinton's fiscal year 1999 budget request for the Commerce Dept.'s Technology Administration is $725 million.

By Staff
Standards March 1, 1998

A-Z manufacturing links

A-Z Manufacturing & Sales has a web page dedicated to "useful, fun, and manufacturing info." For manufacturers and engineers (www.azmfg. com/links.html), this is a handy reference.

By Staff
Standards March 1, 1998

Slide rule converts viscosities

A free, pocket-sized slide rule includes data showing the comparative equivalence of several viscosity grading systems -- ISO, SAE, AGMA gear oil grades, and NGLI grease consistency grade classifications.

By Staff
Standards February 1, 1998

Save 20 ft of space

More than 5000 inline graphics, instant search/retrieval, and page-for-page accuracy of the original documents are some of the many benefits of All 50 U.S. Code of Federal Regulations On CD-ROM.

By Staff
Standards January 1, 1998

If you must take a fall

A free color poster reminds workers of the importance of using full-body harnesses to comply with OSHA regulations that prohibit the use of safety belts for fall arrest.

By Staff