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Asset Management April 8, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: April 1-7, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered asset life cycle management, maintenance trends and automation tips for the power grid. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Asset Management April 4, 2024

Maintaining Your Plant Floor Edge: Pratibha Pillalamarri, Aspen Technology

In this video, Pratibha Pillalamarri, a senior manager for global and product marketing for Asp...

Asset Management April 2, 2024

Plant Engineering most-viewed content, March 2024

Read the best content in March 2024 including: Asset life cycle management, predictive maintenance foundations, digital MV switchgears and more.

By Chris Vavra
Asset Management March 25, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: March 18-24, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered asset life cycle management, predictive maintenance, Product of the Year and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Asset Management March 19, 2024

Three tech-fueled tailwinds behind asset life cycle management

Innovations in technology and AI, along with increasing demands for sustainability, are pushing businesses to adopt asset life cycle management systems, which are becoming a necessity.

By Kendra DeKeyrel
Asset Management February 22, 2024

Asset management moves towards AI

There are several benefits artificial intelligence (AI) can bring to asset management and maintenance tasks.

By Aaron Merkin
Asset Management February 13, 2024

Using asset performance management to improve insights for process industries

Asset management comes in many different forms and can enhance insights and plant performance with the right information and tools.

By Chris Vavra
Asset Management December 19, 2023

How to make the most of an industrial facility video monitoring system

In industrial facilities, the right video monitoring system can improve operations, increase profit and enhance worker safety

By Heidi Schmidt
Asset Management December 8, 2023

Calibration and asset management integration deliver productivity gain

A large public power utility integrated its asset management and calibration software, to reduce risk and redundancies

By Heikki Laurila
Asset Management October 19, 2023

Asset management’s role in the IIoT age

Asset management is a complex challenge requiring equally complex solutions as the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) makes real-time operations a constant reality.

By Tom Dietrich
Asset Management October 12, 2023

Why fastener redesign is often necessary, and the critical factors to make it successful

Redesigning fasteners is a complicated process and requires expertise and understanding when the decision has been made to do so

By Steve Adkins
Asset Management September 28, 2023

Using data to improve fleet and asset management systems

Asset and fleet management systems aid in optimizing fleet operations, assist in reducing maintenance costs and enhance equipment utilization through effective data utilization.

By John Rosenberger
Asset Management September 25, 2023

Developing a data-driven approach to mitigating risk

Companies looking to modernize or improve their technology often face many challenges and need a risk mitigation strategy to get a better idea of what needs to be done.

By James Henry
Asset Management September 12, 2023

Manufacturing technology orders drop double digits in July

Manufacturing orders totaled $354 million in July, which is down almost 11% compared to the same period in 2022.

By Christopher Chidzik
Asset Management July 26, 2023

Smart connected asset and operations market expected to double in next decade

The smart connected assets and operations market is estimated double its value to $458 billion by 2033 thanks to growing IoT demand.

By Future Market Insights
Asset Management July 6, 2023

How machine analytics expand asset management visibility, value

Machine asset analytics can help a manufacturing facility learn far more about how its operations are performing.

By Henry Foster
Asset Management July 5, 2023

Establishing a centralized asset performance system for increased efficiency, reliability

Leveraging an asset performance management (APM) system to digitize workflows Increased asset reliability and reduced environmental flaring for an oil and gas company in Oman.

By Richard Irwin
Asset Management June 23, 2023

How connected worker platforms modernize asset performance management

How asset performance management can help increase efficiency and improve asset reliability and performance.

By Eric Whitley
Asset Management June 22, 2023

Fostering better and more efficient manufacturing with production health

Some manufacturers are struggling with realizing their full potential and it is leading to potential challenges. An upcoming webcast on June 29 examines these challenges and how production health can improve their short-and long-term outlook.

By Plant Engineering
Asset Management June 14, 2023

What are the challenges and solutions in asset management?

These are many asset management strategies, and learning from the challenges may be one of the best ways to implement a cutting-edge solution.

By Plant Engineering
Asset Management June 7, 2023

What are the trends in asset management?

Asset management is more forward-looking now, incorporating digital technologies and sustainability in the plans.

By Plant Engineering
Asset Management June 5, 2023

How EaaS can benefit OEMs and manufacturers

Equipment-as-a-service (EaaS) can improve original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and their customers’ productivity without significant upfront investments. Several benefits and questions to consider are highlighted.

By Brandon Teachman
Asset Management April 19, 2023

Hannover Messe 2023 Day Two: Asset management, data collection critical for manufacturing growth

Manufacturers and vendors are collaborating to find better solutions to gain better insights from the data they’re collecting so better decisions are made.

By Chris Vavra
Asset Management March 8, 2023

Five enterprise asset management technology trends in 2023

Enterprise asset management (EAM) technology is expanding and can help manufacturers looking to take advantage of digital transformation and its benefits. Five trends are highlighted.

By Rupesh Lahane
Asset Management February 9, 2023

Valuing assets with critical analysis

An asset criticality analysis (ACA) can support maintenance teams to prioritize predictive maintenance strategies.

By Gregory Perry
Asset Management February 3, 2023

Risk-assessment tool for produce industry continues advancing

A paper-based, rapid-result test for bovine respiratory disease and COVID-19 is being adapted for produce safety risk assessment.

By Steve Koppes
Asset Management January 30, 2023

Warehouse automation software market worth $6 billion by 2027

New research shows the warehouse automation software market was valued at $2.4 billion in 2021 and will grow with a CAGR of 16% through 2027.

By Interact Analysis
Asset Management January 27, 2023

Asset management market projected to triple in next decade

The asset management market is expected to grow to almost $11 billion thanks to increased use of Industry 4.0 technologies across many industries.

By Future Market Insights
Asset Management January 11, 2023

How an MES can help companies take advantage of manufacturing changes

Manufacturing execution systems (MES) can help small and midsize businesses capitalize on the changing landscape.

By Ryan Kuhlenbeck
Asset Management December 8, 2022

Leveraging real-time data across the enterprise

A system integrator leveraged enterprise resource planning (ERP) products to help a packaging client realize major gains and meet growing demand by giving them access to real-time data.

By Rajah James
Asset Management December 2, 2022

Reducing scrap and risk at plastic facility

A leading plastics manufacturer needs a full, top-to-bottom technological makeover to update obsolete systems, improve efficiency and reliability, while reducing scrap and inaccuracies.

By Matt Cingcade
Asset Management August 24, 2022

Achieve proactive production with an advanced planning system

Advanced planning systems (APS) can help address supply chain challenges

By Justin Newell
Asset Management August 2, 2022

How OT asset visibility enables effective threat detection

When OT asset visibility and threat detection are coupled together, industrial organizations start to gain comprehensive threat visibility.

By Dragos
Asset Management July 28, 2022

Eliminate blind spots with asset monitoring across the plant

Creating a more automated system with a plant-wide asset monitoring platform can help close some blind spots manufacturers face.

By Paul Heine
Asset Management July 15, 2022

Best practices for building an enterprise data warehouse from scratch

Building an enterprise data warehouse can offer many benefits for food and beverage manufacturers and their construction partners

By Mats Elmsater
Asset Management July 11, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: July 4-10, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered asset criticality, edge computing, automation trends, compressed air systems and IT/OT convergence. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Asset Management June 22, 2022

Transparent asset tracking framework for supply chain management

The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed the fragility of the current supply chains and highlighted the need for improving the existing supply chain infrastructure through digital transformation.

By Xinxin Fan and Raullen (Qi) Chai
Asset Management May 18, 2022

What an EAM system is

Modern EAM software is capable of providing a truly comprehensive view of everything that might be disrupting production

By Trent Maw
Asset Management May 4, 2022

Increase visibility, plant availability with predictive maintenance

To increase plant availability and reduce costs, use smart instruments for diagnostics and verification without process interruption, providing predictive maintenance for the process.

By Endress+Hauser
Asset Management January 12, 2022

Hitting the asset management sweet spot

Exploring the role played by asset management systems as part of British Sugars drive to create four factories of the future.

By Control Engineering Europe
Asset Management January 10, 2022

Five ways traditional enterprise asset management comes up short

Traditional enterprise asset management (EAM), while beneficial in some ways, cannot provide benefits needed in a modern manufacturing facility.

By Trent Maw
Asset Management January 4, 2022

How enterprise asset management can make facilities disruption-proof

Modern enterprise asset management (EAM) software can help improve manufacturing planning, production planning, production scheduling and more.

By Trent Maw
Asset Management December 30, 2021

Enterprise asset management best practices

See best practices for enterprise asset management (EAM) and how it can help improve manufacturing operations.

By Trent Maw
Asset Management December 21, 2021

Modern enterprise asset management benefits

Modern enterprise asset management (EAM) systems provide manufacturers flexibility and help reduce machine downtime and many other benefits.

By Trent Maw
Asset Management December 10, 2021

An O&G services provider’s approach to digital transformation

Reliability and performance gain from IoT edge technology, defined business process and technician experience.

By Kevin Parker
Asset Management December 3, 2021

How manufacturing operations management (MOM) improves operations, reduces risk

Manufacturing operations management (MOM) enables manufacturers to automatically connect with machines to collect critical data without manual inputs. Do you know how to reduce reduce the “six big losses” in manufacturing?

By Paulo de Matos
Asset Management December 3, 2021

How manufacturing operations management (MOM) improves operations, reduces risk

Manufacturing operations management (MOM) enables manufacturers to automatically connect with machines to collect critical data without manual inputs. Do you know how to reduce reduce the “six big losses” in manufacturing?

By Paulo de Matos
Asset Management October 22, 2021

Asset visibility vs. asset management

Ensuring asset visibility and management solutions can work in parallel to make the data received actionable is crucial.

By Mathias Mesich
Asset Management October 14, 2021

Asset lifecycle management: Interoperability standards help digital transformation

A lifecycle approach for digital and physical asset management adds efficiency to capital projects, handover and associated maintenance and reliability management activities and in other ways.

By Mark T. Hoske
Asset Management October 8, 2021

Four things to keep in mind when performing FMECA

FMECA is a complex process but can optimize processes

By Bryan Christiansen
Asset Management September 30, 2021

Tech-enabled asset management holds key for oil and gas upstream industry

Oil and gas companies are adopting intelligent automation tech developed to withstand the harsh weather conditions and provide real-time data

By GlobalData
Asset Management September 28, 2021

10 inventory must do’s for small-to-medium manufacturers

Cash is king for manufacturers from the owner to the machine operators

By Adam Grabowski
Asset Management September 10, 2021

Applying IIoT and AI to midstream asset management

Asset management, intelligent workflows and automation play critical role in operational efficiency

By Manish Chawla
Asset Management August 30, 2021

Engineering document management: Paying Formula 1 money for Uber-ride tasks

Digital twin: An interactive, one-to-one scale digital replica of the asset and every component, system or piece of equipment within it, updated in real-time gives the asset owner a powerful monitoring tool and testbed.

By Steve Bruce
Asset Management July 26, 2021

The supply chain battles back

Building resilient, flexible supply chains in the post-COVID era.

By Joe Berti
Asset Management June 3, 2021

Managing plant emissions and energy losses with the latest software applications

Advances in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies and software analytics are empowering plant managers with valuable insights into the health and performance of critical assets. Analytics software and wireless communications are helping reduce costs, emissions and wasted production time.

By Logan Woolery
Asset Management March 17, 2021

Differences between ERP and MES platforms

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution systems (MES) might seem similar, but they have specific aspects they specialize in.

By Curtis Bird
Asset Management March 9, 2021

How to increase ROI and efficiency with EAM

An effective asset management and maintenance system holds the key to greater return on investment

By Craig Greenhalgh
Asset Management March 4, 2021

Leveraging technological advances to reduce expenses and NPT

Replacing seats and valves, a costly expense for oilfield operators

By Caroline Linder
Asset Management February 23, 2021

Reliability solutions company acquired to strengthen asset management holdings

Baker Hughes is acquiring ARMS Reliability to strengthen their industrial asset performance management (APM) capabilities.

By Baker Hughes
Asset Management February 4, 2021

Execute an effective plant turnaround in seven easy steps

Follow these tips to make a plant turnaround run smoothly and efficiently

By Lawrence Crynes, Ph.D.
Asset Management January 7, 2021

How to develop an asset maintenance strategy

Ask the basic questions too often overlooked, to improve asset management

By Hank Kocevar
Asset Management December 7, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles November 30 to December 6, 2020

Articles about EAM systems, Product of the Year finalists, matching motors and drives, automation technology and proper air balance in a food facility were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 30 to December 6, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Asset Management September 11, 2020

Top 10 considerations for virtual QMS audit success

Manufacturing can’t wait; consider these 10 recommendations for a successful virtual quality management system audit

By Alisa Coffey and Rich Mintz
Asset Management September 10, 2020

Advanced capabilities are being incorporated into EAM systems

Tools are meant to support actionable insights

By Megha Tatiya
Asset Management August 6, 2020

How to maximize your EAM or CMMS

Tracking your mechanical seals may be the best thing since sliced bread

By Chris Tindell
Asset Management August 6, 2020

Connect automation to the power of predictive maintenance

Leveraging operational data already in control systems can drive distribution center (DC) performance and maintenance improvements.

By Eric Rice
Asset Management July 15, 2020

Companies join forces to accelerate industrial transformation

Siemens and SAP announced a partnership designed to bring together their complementary software solutions for product lifecycle, supply chain and asset management applications.

By Siemens Industry, Inc.
Asset Management June 2, 2020

Blockchain establishes truth

Why blockchain should be a part of any new well build

By Andrew Bruce
Asset Management April 27, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 20-26, 2020

Articles about best practices for essential manufacturing, robots fighting COVID-19, improving plant uptime, COVID-19 alerts from OSHA, and preventing coronavirus were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 20-26, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Asset Management April 8, 2020

Conduct asset performance management with a software-based approach

Unite separate parts of the organization, allowing teams to work collectively

By Emrah Ercan
Asset Management March 12, 2020

Focus on asset health

Consider digital asset management systems as the heart of your Industry 4.0 transformation to ensure the health and competitiveness of your future business

By Andrew Kowalik
Asset Management December 3, 2019

Maximize production by monitoring erosion

Data from two complementary monitoring technologies enable maximized production rates, even with high entrained solids.

By Jake Davies, Ph.D.
Asset Management December 1, 2019

Develop a full understanding of riser system health

Digital elements of an asset integrity program described.

By Kenneth Bhalla
Asset Management November 21, 2019

Asset management is increasingly important for oil and gas companies

Asset management is obtaining greater relevance in enhancing operational efficiencies for oil and gas companies, according to a GlobalData report.

By GlobalData
Asset Management October 5, 2019

Rotating equipment makes the world go ‘round

A wide range of oil & gas equipment and machine providers are releasing their own responses to the introduction of IIoT and the impending age of analytics.

By Kevin Parker
Asset Management October 2, 2019

Midstream’s dilemma with rotating equipment

Decision support platform captures real-time data and delivers operational intelligence.

By Craig Harclerode
Asset Management September 1, 2019

OtoSense Development Kit by Otosense Inc.

OtoSense Development Kit allows engineers to design, evaluate, and deploy sound and vibration-based condition monitoring systems, leveraging the unique capabilities of this sound recognition platform.

By OtoSense Inc.
Asset Management August 17, 2019

Continuous asset optimization in manufacturing

Continuous asset optimization (CAO) combines smart manufacturing technologies with cutting edge statistical, data-driven and physics of failure modeling techniques.

By Dr. Ananth Seshan
Asset Management August 7, 2019

Upstream industry taking advantage of industrial internet

GlobalData reports that the upstream sector is witnessing more implementations of the industrial internet compared to other oil and gas sectors as they try to improve security and asset management.

By GlobalData
Asset Management August 4, 2019

Leverage digitalization for asset integrity management

Select the right management technologies for modernization.

By Dave Maguire and Richard Fish
Asset Management June 20, 2019

Three tips to consider when buying an ERP system

Buying an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is a big step, and companies should consider what it can bring to the company and the potential risks involved.

By Ultra Consultants
Asset Management June 7, 2019

Third-party contractors, software can bridge the resources gap

Find a way to securely allow contractors to work on site.

By Kevin Price
Asset Management May 10, 2019

Five change management strategies for an ERP project

Change management strategies for an enterprise resource planning (ERP) project include aligning everyone on the stated goal for a project and identifying potential risks before they become an issue.

By Ultra Consultants
Asset Management May 2, 2019

Three questions to consider during ERP software selection

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) projects work best when they are built on process improvement, but companies should ask what an ERP can accomplish for them and why they're looking to choose one in the first place.

By Ultra Consultants
Asset Management April 12, 2019

Asset Conditioning Monitoring: Best Practices to Maximize Benefits: Your questions answered

Webcast presenter Shreeram Shanbhag answered additional questions about topics such as digital twins, asset maintenance strategy tips, data storage, and more.

By Shreeram Shanbhag
Asset Management February 14, 2019

Define and specify ERP implementation best practices

Companies should consider what best practices to adopt and implement when choosing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

By Brian Potts
Asset Management February 11, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 4-10

Articles about the top plant winner, blockchain benefits, future plant designs, data's role in manufacturing's future, and asset assessments were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 4-10. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Asset Management February 8, 2019

Five questions to ask when selecting an ERP implementation partner

Selecting an enterprise resource planning (ERP) partner is a tricky process and knowing where the company stands up front can save you long-term problems and challenges.

By Brian Potts
Asset Management February 5, 2019

Asset assessment: Take a proactive approach

Data-driven effort should focus on goals, not problems.

By Maria Menard
Asset Management January 29, 2019

The importance of ERP testing before going live

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) testing is a complex and time-consuming process. Companies need to ensure the right people are involved and the right questions are being asked.

By Sam Graham
Asset Management January 25, 2019

Four things to consider before selecting an ERP system

Selecting an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is a big step, and companies should consider their overall strategy in the short- and long-term before making a major commitment.

By Brian Potts
Asset Management January 24, 2019

Seven steps for starting an effective ERP project

Companies need to carefully consider many aspects when starting an effective enterprise resource planning (ERP) project. Seven best practices are highlighted.

By Ultra Consultants
Asset Management January 22, 2019

Four ways to save money on ERP and digital transformations

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) and digital transformations can be a costly process. Some early preparation and work can help reduce the final bill.

By Eric Kimberling
Asset Management January 12, 2019

Reasons to stick with or develop an ERP business plan

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is a must for any business looking to improve their overall operations, particularly as the economic outlook becomes more uncertain.

By Ultra Consultants
Asset Management December 7, 2018

Decision paralysis and what to do about it

Manufacturers must react swiftly to changing markets, technologies. Eight influencing factors are highlighted.

By Steve Beard
Asset Management October 1, 2018

Manage information based on each well’s lifecycle

A single source of truth can improve time-to-revenue.

By Frank Gannon, Micotan Software
Asset Management September 28, 2018

Digital twins support FPS asset integrity management

Strength comes from global performance model integrated with measured data.

By Scot McNeill, David Renzi, and Dilip Maniar, Stress Engineering Services
Asset Management June 7, 2018

ERP for make-to-order manufacturers

With pressure to adapt to changing markets, many manufacturing companies operate using make-to-order processes for their enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.

By Martin Davis, Ultra Consultants
Asset Management June 5, 2018

Motor repair or replacement? Start with a motor failure policy

Fundamentals to help plants make the right decisions on motor failure policy include determining a motor's horsepower breakpoint and communicating a plan with the team.

By Nicole Dyess, Motors@Work
Asset Management May 11, 2018

Material handling maintenance needs cloud-based efficiency

When you use heavy-duty equipment to complete large tasks, you face the risk that big things will go wrong.

By Kevin Price, Infor
Asset Management May 8, 2018

Improve the bottom line by monitoring business performance

Within the operation of any organization, plenty of data can be found to let management know what is working and which problem areas need to be addressed.

By Brad Staats, Ultra Consultants
Asset Management April 13, 2018

High-impact assets need a team approach

Collaborative efforts can bridge maintenance and design in the asset design stage.

By Prasanna Kulkarni, Comparesoft
Asset Management March 28, 2018

Lean manufacturing: The Seven Deadly Wastes

Find greater efficiency at every step of the process.

By Kevin Hill, Quality Scales Unlimited
Asset Management March 26, 2018

Weighing in on maintenance

The improvements in analytics and the sharp drop in the costs of sensors have ushered in the age of Big Data.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Asset Management October 19, 2017

Four ways to maximize field service wrench time

In order to know if field techs are using their tools at optimum efficiency, you must first compare wrench performance to industry leading benchmarks.

By Mike Pandl, MSI Data
Asset Management August 10, 2017

Beyond the hype: Data will drive predictive maintenance

Merging the virtual world with real plant floor issues is the biggest surrounding Big Data, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

By David Bell, GE Digital
Asset Management June 15, 2017

Six questions about reliability vision companies need to answer

Companies that want to use reliability vision should ensure workers are practicing what they preach and make sure the message is transmitted across a variety of mediums.

By Shon Isenhour, Eruditio
Asset Management May 12, 2017

Predictive vs. preventive: The debate—and the future

Though they have similarities, preventive maintenance (PM) and predictive maintenance (PdM) significantly differ in their execution.

By Mark C. Munion, T.A. Cook Consultants, Inc.
Asset Management February 15, 2017

2016 Salary Survey

Plant Engineering's 2016 Salary Survey shows optimism amongst manufacturers remain strong going into 2017, but there are some concerns about the future and they don't know what the Industrial Internet of Things' (IIoT) role will be in the workplace.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Asset Management December 22, 2016

Four ways to better manage small capital projects

Focus on collaboration, risk assessment, communication and review to meet time, budget goals.

By Bill Wasilewski, Day & Zimmermann
Asset Management December 1, 2016

Manufacturing index jumps to 12-month high in November

ISM reports some headwinds for manufacturing, but index climbs 1.3 percentage points to 53.2%

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Asset Management November 30, 2016

IMC conference brings maintenance pros together

Florida event Dec. 12-16 features speakers, hands-on learning labs.

By CFE Media
Asset Management September 22, 2016

Asset performance management company acquired

GE Digital (NYSE: GE) has acquired Meridium, Inc., which specializes in asset performance management (APM) software, as the company looks to enhance their real-time analytics and reliability-centered maintenance best practices.

By GE Digital
Asset Management September 15, 2016

2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Aneel Baig, 37

Senior Project Manager, INTECH Process Automation, Houston

By Erin Dunne, CFE Media
Asset Management August 24, 2016

Medium-voltage switchgear for power distribution management

Premset is shielded solid insulated medium-voltage switchgear for power distribution management.

By Schneider Electric
Asset Management June 22, 2016

Why vibration is a problem for your equipment

Although vibration is going to be part of any industrial equipment, certain vibration types require immediate attention as they could result in further issues with the equipment and the possibility of equipment failure.

By L&S Electric
Asset Management June 10, 2016

RFID, asset management a powerful combo

A more connected enterprise can use both technologies.

By Barcoding Inc.
Asset Management May 6, 2016

Building the ultimate CMMS team: A step-by-step guide

A top-notch CMMS can often help with every aspect of maintenance, ranging from core functionalities like asset management and preventive maintenance to professional services like consulting and training.

By Smartware Group
Asset Management March 30, 2016

Weighing the costs and benefits of TPM implementation

World-class organizations, by and large, are implementing programs for total productive maintenance (TPM). With effective leadership, high-performing infrastructure and specialized experts on staff to address any and all needs, your business can do more than just fix problems.

By Smartware Group
Asset Management March 28, 2016

NERC CIP-013-1 sets sights on utility asset management security

When we talk about security in the 21st century, we’re referring to two different kinds—there’s physical security, as in protection against outside threats that might harm a facility or its assets, and there’s cyber security.

By Smartware Group
Asset Management January 7, 2016

Business process re-engineering

Simple demonstration of how business process re-engineering really works.

By Shon Isenhour, Founding Partner, Eruditio
Asset Management November 26, 2015

Turn OEE into a financial indicator

Three steps to calculate the value of measuring effectiveness.

By Jon Bailey, Eruditio
Asset Management August 13, 2015

Webcast: 5 Ways to Improve Your Plant’s Training Strategy

Five things you can do to improve your asset management, maintenance, and reliability training and five areas that may be holding you back. We’ll also look at the new training techniques and devices that extend training beyond the classroom and on to the plant floor.

By Plant Engineering
Asset Management May 15, 2015

Use your senses to build a proactive approach to maintenance

When touring your plant floor, make sure to get close to your equipment, workers

By Scott Hoff, Life Cycle Engineering
Asset Management May 4, 2015

Understanding and complying with ISO 55001: Planning

The final part, in this 3 part series, focuses on planning and steps to take to ensure compliance with ISO 55001.

By Darrin Wikoff, Eruditio
Asset Management April 27, 2015

Understanding and complying with ISO 55001: Leadership

Part 2 in the 3 part series focuses on leadership requirements of asset management.

By Darrin Wikoff
Asset Management April 21, 2015

Understanding and complying with ISO 55001

This is the first in a three part series about asset management and understanding the requirements from ISO 55001.

By Darin Wikoff, Eruditio
Asset Management November 6, 2014

Webcast: Managing Assets Using Criticality

This webcast will focus on the construction of a risk-based criticality analysis model. The model will create visibility of production impacts, as well as risks to environmental and safety performance, maintenance costs and the allocation of precious capital resources. With a clear understanding of how to construct your analysis model, we will expand our thinking towards the development of asset management plans aimed at mitigating the predominant characteristics that make each asset significant.

By Plant Engineering
Asset Management September 15, 2014

2014 Engineering Leader Under 40: Peter Saladis

Manager, Assembly; The Raymond Corp.; Greene, N.Y.

By CFE Media
Asset Management September 5, 2014

Door vending solution

Automated inventory vending systems to be unveiled at IMTS.

Asset Management August 21, 2014

The OEE Metric—The Right Way to Use It

For those who want to measure how they stack up against the competition, one of the metrics they always seem concerned with is OEE, or Overall Equipment Effectiveness.

By Dan Miklovic, Primary Analyst for LNS Research
Asset Management June 4, 2014

Consider third-party involvement when looking to replace CMMS

To make sure the computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) you choose has been thoroughly vetted before you sign the purchase order, consider a reputable third party to put it through a rigorous evaluation process first, in which the product’s capabilities are tested and verified against industry standards.

By Paul Lachance
Asset Management June 4, 2014

CMMS software upgrade

The latest version of Smartware Group's Bigfoot CMMS modernizes the user interface design to simplify asset maintenance management.

By Smartware Group Inc.
Asset Management May 1, 2014

PMI rises to 54.9% in April, hits five-month high

Manufacturing index growth fueled by better weather, but international issues raise concerns

By Bob Vavra Content Manager, CFE Media
Asset Management April 2, 2014

Kevin Kilgallen named chairman of AMT

Kevin J. Kilgallen, President of Mid Atlantic Machinery, Inc. of Harrisburg, Pa. has been elected chairman of the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) for the 2014-15 board term.

Asset Management March 17, 2014

ERP and CMMS: The ties that bind

A best-of-breed computerized maintenance management system can fulfill requisite integration with an enterprise resource planning system to share cost data and reduce redundant data entry.

By Paul Lachance
Asset Management February 12, 2014

Certification the next step in your maintenance career

Using the CMRP/CMRT certification to improve your career

By Nick Roberts, Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals
Asset Management December 4, 2013

White Paper: Life Cycle Engineering: ISO 55000: Why do we need a new standard for asset management?

This white paper explains why companies struggle with asset management and why a new standard is needed.

Asset Management November 18, 2013

2013 Product of the Year finalists: Productivity & Training

Finalists in the Productivity & Training category for the Plant Engineering 2013 Product of the Year competition.

By Amanda McLeman
Asset Management May 20, 2013

Ask your utility about incentives

Indoor air quality: Many states and local utilities offer incentives ands rebated for facility equipment upgrades and custom expansion projects

By Dan Anderson, Rite-Hite Fans
Asset Management May 13, 2013

Manufacturing confidence poised for a rebound

Randstad study finds reinvestment in sector could deliver a stronger resurgence

Asset Management April 11, 2013

The ‘E’ needs to stand for ‘easy’ in e-commerce

Study finds customer experience hinders B2B online product sales

Asset Management April 1, 2013

Spare parts lurking in corners? Let CMMS track them down

Companies spend a bundle on inventory management software to avoid overstocks and outages. But maintenance teams have a friend in CMMS.

By Paul Lachance
Asset Management March 29, 2013

ARC President: Pick up the pace of technology adoption

Rapid growth of devices, technology use requires faster implementation on plant floor

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Asset Management March 21, 2013

Where to start? Building a world class MRO process

In practice, it’s easier to ‘build’ a world class MRO process from one that is mature and functioning, rather than from scratch.

By John L. Ross
Asset Management February 25, 2013

Automotive HVAC market heats up

R-1234yf is mandated by the European Union for adoption in all cars by 2017; but production volumes, price and safety issues are causing concern.

By IHS Inc.
Asset Management February 12, 2013

Economies of scales: Utilizing weighing technology to increase uptime, reduce error

Time is money; a philosophy that drives today’s industries to implement solutions that proactively promote factory floor efficiency and productivity, as downtime eats into revenue growth.

By Don Halbert
Asset Management January 11, 2013

Project leadership skills lacking, company finds

ESI’s Top 10 project management issues point to need for more skills training

Asset Management November 1, 2012

CMMS Horror Stories: Five reasons a CMMS implementation can fail

As much as some CMMS vendors don’t like to admit it, not every CMMS implementation has been a resounding success.

By Source: Marshall Institute
Asset Management October 26, 2012

Driving OEE: A strategy for business results

Measuring overall equipment effectiveness can influence facility productivity.

By Stanley T. Grabill, CMRP, Honeywell Process Solutions
Asset Management September 17, 2012

Five tips to keep better track of plant assets

Figure out what you need, what you want to know, and what the solutions might be.

By Wasp Barcode Technologies
Asset Management August 22, 2012

Woods: End the uncertainty so manufacturing can grow

Woods, the president and CEO of the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), spoke with CFE Media about the short-term challenges and long-term needs of the manufacturing sector.

By Bob Vavra
Asset Management August 21, 2012

Kurek: It’s a pivotal time for manufacturing

Karen Kurek, the national manufacturing and distribution practice leader with McGladrey LLP, spoke with CFE Media about the state of the industry, and the upcoming challenges that await the sector.

By Bob Vavra
Asset Management June 18, 2012

Lubrication technology: Avoid unnecessary damage, minimize maintenance costs

The latest lubricant technology is a secret weapon in the battle for efficiency.

By Steve Slack, Shell Global Solutions
Asset Management June 15, 2012

Honeywell asset management system updated

Goal is to help improve reliability-cantered maintenance programs

By Source: Honeywell
Asset Management June 15, 2012

Can you predict and identify failure before it happens?

The earlier the detection is made the higher the probability the materials can be ordered and delivered on-site and the repair made while incurring minimal damage to the equipment.

By Tracy Strawn, VP of International Operations, Marshall Institute
Asset Management June 14, 2012

Financial planning for asset management

Businesses that need capital investment to sustain growth are forced to dramatically reduce the cost of operating in order to improve their image, while those with capital are routinely investing inappropriately and thus skewing their financial image.

By Darrin J. Wikoff, CMRP
Asset Management May 28, 2012

Remote monitoring adds more control to your control system

Easy online access to the knowledge that describes device performance and maintenance helps decrease the complexity and uncertainty in decision making and reduces the workload of operators and maintenance people.

By Tony Paine, Kepware Technologies
Asset Management May 1, 2012

Survey: Hiring, cap ex spending to keep rising

Prime Advantage report shows room for growth, concern over material costs

By Prime Advantage
Asset Management March 15, 2012

SAP Conference for Utilities

The annual SAP Conference for Utilities in Madrid, Spain, is scheduled for April 17-19, 2012, at the Hotel Auditórium Madrid.

Asset Management March 15, 2012

In the plant: The green balancing act

Hormel Foods shows the way to meet environmental and economic goals.

By Thomas Raymond and Chad Sayles, Hormel Foods
Asset Management March 12, 2012

Ask the right question to create an asset management financial plan

Organizations all over the world are looking to maximize profits through effective utilization of their fixed assets to generate revenue.

By Darrin J. Wikoff, CMRP GP Allied
Asset Management February 23, 2012

Talented managers are companies’ key competitive advantage

The Global Supply Chain Institute advisory board concluded, based on findings from 21 senior supply chain executives, that the recruitment and development of talented supply chain managers is the key to a long-term competitive advantage.

Asset Management January 26, 2012

Manage your spare parts more effectively

Three quick tips to put your parts in their place

By SMGlobal
Asset Management December 12, 2011

2011 Leader Under 40: Nina Andgren, 36

Maintenance Engineer, Upper Occoquan Service Authority (UOSA)

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management December 1, 2011

When rolling out CMMS, make sure everyone gets involved

Enterprise-level CMMS promotes superior maintenance operations across the organization by sharing PMs and other best practices.

By Paul Lachance, Smartware Group Inc.
Asset Management November 14, 2011

Bentley honors outstanding global infrastructure projects

2011 Be Inspired award winners include entries from 42 countries

By Bentley Systems
Asset Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Process automation system

Finalist in Automation and Control in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Chris Vavra, Plant Engineering
Asset Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: EAM solution

Finalist in Maintenance Software in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Amanda McLeman, Plant Engineering
Asset Management October 24, 2011

Sales pitch on CMMS: Increased capacity, profits

The maintenance team should not simply be considered a cost center. What is the opposite of reducing downtime? Increasing uptime!

By Paul Lachance, Smartware Group
Asset Management October 11, 2011

Industrial automation show debuts in 2012

Hannover Messe, CFE Media partner on IANA event at 2012 IMTS Show

Asset Management October 7, 2011

Bentley announces Be Inspired finalists

Global infrastructure awards to be presented Nov. 8-9

By Bentley Systems
Asset Management September 21, 2011

Breaking down the barriers to effective maintenance

Repetitive failures can be prevented with routine maintenance, in turn increasing productivity and profits.

By Don Reed, UGL Services
Asset Management August 22, 2011

CMMS cuts maintenance costs, increases profits

The connection between lowering maintenance costs and enhancing profitability may not always be obvious to senior management.

By Paul Lachance, Smartware Group
Asset Management July 11, 2011

Where is this 10 GW of module inventory?

PV module inventory is higher than expected, leading to some concerns about a drop-off in prices, though IMS expects things to return to normal by the end of 2011.

By Sam Wilkinson, Senior Research Analyst, IMS Research
Asset Management June 24, 2011

What’s holding back wireless communication in industry?

In spite of healthy growth, the vast majority of devices will still be connected to wires by 2015, suggesting that the wireless industry isn't as vast as commonly thought.

By Toby Colquhoun, Analyst, IMS Research
Asset Management June 13, 2011

Best Practices: Are MERV ratings the right measure for dust collectors?

Many dust collector and filter manufacturers make claims about their products' performance, losing many end users in a world of boasts and promises.

By Matt Kalis, Donaldson Company
Asset Management May 18, 2011

Yamaha moving majority of ATV manufacturing to U.S.

The first new U.S. models will start production in Newnan, Ga. in May 2011.

By SOURCE: Yamaha Motor Corporation
Asset Management May 13, 2011

Signs point toward recovery for process automation market in 2011

The J.P. Morgan global manufacturing PMI edged up to 57.8 from 57.1 in January, marking the second-fastest reading ever in the global gauge.

By Source: ARC Advisory Group
Asset Management April 25, 2011

ERP is hard to use, IFS North America study reveals

Only 10 percent of manufacturing executives participating in a study conducted for IFS North America said their enterprise resource planning (ERP) software was “very easy and intuitive to use.”

By Source: IFS
Asset Management April 12, 2011

Auto manufacturer issues American production freeze

Several of Toyota's US facilities will be working on a reduced schedule, with complete plant shutdowns starting as early as Friday, April 15, 2011.

By Daniel Patrascu; Source: Autoevolution
Asset Management April 5, 2011

Equipping business for success in an improving economy

Acquiring equipment to operate and grow is critical, and for smart businesses, equipment financing is a key acquisition strategy

By William G. Sutton, CAE, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association
Asset Management March 24, 2011

Japan Earthquake: Global supply chains to suffer extensive disruption

Aftershocks to global economy expected to unfold slowly

Asset Management March 16, 2011

Japan crisis could squeeze world auto production

Thousands of cars washed away; fears raised about supply chain

By Paul A. Eisenstein; Source:
Asset Management March 14, 2011

Bumper to bumper energy management

With an assist from the Department of Energy, Nissan has become fuel-efficient at the plant and on the road

By Susan Brenna, Vice President, Smyrna & Decherd Facilities
Asset Management March 14, 2011

End-to-end energy

Pay attention to every step in your process to gain maximum efficiency; awareness of the cost of energy is a critical step for a manufacturing company.

By Mark Wylie, Cisco Systems
Asset Management March 1, 2011

Industry experts, customers brought together at Grainger’s Customer Show

Grainger hosted a record number of attendees at its annual Customer Show in Orlando this week. The event brought together customers, manufacturers and Grainger employees to discuss trends in the industries.

By Source: Grainger
Asset Management January 27, 2011

ISPE to feature eight educational sessions at 2011 Tampa Conference

The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering will feature eight educational sessions, including a seminar designed to help pharmaceutical companies identify and address compliance risks prior for FDA inspection, as part of its 2011 Tampa Conference.

Asset Management December 27, 2010

Shodan Finds Vulnerable Control Systems

Most hackers have been using Google Hacks for some time to find specific sites based on banner information. As reported in a ICS-CERT Alert released October 28, independent security researchers employ the Shodan search engine to discover Internet facing SCADA systems using potentially insecure mechanisms for authentication and authorization. In most cases, the affected control system interfaces provide remote access for monitoring system status and/or certain asset management features, said Joel Langill, staff engineer and security consultant for ENGlobal’s Automation Segment based in Houston, TX.

Asset Management December 15, 2010

BEST PRACTICES: Maximize training

Making a strong case for training during fiscally frugal times is a challenge; finding the budget and time can be even harder.

By Mark Jolley and Rinnette Lowder, Marshall Institute
Asset Management November 18, 2010

A measured approach to uptime

Use proactive methods and metrics to prove the value of maintenance

By Hank Bardel, Marshall Institute
Asset Management November 11, 2010

Give maintenance a fighting chance

Whether you Bob or Weave, putting a plan in place can stretch dollars in tough times

By Dale P. Smith, CMRP
Asset Management November 11, 2010

Three tips for achieving OEE success

It seems easy to realize the common sense of OEE, but more difficult to successfully involve all of the different areas of the business necessary to make the most of it.

By Ulf Stern, IFS AB
Asset Management September 24, 2010

WEBCAST: Measure your equipment’s total cost

ITT Industrial Process Group to discuss three critical factors in calculating TCO at September 30 Webcast.

Asset Management September 23, 2010

Put inventory consignment excuses on the shelf

The concept of consignment isn’t new, and it’s not particularly complicated. It’s one of the most effective ways to increase turnover and minimize inventory carrying costs while assuring an adequate supply of materials. Yet few use consignment effectively, if at all.

By Doug Wallace, CPIM, Life Cycle Engineering
Asset Management September 23, 2010

Maintain your role as an energy champion

The connection between maintenance and energy savings is not well understood. In fact, some view energy savings as just an electrical issue rather than a holistic approach to all kinds of plant floor energy.

By Dale P. Smith, CMRP
Asset Management August 26, 2010

Acquire engineering services through your distributor

An MRO spend report can clearly show a reduction in cost per component. But far bigger money is involved with “lowest-cost” sourcing decisions, money that is decidedly on the negative side of the ledger. As an operations manager or plant engineer, you see it in shorter component Mean Time Between Failure, reduced equipment reliability and a loss of access to the expert engineering services of quality brand component manufacturers.

By Bill Moore, SKF
Asset Management August 19, 2010

Optimizing the enterprise

Measurement, empowerment and control are the essential ingredients of effective enterprise optimization

By Stan DeVries and Maryanne Steidinger, Invensys Operations Management
Asset Management August 3, 2010

Explorer to be built on foundation of efficiency, U.S. jobs

“The economic impact of the new Explorer will benefit hundreds of American communities,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. “Not only does the new Explorer change the game for SUVs, it will help boost the American economy by fueling jobs and new investments.”

Asset Management July 15, 2010

The Smart Grid’s promise: more reliability, more control

A Smart Grid blends traditional electric-grid functions with intelligent sensors, meters and a fiber optic backbone for quick and secure communication among utility companies, field devices and customers.

By Scott Jackson, Graybar
Asset Management July 6, 2010

Wearable alignment unit

A new display unit option for the Fixturlaser XA unit is designed to be worn on the user’s arm.  This allows the user to have his hands free while performing alignments. The UPAD display unit can be interchanged with the original XA hand-held display unit.  Both display units are wireless and can handle all the functions of the XA from advanced shaft alignment to geometric measurements.  When purchasing an XA, the buyer can specify either the hand-held DU or the hands-free UPAD, or can purchase both.  The new UPAD has all the functionality of the larger hand-held display unit, but with a smaller, 3.5 inch screen.  The screen, with VGA resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, is backlit and trans-reflective to provide good visibility in poor lighting conditions as well as in strong sunlight.  The UPAD wearable touch-screen uses animated, on-screen graphics to guide the user through the alignment process.  Color-coded measurement values and icons provide ready indication of the alignment condition during the alignment process.  The UPAD is equipped with a Velcro strap that keeps it in place on the user’s arm. VibrAlign, Inc.

Asset Management April 1, 2010

The Changing World of the Plant Engineer

Technology and an evolving global landscape have changed the plant floor

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Asset Management March 12, 2010

Predict to prevent: 7 smart maintenance strategies

Customers should use smart predictive maintenance practices as they search for any competitive advantage, particularly as markets see possible rebounds in 2010.

By Jonathan Davis, The ITR Company
Asset Management March 10, 2010

Honors, knowledge at 2010 Summit

Three days of knowledge, awards begins March 28 in Chicago

By Bob Vavra
Asset Management March 1, 2010

IBM’s Bryan: Manufacturers must harness the power of the plant infrastructure to deliver real improvement

With a growing emphasis using all plant resources more efficiently, asset management is a major topic of discussion for plant managers today. Edward Bryan, director, SWG Industrial Sector Solutions for IBM, will discuss these issues and others during his keynote address at the 2010 Manufacturing/Automation Summit.

Asset Management February 22, 2010

IBM Pulse attendees can participate in Global Plant study

Three-day event kicks off international phase of research

By Bob Vavra
Asset Management February 12, 2010

New MESA study to focus on green manufacturing issues

Final report due at MESA event in June

By Bob Vavra
Asset Management February 4, 2010

Manufacturing/Automation Summit Speakers

Manufacturing/Automation Summit KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Edward W. Bryan FBCS, PMP Director, SWG Industrial Sector SolutionsIBM Corp.   Ed Bryan has over 20 years business and IT experience.

By elena younger
Asset Management February 1, 2010

Tighter EAM, ERP integration

Avantis.PRO Enterprise Asset Management software has been enhanced to be more tightly integrated with Microsoft Dynamics AX Enterprise Resource Planning software. This integration provides a solution that is intended to ensure financial and enterprise-planning decisions are made using timely, reliable information about the health and operation of all assets within a manufacturing facility or or...

Asset Management February 1, 2010

Global manufacturing forum to highlight 2010 Summit

Even as American manufacturing leaders work to emerge from the two-year recession, many already are looking to expand operations to new markets in every part of the world. And manufacturing leaders in every part of the world are taking a fresh look at the U.S. manufacturing landscape to get closer to their customers and deliver quality products to the rest of the world.

Asset Management January 1, 2010

Maintenance software – 2010-01-01 – 2010-01-01

Proficy Maintenance Gateway 2.0 helps customers avoid costly equipment failures and reduce asset maintenance costs. The software enhances the company’s Proficy software suite by ensuring that maintenance operations are integrated into each company’s journey toward operational excellence. The software can scale up from a simple condition monitoring system to a sophisticated orchestra...

Asset Management January 1, 2010

ARC analyst: Energy issues spur changes in HVAC market

Joe Gillespie, analyst for the ARC Advisory Group, recently completed his report, “HVAC Control Systems Worldwide Outlook,” which is available at He discussed the report’s finding and trends ahead of this month’s AHR Conference in Orlando with Plant Engineering: PE: Identify some of the key market drivers in the HVAC market.

Asset Management January 1, 2010

Find the common language for maintenance

As part of the recent Enterprise Asset Management University Webcasts sponsored by IBM and moderated by Plant Engineering magazine editor Bob Vavra, Dave Reiber, Global Maximo Lead for General Motors, discussed the experiences of General Motors’ implementation of a worldwide plant maintenance system.

Asset Management January 1, 2010

Atlas Copco to acquire Quincy, will expand global market

Atlas Copco has agreed to acquire Quincy Compressor from EnPro Industries, Inc. Company officials said the acquisition “supports Atlas Copco's profitable growth in North America and China, adding a strong brand and an extensive distributor network.” The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval.

Asset Management December 18, 2009

Atlas Copco to acquire Quincy Compressors

Company sees strategic fit in U.S. and China

By Bob Vavra
Asset Management December 16, 2009

General Motors manager to speak on asset management Thursday

EAM University registration open for Dec. 17 Webcast

By Bob Vavra
Asset Management October 1, 2009

Maintenance software – 2009-10-01

Proficy Maintenance Gateway 2.0 helps customers avoid costly equipment failures and reduce asset maintenance costs. The software enhances the company’s Proficy software suite by ensuring that maintenance operations are integrated into each company’s journey toward operational excellence. The software can scale up from a simple condition monitoring system to a sophisticated orchestra...

Asset Management September 1, 2009

Effective asset management in an uncertain economy

Webcast offers insight on ways to meet asset challenges

By Bob Vavra
Asset Management July 1, 2009

Leveraging the MRO storeroom’s ‘silver bullet’

MRO storerooms have universally become the dumping ground for just-in-case inventory. I have never been to a plant that didn’t have either secret hiding places, bone yards or cabinets filled with parts that can be cherry picked. Even in the most ardent organizations, there appears to be a constant battle among operations, maintenance, facilities and project engineering over who, what and ...

By Andy Gager, Marshall Institute
Asset Management June 18, 2009

Oil’s well that starts well

Plant Engineering's June cover story looks at the importance of a sound lubrication plan

By Glen Sharkowicz, Mobil Industrial Lubricants
Asset Management June 10, 2009

It’s a deal! Fiat takes control of Chrysler assets

Supreme Court clears the way, and both parties waste no time in signing the deal

By PLE Staff
Asset Management June 8, 2009

Bottling up plant improvements

Accurate metrics leads to accelerated reliability

By PLE Staff
Asset Management June 1, 2009

New ideas, right to your desk at Virtual Summit

The 2009 Plant Engineering Manufacturing Summit was a big hit with attendees, but not all of Plant Engineering’s worldwide audience could take advantage of this year’s event. Now, they can. Join Plant Engineering and industry experts on June 30, from 10 a.m. EDT to 3 p.m. EDT for the Plant Engineering Virtual Manufacturing Summit.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management May 1, 2009

A brighter approach to energy savings

The trend today among plant engineers is clear: Corporate social and financial responsibility is a mandate. Companies are looking to improve energy efficiency, reduce their carbon footprint, and manage recyclables and waste in the supply chain – not to mention reduce costs and streamline management processes.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management March 31, 2009

State your case: Report finds manufacturing, logistics key to economic growth

Despite heavy job losses in the last year, the nation's manufacturing and logistics industries—considered cornerstones of the U.S. economy—continue to provide a key source of growth, says a report from Ball State University. In the 2009 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card , Ball State researchers grade each state in seven functional areas with industry-specific information: human capital, benefits cost, global reach, productivity and innovation, and tax climate.The top states are Utah, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas and Alabama; at the bottom are Alaska, Maine, New York, West Virginia, and Rhode Island."This report represents a snapshot of the health of manufacturing and logistics today, but it also offers a road map to state policymakers who are unhappy with the growth of these industries in their states," says Michael Hicks, director of Ball State's Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER).

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Asset Management March 2, 2009

MÖBIUS plus SCC: Partnership for multi-echelon inventory solution will benefit from European SCM expertise

Supply Chain Consultants , supplier of the Zemeter suite of supply chain management (SCM) software products, announces a partnership with MÖBIUS for joint design of a sophisticated multi-echelon inventory software solution. The two companies intend to combine the in-depth supply chain knowledge of MÖBIUS with the product development and marketing expertise of Supply Chain Consultants (SCC) to sell the new product in both North America and Europe.Target users for the joint product include any companies with a make-to-stock environment that have different inventory locations to manage—aiming for either customer service improvements or a reduction in working capital. A multi-echelon inventory solution also helps companies deliver more customized and up-to-date products to widely dispersed warehouse and distribution facilities, whether throughout the country or on the other side of the globe.MÖBIUS has seen success with 20 percent to 30 percent extra working capital savings in companies that have implemented its multi-echelon inventory concept.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Asset Management March 1, 2009

2009 Manufacturing Summit: New strategies, solutions to meet challenges

With manufacturing struggling in 2009, new ideas and new strategies are needed to help manufacturing leaders do their jobs better, faster, safer and more productively. To help lead this effort, Plant Engineering magazine brings the 2009 Manufacturing Summit to Charleston, SC on March 29-31 at the Charleston Place Hotel.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management March 1, 2009

Becoming ‘trap active:’ Asset management is gaining steam

Asset management is getting a lot of attention during these turbulent economic times. Financial planners shudder every time the phone rings because they know another client has just reviewed their financial statement and is trying to figure out how to stop the bleeding. The same holds true for energy and maintenance managers when it comes to reviewing plant operating costs and trying to pinpoint energy losses and capture efficiencies.

By Kerry Philips, Armstrong International Smart Services Group
Asset Management February 12, 2009

Double-play project: Rawlings to hit batting cages early using AtTask PPM solutions

Rawlings, a name synonymous with baseball since 1877, has chosen AtTask project and portfolio management (PPM) solutions to establish transparency, reduce costs, and drive new product introduction.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Asset Management February 6, 2009

Inventory management: TradeBeam shores up working-capital savings for med device makers

The medical equipment industry is under pressure to lower costs and control working capital more effectively. Since businesses and their suppliers must constantly adapt to ever-changing demand, it is critical that their technology infrastructure is highly flexible and can be quickly adapted to meet these challenges.SaaS-based global trade management specialist TradeBeam says its collaborative i-Supply inventory management system enables medical device manufacturers to optimize inventory levels across multiple tiers of the supply chain. This integration leads to working capital savings, and ultimately helps manufacturers gain as much as a 110-percent ROI in one year through reduced inventory and improved customer and supplier performance.i-Supply allows businesses to integrate multiple inventory management models into a single system and manage replenishment of raw material, components and distribution centers accordingly.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Asset Management February 1, 2009

Protecting the intangible assets on the plant floor

Look across any plant floor and you’ll see hundreds of assets your company finds valuable enough to insure. Machines, tools, employees – virtually anything within the plant – are worthy of protection. But what about what you don’t see? It’s what you don’t know about what’s going on across the plant floor that can hurt you, and that’s made asset ma...

By Tad Palus, Rockwell Automation
Asset Management January 6, 2009

Chemical connection: Honeywell technology to be used to design, upgrade key Casale Group global facilities

Honeywell just won a contract to supply process simulation solutions to Casale Group, a Lugano, Switzerland-based specialist in the design and refurbishment of chemical facilities. Casale will deploy the UniSim Design Suite across its process engineering teams.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Asset Management January 1, 2009

Sustaining an energy plan

Sustainability – the efficient use of today’s resources to avoid depleting future resources – is still moving past its buzz-word status to be a real strategic initiative. The inevitable link between energy and sustainability remains strong, and now may be the best time to focus attention on the issue.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Asset Management January 1, 2009

Key plant strategies and solutions the focus at 2009 Manufacturing Summit

Manufacturing's economic recession brings more challenges every day, and plant managers need to be armed with the best information and the best strategies to meet those challenges. The 2009 Plant Engineering Manufacturing Summit is designed to provide the latest knowledge on key areas in manufacturing.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management December 1, 2008

What you’re talking about online:

On our searchable Website content:“Your articles are amazing! It helped me a lot with my research about different kinds of valves and actuators and how this stuff works with other mechanical devices. Again, thanks a lot!” On the story, “Create a roadmap for proper pump maintenance:”“A helpful guide to anyone maintaining a pump but one very important detail is missing: Driver to pump shaft alignment. The better the alignment the less wear and tear on the motor bearings, pump bearings and you'll get better service life from your mechanical seal if your pump is so equipped.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management November 12, 2008

2008 Finalists: Product of the Year

It’s time again to put the vote in the hands of the people. The 2008 PLANT ENGINEERING Product of the Year voting begins Nov. 17, 2008, when electronic ballots are emailed to all eligible readers who have direct buying authority and purchasing responsibility in America’s manufacturing plants.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management November 1, 2008

Maintenance Software – 2008-11-01

Asset sustainability software EAM Asset Sustainability Edition enterprise software allows users to integrate energy consumption and emissions management into their asset management practices. The software factors energy consumption into total asset performance; it also factors in an asset's consumption of wage commodities: water, air, gas, electricity and steam. The application tracks consumption of individual assets in real time, evaluates data against user-defined conditions and alerts users when assets exceed acceptable performance thresholds. Infor : Maintenance software Proficy Maintenance Gateway uses real-time production data, events and information to drive maintenance.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management November 1, 2008

Six categories, one big prize: WTG honors manufacturers for game-changing business process projects

A state-of-the-art manufacturing execution system (MES) in use at the historic St. James's Gate Brewery in Dublin gained international recognition at World Trade Group's (WTG) 2008 Strategic Manufacturing Awards. Credited with minimizing on-site waste by 40 percent, driving down utility costs by nearly [euro] 2 million, and bringing raw material costs to [euro] 1.

By Malcolm Wheatley, senior contributing editor (
Asset Management October 1, 2008

Recovery, reuse, revenue fuel the Sustainability boom

Environmental awareness and social responsibility haven’t just geared up for the election year. They are dominant themes found in business initiatives that have been in place for decades.

By Carol E. Smith, Managing editor (
Asset Management September 29, 2008

Beyond process automation: Invensys Process Systems hails its consulting successes

While nearly every vendor in the industrial automation space now claims to be a “solution provider” rather than a mere technology supplier, Invensys has something to support this claim that most of its competitors lack: its own global consulting organization.

By Sidney Hill, Jr., executive editor
Asset Management September 15, 2008

Asset Lifecycle Management & The Digital Plant

Operating assets are more than the physical equipment one sees during a plant tour. Critical human and information assets lie “hidden” behind the equipment façade and their development must be synchronized with the equipment throughout design, build and commissioning to achieve rapid operational readiness goals.

By Sid Snitkin, ARC Advisory Group
Asset Management September 15, 2008

How technology helps us face the real workforce challenges

Heading for an iceberg? For senior company executives, it really is the case that the most important asset in their organization is the people who work in it. But a well-trained, experienced, and highly motivated workforce isn’t just the most important asset that a company possesses – it’s also one of the most easily lost.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management September 15, 2008

Optimizing maintenance and reliability makes it part of the business plan

In Management 101, one of the first lessons taught is how to develop a business plan. the foundation for the business. Products and potential customers are identified, and a business structure is developed. Application of that lesson to various strategic business units of plants and facilities has been slow.

By Terry Wireman, Vesta Partners LLC
Asset Management August 20, 2008

SC optimization: Wincanton standardizes pan-European operations on Manhattan Associates

European supply chain services provider Wincanton will standardize its European logistics infrastructure on the Manhattan Associates supply chain solutions platform. The project plan will focus initially on deploying Manhattan's Warehouse Management for Open Systems solution across 15 sites in the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and the U.K.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Asset Management August 15, 2008

SME, EMCI develop partnership

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers will partner with Engineering Management Certification International (EMCI) on a certification program in engineering management among qualified engineers, scientists and technologists. Effective July 15, SME will end its Certified Engineering Manager certification and merge it with the EMCI program.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management August 15, 2008

Driving the point across: Break-fix isn’t a strategy

My car provides basic transportation, which is all I really ask of it. It is pleasant enough to drive. It gets reasonably good gas mileage. It has needed minimal major repairs. It has had very little unscheduled downtime – that accident a few years back being the prime culprit. I have managed to successfully coax my car through six Chicago winters.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Asset Management July 21, 2008

Material world: ToolsGroup sheds light on inventory optimization at OSRAM

ToolsGroup , a global provider of demand-driven inventory optimization solutions, says OSRAM S.p.A. will use ToolsGroup Service Optimizer 99+ solution to optimize the planning processes of raw materials and components managed at its production site in Treviso, Italy.With sales of 4.7 billion euro in 2007, OSRAM is one of the largest lighting manufacturers in the world. Part of the Siemens AG Group , OSRAM has global presence with 41,000 employees in 150 countries, including 48 production and distribution sites in 17 countries.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Asset Management July 15, 2008

Take a four-step approach to more efficient energy use

The ultimate irony for energy companies is that it takes energy to make energy. Chemical companies often make the same additives that they consume in their own manufacturing process. Even in that short of a supply chain, the oil, gas and petrochemical industries are looking for energy efficiencies every day.

By Bob Vavra
Asset Management July 10, 2008

Break out of the break-fix mentality

Enterprise asset management an important tool for improvement, says Aberdeen/Plant Engineering report

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management June 15, 2008

Plant Engineering assists Aberdeen with EAM survey

The continuing pressure to maximize return on assets and mitigate risk due to failure of critical assets is forcing manufacturers in the asset intensive sector to examine multiple strategies for asset optimization at the enterprise level.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management May 28, 2008

Product safety: Manufacturers feel the heat over emerging market sourcing

A new executive survey from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu reveals exactly why safety, product quality, and environmental standards are getting a lot more attention from manufacturing senior management and investors.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Asset Management May 22, 2008

Plant Engineering, Aberdeen sponsor EAM survey

Voice your opinion on how asset management operates in your plant for real-time interoperability

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management May 15, 2008

Cut out the middleman; add a partner

Cut out the middleman. How often have we heard that phrase?

By Dave Grebowski, Kaman Industrial Technologies
Asset Management May 15, 2008

Corporate management: i2 Technologies names permanent CEO

i2 Technologies announced its board of directors has named Dr. Pallab K. Chatterjee i2 chief executive officer (CEO). Chatterjee has been the Company's interim CEO since July 31, 2007.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Asset Management May 2, 2008

IBM Maximo launches new version of EAM Resource Center

Based on last year’s original version, the redesigned online resource offers new tools for users to optimize their EAM applications.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management April 15, 2008

Research indicates Lean leads to best manufacturing

A recently released research report from Aberdeen Group revealed that best-in-class manufacturers realize 21% more on-time deliveries, have a 37% higher level of OEE and their total inventory costs are 83% lower when compared to laggard manufacturers.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management March 31, 2008

Coca-Cola tackles water stewardship

Business for Social Responsibility recently released a report detailing the evolution of The Coca-Cola Co.'s water management strategy.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management March 15, 2008

ODR takes the driver’s seat

Few proactive maintenance strategies have gained as much ground in plants across industries than Operator Driven Reliability (ODR). Even in the best-running facilities, where up to 80% of machinery failures can still be random, ODR programs are ideally suited to be the front-line defense in optimizing performance.

By Dave Staples, SKF Reliability Systems
Asset Management March 15, 2008

Mesh networking module

Xbee-PRO ZNet 2.5 is an extended-range RF module designed for mesh networking and provides up to one-mile RF line-of-sight transmission. The module, operating on the 2.4 GHz ISM band, which makes it appropriate for worldwide use, is available with four antenna options. It’s a compatible, pin-swappable extended-range counterpart to Digi’s XBee ZNet 2.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management February 15, 2008

What the U.S. must do to help manufacturing

Unfortunately for the worker, manufacturing has found that the best way to control benefit costs and healthcare costs is to eliminate the worker. The need to minimize the adverse effect of rapidly escalating benefit costs has been a driving factor for investment in manufacturing technology. That is the only way we can remain competitive and this is happening around the world.

By John B. Byrd
Asset Management February 15, 2008

The road to sustainability

When the residents of Munchkinland told Dorothy to follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City, they weren’t concerned about how much energy the Wizard of Oz was using to power his lights and pyrotechnics show from behind the curtain. And they certainly weren’t concerned about using natural resources when Dorothy dumped the bucket of water over the Wicked Witch of the West.

By Kevin Campbell, Senior Editor
Asset Management December 21, 2007

The next generation: New MES platforms support global business models

Manufacturing execution system (MES) vendors are embracing the idea of being able to use a single MES across the enterprise—even if the enterprise has multiple facilities with varying modes of manufacturing.

By Jim Fulcher, Contributing Editor
Asset Management December 15, 2007

Effective EAM strategy drives plant and enterprise success

Developing an effective asset management strategy is crucial, not just to drive successful manufacturing, but to drive success for the organization. That’s the view offered by Brian Dunks, senior product manager for Lawson Software, during PLANT ENGINEERING’S Oct. 25 Webcast, “Integrating EAM.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management December 15, 2007

No finger-pointing on MES

Manufacturing worlds have collided – inevitably.

By Martin W. Michael and John R. Roach, Advanced Automation
Asset Management December 5, 2007

Summit Speaker Bio

home register schedule bios sponsors hotel contact This event is sponsored by: Monday, March 30: 9 a.m. The Digital Plant: There are two ways to view the digital plant. One is as data interconnected with everybody within an organization.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management November 28, 2007

CIDX, ISA align to enable system interoperability for chemical industry

Chemical Industry Data Exchange and ISA announced an agreement that will formalize the sharing of information and benefits between both memberships, as well as the Open O&M initiative.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management November 27, 2007

Virtual MFG Summit

The Manufacturing Summit features leading plant engineering experts covering critical industry topics from workforce development to sustainability.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management November 15, 2007

The evolution of maintenance strategy

Continuous improvement programs nearly always start on the plant floor and, with success, expand into other areas of the corporation. Lean and Six Sigma have wide adoption and many are using these programs in the maintenance area. The objective of maintenance is to ensure high equipment uptime. Reliability Centered Maintenance specifically targets this objective.

By Ralph Rio, ARC Advisory Group
Asset Management November 15, 2007

Mobile task tracker

The SMART Task Tracker manages major overhauls and turnarounds of industrial facilities. The software integrates data into multiple applications, including project management software and asset management systems. For management oversight, a desktop interface provides an audit trail of each task, including status changes and signoffs, and delivers reporting capabilities.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management November 15, 2007

Sweep or scrub? The answer depends on what you consider ‘clean’

There are numerous reasons for sweeping or scrubbing floors in a plant or warehouse – increased productivity, worker safety, product contamination, protecting the floor surface and maintaining a quality image. On average, a manufacturing plant spends 931,850 hours per year maintaining floor surfaces – 551,984 of those hours are spent sweeping and 379,554 hours are spent scrubbing, w...

By Joel Crenshaw
Asset Management November 15, 2007

Personnel, asset location system

Honeywell Instant Location System (HILS) is a Web-based, real time location solution that manufacturers can use to ensure safety, improve security and manage people and assets within their facilities. It features current and historical asset intelligence, configuration and management tools and the ability to send alerts automatically.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management November 15, 2007

The morphing of the plant engineer continues

It seems amazing that PLANT ENGINEERING magazine is celebrating 60 years of publication this month. This certainly is both a reflection of the quality and timeliness of the publication itself and the vibrancy of marketplace it serves. As impressive as the feat of the publication’s continued growth is, perhaps an even more impressive occurrence is the morphing of the plant engineer himself.

By Timothy B. Janos, Spectrum Energy Concepts Inc.
Asset Management November 15, 2007

The Changing Role of the Plant Engineer

If the landscape of manufacturing is confusing to some, the man in charge of the plant floor can see clearly to the horizon. You can call that man plant engineer or plant manager or vice-president of manufacturing or any of a dozen other titles. The role of the plant engineer in an efficient, effective, safe and productive manufacturing process is undeniable.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Asset Management October 24, 2007

Webcast: Integrating EAM

Asset intensive organizations need to focus on reducing the risk of equipment or plant failure while also increasing the return on asset investment by maximizing asset availability and operational capacity.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management October 1, 2007

Katrina disaster confirms need for real-time inventory and asset management

For private citizens, government agencies, and the corporate world alike, Hurricane Katrina taught many harsh lessons in August 2005. One is the need to plan, as made painfully apparent to Wink Companies LLC, a multidiscipline professional engineering and design firm. Now headquartered in Baton Rouge, Wink's former New Orleans headquarters was flooded, and one wall was all that remained of a Bi...

By Staff
Asset Management September 30, 2007

Enterprise asset management system

Asset Suite 6.0 features enhancements in work management, supply chain management, usability and internationalization, a library of tailored pages and a Web service catalog. The application’s Foundation Architecture, a services-oriented architecture, offers configurations that respond to an array of evolving business needs.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management September 28, 2007

Fall kicks off with Webcasts on motors, EAM

Tackling problems on the plant floor is like tackling football players – good technique and aggressive play usually works. There’s no better time to practice tackling than the fall, and there’s no better forum to tackle plant floor issues than the fall series of Webcasts.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management September 12, 2007

ATS expands USG partnership

It’s the second such engagement between the two companies.

By Staff
Asset Management September 11, 2007

Condition Manager on display at User Group Academy

Invensys event in Denver showcases ECS component

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management September 1, 2007

Forecast accuracy, overstocks, and expediting comprise widespread inventory management pain points

Given changing market forces, manufacturers and distributors apparently need a new inventory-management education, according to a new survey conducted by Cummaquid, Mass.-based Industry Directions. “They're stuck in the 1970s in managing inventories,” says Julie Fraser, principal analyst.

By Staff
Asset Management August 31, 2007

Root-cause analysis, maximizing inventory subjects of upcoming training courses

School’s back in session, and not just for the kids. The three-day and five-day classes, respectively, will be held in the first two weeks of September.

By Staff
Asset Management August 22, 2007

Emerson acquires DMI

Emerson has acquired DMI, Inc. The acquisition includes all DMI technologies, applications, services and employees.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management August 7, 2007

IFMA Foundation to oversee recognized degree programs

With an eye on the future of the facility management industry, the International Facility Management Association Foundation will oversee recognized degree programs at IFMA-certified universities.

By Staff
Asset Management August 1, 2007

ISA Web seminar covers alarm systems

Presentation focuses on designing, implementing a successful system

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management July 20, 2007

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Gates Roundtable

Ending the cycle of the 'break-fix' mentality

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management July 17, 2007

Integrating MES, ERP leads to success: study

Best-in-Class performers are 86% more likely to integrate MES and CMMS systems with their ERP platforms. They are 57% more likely than others to implement EAM strategies at the discretion of the plant leadership.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management July 11, 2007

Built-in fleet management and manufacturing functions highlight asset management system

The latest version of Infor’s enterprise asset management system allows users to address business-specific needs without requiring customized software.

By Staff
Asset Management June 15, 2007

In the beginning…

When Plant Engineering magazine was introduced in November 1947, the United States was transitioning from World War II and the Cold War. The United States emerged from World War II to face a political and military scene changed forever by that conflict. In 1947, the Soviet Union was becoming an actively hostile and dangerous opponent.

By Lindsay Saran
Asset Management May 23, 2007

Avantis.PRO certified for Vista

Avantis.PRO enterprise asset management software has passed the Certified for Windows Vista test. The certification procedure is designed to ensure compliance with deployment and operating requirements defined by Microsoft.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management May 15, 2007

Building bridges: How to share ideas across business groups

What does a business that makes polymer products for industrial applications and a business that makes vinyl siding for residential use have in common? On the surface, not much. But a second look shows that they employ injection molding – the shaping of plastic resins into useful objects – in their manufacturing processes.

By Jean-François Phelizon, Saint-Gobain Corp.
Asset Management April 15, 2007

EAM Resource Centersite launched by MRO

A free Website launched by MRO Software hopes to manage content and information around the subject of enterprise asset management. MRO Software, which was recently acquired by IBM, leverages the Maximo brand name in its new EAM Resource Center site ( The site features best practices, technical issues and thought leadership.

By Staff
Asset Management March 27, 2007

PROFINET, MES address maintenance issues

PROFIBUS International has released the “PROFINET and MES Maintenance Operations” guideline, which describes interface functions that support MES maintenance systems. According to an article from PROFINET International titled “PROFINET and MES: Closing The Communication Gap,” the guideline facilitates consistent communication with PROFINET from the field level to top management, making it easier to switch from predictive maintenance to condition monitoring in machines and systems. Although MES/ERP interfaces are defined in ISO/IEC 62264, PROFINET’s new specification defines an open interface between MES and automation systems for maintenance operations. This means that standardized interface functions are now available between PROFINET and the MES maintenance field. The article states that the standard also provides suitable mechanisms for PROFINET to identify devices used in the system electronically.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management March 2, 2007

ATX motherboard

The AIMB-554 industrial micro ATX motherboard supports Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core Duo and Intel Core Solo processors with 400/533/667 MHz FSB.When combined with an Intel Core 2 Duo T7400 processor, the motherboard brings dual-core processing with a 4-MB L2 cache and advanced power management. Its Intel 945GM Express chipset provides remote asset management capabilities, improved storage speed and includes an Intel 945GM graphic memory controller hub and an Intel I/O controller. The integrated VGA controller and GMA950 provides graphics via a PCI-Express x16 port, LVDS and TV-out connector, with support for dual-display applications. Advantech Corp.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management February 1, 2007

Blower product line

An updated blower product catalog features 20 pages detailing the entire line of premium Omega rotary-lobe blowers and blower packages from 3 hp to 300 hp and flows up to 5,350 cfm. It includes the latest models in the Omega Pak and Com-pak Plus integrated package designs. The catalog provides information about how the optimized Omega two-lobe and tri-lobe blowers and packages can reduce mainte...

By Staff
Asset Management January 1, 2007

Spotlight on: Compressors

Plant Engineering asked: What are the key considerations as plant managers contemplate buying vs. renting compressors? What are some of the advantages and/or disadvantages of buying vs. renting? As with all operations, most plant managers base the decision of buy or rent on sound business decisions, such as interest rates, depreciation period, duration of need, business stability, production fo...

By Staff
Asset Management December 15, 2006

Why Georgetown? Toyota builds world-class cars in Kentucky

Travel south on I-75 through the northern part of Kentucky and you’ll never know it’s there. But the people of Georgetown know exactly where the Toyota plant is, and have known for 20 years. The impact Toyota made on their lives is nothing short of life changing. “When Toyota came to town, some people were a bit apprehensive,” said John Poff, assistant manager, general assembly at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Inc., Kentucky.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor
Asset Management December 1, 2006

Cory N. Welch joins Invensys

Invensys Process Systems has named Cory N. Welch as practice director, enterprise network and security services. In this capacity, Welch will help Invensys develop and deliver a new suite of comprehensive enterprise network and security solutions to Invensys' global customers. These solutions play a key role within Invensys' overall asset performance management business optimization strategy.

By Staff
Asset Management December 1, 2006

Direct part identification

How can plant engineers ensure that a part is easily identified by machine vision systems? Justin Testa, senior vice president of ID Products for Cognex Corp., suggests these considerations:

By Staff
Asset Management November 29, 2006

Invensys implements Avantis EAM system for Platte River Power Authority

Invensys Process Systems has implemented a comprehensive Avantis enterprise asset management system at the Platte River Power Authority in Fort Collins, CO, for its generation, distribution and maintenance operations, which includes a 274-MW coal-fired power plant located north of Fort Collins. The Avantis.PRO asset management software application is being used for maintenance management, inventory control and procurement for generating machinery, distribution yard equipment, transmission lines and towers, as well as vehicles and other company assets. The implementation includes the Avantis Approvals software module, which uses automated workflow for approval routing and processing. This helps Platte River manage their inventory and purchasing activities, improve productivity, and contain costs across the company's entire asset base. Platte River is also using the Avantis VIP Advanced Scheduling module. VIP Advanced Scheduling combines into one management display all information about the availability of people, materials and equipment.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management November 15, 2006

REC silicon plant gets new automation

REC Silicon’s Silane unit now has upgraded automation. A major automation upgrade of the Silane unit in the REC Silicon plant in Moses Lake, WA, involved migrating the company’s existing PROVOX control system to a DeltaV digital automation system from Emerson Process Management. A new plant-wide MES network was installed that hosts an OSIsoft PI data historian. The scope of work for Emerson on the project included front end engineering design (FEED), hardware design, migration configuration, AMS Device Manager configuration, turnkey implementation, installation of a critical data backup server and automation simulation services.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management November 1, 2006

Integrated asset management system

Maintelligence v. 4.0 combines the functionality of Maintelligence Asset Manager and Maintelligence Monitor. It enables the automation of asset inspection and predictive and preventive maintenance task scheduling, using one database. An advanced vibration analysis module features true 3D waterfalls, orbit displays, waveform post processing and improved cursors and analysis functions, including ...

By Staff
Asset Management November 1, 2006

Wireless solutions, technology the focus at Emerson event

The word of the week was 'wireless' at the Emerson Global Users Exchange hosted by Emerson Process Management Oct. 2–6 at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville. John Berra, president of Emerson Process Management; Steve Sonnenberg, president of Emerson's Rosemount Division; and Bob Karschnia, director of technology for Rosemount shared in making the announcement of Em...

By Jack Smith
Asset Management November 1, 2006

Fuse storage system

The Storage Pro fuse inventory management system can be customized to meet customer requirements. Available in two stock configurations, it includes custom-printed bin labels, and a customized header provides cross-referencing information. Bins come in four different sizes. It's compatible with the MROplus inventory consolidation program.

By Staff
Asset Management October 3, 2006

GSA reduces energy consumption, expenses

Schneider Electric is expanding the capabilities of its Square D PowerLogic ION power management software system with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The upgrade will help the agency fulfill the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and other executive orders mandating significant reductions in energy consumption, emissions and electrical demand by federal government agencies. The GSA’s Energy Center of Expertise (ECOE) will integrate web-enabled PowerLogic ION EEM energy analysis software into an existing network of PowerLogic ION 8600 intelligent revenue meters and power management software.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management October 1, 2006

Graybar posts double-digit growth

Graybar posted 19.7% growth in the first half of 2006 – to $2.45 billion – compared to the same period last year. The company also reported an operating income increase of 68% over the first half of 2005. Graybar is a distributor of electrical and communications products and related supply-chain management and logistics services.

By Staff
Asset Management October 1, 2006

Invensys earns SCP re-cert, again

Invensys Process Systems announced that its Foxboro, MA-based Global Product Support group has achieved certification under the prestigious Support Center Practices certification program for the fourth consecutive year. SCP certification quantifies the effectiveness of customer support based on a stringent set of performance standards that represent best practices in the industry.

By Staff
Asset Management August 1, 2006

World-class maintenance: Opportunities and challenges

Most discussions of world-class maintenance have a rather lengthy list of ingredients that must be in place to qualify as such. Our experiences suggest which key ingredients should be pursued to establish a world-class maintenance program. We include five simple ingredients in our proposed approach: 1.

By Anthony M. Smith and Glenn R. Hinchcliffe
Asset Management July 18, 2006

Online maintenance tracking service alerts mobile communications devices

Link It Software Corporation announced recently a new feature has been added to its web-based service, EZ Maintenance Web ( EZM Web enables users to track and schedule preventative maintenance and control inventory for any amount and type of equipment or vehicles via the Internet. The new feature allows users of EZM Web to set a preference to have maintenance alerts with details of what is to be done automatically sent to designated pagers, PDAs or cell phones. "EZ Maintenance Web is the direct result of customer requests we received for an easy-to-use, online approach to maintenance and inventory tracking," said Wayne McFarland, CEO of Link It. EZ Maintenance Web includes all of the features Link Itr vehicles. EZ Maintenance Web's key features include: %%POINT%%Online maintenance and tracking. Users can schedule regular preventive and emergency maintenance.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management June 27, 2006

SmartSignal Summit ’06 announced

SmartSignal announced that its “Summit ’06: New Ideas for Peak Performance” will be held Sept. 18—20, 2006 at Swissotel in Chicago, IL Hosted by SmartSignal Corp., a provider of equipment-performance-improvement solutions, the three-day conference will bring together an unparalleled group of industry thought leaders, infrastructure partners and operations executives to explore new ideas for peak performance. During interactive breakout sessions, companies from the Power Generation; Oil and Gas; Aerospace and Defense; and Pulp and Paper industries will share their experiences of how predictive analytics solutions increase equipment reliability, availability, efficiency and compliance.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management June 8, 2006

Bentley honors plant winners at BE awards

Bentley Systems announced the winners of the 2006 BE Awards of Excellence at its annual BE Conference in Charlotte. The independent panel of BE Awards jurors, which included accomplished Bentley users and distinguished industry experts, selected the winning projects from more than 260 nominations. The winners, said CEO Greg Bentley. “have shown that they stand above all others in their vision and application of technology in improving the world’s infrastructure.” This year’s BE Awards of Excellence winners in the plant area are: Plant Lifecycle Information Management: Tessenderlo Group — AutoPLANT/PIDA/eDM System for Engineering and Maintenance Purposes Plant Managed Environment, Global Work Sharing: ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc. — CPAI Managed Environment Plant Multidiscipline Engineering: Giprotyumenneftegaz — West-Salym Field Development Plant New Technology Adoption: CH2M HILL — American Electric Power — Mitchell & Mountaineer CPS Treatment Plants Plant Rookie of the Year (First-Time User): Carollo Engineers, P.C.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management June 1, 2006

Carrying RCM implementation to the manufacturing floor

First-class RCM project planning begins with asking and then finding the answers to the following four questions: Let’s address these questions collectively and suggest some answers. Simply put, you have to determine where it is you wish to be when the journey is over. Is this just a trial balloon, to see if RCM is for you, or have you decided on using RCM as one of the primary tools in d...

By Anthony M. Smith and Glenn R. Hinchcliffe
Asset Management June 1, 2006

Take the right steps to ensure proper drive belt alignment

Misalignment is one of the most common causes of premature belt failure. Depending on its severity, misalignment can gradually reduce belt performance by increasing wear and fatigue. Or, it can destroy a belt in a matter of hours or days. While the forms of misalignment may be fairly well understood, accurate measurements and acceptable limits must be determined if maintenance personnel are to...

By Dan Parsons, Senior Project Engineer, Gates Corp., Denver
Asset Management May 1, 2006

Go back to the future in the PE archives

Looking for cutting-edge knowledge on plant floor issues? How about this observation? “E-commerce is here to stay, and the problems will be worked out. If you’re not already learning about e-commerce, it’s time to get started. If you’re not looking at the possibilities, step aside for someone who is.

By Staff
Asset Management April 26, 2006

MRO spending: plan for the unplanned

Unplanned maintenance — it can be the bane of a plant engineer’s existence. It can lead to hours spent on the Internet, on the phone or both, searching for suppliers that not only can supply the part needed, but supply it in a timely manner. And this can be the least of the plant engineer’s concerns.

By Kevin Campbell, Senior Editor
Asset Management March 16, 2006

News from PLANT ENGINEERING: Week of April 17

Case study on reliability excellence For an organization to achieve excellence, a common focus and rate of change must be developed, not only within maintenance, but equally within operations, engineering, materials and procurement, and other functions operating within the same business, regardless of business unit physical boundaries. Go to under the‘Research’ section of ERG and find the latest case study from Darrin Wikoff of Life Cycle Engineering. 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.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management March 1, 2006

Aldrin, Ride to take SME event into orbit

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will headline the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' Total Manufacturing Experience at the Los Angeles Convention Center starting on March 27. An avid supporter of youth education and an SME member, Aldrin will present an award to the winning team of the WESTEC Manufacturing Challenge.

By Staff
Asset Management March 1, 2006

INTERPHEX takes international look at pharma issues, technology

INTERPHEX2006, the world's largest pharmaceutical conference and exhibition, will add show pavilions to address the increasing globalization of the biopharmaceutical industry and the expanding roles of contamination control and RFID. The show opens March 21 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. "Our aim is to help drug companies stay one step ahead of the game by showcasing tomorrow's solutio...

By Staff
Asset Management February 14, 2006

Suppliers respond to Katrina

How four suppliers helped put their customers back in business after August disaster.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management February 1, 2006

Turbine monitor

The CSI 4500 Machinery Health Monitor application provides live, continuous monitoring of turbines used for main power and other critical processes during transient conditions. This condition monitoring technology supports predictive and proactive maintenance by presenting data for asset management decision making.

By Staff
Asset Management January 1, 2006

Marriage of ERP and EAM/CMMS: means better business decisions

Asset-intensive companies have long recognized that a good Enterprise Asset Management system produces significant cost savings that go directly to the bottom line. Unlike Computerized Maintenance Management Systems, a narrower application, which maintains plant and equipment and analyzes and reports on maintenance, EAM has a broad focus, which includes financial, inventory and workforce manage...

By Mary Wylde, Business Solutions, Consultant, IFS
Asset Management January 1, 2006

CMMS system upgrade

An upgrade to Version 7.0 of MicroMain XM is a computerized maintenance management system that also is available as an enterprise asset management system. Enhancements in the new version of the software enable organizations in virtually every industry to streamline their maintenance operations. New features include alerts, contract management, visual scheduling, and reporting options.

By Staff
Asset Management November 7, 2005

ABB acquires HSB Reliability

ABB, a power and automation technology provider has acquired HSB Reliability Technologies and HSB Reliability Systems groups for an undisclosed amount. The acquired businesses have more than 70 years of reliability and maintenance consulting and implementation experience with the world’s leading manufacturing companies in both the process and discrete industries. These groups were part of The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, one of the world’s leading equipment breakdown insurers. These groups will be integrated into ABB’s service organization, effective immediately. "We look at this acquisition as a strong, strategic investment in the future of ABB, our new employees and our industrial customers," said Michael Drew, Vice President of Global Engineering & Consulting Services.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management November 1, 2005

Scheduling and dispatch solution for EAM systems

The Smart Schedule is a scheduling and dispatch solution targeted at companies using MRO Software's Maximo enterprise asset management solution. This will offer a pre-integrated, pre-configured scheduling and dispatch system for asset maintenance. Syclo: TO VOTE, WRITE 125 ON THE BALLOT For more information, write 125 on the card

By Staff
Asset Management November 1, 2005

Process control, management at an angle

Experion R300 unified system for process, business and asset management is redesigned to include optionally redundant process I/O modules; I/O modules slanted at an 18-degree angle to improve product lifecycle and reduce energy costs; embedded cyber security; an automated backup and restore function; and integrated procedural operations functionality.

By Staff
Asset Management November 1, 2005

Latest software release improves data management

The latest version of Datastream7i offers enhanced linear asset management capabilities with improved data management. Users with linear assets can effectively manage assets such as pipes, roads and rails and the fixed assets that occupy those networks. The new release includes improved material management functionality and improved invoicing and advanced reporting.

By Staff
Asset Management September 12, 2005

ClickSoftware, Syclo announce partnership

Syclo, a provider of mobile software, and ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd., a provider of workforce and service optimization solutions, have integrated their products to create SMART Schedule, a rapid-deployment scheduling and dispatch solution targeted at companies leveraging enterprise asset management (EAM) solutions such as MRO Software's Maximo. Through this agreement, the partners are offering the first pre-integrated, pre-configured scheduling and dispatch solution for the asset maintenance marketplace. The new joint software product offering bridges the gap between the limited work management tools available to maintenance organizations and the completely automated scheduling optimization solutions deployed by large field service organizations. The joint software offering is intended to assist organizations that maintain physical assets such as equipment, plants, facilities and fleets to schedule the right person to perform the right work at the right time. Solving this resource management issue enables significant improvements in worker productivity, customer satisfaction and asset reliability.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management September 1, 2005

Recognize the true value of asset management

Traditionally, maintenance personnel focus on equipment uptime — or asset availability. Operations or manufacturing personnel focus on how much product these assets can produce — or asset utilization. Although forward-thinking plants are seeking ways to tear down the barriers and minimize the conflicts between maintenance and operations, they still tend to be opposing forces.

By Kevin F. Fitzgerald, P.E., Invensys Process Systems
Asset Management August 1, 2005

The long road to maintenance parts-management success

When Dennis Marcucci arrived at Gonnella Frozen Products in 1997 to head the company's information system department, he already knew the company and its mission. He also knew that the breadmaker needed a fresh approach to its maintenance inventory management system. "I was familiar with what was going on, and in seeing what needed to be done, I knew the road to success was not going to be qui...

By Bob Vavra
Asset Management June 1, 2005

Five keys to effective inventory management

Maintaining an efficient inventory management strategy can help industrial plant mangers improve and ensure the success of their operations. When addressing inventory management, there are several major factors to consider. Perhaps the most important is recognizing that inventory costs extend well beyond the initial purchase price of materials.

By Dave Janiga, ExxonMobil Lubricants & Specialties
Asset Management June 1, 2005

Reader Feedback – 2005-06-01

Grease tips for getting into tight spots I had two problems with the "Solutions" about getting grease into tight places in the April issue of Plant Engineering as presented. First was that the illustration was essentially backward in that it showed the Zerk fitting on the grease gun hose end. I believe that it should show the coupling on the hose end that will then mate to the Zerk on the bearing.

By Staff
Asset Management February 10, 2005

Working the work order strategically

The work order is a vital component of any efficient plant. It is often used to procure new materials, schedule routine tasks, or make repairs. When integrated with a strategic asset management system, the work order serves even greater purposes such as record keeping, ensuring regulatory compliance, and budget forecasting.

By Neville Wulff, MRO Software, Bedford, MA
Asset Management November 10, 2004

General & Maintenance Software

Suite provides real-time data Proficy Intelligent Production Solutions software is an integrated suite for plant production and control. It allows data to be shared among business and plant floor applications, and features scalability, unified data model, shared security, change management, and access to data in real time. Developed for Windows, software includes plant data repository and asset management. GE Fanuc Automation : TO VOTE, WRITE 44 ON BALLOT For more information, write 44 on card Software consolidates data System 800xA software is designed to provide asset optimization.

By Staff
Asset Management July 8, 2004

Understanding event data collection: Part 1

Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part series on the importance of effective event data collection for reliability analysis. The second part will appear in the August issue. Collecting event data is a minimum requirement to measure the effectiveness of your current asset management strategies.

By Ken Latino
Asset Management June 10, 2004

Software & Computers – 2004-06-10

Voice recognition Talk-and-type voice recognition software allows you to dictate directly into your Windows-based CMMS application instead of typing in long preventive maintenance procedures and other text-intensive tasks. Software features include use of Microsoft Speech Recognition Engine. UNIK Associates Write 321 on PE card Updated EAM InSite EE is updated and extended edition of web-based EAM software that provides access to asset information across multiple departments, geographies, and computing environments. Software enables use of condition monitoring and analysis tools in real time. Indus International, Inc.

By Staff
Asset Management June 10, 2004

Leveraging TPM to the corporate bottom line

This is Part 2 of a two-part series. TPM practitioners can impact the bottom line — they have the necessary insights into the inner workings/flow on the shop floor, and they are key to keeping production flowing. In order to directly link the improvement activities to increased profits, the TPM practitioner must understand the nine key principles and translate them into guidelines for act...

By Steve Dightman
Asset Management April 8, 2004

Controlling leaks and spills requires preparedness

Before football teams play their first game of the season, coaches and players come together for an intensive training camp. Drills are conducted, strategies are rehearsed, game plans are discussed, and players are fitted with uniforms and protective equipment.

By Karen D. Hamel, Technical Specialist, New Pig Corporation, Tipton, PA.
Asset Management April 8, 2004

Using CAD templates to save time, money

Computer-aided design (CAD) has been an important tool for industrial plant engineering since the technology's inception in the mid-1980s. Most manufacturing plants employ CAD technology — generally for the design and manipulation of system assembly models that serve as blueprints during new, retrofit, or expansion projects.

By Steve A. Sackett and Tom Gubanc, Swagelok Co., Solon, OH
Asset Management March 10, 2004

Innovation: The large and small of it

Editor's note: This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Production costs must be driven down to finance big innovation. The most effective approach is through what's called little innovation at the plant and shop floor level: improving your processes so that the costs are not incurred, and eliminating the defects that cause the failures in your equipment and processes.

By Ron Moore
Asset Management January 10, 2004

10 Trends that will change your job

While the basic definition of the plant engineering function has changed little over the past 50 years, the technologies, methods, and knowledge for accomplishing that function have changed

By Richard L. Dunn, Editor, Plant Engineering
Asset Management December 10, 2003

Asset coverage

One of the hot initiatives these days seems to be asset management. It's about time. Companies are finally coming to the realization that caring for their physical assets and even making them increasingly productive, instead of letting them deteriorate, is good business. Asset management, of course, is what good plant engineering and maintenance have always been about.

By Richard L. Dunn, Editor
Asset Management November 1, 2003

Measuring overall craft effectiveness How OCE impacts your bottom line

This is Part 2 of a three-part series. Part 1 appeared in the October issue, p 39. Part 3 will appear next month. Improving overall craft effectiveness is a key topic we need to address. Getting maximum value from craft labor resources and higher craft productivity require measurement and knowing where you are now.

By Ralph W. Peters, President, The Maintenance Excellence Institute, Raleigh, NC
Asset Management October 10, 2003

Software & Computers – 2003-10-10

OPC breaks internet barrier The OPC Foundation released its OPC (OLE for process control) XML (extensible markup language) Data Access (XML DA) specification in August as part of a move toward platform-independent interoperability and generic support for internet-based web services. The new specification provides the gateway to the internet for OPC data and information to be transferred to and from any OPC-enabled device. This capability allows OPC support to be added to any device on the plant floor capable of supporting a web service, facilitating data and information communication seamlessly and transparently among devices, independent of the operating system and networking technology that each device employs. Enhanced vision software FrameWork 2.6 machine vision software features include common interface to vision sensors with enhanced functionality; improved color learning options; the addition of XML communication for inspection data, which allows the meaning of values to be transmitted through XML tags; image filtering for noise; calibration in nanometers; improved barcode reading capability; and improved memory management. DVT Corp.

By Staff
Asset Management October 10, 2003

Integrating EAM and PdM for maintenance productivity

Virtually every maintenance organization in modern manufacturing plants focuses on implementing clearly defined asset management practices. Successful plant engineers are shifting more of the routine maintenance activities toward predictive maintenance (PdM).

By Ian Wray, Indus International, Atlanta, GA
Asset Management September 30, 2003

How to get the most from your infrared camera investment

Infrared (IR) thermography is a fundamental asset in today’s predictive maintenance (PdM) and condition monitoring programs.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management August 6, 2003

Performance contracting: Gaining competitive advantage

Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part series. Clearly, there is no universal best approach for performance contracting. The specifics of your strategy, situation, and goals ultimately must dictate your approach. However, my experience with performance contracts in numerous industries serving companies large and small, with diverse visions, strategies, and operating philosophies sugges...

By Jim Humphries, Vice President of Performance Technology, Fluor, Greenville, SC
Asset Management August 6, 2003

Software & Computers – 2003-08-06

Flat panel monitors Near Field Imaging (NFI) technology is built into a line of 28 new flat panel monitors. The touch screens offer durability beyond that of traditional capacitive touch screens, and can be used with almost any stylus or a gloved hand. Available in clean and antiglare finish, the monitors are mechanically identical to the standard and resistive touch screen-based products. Christensen Display Products, Inc.,, Write 340 on PE card Extended software capabilities System 1 version 4.0 is an updated plant asset management (PAM) software program.

By Staff
Asset Management August 6, 2003

Gasket selection after asbestos

Not too many years ago, selecting the right gasket was easy. It was asbestos. But once asbestos was identified as a health hazard, the gasketing field started to change radically and the gasket selection process hasn't been the same since. At one time, most piping joints were sealed with asbestos, available primarily in sheets or cut gaskets.

By Rob Haywood, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., Elkton, MD.
Asset Management June 12, 2003

Reliability program: How to sell, implement, and sustain one

This article is the second of a two-part series. It is based on a paper originally presented at the Process Plant Reliability, 8th International Conference and Exhibition. Selecting the right staff will make or break a reliability program. Programs that are successful have been staffed with personnel with exceptional leadership skills.

By Rick Hoffman, Manager, Specialty Engineering, Lyondell Chemical Company and Equistar Chemicals, LPHouston, Texas
Asset Management May 6, 2003

Reduce maintenance costs with faster instrument calibration

Calibration is a time-consuming maintenance activity that must be performed periodically on every field instrument to assure efficient operation of the process and to satisfy the requirements of regulatory agencies. Calibration can take from one to four hours of a technician's time per device using generally accepted procedures.

By Todd A. Gates, Emerson Process Management, Eden Prairie, MN
Asset Management March 15, 2003

Improvement projects and tools: Where to start and what to use

Two of the more common questions asked in manufacturing plants are 1) Where do we start with our improvement effort? and 2) What tools or methods best apply to our business? Of course, most plants have some form of improvement plan, and the tools and methods are numerous. We are bombarded with promotional material and success stories regarding the use of tools and methods, such as lean manufact...

By Ron Moore, Managing Partner, The RM Group, Inc., Knoxville, TN
Asset Management March 15, 2003

Vendor viability: Buyer beware

The CMMS/EAM industry is no different from any other packaged software marketplace. Profitability is the ultimate measure of vendor success. Having the slickest solution on the block is no consolation for not making money. If a vendor cannot consistently turn a profit, its economic viability must be questioned.

By Tom Singer Contributing Editor, Principal, Tompkins Associates, Oak Brook, IL
Asset Management January 15, 2003

Software and Computers – 2003-01-15

Case history Integrating EAM software Responding to a corporate initiative to standardize its enterprise ERP systems, Metaldyne's Sintered Components plant in St. Marys, PA, required a migration from a heavily used enterprise asset management (EAM) software program to a system that could support its ERP system. The directive meant changing to a new software package.

By Staff
Asset Management December 15, 2002

Reliability and maintainability: Questions for suppliers about their equipment

Companies frequently ask suppliers of critical equipment about the reliability and maintainability of their equipment. The questions cover a number of topics and often include queries about Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF), recommended spares, PM requirements, the role of reliability and maintainability in the design of equipment, and so on.

By Ron Moore, Managing Partner, The RM Group, Inc., Knoxville, TN
Asset Management December 15, 2002

Using data mining for plant maintenance

Data mining can be used for anything from asset and inventory management to predictive maintenance to banking and finance. However, maintaining manufacturing plants is what we are all about. Knowing when a machine will break before it breaks, in plenty of time for repairs to be conveniently and cost-effectively scheduled and executed, is an exciting application of this technology that can add d...

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering
Asset Management November 15, 2002

General and Maintenance Software – 2002-11-15

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By Staff
Asset Management November 15, 2002


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By Staff
Asset Management October 15, 2002

User conference, pump portal, new company, and FDA compliance

Automation architecture leverages legacy systems Invensys released its new automation architecture at its user conference, Invensys Showcase, held the second week of September in Orlando, FL. ArchestrA is a comprehensive plant automation and information architecture that extends the life of legacy systems by leveraging the latest software available for those systems.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering Magazine
Asset Management October 15, 2002

On the horizon

Evidence is growing that the role of the plant engineering function is headed up. Asset management, reliability, availability, and maintenance are being more and more recognized as essential to the success of the business plan. And from the plant level to the board level, the value of well-managed plant assets is taking on new meaning.

By Richard L. Dunn Editor
Asset Management September 17, 2002

Webcast: Environmental Improvements for Profit

Presented by: Sponsored by: Plant Engineering presents the Webcast: Environmental Improvements for Profit Improve your bottom line through proactiveenvironmental strategies You mayuntil Feb. 11, 2003, Pre-Registration is required to watch the Webcast Click Register button below: If you will be listening to this Webcast via streaming audio, you will need to have either Windows Media Player 7.1 or Real Player 8 Basic. You can test your players by clicking on these links. Test for Windows Media Player Test for Real Player Frequently Asked Questions Join us online and hear from these industry experts: Bill McDonough Paul Walitsky Rick Dunn Architect/Author Manager of Environmental Affairs Editor William McDonough & Partners, Architecture and Community Design Philips Lighting Company Plant Engineering Federal and State regulations have changed — is your business in compliance? Keeping current with Environmental Legislation is critical to the success of today's Plant Engineers, and Environmental, Maintenance, and Purchasing Managers. A solid understanding of current regulations can be a true Have a cup of coffee* on us and learn how lighting products that satisfy the Universal Waste Rule can Record KeepingLabeling RequirementsTrainingStorage of Hazardous WastesViolations and Penalties. In this one-hour Webcast, Bill McDonough, best selling author/architect (Cradle to Cradle, Remaking the Way We Make Things) will highlight how leading companies are proactively designing facilities and processes for environmental optimization. Paul Walitsky, Environmental Manager of Philips Lighting Company, will present a case study illustrating how environmentally friendly lighting impacted the bottom line for one major manufacturer. Tune into this special Technology Broadcast to learn how you can improve your bottom line through proactive environmental strategies . The Webcast program includes: Why is environmental optimization so important? Rick Dunn, PLANT ENGINEERING Magazine How is the market responding? Bill McDonough, Architect/Author How does lighting fit in? Bill McDonough Philips' Response-Philips' pro-active environmental strategy: A Case Study on Environmental Lighting Solutions, 'Julius Koch, USA 'Paul Walitsky, Philips Lighting Company Sarbucks Coffee * Starbucks Coffee for the first 100 participants.

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Asset Management August 8, 2002

Company assets: employees top list

EDITOR'S NOTE: This column is the sixth in a series of columns based on the book, Future Capable Company: What Manufacturing Leaders Need To Do Today To Succeed Tomorrow, by Dr. Tompkins. These excerpts are provided through special arrangement with the publisher, Tompkins Press. Copyright © 2001 Tompkins Press.

By James A. Tompkins, Ph.D., President, Tompkins Associates, Raleigh, NC
Asset Management August 8, 2002

Minor price increases for 2003

Prices are heating up, manufacturing costs are rising, margins are getting squeezed…but the outlook for 2003 doesn't look too scary for plant engineers who have to oversee plant construction and maintenance. That's because only four industries in our composite index are expected to hike their average product prices by more than 2% in 2003.

By Staff
Asset Management May 13, 2002

Maintenance must be seen as a priority

EDITOR'S NOTE: This column is the third in a series of columns based on the book, Future Capable Company: What Manufacturing Leaders Need To Do Today To Succeed Tomorrow, by Dr. Tompkins. These excerpts are provided through special arrangement with the publisher, Tompkins Press. Copyright c 2001 Tompkins Press.

By James A. Tompkins, Ph.D., President, Tompkins Associates, Raleigh, NC
Asset Management April 15, 2002

Strategic maintenance

In his new book, Making Common Sense Common Practice , Ron Moore makes an eloquent argument for the strategic role that maintenance needs to play in modern manufacturing. Unfortunately, according to the data he presents, not many manufacturers recognize that role. Or, at least, they're not demonstrating that they believe in it to the point of supporting it adequately.

By Richard L. Dunn Editor
Asset Management April 15, 2002

Improvement builds road to success

EDITOR'S NOTE: This column is the second in a series of columns based on the book, Future Capable Company: What Manufacturing Leaders Need To Do Today To Succeed Tomorrow, by Dr. Tompkins. These excerpts are provided through special arrangement with the publisher, Tompkins Press. Copyright c 2001 Tompkins Press.

By James A. Tompkins, Ph.D., President, Tompkins Associates, Raleigh, NC
Asset Management April 15, 2002

Asset management firms change hands and form alliances

Software firms form allianceAkula, supplier of internet-based handhelds, and MRO, provider of enterprise asset management (EAM) solutions have formed a partnership. Akula will offer its web-based mWorker suite of customizable software products to MRO Software's MAXIMO 4.0 and 5.0 clients.mWorker automates the remote aspects of facility maintenance, including work order completion, data co...

By Staff
Asset Management December 1, 2001

Make asset management an executive priority

If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, it sometimes seems like plant floor folks are from Mercury while CEOs, CFOs, and COOs are from Pluto. The perceptions and attitudes between the plant floor and the executive floor often seem to be so radically different that they are out of this world.

By Martin Osborn, Vice president of product marketing, hosted solutions, Datastream
Asset Management November 1, 2001

The search for business intelligence

Anyone who tracks the evolution of information technology in our society might come to the conclusion that there is no limit to our need for information. This is an easy conclusion to make since the number and sophistication of our information systems appear to be growing at precipitous rate. We keep implementing new functionality to address specific business needs and requirements.

By Tom Singer Contributing Editor, Principal, Tompkins Associates, Oak Brook, IL
Asset Management October 1, 2001

Terrorist attack affects internet, MRO deliveries

Internet recovers quickly after attackAccording to a statement released by Matrix.Net Inc., a U.S.-based internet performance measurement company, the internet infrastructure in the U.S. appeared to be functioning close to normal, just hours after the series of devastating terrorist attacks struck New York City and Washington, D.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering Magazine
Asset Management September 1, 2001

Coping with multiple sites

Managers generally seek to centralize efforts in order to better use resources and maintain control. When faced with similar tasks scattered across multiple entities the natural tendency is to try to incorporate them into a single effort. The belief is that an economy of scale will result in a better return on investment by concentrating on a unified approach.

By Tom Singer Contributing Editor, Principal, Tompkins Associates, Oak Brook, IL
Asset Management September 1, 2001

Comparing the Major Manufacturing Improvement Methods — Part 1

EDITOR'S NOTE: The past decade has seen the development of a number of manufacturing management concepts. Chief among them are: lean manufacturing, six sigma, supply chain management, total productive maintenance (TPM), and reliability centered maintenance (RCM). While these names are well known, they are not well understood.

By Ron Moore, Managing Partner, The RM Group, Inc., Knoxville, TN
Asset Management August 1, 2001

Blueprint for building a skilled workforce

Manufacturing has changed. Jobs require more skill, training, and experience, especially in the use of technology. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 1950, 60% of manufacturing jobs were unskilled; today, only 30% are unskilled; by 2005, the number is expected to shrink to 15%. In addition, retirement-eligible workers are leaving manufacturing jobs in large numbers.

By John M. Rauschenberger, Manager of Personnel Research and Development, Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, MI
Asset Management August 1, 2001

Artificial Intelligence Poised to Revolutionize Preventive Maintenance

Highly automated applications of pattern recognition technology that can predict machine breakdown events with 80%+ accuracy one week ahead of occurrence offer the promise to soon make the current regimens of routine preventive maintenance obsolete. This is fact, not an exaggeration. These first applications for industrial asset management use the same type of pattern recognition technologies ...

By David Harris, President, Zero Maintenance International
Asset Management June 28, 2001

Reducing electrical equipment downtime

Downtime is a common factor among industrial equipment. This article explains how to properly test for weak links, make retrofits to sensitive components, and how to minimize downtime when specifying equipment.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Asset Management June 1, 2001

Siemens and Datastream sign licensing agreement for EAM

Siemens Industrial Services and Datastream Systems, Inc., have signed a general agreement to form a global alliance for Enterprise Asset Management (EAM). Siemens, a technical services provider, will license, implement, and support Datastream's family of asset lifecycle management solutions and services, making the web-based EAM system available to Siemens' customers.

By J. Smith
Asset Management June 1, 2001

Fisher-Rosemount changes name

Fisher-Rosemount is changing its name to Emerson Process Management to reflect its expansion into industry-specific engineering, consulting, and project management services. Its expanded services and solutions complement Fisher-Rosemount's products, technologies, and automation architecture. The new name and adoption of a new logo also reinforce the company's link to its parent, St.

By J. Smith
Asset Management May 1, 2001

Checking the pulse of the CMMS/EAM industry at the National Plant Engineering Show

Trade shows aren't necessarily the best indicator of where an industry is heading. After all, they basically present what the marketing and sales folks want you to see. Their direct message is always going to be upbeat, with wonderful new advances and opportunities galore. But they still provide an opportunity to see vendors of all stripes under the same roof.

By Tom Singer Contributing Editor, Principal, Tompkins Associates, Oak Brook, IL
Asset Management May 1, 2001

How Relays Work

A relay is a simple electromechanical switch made up of an electromagnet and set of contacts. As simple as they are, however, relays are found hidden in all sorts of complicated products. In fact, some of the first computers ever built used relays to implement Boolean gates. Construction Relays consist of four parts: Electromagnet Armature that can be attracted by the electromagnet Spring Se...

By Marshall Brain
Asset Management March 1, 2001

Foundations for maintenance excellence

For most plant engineers, maintenance excellence is an elusive goal.

By Richard L. Dunn, Editor, Plant Engineering magazine
Asset Management March 1, 2001

Novozymes North America wins 2000 NAME Award

Novozymes North America, Inc., a Franklinton, NC, manufacturer of enzymes, was the winner of the 2000 North American Maintenance Excellence (NAME) Award.

By Ron Holzhauer, Managing Editor, Plant Engineering Magazine
Asset Management February 1, 2001

Understanding the “alphabet soup” of maintenance management

Key concepts A CMMS helps maintenance organizations manage work orders, material control, and purchasing. With EAM, a company can go from being plant-centric to enterprise-centric.

By Stefanie I. Stagnaro, Cayenta, Inc., San Diego, CA
Asset Management December 1, 2000

Suggestions and Solutions – 2000-12-01

Greasing the skids Monitor lubrication management system (LMS) integrates task routing and scheduling with preventive maintenance functions to automate and facilitate the planning and control of an entire lubrication program. LMS simplifies lubrication tracking, scheduling, routing, and inventory management for all types of equipment. The system generates reports covering personnel efficiency, root cause failure, and work history. ExxonMobil Lubricants & Petroleum Specialties Co.

By Staff
Asset Management November 1, 2000

General and Maintenance Software – 2000-11-01

Software gets to root cause of problems Proact V2.0 root cause facilitation software manages a knowledge database of solved events and allows users to benefit from the results.

By Staff
Asset Management August 1, 2000

Managing pressure vessels as capital assets reaps maintenance rewards

For some, it may be surprising to learn about the enormous impact boilers and pressure vessel equipment have on their daily lives.

By Glenn Robinson and Robert Trombey, The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co., Hartford, CT
Asset Management May 1, 2000

A dot-net solution

If you were looking for a common theme during the recent National Manufacturing Week, it's likely that you came away with the realization of the impact the internet is having on manufacturing and plant operations.

By Len O'Neal , Web Editor
Asset Management May 1, 2000

Touring the Plant Engineering Show: Software programs head for the internet

Maintenance software providers clearly see the internet as the technological high ground. But attendees at the National Plant Engineering Show may have had a hard time spotting this trend.

By Tom Singer , Contributing Editor, Project Manager, Tompkins Associates, Oak Brook, IL
Asset Management May 1, 2000

Positioning maintenance as a competitive advantage

In these days of just-in-time, supply chain management, lean manufacturing, capacity assurance, and global competition, it is essential that production is available to meet customer demands. Key to meeting this goal is maintenance support.

By Stephen T. Desirey , CFPIM, Manager, DuPont Consulting Solutions, Wilmington, DE
Asset Management March 1, 2000

See, try, and buy maintenance chemicals

It is easy to try and buy mold releases, cleaners, rust preventatives, lubricants and more at an expanded web site. Qualified industrial users can order free samples of aerosol products and try them out before purchasing.

By Staff
Asset Management March 1, 2000

Mobile maintenance

New eSaver mobile workflow solution allows maintenance workers to accept work orders and provide feedback via the internet using a handheld PC. The program is a fully web-enabled enterprise asset management system. Mainsaver www.mainsaver.

By Staff
Asset Management March 1, 2000

CMMS – 2000-03-01 – 2000-03-01

Mpulse maintenance software offers a wide range of CMMS solutions for controlling equipment, vehicles, facilities, grounds, and more.

By Staff
Asset Management February 1, 2000

A little spin

Every year, we commit a substantial amount of editorial space to coverage of the National Plant Engineering & Management Show and Conference. There are a number of reasons why we do this. But at the top of the list is our commitment to you, our readers.

By Richard L. Dunn
Asset Management December 1, 1999

Beyond Y2K

With practically everyone else making their predictions for the turn of the century, the temptation is too great to resist. So, at the risk of going out on a limb, here are some thoughts.... - In general, the Y2K thing will be a big yawn.

By Richard L. Dunn
Asset Management November 1, 1999

Software connects buyers with suppliers via internet

iProcure software connects customers with MRO parts suppliers via the internet. Using the software, customers can search, select, and purchase industrial parts.

By Staff
Asset Management November 1, 1999

EAM software provides web portal for universal access

iEmpac software uses a web-based interface to allow users to access the enterprise asset management (EAM) functionality in real time, regardless of their client.

By Staff
Asset Management November 1, 1999

Asset management program is internet-based

TabWare OnLine offers best-of-breed CMMS/EAM functionality as a completely outsourced application via the internet for a low monthly fee. The software meets all of the expectations of a traditional system with a simple internet connection.

By Staff
Asset Management September 1, 1999

Fuel management partnerships can save time and money

Outsourcing is creating a stir in today's industrial manufacturing sector. Recently, there has been a trend to outsource onsite energy management functions, among them fuel management.

By Phillip T. Eastman, Jr.
Asset Management May 1, 1999

Strides to successful business: Six steps to implementing work process control

How do we gain control of our business problems? Business consultants are regularly retained to answer this question by either improving or defining a multitude of options.

By Thomas L Munsey
Asset Management May 1, 1999

Touring NPEM 1999: Information technologies for maintenance management show promise, innovation

Because in part it coincides with the end of winter, I always look forward to attending National Manufacturing Week and the National Plant Engineering and Management Show at Chicago's McCormick Place.

By Tom Singer
Asset Management April 1, 1999

Enterprise asset management system increases equipment uptime 15%

Implementing an enterprise asset management system has yielded a 15% increase in equipment uptime for a Michigan pigment manufacturing plant.

By Staff
Asset Management March 1, 1999

Foretelling your plant’s Y2K future: Who they gonna call? Maintenance, of course

The end of the first millennium found many Europeans predicting the end of the world. Surely a thousand years was enough. The Second Coming would coincide with the advance of the calendar into 1000 A.D.

By Tom Singer
Asset Management March 1, 1999

Reliability services

A 16-p brochure details how a company can increase profits through improved performance of its people by using various services. Proactive maintenance, benchmarking, and asset management are among the activities described.

By Staff
Asset Management March 1, 1999

Electronic MRO

e-MRO extends purchasing capabilities to the internet. The program allows searching for maintenance, repair, and operations parts via a web-based engine that returns item, price, and availability details.Datastream Systems, Inc.www.dstm.

By Staff
Asset Management February 1, 1999

Moving beyond TPM to total plant reliability: Redefining the concept to optimize benefits

Total productive maintenance, a methodology originating in Japan to support its lean manufacturing system, was introduced to this country in the late 1980s.

By John Roup
Asset Management January 1, 1999

Are you using all the features of your CMMS? Following this 7-step plan can help uncover new benefits

It never ceases to amaze me how most maintenance departments underutilize their CMMS packages. I realize that this statement may seem a bit unfair at first.

By Tom Singer
Asset Management January 1, 1999


Colorful 16-p brochure depicts a roofing contractor's capabilities. Included are technical services, types of roof systems offered, installation services, planned maintenance and asset management programs, and warranty information.

By Staff
Asset Management December 1, 1998

Three priorities for 1999

There's a lot of talk these days about a downturn next year. And that kind of talk always gets us thinking about such things as cutbacks, downsizing, and outsourcing.

By Richard L. Dunn
Asset Management November 1, 1998

System Provides Real-Time Communication

PAC Commander field-force management package provides real-time communication between supervisors and field workers.

By Staff
Asset Management November 1, 1998

CMMS blends Java, advances in workflow processes

Maximo 4.0 enterprise asset maintenance software incorporates the latest Java technology with advances in workflow processes, materials management, safety, procedural compliance, and user interface.

By Staff
Asset Management November 1, 1998

Work Order Wizards, Bar Coding Among CMMS Features

SamTrak Version 6, the Service and Maintenance Tracking Solution, is a powerful and flexible CMMS that provides the tools needed to gain and maintain control, reduce costs, and improve service levels.

By Staff
Asset Management October 1, 1998

Plant maintenance

Enterprise-Class Management for Plant Maintenance -- From Day #1 is a two-day seminar that focuses on how to keep your plant up and running. The seminar covers various aspects of CMMS, Reliability-Centered Maintenance, and MRO Supply Chain Systems.

By Staff
Asset Management July 1, 1998

Staying ahead of the competition

The Total Plant Reliability process helps reduce operating costs, increase bottom line results, and keep an edge over competition.

By Staff
Asset Management April 1, 1998

Integrated Document Management

Integrated Document Management is termed an information and document management backbone for the enterprise.

By Staff
Asset Management April 1, 1998


Avantis.Pro helps companies meet business objectives through advanced asset management. Open client/server architecture provides enterprise-wide access to data while allowing individuals to work with the software tools best for them.

By Staff
Asset Management March 1, 1998

Guidelines For Obtaining Power Plant Permitting Under The Clean Air Act

When planning a new industrial power plant or expansion of an existing facility, permitting procedures mandated by the CAAA, as contained within the SIPs, must be considered.

By Mark L. Brecher
Asset Management March 1, 1998

Breaking with tradition: tap into the internet to maximize your CMMS

No topic is hotter in the information technology arena than the internet. Industry experts discuss its impact on the computing world. Trade journals feature articles on internet solutions and products.

By Tom Singer

A Letter From The Editor

Since 1947, plant engineers, plant managers, maintenance supervisors and manufacturing leaders have turned to Plant Engineering for the information they needed to run their plants smarter, safer, faster and better. Plant Engineering's editors stay on top of the latest trends in manufacturing at every corner of the plant floor. The major content areas include electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, automation engineering and maintenance and management.

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