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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.
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.
Valuing assets with critical analysis
An asset criticality analysis (ACA) can support maintenance teams to prioritize predictive maintenance strategies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Achieve proactive production with an advanced planning system
Advanced planning systems (APS) can help address supply chain challenges
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
What an EAM system is
Modern EAM software is capable of providing a truly comprehensive view of everything that might be disrupting production
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enterprise asset management best practices
See best practices for enterprise asset management (EAM) and how it can help improve manufacturing operations.
Modern enterprise asset management benefits
Modern enterprise asset management (EAM) systems provide manufacturers flexibility and help reduce machine downtime and many other benefits.
An O&G services provider’s approach to digital transformation
Reliability and performance gain from IoT edge technology, defined business process and technician experience.
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?
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?
Asset visibility vs. asset management
Ensuring asset visibility and management solutions can work in parallel to make the data received actionable is crucial.
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.
Four things to keep in mind when performing FMECA
FMECA is a complex process but can optimize processes
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
10 inventory must do’s for small-to-medium manufacturers
Cash is king for manufacturers from the owner to the machine operators
Applying IIoT and AI to midstream asset management
Asset management, intelligent workflows and automation play critical role in operational efficiency
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.
The supply chain battles back
Building resilient, flexible supply chains in the post-COVID era.
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.
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.
How to increase ROI and efficiency with EAM
An effective asset management and maintenance system holds the key to greater return on investment
Leveraging technological advances to reduce expenses and NPT
Replacing seats and valves, a costly expense for oilfield operators
Reliability solutions company acquired to strengthen asset management holdings
Baker Hughes is acquiring ARMS Reliability to strengthen their industrial asset performance management (APM) capabilities.
Execute an effective plant turnaround in seven easy steps
Follow these tips to make a plant turnaround run smoothly and efficiently
How to develop an asset maintenance strategy
Ask the basic questions too often overlooked, to improve asset management
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.
Top 10 considerations for virtual QMS audit success
Manufacturing can’t wait; consider these 10 recommendations for a successful virtual quality management system audit
Advanced capabilities are being incorporated into EAM systems
Tools are meant to support actionable insights
How to maximize your EAM or CMMS
Tracking your mechanical seals may be the best thing since sliced bread
Connect automation to the power of predictive maintenance
Leveraging operational data already in control systems can drive distribution center (DC) performance and maintenance improvements.
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.
Blockchain establishes truth
Why blockchain should be a part of any new well build
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.
Conduct asset performance management with a software-based approach
Unite separate parts of the organization, allowing teams to work collectively
Your questions answered: The power of mobile in maintenance and operations
Webcast presenter Kevin Price answered questions on enterprise asset management (EAM) solutions and how they help mobile operations.
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
Maximize production by monitoring erosion
Data from two complementary monitoring technologies enable maximized production rates, even with high entrained solids.
Develop a full understanding of riser system health
Digital elements of an asset integrity program described.
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.
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.
Midstream’s dilemma with rotating equipment
Decision support platform captures real-time data and delivers operational intelligence.
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.
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.
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.
Leverage digitalization for asset integrity management
Select the right management technologies for modernization.
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.
Third-party contractors, software can bridge the resources gap
Find a way to securely allow contractors to work on site.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Asset assessment: Take a proactive approach
Data-driven effort should focus on goals, not problems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Decision paralysis and what to do about it
Manufacturers must react swiftly to changing markets, technologies. Eight influencing factors are highlighted.
Manage information based on each well’s lifecycle
A single source of truth can improve time-to-revenue.
Digital twins support FPS asset integrity management
Strength comes from global performance model integrated with measured data.
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.
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.
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.
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.
High-impact assets need a team approach
Collaborative efforts can bridge maintenance and design in the asset design stage.
Lean manufacturing: The Seven Deadly Wastes
Find greater efficiency at every step of the process.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Predictive vs. preventive: The debate—and the future
Though they have similarities, preventive maintenance (PM) and predictive maintenance (PdM) significantly differ in their execution.
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.
Four ways to better manage small capital projects
Focus on collaboration, risk assessment, communication and review to meet time, budget goals.
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%
IMC conference brings maintenance pros together
Florida event Dec. 12-16 features speakers, hands-on learning labs.
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.
2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Aneel Baig, 37
Senior Project Manager, INTECH Process Automation, Houston
Medium-voltage switchgear for power distribution management
Premset is shielded solid insulated medium-voltage switchgear for power distribution management.
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.
RFID, asset management a powerful combo
A more connected enterprise can use both technologies.
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.
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.
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.
Turn OEE into a financial indicator
Three steps to calculate the value of measuring effectiveness.
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.
Use your senses to build a proactive approach to maintenance
When touring your plant floor, make sure to get close to your equipment, workers
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.
Understanding and complying with ISO 55001: Leadership
Part 2 in the 3 part series focuses on leadership requirements of asset management.
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.
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.
2014 Engineering Leader Under 40: Peter Saladis
Manager, Assembly; The Raymond Corp.; Greene, N.Y.
Door vending solution
Automated inventory vending systems to be unveiled at IMTS.
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.
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.
CMMS software upgrade
The latest version of Smartware Group's Bigfoot CMMS modernizes the user interface design to simplify asset maintenance management.
PMI rises to 54.9% in April, hits five-month high
Manufacturing index growth fueled by better weather, but international issues raise concerns
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.
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.
Certification the next step in your maintenance career
Using the CMRP/CMRT certification to improve your career
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.
2013 Product of the Year finalists: Productivity & Training
Finalists in the Productivity & Training category for the Plant Engineering 2013 Product of the Year competition.
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
Manufacturing confidence poised for a rebound
Randstad study finds reinvestment in sector could deliver a stronger resurgence
The ‘E’ needs to stand for ‘easy’ in e-commerce
Study finds customer experience hinders B2B online product sales
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.
ARC President: Pick up the pace of technology adoption
Rapid growth of devices, technology use requires faster implementation on plant floor
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.
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.
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.
Project leadership skills lacking, company finds
ESI’s Top 10 project management issues point to need for more skills training
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.
Driving OEE: A strategy for business results
Measuring overall equipment effectiveness can influence facility productivity.
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.
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.
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.
Lubrication technology: Avoid unnecessary damage, minimize maintenance costs
The latest lubricant technology is a secret weapon in the battle for efficiency.
Honeywell asset management system updated
Goal is to help improve reliability-cantered maintenance programs
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.
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.
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.
Survey: Hiring, cap ex spending to keep rising
Prime Advantage report shows room for growth, concern over material costs
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.
In the plant: The green balancing act
Hormel Foods shows the way to meet environmental and economic goals.
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.
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.
Manage your spare parts more effectively
Three quick tips to put your parts in their place
2011 Leader Under 40: Nina Andgren, 36
Maintenance Engineer, Upper Occoquan Service Authority (UOSA)
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.
Bentley honors outstanding global infrastructure projects
2011 Be Inspired award winners include entries from 42 countries
POY Finalist: Process automation system
Finalist in Automation and Control in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
POY Finalist: EAM solution
Finalist in Maintenance Software in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
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!
Industrial automation show debuts in 2012
Hannover Messe, CFE Media partner on IANA event at 2012 IMTS Show
Bentley announces Be Inspired finalists
Global infrastructure awards to be presented Nov. 8-9
Breaking down the barriers to effective maintenance
Repetitive failures can be prevented with routine maintenance, in turn increasing productivity and profits.
CMMS cuts maintenance costs, increases profits
The connection between lowering maintenance costs and enhancing profitability may not always be obvious to senior management.
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.
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.
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.
Yamaha moving majority of ATV manufacturing to U.S.
The first new U.S. models will start production in Newnan, Ga. in May 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.
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.”
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.
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
Japan Earthquake: Global supply chains to suffer extensive disruption
Aftershocks to global economy expected to unfold slowly
Japan crisis could squeeze world auto production
Thousands of cars washed away; fears raised about supply chain
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
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.
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.
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.
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. https://www.isssource.com/shodan-finds-vulnerable-control-systems/.
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.
A measured approach to uptime
Use proactive methods and metrics to prove the value of maintenance
Give maintenance a fighting chance
Whether you Bob or Weave, putting a plan in place can stretch dollars in tough times
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.
WEBCAST: Measure your equipment’s total cost
ITT Industrial Process Group to discuss three critical factors in calculating TCO at September 30 Webcast.
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.
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.
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.
Optimizing the enterprise
Measurement, empowerment and control are the essential ingredients of effective enterprise optimization
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.”
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.
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. www.vibralign.com.
The Changing World of the Plant Engineer
Technology and an evolving global landscape have changed the plant floor
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.
Honors, knowledge at 2010 Summit
Three days of knowledge, awards begins March 28 in Chicago
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.
IBM Pulse attendees can participate in Global Plant study
Three-day event kicks off international phase of research
New MESA study to focus on green manufacturing issues
Final report due at MESA event in June
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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 www.arcweb.com. 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.
Atlas Copco to acquire Quincy Compressors
Company sees strategic fit in U.S. and China
General Motors manager to speak on asset management Thursday
EAM University registration open for Dec. 17 Webcast
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...
Effective asset management in an uncertain economy
Webcast offers insight on ways to meet asset challenges
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 ...
Oil’s well that starts well
Plant Engineering's June cover story looks at the importance of a sound lubrication plan
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
Bottling up plant improvements
Accurate metrics leads to accelerated reliability
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
What you’re talking about online:
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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.
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 : www.infor.com Maintenance software Proficy Maintenance Gateway uses real-time production data, events and information to drive maintenance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Break out of the break-fix mentality
Enterprise asset management an important tool for improvement, says Aberdeen/Plant Engineering report
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.
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.
Plant Engineering, Aberdeen sponsor EAM survey
Voice your opinion on how asset management operates in your plant for real-time interoperability
Cut out the middleman; add a partner
Cut out the middleman. How often have we heard that phrase?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No finger-pointing on MES
Manufacturing worlds have collided – inevitably.
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.
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.
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.
Virtual MFG Summit
The Manufacturing Summit features leading plant engineering experts covering critical industry topics from workforce development to sustainability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
ATS expands USG partnership
It’s the second such engagement between the two companies.
Condition Manager on display at User Group Academy
Invensys event in Denver showcases ECS component
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.
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.
Emerson acquires DMI
Emerson has acquired DMI, Inc. The acquisition includes all DMI technologies, applications, services and employees.
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.
ISA Web seminar covers alarm systems
Presentation focuses on designing, implementing a successful system
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Gates Roundtable
Ending the cycle of the 'break-fix' mentality
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (eam.mro.com). The site features best practices, technical issues and thought leadership.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (www.ezm-web.com/). 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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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 www.plantengineering.com 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.
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...
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.
Suppliers respond to Katrina
How four suppliers helped put their customers back in business after August disaster.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: www.syclo.com TO VOTE, WRITE 125 ON THE BALLOT For more information, write 125 on the card
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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 : gefanuc.com 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.
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.
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...
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 cmmsmadeeasy.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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., christensendisplay.com, Write 340 on PE card Extended software capabilities System 1 version 4.0 is an updated plant asset management (PAM) software program.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
General and Maintenance Software – 2002-11-15
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Foundations for maintenance excellence
For most plant engineers, maintenance excellence is an elusive goal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
System Provides Real-Time Communication
PAC Commander field-force management package provides real-time communication between supervisors and field workers.
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.
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.
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.
Staying ahead of the competition
The Total Plant Reliability process helps reduce operating costs, increase bottom line results, and keep an edge over competition.
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.
Integrated Document Management
Integrated Document Management is termed an information and document management backbone for the enterprise.
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.
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.