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Five ways to improve process valve safety in manufacturing facilities
Process engineers should prioritize valve safety in manufacturing as they strive to streamline industrial processes.
Benefits of a rack safety flywheel in warehouse, manufacturing facilities
Rack safety in warehouse and manufacturing facilities can have major consequences if not properly maintained. Developing a consistent safety and education program can help.
Top 5 Plant Engineering content: March 13-19, 2023
The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered PPE and electrical risks, condition-based maintenance, oil and gas workforce skills and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Plant Engineering most-viewed content, February 2023
Read the best content in February 2023 including: safety, motors and drives, product of the year, maintenance, pumps, ESG and more
Select the right PPE to take control of electrical risks
Employers and employees must ensure proper personal protective equipment is in use to keep workers safe and lower risk.
Why you should consider using steel conduit and tubing
Steel conduit is a versatile and safe wiring method to choose when building commercial and industrial buildings.
Plant Engineering most-viewed content, January 2023
Read the best content in January 2023 including: safety, pumps, conveyor jams, IIoT, UPS, energy and more
Top 5 Plant Engineering content: January 23-29, 2023
The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered safety, pumps and arc flashes. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Addressing electrical safety hazards
Considering newer products and technologies can improve personnel safety, especially when combined with a “design for safety” approach and appropriate automation.
Preventing slips, falls during plant design process
Slips and falls are a major source for workplace injuries, but companies can get ahead by putting plant floor safety up front and picking a walking surface that can withstand tough conditions as well as wear and tear.
Selecting the best drainage systems for food and beverage processing
Picking the right drainage system for a food and beverage processing facility can have many long-term benefits. Five tips are highlighted.
Health and Safety Regulation: What to do if you are issued an OSHA citation
What a citation is and what it means
Connected device vulnerability index released
Velta Technology's Connected Devices Vulnerability (CDV) index measures the relative security status of all connected devices within an industrial environment.
Understanding the importance of PPE and high-visibility clothing for engineers
High-visibility clothing can make an engineer more visible to others.
Mesh networks boost safety and productivity
Dynamic mesh networks offer a vastly improved experience.
Four LOTO best practices for a food manufacturing facility
There must be stringent lockout/tagout (LOTO) procedures in place at a food manufacturing facility. Four best practices are highlighted.
Top 5 Plant Engineering content: August 15-21, 2022
The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered automation safety, smart manufacturing, lean manufacturing, AMR technology, workplace danger. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Solutions for communicating workplace danger when you’re alone
A strong line of communication between employer and lone workers is important for their safety on the plant or factory floor
Detecting dangerous gases to improve safety and reduce emissions
One versatile technology helps protect people and plants, while also detecting fugitive greenhouse gases.
Saving lives with arc-resistant and flame-resistant apparel
Arc-resistant and flame-resistant (FR) personal protective equipment (PPE) clothes are the first and the last line of defense against serious injury.
Updating a facility’s risk management program (RMP)
Companies must update and resubmit their RMP at least every five years per the Environmental Protection Agency's checklist.
Factory acceptance testing best practices
A factory acceptance test (FAT) for the system and issuing a certificate of conformity on both operation and function is critical.
Ensuring safety in explosive environments
There are many requirements and regulations required for equipment used in potentially explosive environments.
Designing your reliability journey
Safety is improved by disciplined operating and maintenance practices and keeping reliability strong.
Deflection elbows end blowouts in conveying sand to silo
Innovation delivers a safer, more efficient work environment
PVDF piping used for nuclear facility acid handling project
Facility engineers designing a process for maximum safety and efficiency
17 common ammonia safety issues refrigeration personnel can control
Proper engineering practices and maintenance is especially important when working with ammonia safety guidelines. 17 common issues are highlighted.
Four remote work solutions post-pandemic
See four ways to continue using a successful work-from-home model.
Four steps to improve safety and reliability
Companies looking to improve their safety plan should aim high and focus on things they can immediately improve to gain credibility.
Top three advantages of integrated explosion protection
With recent technology advances, intrinsic safety now offers the safest, most cost effective and easiest way to deploy solutions that safeguard process operations.
Protect your food processing facility from dust explosions
See ways create and formulate a plan to keep your workers and plant safe.
Benefits of virtual factory acceptance test systems
A well-planned virtual buy-off process for factory acceptance tests (FATs) can benefit all involved parties.
Anatomy of an effective preconstruction strategy
Subcontractor prequalification one important parameter
Five business benefits of switching to digital recordkeeping
Digital recordkeeping in food manufacturing facilities can help improve product quality, boost efficiency and reduce manufacturing costs.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 8-14, 2021
Articles about flame-resistant PPE, ROI efficiency, digital transformation, corrective maintenance and writing a maintenance task procedure were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 8-14, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 1-7, 2021
Articles about the 2020 Salary Survey, flame-resistant PPE, corrective maintenance, writing a maintenance task procedure and Product of the Year finalists were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 1-7, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Choosing the right flame-resistant PPE
Flame-resistant (FR) clothing is essential for anyone who works on job sites or with equipment that comes with potential fire, combustion or electrical hazards.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 8-14, 2021
Articles about improved mask filtration, machine learning and manufacturing, the factory of the future, effective plant turnarounds and disinfection robots were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 8-14, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 1-7, 2021
Articles about improved mask filtration, motors and drives tips, effective plant turnarounds, the factory of the future and machine learning were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 1-7, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Bioremediation offers solutions for plant site contamination
Microorganisms break down and consume pollutants in contaminated media
How wastewater surveillance can track COVID-19 infections
A method has been developed that detects the COVID-19 virus in wastewater samples as well as whether infection rates are going up or down.
Method developed to find toxic chemicals in drinking water
Researchers have developed a method that casts a wider net for potentially harmful chemicals in drinking water using analytical chemistry and molecular toxicology, which could help water and wastewater operations.
Disposable surgical masks are best for being heard clearly
Surgical masks are the best personal protective equipment (PPE) option for being heard clearly according to University of Illinois researchers, which can be a challenge for engineers, manufacturers and other essential workers who operate in noisy environments.
Keeping Cyclospora at bay in a food processing plant
Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal illness known to cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms and can pop up in food processing plants.
Contactless measurement developed for COVID-19 tests
A contactless measurement system that could help detect illnesses such as COVID-19 has been developed by University of Michigan researchers.
Institute receives grant to improve mask materials
North Carolina State University’s Nonwovens Institute (NWI) received a $400,000 grant to investigate improving the properties of materials they’re using for masks and respirators.
Four benefits of proper air balance in a food facility
Fresh air and proper balance are more important than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Benefits include a safer work environment and killing airborne contaminants.
How to align rental equipment with plant project needs
To remain competitive, companies must pursue equipment partnerships that help them cut through the complexities and provide resources to get the job done safely, on time and within budget
Four questions about GRC solutions answered
As the world continues to change, consider leveraging technology for your GRC program
Researchers designing wearable exoskeleton
Designing a wearable exoskeleton will help workers thrive and function longer in harsh, physically strenuous environments such as construction.
Your questions answered: Managing Industrial Odors – Learn How to Pass the Smell Test
Presenters from the Oct. 28, 2020 webcast “Managing Industrial Odors – Learn How to Pass the Smell Test” addressed questions not covered during the live event.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles October 26 to November 1, 2020
Articles about interchangeable masks, edge I/O, heated face masks, mini-brains for robots and collaborative robot optimization were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Frame created for interchangeable mask
A team of Texas A&M students bonded together to create the EASYMASK, which is designed to provide a reusable and inexpensive face mask for the general population.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles October 19-25, 2020
Articles about heated face masks, R&D project performance, facility energy management, collaborative robot optimization and COVID-19 worker risks were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 19-25, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Heated face mask designed to filter and inactivate coronaviruses
The reusable mask includes a heated copper mesh powered by a battery and surrounded by insulating neoprene, which could help health care professionals and in other situations where social distancing is difficult.
Manufacturers’ response to COVID-19 uncoordinated, unprepared
Many manufacturers have taken steps to mitigate COVID-19's effects, but it is largely reactive and uncoordinated and they often don't have plans for managing an outbreak.
How to quantify, compute system failure profiles
Developing computational frameworks to improve network resilience is a must for companies looking to weather a cyber attack or a natural disaster like a major storm.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles October 5-11, 2020
Articles about forklift safety, operating machines during stoppages, COVID-19 and robots, pump diagnostics and four profit killers were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 5-11, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles September 28 to October 4, 2020
Articles about mask filtration, global manufacturing, COVID-19 and digitalization, microgrid system design and hydrogen's growing importance were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 28 to October 4, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Engineering understanding about COVID-19’s effects, safety
Students at USC worked on robots, masks and droplet dispersion to better understand how to live with COVID-19 over the summer. See video.
DIY fitter developed to improve mask filtration
The Badger Seal is a mask fitter with a soft, adjustable “frame” with elastic worn either as ear loops or behind the head and can be made in minutes to improve mask filtration and improve PPE quality.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles September 14-20, 2020
Articles about a redesigned COVID-19 mask, the Leaders Under 40 winners, EAM systems, 3-phase squirrel cage motors and quality management system audits were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 14-20, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Redesigned mask offers greater protection, comfort for user
A mask that combines barrier filtration material with a stretchable fabric for greater protection and comfort has been designed by Georgia Tech researchers.
Three tips for designing a trouble-free pneumatics system
Speed, force, and size are vital to the compressed air system, but so are external, internal, and safety considerations.
Manufacturer tracking employee health, density with location technology
Emerson is using its technology to monitor the health of essential workers and keep them healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wastewater treatment teams searching for COVID-19
Researchers are sifting through raw sewage in wastewater treatment facilities for traces of COVID-19 to find out how it spreads.
Why bother with functional safety management?
Functional safety (FS) and the management of these systems is as important to the effective operation as the technical implementation of the solution.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 24-30, 2020
Articles about Ethanol-based hand sanitizers, protecting VFD investments, global manufacturing outlook, IIoT engagement and predictive maintenance were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 24-30, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Safety: Learning to think the right way
Safety is more than following best practices: It’s about creating the right mindset within the workforce and among individuals to make the world safer. See five stages of post incident behavior-based (PIBB) discussion and five techniques to improve process safety.
How a COVID-19 testing trailer was built for a university
MIT engineers and medical staff built a 60-foot trailer for COVID-19 testing that can test up to 1,500 people a day and is now operating as the main test site for asymptomatic members of the MIT community.
COVID-19 projected to be third-highest cause of death in US for 2020
The National Safety Council reported that COVID-19 will likely be the third-leading cause of death in 2020 behind only heart disease and cancer.
Copper used to make reusable masks safer, easier to use
A patented technology is being used to manufacture reusable face masks using copper, which can help improve filter performance and disabling airborne virus particles.
Wearable devices developed to ensure workplace social distancing
Iterate Labs' wearable devices help ensure social distancing in the workplace so people work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Engineering researchers work on making N95 masks better
University of Michigan engineers and physicians have created a testing system to evaluate the effectiveness of N95 and surgical masks to find ways to make them better.
Engineering student helps organize PPE production, COVID response in developing countries
University of Wisconsin-Madison grad student Rebecca Alcock is playing a leading role in a large-scale, U.N.-backed effort to mobilize production of personal protective equipment (PPE) and more in developing countries around the world amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ozone disinfection could make PPE reusable for workers
Georgia Tech researchers found that ozone gas could provide a safe means for disinfecting certain types of PPE that are in high demand for shielding workers from COVID-19.
Engineers design reusable, silicone rubber face mask
Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have designed a silicone rubber face mask that they believe could stop viral particles as effectively as N95 masks.
Seven steps to plan for re-entering the workplace
When people return to the office after the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided enough, it is important to have a concrete plan in place during those early days to enhance safety and worker confidence.
Comply with social distancing by automating workflow on manufacturing floor
Social distancing guidelines are a challenge for manufacturers, but linear displacement transducers (LDTs) and plastic molding production lines can help improve automation while maintaining safety.
Researchers develop method to recycle PPE using radiation
Texas A&M University researchers have developed a method to make PPE masks reusable by sending them through an electron beam facility to get rid of contaminants.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 22-28, 2020
Articles about Product of the Year winners, N95 mask research, process control and safety systems, high-performance HMIs and COVID-19 business impacts were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 22-28, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Researchers develop approach to make N95 masks last longer
A Purdue University research team is working on extending the shelf life for an N95 mask, a crucial piece of personal protective equipment (PPE), by making the elastic band last longer.
Smart COVID-19 PPE mask project receives research grant
Northwestern Engineering researchers received a $200,000 grant from the NSF to develop smart personal protective equipment (PPE) masks embedded with battery-free sensors to assess health for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Workplace distancing simulation and management: Facilities, manufacturing, offices
To lower risk to COVID-19 exposure, use digital twin design and simulation software, wireless tags and receivers and asset tracking software help manage employee risks and enable workplace productivity. See nine questions manufacturers and facility owners need to ask about COVID-19.
Learning from food supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing the vulnerability of our food supply chain to disruptions. While there are no major shortages (yet), supply chains are still facing challenges.
Support for medical devices and equipment combating COVID-19
Organizations and groups from many industries are finding creative ways to source and manufacture medical equipment most critical to combating this global pandemic.
University working with 3D-printing developer to produce swabs for COVID-19 testing
The Innovation Hub at West Virginia University is working with a Massachusetts-based 3D-printing company to produce medical swabs for COVID-19 testing.
Staying safe in the “new normal” of COVID-19
As companies and manufacturers start to re-open in the near future, health and safety is a top priority.
Engineers adapt emergency ventilators for COVID-19 patients
Engineers at Northwestern University has found a way to retrofit a common commercial emergency ventilator into a device better-suited for COVID-19 patients.
Engineers propose safer method for sharing ventilators during COVID-19 pandemic
MIT engineers have proposed a suggested design could make it easier to divide air flow for COVID-19 patients in emergencies when no other options are available.
Students printing medical face shields with 3D equipment to fight COVID-19
High school students are using University of Missouri 3D printers to make face shields for health care workers in their area and U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan.
Free training videos available for supply chains affected by COVID-19
Hyster-Yale is making free video training content available for a limited time for supply chains still adapting to the effects of COVID-19.
10 steps employers must take to ensure safety before reopening due to COVID-19
The National Safety Council, in coordination with the SAFER task force, releases comprehensive guidance and recommendations for employers to prioritize workplace safety post-quarantine.
University reaches out to help manufacture PPE, medical devices for COVID-19 pandemic
Houston-area hospitals asked Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) to help manufacture medical devices and personal protective equipment (PPE) for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beef supply chain vulnerable to COVID-19 pandemic
Kansas State University researchers found multiple supply chain vulnerabilities for the beef industry, which are further heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
How COVID-19 is changing the engineering jobs, jobs market
Taking control in an uncontrolled time: Leaders share lessons from the industrial automation, controls, and manufacturing industries during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 11-17, 2020
Articles about Product of the Year winners, PPE mask production for COVID-19, acoustic imaging and maintenance technology were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 11-17, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Adopt prevention through design for electrical safety
Leaders and managers need to implement a proactive prevention through design (PtD) program and track near misses to mitigate electrical safety hazards and protect workers in their plant
3D laser scanning accelerates PPE mask production for COVID-19 pandemic
Two recent PPE-related projects completed by NVision, Inc. demonstrate the growing role that non-contact scanning/measurement technologies are taking in the race to create new products and designs to minimize exposure to COVID-19.
Five steps to improve your electrical safety program
OSHA recommends ways to make your electrical safety program better
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 4-10, 2020
Articles about Product of the Year winners, manufacturing post COVID-19 and remote business operations were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 4-10, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Approved face shield design addresses PPE shortage through 3D printing
Michigan Medicine and the U-M College of Engineering have offered a recommended design that is effective and straightforward to produce that addresses the PPE shortage for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Engine emission researchers retool to identify effective N95 mask alternatives
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are leveraging tools used to measure the particulate from combustion engines to measure the filtration efficiency for alternative N95 masks to help improve supply during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Self-sanitizing face mask project for COVID-19 research receives NSF grant
A Northwestern University researcher has received National Science Foundation (NSF) funding to develop a new self-sanitizing medical face mask that deactivates viruses on contact for better personal protective equipment (PPE).
Swagelok shares its best practices for essential manufacturing operations
Company ran table-top exercise in recent years to gauge impact of possible pandemic; key documents used to define concepts and actions taken
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 6-12, 2020
Articles about disposable face shield manufacturing, digital twins, asset performance management, COVID-19's impact on manufacturing and digital transformation were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 6-12, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.
COVID-19 effects on safety operations
Safety is becoming a main topic of concern with coronavirus reducing the amount of crew members on site. Employee health and worker's fatigue are issues that companies need to take into consideration during this pandemic.
Engineers working to disinfect N95 masks for medical personnel
University of Michigan engineers are developing efficient, effective and scalable ways to disinfect N95 masks, which are typically discarded after one use.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 30 to April 5, 2020
Articles about coronavirus' effect on the supply chain and engineers, pneumatics systems and remote monitoring were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 30 to April 5, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.
University initiates mass manufacture of disposable face shields for COVID-19 response
An MIT team launched mass manufacturing of a new technique to meet the high demand for disposable face shields with a single-piece design that uses die cutting to create them quickly.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 23-29, 2020
Articles about food manufacturing safety during coronavirus, how coronavirus is affecting manufacturers, and metal batteries were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 23-29, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Eliminate arc flash hazards upfront
Safe work practices and PPE has significantly decreased U.S. workplace electrical fatalities.
Website created to help food manufacturers stay safe during coronavirus pandemic
Cornell’s Institute for Food Safety has created a website to help keep the food processing industry safe during the coronavirus pandemic and provide useful and accurate information.
Medical shield for coronavirus being developed
University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers are working with Madison-area manufacturers to make medical face shields, which is an important piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers treating coronavirus patients.
Universities developing DIY medical devices, PPE to combat coronavirus spread
Researchers from Georgia Tech and other universities are racing to develop “do-it-yourself” health care gear that can be assembled where it’s needed from locally available components to try and get out in front of the coronavirus spread to help hospitals and medical healthcare facilities. See video.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 9-15, 2020
Articles about coronavirus preparation and detection, the 2020 Maintenance Survey, 3D metal printing, and the supply chain's role in controlling coronavirus were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 9-15, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Improvements made to Pennsylvania foundries for safer operations
Grants funded by the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Initiative are helping launch a project to help foundries learn to transition from using silica sands and take advantage of 3D printing.
Fastening tools without tradeoffs
Optimize throughput goals and worker safety; new tool technology addresses both issues for manufacturers
CIP and SIP procedures improve OEE and profitability
Unlock monolithic clean in place and steam in place procedures to optimize process KPIs, OEE and profits. Batch automation model, control programming, HMIs can help.
Researcher shares 3D roadmap of coronavirus with scientists
WPI researchers have reconstructed a 3D model of novel coronavirus and are hoping to use the findings to provide research community with greater understanding of infection spread and possible treatment.
Paper device could bring portable coronavirus detection
Purdue University biomedical engineers have developed a handheld paper device that could accurately detect COVID-19 and other coronaviruses with the right manufacturing process, but developing the process is expensive.
Securing a process control safety system
Companies looking to keep their process control safety system secure to ensure a long lifecycle need to prioritize cybersecurity just as much now.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 17-23
Articles about safety best practices, improving operations and facility design, robotic process automation, and shutdown best practices were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 17-23. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 10-16
Articles about shutdown best practices, control hierarchy, mobile robots, robot investments, and exoskeletons were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 10-16. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 3-9
Articles about safety best practices, right-sizing pumps, intuitive HMI screens, exoskeletons, and wearable electronics were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 3-9. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Five best practices for plant safety in 2020
It isn’t just about the bottom line; workplace safety is about trust.
Understand the hierarchy of controls
Achieve viable hazard prevention through increased robustness
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 20-26
Articles about Product of the Year, real-time monitoring and control, long-term integrator relationships, Top Plant 2019, and cutting compressed air costs were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 20-26. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Building a resilient safety system
While no safety system is perfect, it is imperative for users to understand the basics and define safety and risk to prevent accidents from happening that could have severe effects.
Mitigate control panel security, safety risks
A review of relevant standards, including UL 1436 and NFPA 70E.
Early fire detection saves cost
Effective improvement of preventive fire protection.
Employing PtD as the first line of defense against control panel electrical hazards
Prevention through design (PtD) can help manufacturers keep workers safe from electrical hazards, which remains one of the most common dangers they face daily. Do you use the five-point hierarchy of risk?
Eliminate leaks to enhance plant safety, profitability
How to avoid common causes and costs of fluid system leaks.
Safety council discourages cannabis use for safety-sensitive positons
The National Safety Council (NSC) has called on employers to restrict cannabis use for workers in safety-sensitive positions regardless of the state's position in a policy position.
Industrial fire systems: Defining the key players
A team is made up of skilled individuals.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles September 16-22
Articles about Engineering Leaders Under 40, applying Lean to daily management, improving your skilled workforce, maintaining equipment, and keeping workers safe were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 16-22. Miss something? You can catch up here.
AeroStep by SafeRack
AeroStep’s GSE rolling stairs and maintenance platforms are designed for OSHA compliant access in assembly and maintenance applications.
A fight for a level playing field
Little-appreciated heat treatments play vital role in pipeline infrastructure safety.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 15-21
Articles about alarm management tips, maintenance process redesign, NFPA 70E advice, digitizing reality, and smart manufacturing were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 15-21. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Stop! In the name of safety
Workers should be encouraged to halt a job when risks appear.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 3-9
Articles about overcurrent protection technologies, predictive maintenance in oil and gas, collaborative robots and manufacturing, the PMI May 2019 report, and electrical safety culture were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 3-9. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Specify performance, manage risk
The June issue of AppliedAutomation discusses specifying performance and the importance of alarm management and process safety.
Connecting alarm management and process safety
Making the connection between alarm management and process safety management can ensure a safe and productive process.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 20-26
Articles about overcurrent protection technologies, the human factor in change management, Mitsubishi Electric acquiring Iconics, electrical safety culture, , and protecting the production line were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 20-26. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 13-19
Articles about electrical safety culture, arc flash hazards, an accelerating supply chain, energy project savings barriers, and the human factor in change management were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 13-19. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Offshore pump facility goes nine years without a lost time incident
Sulzer Wood has recorded nine years without a lost time incident (LTI) thanks to a workplace culture where everyone contributes to overall workplace safety.
MC series of magnetic catches by FDB Panel Fittings
The catches are designed for sheet metal applications and can be used in furniture production.
The 7% of workplace fatalities
Workplace shooting pose a consistent threat to safety and security and needs to be addressed.
Seven ways to increase security at a food and beverage facility
Food and beverage plants can improve overall safety with preventive measures such as an increased physical security presence, an open floorplan, and controlled facility access.
Food safety design for employee areas
Food safety is a major challenge that can lead to contamination and recall. Companies can reduce the number of violations by considering where employees go and what they interact with before they step onto the plant floor.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles December 17-23
Articles about the Top Plant winner, Product of the Year finalists, the skills gap, making safety a profit center, and a look at the robotics industry were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 17-23, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Shifting safety to a profit center
Cost avoidance, better networks make better financial sense.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles November 26 to December 2
Articles about the Product of the Year finalists, three phases of digital transformation, food safety, five warehouse innovations, and functional safety were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 26 to December 2, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.
How to prepare a disaster mitigation plan for your facility
It’s important to prepare your business properly by creating an emergency action plan in the event of a natural disaster. Four recommendations before a disaster and three recommendations afterward are highlighted.
Processing plant enhances food safety
Starbucks' processing plant is designed to produce instant coffee products in a safe facility that adheres to rigorous standards to enhance the quality of the product. Five safety implementations are highlighted.
Network grounding systemsA 60-p catalog covers copper and mechanical grounding components for network applications. The publication provides features, benefits, and complete specifications, including materials, dimensions, sizes, part numbers, and illustrations. Information charts and a cross-reference guide are included in the literature.
Wireless alarms for facility showers are crucial to plant safety
Wireless alarms for facility showers can help workers provide quicker first aid to a worker if they have been injured in a remote area or late at night.
The human element in a safety system
The lack of safety is potentially the greatest financial expense in any plant, and the human cost is incalculable.
Functional safety: Understand the fundamentals
Functional safety can help reduce downtime, improve product reliability, and expand global markets for manufacturers.
Four lessons to consider for change management and ERP
Change management is not a phase; it must be woven into the fabric of evaluation, selection, and implementation methodologies. Four lessons and additional best practices for enterprise resource planning (ERP) are highlighted.
An operational network of maintenance and safety
Advanced solutions for effective maintenance programs address staffing challenges, lower costs, and can help plants avoid trips and shutdowns.
Effective process safety management for preventing future incidents
To prevent dangerous process incidents from occurring, facilities should employ effective communication, provide workers with appropriate training, and have in place strong and up-to-date policies and procedures. Eleven key principles and best practices are highlighted.
A new workforce needs new skills
As Plant Engineering prepares to announce its 2018 Engineering Leaders Under 40 on Sept. 17, it further calls attention to the serious worker shortage in manufacturing. The issue goes deeper than sheer numbers; there needs to be retraining for existing workers on new technology to leverage its benefits and stem the tide until the next generation of workers are ready to lead.
EAM and safety: 5 strategies for success
One of the panelists in the GAMS session on maintenance and IIoT is Kevin Price from Infor, who has the entertaining title of “technical evangelist”. In the Plant Engineering Mid-Year Report, Price evangelizes about the relationship between safety and enterprise asset management. He notes the relationship between data and operational efficiency.
Plant of the Future: Take an ‘educated, yet realistic’ approach to the future
How will manufacturing change in the next five years? How should it change?
A cobot is about to become your co-worker
Collaborative robots are filling in the blanks on the plant floor.
AR and VR: A safe landing on the plant floor
Revolutionize factory visibility with augmented and virtual reality. Seven tips for leveraging functionalities are highlighted.
Indoor air quality increases workforce productivity
A plant’s air quality is one of the leading contributors to workforce comfort because, at the end of the day, nothing is quite so pervasive as the air employees breathe.
Better eyewash stations reduce injury
An eyewash station designed for treating chemical eye burns should be placed where a person in mid-emergency will find it easily and it must be operable without mistakes or confusion in a moment of crisis.
Power Distribution: Your questions answered
Webcast presenters Ben Langstraat and Sam Fopma from Interstates answered additional questions about topics such as natural gas as a fuel source, battery back-up systems, and variable frequency drives (VFDs).
Five reasons to retrofit a press
Instead of replacing a press, which can be costly and time-consuming, retrofitting them might be a better solution.
Improving documentation change control process
In regulated environments, companies are expected to establish procedures for document change control as a way of ensuring product quality and safety.
Extracting value from a concurrent engineering model
Examine all portions of a plant’s lifecycle to determine its efficiency.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, March 19-25
Articles about improving engineer safety, condition-based maintenance, the 2018 Maintenance Survey, ERP best practices, and smart actuators were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, March 19-25. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Six ways to reduce waste in a manufacturing process
Companies small and large, across all industries, are faced with waste in their manufacturing process. Six tips on how waste enters the process and how to monitor it are highlighted.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, March 12-18
Articles about profiting from IIoT, preventing downtime, testing steam trap stations, the 2018 Maintenance Study, and cybersecurity were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, March 12-18. Were you out? You can catch up here.
2018 Maintenance Survey: Playing offense and defense
Maintenance requires monitoring assets today while looking to the future.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 26 – March 4
Articles about decommissioning paint shops, HVAC systems, following best practices, preventing downtime, and industrial cybersecurity were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, February 19-25. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 19-25
Articles about automated maintenance, system integrator success, 2018 System Integrator Giants, preventing downtime, and surge protection were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, February 19-25. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, Feb. 12-18
Articles about getting rid of VFD wires, SPD, automated maintenance, system integrator success, and preventing downtime were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, February 12-18. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Decommissioning paint shops: Three areas to watch
Consider environment, utility and safety issues when making your plan.
Narrowing the field for surge protection
SPD technology offers flexible solutions for process applications.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, Jan. 29-Feb. 4
Articles about 2018 System Integrator Giants, giving robots a hand, welding ergonomics, the Maintenance and Safety Digital Report, and 2018 technology trends were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, January 29-February 4. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Worker protection also delivers productivity gains.
Digital Report: Maintenance & Safety
More data means more information about your manufacturing process, and more insights about machine health.
Just starting in automation? Here’s four steps forward
Understanding the fundamentals of getting started in automation will make the process smooth.
5 steps to robotic implementation
A robotic system is a big investment, so it deserves special consideration and planning time.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, December 11-17: 2018 System Integrator Giants, robot implementation, 2017 Top Plant, and more
Articles about 2018 System Integrator Giants, robot implementation, 2017 Top Plant, smart maintenance systems, and changes to NFPA 70E were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, December 11-17. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Using wireless in safety shower alarm retrofits
Wireless monitoring systems save money compared to wired solutions.
NFPA 70E: What’s in the 2018 edition?: Your questions answered
Presenter Lanny Floyd answers questions about changes to NFPA 70E that were not addressed during the live webcast.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, November 13-19: Industrial energy training, why electric motors overheat, mobile robot safety, and more
Articles about industrial energy training, why electric motors overheat, mobile robot safety, 2017 Product of the Year Finalists, and maintenance program management were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, November 13-19. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Capitalizing on IIoT to make better decisions
Improved data and analytics offer a greater insight into efficiency.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, October 23-29: Bearing maintenance, decrease in OSHA violations, ERP risks, and more
Articles about bearing maintenance, decrease in OSHA violations, ERP risks, filter replacement, and why the Five Whys may not be enough were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, October 23-29. Were you out? You can catch up here.
IIoT and maintenance webcast: Your questions answered
IHS Markit’s Alex West discusses data security and how virtual reality may impact maintenance.
The singular measurement of safety
Despite changing politics, OSHA violations have largely remained the same. However, when measured using the Liberty Mutual Worker Safety Index, cost of injuries is down $2B from 2016. Whichever way you measure it, safety remains one of the biggest challenges in today's workplace.
The future of electrical safety
NFPA 70E brings the hierarchy of controls to the forefront.
Sharp decrease in OSHA workplace violations
Annual report finds fall protection citations drop 14% from 2016
Safety culture is the foundation for change
Standardized requirements accelerate progress on the journey to improving workplace safety.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, October 9-15: the next generation of RCM, IIoT and the process industry, digitizing Lean project management, and more
Articles about the next generation of RCM, IIoT and the process industry, digitizing Lean project management, implementing a successful RPM program, and reducing weld fume exposure were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, October 9-15. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Reduce weld fume exposure by choosing the right option
Protecting employees against weld fumes is critical to providing a safe working environment. Choosing the right welding solution involves many key factors including the welding process, the type of fumes produced, and the OSHA standards relevant to the manufacturing process.
The shocking effects of an arc flash explosion
Most people tend to respect electrical equipment, but they may not understand the dangers that associated with it. One of those dangers is arc flash. In fact, the likelihood of injury from an arc fault is higher than injury from an electric shock.
Why the easy way is the right way
Modern factories are endlessly complex. But that doesn’t mean operations on the factory floor have to be equally complex. In fact, the modern mandate should be that factory operations should be simple, clean and efficient.
Safe underground digging for electrical applications
Underground digging, drilling or landscaping projects cannot take place until the utilities are properly located and avoided. It is dangerous, professionally embarrassing, and potentially very costly to disturb or damage any of these services.
Three methods of preventive maintenance that should not be overlooked
Sound level analysis, ultrasonics, and vibration analysis along with other preventive maintenance techniques help prevent unexpected equipment failure and downtime.
Improving safety in robotic welding applications
Common safety accessories include interlocked perimeter guards, safety light curtains, laser scanners and pressure-sensitive safety mats.
How to weld non-standard parts using automation
With automation like thermal imaging cameras and 3-D programming, non-standard parts that used to cause challenges for welding systems are much easier to weld.
Seven ways to avoid potential safety hazards
With all the safety hazards posed by electrical equipment, proper training is imperative to the well-being of employees.
PVC coated sealing locknut
Plasti-Bond's PVC coated sealing locknut provides protection for exposed conduit threads from corrosion.
A supportive foundation for Lean excellence
Herman Miller, Inc.’s people-centric focus and its focus on Lean manufacturing has helped the company through rough patches and has helped the company's culture.
The dangers of counterfeit bearings on a facility
Counterfeit bearings are becoming a major problem for companies and they pose dangers to machines as well as workers and there are steps and organizations out there looking to stem the tide.
Automated guided vehicle
The Agile1500 is the first automated guided vehicle (AGV) is modular, scalable, and reconfigurable and can carry more than 1.5 tons.
Six tips for reducing maintenance costs
Companies that are engaged in ongoing maintenance at an industrial facility should implement safe working practices and practice predictive maintenance whenever possible.
Three ways integrated design can improve a future food manufacturing facility
The food safety quality for a future facility depends on whether the people designing and constructing the plant can communicate effectively.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 8-14: Prescriptive maintenance, Product of the Year, reliability program pillars, more
Articles about prescriptive maintenance, the 2016 Product of the Year winners, reliability program pillars, motor insulation system tips, and measuring project quality were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, May 8-14. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Safety gate with integrated cable/pulley system
The NetGate pick module safety gate utilizes an integrated cable/pulley system and is easy to install into new or existing rack structures.
Non-contacting radar level transmitter
The SIL 3-capable Rosemount 5408 non-contacting radar level transmitter uses enhanced technology and human-centered design for greater efficiency and plant safety.
Electrical design as easy as N-E-C
A step-by-step look at how to rework a motor branch circuit as well as tips when a motor control center (MCC) is not involved in the project.
Electrical test instruments: Safety is still the first tool
Safety is paramount with electrical test instruments and great care must be taken when using equipment or understanding the codes involved.
Achieve proper motor alignment by detecting and correcting soft foot
A soft foot exists when not all of a machine's feet sit flat on the supporting base, so that tightening the foot bolts distorts the machine case. This can make a machine difficult to align and a distorted case can result in poor overall machine performance.
Make the smart investment for electrical safety
Paying more to improve a company's electrical safety in the short-term will provide a tremendous return on investment (ROI) in the long run because companies will avoid paying for workplace injuries and violations.
Striving to achieve a ‘reliable state’ for improved productivity
Four ways to reorganize your people and processes will keep assets operating at longer intervals, which will increase productivity and make the workplace safer.
Implement annual IR scans in preventive maintenance program
Performing an annual infrared (IR) scan helps secure assets and also prevents downtime and disastrous equipment.
Five tips to prevent bearing problems
Healthy ball bearings are one of the most important details for preventing potential disaster in a manufacturing facility and knowing what to look for during routine maintenance is key.
Thermal imaging cameras with Wi-Fi capability
The E75, E85, and E95 thermal imaging cameras are Wi-Fi-enabled and offer interchangeable lenses, laser-assisted autofocus modes and area measurement functionality, and a 4-in. touchscreen.
Eight easy pieces to electrical safety
Make your company’s electrical safety program NFPA 70E-compliant by following eight best practices to make sure that the electrical safety programs drives the development of safety habits.
Five tips for better electric motor maintenance
It is essential to perform preventive maintenance (PM) checks on electric motors as a part of managing facility assets because they have a massive impact on a business' productivity and profit. Consider the five tips highlighted below.
Six ways to optimize a facility’s energy consumption
Companies looking to improve their facility's energy efficiency should look at factors such as utilizing energy bills, conserving water, saving electricity through strategic placement, and other small, but helpful tips that go a long way to improving efficiency in many ways.
The IIoT assembly line: Getting a head start
Improving maintenance, operations among the most visible benefits.
Outdoor IP camera dome
The IKS-WR7413 IP is designed to be a first line of defense for schools and businesses by monitoring everything that is happening outdoors even in complete darkness.
Is your company’s electrical safety program NFPA 70E-compliant?
NFPA 70E-2015 requires employers to implement and document an overall electrical safety program. An NFPA 70E-compliant electrical safety program can be broken down into eight easily understood pieces. Knowledge gained from appropriate training is the key factor that will make or break a company’s electrical safety program.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: December 12-December 18: 2016 Product of the Year Finalists, diagnosing bearing failures, 2016 Top Plant, more
Articles about 2016 Product of the Year Finalists, diagnosing bearing failures beyond root cause analysis, 2016 Top Plant: a focus on people and culture, transformers being key to safety in electrical systems, and air casters being a reason to look at existing technology were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, December 12-December 18. Were you out? You can catch up here.
OSHA levies $2.5 million fine against Alabama auto parts supplier
Agency critical of Kia, Hyundai for ignoring potential safety issues.
Air casters: 7 reasons to take a fresh look at an existing technology
If you’re looking for high maneuverability, safety, and ease of use when it is time to move heavy loads, take a look at air casters.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: December 5-December 11: 2016 Product of the Year Finalists, using VFD’s with standard motors, five automotive industry advances, more
Articles about 2016 Product of the Year Finalists, using VFD's with standard motors, five automotive industry advances, diagnosing bearing failures, and a 2016 Maintenance Study were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, December 5-December 11. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Preparing a facility for a hurricane
Facilities that may have to deal with hurricanes should take necessary steps to ensure that employees are prepared and that the building can withstand the weather elements.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: November 28-December 4: SCADA/HMI cybersecruity, 2016 Product of the Year finalists, diagnosing bearing failures, more
Articles about SCADA/HMI cybersecruity, 2016 Product of the Year finalists, diagnosing bearing failures, preventing a dust explosion, and connecting information, engineering, and operational technologies were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, November 28-December 4. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: November 21-27: diagnosing bearing failures, 2016 Product of the Year finalists, safety tips for working with electricity, more
Articles about diagnosing bearing failures, 2016 Product of the Year finalists, safety tips for working with electricity, the economy's effect on the manufacturing industry, and choosing the right PLC panel were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, November 21-27. Were you out? You can catch up here.
How to prevent a dust explosion at your food processing plant
Food manufacturing plants are among the most susceptible to dust explosions, especially manufacturing plants in food product segments.
Five safety tips when working near electricity
There is real potential for injury or death associated with electrical accidents and it is important to take the necessary steps to avoid these dangers.
Laboratory pH sensor line
The line of laboratory pH sensors offer accurate and reliable measurements across full pH ranges (0-14) and various temperatures.
Keep a grip on tools to improve safety
Improvements in tethered tool technology are changing the discussion for operating a safe and productive plant.
Stopping small air leaks saves energy long-term
Air leaks in facilities are common and regular maintenance can help stop them before they become a major drain on energy costs.
Testing dust collector performance measurements
ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 199 is designed to create a uniform test for dust collectors. A look at what the standard measures and three selection criteria are highlighted.
MTTR can cause reliability problems if not used right
The use of mean time to repair (MTTR) to improve reliability can cause problems if it’s used alone, in immature organizations, or if it’s used without an understanding of the potential problems it can use.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: October 24-30: process improvements, arc flash relays, CMMS adoption, more
Articles about permanent process improvements, arc flash relays reducing costs, CMMS adoption enhancing maintenance, mobile manufacturing maintenance, and OSHA's annual safety violation report were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, October 24-30. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Waste and remediation sector improves safety in 2015, according to report
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its 2015 Workplace Injury and Illness Data and the waste and remediation sector reported an overall decrease in injuries, job transfers, and lost workday cases.
Surge protective device line
The SPC Series of surge protective devices is designed to provide configurable surge protection for commercial and light industrial applications and can be configured to protect most electrical applications.
Avoid efficiency loss during motor repairs
Assessing the motor before repairs and a well thought-out preventive maintenance program can help reduce efficiency loss and keep operations running smoothly.
Dessicant pouch for electrical applications
Desicorr is a desiccant pouch that comes in a windowed or windowless form and can be used for electrical applications such as semiconductors and electronics components.
Metal detectable polymer bearings
Poly-Round bearings are metal detectable polymer plane bearings that directly interchange with mounted bearings, and have no balls, no grease, no cage, and no seals.
OSHA reports slight increase in safety violations for 2016
Fall protection once again leads the way as violations increase by almost 2% for 2016. Three categories in the top 10 reported considerable improvements compared to their 2015 numbers.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: October 10-16: Warehouse automation, IIoT success, 18 years of safety, more
Articles about warehouse automation, IIoT success, 18 years of safety, Engineering Leaders Under 40, and data mining and exploration were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, October 10-16. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Four ways to take care of bearings
Companies need to take care of their bearings because they can cause lasting damage to an electric motor if they don't. Best practices include proper storage and maintenance and avoiding counterfeit bearings.
Equipment reliability doesn’t equal system reliability
The future of your electrical system’s health rests in maintenance. A pragmatic approach is best to avoid potential shutdowns while ensuring everything runs smoothly.
How an arc flash relay reduces costs
Wire manufacturer finds a way to eliminate hazard and control labor spending.
Feed smart plants with IoT sensors
A smart plant initiative that leverages the Internet of Things (IoT) and predictive maintenance (PdM) CMMS can improve workflow efficiency and provide the necessary information for companies to make better decisions.
A safe investment
A corporate commitment to employee safety boosts productivity and profits is good policy.
Draw bar cover
The Milling Machine Draw Bar Cover is designed to protect vertical mill workers from rotating shafts seven feet or less from the floor or working platform.
Three tips for worker arc flash safety
Companies need to take necessary steps to prevent an arc flash incident such as identifying potential areas where an incident might occur and ensuring workers have access to proper safety equipment like personal protective equipment (PPE).
The high cost of low-grade lubricants
A compressor’s ‘life blood’ is an important, but sometimes overlooked, component.
2016 Safety Study: Seven key findings
Respondents to the Plant Engineering 2016 Safety Study identified seven high-level findings impacting the manufacturing industries,
Small data, big impact
Extract actionable insights from lift truck telemetry to improve efficiency for material handling applications.
Eight common causes of gear failure
The cause of gear failure can stem from many issues, but the most common is due to wear, which occurs for different reasons.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: September 19-25: Leaders Under 40, IIoT success, bolted joint best practices, more
Articles about the Engineering Leaders Under 40, 5 steps to IIoT success, bolted joint best practices, keeping process facilities safe, and integrated VSD compressors were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, September 19-25. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Avoid surprises with preventive maintenance
Preventive maintenance can help companies keep their machinery running and prevent faults, but users should consider noninvasive techniques that don't end up causing inadvertent damage during the maintenance process.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: September 12-18: Leaders Under 40, sensors driving intelligence, preventive maintenance issues, more
Articles about the Engineering Leaders Under 40, sensors driving intelligence to maintenance, three preventive maintenance issues, the IT/OT convergence, and five critical control system integration factors were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, September 12-18. Were you out? You can catch up here.
2016 Engineering Leaders Under 40
The 2016 honorees share a common profession, but they have uncommon skills and interests.
2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Vikram Kumar, 30
President, EZAutomation, AVG Automation, Bettendorf, Iowa
2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Verónica Hernández-Mushi, 29
Application Engineer, Bachmann Electronic, Charlestown, Mass.
2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Tyler Lalime, 27
Principal Software Engineer, Kepware Technologies, Portland, Maine
2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Trent Moore, 38
The Dennis Group LLC, Duluth, Ga.
2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Stephanie Doyle, 35
Project Engineer, Matrix Technologies Inc., Maumee, Ohio
2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Simon Drexler, 32
Director, Industrial Solutions, OTTO Motors, a division of Clearpath, Kitchener, Ontario
2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Seth Wallander, 32
Plant Engineer, Sargento Foods, Plymouth, Wis.
2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Ruben Sitts, 35
Production Manager (Welding), The Raymond Corporation, Greene, N.Y.
2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Raymond Berning, 33
Lead Control Systems Analyst, Interstates Control Systems Inc., Sioux Center, Iowa
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: September 5-11: Standby generation as a profit center, Phoenix Contact president Jack Nehlig, four causes of water hammer damage, more
Articles about standby generation as a profit center, Phoenix Contact president Jack Nehlig, four causes of water hammer damage, how to Lean into daily improvement, and IMTS returns to Chicago were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, September 5-11. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Tags for harsh environments and process industries
TAG-TITE RFID provides tag mounted, ATEX approved, HF RFID with stainless steel tamper resistant hardware for RFID identification and asset management of safety critical devices in hazardous locations.
Drum dumper for dust-free transfer
TIP-TITE drum dumper is suitable for operation in Class II, Division 2, Group E environments and allows dust-free transfer of bulk materials from drums into process equipment and storage vessels.
Self-configuring digital signal conditioner
The digital signal conditioner technology simplifies the use of eddy current (inductive) displacement sensors for high precision/high reliability applications.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: August 22-26: Four causes of water hammer damage, designing your food plant for worker safety, rounding into shape, more
Articles about four causes of water hammer damage, designing your food plant for worker safety, rounding into shape, motor connection tips, and CMMS functions and benefits were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, August 22-26. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Gas-fired, heavy duty furnance
No. 1042 is a 2000 F (1093 C), gas-fired heavy-duty furnace from Grieve, currently used for heat treating at the customer’s facility.
How to design your food plant for worker safety
Four preventative design measures to ensure personnel safety.
The Integra polycarbonate enclosures are lightweight, making them easier to carry and install and feature high impact resistance of up to 900 inch-pounds.
Do you know the benefits of an IR inspection?
Part 2 of 3: Although there are many factors to consider with preventative maintenance, an IR electrical inspection should certainly be part of the mix.
Flame resistant and breathable welding jacket
The Magid FR welding jacket features ANSI Cut Level 4 sleeves and a breathable FR mesh back panel to prevent heat exhaustion.
Should you renovate your food plant or build a new facility?
Five key considerations to drive your decision.
When using a service support contract is a good idea
By waiting until a problem occurs before it is repaired, many issues arise. Understanding those problems help you to realize the benefits of having a service support contract in place.
Which employee are you willing to see get hurt?
Consider these 5 steps in creating your culture of safety and excellence.
Rounding into shape: A tire manufacturer’s success rolls on
Parts and repair outsourcing is one strategy that helps Toyo Tire build a big success story in a small town.
Plant Engineering names first editorial Advisory Board
In an effort to keep pace with global changes in manufacturing, engineering and automation, Plant Engineering has established its first Editorial Advisory Board. The first members of the Editorial Advisory Board are: Tim Dawson, IHS Technology H. Landis "Lanny" Floyd Shon Isenhour, Eruditio, LLC Dave Reiber, Reiber Reliability Larry Turner, Hannover Fairs USA They will work with Plant Engineering content manager Bob Vavra and other members of the Plant Engineering team to review and suggest ideas for content, and provide their regular insight on issues affecting global manufacturing. "I'm so pleased to work with this group, and I appreciate their willingness to serve our readers and the manufacturing community," said Vavra.
Signal conditioner series
Phoenix Contact's MACX Analog family has added two-way, input-loop-powered isolators that have up to SIL 3 functional safety data.
Vintage factory converted to healthcare offices
Energy improvements key to success.
System 3R delphin clamping system
The System 3r delphin zero point system provides a clamping system for use during heavy milling operations on a variety of machine tools.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 1-7: Energy saving control projects, fault detection and IIoT, IR inspections, more
Articles about energy saving control projects, fault detection and IIoT, IR inspections, Microsoft, GE ready to collaborate with IIoT, and collaborative robots were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, August 1-7. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Big Data shouldn’t be too big to manage
Fulfilling Big Data's promise starts with making sense of the information.
Three ways to refine your design and operation parameters
Modeling and simulation analyze production bottlenecks before going online.
Pump with reusable and replaceable stator
iFD-Stator 2.0 features a two-part, reusable stator housing and replaceable stator while being compatible with NEMO NM series progressing cavity pumps.
Stackable right-angle Ethernet cables
The stackable right-angle Ethernet cable assemblies are designed to provide true Category 5e and Categofy 6 performance while maximizing panel density.
Using IR scans to see trouble
Part 3 of 3: A simple visual inspection of the equipment may not always reveal if something is going wrong on the inside. That is where infrared scanning (IR) comes in.
Vibration analysis: Six benefits
Reduce equipment, labor costs and deliver more efficiency and safety.
Eight common benefits of dynamic balancing
Rather than trying to remove all vibration from the machinery, it is beneficial to seek to balance the machinery to the greatest extent possible.
Safety block I/O module
The TBPN safety block I/O module combines both standard and safety inputs/outputs in a single device and can be adapted to the specific signal requirements in the machine.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 18-24: Strengthening Lean leaders, improving machine maintenance, why factories still have maintenance departments, more
Articles about strengthening Lean leaders, improving machine maintenance, why factories still have maintenance departments, webcast questions answered, and Microsoft, GE ready to collaborate with IIoT were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, July 18-24. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Webcast: The Link Between Maintenance and Electrical Safety: Your questions answered
Some of the questions asked during the presentation from Shon Isenhour, principal at Eruditio, LLC, were unable to be answered during the Webcast, and Isenhour responds to those questions below.
Ramping cutter for aluminum machining
The M2131 Sky-tec ramping cutter allows shorter machining time due to its high metal removal rate and delivers long tool life.
High bay LED light fixture
GAU-HB-200W-LED-WP high bay LED light fixture is constructed of copper free aluminum alloy powder coated for added durability and corrosion resistance.
Dedicated cast iron turning grades
TK1501 and TK0501 are dedicated cast iron turning grades that incorporate Duratomic coating technology and reduce tool waste.
Air saver unit
The Air Saver Unit cuts compressed air costs by 40-50% and is suitable for use in factory air nozzle and air gun applications that allow uncontrolled blow-offs.
Power lock wiring devices
The Arrow Hart power locking devices help healthcare and industrial customers enhance electrical safety.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 11-17: Improving machine maintenance, why factories still have maintenance departments, Microsoft, GE ready to collaborate with IIoT, more
Articles about improving machine maintenance, why factories still have maintenance departments, Microsoft, GE ready to collaborate with IIoT, bridging the oil and gas skills gap, and what's involved in an energy audit were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, July 11-17. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Air sampling pump
The Apex2 personal sampling pump is designed to ensure wearer acceptance, while providing accuracy, improved functionality with Bluetooth(R) wireless connectivity, and simplified reporting of results.
Why do factories still have ‘maintenance’ departments?
Technology helps put the focus on continuous improvement rather than current state.
Low-profile LED luminaire
The Low-Profile Mercmaster™ LED luminaire boasts an installed depth that is designed for hazardous and ordinary industrial locations.
Explosion proof LED light
EPL-PM-50LED-100 explosion proof LED light can illuminate up to 4,000 sq ft of work space and features a pedestal mount base stand and 100 ft of chemical resistant SOOW cord.
Rotor insertion flowmeter
The RIM20 is ideal for measurement of mass or volumetric flow, density, temperature and pressure.
Five ways to improve machine maintenance with remote monitoring
Learn how mechanical and electrical contractors are turning to technologies such as mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT) to automate machine maintenance and provide care throughout the lifecycle of the equipment.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 20-26: Hydraulic systems, industrial lubricant storage, world-class maintenance, more
Articles about hydraulic systems, industrial lubricant storage, world-class maintenance, lubrication 101, and lean manufacturing were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, June 20-26. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 13-19: Instilling a checklist culture, National Forklift Safety Day, RFID and asset management, more
Articles about instilling a checklist culture, National Forklift Safety Day, RFID and asset management, measuring operational improvements, and fault detection and IIoT were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, June 13-19. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
Six problems to avoid with preventive maintenance
Establishing a preventive maintenance program is one of the best things you can do for your business. Understand six problems to avoid in any preventive maintenance program.
Effective functional safety: Products, people, and places
It is important for those working in any industry to know their role in making sure operations are conducted with the highest level of functional safety to protect people, products, and places.
Seven watt industrial LED beacon
The GAUSB-CRNM-LED-PC-M industrial grade LED beacon light is a magnetically mounted lighting solution for general work areas where permanent solutions are not feasible.
National Forklift Safety Day highlights effective safety through operator training
Industrial Truck Association (ITA) raises awareness for forklift safety, renews alliance with OSHA
The 185 mm Ri4Power busbar system provides safe power distribution within enclosures for low-voltage switchgear assemblies.
Family of cordless tools
LiveWire™, a family of cordless tools, provides real-time wireless capabilities in demanding production applications.
3-D printing takes on a new dimension at IMTS
Additive Manufacturing pavilion takes the spotlight at 2016 event.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, June 6-12: Measuring operational improvements, why Lean fails so often, finding value in KPI lifecycle, more
Articles about measuring operational improvements, why Lean fails so often, finding value in KPI lifecycle, Engineering Leaders Under 40, and the 2016 Energy Management Study were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, June 6-12. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
Proper equipment insulation helps power plant maintenance
Have a preventive plan for shutdowns to avoid costs, save time.
Maintaining water glycol fluids: Follow the formula for success
Measuring viscosity and pH levels is just part of the process.
Transmitter and switches for industrial process monitoring
One Series 1X line of explosion-proof, programmable transmitters and switches provide unique alternatives to both conventional mechanical switches and transmitters for controlling operations.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 16-22: Achieving operational excellence, manage leakage in hydraulic-valve systems, why Lean fails, more
Articles about achieving operational excellence, manage leakage in hydraulic-valve systems, why Lean fails, steps to secure an industrial control network, and improvement initiative were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, May 16-22. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
OSHA will ‘nudge’ workplace safety by posting records online
New rule goes into effect Aug. 16, will disclose injury data on its Website.
What food processors should know about the new earthquake building
USRC’s new rating system gives owners a consistent way to determine facility earthquake safety.
Embedded controller for harsh environments
The emPC-CXR embedded controller is ideal for extreme demands of temperature, moisture, size, shock, and vibration.
Insta-rack pedestal platforms provide safe access to the tops of single-dome tank/bulk trucks, tanks cars, and hopper cars.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 18-24: Bridging the skills gap, 2016 Maintenance Study, deferred maintenance, more
Articles about bridging the skills gap, the 2016 Maintenance Study, deferred maintenance and risk assessment, involving operators in equipment maintenance plans, and lockout/tagout procedures were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, April 18-24. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
Obama sees trade deals ready to move forward
President Obama discussed globalization and free trade at a joint press conference prior to the start of the opening ceremonies at Hannover Fair as well as the potential challenges and drawbacks for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Microsoft wants to lift maintenance function
Microsoft's partnership with Otis Elevator, announced at Hannover Messe in Germany, is designed to digitally monitor operations and improve maintenance and safety.
Productivity series controllers equipped with multiple communications ports
P3-550E high-performance CPU is equipped with multiple communications ports, including two USB, two Ethernet, one RS-232 and one RS-485.
Rotary position sensors for use in challenging environments
The SRH301 and SRH302 are shaft-operated, rotary position sensors that offer safety for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) designing vehicles and control systems.
Advanced motion control applications integrated in the Engineering Framework
Siemens is launching a matched package for motion control applications on the market, comprising the Simatic Advanced Controller and the Sinamics servo drive system.
MR LED luminaire offers flexibility for the replacement of traditional fixtures and can be configured for a large variety of commercial and industrial lighting applications.
Explosion proof drop light or general close work
EPL-120X24V-C1D1-100-EPP is an explosion proof drop light that is designed for general close work and inspection activities in hazardous locations requiring explosion proof protection.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 29 to March 6: Cooling electric motors, preventing VFD faults and failures, equipment maintenance plans, more
Articles about cooling electric motors, preventing VFD faults and failures, operators in equipment maintenance plans, augmented reality, and an offer for the "Digital Enterprise" were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, February 29 to March 6. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
Dry media or wet scrubber?
Selecting the right equipment for combustible dust control.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 15-21: 2015 Salary Survey, preventive maintenance program, preventing VFD faults and failures, more
Articles about the 2015 Salary Survey, designing a preventive maintenance program, preventing VFD faults and failures, wireless for closed-loop applications, and challenges coffee producers face were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, February 15-21. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
2015 Salary Survey
The issues that face manufacturing in the short-term are complex and outside of the control of most individual plants. That makes it even more important to focus on those areas of your facility you can control—safety and productivity, training and employee development.
Variable area flowmeters with HART protocol feature
Variable area flowmeters with HART protocol feature for improved reliability and safety.
Process manufacturing faces early challenges in 2016
As one of the leading consultancies around the Industrial Internet of Thing (IIoT) ARC Advisory Group has been helping its clients understand how and why to explore IIoT and its value to process manufacturing. Andy Chatha, president of ARC Advisory Group, discussed some of those issues with CFE Media in advance of the ARC’s annual conference in Orlando.
A tepid start, but with a focus on quality
As group vice president, Bob Parker is responsible for the research direction for IDC Energy Insights, IDC Manufacturing Insights and IDC Retail Insights, three of IDC’s industry business units that provide global, fact-based research and analysis on best practices. He discussed his outlook and some of the key trends for 2016 with CFE Media.
‘Talent-driven innovation could be a key differentiator’
Deloitte’s Michelle Drew Rodriguez on why the U.S. is poised to lead manufacturing again.
Manufacturing facing headwinds into 2016
Alex West is a principal analyst for the Manufacturing Technology Group at IHS. Based in London, he’s responsible for IHS’s coverage on smart manufacturing and industrial communications and oversees research on a range of transformational manufacturing technologies including the Industrial Internet of Things. He discusses the global outlook for manufacturing and its impact on the United States with CFE Media:
A recipe for long-term growth
In the middle of America, a salad dressing plant mixes automation and people in just the right amounts.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, January 11-17: Preventive maintenance best practice and programs, Fixing preventive maintenance, more.
Articles about the best practices in preventive maintenance, preventive maintenance programs, how to fix preventive maintenance when it fails, Obama to open Hannover Messe, and how to prevent and mitigate combustible dust explosions in food plants were Plant Engineering;s five most clicked articles from last week, January 11-17. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
Best practices in preventive maintenance: How one company did it
Part three of this 3-part series on preventive maintenance explains that companies committed to a PM program succeed because they have clearly defined what they wanted to achieve. Link to part 1 and part 2 below.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, December 21-27: Preventive maintenance program, why preventive maintenance fails, 2015 Top Plant winner, more
Articles about preventive maintenance programs, how to fix preventive maintenance when it fails, the 2015 Top Plant Winner, the 2015 Product of the Year Finalists, and data being used as currency were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, December 21-27. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
Industrial GFCIs help meet OSHA grounding requirements
New technology addresses the maintenance of an assured equipment grounding conductor program.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, December 14-20: Preventive maintenance, 2015 Top Plant winner, 2015 Product of the Year finalists, more.
Articles about preventive maintenance, 2015 Top Plant Winner, 2015 Product of the Year finalists, selling maintenance, and rick management were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, December 14-20. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, December 7-13: Product of the Year finalists, Leaders Under 40, preventive maintenance, more.
Articles about Product of the Year finalists, Leaders Under 40, preventive maintenance, risk management, and modern automation were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, December 7-13. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
Why preventive maintenance fails and how to fix it
Part 1: Preventive maintenance (PM) should not be confused with predictive maintenance (PdM), which is a series of dynamic inspections of machine components while the machines are operating in their normal production modes. The first part of a 3-part series explains what great preventive maintenance programs should include. Link to part 2 and part 3 below.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, November 30-December 6: Manufacturing index, Product of the Year Finalists, industrial wireless, more.
Articles about manufacturing index, Product of the Year finalists, industrial wireless, OEE, and FDI drives were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, November 30-December 6. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
Education vital when implementing NFPA 70E code updates
The leading cause, contact with an electric current, is something construction employees are exposed to on a regular basis. These injuries commonly come from incidences of arc flash energy.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, November 23-29: Product of the Year Finalists; PACs, PLCs, IPCs; 2015 Maintenance Study; more
Articles about he 2015 Product of the Year finalists; convergence of PACs, PLCs, IPCs; the 2015 Maintenance study; planning for food processors series; and the 2015 Safety Study were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, November 23-29. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
OSHA safety checklist
OSHA safety checklist: Warehouse highlights challenge of keeping workers safe.
Terminal block with screw clamp terminations
Terminal block with screw clamp terminations and is rated at 26 to 10 AWG solid or stranded wire terminations at 30 Amps at 600 Volts.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, November 9-15: 2015 Product of the Year Finalists, arc flash energy analysis, Leaders under 40, more.
Articles about the 2015 Product of the Year finalists, arc flash energy analysis, Leaders under 40, arc flash NFPA 70E, and STEM education were Plant Engineering's five most-clicked articles from last week, November 2-8. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, November 2-8: Improving hydraulic control, arc flash energy analysis, the ‘perfect’ bearing fit, more
Articles about improving hydraulic control in a mechatronic system, supporting arc flash incident energy analysis, the quest to find the 'perfect' bearing fit, arc flash NFPA 70E, and arc flash safety measures were Plant Engineering's five most-clicked articles from last week, November 2-8. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
Modular conveyor system for quick assembly
The VarioFlow plus modular chain conveyor system allows for quick planning and assembly and offer economical, low-noise operation for the automotive industry.
Arc Flash NFPA 70E Webcast: Your questions answered
Webcast presenter Brian Downie answered additional questions about topics such as reviewing the arc flash program, labeling requirements, PPE, and reducing dangerous levels of arc flash.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, October 26-November 1: Plant safety standards, Robotic vehicles, Motors and drives, more.
Articles about plant safety standards, robotic vehicles, motors and drives, predictive maintenance, and data-driven manufacturing challenges were Plant Engineering's five most-clicked articles from last week, October 26-November 1. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
2015 Safety Study: Six findings on workplace safety
Respondents to the Plant Engineering 2015 Safety Study identified six high-level findings impacting the manufacturing industries today.
Who sets your plant’s safety standards?
The standard for safety begins at the front door of your plant. You and your employees set the standard for safety.
Loop power supply for troubleshooting, calibration
The Loop Power Supply solution provides a safer alternative and saves users the time expended in troubleshooting their calibration setup.
Ten essential steps to support arc flash incident energy analysis
These 10 essential steps after receipt of an arc-flash-incident energy analysis will help enhance personnel and equipment protection, and help support compliance with NFPA and OSHA standards.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, October 5 to October 11: Leaders Under 40, world-class manufacturing practices, OEE key concepts and formulas, more
Articles about the Leaders Under 40, OSHA safety violations, OEE key concepts and formulas, Manufacturing Day, and energy-smart industrial architecture were Plant Engineering's five most-clicked articles from last week, October 5 to October 11. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
Top seven arc flash safety measures
Seven ways to limit the exposure of workers to the risk of arc flash incidents.
NFPA 70E: Raising the standard
The latest updates to NFPA 70E require plant managers to re-examine their electrical safety programs.
Safety instrumented system device identification tags
Safety instrumented system device identification tags provide visibility and durability in the process industry.
5 key questions to answer during hygienic food plant design
Food safety is a shared responsibility among different departments. Use these five high level questions to improve the sanitary design of the plant.
OSHA safety violations increase in 2015
Fall protection, lockout/tagout lead the way as overall violations increase by 4%.
The quest to find the ‘perfect’ bearing fit
Measuring is critical to the reliability of rotating equipment.
Workplace fatalities rise
Workplace fatalities rise, while rate remains flat.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, September 14-20: Leaders Under 40, maintenance and the IIoT, manufacturing maintenance practices, more
Articles about the Leaders Under 40, maintenance and the IIoT, world-class manufacturing maintenance, predicting equipment lifecycle, and apprenticeships and skilled workers were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, September 14-20. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
A return to apprenticeships delivers skilled workers to Pratt & Whitney
Community college partnership a key to growth in Maine.
Selecting a filler metal: Seven factors to consider
From matching the base material to picking the right equipment, consider the process before starting to weld.
Dust-collection unit for facilities
The GoldLink dust-collection system is designed for facilities that do not have building management systems.
Keyless lock for managing multiple locks
Keyless keypad lock is designed for managing multiple locks and keys for cabinets within a facility and can have up to 25 different user codes.
Automated vacuum lifter
The SmartLifter automated vacuum lifter enables the user to grip, balance, and stack heavy items for various lifting applications.
Bio-based cleaning product for household, institutional industries
Elevance Clean 1000 cleaning ingredient for asphalt/tar removal and degreasing in household, institutional, mechanical, and immersion cleaning applications.
Creped paper packaging with corrosion protection
CorShield VpCI-146 creped paper packaging is designed to provide multi-metal corrosion protection and does not contain nitrates, phosphates, or silicates.
Diode array for lightning, electrical protection
The SP3312T diode array integrates four channels of low capacitance diodes for lightning surge and electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection.
Scaffolding systems can support a higher level of productivity
Scaffolding companies can assist plant managers through scheduled outages safely and efficiently while remaining productive.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, August 3-9: Food facility lighting, preventive maintenance strategies, preserving power quality, more
Articles about choosing lighting for a food facility, achieving preventive maintenance, preserving power quality, mitigating damaging harmonics, and achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, August 3-9. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
3D laser scanning Webcast: Your questions answered
Brian Ely and Kurt Yeghian of Existing Condition Surveys Inc. respond to viewer questions on 3D laser scanning.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, July 20-26: Understanding efficiency problems, data and analytics, zero-net energy, more
Articles about understanding efficiency problems, data services and manufacturing analytics, a zero-net case study, achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, and preventing food plant electrical system malfunctions were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, July 20-26. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
Preserving power quality in changing times
Despite system improvements, grounding and monitoring still are important considerations.
Five strategies to achieve world-class preventive maintenance
A step-by-step process ensures better results, reliability.
Learn your lessons to improve shutdown process
Conduct a post-mortem after every major scheduled and unscheduled event to avoid repeating the same organizational and fundamental mistakes.
Trapped key interlocks
These trapped key interlocks ensure energy isolation in LOTO procedures.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, July 13-19: Understanding efficiency problems, manufacturing maintenance, VFD trends and solutions, more
Articles about understanding efficiency problems, achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, VFD trends and solutions for drive systems, robot trends and types, and robots and cyber security were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, July 13-19. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, July 6-12: VFD trends and solutions, designing an HMI, manufacturing maintenance, more
Articles about VFD trends and solutions for drive systems, designing an HMI system, achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, developing an improvement-driven plant, and risk assessments for automation safety were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, July 6-12. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
Rollback bay gate
The two-gate system is OSHA compliant and assures that one gate is always closed to prevent falls.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, June 29 to July 5: VFD trends and solutions, HVAC maintenance tips, manufacturing maintenance, more
Articles about VFD trends and solutions for drive systems, making HVAC maintenance more effective, achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, NFPA 70E PPE challenges, and predictive maintenance data analysis were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, June 29 to July 5. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
Automation safety: Clearer requirements arise for risk assessments
These requirements are applicable to new or significantly rebuilt machinery.
Arc Flash University: NFPA 70E PPE Challenges and Solutions Webcast: Your questions answered
Hugh Hoagland, Senior Consultant for ArcWear, was the presenter at the June 18 Plant Engineering Webcast, “Arc Flash University: NFPA 70E PPE Challenges and Solutions.”
Emergency stop control station pushbuttons
The emergency stop control stations have a lid safety trip.
Arc flash relays meet code compliance
Revised NEC 240.87 requirements make mitigation easier to achieve.
Champion the cause of success assurance
We can define individual success for our manufacturing plants. We can assure success.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 25-31: Manufacturing maintenance practices, proactive maintenance approach, light control research, more
Articles about manufacturing maintenance practices, a proactive approach to maintenance, light control research, Industry 4.0 and IIoT risks, and reliability function potential were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, May 25-31. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
PLM and connectivity reach a crucial point
Keep focused on the goal of improving plant information flow.
‘The age of the control engineer is just dawning’
Dr. Peter Martin of Schneider Electric talked about opportunities to apply control engineering skills beyond efficiency at the Schneider Electric Global Automation Conference.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 20-26: Torque and shaft size, turning training into a program, ISO 55001 basics, more
Articles about the relationship of torque and shaft size, transforming training into a program, ISO 55001 requirements, Product of the Year winners, and CHP’s role in heat recovery were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, April 20-26. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 13-19: Achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, Product of the Year winners, India at Hannover Messe, more
Articles about steps to achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, the 2014 Product of the Year winners, India at Hannover Messe, measuring motor efficiency to understand VFD’s value, and the relationship of torque and shaft size were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, April 13-19. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
Food processing plant down? Three solutions to keep operations moving
Co-packing, co-manufacturing and built-in redundancy are three solutions to keep your operations moving when your plant is down.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 6-12: Product of the Year winners, measuring motor efficiency, collaborative robots and humans, more
Articles about the 2014 Product of the Year winners, measuring motor efficiency to understand VFD’s value, collaborative robots and humans, reducing lead time, and the Internet of Things and people who make things were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, April 6-12. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
Following sanitary design best practices is key to avoiding food safety recalls
If your food is deemed unsafe, the cost of the aftermath isn’t cheap. Review these best practices regularly to keep your consumers safe.
FlameSaf flame arrester/relief vent platform protects against the dangers of explosion, flame propagation and overpressure.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 23 to March 1: Reliability centered maintenance, plant operations and designers, Internet of Things in manufacturing, more
Articles about reliability centered maintenance, plant operations and designers, the Internet of Things in manufacturing, machine vision and robotics, and facilities maintenance and planning were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, February 23 to March 1. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
Five things you may not know about ISO 55001
ISO 55001 is the first management system standard that was developed from the high-level framework. It is about identifying and controlling risk to internal and external stakeholders of the defined asset portfolio.
Seven items to address with your process hazard analysis
Process hazard analysis (PHA) should provide information that will improve safety and reduce danger from hazardous chemicals. Here are seven items your PHA must address.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 9-15: Counterfeit products, selecting and applying VFDs, cadence for failure analysis, more
Articles about avoiding counterfeit products, selecting and applying VFDs, setting a cadence for failure analysis, signs your company doesn’t get reliability, and how to save energy were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, February 9-15. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
Five ways to avoid counterfeit electrical products
Eaton expands its participation in industry educational campaign.
Pallet truck series
The 8000 series pallet trucks feature heavy-duty components that can stand up to tough material handling environments.
Ergonomics in the manufacturing plant
Kevin Reiland, the product manager for Panasonic Assembly Tool Division, addressed the audience at the 2014 Assembly Show about the importance of ergonomic assembly tools in the manufacturing plant.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, October 13-19: Industrial Internet, smart grid, energy savings in industrial environments, more
Articles about the industrial Internet, smart grid framework updates, saving energy in industrial environments, the 2014 Leaders Under 40, and the relationship between safety and reliability were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, October 13-19. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
Key changes to NFPA 13’s sprinkler system codes
The majority of adjustments made in the latest NFPA 13 standard clarify issues contained in the previous versions. However, some significant changes may impact manufacturing and warehouse facilities.
Top 10 OSHA violations drop 28%
Annual report from OSHA shows lockout/tagout on the rise and fall protection again the top issue.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, September 1-7: PMI Index, steam system maintenance, manufacturing technology boom, more
Articles about the PMI Index, effectively maintaining your steam system, manufacturing’s technology boom, industry 4.0 concepts, and CNC innovations for machining performance were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, September 1-7. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
Mobile devices: 4 things to consider
Carefully looking at usage, environment, and any mounting requirements will determine the size, placement, and use of the mobile computing device.
Safety regulations can be used to increase production
You must use techniques to maintain your employees’ health and safety while still meeting your production goals. Start by understanding some of the causes for fluctuations and safe solutions.
Understanding the IP69K rating
Numbers clarify protection levels for liquids and solids
Assessing the performance of harmonic mitigation alternatives
Looking at the theory of operation for various harmonic mitigation techniques takes the guesswork out of harmonic reduction.
SPECIAL REPORT: New solutions put us on the way to preventing arc flash incidents
Recent changes to the National Electric Code are getting us closer to the ultimate goal of preventing damage from arc flash.
Safety: Is it the Sixth ‘S’ in a 5S system?
Make safety an integral part of your productivity improvement plan
Contract labor: Making the business case
Contingent workforce can deliver savings in the right situation
Yielding to the inevitability of change
One of the generational barriers we all face is the need to adapt to the changes around us, according to Plant Engineering Content Manager, Bob Vavra in his monthly column.
Safety automation isn’t automatic
Creating a safety automation system is a step-by-step process. NFPA 79 is one place to start to understand U.S. standards.
Surge prevention in turbo-compressors
Surge instability strongly limits the operating range of turbo-compressors. Surge prevention, based on the use of an active anti-surge valve, is one way to battle the surge and other instabilities at low-flow operations.
NIST cybersecurity framework: What it means
Regardless of where one lives in the world, we all know that our country’s national infrastructures are very important to our economies and our national defense. And with incidents like the attacks on the gas pipeline industry and the details revealed in the Madiant Report, nowhere has this point been driven home more than in the U.S.
FSMA Fact Sheet
Implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2014 will have an impact on the production, distribution and transportation of food in the United States.
Improving PPE usage important to ensure manufacturing safety
A lack of consistent or proper use of PPE leads to injuries and changing best practices and the culture are key to reducing these potential injuries
High-volume dust collection system
The DC Series high-volume dust collection system provides facility-wide collection and filtration of airborne dusts generated during processing and operations
The Miller AirCore Front D-ring Harness meets OSHA and CSA requirements and is rated to 400 lbs. capacity
Plant Engineering in 2013: The Top 15 online stories
The most-read stories on Plant Engineering for 2013 include stories on motor repair and replace, rolling resistance, and the 2012 Product of the Year award winners
Use an FEB to ensure safe installation, operation of electrical equipment
Complying with FEB and NRTL standards are vital to ensuring worker safety and standards for electrical products and systems
The MG-9850 and MG-9855 mechanic gloves feature rubber protection and padded palms for impact protection and to absorb shocks and vibrations
Six strategies to mitigate arc flash incidents
From analysis to equipment; you can reduce the exposure to a dangerous event
2013 Product of the Year finalists: Electrical Safety
Finalists in the Electrical Safety category for the Plant Engineering 2013 Product of the Year competition.
2013 Product of the Year finalists: Safety
Finalists in the Safety category for the Plant Engineering 2013 Product of the Year competition.
OSHA to push for electronic injury reports
New rule would require data submissions to agency
Safety: It’s no game
When protecting workers, zero is the only acceptable score
Technology an essential element of safety and asset management
Technology should be considered a key component of asset management and safety rather than just another tool
Seven ways to reduce hand injuries in manufacturing environments
It is critical to select high-dexterity hand protection, particularly for applications that require the use of fine motor skills
Study finds safety is a path to productivity
Results of a recent study showed that companies reporting the lowest injury rates also had the best productivity
The new Hazard Communication Standard: What you need to know to be compliant
Changes to OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) covers more than 43 million workers who produce or handle hazardous chemicals in more than five million workplaces across the country
Consider your technology, your workers to achieve effective crisis communications
Technology advances help make crisis management easier, but facility managers and planners need to remain vigilant and to keep their workers in the know about potential developments
U.S. safety codes: How we got here
An overview of the safety standards and organizations that have been formed since 1970
A plant sets aside one day to focus on safety
Sapa Extrusions halted operations for a day to emphasize safety and best practices with its 6,500 workers
Why safety is good business
Changing the workforce culture on emphasizing safety takes time, but the benefits far outweigh the challenges
The uncompromising result of an unsafe workplace
Safety must be paramount and a major and permanent priority in the workplace and in life
Auto ranging multimeter
MM500 Auto Ranging Multimeter today is designed to verify or troubleshoot electrical circuits safely and reliably
The Speedglas Graphic Welding Helmet 100 Series has been expanded to include two additional graphic designs Tribute and Future Combatant
Evaporative cooling unit
The Hurricane portable evaporative cooling unit utilizes high-efficiency cooling pads and provides 67-gallon water capacity and 14,500 CFM
PAT adoption allows for safety in electrical testing
European system seeing wider adoption in U.S. markets
Metering, monitoring feedwater systems
One of the most common misunderstandings sees in boiler water treatment programs is the confusion surrounding the measurement of condensate return and the correct configuration and dosing point for chemical injection.
S.D. plant fined $1.33 million in worker’s death
OSHA, U.S. Attorney settle case with Adams Thermal Systems Inc.
Semi-automatic MIG guns: 10 money saving tips
Maintaining and inspecting MIG guns regularly are a couple of ways to get more life and more productivity out of every tool
Digital edition of National Electrical Code available
NFPA plans seminars around release of 2014 electrical safety standard
Expanded NFPA Website offers code information
Updates on NEC and safety tips available at necconnect.org
Automated welding taking on added importance
Robotic systems can address efficiency needs, worker shortages
Top 10 safety tips about washdown stations
Never allow unauthorized personnel to handle equipment, never put your hands or fingers in front of the nozzle, and other helpful safety tips on washdown stations.
Electromagnetic flow transmitter
The EFT10 Electromagnetic Flow Transmitter combines coil excitation with digital communications for end users in conductive liquid applications
Large diameter seals
SKF Large Diameter Seals are designed for severe operating challenges in hazardous conditions and feature metal- and rubber-cased outside diameters
Bulk lubrication storage offers several advantages
New containers make the 55-gallon drum obsolete, and can improve safety and reduce risks in the process
Bridging safety onto automation networks
Incorporating safety into an automation network increases flexibility and reduces complex wiring. This, however, may require special training for safety software engineers
Set a sound strategy for spill containment
Switching absorbents can save time and money, and reduce waste
A preventive plan for bearing protection
Diagnostic services can extend the life of your bearings
Electrical safety from the ground up
Proper grounding and bonding is critical for electrical workplace safety
Industrial GFCIs are finally here
Will they help make your plant and workers safer?
Debunking the myths around arc flash safety, prevention
Steps on how to prevent arc flash and arc blast hazards and dispelling some popular myths about how they occur
Detect safety motion; don’t try to work around it
A sound system requires operator compliance with the safety protocol
China safety rules questioned after deadly fire
Report of 119 deaths in poultry plant blaze brings new concerns about worker safety
Fall arrest solutions require attention to detail, not scale
Implementing a fall protection system, regardless of size, requires considering a number of factors to ensure optimal worker safety.
Wire cutter, wire stripper
The Katapult wire stripper and cutter cuts 8-22 AWG wire with a tension-loaded wire-grip, and can be used in settings where multiple wire sizes and types are present.
Top Plant 2012: Masco Cabinetry
Real time, just in time: Masco Cabinetry reduces lead time, waste, energy costs, and downtime.
Machinery production slows: Stepper sales boosted by medical, commercial markets
Growth in the medical equipment and commercial markets will help to buoy the stepper systems market as machinery cools.
Educational videos on respirator use
17 videos on proper use of respirators have been posted. Nine are in English and eight in Spanish.
PV module costs and prices – What is really happening now!?
In light of the PV industry taking a hit in 2011 IMS Research revisits some of their past predictions and what they project for the industry in 2012.
OSHA proposes more than $1 million in fines for willful, serious violations
Piping Technology and Products has been cited for intentionally misleading OSHA about amputation hazards.
2011 POY Finalists: Safety
Finalists in Safety in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
PPE is personal before it is protective
A recent study found that many workers aren’t wearing necessary personal protective equipment. Which leaves a question: Why?
OSHA charges 46 safety violations at Texas trailer manufacturer
Eye injuries among citations; $950,000 in proposed fines
Aixtron cuts guidance by 26%. What happened and what does it mean for the LED industry?
Aixtron today cut its 2011 guidance, lowering its 2011 revenue outlook from €800- €900M to just €600- €650M, that is a dramatic 26% decline. It also lowered its EBIT margin guidance from 35% to 25-30%. What happened to Aixtron and what does this mean for the MOCVD and LED markets?
Best practices for testing steam traps
When it comes to testing steam traps, deciding which method to use can be confusing. This article offers an introduction to the primary testing technologies--visual, temperature-based, and ultrasonic--and best practices on how and when to use them.
OSHA’s top 10 violations worth reviewing
The top 10 citations issued by OSHA against construction and general industry seldom change, but they are always worth reviewing as the most frequently overlooked areas of compliance
Product of the Year 2010 Winners
Plant Engineering announces Grand, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award winners for products debuting in the 2010 calendar year.
Five reasons to practice dust control
Industrial vacuum cleaners help mitigate environmental hazards, OSHA violations
OSHA cites roofing materials manufacturer for fourth time
U.S. Minerals could get $1.25 million in fines after inspections find 'extremely high levels of hazardous dust and other dangers'
2010 POY Finalists: Safety
Plant Engineering's 2010 Product of the Year finalists featured in the Safety category.
Take control of loading dock safety
Better training and awareness and advanced technology help reduce the risks of forklift-pedestrian collisions
New ASSE book offers math solutions for common problems
The American Society of Safety Engineers has published a new book that the association says gives safety professionals a reference for time-saving solutions to complex problems. Applied Mathematics for Safety Professionals: Tips, Tools and Techniques to Solve Everyday Problems is now available at the ASSE Website, www.
Safety – 2009-08-01 – 2009-08-01
OSHA estimates that approximately 680,400 lift truck accidents occur each year. The hard fact is that most of these accidents can be prevented with proper training and the adoption of best practices and safe work habits. Here are six primary areas businesses should focus on to help create a safe environment for lift truck operation.
Environmental, Safety & Health
Ergonomic manipulator The zeroG4 Arm is an ergonomic manipulator for holding tools, parts and materials. The manipulator allows objects to be maneuvered as if in zero gravity with full range of motion. The unit uses a spring, cam and gimbal-based architecture to “float” objects while allowing them to be effortlessly maneuvered.
After the flood
The Cedar River is an old, meandering soul that weaves its way through Iowa’s cornfields on its way to the Mississippi River.
Welding safety is no accident
While many of the best welding safety practices seem like common sense, a survey of attendees at the National Safety Council’s 2007 Congress & Expo found that non-compliance with personal protective equipment protocols remains an issue. Some of the leading reasons: safety gear that fits poorly and looks ugly. Fortunately, recent efforts by PPE providers address these issues.
Symbiosis Man lets users ‘try on’ PPE equipment
Kimberly-Clark Professional has launched Symbiosis Man, an interactive, virtual model that allows customers to “try on” personal protective equipment products before purchase.
The Protect-O-Gate dock gate prevents falls from loading docks or ledges.
The portable access ladder has a 9x5-foot stationary base section with a top landing measuring 1-foot, 6-inch by 2-feet.
Georgia Tech gives students an early lesson in workplace safety
To increase job-safety training and awareness among younger Americans, scientists from the Georgia Tech Research Institute have joined with OSHA and other groups to introduce health and safety training to Georgia high schools. The aim: to ensure that young workers grasp the basics of job safety before they ever reach the workplace.
It starts with safety
Three years ago, on his first day as plant manager at Ocean Spray’s Bordentown, NJ facility, Tim Haggerty tried to anonymously roam through the 500,000 square-foot facility. He succeeded. And that was the problem. “I went through totally unnoticed,” said Haggerty. “No one challenged me as to who I was.
Controlling welding fumes, gases in the workplace
The control of fumes and gases in arc welding is an important workplace health and safety issue. Fortunately, many solutions are available to improve fume control, providing users with a number of options to comply with applicable exposure limits. Before selecting a solution, however, users need to evaluate each individual application to determine the best control method.
Five misconceptions about arc flash compliance
There are some misconceptions in the application of OSHA regulations, NFPA Standards and IEEE guidelines relating to arc flash hazards and associated safety practices. If plant managers don’t properly apply these standards, they may compromise worker safety and risk OSHA violations.
NFPA 70E urges industry to turn it off or put it on
For more than three years the latest revision of NFPA 70E, “Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace,” has delivered a simple message: to work safely on electrical installations, turn off the power. And if you can’t avoid working on energized systems, put on the appropriate personal protective equipment to protect against the hazards of shock and arc flash. Sounds easy. But for some in the industry, it’s just not happening.
OSHA unveils new guidance on preparing workplaces for flu pandemic
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration this week unveiled new workplace safety and health guidance to help employers prepare for an influenza pandemic. Developed in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services , Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Pandemic provides general guidance for most types of workplaces, describes the differences between seasonal, avian and pandemic influenza and presents information on the nature of a potential pandemic, how the virus is likely to spread and how exposure is likely to occur. "In anticipation of a flu pandemic, our top priority is protecting the safety and health of America's working men and women,” said Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. "Employers and employees should use this guidance to help identify risk levels and implement appropriate control measures to prevent illness in the workplace.” To help employers determine appropriate workplace practices and precautions, the guidance divides workplaces and work operations into four risk zones, according to the likelihood of employees' occupational exposure to pandemic influenza.
The 505 adjustable wire stripper/cutter is a compact, industrial-duty wire stripper and cutter that locks closed for easy storage and features a thumb-adjustable cam for matching the wire gauge size. It accommodates different wire gauge sizes and fits into a pocket, pouch or tool kit when not in use.
OSHA renews alliance with SMACNA
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association recently renewed an alliance to provide information, guidance, and access to training resources that help protect employee health and safety. "We appreciate SMACNA 's contributions to our motor vehicle safety and health topics page and other materials," said OSHA administrator Ed Foulke, Jr. "We are pleased to continue working with them to further protect employee health and safety." Established more than two years ago, the alliance will continue to focus on motor vehicle safety, fall protection and personal protective equipment. It includes an emphasis on cuts and eye injuries, and reducing and preventing exposure to amputation and welding hazards. "We are enthusiastic about our ongoing alliance with OSHA because it ensures continuity and structure for the development of new safety information and tools to make American workplaces safer,” said Richard J.
OSHA issues hexavalent chromium guidance for small businesses
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration Monday issued safety and health guidance to help small businesses comply with the Agency's new hexavalent chromium requirements for general industry, construction and shipyards. "This new resource is aimed at helping small businesses comply with the new standards, while helping them reduce the risk to employees potentially exposed to these compounds," said OSHA administrator Edwin Foulke. The guide describes the steps that employers are required to take to protect employees from hazards associated with exposure to hexavalent chromium. It is divided into sections that address the major provisions of the standards, and it follows the same organization as the corresponding paragraph of the standards. However, the guide provides more detail than the standards to help employers better understand the requirements. Permissible Exposure Limits, exposure determination, regulated areas, methods of compliance, respiratory protection, protective work clothing and equipment, hygiene areas and practices, housekeeping, and medical surveillance are the major topics included in the guide. Hexavalent chromium compounds are widely used in the chemical industry as ingredients and catalysts in pigments, metal plating and chemical synthesis.
NAIMA offers free resources for insulation workers
The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association provides free educational resources on fiber glass and mineral wool insulation for workers through its Health and Safety Partnership Program, a voluntary program designed in cooperation with OSHA to assure greater worker protection. The free resources include a safe work practices video and practical, informative literature.
Why does OSHA’s rulemaking process take so long to complete?
The news this week at OSHA involves the hearings on the proposed Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment standard. This proposed standard was published in the Federal Register on June 15, 2005. The proposed rule would update the standards on electric power generation, transmission, and distribution and on electrical protective equipment for gen...
Extending safety off the job pays
Safety is an idea. Like truth and beauty, it is elusive to recognize and define. We do know, however, what the absence of safety looks and feels like. American workplace deaths and injuries are at an all-time low. Yet unsafe workplaces still proliferate. It a more cynical time, workplace hazards were seen as a cost of doing business.
Environment, Safety, & Health
Trash bin lid activated by motion Ultra-SmartBin features a motion-activated lid that opens automatically so that hands stay safe from biohazards and other wastes, as infrared sensors detect motion and provide touchless opening. Lid closes 3 sec after hand/object is removed from the area. Liner-bag holder keeps liners from falling in and prevents them from sticking out under the lid. UltraTech International : getsmartbin.com TO VOTE, WRITE 10 ON BALLOT For more information, write 10 on card Reverse air filter allows for simple operation RAF-IS is a special design reverse air filter using a simple, effective cleaning mechanism to sweep the filter bag plate.
Reader Feedback – 2004-09-10
Dangerous tip With over 20 years in industry, I have accumulated a binder of useful Tips & Tricks for just about any situation. The Tip (#230) in your August issue is one of the most dangerous you can attempt. Striking two hardened surfaces together like that of the ball peen hammers is an invitation to disaster.
Environment, Safety and Health Instruments
Foam allows for safe installation Chico SpeedSeal is a two-part, high- density foam that expands, then hardens like cement resulting in an inexpensive, safe, explosion-proof seal in electrical conduit and other tubing. It is packaged in an injectable delivery system and replaces manual measuring and mixing of cement compounds and water. The installation takes less than 5 min and sets up in less than 20 min.
Safety – 2003-07-14
Hazardous gas detection Sentry WebServer combines the power and flexibility of the Sentry gas-risk management system with the interoperability strength of the FieldServer WebServer. The server provides a graphical display of hazardous gas conditions using the Microsoft web browser. Sierra Monitor Corp. sierramonitor.com Write 319 on PE card Monitoring device The Pac Ex 2 is a handheld combustible gas and oxygen monitoring device featuring an LCD concentration display with audible, visual, and vibrating alarms.
Environmental, health, and safety (EHS) compliance
For those who work with it daily, environmental, health, and safety (EHS) compliance is synonymous with long, confusing, and stressful hours of sorting through paperwork and regulations.
Mold remediation: a practical approach
Excessive mold growth in indoor environments has become an increasing health and environmental concern, as well as the subject of controversy and litigation. While human response to mold varies widely, no official medical relationship exists between exposure and human response.
Essentials of industrial air quality
No other standards in the United States exist for air quality inside industrial plants aside from OSHA's Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs). OSHA laws on interior air pollution control concern air contaminants inside industrial buildings. The laws establish permissible exposure limits for over 500 regulated substances.
Environment, Safety, and Health
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Safety – 2002-09-15
Respirator kits A guide to respirators for abatement and mold remediation includes product and ordering information on respirators, filters, and cartridges. The Half Facepiece respirator 7500 series ultimate reusable mold remediation respirator kit and powered air purifying respirator kit are among the products featured. 3M 3M.com/occsafety Write 317 on PE card Risk management Risk Management Planning Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Hazard Assessment, Accidental Release Prevention, and Consequence Analysis takes businesses with more than 100 hazardous or toxic materials onsite through the process of creating an effective risk management plan and explores the requirements for everyday decision making.
Suggestions & Solutions – 2002-05-13
Bearing fixer Industrial Services' repair capabilities now includes reclamation services on bearings between 3 and 8 in. OD. Bearings are refurbished, typically in sets of 20 or more.
Evaluating and treating the plant for noise control
Research continues to point to noisy machinery as a culprit in poor communication, lost-time accidents and higher insurance costs in plant operations. Constant exposure to noise creates employee stress and fatigue, and noisy operations can cause noise induced hearing loss (NIHL). But machines don't have to bear the blame.
2002 National Plant Engineering Show
Safety gloves The GP150 and PU50 styles are the first in a line of general purpose gloves. The GP150 style has an extra-heavy coated palm for abrasion, cut, and oil resistance, while the PU50 has a silicone-free polyurethane coating for lint-related problems. Styles are ideal for the metal, electronic, and clean room industries.
Suggestions & Solutions – 2002-02-15
Have a good time PTC-20 Series multiprogrammable LED timers have four-digit, dual line displays that indicate set and time values. All models offer multiple field programmable modes for operation and time ranges. There are multiple levels of security to prevent unauthorized set value or parameter changes.
Suggestions & Solutions – 2002-01-15
Bundle wire and cable better The 100 Hook and Loop Mechanical Fastener enables assemblers to bundle wire and cable faster, with less effort and strain than with plastic ties, wire ties, or string. These fasteners incorporate flexibility, a thin profile, and superior strength for cable bundling, harnessing, and wire fastening systems. Fasteners can be reused up to 10 times, eliminating waste and saving costs.
Product Intros – 2001-10-01
Flowmeter uses HART technology FlexMASSter ST98 flowmeter series combines superior performance with digital communications flexibility, due to HART Bus compatible electronics. The advanced thermal mass sensing element provides an accuracy of Fluid Components Intl. fluidcomponents.com Circle 371 Switch has easy-to-read pressure N-series pressure switch, with a big, bright LED display, eliminates the struggle to read operating pressures accurately.
Aerial lifts for high-level maintenance
Aerial work platforms provide a safe and efficient means of getting to hard-to-reach overhead areas. They can quickly carry an operator, with tools and materials, to places that would require setting up ladders or scaffolding.An advantage of the aerial work platform is its ability to maneuver in tight spaces and hard-to-reach areas.
Suggestions and Solutions – 2001-08-01
A guide to energy savings Super-E premium efficient motors will be identified with an "EnergyGuide" label. Similar to the yellow tags used on home appliances, the label informs electric motor buyers of the energy savings and dollar savings they can achieve from installing these motors. Electricity accounts for over 97% of the lifetime cost of an industrial motor.
Human Side of Engineering – 2001-08-01
Can you reject a recall based on a possible problem? Maintenance Utility Man Joe Fenning had a history of back trouble. When he and others had been laid off, Foreman Harry Nadler's undisguised feeling was "Good riddance!" Now with a recall in the works, Nadler wanted to avoid rehiring Fenning if possible.
Selecting the right protective clothing
Choosing the most appropriate protective apparel is a job in itself. With differing standards and guidelines, changing regulations, and a checklist of criteria including design, fit, and cost, there's a lot to consider. Of course, the primary responsibility of protective clothing is to protect the wearer - the critical factor in selecting proper apparel.
Understanding industrial noise
Noise is unwanted sound. That statement seems pretty simple. But sound, in turn, is pressure, frequency, intensity, amplitude, wavelength, and a few other things. Noise is also aggravating, dangerous, and expensive. And if not properly controlled in the workplace, noise can be illegal. Excessive exposure can result in noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), hypertension, and elevated blood pressur...
Suggestions & Solutions – 2001-05-01
Tool installs drive belts quickly A special tool installs a belt in place in as little as 20 sec and typically pays for itself in the first day of use. Speedy Belt Installer gets twisted conveyor roller belts back in operation up to ten times faster than traditional methods, and its easy-to-use design helps eliminate carpal tunnel syndrome.
Literature Offers – 2001-05-01
Lubricant consolidation New fluid consolidation program reduces overall maintenance costs and extends equipment life. The program is a combination of Molykote high-performance synthetic and mineral-based products and support services. It features lubrication management software, integrated oil analysis service, and immediate access to a wide supply distribution network.
Suggestions and Solutions – 2000-11-01
Don't take a fall Fall Prevention & Protection Training ToolBox provides a comprehensive package that includes a CD-ROM, 20-min video entitled Gravity Kills-Defy It!, instructor and participant training manuals, and certificates and posters. The kit helps instructors address all the components of fall prevention and protection with a goal of reducing the risk of serious injuries and fatalities at work sites. Dalloz Fall Protection www.cdalloz.com Circle 251 Find motor and drive info fast Version 6.0 of the interactive Electronic Catalog on CD-ROM allows users to instantly access a wide variety of technical information on over 5500 different motors and drives. Product information includes nameplate data, dimension drawings, performance and test data, replacement parts, and installation and operating manuals. Baldor Electric Co.
Suggestions and Solutions – 2000-10-01
Going linear Product information on brushless linear motors, linear stepper motors, ac linear induction motors, linear positioning stages, linear motor controls, and motion control programming language and software is available in a free 242-p catalog. Information includes linear motor and control dimensions, technical data, connection data, keypad instructions, and catalog identification. Baldor Electric Co. www.baldor.com Circle 251 Speaking of dehumidification... A free, comprehensive glossary of desiccant dehumidification terms and a dew point conversion chart highlight a 20-p booklet. This popular glossary-of-terms booklet has been expanded to contain more than 50 definitions and an informative 2-p description of humidity controls. Air Technology Systems Circle 252 Motorize jib cranes A retrofit package is available to upgrade manual jib cranes to motorized units complete with electrical controls and pendant.
Replacing vinyl asbestos floor tiles
Key concepts It's not possible to tell whether tiles contain asbestos by appearance, size, or when installed. If asbestos is present, regulatory and removal issues must be faced.
MiniLite fall limiter has a self-retracting lanyard that arrests a free fall within inches, reducing the risk of injury and making rescue easier. The product meets OSHA, ANSI, and CSA standards. Miller-Dalloz Fall Protection www.cdalloz.
New maintenance coatings offer major benefits
Some well-known difficulties have plagued painting projects for generations.
Breathing tube converts respirators
CF2000 Series respirators feature an interchangeable breathing tube that converts a half mask or full facepiece air purifying respirator into a continuous flow airline respirator.
Filter supplies welders with clean air
Fresh-air II SA 9000 respiratory system is appropriate for many welding applications that generate high levels of particle fumes and gases. User-adjustable, belt-mounted airflow valves supply from 6-15 cfm of filtered air. Supply hoses up to 100-ft.
Personal protective equipment
A broad range of eye, head, face, hearing, respiratory, and welding protection equipment is presented in a 32-p catalog. Also offered are traffic control and floor warning devices.
When to change
A service life estimation CD-ROM and accompanying reference table for respiratory cartridges assist users in complying with the revised OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.134.
Fall arrest systems
Line of custom designed and integrated fall arrest systems that reflect site specific variables and performance requirements assure maximum safety without compromising worker productivity. All products meet applicable OSHA requirements.
Pre-engineered arching-breaking hoppers outperform standard conical products by a factor of two, increase production rates, eliminate process downtime, and easily retrofit to most existing hoppers.
Suspected substance abuse: What to do?
It didn't happen all at once. Gradually, over a period of time, the possible cause dawned on Project Supervisor Bob Sherman. Mechanical Engineer Mark Hammer had been acting -- and looking -- funny these past weeks.
OSHA issues final rule on confined spaces
OSHA's final rule amending the standard on permit-required confined spaces (29 CFR 1910.146) became effective February 1.
Spotlight on safety
This month's 1998 National Safety Congress & Exposition in Los Angeles promises to provide valuable information on hundreds of aspects of safety in the workplace.
On April 8, 1998, the revised OSHA respiratory protection standard went into effect, with extended compliance dates of Sept. 8, 1998, for determining whether respirator use is required, and Oct. 5, 1998, for all other provisions.
Two upgrades, one new
Two upgraded Windows respirator selection/compliance programs on CD-ROM provide information required to match airborne contaminants and their concentration levels with the appropriate respirator and then manage a safety regulation compliance program in a timely manner. A new package simplifies the management of an employee hearing protection program in compliance with OSHA regulations. 3M.
PPE made easy
There is no need to read hundreds of pages of technical data or to review computer databases to learn about personal protective equipment.
What You Can’t See Can Hurt You — How To Reduce Risk In Confined Spaces
Confined spaces are an exception to the rule that you should never assume anything in life. In this case, always assume the worst -- that the space contains an unseen, unexpected hazard.
New OSHA standard requires employers to develop a written respiratory program
Under a revised respiratory standard published Jan. 8 by OSHA, employers will have to develop a written program to protect workers that wear respirators.
Readers make noise about noise
In your December 1997 Human Side of Engineering article, "Is Hearing Loss Due to Job Noise Compensable?," I believe that the company involved is making a serious mistake if they simply "reassign him and hope that's the end of it.
Proper Steam Hose Selection Leads To Performance, Safety, And Economic Benefits
There are powerful economic and safety reasons for properly specifying and handling steam hose assemblies.