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Fall protection tops safety violations for 12th straight year
The 10 safety violations of workplace safety standards that OSHA has cited most frequently this year were announced with fall protection topping the list.
Choosing the best flooring materials for food and beverage processing areas
Selecting the appropriate flooring system for each area is an important and nuanced operational and budgetary decision.
Action plan pledges to open up consolidated meat and poultry industries
The White House responded with $150 million to provide development of worker training, increased workplace safety and well-paying jobs.
Potentially explosive atmosphere product certification
Understanding regional requirements for global market access for electrical equipment in potentially explosive environments is critical.
Fall protection remains biggest workplace hazard
OSHA's most-cited workplace safety standards finds fall protection in the top spot for the 11th straight year with respiratory protection a distant second.
Safety coalition combats industrial heat stress
The National Heat Safety Coalition’s (NHSC) industrial heat safety recommendations were peer-reviewed and accepted by American Geophysical Union (AGU).
Ensure software updates protect motion control
Product safety and operational safety of elevators require that software and software-updates are under control. See list of standards to help lower risk for motion control applications.
Manufacturing accidents still too common, say officials
Increase digital technologies and existing tools to decrease too-common occupational accidents, say officials from the WHO and Lloyd’s Register Foundation.
Alert released on protecting workers from COVID-19 pandemic
An OSHA alert released listing safety tips employers can follow to help protect manufacturing workers from exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
Safety council updates statement on coronavirus
The National Safety Council urges employers to assess their risk of exposure and ensure procedures are in place to effectively control transmission.
Cryptographic ID tag developed to stop supply chain counterfeiting
MIT researchers have invented a cryptographic ID tag that’s small enough to fit on virtually any product and verify its authenticity, which could help stop supply chain counterfeiting.
Prevention through Design: Improving electrical safety in the plant
Better equipment design takes a step beyond training.
Fueling forklift safety
Company’s choice of propane one part of its best practices
Four steps to a sound electrical safety culture
Training makes a difference, and so does communication.
Machine safety webcast: Your questions answered
Webcast presenter Jacob Kimball from Schneider Electric highlighted machine safety issues such as worker habits, motor control cabinet best practices, OSHA standards, and more.
Measuring maintenance productivity using a closed-loop system
Key conceptsProactive maintenance management includes task lists with allotted completion times, work order system to schedule repairs, and breakdown investigation.Skilled trades, planner/scheduler, maintenance engineer, maintenance supervisor, and storeroom personnel all contribute to the success of the PM program.
Crane & hoist inspection
The Mainman Crane & Hoist inspection is a multi-point visual inspection of overhead lifting equipment. Inspection results alert customers of maintenance problems and points out areas that are not in compliance to OSHA standards. The results are delivered in a detailed report that can be hand delivered or accessed through the Internet.
The L97 mini-magnet laser level can project a beam of light more than 80 yards to help align objects. The level makes a variety of applications easier for electrical contractors and plumbers. Tasks such as bending conduit, aligning an electrical panel box or plumbing metal cabinets can be done faster with this level.
Converts milliamp input signals to a switch-selectable proportional pneumatic output signal for lower pneumatic supply consumption and reduced operating costs. The i2P-100 combines all ATEX and IECEx approvals onto one nameplate, enabling users that require ATEX approvals to select and mark the protection method (intrinsic safety, flameproof, or type n), upon installation of the unit.
Hydrovey Systems: 4 things you need to know to ensure food safety
Hydrovey systems are a popular option to minimize outside contamination, particularly in facilities that produce canned goods. This semi-closed-loop system transports product through piping using a stream of water and can be a safer alternative to conveyor belts.
Safety concerns still a major roadblock for autonomous car market
In order for the driverless vehicle market revolution to take off and for the world to enjoy its advantages, the disadvantages of its technological shortages must be fixed.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 22-28: Predictive or preventive maintenance, soft starters, construction safety, more
Articles about predictive vs. preventive maintenance, soft starters, construction safety, prescriptive maintenance, and common welding errors were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, May 22-28. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Three keys to food and beverage manufacturing compliance
Use enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems to manage processes and procedures for food and beverage manufacturing facilities.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, March 13-19: Maintenance study findings, improved productivity, vibration data mistakes, more
Articles about 2017 Maintenance Survey findings, improved productivity, vibration data mistakes, electrical safety advice, and flexible automation drivers were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, March 13-19. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 27 to March 5: Optimize energy consumption, improve power factor, IIoT’s arrival, more
Articles about optimizing a facility's energy consumption, improving power factor, the IIoT's arrival, electrical safety tips, and the 2016 Salary Survey were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, February 27 to March 5. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 20-26: IIoT’s arrival, 2016 Salary Survey, electric motor maintenance, more
Articles about the IIoT's arrival, the 2016 Salary Survey, electric motor maintenance, electrical safety tips, and lowering IIoT networking costs were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, February 20-26. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Metal ratchets for use in tight areas
The Wera Zyklop metal ratchets feature a 72-tooth ratchet mechanism with low return angle of 5 degrees to allow for fast and precise work in small spaces.
EASA announces program for 2016 convention
The Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) will hold its Annual Convention and Exposition from June 12 - 14, 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, March 14-20: Cognitive computing, predictive maintenance and Hannover Messe, getting the right data, more
Articles about cognitive computing, predictive maintenance, getting the right data, asset performance monitoring, and preventing VFD faults and failures were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, March 14-20. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
Siemens extends offering for the “Digital Enterprise”
At the Hannover Messe 2016, Siemens will be showcasing an array of innovations in the fields of power distribution, automation and drive technology as well as industrial software.
Risk assessments—Global requirement
Is there a major difference in the risk assessments done in North America and Europe?
How to prevent and mitigate combustible dust explosions in food plants
Key takeaways from the Food Processing webinar on how to prevent and mitigate combustible dust explosions in food plants.
Waveguide attenuators for automotive, medical applications
Waveguide attenuators that allow engineers to test signals across Q, U, V, and W bands and cover frequencies from 33 GHz to 110 GHz in industries such as aerospace, defense, telecom, industrial, instrumentation, and medical.
Corrosion inhibitor for heating and cooling applications
The CorShield VpCI-649 is a water-soluble, nitrite-free corrosion inhibitor designed for open and closed looped cooling systems and it combines contact and volatile corrosion inhibitors to provide protection for a broad range of applications.
Predictive maintenance: Analyze data properly
Smart maintenance keeps that ‘new machine feeling’ intact.
Better lubrication practices key to extending bearing life
Lubricant contamination is the leading cause of bearing failure.
Condition-monitoring system for diverting shaft currents
The Smart Ground Monitor is designed to divert shaft currents away from the bearings to the ground.
Changing trends in semi-automatic MIG guns
New features, configurations help welders improve training, reduce costs.
Powder coating system
The powder coating system includes a Nordson ColorMax II spray booth and upgraded conveyor, with customized washing and oven systems.
Active harmonic filtering
The AccuSine PCS+ and AccuSine PFV+ is used for active harmonic filtering and reactive power compensation.
Webcast: Energy Management Decisions: Repair or Replace Electric Motors?
A perennial question in plant maintenance circles is whether it's better to repair or replace an electric motor that has failed. Will a repaired motor retain it's efficiency rating? Learn how to better understand the key criteria to consider when facing this decision, and learn about a new accreditation program relating to the repair of electric motors.
Create an effective electrical training program
Understanding standards critical to efficient operations, worker safety.
Effective electrical safety starts with maintenance
Understanding standards critical to efficient operations, worker safety.
Flexible pneumatic fittings
The NITRA fittings are constructed with thermoplastic bodies and stass steel tube gripping claws.
Rail mounting power supplies
During a mains failure, the battery ensures continued power to the load until it is discharged or mains power is restored.
Recognize a false negative in HiPot testing
In ac high-potential testing, watch your internal pressure.
Five trends in food processing plants
2015 carries a fresh set of expectations. To prepare for the changes, here are five predicted trends that will drive food manufacturing.
Five ways to reduce preventive maintenance costs for your food processing plant
Preventive maintenance is crucial for keeping your plant’s assets healthy. Follow these five strategies to reduce costs and maximize uptime.
If it’s not working, look at the big picture
Valve problems can be a headache, but sometimes the pain actually originates elsewhere in the system. “Valve failures” can be design problems or failure of other equipment in disguise.
Strategic growth: should you retrofit or build a new facility?
While renovating an existing facility may improve production volume and speed, the facility may not meet the company's long-term needs. It's critical to weigh the pros and cons of both retrofitting and building a new facility.
Balance safety, productivity and comfort when choosing a welding helmet
A welder is only as effective as the level of personal protection he or she is getting on the job, and the helmet is one of the most important components in a welder’s arsenal of personal protective equipment.
Use the technology at hand to ensure maintenance efficiency
Define, enforce preventive maintenance guidelines
Welding cells adapting to manufacturing changes
Flexible and modular equipment can maximize equipment's useful life
Webcast: Safability: Analyzing the relationship between safety and reliability
In this session Shon Isenhour talked about how to leverage the success many sites have had with safety to improve maintenance and reliability. We will also look at how maintenance and reliability can affect safety performance.
2014 Engineering Leader Under 40: Jeff Winter
Safety Business Manager, North America; Grantek Systems Integration; Oak Brook, Ill.
Control cable series to be featured at IMTS
Helukabel's Traycontrol 550 TPE control cable is approved for open, unprotected installation in cable trays from power sources/control units to the machine.
Ethernet redundancy device
The RS950G is designed to operate reliably in harsh industrial environments such as power generation and distribution, and for rail transport.
Three steps to proper propane truck maintenance
Handle your trucks and your fuel with caution to maintain your propane fleet
The key to Keystone? Just build it right
Keystone XL is an economic issue, and an environmental issue, and a political issue. Before any of that, however, Keystone XL is an engineering issue.
NIST grants to boost strategic manufacturing technology
19 grants totaling $9 million awarded from new AMTech program
Improper relay logic threatens your electrical assets and investments
Four programmable relay logic settings that will improve protection and add value
How tax reform could impact manufacturer hiring
Why some manufacturers may be hesitant to expand their businesses as tax provisions may expire in Congress.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, March 23-29
Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, March 23-29, including articles about energy efficiency, machine safety, supply chain, servo motors, and U.S. innovation.
Driving productivity through compliance
New study points to the value of exceeding regulatory guidelines
Metalworking credentialing on the increase
NIMS reports 58.8% jump in 2013
2013 Salary Survey: New challenges for an aging workforce
Manufacturing seen as more secure, but needing more young workers
Don’t let the vortex freeze your maintenance operations
The freezing conditions across the U.S. should spark your maintenance personnel to prepare for possible outages and reinforce plant safety measures.
PE study: Line workers are less committed to plant safety
While plants generally are safe, worker commitment seems to vary by job title, survey reveals
Tips on improving eye wash safety procedures
Honeywell study touts better understanding of eye wash safety solutions
Equipment finance trends point to increase growth
Association’s Top 10 trend list sees investment and credit availability on the rise
Insulated motor cable
The Topflex 620 VFD is resistant to oils, coolants and solvents and is double-shielded against electrical disturbances
Access control equipment market for US Government sector poised to grow again this year
IMS Research reports that the market for access control equipment is expected to grow 3.5% in 2013 because of increased demand for identification and verification equipment and upgrades to existing infrastructure.
Steam tip: The purpose of a steam trap on steam/water washdown stations
Why do steam/water washdown stations need a steam trap on the inlet steam feed?
Ten safety valve tips to protect employees, facility, profits
Follow these safety valve tips and make sure you are protected.
McGladrey study: Optimism is local, concern is global
While manufacturing continues to grow in the U.S, concerns remain about the global economy and how regulations might impact or hamper the industry's growth
Which one is counterfeit?
Identifying phony electrical products can save lives and profits
‘Trust, but verify’: A motto we can live with
Safety is becoming more and more important as counterfeit goods continue permeating the market
Pressurizing with dust collectors: Making the right decision
Indoor air quality: Choosing positive or negative pressure is a multi-faceted decision
Managing alarms effectively
Many SCADA systems have built-in features that can be used to improve alarm handling, operator response times, and root cause analysis
Indoor air quality: Air movement needed in supply chain facilities
The 14 elements of OSHA inspections: How they affect maintenance processes
In the second of three parts, John Ross examines OSHA's 14 elements from their National Emphasis Program (NEP)
The SC400 walk-behind automatic scrubber features a 6-gallon solution/recovery tank and has a center-pivot squeegee system
The history and purpose of PSM-NEP
Even with OSHA's good intent, catastrophic incidents were still happening, especially in the petroleum industry.
E-Stop buttons designed to enhance machine safety
While a risk assessment is a starting point to determine effective safety devices and methodologies, a key risk reduction component is the Emergency Stop
Deadline for hazard comm requirements
Employers must meet OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard by December 1, 2012, if they handle hazardous chemicals in the workplace
Scaling can sap energy, maintenance time
If some method can be found to control scaling, there is the potential to save energy and prevent equipment failure and reduce maintenance
System integration requires collaboration
Kirk Norris from Maverick Technologies discusses the keys to collaboration and when to choose in-house integration versus third-party sourcing.
Manufacturing most attacked industry
Manufacturing was the most attacked industry last year, according to a recent report by Symantec.
Texas fertilizer plant blast probe continues
Plant owner issues statement; investigation continues into cause of deadly explosion in West, Texas, April 17 that killed 14 people and injured 160.
X-Ray inspection system
The E-Z Tec XR-Clean X-Ray Inspection System is specifically designed and engineered for harsh wash-down environments in the food industry
Improving steam system efficiency
Systematic plant improvements
Scouts gain Welding Badge as part of new partnership
Lincoln Electric offers hands-on training with robotic simulator for the Boy Scouts of America
NEP program guidelines should apply to any plant
An overview of the 14 elements that makes up the National Emphasis Program
Making sense of process safety
More than just a safety program, the National Emphasis Program focuses on change
Two-hand safety device
OpGuard is a two-hand control that is able to adjust its height by 11 inches, allowing operators safe, ergonomic use
Manufacturing ‘resurgence’ possible with accelerated effort
MAPI, Aspen Institute report says ‘disciplined’ approach needed to address tax, energy, export and Skills Gap issues
Bosch Rexroth expanding hydraulics plant in S.C.
Company’s $80 million investment will transform warehouse into 260,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility
Providing a saner approach to maintenance
Conflict with operations can be solved with better data, better communication
Maintenance as a profit center
If you increase uptime, you increase capacity. That’s only possible if you develop a strategic approach to maintenance.
Four tips for sealing dock door gaps
Successful identification of problems can pay immediate dividends
The evolution of work processes can deliver revolutionary results
Improving maintenance efficiency and effectiveness is critical to minimizing downtime and reaching higher levels of profitability, even though many companies struggle to implement them.
Slide-on pump for multi-gas detector
The Ventis Slide-on Pump (Model VSP) is designed for gas monitors and does not require tools to attach or remove the pump
The electrically isolated DC/DC Converte for the Pro-M Power Supplies line features class III protection and resistance to shock and vibration, making it ideal for rugged environments.
Chemical safety starts in classroom
Chemical engineering education and safety continues to develop as groups are coming together to promote awareness and prevent potentially deadly accidents from occuring.
Interlock door switches for commercial applications
The Commercial Door Interlock Switch Series by Honeywell are designed to hold swing doors in place and feature a retention cam to enhance safety and simplify installation.
Cloud security: Third party code
Using third party code in cloud computing can be a security risk for users since the code does not originate from the developer, allowing hackers an easy avenue to breaking into networks.
Firing up a security framework
Like anything in the cyber security arena, things have to move fast and just after the Obama Administration signed an Executive Order calling for stronger security movement to help protect critical infrastructure, the first step in the development of a Cybersecurity Framework is moving forward.
Scientists study converting methane to diesel
There is a plan underway to develop bacteria that can turn the methane in natural gas into diesel fuel for transportation.
Nanocleaning sulfur from fuel
Mats of metal oxide nanofibers that can scrub sulfur from petroleum-based fuels much more effectively than traditional materials are now under development.
ProMat 2013: Guardrails, lifts for enhanced worker safety
The EdgeGard, 4XLift, and Wilgard are designed to provide safety for workers on the factory floor and meet OSHA, ANSI/ASME worker safety requirements
Five fundamentals to successful Lean implementation
Look beyond Lean tools to changing leadership behavior
Top Plant 2012: Pfizer Global Supply
An Rx for manufacturing success: Focus on safety, quality, and uptime is the right prescription for progress at Pfizer.
The shared responsibility of machine safety
In the modern, mechanized and automated workforce, machine safety isn't just an individual responsibility; it's a responsibility that belongs to everyone.
Georgia plant fined after explosion
MFG Chemical Inc. faces $77,000 in fines after OSHA discovered 20 safety violations that resulted in 40 employees being hospitalized for decontamination at the Dalton, Ga. plant.
Nuclear safety issues mount in South Korea
Recent security concerns during inspections have heightened concerns about the safety of South Korea's nuclear reactors, particularly after a recent scandal that involved the use of unverified parts.
Ensuring software security policies
Access control policies (ACPs) are becoming the new norm for security requirements for businesses to ensure software developers have a clear understanding of security policies.
Costs mount for CA nuke outage
The prolonged outage at the San Onofre plant has cost $317 million, or more than $1 million per day. Power to replace the lost output will cost another $221 million.
No risk plan results in big fine
Sinclair Oil is facing a $378,000 fine after a 2010 EPA inspection showed the company hadn't properly implemented its risk management plan for its Rawlins, WY, refinery.
States fail to enforce own drilling regulations
States across the country are failing to enforce their own oil and gas development regulations, a new research study showed.
Smaller, more flexible enclosures still need to be rugged
Cabinets allow for safe and accessible storage, but can generate dangerous heat.
Combined maintenance, energy strategies can boost productivity and cut costs
A proactive approach can identify equipment failure before it's a problem
Don’t overlook key steps in the safety process
Having a clear plan with executive management and safeguarding yourself against potential hazards for both the short- and long-term is vital
IFS launches new RCM Toolkit for cloud computing
The IFS RCM Toolkit is designed for industires that use complex or capital-invensive assets and needs to be monitored.
Calculating proper rolling resistance: A safer move for material handling
Friction as an important facet of industrial wheels can be either beneficial or detrimental.
Avoid Sweating Slab Syndrome to keep workers safer
Autumn temperature swings can lead to condensation, and safety concerns.
OSHA report: Workplace fatalities down almost 2%
Solis: ‘A step in the right direction, but more needs to be done’
Generating electricity from wastewater
Microbial fuel cells can now produce electricity directly from wastewater, opening the door to a future in which waste treatment plants not only will power themselves, but will sell excess electricity.
DHS, IAEA ink collaboration pact
The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security signed a pact to deepen nuclear security collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
2012 Leader Under 40: Chad Start, 31
Manufacturing Manager, Net Safety Monitoring Inc., Calgary, Alberta
OSHA, National Safety Council renew worker injury prevention alliance
Falls are the top cause of fatalities on construction sites, according to OSHA.
Deliver greater reliability, security to the digital factory
Improvements gained in terms of accessibility, efficiency, and productivity with automation systems must be accompanied by a high-level of protection against attack both from the outside and from within.
Automated lift trucks offer industry-changing technology
Hands-free, operator-free brings an existing warehouse solution to a new audience.
Chemical plant blast: Inherent safety
What went wrong: A new safety video is out that looks at inherent safety which is the result of the August 28, 2008, explosion that killed two workers and injured eight others at the Bayer CropScience chemical plant in Institute, W.V.
Smart Grid needs to get smarter
Lights need to stay on even during extreme weather or other types of disasters and new options may soon be available to avoid power-related crises.
Air gaps a true myth
A little bit ago I gave a talk focused on air gaps as a security strategy in control systems. The talk was at the AusCERT 2012 conference and to my amazement it generated a large amount of discussion.
xTCA standards drive growth in embedded market
Sales of xTCA boards are forecast to grow from $400 million in 2012, to just under $700 million in 2016.
Schneider gains Achilles status
A second major industry supplier, Schneider Electric, earned accreditation from Wurldtech Security Technologies to perform Achilles Communication Certification (ACC) testing on devices within Schneider’s labs in North Andover, Mass.
Safety component market growth driven by new standards in 2011
The emergence of new, and compulsory, safety standards EN ISO 13849-1 and -2, along with EN (IEC) 62061 caused some confusion (and panic) amongst machine builders and end users towards in 2011.
Grid security teeters on edge
Security technology used by U.S. electric utilities has flaws and could increase the odds of computer intrusions or sabotage, the chairman of an industry standards group warns.
HUG: Next generation technology
Safety and security are two vital areas of coverage that can help manufacturers sustain operations at their plants heading into the future.
New old process boosts solar, fuel cells
Chemical reactions on the surface of metal oxides, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide could give a boost for solar cells that convert the sun's energy to electricity.
Combustible dust: Identifying, addressing explosion risks can save lives
Review of the current status of the OSHA National Emphasis Program for combustible dust, the NFPA standards that address how to prevent or limit explosion hazards, how to identify these hazards, and the types of equipment used to eliminate or control explosion hazards.
Equipment failure delays plant start-up
Mechanical issues push back start at the Prairie State power plant in Marissa, Ill.
Chemical industry needs to cut hazards
The chemical industry lacks common practice protocols and understanding to identify safer processes, a new report said.
Mine safety foundation starts up
Mining safety just got an additional boost from Alpha Natural Resources which started up the Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health.
Dust safety regulation: Who’s involved?
There are three key entities involved in combustible dust issues, each with its own particular area of responsibility:
Government regulations a key piece of the cellular M2M puzzle
Government regulations and initiatives will be a key factor in driving the market for cellular modules for used in machine-to machine (M2M) communications.
CMMS can’t change the maintenance culture
CMMS is an answer to a prayer. Finally every piece of equipment, every spare part, every outside maintenance contractor, invoice, leasing agreement…essentially any maintenance-related document finally has a home in CMMS.
Effective alarm management requires planning, maintenance
ISA 18.2 specification offers a roadmap to successful implementation
Asia-Pacific market for process safety systems leaps ahead
IMS Research forecasts the Asia Pacific market for process safety systems is set to overtake the Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMEA), with revenues 38% of the global total in 2016.
For a condition monitoring analyst, it’s just the facts
Don’t contribute to unnecessary maintenance costs
Redesigned flammable safety cabinets
Redesigned flammable safety cabinets from Lyon Workspace Products.
EPA fracking regulations in play
Fracking rules are now coming into play to combat air pollution from natural-gas drilling, while giving companies until 2015 to meet the most stringent requirements opposed by the energy industry, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials said.
Security first; not in smart grid
Development and deployment of smart-grid technology such as intelligent electric meters has outpaced security, setting up a “delicate dance with risk,” said the head of the industry advisory group EnergySec.
Washdown gear reducer choice can improve uptime
Choosing a gear reducer that offers performance and can withstand the harsh chemicals and high-pressure washdown required in a food or beverage plant can be a real challenge.
‘We turned our employees loose’
Ingersoll Rand’s Southern Pines plant measures winning and losing on a daily basis—and it’s piling up the victories.
HANNOVER MESSE: Phoenix Contact receives 2012 Hermes Award
Presentation at Hannover Messe honors lightning-detection technology.
The HSK-A125 tooling system
pH probe, sensor
The FU24 is a 'four in one' pH sensor
Fluke offers new tools for vibration, energy analysis
Company unveils a series of new tools designed to deliver diagnostics for thermal imaging, thermometers, and vibration analysis at a lower price point at its press event in Everett, Wash., on April 5.
Plant’s safe operating limits
Alarm management is necessary in a process-manufacturing environment where an operator is monitoring/running the process using a control system like a DCS or a PLC.
Nukes give a hydrogen boost
The “hydrogen economy” is here and available and could begin commercial production in this decade, a scientist said.
Code in supply chain a threat
Agencies that focus on national security data and programs need to do more to secure their information technology supply chains, a government watchdog said.
Asset failure plans may not be followed
IFS study finds risk management plans aren’t backed up with action plans.
Teknikor acquires Oxford Engineering
Oxford Engineering, a precision machinery alignment company, has been acquired by Teknikor, which specializes in plant and manufacturing retrofits and upgrades.
Can your guard rail take the hit?
They may not be sexy, but they are a vital part of your safety plan.
Simulation offers an early view of plant effectiveness
3D modeling can create a view of an optimized plant before it goes online.
Programmable sound system
ADAM RAP (Reactive Audio Playback) programmable sound system.
Secure grid from turbine to toaster
While traditional IT security emphasizes confidentiality, integrity, and availability, control system security emphasizes safety, reliability, and integrity.
White paper: SPX: A discussion on air quality standards ISO 8573.1, ISO 12500
It is in all our best interests to select the proper compressed air equipment.
In international shipping, detail is important, assistance is available
Shipping products overseas can be hazardous, but there are steps you can take and assistance is available from the government to minimize any potential problems.
Body heat powers devices
A new technology called Power Felt is a thermoelectric device that converts body heat into an electrical current which soon could create enough energy to make a call just by touching it.
Thermal imaging cameras
Fluke has five new infrared cameras designed with automatic focus and an IR-fusion camera and is designed to be used in troubleshooting and diagnostic routines out in a number of fields.
The dirt on shop towels: Study questions their safety
Laundered towels still have unsafe materials, but little action is taken
The ROC GP630 fully-nitrile-coated gloves are made of nylon and have a unique two-layer coating.
Partly sunny with a chance of manufacturing growth
Content manager Bob Vavra shares his views on the similarities between weather and manufacturing in his January/February 2012 In Conclusion column.
Digital panel meter
ProPlus Digital Panel Meter is available in eight different models with 24 feature-enhancing options
Thermal protection quiz
A protection intelligence quotient (PIQ) on thermal protection has been released to test users' knowledge on the best practices in electrical safety.
Illuminating the path to savings
New lighting technology helps improve safety and work environment while reducing costs.
Functional safety: A growing concern
It is very simple, quality safety practices mean manufacturers will be more profitable and that is one reason why industrial process industry is experiencing dynamic growth in functional process safety applications.
Better security through math
Statistical databases (SDBs) are collections of data used to gather and analyze information from a variety of sources. The data may come from plant floor computations, sales transactions, customer files, voter registrations, medical records, employee rosters, product inventories, or other compilations of facts and figures.
2012 – The year of 802.11ac
802.11ac is expected to be a natural progression from 802.11ac and become the accepted industry standard by the Wi-fi Alliance by Summer 2012 because of its many improvements and benefits.
Troubleshooting your airflow system
Learn a few tips to ensure production changes yield their full benefit.
Centralize content to improve data flow, security
Tips to help you tame the ‘documentation beast’ on your plant floor
Lift truck safety, operator excellence recognized
Crown Equipment Corp. has received Lift Truck Operator Awards from the National Safety Council, highlighting the company’s forklift operator excellence and lack of injuries.
Back to basics with functional safety
It is very easy to get caught up in the complexity of a safety system, after all, the consequences can be unthinkable. However, functional safety is all about making thinks work just as they should.
Safety Forum: Safety targets productivity
A manufacturer can have safety and productivity at the same time.
Smart Grid security framework update
An expanded list of standards, new cyber security guidance and product testing proposals are among the new elements in an updated roadmap for Smart Grid interoperability.
Selecting the optimum steam pressure for process applications
What is the correct steam pressure for a given application? Every person involved with steam systems must address this question. Learn how to select correct pressure and ensure both optimum performance of the process equipment and system reliability.
Conducting data collection – beware of interference
Users involved in data collection on a motor who are aware of the potential reasons and risks for interference can be instrumental in improving productivity and safety.
POY Finalist: Relay line
Finalist in Safety in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
POY Finalist: Fuse for solar applications
Finalist in Safety in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
2011 POY Finalists: Maintenance Software
Finalists in Maintenance Software in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
2011 POY Finalists: Material Handling Systems
Finalists in Material Handling Systems in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
POY Finalist: Motor management
Finalist in Electric Motors and Drives in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
Water hammer: The number one problem in a steam system
There is only one time to correct water hammer – immediately.
New OSHA information updates worker rights, safety tips
OSHA has released new and revised information that explains workers’ and employers’ rights, as well as how to protect workers from industrial hazards.
Gather the data to look at the true value of a safety system
“Safety system” is an apt description for a never-ending operational process.
Safety culture that is rewarded, enforced, honored
When Schneider Electric received the National Safety Council’s Green Cross for Safety Medal this year, it became the first company to receive the council’s two most prestigious awards, Schneider Electric also earned the Robert W. Campbell Award in 2009. What kind of safety program delivers this kind of safety recognition? One that isn’t a program at all; safety is a part of Schneider Electric’s culture today.
NTMA member warns Congress of NLRB interference
Mittler decries “gotcha” attitude during House hearing.
Temple Grandin to keynote AME conference
Best-selling author and lecturer Temple Grandin will keynote the Association for Manufacturing Excellence’s annual International Excellence Inside Conference, October 24-28 in Dallas, TX.
Union: Make the refinery safer, or we’ll walk
The United Steelworkers have threatened to strike at 69 oil refineries in the U.S. unless stricter safety procedures at plants and pipelines are adopted
Safety standard changed after gas explosion
NFPA 56 covers cleaning and purging of flammable gas piping systems after the explosion at the Kleen Energy Power Plant in 2010
SCADA alert: Fixes are in the works
Recent security breaches are being dealt with by suppliers having problems with SCADA vulnerabilities
Don’t place asset operation above employee safety
Power Plant Management conference to focus on balancing cost, reliability
European charging station standards a welcome move
The European automobile manufacturers' trade association (ACEA) recommended one plug/connector for all electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids regardless of the OEM.
DuPont under fire by Federal investigators
Federal investigators said DuPont should examine "all facets of its safety culture" and that could have fixed problems that led to one worker's death at a plant in Belle, WV last year
Forklifts revving up on plant floors
Investing and emphasis in new technology and safety for the machines and operators has become a higher priority for many companies.
New safety standards offer opportunity
The new safety standards offer machine builders a chance to be more efficient and more cost-effective as well as safe as the new standards become effective in 2012.
Jump-starting human reliability
Eddie Habibi, founder and chief executive at PAS, sat down and talked with ISSSource Editor and Founder Gregory Hale just before the release of PAS’ Integrity iMOC, electronic Management of Change software.
Get grounded; No hysteria
Instead of getting caught up in the hysteria of vulnerability or an attack, manufacturers have to understand their core technologies and make sure they protect them.
Plants safe, but need work
The NRC’s resident inspectors were sent to every U.S. nuclear power plant to examine the plants’ Severe Accident Management Guideline, which should contain or reduce the impact of accidents that damage a reactor core.
Chevron refinery operational after blast
Despite explosion and four deaths, Chevron plant fully operational
New wave of PLM hits the plant floor
Product lifecycle management solutions has emerged as a solution to challenges due to recession, find out how it will continue to grow.
Defending your safety system
Some of the things the industry learned from Stuxnet were modern industrial control systems/SCADA systems are highly complex and interconnected
Safety, security still top priorities for Honeywell
Honeywell looks to make the correct decisions to keep plants safe and secure and running continuously
National Safety Council Award granted to Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg
Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc. was awarded the National Safety Council's Occupational Excellence Achievement Award
IN DEPTH: High growth for low harmonics
IMS Report: Power quality issues seek a common standard as emerging economies wrestle with the issue.
OSHA renews strategic partnership to reduce injuries, lost work time at Ford Motor Co. auto plants
Partnership includes UAW, ACH and MIOSHA in partnership with OSHA, Department of Labor
Ensuring MES delivers data-driven value
Take advantage of measurement to make better production decisions.
VW becomes a U.S. manufacturer
$1 billion Chattanooga facility to produce Passat, deliver 12,000 jobs to region
Machine perimeter guarding modular system
Folding Guard’s Saf-T-Fence machine perimeter guarding modular system offers a customized alternative to permanent walls
OSHA asking for your views on health and safety
Coming to an email box near you soon: OSHA will conduct a wide-ranging survey of employer health and safety practices beginning this month.
Developing a culture of safety for 1,000 days
Eriez' world headquarters in Erie, Penn. is closing in on three years without a day lost due to injury.
Navigating the global manufacturing landscape
It takes persistence, but the world is waiting for your products.
Dig deeper to find root cause of leaks
No part is 100% sealed. Whether it is meant to or not, every fabricated product leaks to some degree, even if it’s a tiny amount.
Invensys, ACM partner on process safety
Invensys Operations Management will be the exclusive provider of a process safety decision-support solution from ACM Facility Safety, a division of ACM Automation Inc.
Best practices for steam trap installation
A steam trap has two major functions, to remove condensate as quickly as it forms, and to prevent steam discharge. There are certain installation faults, which negatively affect the ability for traps to perform these functions efficiently.
Steam Quality – Plant Operations Require High Steam Quality
What is steam quality? Why is steam quality important? What are the effects of steam quality? How is steam quality measured?
ISM number slip, but growth continues
PMI is down slightly from peak, but stays above 60 for fourth straight month
Process safety relays
PSR-FSP2/2x1 and PSR–FSP/2x1 process safety relays are safe interposing relays specifically designed to operate with fail-safe controls in process applications.
ACOPOSmulti with SafeMC seamlessly integrates in the existing system with the SafeLOGIC safety controller and the X20 Safe I/O
ABB chief: Remain security aware
Security is a hot and important topic for the manufacturing industry and if anyone thinks the Stuxnet attack just focused on one area, they need to think again, ABB’s chief executive said Tuesday.
Finding logic in safety instrumented systems
Industrial process industry is experiencing a dynamic growth in functional process safety applications.
Gatlinburg sewage plant not up to specs
The Gatlinburg Wastewater Sewage Plant basin that failed recently leaving two dead did not follow exact design specifications, a forensic engineer said Monday.
BP sues partners for Gulf disaster
It seems fitting that now the legal nightmares start up as BP sued the maker of the device that failed to stop last year’s Gulf oil spill and the owner of the rig that exploded, alleging that negligence helped cause the disaster.
Fraud foray fools phishing filter
A new phishing technique allows attackers to bypass the fraud warnings issued by browsers such as Firefox and Chrome.
Talk to me: Security in action, or inaction
When it comes time to talk about security plans, it becomes so easy to cry the proverbial “Wolf!” “Everyone will be hit. You are playing with fire. Disaster is just around the corner.” The cries are tedious and you can do it so many times that after awhile it just becomes background noise.
Antidote for Stuxnet-like attacks hits market
A new defense for killer intrusions to corporate networks and industrial control systems presumes that external firewalls won’t work at all times. Eventually enemy viruses will get to the soft side of all systems where hackers can escalate their privileges.
AME event: Quick, Easy kaizen: Not just another suggestion system
Workshop: June 14, 2011; Monee, IL
AME event: Dentsply safety kaizen blitz event
Workshop: May 18-20, 2011; Des Plaines, IL
AME event: 8-step problem solving—Toyota business practices
Seminar: May 10-12, 2011; Vance, AL
AME event: Managing a lean efficient supply chain
Workshop: April 28-29, 2011; San Antonio, TX
AME event: PDCA: The core of sustained improvement efforts
Workshop hosted by ESCO Corporation; April 20-21, 2011; Portland, OR
One year later: Tesoro refinery blast
Tesoro Corp did not adequately maintain a heat exchanger at its Anacortes, Washington, refinery that exploded one year ago leaving seven dead
Intrinsic Safety available without power limits
DART System from Pepperl+Fuchs enables process users to take full advantage of the benefits of fieldbus technology in intrinsic safety environments
Creating a STEM grid for advanced manufacturing education
Steady growth and measured funding of more than $5 million in five years to create a STEM grid supporting advanced manufacturing education is being realized by the SME Education Foundation and its partner, Project Lead The Way
Survey of economic activity
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index showed overall new business volume for February was $4.1 billion, up 28 percent compared to the same period in 2010
Refinery faces fines over safety issues
A north Louisiana oil refinery is facing over $200,000 in fines for exposing workers to the threat of fires, explosions and other hazardous conditions
PG+E created own pipeline safety rule
To avoid time-consuming and costly inspections of natural-gas transmission pipelines, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG+E) created its own safety standard federal officials said was an “incorrect” interpretation of government safety regulations.
Walkie Talkie shuts nuke plant safety system
The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant near Toledo, OH, lost the entire emergency shutdown system all because of a walkie talkie.
Stuxnet report V: Security culture needs work
Looking over the long haul, one of the key lessons from this analysis is just how complex and interconnected a typical control system is.
Video: Effectively Manage Container Contents
Ensuring the safety and integrity of container contents is critical for companies responsible for processing or handling hazardous liquid materials. Colder Products Company’s DrumQuik PRO closed chemical dispensing system provides safe, easy and economic extraction of chemicals from drums, jerry cans ad IBCs, while reducing costly spills, containing hazardous fumes, and enhancing workplace safety.
Define and celebrate the role of a RCA Site Champion
An effective Root Cause Analysis program is only as good as the people leading the effort
Judge forces chemical plant safety assessment
A federal judge extended an order temporarily preventing Bayer CropScience from using a West Virginia plant to restart production of a chemical that could be toxic if released into the atmosphere
Nuke plant in Iran pulls fuel for safety concerns
Technicians in Iran’s nuclear program now have to unload fuel from the country’s first atomic power plant because of an unspecified safety concern
Counterfeit safety certificates found
Exida unearthed counterfeit certificates claiming exida certification to Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 capability of IEC 61508 are out in the industry
Decentralized control becomes the center of efficiency
An integrated automation approach coordinates RFID, CNC, safety and vision systems at the General Motors Powertrain plant in Toledo, OH
Research on corrosion has shown us that there are two main mechanisms of corrosion, electrochemical and chemical oxidation. Both of these types have many forms and ramifications, some more accentuated than others but the mechanism with which they degrade a substance or material can always be traced back to one of these two types.
Heavy duty “mudder” radio
The HYT TC-610 Water-Resistant Radio features high capacity battery, dirt, water resistant casing
Guide to Secure Next Internet Protocol
There is now a way to deploy the next generation Internet Protocol (IPv6) securely.
Safety’s Sake: Fixed configuration firewalls
Firewalls play an important element in keeping the operation running securely. A new firewall hit the market and it is a Fixed Configuration Firewall which runs a technology known as Deep Packet Inspection.
Stuxnet Watch: Iran centrifuges likely broken
Stuxnet might be responsible for 1,000 broken IR-1 centrifuges replaced at Iran’s Natanz Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP), according to a new report.
Laser micro welding of conductive materials
Connecting conductive parts to achieve electrical contact is one of the oldest, most ubiquitous joining applications. Required in almost every industry, the technologies used to make these connections are driven by cost, joint performance and volume requirements.
BEST PRACTICES: Finding the way forward
As manufacturing slowly moves forward – and if it has hope of returning to full capacity and growth – manufacturing’s critical issues must be addressed. The urgency to act on these issues has never been greater.
Slowdown: Users turn off anti-virus software
Anti-virus software does work if used properly, but a new study shows 25 percent of consumers surveyed turned off their anti-virus software because it was slowing down the computer, while 12% considered abandoning the Internet because of safety concerns.
Hacker Report: More malware in 2011
Hacktivism and cyberwar, more profit-oriented malware, social media, social engineering and malicious codes with the ability to adapt to avoid detection will come on strong in the new year, according to a report by PandaLabs.
Stuxnet Video: Mitigation strategy outlined
Part II of a video series on the Stuxnet worm one strategy that can help mitigate attacks like Stuxnet from infiltrating your system.
Omron STI creates 2010-2011 guide to machine, process safeguarding
Omron Scientific Technology, Inc. produces the 2010-2011 Guide to Machine and Process Safeguarding, which features all the latest information on the company’s family of machine and process safety solutions.
OSHA injury, illness recordkeeping
Injury and illness recordkeeping has always been an important part of OSHA's workplace safety efforts. Accurate counting of workplace injuries and illnesses is essential to identify and address safety and health hazards and to ensure that workers receive appropriate medical treatment. And with the renewed Congressional and Agency attention on workplace injuries and illness, the accuracy of your records is more important than ever. During an OSHA inspection, the Compliance Officer will usually ask to look at the last three year's worth of OSHA 300 Logs. It's also time to complete and post OSHA's Form 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses even if there were no work-related injuries or illnesses during the year. Given that your program may come under intense OSHA scrutiny in the near future, how confident are you that your records would pass the test? Content provided by KellerOnline, a service produced by J.
OSHA hikes scrutiny of chemical plants, refineries
The feds are intensifying their watch of refineries and chemical plants. OSHA's scrutiny of the refinery industry and of chemical facilities covered by the Process Safety Management standard will increase, said Jordan Barab, deputy assistant secretary of OSHA in a late October speech at the 2010 Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center International Symposium in College Station, TX. https://www.isssource.com/osha-hikes-scrutiny-of-chemical-plants-refineries/.
Safety Feature: Keeping Disaster in Check
Five years ago a huge fireball lifted the lid off the Buncefield Oil Storage Depot in Hertfordshire, England. The disaster that struck early that December 11, 2005 morning left 43 hospitalized and an entire nation in shock. That disaster is why safety should come first, that’s why an integrated safety shutdown system and fire and gas system will keep disaster at bay. https://www.isssource.com/fire-gas-safety-systems-disaster-in-check/.
Stuxnet Mitigation: Defense in Depth Needed
Stuxnet experts are jumping out from everywhere saying they know how to mitigate the worm and clear up any issues a system might have. There seem to be some differences in approach, but one thing is pretty much agreed to by all...
Intelligent building automation platform for data centers
GE and Ingersoll-Rand have agreed to develop an automation platform to meet the energy and operational efficiency needs of data centers
2010 TOP PLANT WINNER: Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing
What TIEM did to find its way through the recession and the challenges in manufacturing was not to wait for the recession to end. The operations staff and employees at TIEM met the recession head on.
2010 POY Finalists: Environmental Health
Plant Engineering's 2010 Product of the Year finalists featured in the Environmental Health category.
2010 POY Finalists: Maintenance Products
Plant Engineering's 2010 Product of the Year finalists featured in the Maintenance Products category.
GAS TECHNOLOGY: A Newer Generation Of Industrial Burners
Efficiency, Control, Reduced Emissions
Michigan engine plant earns top environmental award
Keep Michigan Beautiful, Inc. annually recognizes programs and activities that substantially contribute to environmental improvement, beautification, site restoration and historical preservation.
OSHA updates training rules to limit class length
After audit finds problems, instructors now limited to 7 1/2-hour days to enhance learning experience
Webcast: Connecting safety and productivity
Oct. 14 Webcast will explore new standards and technologies to enable safer, more productive plants
New Standard Institute receives top Connecticut award
Connecticut Quality Improvement Award honors company's innovation and training program
Video: 2010 IMTS: Yaskawa’s two-arm robot plays Blackjack
So programming a two-armed robot to deal blackjack is a pretty nifty trick, but what practical use does it have for manufacturing? Erik Nievesfrom Yaskawa and Motoman Inc. gives Plant Engineering content manager Bob Vavra a look at how to use robotics in a variety of applications to improve manufacturing efficiency and safety during the 2010 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago. Also read: IMTS 2010: Yaskawa sees strength in merger .
Cruze gets the thumbprint of approval
Ohio GM plant rolls off the first of Chevy's challenge in the compact car market
OSHA levies $1.2 million fine against Houston manufacturer
Goodman Manufacturing cited 83 times for failing to report worker injuries and illnesses
Collaborative Process Automation System offers a game-changing opportunity
New ARC report provides vision of the future of process automation systems for the process industries
Bentley OpenPlant software launch built on iRING data sharing
Bentley’s OpenPlant software for plant creation based on an open data model. The new plant offerings from Bentley are the first commercially available products to share and meet the primary goal of the iRING user community (www.iringug.org) – that is, to enable real-time, seamless sharing and interoperability of data and information across different organizations and systems using an internationally recognized standard.
Screw blower technology a certified energy saver
Screw blowers provide on average 30% better energy efficiency over conventional lobe blower technology, delivering a new and proven energy-efficient range for air-blowing applications in a variety of industries.
Greater OSHA rules enforcement requires new emphasis on machine guarding
Many employers are not aware of the strong enforcement tools that are available to OSHA. Although these tools have been used sparingly in the past, they will undoubtedly be used more often in the future.
GAS TECHNOLOGY: Boiler NOx Emissions
In some areas, operators are required to meet what are called “Ultra-Low NOx” (ULN) requirements, typically less than 10-12 ppm. It is widely believed that the ULN requirements will be broadened to more areas. In recent years, boiler and burner designers have focused on achieving ULN compliance without significant performance penalties.
Hooking up industrial systems to the Smart Grid
Today, we are in one of the earliest phases, an instrumentation phase adding the ability to assess power utilization in real-time. The majority of federal stimulus money earmarked for the Smart Grid is being used to enhance power monitoring with smart meters that can be read remotely and in real-time.
What plant engineers said about their changing world
With more than 1,300 respondents from more than 40 countries, it's not surprising that there would be a variety of issues on the current and future state of manufacturing.
Wireless ac/dc clamp meter
This true RMS ac/dc clamp meter offers wireless linking technology and a built in infrared thermometer. The meter transmits electrical readings to FLIR infrared cameras via Bluetooth.
Cableless (Wireless) Operator Panel Applications
Cableless (wireless) operator panels for machine applications, in my opinion, need special application considerations for appropriate and safe use. True, we often talk about how a wireless field bus and a wired field bus have many similarities. Even when they are safety certified for functional safety applications they continue to have many similarities.
Decontactor Series switch-rated plugs and receptacles allow technicians to quickly change out motors, welders and other electrical equipment with plug-and-play simplicity. They are an NEC approved line-of-sight disconnects and are UL approved for branch circuit and motor circuit disconnect switching up to 200 A or 60 hp.
Cooling the Industrial Workplace
Excessive heat in a manufacturing or warehouse environment has negative effects on workers, production levels and even the quality of produced or stored goods. This is a growing concern because today's North American industries are being pressed hard to match offshore production options. Fortunately there are plant cooling solutions that can solve this problem.
Wireless Operator Panels & Machine Safety (Is There A Design & Build Standard?)
Wireless operator panels (including cableless) for machine applications have been steadily growing over the past several years. The early versions of these portable operator panels were cabled for power and control/communication which limited their range via the length of the cable. The concept was for a panel builder or engineering group to design and build a conventional operator panel but that it needed to be portable and still conform to the same industry standards and regulations as fixed operator panels.
Machine Safety – Cableless vs Wireless
Machine Safety and “cableless” vs “wireless” has been an ongoing discussion over the past two years as this technology rapidly travels through its evolution cycles to the plant floor. Personally, I’ve sat in a dozen discussions over these two terms and how to choose a word that best describes the application as well as the issues. To wrestle this one to the ground it’s my recommendation that we choose an application like - cableless pendant control.
EN 954-1: 1996 – Five Years Of Cessation
EN ISO 13849-1: 2006 was approved on or about October 2006 and simultaneously it was announced that EN 954-1: 1996 would cease to be an active standard at the end of 2008. Effectively this provided a two year period for industry (primarily in Europe) to transition to the new and incremental requirements of EN ISO 13849-1: 2006 for conformance to the Machinery Directive. Since then, the cessation of EN 954-1: 1996 has been extended twice and is currently scheduled for December of 2011.
Stronger project management can help drive manufacturing performance
As manufacturing organizations switch their focus from surviving to demonstrating business value, project governance and metrics will play an increasingly important role in keeping management informed about project performance and its impact on the bottom line and customer service.
Machine Safety and “reasonably foreseeable misuse”
In the world of machine safety it is commonly understood today that a risk analysis is required by the supplier and/or end user to identify and mitigate all hazards to acceptable levels. We get numerous questions on this process around the question of how to address the intent of the term “reasonably foreseeable misuse”? This term is actually defined in ANSI B11 - 2008, approved August 4, 2008 on page 16, clause 3.58 as: “reasonably foreseeable misuse: The use of a machine in a way not intended by the supplier or user, but which may result from readily predictable human behavior.” Furthermore, one can also find in Wikipedia a very thorough discussion with legal slant : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negligence. However, in the machine tool industry it mostly has to do with human behavior and applying thought to predicting certain possible actions. Quite commonly the life cycle of a machine is taken into account in identifying tasks and hazards as part of the risk assessment process because hazards not identified can create substantial unknown risks. The standards also say that reasonably foreseeable hazards that are not related to tasks shall also be identified. Some given examples often include “explosive environments, noise, instability, equipment failures or operational errors such as using an inappropriately sized workpiece, mechanical failure of a chuck, operating at incorrect speed, etc.” In addressing questions like this - [what is the intent of the term “reasonable foreseeable misuse?”] - my advice is always: Look up the term in several US machine tool standards Research the term on the internet Remember - interpretation is almost always required Some additional background information can be found at the following links: https://www.productsafetyletter.com/news/5569-1.html Before sale of a new product, every manufacturer should engage in a risk assessment of its product.
"Stormy weather" for Toyota
CEO apologizes as Prius brakes now add to the automaker's production woes
Machine Safety & Residual Risk
Residual risk is a term used for the past several years referring to a level of risk for a given hazard after applying protective measures (risk reduction measures). ANSI B11.TR3; 2000, ANSI B11 - 2008, ANSI / ISO 12100-1:2007, ISO 14121:2007, …..to mention a few, all tend to be harmonized on this definition. However, tolerable risk and acceptable risk are two additional terms also in the mix.
EN ISO 13849-1; 2006 – Are We Ready?
EN ISO 13849-1; 2006 is definitely on its way to US industry. It’s also true that there have been several delays for required compliance caused by extensions in Europe that have slowed broad acceptance here in the US. Last week in this blog I talked about the various segments of industry and what drives behavior to adopt or comply with safety standards. For example, don’t hold your breath for OSHA to enforce compliance to this International Standard any time this century.
Machine Safety in the US – What Drives Safety Behavior?
Machine safety standards abound here in the US. And of course we also have OSHA regulations which form the basis for Federal enforcement. Book shelves are loaded with books and publications with the single theme of addressing these two sentences. We also have employee injuries & insurance companies, productivity & operating efficiencies, the legal thing, and just plain “Best Practices”….to mention a few. With all that said and for any company in the US, what drives domestic machine safety behavior? Let me offer one opinion. In my forty plus years of experience I would offer the following generalized priority: OSHA Regulations - because it’s the law, local regulations (i.e.: state, city, municipality, etc.), business demands/policy, and perhaps the legal threat. US based consensus standards, performance requirements in a purchase order, cost savings programs, and company safety policies. International standards influence, best practices, competition, and image. The purpose of this list is not to be absolutely accurate, but instead, to drive some thinking as to where a new international standard like EN ISO 13849-1; 2006 plays a role in my business.
LadderGuard creates an egress and ingress control zone for permanently-mounted rooftop ladders. Set-up only takes a few minutes. The modular-component design is considerably lighter and more affordable than any other OSHA compliant system on the market today. The design works on parapet walls and flat roofs, with round or flat ladder rails.
GM puts an engineer in charge of North America
General Motors has put an engineer in charge of its North American operations following a shake-up at the top of its organization in December. GM chairman Ed Whitacre named engineering chief Mark Reuss the new head of GM’s North American operations in a video conference with GM employees. Reuss recently was named GM’s head of engineering, and before that headed up the GM Holden oper...
There’s still time to get this decade right
There were a number of lists making the rounds at the end of 2009. I’d say there were about 2,009 lists, to be exact, all touting the greatest achievements of the last decade – best movie of the decade, best athlete of the decade, best album of the decade. There were also a large number of lists celebrating the worst of the decade, but I see no need to be negative, except to point o...
It’s Official – EN 954-1:1996 Is Extended By The EU
On Monday of this week in Brussels the Official Journal of the European Union, 2009/C 321/09, announced the prolongation of EN 954-1 until Dec. 31, 2011. They also published a correction from EN ISO 13849-1:2006 to EN ISO 13849-1:2008.
2010 manufacturing outlook will improve, says Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International
Economic influences in 2010 include credit availability, inflation, demand, and government policies. Improvements are expected, FMA says.
IBM Expands Ecosystem of Partners to Provide Robust Data Center Solutions
IBM Partnerships Help Clients Increase Availability, Energy Efficiency; Cut Capital and Operating Costs
Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC & EN ISO 13849-1; 2006 – with comments
The EC Machinery Working Group met on Dec. 8, 2009 and voted to prolong the cessation of EN 954-1; 1996 beyond Dec. 31, 2009 and, therefore, to provide presumption of conformity to the new Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC which also becomes effective at the end of this month.
USB data logger for temperature measurements
This USB data logger is capable of measuring and recording more than 32,000 temperature readings, has a long-life lithium battery and is IP67 rated.
Be Safe – Don’t Be A Turkey – manufacturing hazards have no holiday
Machine Safety is 24/7 - so don’t be a turkey. In the annual tradition, my family gathered around the Thanksgiving table as the turkey was served. The turkey was carved, we gave thanks, and we enjoyed a wonderful meal of abundance.
Indoor air comfort
In the world of large diameter, low speed fans, comfort and energy efficiency are synonymous with air movement. It might not be the first thing facility managers think of when providing comfort for their employees, but air movement provides a year-round solution to summer cooling and winter heating, which in turn increases morale and contributes to employee safety.
ASSE pushes for more workplace safety coverage
The American Society of Safety Engineers has written to U.S. Rep. Lynn C.
Lean and Green Becomes Lean and Safe
For some time now we’ve been hearing the buzz words of “Lean and Green” only to be confirmed if one were to Google the term. Little needs to be said for anyone to have an understanding of this concept or the related importance as driven by corporate executives for sustainability of operational excellence. However, hold onto your hats.
E-Stops Have A Yellow Background, Right?
You bet! Who could not possibly know by now that practically all electrical/safety/machine guarding standards now clearly call out that an emergency stop button must be red, mushroom shaped, and have a yellow background in order to be called an emergency stopping device? Well, to quote my four year old grandson - probably a trillionmegabazillion! You guessed it, he’s paying far too much attention to cable news lately. However, in my experience, I’ve been asked far too many times by engineers, maintenance, and plant operations personnel over recent years if they really need to update their operator stations to comply with this requirement? My answer has consistently been, yes - that is my recommendation. With the added caveat of course that this requirement is one of OSHA’s most frequent violations. In my opinion, the intent behind this requirement is to unequivocally differentiate the e-stop button from other red devices in the area of the emergency stop device.
Machine Safety’s Paradigm Shift – It’s Time for Change
It’s been seven years since NFPA 79, 2002, the Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery, first changed the world (in the US) allowing businesses the opportunity to utilize either hard-wired safety systems or implement integrated safety and automation systems. Now, seven years later, several new and updated standards open many more new options that were not allowed previously. Today we see safety functions being applied to safety PLC’s, safety drives, safe motion, and even safe wireless.
Machine Safety Acceptable Risk, Tolerable Risk, 5 Comments
Machine Safety - to understand machine safety, you have to understand the concepts of “acceptable” versus “tolerable” risk. First, “tolerable risk” is the term used for the past several years referring to a level of residual risk for a given hazard after applying risk reduction measures. ANSI B11.1- 2009, Safety Requirements for Mechanical Power Presses, defines tolerable risk in clause 3.90.1 “Risk that is accepted for a given task (hazardous situation) or hazard”. In my opinion a more current term has come to life replacing tolerable risk as more focus continues to be directed at integrating the safety mindset into all phases of a machine life cycle. “Acceptable risk” is the new term that is beginning to appear in many updated standards and which in my opinion more clearly represents the implied intent of both evaluation and mitigation.
Manufacturing Convergence drives enterprise-wide change
Rockwell report: Convergence allows access of the right information, in the right place, at the right time and in the right format.
Machine Safety Standards, Additional Costs?
EN ISO 13849-1: 2006, in my opinion, will launch a paradigm shift that could force some businesses into financial difficulty if fully implemented in the US. Several reports have crossed my desk indicating that some machine safety standards are considering including the incremental compliance requirements of 13849-1. These incremental requirements involve engineering and analytical skills far and above the skills needed for task based risk assessments and the qualitative Category based hazard analysis process.
Ultrasonic leak detection has been used for a variety of applications ranging from energy reduction by locating compressed air leaks to quality assurance inspections such as locating wind noise and water leaks in automobiles. The secret to success is to understand the nature of what type of leak produces a detectible ultrasound and what does not, along with the techniques that can be used for e...
Ethernet on the plant floor: 6 key considerations for success
Already ubiquitous in enterprise office environments, Ethernet is now making its way to the plant floor, and with good reason. Using Ethernet in both environments makes it simpler to provide plant-wide connectivity and to pass data between the plant floor and IT or business departments. Data can be made available anywhere and everywhere it's needed – from supervisors in the plant to busin...
Reader Feedback – 2009-10-01
Leadership, technology will deliver manufacturing rebirth Over the past 30 years, millions of North American manufacturing jobs have been lost and replaced with generally lower paying service jobs. These manufacturing jobs helped build the vibrant middle class that raised the standard of living for millions of families.
Industry executives: Innovation the key to recovery
A federal strategy and support is critical if American manufacturers are to thrive in the post-recession global economy, leading U.S. manufacturing experts said recently. “U.S. manufacturers absolutely must have innovative energy-efficient and productivity-enhancing technology to be competitive,” Keith Nosbusch, Rockwell Automation, Inc.
ASSE president: Safety professionals are not expendable
Patton points to bottom-line savings if employers keep emphasis on worker safety
Virtual Product Showcase focus is safety, avoiding spills
Day-long event features New Pig safety, productivity experts
EN ISO 13849-1; 2006 – US Bridges Needed For Transition – Comment: Integrators, OEMs not ready
This week the issue of the EU extending EN 954-1; 1996 to 2012 is still the talk of machine safety. Some camps appear to feel comfort in the three additional years of needed time for industry to prepare for the new compliance requirements. I agree with other camps that are expressing a sense of discomfort because we believe the new EN ISO 13849-1; 2006 provides improved safety performance and machine operating efficiencies.
News Flash – The Landscape of SIL, Cat, & PL Changed Last Week – Comment: Breathing Room
Last week while I was writing my blog on this subject the European Union (EU) met and decided to extend EN 954-1; 1996 for up to three more years or 2012. This was announced internally in the United States to those of us who participate in standards writing on committees. EN 954-1 was scheduled to expire in October of 2009 and this importance drove last week’s blog.
Industry leaders urge technology push to boost manufacturing
Innovation, sustainable energy the key, Rockwell CEO tells National Press Club meeting
What’s UP With SIL, Cat and Now PL? Safety Integrity Levels, Categories, and Performance Levels of Machine Safety
We all know by now about safety rated devices according to SIL(safety integrity level) and Cat(category). Recently, a new term has emerged from Europe via ISO 13849-1; 2006 introducing PL (performance level). Most everyone agrees that both SIL and PL are hazard ratings that are quantitatively derived and can be directly related.
HVAC manufacturer finds a cool solution with HVLS fans
Industrial-grade large diameter ceiling fans spun into existence a decade ago, offering an energy-efficient, cost-saving method for circulating massive amounts of air within large facilities.
Pursuing the discipline of control system cyber security
As a relative newbie to the world of control system cyber security (who isn't?) but an old-timer to control system functional safety, there are two things I have noticed. One, the best performing companies approach safety and security as an engineering discipline. Two, they maintain discipline by having a deeply embedded safety and security corporate culture.
The Safety Standards Maze, 3 Comments: More Standards, Validation
A frequent question raised by industry is where can I go to get a comprehensive listing and understanding of machine safety standards? Most often it seems that awareness of certain safety standards are developed over time within any one company. Influences have come from knowledge on the part of individual employees, references from suppliers, educational seminars, OSHA, and more……..but there’s no one place anyone can go to research their safety standards. Like, a data base that’s both current and offers comprehensive information about all U.S.
Managing an open system
The critical piece of managing an open system, therefore, is managing complexity to improve system security and reliability.
All That Wire & Is It Safer? Comment: Simpler is Better
The possible answer to this question totally changed in 2002 with the new issue of NFPA 79 allowing safety PLC’s and safety busses. Previously, NFPA 79 clearly required anything “safety” must be hard wired. Now, seven years later, hundreds of safety PLC’s are reported to be in use in the U.S.
Ethernet gateway for Smart Grid
This Ethernet Security Gateway protects site-to-site Ethernet communications and private networks, allowing users to maximize the benefits of a Smart Grid while minimizing security risk.
Solis: OSHA to get ‘back in the enforcement business’
In an address to about 4,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professionals at the opening of American Society of Safety Engineers' three-day conference in June at the convention center in San Antonio, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said they are ready to get to work to protect workers and thanked the attendees for all that they do to ensure worker safety.
The SafeDESIGNER development and configuration tool provides an integrated safety tool for programming safety-related functions from within the Automation Studio development environment. Programming the safety application is reduced to virtual wiring of logical function blocks. In addition to function blocks and language elements that conform to IEC 61131-3, users have a library certified by T&...
Safety helps drive manufacturing growth, ASSE reports
Group to discuss how work safety drives competitveness at Expo
Top Plant, Product of the Year entries open
100 days to apply for the top awards in manufacturing
Global sourcing: Holding low-cost suppliers to higher standard yields competitive edge
Headlines about product recalls focus manufacturers' attention on whom and from where they purchase materials. Some have increased wariness of dealing with suppliers from "low-cost" countries, which may not be a bad thing.
The recovery is coming – slowly
Manufacturer's Alliance/MAPI report shows modest room for growth
‘Are You Ready’ for welding safety training?
Lincoln Electric Website offers tips on meeting upcoming OSHA regulations
Finding the right recipe for convergence
Development of industrial standards is not a rapid process. A standard committee will work for years to develop an industry-wide consensus on a new standard. Two committees now are actively working together, and you can imagine the extra time and effort involved. The ISA SP88 and ISA SP95 committees developing the ISA 88 Batch Control System and ISA 95 Enterprise/Control System Integration sta...
Recipe management requires a pinch of organization
Whether it is neatly organizing recipe cards in a home or integrating an ERP system to an automated plant floor, recipe management can present many challenges. These challenges vary across applications and industry and change based on the use of technology in the manufacturing process.
ISA100.11a standard closes in on approval
"We have passed a major milestone with the Committee vote approving the ISA100.11a draft standard," said ISA100 co-chair Pat Schweitzer of ExxonMobil.
Looking for an attendance bump at Hannover Fair
The first day of this conference saw lower attendance; day two could be key to boosting numbers.
A complete selection of locker configurations comes in 30 colors, with custom color matching available.
The HPS Fortress series of encapsulated control transformers has been expanded. Single-phase units are available in 0.50 kVA to 5 kVA. Units are encapsulated with electrical grade silica sand and resin compounds. The NEMA 3R enclosure meets or exceeds NEMA and ANSI standards. AutomationDirect www.automationdirect.
Help on the way: NAM skills certification system to help new and transitioning workers prepare for good jobs
The National Association of Manufacturers is endorsing a revolutionary new approach to certification and credentials that will "help workers succeed in high-quality, middle class jobs."
Smart technology on the grid for Congress
A big portion of the Federal Government’s stimulus package – $4.5 billion, according to Cnet News – is planned to go for the development and implementation of smart grid technology. But in recent testimony to Congress this week, executives from NIST and NEMA said that money could be squandered if distributed before standards for the technology are put into place.
New skills certification system to help prepare workers for new jobs
The program addresses core, basic skills that workers in virtually any sector of manufacturing would need coming into a new job. It’s designed to accommodate the needs of both new workers coming out of school as well as experienced workers who are transitioning jobs.
AIChE encouraging next generation of engineers
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is supporting of a variety of initiatives that encourage students to learn more about the rewards of an engineering career. In addition to its ongoing efforts with engineers and undergraduates, the institute also is reaching out to students in grades K-12.
Manufacturing plant as classroom: Reinventing continuous learning
At East Hartford, CT-based Dur-A-Flex, they've taken Lean to a whole new level. Instituting it as a continuous learning and improvement process, the company has seen increases in yield and a great reduction of waste, all while empowering its employees along the way.
Managing batch process security
Today’s security threats and vulnerabilities are wide-ranging, often complex and not always understood – particularly in terms of their impact. As such, batch access control should be integrated with managed enterprise security programs that mitigate threats from malicious codes and other sources.
It’s ‘Wii training’ for process engineers
Invensys virtual reality system makes training safer, more interactive
AIChE supporting initiatives to develop next generation of engineers
We’ve been talking a lot recently about the skills gap and the impending shortage of skilled workers that manufacturers face. Like many other professional and trade associations, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers is reaching out to students, encouraging them in several ways to seriously consider careers in engineering.
World-class in high-tech: Digital River enhances global e-commerce platform
A new regulatory fee management tool enable consumer electronics companies to meet complicated recycling and copyright regulations when selling online.
ISA releases industrial cyber security management standard
ANSI has approved a second standard in the ISA99 Security for Industrial Automation and Control Systems series. The new standard describes cyber security management criteria, including policies, procedures, practices and personnel.
Partial stroke testing topic of Emerson blog
Jim Cahill, author of the Emerson Process Experts blog, discusses many topics that affect the process industries. Frequent postings focus on safety instrumented system topics, which typically garner readers’ responses.
Power interruption component
The SENSING-SAF-START is designed to prevent small machines from restarting after a power interruption.
The PowerFlex 755 ac drive is available in power ranges from 7.5 to 250 kW or 10 to 350 hp at 400/480 Vac and 540/650 Vdc input; supports multiple languages; and meets global standards and certifications. Features include embedded DeviceLogix control, EtherNet/IP and embedded Safe Torque-Off and Safe-Speed Monitoring safety options.
Industrial vacuum cleaners promote safety
In nearly all industries, with the exception of the metals industry, the NFPA recommends vacuum cleaning as the preferred first defense method of controlling fugitive dust. NFPA 654 states, “vigorous sweeping or blowing down with steam or compressed air produces dust clouds.” This results in small particles settling on elevated surfaces.
Website, partnership focus on new hearing regulations
As the EPA works to better align Noise Reduction Ratings with real-world use of hearing protection, a number of proposed changes to testing, labeling and regulations are underway. A new Website, www.NRRUpdate.com, has been developed to provide the latest information, regulatory updates, expert insights and resources for those who are charged with implementing the new regulation...
Website focuses on new hearing regulations
Partnership with E-A-R, Peltor, 3M brings latest data to plant managers
Green reality: “Regulations won’t stop until the wooly mammoth returns”
IDC, the Framingham, Mass.-based research firm, was pleasantly surprised in a survey of 372 U.S. companies to find that the vast majority—72 percent—stated that green/sustainability issues were important to senior management. Much of the interest, however, is being driven by regulations—a key factor in doing business. As one survey respondent put it: “Regulations won’t stop until the wooly mammoth returns.”
Quality commotion: Many kids are saying no to a career in engineering
An American Society for Quality survey among youth ages 8-17—as well as among parents—aimed to provide a better understanding about the perceptions of selecting an engineering career in light of a troubling shortage, which will reach 70,000 by 2010 based on an estimate by the National Science Foundation.
The Felo Ergonic screwdriver handle conforms to the user’s hand to eliminate pressure points.
Selecting safety system designs
It would be pretty easy to understand how process facilities operate at many different levels of risk depending on how and what they’re processing. In addition, there are also many different methods for designing safety instrumented systems to address this risk.
ISA: Moving full speed ahead
As author and poet G.K. Chesterton once said, “The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears and new eyes.” The International Society of Automation's task as we start this calendar year is to do just that: develop a new outlook to match the needs of the professionals we serve.
Explore new options to bring cleaner air to the plant floor
Indoor air quality is an increasingly important responsibility for plant managers. Fundamental concerns include fiscal responsibilities for energy conservation and waste minimization, and additional duties arise from the need to comply with workplace heath and safety standards.
IR cameras: The new tool for emission leak detection
IR cameras allow users to visually discern gases in their host atmosphere. With an IR imager, one can “see” where the gas is originating, as well as where the gas cloud is traveling. From first detection to eventual gas containment and even remediation, the benefits of applying this technique are vast.
Strategies to optimize compressed air systems
In most plants, no compressed air means no production. Keeping the air system up and running is normally the responsibility of the maintenance crew. When more capacity is needed, purchasing steps in and sends a new compressor, based on which supplier is offering the best deal. But is new equipment really necessary?
Coalition addresses OSHA product-approval process
As OSHA considers using Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity as an alternative to third-party certification of electrical products, a coalition led by NEMA recently voiced its disapproval of the proposed policy switch.
U-10 brake cleaner has a low VOC content and improves brake performance by removing brake fluid, dust, dirt, grease and oil without disassembling the brake unit.
Commitment to change
The pursuit of excellence is more than part of the fabric at Square D in Columbia, MO -- it's the culture
KellerOnline updates Website navigation tools
Online safety management tool redesigned to be more user friendly
An evolutionary process: Rockwell Automation unveils a broad-based solution platform
The new PlantPAx portfolio systems and solutions platform from Rockwell Automation underscores the vendor’s commitment to developing common systems and solutions umbrellas to deliver even greater market innovation and value to process industry customers.
Workers ignoring PPE use: Kimberly-Clark study
National Safety Congress attendees say they see workers without proper safety equipment
Lighting systems outlook dim
Residential market affects domestic lighting system shipments; commercial, industrial sector holding on, but not for long
Using photoelectric sensors on the production line
Like humans, automated machinery isn’t perfect – and little mistakes can add up to a whole lot of cost and headache.
Crane and hoist inspection service
The MAINMAN crane and hoist inspection is a multi-point visual inspection of overhead lifting equipment and enhanced by proprietary software. Hand-delivered in a detailed report or accessible via the Internet, the inspection results alert users of maintenance problems and identifies areas that are in non-compliance with regulatory standards, such as OSHA. The inspections also involve the capturing of data on the condition of hundreds of equipment components in order to avoid equipment downtime.
Instant snapshot: Inventory “rightsizing” program softens impact of the credit crunch
Inventory management specialist ToolsGroup says it has an innovative new program to help companies quickly “rightsize” their inventories, free up millions of dollars of cash, and improve free cash flow—or FCF. The new program, called Rapid Inventory Rightsizing (RIR), seeks to reduce a company’s working capital needs.In this era of tight credit and higher cost of capital, cash is king. According to the U.S.
Carter named new president of Rockwell Software
Ex-Pavilion CEO moves from acquisition to head division
Invensys launches new transmitters at ISA Expo
New devices meet SIL 2 TÜV certification
DST1-XD0808SL-1 safety I/O terminals support six safety inputs, eight safety outputs and are capable of storing simple logic, which allows local inputs to control local outputs and gives users a maximum response time of 18.7 milliseconds. The terminals can act as a DeviceNet slave, allowing safety input and status information to be monitored via a DeviceNet Master.
The heat is on: Designing Lean manufacturing processes
Watlow is known for its controller systems from Winona, MN; its heaters from St. Louis, Columbia and Hannibal, MO; and its sensors from Richmond, IL. But a little-known fact is the Watlow facility in Batavia, IL is a foundry operation that casts the company’s heater technologies into useful industrial and commercial products.
Emerson expands product line into petroleum, oil and gas
“If you find an opportunity to improve your plant,” noted Mike Sander, “you’ve got to move quickly.” That’s especially true in the petroleum, oil and gas industry, where unscheduled shutdowns have a ripple impact.
FELO precision screwdrivers feature handles that are designed to be used either in a finger-tip, precision mode or a full-grip, high-torque mode.
In search of a wireless standard
Although the yet-to-be-completed ISA100 standard promises to establish policies and procedures, as well as best practices for using wireless systems in an industrial environment, there are three “standards” vying for prominence in the field device arena: ISA100.11a, WirelessHART and ZigBee PRO.
Electrical troubleshooting: 12-step program reduces downtime
Depending on the complexity of the problem, when performing troubleshooting activities the process may involve various levels of support and knowledge ranging from technicians, crew leaders, engineers and factory-trained experts.
The SFH 144-A 14-volt CPC hammer drill/driver features cordless power care lithium-ion battery technology.
Small-vehicle production ramps up
Ford Motor Co. plans to convert a body shop that will eventually produce smaller vehicles.
Fast talk: GXS EDI solution connects lighting manufacturer to global partners
Osram Sylvania, one of the two largest lighting manufacturers in the world, is using GXS Trading Grid Messaging Service to manage B2B e-commerce transactions with customers and suppliers on a global basis.
Machine safety pays off
Plant engineers are taking advantage of new machine guarding technologies endorsed by international safety standards. From the most sophisticated manufacturing operation to the simplest relay-based system, machine manufacturers and end users now have economical and effective choices to enhance machine safety.
Strengthening relationships between suppliers and OEMs
Robbins Manufacturing has a long tradition of continuous improvement. ISO certification, quality management systems, Value Stream Mapping, 5S and other Lean programs are just a few of the many initiatives the company has invested in to streamline costs and processes and better serve customers. But for owner Greg Robbins and general manager Jim Heathman, the job is never done.
Tips for financing in tight times
Good news: While the U.S. economy is stuck in downshift, manufacturing hasn't universally lost traction, nor its ability to secure money from financial markets, says Tom Murphy, executive VP of the manufacturing and wholesale distribution practice for RSM McGladrey, the fifth-largest U.S. accounting, tax, and business consulting firm.
Surface-mount dc/dc converter
These compact dc/dc converters feature high isolation, surface-mount packaging and 2-W power handling capability.
Manufacturing publications join forces with Siemens safety experts to launch new resource website
SafetyBase.com focuses on industrial automation safety issues, OSHA regulations.
exiderdome arrives in Chicago
Weather-delayed exiderdome barges into Navy Pier to kick off U.S. tour.
A different approach to a slowdown
Honda to cut back production, but workers will focus on safety, quality
USBIC advisory: Domestic manufacturers say new Democratic trade bill will stem foreign trade cheating; key loopholes remain
U.S. Business and Industry Council (USBIC) recommended quick passage of a new bill introduced by senior House Democrats to improve the enforcement of U.S. trade agreements and trade laws.
Safety contact strips
The SGE-88 and SGE-1510 models of safety contact strips, offered in ethylene propylene rubber, provide safety when exposed to aggressive chemicals.
The Macrowave RF drying system selectively heats only the patterned coatings on the web and leaves the bound moisture in the substrates intact, which prevents over-drying, distortion and shrinking. The system is capable of operating at speeds up to 1,500 FPM and requires 1/3 to 1/5 of the floor space of hot air and infrared dryers.
SME links engineering management certification program with EMCI standard
Organization now aligned with other engineering groups to unify credentials
Simplifying the complex: Sterling Commerce delivers first global e-invoicing solution
Sterling Commerce says it has the first solution that enables multinational organisations to automate electronic-invoicing processes worldwide while maintaining conformity with individual tax regulations mandated by multiple countries.“The e-invoicing landscape is complex in both regulation and technology requirements. Managing these correctly is key to increasing the comfort levels of CFOs taking on e-invoicing projects,” says Trevor LaFleche, a senior research analyst with Framingham, Mass.-based IDC Financial Insights .Sterling e-Invoice Gateway eliminates the need to support separate solutions for isolated geographies, and reduces risk and exposure by complying with ever-changing electronic invoicing tax regulations. Operational efficiencies are improved by automating both buyer and seller electronic invoice processes in compliance with country-specific tax regulations.“Compliance with e-invoicing legislation is a complex challenge that is beginning to cost global organisations significant time and money,” says Chris Johnson, a Sterling Commerce VP.
XRC sealed plugs and receptacles meet IP67 standards and protect against the ingress of dust, water and other contaminants.
‘Interoperability’ the buzzword behind Autodesk, Bentley partnership
Sharing of design and engineering data will benefit manufacturing operations
Follow common sense summer safety tips to stay cool
Use PPE, stay hydrated and conduct a job site audit to ensure safe working conditions in the heat
Strategic initiatives, foundations base of Plant-to-Enterprise conference
Annual MESA conference is Sept. 21-23 in Orlando; registration now open
Wonderware release targets water, wastewater applications
Wonderware is targeting specific vertical market segments with the recent release of its IndustryPack, which is designed to enhance overall productivity in water and wastewater facility operations.
Create a spark to reduce labor, welding costs
For 70 years, factory-made, wrought butt-welding fittings were the choice for pressure piping systems, in shapes defined by ASME B16.9. However, in recent years, new metal forming processes have enabled the development of wrought socket-welding fittings.
The Z-Deck truck leveler allows trailers to be serviced at or above dock height with a Z-shaped deck design that helps minimize the slope of the lifting surface.
REACH Roundup: Altrion, SAP and TechniData AG satisfy chemical bureau compliance
During the first several years under REACH—i.e., European Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) legislation—the average chemical company is estimated to handle 15,000 compliance projects, each involving substance registration, usage and management, supply chain, financial, and legal processes. REACH places the burden of proving the safety of chemical substances, products, and consumer use on the manufacturer and importer.Chemical, consumer product, mill, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and other process manufacturers will be denied the right to trade noncompliant substances within the European Union (EU).To help manufacturers succeed with compliance, several vendors now offer solutions for which benefits have been achieved in testing. For instance, SAP and TechniData AG recently launched SAP REACH Compliance, a comprehensive application for addressing complex tasks required by REACH.
Transformation, continuous improvement make Spirax Sarco a Top Plant
One of the many reasons Spirax Sarco was chosen for a 2007 Plant Engineering Top Plant award was the transformation the plant has made. This eight minute video explains it all.
General purpose electrical wire
THHN building/hookup wire is 19-strand 600V uncoated copper wire available in 4-14 gauge sizes and intended for general purpose, new construction or rewiring 600 V applications.
Initi@tive2008 to focus on energy issues
Schneider Electric event comes to Las Vegas Aug. 13-15
ICONICS looks forward, but keeps an eye on the past
Even if you overlook the cool factor of the 3-D plant floor imaging capabilities of the ICONICS Genesis 64 system, you still have the ability to connect your plant floor and enterprise systems in a seamless, Web-based package.
What is OPC UA and how does it affect your world?
OPC-UA is an important building block that enables users to build the next generation of software automation solutions.
Green practices meet economic value: achieving the waste-to-profit balance
One person's trash truly is another's treasure.
Julie Fraser: Strategic applications shift from enterprise to industry networks
The era of enterprise systems' strategic role is ending. In its current form, core ERP is not likely to provide full support for critical business processes, let alone strategic advantage. That's because acting as a stand-alone enterprise is no longer a competitive strategy. Most manufacturers must now function as members of industry networks.
Costs driving U.S. manufacturing firms out of China
According to an Associated Press report, China is loosing some of its attractiveness to foreign investors as rising costs are forcing some U.S. manufacturing firms to leave the country, the American Chamber of Commerce said Monday.
Intranet solution for safety management
UGL-UNICCO white paper discusses strategies to integrate safety management systems
IT: The eighth hidden waste
Information technology is tasked with creating a technology infrastructure that is more flexible, responsive and adaptable to a company’s growing and changing needs while pursuing efficiency and tighter management controls – all at a lower cost.
There’s virtue in earning fiscal and eternal profits
The Vatican announced in March that pollution is a sin.
A new gear oil series is engineered to deliver long-lasting wear and corrosion protection for gearboxes.
Conference Board findings: Indian firms slowly embrace risk management, but most efforts are defensive, not strategic
Intense global competition and rapid growth are forcing Indian firms to examine corporate enterprise risk management (ERM) elsewhere, especially in Europe, Australia, and North America, where the process is more mature, concludes a report by The Conference Board. ERM is an enterprisewide process allowing companies to identify, assess, and respond to the social, political, and economic risks of doing business.
In a down economy, opt for demand-pull strategies that lead to inventory reductions
Inventories—especially for finished goods—are a major concern for everyone in an extended supply chain, especially whenever there's threat of an economic downturn. Such a scenario seems to patently justify the adoption of demand-driven or “pull” fulfillment strategies tied directly to customer orders.
Process safety systems: Operational performance, compliance needs driving market growth
The market for industrial process safety systems is projected to more than double between 2006 and 2013, growing at a rate of 10.8 percent, reaching $2.1 billion, according to Cambridge, Mass.-based Frost & Sullivan.
Temporary panel covers meet OSHA standards and provide easy and safe access to an electrical panel that is being serviced by a qualified worker.
exida purchases AIM
Process safety consulting and certification company exida.com, LLC has purchased safety lifecycle tools supplier, Asset Integrity Management (AIM) of Aberdeen, Scotland, U.K.
The UMQ series of safety mats features a patented IP67 quick-disconnect cable connector that facilitates cable length changes in the field and is designed for backward compatibility with the mat cable location. Black safety mats in the series are available in standard sizes, with a standardized cable location.
The model 5300 twin-tamp printer-applicator is available with a choice of print engines that offer 203- or 300-dpi label imprinting. The system produces variable-sized text, bar codes and graphic images at print speeds of up to 16-inches per second. The twin-tamp printer applicator features a one-to-one relationship among its label supply, liner rewind and ribbon usage.
The Dodge MagnaGear XTR reducer is available with parallel shaft or right angle configurations.
Capgemini concludes: satisfaction, expectations on the rise for third-party logistics providers
When starting a new business relationship, it is important to map out common goals and objectives using a two-way communication process. Then, when problems or challenges occur, both parties can work to solve them together. When it comes to outsourcing, new research shows that although many organizations want to work collaboratively with their third-party logistics (3PL) providers, they are uns...
Office goes server-side: Microsoft’s blending of Office with SharePoint begets enterprise collaboration platform
For Del Monte Foods, the San Francisco-based food manufacturer, Microsoft Corp.'s portal and office software were the foundation for a formula change management system. At Metro Vancouver, the water utility for the Vancouver, B.C. area, Microsoft's SharePoint portal—along with a partner application built on it—comprise the foundation for managing real-time trends.
Designs on compliance: Kongsberg Automotive tackles regulations using quality, risk management solutions
Dyadem's FMEA-Pro quality and risk life-cycle management solution will allow Kongsberg Automotive to unify its compliance reporting from development through preparation and production, resulting in an efficient way to meet its rigorous quality standards.
Eye injuries: more than 800,000 suffered at work annually
According to Prevent Blindness America, the U.S. Department of Labor recently reported that eye injuries add up to more than $300 million each year in lost production time, medical expenses and worker compensation.
Bentley launches OpenPlant system
At the 2008 daratechPLANT show in Houston, Bentley Systems launched its OpenPlant software products system based on the ISO 15926 data model. Company officials touted the release as a way to share data throughout the plant.
A 154-page resource manual titled Introduction to Plastics includes technical information, engineering drawings, plastic application examples and a performance summary, plus general specifications for nearly 100 plastic compounds. It discusses both ASTM and ISO standards and offers all technical information in both standard and metric measurements.
Delivering demand-driven manufacturing, sustainability
Today’s manufacturers have more insight into corporate environmental sustainability than ever before. Sustainable manufacturing is all about choices – finding ways to be more strategic and reducing waste and energy while benefiting the bottom line. Essentially, an efficient plant is a more environmentally sustainable plant.
New England machine shops make the MOST of training
Like many of their New England counterparts, Kamatics, a Connecticut manufacturer of bearings primarily used in aerospace, was having challenges finding entry-level machinists to work in their facility. “We were adding new machinery, and potential employees needed more mechanical skills on the use of new equipment and needed to learn CNC programming as well,” said Kathleen Finigan.
OPC Training Institute selects Kepware as demonstration standard
Kepware Technologies announced that its products were selected by the OPC Training Institute as its preferred demonstration product for use in OPC hands-on training workshops. The OPCTI will use Kepware OPC products and technology in their training classes and Webcasts to demonstrate OPC server functionality and device connectivity.
National Safety Council’s McMillan to retire
The council’s president and CEO departs following 15 years of service and a well-documented career in the safety and health community.
Idea engineering leads to ‘Eureka!’ moments
Lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, and many other process improvement programs do more than reduce costs and eliminate waste. They create opportunities for growth by increasing capacity. This outcome may be welcome, yet often manufacturers struggle to increase sales enough to fill that capacity and grow their top-line.
Security, sustainability a main topic at ASHRAE meeting
Guidance on building security and emergency planning and response, and doing so while practicing good sustainability measures, will be presented in ASHRAE’s free public session held at the 2008 Winter Meeting. The session, HVAC Designs for Security and Sustainability, takes place from 3-5 p.m. Jan. 22.
The 2007 Plant Engineering Salary Survey is all about value. It’s about the value management places on the skills and abilities of the plant managers, and it’s about the value those plant managers place on their key employees in manufacturing. Even as more than 1,200 select Plant Engineering readers expressed concern about their ability to find and develop a future workforce, they e...
Regulatory compliance: MES, quality systems excel at pinpointing compliance violations
Adopting manufacturing execution (MES) and quality management systems can give a company a decided advantage when it comes to identifying products or shipments that don’t conform to regulatory requirements. That’s the conclusion drawn from an analysis of more than 650 manufacturing companies conducted by Boston-based Aberdeen Group.
Red alert: Increase in process automation heightens need for safety-related systems
As process-oriented manufacturers look to boost efficiency by automating more of their operations, they also will be looking for automation solutions that incorporate safety features. That’s the prediction of Frost & Sullivan, the international consulting firm that just completed a study on the market for safety-oriented systems.
H+D Graphics announces FSC certification
H+D Graphics recently announced its meeting the requirements for Forest Stewardship Council certification.
ASHRAE continues building international community of HVAC&R
The association continues to grow with a new chapter in the Pacific Rim.
EtherCAT passes as official IEC standard
The EtherCAT Technology Group announced this week that EtherCAT is now an official IEC standard.
* Matching security and sustainability * Sustainability, Lean focus at quality conference * DOE, Wisconsin promote energy efficiency
Process control instrumentation: Advanced applications for isolators and signal converters
Isolators can be used for many applications in process control beyond just eliminating ground loops and conditioning signals. In Part 2 of this exclusive two-part series, Greg Feliks of Moore Industries presents a selection of advanced applications for isolators and signal converters.
Manufacturing’s future: Chasing the ‘Perfect Plant’
The perfect plant is your vision of a fully integrated, seamlessly operational factory in its purest state. Every key process has been identified and optimized, while the systems supporting it have been simplified, streamlined and stabilized.
The CodeSmart Design & Specification Tool: Best Practices for Code Compliant Lighting Controls CD includes video presentations, PDF files, CAD files and links to related information for specifiers and building owners. The content focuses on energy code requirements, code-compliant lighting and design solutions.
Improve all the M’s in TPM system
As discussed last month in Part 1 of our look at TPM, “Total” and “Productive” are the methods by which organizations implements solutions to resolve issues associated with Machines, Manpower, Materials and Money. In Part 2, we explore the focus of improving each of these M’s within TPM.
The Quik-Spec safety switch is designed to maximize user protection with IP-20 finger-safe CUBEFuse integration. The switch features current-limiting Class J performance in both energy and incident levels. The flange-operated handle is operable with electrical gloves and lockable with up to three padlocks to protect maintenance workers.
Low-profile sanitary screener
The VIBROSCREEN FLO-THRU model K24-1FT-SS employs two unbalanced-weight gyratory motors mounted on opposing exterior sidewalls of the unit, reducing minimum height requirements.
Simon Jacobson: Pending U.S. import safety act drives reconsideration of quality management
The current flurry of product recalls has finally attracted government attention. A cross-agency task force recently presented President Bush with an action plan containing short- and long-term recommendations for improving the safety of imports entering the U.S. The proposal ultimately calls for increased visibility into product-related data and greater deployment of U.
NEMA publishes safety standard
ANSI Z535.2-2007 American National Standard for Environmental and Facility Safety Signs contains requirements for safety signs to be used to alert individuals of the existence of potential hazards to personnel or property in the environment or in facilities, the nature and potential severity of the hazard, and the steps to be taken to avoid the hazard.
Safety management system
CHAMPS LOTO lockout/tagout system is designed to provide integrated safety management functionality for the spectrum of operations and maintenance organizations involved in locking and tagging equipment. The system delivers safety to the workforce during construction, installation, set up, inspection, modification and maintenance of machines or equipment where employees can be exposed to hazards.
Paper manufacturer sustains quality and the environment
Dave Lunati surveyed the overflow crowd at his presentation on sustainable packaging at October’s Pack Expo in Las Vegas and stated the obvious. “It’s clear sustainable packaging is an important topic this year,” he told the audience. Lunati, the marketing director for Monadnock Paper Mills in Bennington, NH, gave a simple explanation for why his paper manufacturing plan...
Modular quick-connect system
The BradPower quick-connect system is designed for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries; meets FDA-regulated sanitary requirements; and complies with the NFPA-79-2002 standard, which paved the way for conduit-free, soft-wired systems for industrial machinery. The modular wiring system features rugged, factory-applied connector heads molded onto cables in a system that includes trunk...
High-output light fixture
The 400-Watt high-bay light is a temporary lighting fixture designed for efficiency and use in commercial, industrial and warehouse work areas. The halide lamp meets OSHA 1926.56 requirements for minimum illumination of work bays. It outputs 36,000 initial lumens at 4,200 Kelvin color rendering. Additional features include a Type-O lamp and mogul socket, a spring-loaded clamp hook and a heavy-g...
Efficiency at root of standards debate
An estimated annual energy savings of 13% relative to ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004 should result from a proposed addendum regarding air- and water-cooled chillers. ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, provides minimum requirements for the energy-efficient design of buildings.
Essential Suite 7.0 provides organizations the ability to reduce complexities, risks and costs associated with operating disparate EH&S systems. The software allows the user to monitor and manage their EH&S activities at various levels of the organization and meet compliance requirements under multiple regional, national or international jurisdictions.
Nanofiber cartridge filter
Advanced Nanofiber Filtration Technology is designed for dust collection cartridge filters. The technology provides a surface treatment of fine synthetic nanofibers, forming a nanoscopic mesh to trap dust particles on the filter’s surface. The fibers measure 70-150 nanometers or 1,000 times smaller than a human hair, collect submicronic dust particles at MERV 15 efficiency levels and are ...
The 360° high-intensity work light is a cool fluorescent lamp designed to spread high-intensity, wide-area light to enhance visibility in plant environments. The T8 fluorescent lamps are suitable for indoor use and meet OSHA requirements for minimum illumination. It features a multi-functional lamp cap, a clear PVC diffuser guard, a 10-A unswitched convenience receptacle and a NEMA 5-15 pl...
As manufacturing changed, so did PLANT ENGINEERING
I started with PLANT ENGINEERING magazine in November 1969 as an associate editor for environmental and safety coverage. My previous “plant engineering” experience was as the engineering officer on a Navy ship. “I don’t know a lot about pollution control,” I told the editor, Vern Kempf.
NEMA standard addresses hookup wire
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published the NEMA HP 6-2007 Electrical and Electronic Silicone and Silicone-Braided Insulated Hook-Up Wire Types s (600 V), ZHS (600 V), SS (1000 V), ZHSS (1000 V) and SSB Braided (1000 V). The NEMA High Performance Wire and Cable Section as a non-government standard for replacement of MIL-W-16878 silicone rubber-insulated wire slash she...
ISA Symposium destined for Pensacola Beach
The 54th annual ISA International Instrumentation Symposium will be held May 5-8, 2008, at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front Hotel, Pensacola Beach, Fla.
ISA announces POWID symposium dates and Call for Papers
Technical sessions, tutorials, an exhibit, and social events will be among the attractions available to attendees.
Power converters offer packaging, mounting and input choices; remote sense, comprehensive overvoltage and overload protection circuitry are standard.
The Luminaire disconnects series 873, or LUMI-NUTS, is designed for use in linear fluorescent fixtures with ballasts. The series was designed to meet NEC 410.73 (G), CEC 30-308 (4) and CSA/UL Standard 2459 for insulated, multi-pole splicing wire connectors. The terminals facilitate daisy-chaining power from separate ballasts, eliminating additional connectors.
NECA publishes standard for fuse applications
NECA 420-2007, Standard for Fuse Applications (ANSI), has just been published by National Electrical Contractors Association.
The MVS-8600e family of frame grabbers connects Camera Link cameras through the PCI Express interface. The frame grabbers are available in cost-effective, single-channel and dual-channel models that increase throughput. The units are equipped with machine-vision software tools that locate objects or patterns, measure their geometric properties, detect defects and read characters and codes.
Available in gray with a yellow top, the RoHS-compliant emergency stop box polycarbonate enclosures measure 65x65x57 millimeters and is designed as an accessory for the Series 84 illuminated emergency-stop button. A 16-millimeter version is available for use with the Series 61 emergency stop, and all enclosures meet IP66 standards.
Designing for safety: An OSHA case study
From the ground up, proper safety processes are part of wastewater treatment plant's design
Lead plant-wide safety with commitment, planning
In a plant environment, a company’s greatest asset is its workers, and protecting those workers from illnesses or workplace injuries is critical to success. Operating an injury-free facility is no longer a dream. In many plants and manufacturing facilities, it has become a reality – and not just for a year, but for several years running.
ISA, MIMOSA, OAGi, OPC, and WBF join forces
The groups are the prinicipal members of OpenO&M, a cooperative forum where members can work together to solve automation challenges through standardization and harmonization of industry guidelines.
Open O&M a forum for automation groups
Five associations to share knowledge and work on projects -- but won't set standards
National Safety Council makes BAPCO 2007 Robert W. Campbell Award recipient
The first non-North American company to receive the award, Bahrain Petroleum dedicates a number of resources to safety, health and environmental efforts, including a full-time staff, regular assessments and audits of performance and a budget of $20 million.
Wheelz protective eyewear is part safety glasses and part safety goggles. It has a ventilation system that helps reduce fogging by circulating air through the optical chamber and an elastic head strap that adjusts to the user’s head size. One-piece lenses provide an unobstructed view and the dark green frames have either IR filter shade 3.
SME launches laser cutting certificate program
The program builds on fundamental knowledge of CNC operations and part design for CO2 laser cutting.
OSHA announces release of new thermoforming module
The module reviews potential hazards associated with thermoforming, detailing the various stages of the process and its ancillary procedures.
World Standards Week arrives in Washington mid-October
Meetings, forum discussions and networking events all planned as part of the four-day event.
MESA International moving forward
New association model, Website unveiled at Plant2Enterprise Conference
Info management system
An environmental health and safety information management system is designed to promote consistent regulatory compliance and uniform record keeping. The system integrates with previous EHS infrastructure, and automates environmental health safety functions, including audits and EHS metrics. The system’s software modules are capable of configuration as stand-alone units or integrated suite...
Looking at Lean in a new way accommodates unique workers
What do you do when many of the standards of Lean cannot be applied to an organization that otherwise needs to streamline its operations? For Paul Gormley and his colleagues at Iowa State University Extension, Center for Industrial Research & Service (CIRAS), it meant looking at Lean through a new lens.
Jeffrey, Johanson to be honored at 2007 ISA gala in Houston
William Jeffrey, director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and K. Arvid Johanson, former chief control system engineer for Union Carbide Corporation/Bechtel Association, will be honored by ISA at its awards gala in Houston as part of October’s ISA Expo. The Honors and Awards Gala 2007 is at the Hyatt Regency Houston, Houston, on Oct.
Standards coming on enterprise control integration
ISA-95 standard the umbrella for WBF, OAGi collaboration
Web-enabled technology makes fast work of trade regulation compliance
Despite more than five years of on-again/off-again negotiations, the major stumbling blocks to a global free-trade agreement are differences between developed nations—the U.S., Japan, and the European Union—and the major developing nations, represented primarily by China, India, and Brazil.
Wonderware appoints Bullotta vice president and chief technology officer
Co-founder of Lighthammer and previous vice president of SAP joins Invensys company.
Rockwell Automation acquires ICS Triplex
Rockwell Automation has acquired ICS Triplex, which will continue to operate under its current brand name as a Rockwell subsidiary.
NAFTA’s impact quantified; CATFTA’s explored
There’s little evidence that large numbers of U.S. manufacturing jobs were lost due to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In fact, most economists believe NAFTA had only a marginal impact on the much larger U.S. economy.
Standards committee proposes Security Compliance Institute
At a May 2007 meeting with the ISA-sponsored Automation Standards Compliance Institute, an ad-hoc group of asset owners and suppliers of industrial automation technology and services moved forward with a plan to establish an ISA Security Compliance Institute. The group’s mission is to decrease the time, cost and risk of developing, acquiring and deploying control systems by establishing ...
The MegaLift FSE vertical lift module meets OSHA standards for quiet operation.
ASHRAE, DOE partner to improve energy efficiency
Under a new agreement, ASHRAE and the U.S. Department of Energy will work to increase building energy efficiency standards for the year 2010 by 30 percent over 2004 standards.
Sidney Hill, Jr.: China PR: a heck of a job
The United States has long had what I consider a strange relationship with China. For decades, American consumers have gorged on goods made in China because the prices are low in comparison to similar items produced in other countries. Many U.S.-based manufacturers also rely on Chinese companies to supply them with parts or raw materials, or even to produce finished goods on their behalf.
Case study highlights benefits of comprehensive safety and health program
Ritrama, a multi-national corporation that manufactures pressure-sensitive films and labels for a variety of industries, designed and implemented a program to educate employees, managers and supervisors about safe work practices and procedures in its Minneapolis manufacturing plant.
NEMA launches electroindustry blog
Among the topics NEMACurrents will focus on are legislation affecting the industry, energy efficiency, anti-counterfeiting and more.
Learning how to leverage Lean Six Sigma’s power
There are two internationally revered business approaches that, when combined, can offer any company exemplary, tangible improvements and benefits. They are two intensely disciplined approaches that identify and aggressively eliminate wasteful actions, steps and activities that are neither productive nor profitable.
Leading organizational improvement: Finding structure within culture
What is it that causes anyone of us to step across the line and commit to a significant undertaking or a new way of doing things?
ISA Security Compliance Institute proposed
At a May 2007 meeting with the ISA-sponsored Automation Standards Compliance Institute, an ad-hoc group of influential asset owners and suppliers of industrial automation technology and services moved forward with a plan to establish an ISA Security Compliance Institute.
The line of ANSI Class 2 is perfect for highway and roadway construction zones, airports, emergency response, law enforcement, utility workers, survey crews, railroad workers and directing traffic.
Bilingual approach to Lean breaks down barriers to success
While Lean manufacturing concepts are taking hold in a variety of manufacturing industries, the food processing sector has been slower to adopt its principles and tools. Certainly, food processing companies with typically thin margins can quickly realize the benefits of Lean in improving profitability and productivity.
WBF honors Brandl, Emerson for work on ISA specifications
World Batch Forum presented its Thomas G. Fisher Award to Dennis Brandl, principal consultant of BR&L Consulting and Dave Emerson, principal system architect for Yokogawa Corp. of America. They were recognized for their contribution to the ISA-88 and ISA-85 specifications. The presentations were made during the WBF 2007 North American Conference in Baltimore.
Flow economy determines true pump system efficiency
A properly sized and operated pump can be one of the most efficient means of performing useful work. An average sized pump operates near 75% efficiency, compared to a combustible engine which operates at only 20% efficiency. In relative terms, a pump can be an efficient machine. It is easy to lose sight of the enormous potential for energy savings that exists by optimizing pump systems.
On-the-job safety challenges include criminal activity
As a 1988 graduate of Virginia Tech, the recent events in Blacksburg, Va., are very much on my mind. While OSHA has taken no position on this event other than to express sincere condolences to families affected, I thought it might be appropriate to write an article on workplace violence. Workplace violence is not a new concern for OSHA.
Simplifying machine safety
The safety landscape has changed, and it means changing the way you look at your wiring systems.
BLident is the first modular RFID system with built-in I/O capability. Users may add additional I/O modules to the RFID system: up to 8 channels of RFID, plus additional discrete or analog I/O comprise a single node on the network. Built on the ISO15693 13.56MHz HF standard, BLident can be integrated into existing platforms and supports PROFIBUS-DP, DeviceNet, Modbus-TCP, PROFINET and EtherNet/IP.
Carhartt, Inc.’s durable and comfortable workwear is now available in fits and sizes designed especially for women. The women line of clothes and accessories consists of jeans, dungarees, knit shirts, sweatshirts, outerwear and accessories, including the iconic Carhartt Detroit Jacket and Sandstone Work Dungarees. To ensure that the women clothing line and accessories meet the same demanding standards as Carhartt’s existing workwear, Carhartt had women in a variety of fields give real-world torture tests to the new products, then interviewed the testers and examined their test garments for potential issues.
The KR5 Sixx CR cleanroom robot can be integrated with little space consumption and is designed to satisfy numerous requirements of cleanroom applications.
Unifying information a key to plant floor connectivity
Plant-floor information systems connect data collected at the machine level with enterprise and corner-office software. The exact terminology used to describe such systems range from Manufacturing Execution Systems to Manufacturing Intelligence. The latter term is preferred by Foxborough, MA software provider ICONICS, which is taking its message on the road this year in a series of sessions cal...
ISA wireless forum is July 23-24
ISA will sponsor a two-day conference, “Wireless Solutions for Manufacturing Automation: Insights for Technology and Business Success,” on July 23-24 at the Marriott Vancouver Airport in Richmond, BC, Canada. The program provides insight into the current state of wireless technologies for manufacturing and control systems.
In the midst of challenges, find a little room for humor
So, this maintenance manager walks into a bar and . . . It is right about this point that our in-house editor at Life Cycle (bless her little pea-pickin’ heart!) starts bleeding all over my proposed articles for publication. She says that magazine and other articles for publication are serious stuff, and there is no place for humor.
The supermagnet controls the opening of movable machine guards in harsh industrial environments with electromagnets and can prevent unintentional opening of guards. It controls, in conjunction with a delay module, the opening of guards at the end of the machine cycle. The magnet complies with IP65 standards and ensures reliability in hostile environments, and its non-contact design facilitates less wear and higher tolerance to door misalignment.
ISA hosts conference on wireless
"Wireless Solutions for Manufacturing Automation: Insights for Technology and Business Success," is a two-day conference that will examine several topics concerning wireless technology. Scheduled for July 23-24 at the Marriott Vancouver Airport in Richmond, British Columbia, topics will include: Overview of wireless technology Current state of commercialization of wireless solutions Current state of standards for wireless solutions Making the business case for implementing wireless solutions Case histories of wireless implementations Click here for more information.
SIL 3-rated relays: The new ‘accepted industry practice’
Accepted industry practice for process safety applications has been the use of standard relays in redundant or triplicate configurations to achieve 'safe’ standard relay functionality. This functionality has included: Unfortunately, the use of standard relays has its drawbacks in comparison to the new breed of SIL-rated relays.
No matter the plant size, quality management systems measure up
By now you have seen the press espousing the millions of dollars contributed by quality efforts such as Lean and Six Sigma to the bottom line of large corporations. If you’re a small company, perhaps less than 2,000 or 3,000 employees, you may have wondered if these same quality techniques might do the same for your company? Well, the answer is yes, but… Smaller companies cannot ope...
ASHRAE hosts online seminars on sustainability
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers continues the push for sustainable operation through its ASHRAE Learning Institute. Topics range from an introduction to green buildings and sustainability to complying with various standards. Click here for more information or here to register for the seminars.
The low-profile Flo-Thru sifter features a gap-free screen frame with quick-disconnect clamps and a crevice-free interior finished to cGMP, 3-A, USDA and FDA standards. The unit can be disassembled without tools and is intended to scalp oversize particles as small as 38 microns (400 mesh) from dry bulk materials or solids-laden slurries. The sifter is offered in diameters of 24, 30, 40, 48 and 60 inches and can be equipped with either single or twin imbalanced-weight gyratory motors.
High performance ID reader
The DataMan 100 provides code-reading and simplicity in a package that’s smaller than a flip phone, using IDQuick software for fast reading of well-formed codes. All DataMan 100 readers offer easy setup with integrated illumination, a beeper, adjustable optics, a built-in aimer and a pushbutton trigger.
National Safety Council features CEOs who “get,” implement safety
The National Safety Council , in its February issue of Safety+Health Magazine, published its annual special report titled “CEO’s Who‘Get It.’” The story features commentary from nine CEOs, from companies across industry, on what their individual organizations are doing to implement safety and emphasize its importance in their operations. Click here to read excerpts from the story. Text of the full interviews from five of the CEOs is also available.
Compact DPM reader
DataMan 100 fixed-mount ID readers provide the capability to read printed barcodes and 2D direct-marked codes in a package that's smaller than a flip phone. The reader is easy to deploy and is intended for use in fixed-mount reading applications. The reader uses IDQuick software, a decoding tool for fast reading of well-formed codes.
Avantis white paper
Avantis white paper First Name: Last Name: Company: Address 1: Address 2: City: State: Zip Code: Country: Company Phone: Cell Phone: Company Website: Job Function: Industry: E-mail: What is your company's total annual revenue?: What (if any) is your current CMMS, EAM or ERP system?: How many maintenance and planning staff do you have in total for all of your firm's plants?: Do you plan to pursue a CMMS, EAM or ERP solution in the next:.
ASME starts company, expands reach in China
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers has established a limited liability company named ASME Asia Pacific, LLC, enabling the society to further its global outreach in codes and standards, conformity assessment, continuing education and other programs. The Beijing-based office will form the base of operations to advance the society’s growth in an area that the organization considers a key market for engineering services. In addition to promoting understanding and use of codes and standards programs in the growing markets of the Asia Pacific, the company will be engaged in expanding the reach of the society’s engineering workforce short courses and training seminars throughout the region. “ASME Asia Pacific will provide the society an on-the-ground presence in growth markets,” said Virgil R. Carter, executive director of ASME.
Lead your organization with a higher purpose
Leadership is an essential and even dominant element in any company’s business success. Data from benchmarking studies and subsequent analysis through statistical correlations indicate 'leadership’ to be the primary influence on the success of a company in applying best practice. But what is leadership? How do we become leaders? Are we born with leadership qualities? Can we learn it...
For managing inventory, technology counts
Controlling inventory can be an agonizing task for a manufacturer. Keeping track of raw materials, works-in-process and finished products is obviously critical to a company’s bottom line; these items have to be well-managed and accounted for. But tracking them may not even be half the battle. None of those materials get processed and out the door as finished products without being brought...
Today’s flashlights built for performance – and safety
For plant engineers, high performance and safety go hand in hand. And today’s flashlights are up to the challenge. The comprehensive array of flashlights – from compact, super-bright lights that are virtually unbreakable to specialty lights that can detect hard-to-find HVAC leaks or isolate repairs with laser pointers – are essential tools for plant technicians as they perform...
HART-compatible Foxboro Model 84S sanitary vortex flowmeters are designed for use in sanitary liquid, gas or steam pharmaceutical applications. The series provides accuracies of ±0.5% of reading with liquids, and ±1.0% of reading with gas and steam. The sanitary vortex is 3A-authorized per specification 28-03 and features a crevice-free design with no moving parts.
OSHA issues final rule on electrical installation standard
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a final rule in Wednesday’s Federal Register for an updated electrical installation standard. "These are the first changes to the electrical installation requirements in 25 years, so it is important the standard reflects the most current practices and technologies in the industry," said Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., assistant secretary for occupational safety and health. "The revised standard strengthens employee protections and adds consistency between OSHA's requirements and many state and local building codes which have adopted updated National Fire Protection Association and National Electrical Code provisions." Changes to OSHA's general industry electrical installation standard focus on safety in the design and installation of electric equipment in the workplace.
Report claims global expansion a positive for U.S. growth
A January report from the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI put forth an argument that for some in the manufacturing sector amounts to calling the sky green and the sun purple. The report contends foreign expansion by U.S. companies is good for the domestic economy. “The most frequently expressed fear of globalization – that multinational corporations will shift production from the relat...
Electrical training program
Electrical Safe Work Practices, a computer-based presentation, is extracted from the material covered in the full text training module on Electrical Safe Work Practices, also included in this package. It provides the information required by OSHA 29CFR1910 Subpart S, as well as other important safety information not required by OSHA.
Exceeding international health and safety standards, including OSHA/NIOSH guidelines, ScandMist uses a three-stage filtration system to separate oil fumes, oil mist and emulsion mist, even under extreme operating conditions and during continuous operation. Air from one or more connected machine tools first passes through two high-efficiency, deep-pleated filter beds, which remove oil mist.
Suitable for pharmaceutical, food and dairy applications, as well as chemical applications where cross-contamination is a concern, the Vibroscreen ultra-sanitary, double-deck screener for scalping, de-dusting and dewatering of contamination-sensitive materials meets cGMP, 3-A, USDA and FDA standards.
WBF 2007 North American Conference, “Mining for Gold – Discovering the value of standardized process automation,” April 30–May 4, Baltimore, MD
The 2007 WBF North American Conference will be held April 30 through May 4 at the Tremont Plaza Hotel in Baltimore, MD. The theme of the WBF 2007 North American Conference, "Mining for Gold — Discovering the value of standardized process automation," embraces automation processes, tools and applications being implemented in our industry today and in the future. The conference will showcase the automation’s leading experts who will address manufacturing system control — from batch to continuous, discrete and hybrid processes, from production planning to equipment automation. Keynote speakers, panels and discussion forums will provide focus on implementation of industry standards including ISA-88, ISA-95, B2MML and Make2Pack. WBF's collaborative activities with ISA, OMAC and MESA will also be highlighted. For more information or to register, call (919) 314-3970 or visit www.wbf.org .
Schick’s Milford plant achieves star status in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program
Schick Manufacturing's Milford, CT, plant has earned star status in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program. The plant, which employs 470 employees, plus 205 temporary employees supervised by Schick, manufactures shaving products. It is one of 1,600 workplaces in 270 industries nationwide that have earned VPP status.
Disconnect fluorescent luminaires safely
The Sta-Kon luminaire disconnect enables disconnection of power to fluorescent lighting fixtures without exposure to live wires. Developed in response to a new NEC requirement that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2008, the luminaire disconnect is UL listed and CSA certified for this application.
Schneider’s Petratis to deliver Manufacturing Summit keynote
Plant Engineering magazine will host its Manufacturing Summit in Chicago from Sunday, April 1 to Tuesday, April 3. This unique event will bring together the top leaders in manufacturing strategy and product development with plant managers throughout the country. The Summit is designed to help plant managers learn about the latest in technology and techniques that will help their plants run bett...
Coming to a theater near you: ‘Safety’
“SAFETY: Uncover the Competitive Advantage” is the name of a full-screen, high definition 45-minute movie that will be viewed in theaters in 45 cities across the U.S. beginning in January. General Motors, Astec Industries, AMT, Camotion and Dematic are a few of the companies that joined with Siemens Energy & Automation to produce and launch the movie production that features a w...
Sensor actuator interfaces
Full-featured active sensor actuator interfaces for industrial applications provide users with wiring flexibility to achieve modular and decentralized process control in automation applications. Available in robust and environmentally rated IP67 housings, each of the SAI’s support Profibus, DeviceNet and CANopen, as well as Ethernet, Ethernet/IP, PROFINET and Modbus/TCP.
The PMB Series is a low-cost, multifunctional brake alternative that is suitable for use in a range of applications. Available in nine standard frame sizes ranging from 30 to 120, they feature a torque range from 45 to 4,250 lb-in; in diameters ranging from 3.30 to 11.89 inches. Operating voltages of 24/90/190 Vdc are standard, with other voltages available upon request.
Wireless working group established for end-users
Current and future industrial applications for wireless technology will be the focus of the User Working Group, which was formed to ensure that the ISA-100 standard will be consistent and provide maximum benefit to the market. The UWG will also provide input that will help drive the development of ISA-100 compliant devices from multiple suppliers.
NAM welcomes EPA rule streamlining release regulations
The National Association of Manufacturers Tuesday welcomed new EPA regulations easing reporting requirements on toxic releases from more than 24,000 manufacturing, mining and waste management facilities. “By streamlining the regulation process, the EPA will ensure continued improvement in the nation’s environmental quality while sustaining economic growth,” said NAM president John Engler. The final rule, promulgated pursuant to the Toxics Release Inventory program, will allow more businesses to use a shorter, simpler disclosure form.
ISA wireless committee forms user working group
ISA's SP-100 committee, Wireless Standards for Automation, recently formed a new user working group to provide input and feedback to the committee's technical working groups. The UWG will review, comment on, and provide recommendations for the work of all SP-100 technical working groups. The group will focus on both current and future industrial applications for wireless technology, and provide input that will help drive the development of ISA-100 compliant devices from multiple suppliers. The UWG will act as a single, global voice of the end user community. "In a recent meeting held via teleconference with several end users, the users clearly identified a need for an increased focus on security as part of the standard," said UWG co-chair Greg LaFramboise of Chevron .
DOE adopts ARI standards for testing efficiencies
The U.S. Department of Energy issued a final rule on Friday, Dec. 8 adopting ARI standards as federal test procedures for evaluating the energy efficiency performance of a variety of commercial cooling and refrigeration products. "While manufacturers have voluntarily conformed to ARI Standards for years, the federal government’s adoption of these standards will lend even more strength to their value in the global marketplace," said Karim Amrane, ARI’s vice president of public policy.
Blog! Five Fast Things for December 15, 2006
1. Top Plant winners: Congratulations to this year’s Top Plant recipients — Toyota , BMW and Square D . The Plant Engineering staff hustled around the country to visit these facilities and get an on-the-ground view of excellence. Our senior editor, Kevin Campbell, got a view of excellence at 140 mph behind the wheel of a BMW.
Blog! Five Fast Things for December 8, 2006
1. Air conditioning in January? Chicago awoke today to find temperatures in the single digits, wind chills below zero and frost everywhere. (If you are south of Nashville, stop snickering.
NEMA pushes for EU to reduce the burden of regulations
While the National Electrical Manufacturers Association has been closely following European Commission vice president Guenther Verheugen's Better Regulation Initiative, it has yet to see meaningful reduction in the amount of red tape confronting companies in the European Union. With the development and implementation of several new environmental directives in particular, the EU business climate...
ISO explores hydrogen fuel cell storage for safer transport
An ISO technical specification defining safety requirements for the transport of long-lasting fuel cells heralds a new era for handheld consumer devices such as laptops and mobile phones. Hydrogen can be stored and transported in solid form and later released and used under specific thermodynamic conditions.
NAM offers proposal to provide environment, public health benefits
In comments submitted recently on the Environmental Protection Agency’s New Source Review proposal, the National Association of Manufacturers urged the EPA “to continue efforts that will simplify the regulatory permitting process in a meaningful manner.” During the current rulemaking, regulators are addressing debottlenecking, aggregation and project netting procedures to atte...
Safety cell enclosure
The Enviro Saf-T-Cell, a standardized safety cell enclosure with an integral air filtration system, is designed for robotics, metal forming and fabrication, welding, printing, manufacturing, assembly and other hazardous processes. It uses regularly-stocked, off-the-shelf components packaged in an unlimited number of sizes.
Hotwire on Instrumentation: November 2006
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Bug Barriers are designed for use in and around loading docks, dumpster areas and food packaging and processing areas. Roll-up and sliding doors are manufactured to withstand a multitude of work environments. Standard wall-mounting options include header and face of wall, and a standoff bracket mounting is optional.
NEMA urges more forceful effort in EU to reduce regulatory burden
While the National Electrical Manufacturers Association has been closely following European Commission vice president Guenther Verheugen’s Better Regulation Initiative, it has yet to see meaningful reduction in the amount of red tape confronting companies in the European Union. With the development and implementation of several new environmental directives in particular, the EU business climate is, if anything, worsening, the association said. “Though well intentioned, these regulations are not only freighted with a faulty understanding of cost-benefit, innovation and the marketplace, they are also driving trade and investment away from many European economies,” observed Evan Gaddis, NEMA president. “At a time when international competition is intense and the EU should be rationalizing its regulatory regime in accordance with its Lisbon Agenda goals to boost competitiveness, Brussels still seems to be moving in exactly the wrong direction.” Notable among these regulatory regimes is the proposed regulation on the registration, evaluation, and authorization of chemicals, which would impose extensive re-certification and reporting requirements on both chemical companies and downstream users. “The Better Regulation Initiative would be a move in the right direction and we are pleased that vice president Verheugen has cited REACH in particular,” added Gaddis.
Proposal to provide environment, public health benefits
In comments submitted this week on the Environmental Protection Agency’s New Source Review proposal, the National Association of Manufacturers urged the EPA “to continue efforts that will simplify the regulatory permitting process in a meaningful manner.” During the current rulemaking, regulators are addressing debottlenecking, aggregation and project netting procedures to attempt to streamline the program. “Doing so will enable industries and the administration to provide real benefits to the environment and public health,” said Bryan Brendle, NAM director of energy and resources policy. “Streamlining and clarifying the program will help our members implement projects that increase energy efficiency, reduce the intensity of air emissions and continue to improve the nation’s air quality.” On a side note, Brendle expressed concern over the frequency with which federal regulators attempt to revise NSR and the subsequent legal troubles, which not only delay regulations but also create business uncertainty. “I think we’ve reached a point where NSR reform, as well as other programs under the Clean Air Act, should be reformed through the legislative process,” Brendle said. Log onto www.nam.org/rep for more information.
POWER-GEN International 2006, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL – Nov. 28–30
POWER-GEN International brings the sharpest minds in the industry together for three days of education, training, fast-track networking and new business negotiation. With passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the power industry faces many important questions in 2006: •Will natural gas prices ease as liquefied natural gas supplies come nearer to fruition? •How many of the 100-plus coal-fired power plants under development will progress toward construction? •Will the nuclear renaissance sustain and build its momentum? •How large of a share of the U.S. power mix will renewable energy acquire? •Will environmental pressures lead to regulations on carbon dioxide emissions? Beyond such questions, the industry will also be subject to intensifying competitive pressures, leading to further consolidation and cost-reduction efforts. Get ready. With the industry on the threshold of change, there's never been a more critical time to learn about the latest developments and trends impacting the industry in 2006. For more information, or to register, visit: https://pgi06.events.pennnet.com.
Precision digital Multimeters
Fluke 8845A and 8846A precision digital multimeters feature 6.5 digit resolution, graphical display modes, multifunction measurement capability and 14 measurement functions. The dual display shows data in graphic or numeric formats.These high-accuracy meters are designed for bench or systems applications including manufacturing test, research and development, and service. The 14 measurement functions extend the capability of a standard DMM with wider ranges and features to measure temperature, capacitance, period and frequency.The 2 x 4 ohms function uses patented split-terminal jacks that allow users to perform 4-wire measurements using only two leads instead of four. The meters measure volts dc with an accuracy of up to 0.0024%; have a voltage range of 100 mV to 1000 V with up to 100-nV resolution, current range of 100 The meters also feature a large, bright dual display that enables users to measure two different parameters of the same signal from one test connection and view the results in graphic or numeric format.With graphical display modes including TrendPlot paperless chart recording, statistics and histograms, users can analyze data in real time for efficient troubleshooting of signal quality issues such as drift, intermittants and instability. Designed for easy integration in automated test systems, the meters emulate several legacy bench DMMs, and feature input terminals on both the front and rear of the instrument to simplify connections.Both meters are equipped with serial, IEEE-488 and Ethernet interfaces, and provide multiple drivers to help ensure compatibility with existing or new standards.
SimSci-Esscor, DNV Software collaborate on plant safety design application
The SimSci-Esscor unit of Invensys and DNV Software have developed a link between SimSci-Esscor's VISUAL FLOW safety system design software and DNV Software's PHASTFX flammable effects software module.The link allows engineers in process plants to estimate flammable effects during design work. VISUAL FLOW provides engineers with a tool for designing, documenting and modeling safety systems, pressure relief networks and general plant fluid-flow systems.Applications include relief networks, systems containing any configuration of multiple flares, relief valves, knock-out drums and loops. PHASTFX is a subset of PHAST and contains the major flammable and explosion models, which include jet flame, pool fire and Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion (BLEVE). Regulatory agencies are challenging the process industries to verify the safety of plant operations. A standard requirement is often a comprehensive model of flare relief systems of the plant with full documentation of network structure, control systems/strategy and maximum relief rates capacity.
EPA recognizes Philips
The Environmental Protection Agency recognized Philips Lighting Co. in Somerset, NJ as the first U.S. company to launch a company-wide effort towards meeting the EPA’s National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP) waste minimization standards. As a new partner in the national program, Philips Lighting has committed to reducing the amount of mercury used in the manufacturing of their fluorescent lamps by 780 pounds by the end of 2007.In addition, the company has committed to eliminating the amount of lead in all of their U.S.
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Measuring data crucial to operational excellence
A new handbook released by the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) shows that manufacturers that leverage technology to measure key performance indicators have an edge in managing their operations, yet very few manufacturers effectively manage their performance. MESA released the results of their “Metrics That Matter” report at their annual conference in Orlando in...
OEMs explore automation trends at PACK EXPO
Four leading OEMs participated in a panel discussion hosted by Rockwell Automation Tuesday, Oct. 31 at PACK EXPO in Chicago. Laurence Oldacre and Rob Holl, ATS; Nick DiFabio, Bradman Lake Group; Peter Fox, Delkor Systems and Darren Elliott, R.A. Jones & Company addressed packaging trends, machine design challenges, robotic control technology and OEM relationships with end users.
NAM study lays out ‘facts’ on U.S. manufacturing
Amid a slew of negative news about American manufacturing, the National Association of Manufacturers contends in a new study that manufacturing still plays a dominant and crucial role in economic growth. “The Facts About Modern Manufacturing” produced by the NAM and The Manufacturing Institute and sponsored by Toyota Motor North America, contains government statistics and NAM econom...
The Pig One-Hand open-head funnel features a low-profile funnel and installs on open 55-gallon steel drums with existing bolt rings. One-handed lever operation facilitates easy opening and closing and meets closed-container regulations. Available in three colors, it features ¾ and 2-inch bungs and a lockable latch.
GlowMax safety coatings provide illumination in power-outage or low-light situations. Designed to mark exit paths, the coatings are available in aerosols, acrylics and anti-slip floor coatings. They come in safety yellow and luminescent green, are ASTM E2072-compliant and do not require maintenance. Easy to apply to uneven surfaces, the coatings are formulated for industrial applications.
Glassless inline pH electrode
The Type 8201 glassless inline pH electrode measures pH in hygienic process applications. The electrode does not require removal during CIP/SIP cleaning. Under standard inline CIP conditions (30 minutes per day, maximum temperatures of 185 F at pH 12), its estimated lifetime is approximately five years.
The Safety Strap is designed for cross docks and facilities that leave dock doors open and can be incorporated with the company’s Dock Communications System. It is available as a standalone product or paired with a proximity sensor. A high-visibility dock barrier, it offers a robust design that exceeds OSHA standards and is retractable to keep clear of door openings when not in use.
As-I input module
VAA-2E-G4-SE AS-Interface Safety at Work module features two inputs for connection of a non-contact safety device. It powers safety light curtains via the AS-Interface cable, and allows the connection of standard PNP sensors for muting applications. AS-I SaW devices do not require a safety PLC; monitor the state of any safety input and output signal switching device (OSSD); and are approved for...
Expanded range pH meter
The pH 620 pH meter has a pH measurement range of -2.00 to 19.99, which is expandable to 0.001pH resolution with accuracies up to +/-0.002 pH. Meter features include IRDA communication, 500-data set memory and an IP67-rated housing. Time-and-date stamping meets GLP standards. Calibration capabilities include up to six calibration points, user-settable calibration due alarm and up to 15 buffer o...
OSCAR compliance software is designed to help facilities comply with new electrical industry standards for determining short-circuit current ratings of industrial control panel assemblies. The Web-based software includes a database of more than 50,000 part numbers. The database is updated continuously with new part numbers and code changes.
Small-character inkjet printers
The PXR Series of small-character inkjet printers meets the new European RoHS directive. Certified to IP55 standards for harsh environments, the high-speed printers feature an ink-return system that confines the mixing of air and ink, reducing solvent evaporation. They're equipped with a 10.4-inch, color LCD touchscreen that can be set to either ABC or QWERTY formats.
Test exit signs, emergency lighting
CheckMate ET1 allows 30-second and 90-minute remote control testing of exit signs and emergency lighting wall packs in accordance with life safety codes. It simplifies testing, making it more likely that tests will be conducted as required; reduces time, money and labor and enables testing using a handheld remote control transmitter from up to 32 feet away.
The FATBOY double-deep, J-series, non-metallic enclosure features a unique 'clam-shell’ appearance and rugged durability necessary to ensure a practical solution for many extra space application requirements without adding height or weight. Suited for both indoor and outdoor environments, the enclosure provides nearly equal space capacity in both its cover and base.
Ceiling-mounted air conditioner
The CM12 ceiling-mounted air conditioner delivers 10,500 Btu/H of cooling in a compact, self-contained unit. It mounts above a standard drop ceiling and does not require any special electrical connections. It offers an operational range of 60 to 95 degrees F on the evaporator; 60 to 113 degrees F on the condenser.
ISA committee nears completion of standards
In meetings at ISA EXPO, the ISA-SP99 Industrial Automation and Control Systems Security Committee focused on preparations to issue its first two standards and an updated guideline for committee voting, while launching a new working group to develop another standard in the ISA-99 series. The committee decided to issue its Part 1 draft standard in November for what is expected to be a final roun...
KB 88 The Ultimate Penetrant is formulated to attack and release rusted and corroded nuts, bolts, hinges and other frozen components. It offers a high solvency, a surface tension of 25.5 dynes/cm and has a flash point of 151 F. The penetrant meets many local, state and Federal VOC regulations, including those of the California Air Resources Board and is available in a 16-ounce aerosol, 1 and 5-...
ANSI approves SMACNA’s new HVAC duct construction standards
The American National Standards Institute announced that the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association’s new “HVAC Duct Construction Standards — Metal and Flexible,” third edition, has been approved as an American national standard, designated ANSI/SMACNA 006-2006. The 390-page “HVAC Duct Construction Standards — Metal & Flexible” manual is intended primarily for commercial and institutional duct construction. The standard contains tables and details for constructing ductwork for The updated edition features expanded pressure class tables, separate tables for TDC/TDF construction and expanded tables for round duct construction, including 6-inch wg positive and negative pressure and sizes up to 96 inches. New is an engineering and design chapter to provide additional information to design professionals, double-wall construction details, new casing construction details and additional accessory items.
International Facility Management Association names Thomas executive vice president and COO
The International Facility Management Association has announced the hiring of R. Alan Thomas, CAE, as executive vice president and COO. In the newly created role, Thomas will oversee professional development, allied services, event management, research, corporate development and member resources functional areas within the organization. Thomas will oversee the senior management team of the association and serve as a member of the senior strategy team.
ISA committee launches major effort, nears completion of standards
In meetings at ISA EXPO this week, the ISA-SP99 Industrial Automation and Control Systems Security Committee focused on preparations to issue its first two standards and an updated guideline for committee voting, while launching a new working group to develop another standard in the ISA-99 series. The committee decided to issue its Part 1 draft standard in November for what is expected to be a final round of committee voting. This standard, "Security for Industrial Automation and Control Systems: Concepts, Terminology and Models," will define the concepts, terminology, and models of industrial automation and control systems security, establishing the basis for the remaining standards in the ISA-99 series. "Previous reviews and voting on the Part 1 draft generated over 250 comments from control system security experts across industry," stated Eric Cosman, of Dow Chemical Company and ISA-SP99 principal editor. "This input has considerably strengthened the draft and we are very confident our upcoming ballot will lead to publication of Part 1 as an American National Standard in early 2007," he added. Prior reviews and voting on the Part 2 draft standard, "Establishing an Industrial Automation and Control Systems Security Program," resulted in a similar influx of comments that are being factored into a revised draft planned for committee balloting in early 2007.
The next chart-topping CD: the IT security standards collection
The principal ISO and IEC standards for information technology security are now available for the first time as a collection on a single CD-ROM. Users will get access to IT security standards — from evaluating and implementing to maintaining and managing information security in any organization, producing and using information in any form. “There is no doubt that the protection of our information in systems and over networks is a critical business issue that needs immediate and ongoing attention,” said Ted Humphreys, convener of working group WG 1, requirements, services and guidelines. “Information has become one of the critical commodities in today’s fast-moving, e-biz world.” The CD offers full text and illustrations of ISO/IEC standards in IT security, providing the user with a practical reference.
Register for Plant Engineering’s: Safety- Right to the Bottom Line Webcast
Plant Engineering’s October Webcast, “Safety — Right to the Bottom Line,” will take a look at how a strong safety program pays dividends at a time when cost containment is a manufacturing imperative. The Webcast will be presented Thursday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m.
ISA increases financial support for standards
ISA's executive board voted yesterday to approve a financial commitment to support standards development activities as well as to provide a new member benefit of free, downloadable, ISA-developed standards. This financial support allows the society to continue to grow its standards programs and fund future initiatives. "Because of this action, our current and future members will benefit professionally from our standards at no cost, and they'll be able to bring value to their employers by introducing best practices into their business," said Steve Huffman, ISA president-elect secretary. "This will serve both individual members and their companies, and we're excited about its positive impact on the industry as a whole." ISA has traditionally invested more than $1,000,000 per year in its industry standards development programs.
Web Exclusive: An interview with OSHA Administrator Edwin Foulke
Safety is a crucial issue on the manufacturing floor. It enhances the quality of work and the quality of life for employees while driving increased productivity , which enhances a manufacturer’s bottom line. The role of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is to make sure all employers provide a safe work environment.
OSHA makes business case for safety and health
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently launched a new topics page on its Website aimed at demonstrating that investment in workplace safety and health makes good business sense. The “Making the Business Case for Safety and Health” page is a product of several alliances with OSHA. Information on the page focuses on how a comprehensive safety program can help an employer save money and improve business. It contains direct links to resources showing the costs of workplace injuries and illnesses, economic benefits of workplace safety and health and how accounting for employee safety in the design stage of a project can result in fewer injuries and illnesses and increased productivity.
ARI and Mexico to work together for harmonization of HVACR standards
The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute and Mexico’s electrical standards development agency, the Associación de Normalización y Certificación have agreed to work together on the development of HVACR industry standards. The two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding during a ceremony held recently in Mexico City. The MOU recognizes their shared interests in advancing the harmonization of ARI and Mexican HVACR standards and international and regional standards in general. As part of its global trade efforts, ARI has signed similar agreements with China and Korea. “Ultimately, more harmonized standards will improve the efficiency of HVACR equipment and facilitate the free flow of international trade,” said Deborah Hawkins, chairman of ARI.
ISA creates Automation Standards Compliance Institute
ISA announced yesterday the creation of the Automation Standards Compliance Institute, an ISA-owned, non-profit organizational entity that will assess automation-related standards compliance. The institute's charter includes a range of standards compliance assessments including software or hardware products, implementation methods, solutions, companies and individuals. "We are widely recognized as the source for unbiased, authoritative standards," said ISA president Steve Huffman. "This initiative will provide a vital link between the standards we develop and the implementation of those standards.
NEMA publishes electric lamps specification
On behalf of the American National Standard Lighting Group (ANSLG), NEMA has published “ANSI_ANSLG C81.61-2006, American National Standard for Electric Lamp Bases-Specifications for Bases (Caps) for Electric Lamps.” This standard sets forth the specifications for bases used on electric lamps. The 2006 edition of ANSI_ANSLG C81.61 includes a reference to all IEC base standard sheets adopted as American National Standards (ANS); standard sheets for a small number of bases, used mainly in North America that are not harmonized with IEC; and any U.S. deviations to the IEC standard sheets, which have been adopted as Nationally Acknowledged International Standards that are published in IEC 60061-1. Part IV contains an informative annex on first vs.
Engler appointed to advisory committee on export controls
NAM president John Engler has been appointed by Carlos Gutierrez, Commerce Secretary, to the Department of Commerce’s new Advisory Committee on Deemed Export Controls. The advisory panel will develop recommendations for improving regulations governing the export of knowledge that occurs when foreign nationals work on controlled technologies in the U.
Brady Website offers compliance information
Brady’s new Website, www.bradyid.com, has been redesigned to offer access to company products, facilities and safety identification solutions. The redesigned, U.S. version of bradyid.com allows customers and distributors to find the information and products they need at a single online source.
Product of the Year balloting to be conducted electronically
Beginning with the 2006 Product of the Year awards, PLANT ENGINEERING readers will be able to vote electronically for the first time. The finalists for the 2006 awards will be announced in the November issue of PLANT ENGINEERING magazine. The 19th annual Product of the Year program brings together the top innovations in categories ranging from automation to maintenance and from motors to lighting.
Helping small manufacturers understand the rules of safety
Recently, OSHA has been offering a series of seminars to national office employees called “The Business of Small Business.” These seminars offer a chance to learn what OSHA is doing to help small businesses, and provides opportunities for small businesses to present case studies of how they implemented safety and health programs, along with the results.
Positive safety programs preserve a few good men
In the climactic scene of the movie “A Few Good Men” Col. Nathan Jessep and defense lawyer Daniel Kaffee are sparring over the military chain of command when Jessep barks, “We follow orders, son. We follow orders or people die. It’s that simple. Are we clear?” “Yes sir,” Kaffee replies.
Security, safety and irreverence among ISA EXPO 2006 highlights
If you have a few choice words about your automation or instrumentation vendors, their products or services, you won’t want to miss the Birds of a Feather Roundtables on Tues., Oct. 17 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at ISA EXPO 2006 in Houston, TX. New at ISA, these forums are designed to bring together users of industrial automation solutions to discuss their experiences – good and b...
National Safety Council’s 2006 Congress and Expo hits San Diego Nov. 3-10
National Safety Council's 2006 Congress & Expo includessonedprofessionals and newcomers to the safety and health arena. Both technical sessions and professional development seminars are offered as part of the educational program. The Expo, which runs beginning Monday, Nov.
Specifying and ordering Telemecanique brand automation and control products is now easier with the new Essentials catalog from Schneider Electric North America. This catalog is a comprehensive resource for more than 4,000 items: everything from ac drives to stack lights. The 328-page catalog is available to view online at www.us.telemecanique.com/EssentialCatalog. Online visitors have a choice to download all or a portion of the catalog.
Extended vibration monitoring
Two new safety-rated versions of the CSI 2130 Machinery Health Analyzer are available for evaluating the condition of a broad range of equipment types in hazardous work areas.Both versions comply with the rigorous international safety standards established by Factory Mutual (FM), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and the European (ATEX) standard, extending the use of these tools for assessing the condition of rotating machinery in sensitive plant environments. The safety-certified versions of the CSI 2130 retain all functions of the machinery health analyzers commonly operating in other areas.They are capable of gathering large amounts of data and reducing it into accurate diagnostics and actionable information. The collected data are uploaded for analysis and trending to the AMS Suite: Machinery Health Manager software, a component of Emerson’s PlantWeb digital plant architecture. The health of critically important rotating equipment in hazardous areas can now be addressed through: Vibration data collection (single or dual-channel) Vibration analysis (single and dual-channel) Advanced cross-channel vibration analysis Cascade analysis for machine startup or coast-down (single or dual-channel) Advanced transient analysis (single or dual-channel). Dynamic balancing and laser shaft alignment, which can also be done in hazardous areas using the new versions of the CSI 2130, typically require hot-work permits for hazardous environments. Originally released as a high-function, dual-channel data collector and analyzer, the CSI 2130 is now available as a lower-cost single-channel data collector and as a single or dual-channel stand-alone vibration analyzer. Emerson Process Management www.emersonprocess.com https://www.mhm.assetweb.com/marketing/p_catalog.nsf/(onlinecatalog)?OpenView&Start=1&Count50.
Dassault Systemes, IBM announce PLM Portfolio V5R17
Dassault Systemes and IBM released Version 5, Release 17 of their Product Lifecycle Management portfolio, comprised of CATIA for collaborative product development, ENOVIA VPLM and ENOVIA SmarTeam for collaborative lifecycle management. Dassault Systemes also announced DELMIA V5R17 for virtual production and its V5R17 PLM sourcing solutions (Collaborative Enterprise Sourcing - CES) for ENOVIA VPLM. V5R17 reportedly leverages DS and IBM’s PLM strategy for business process optimization, value chain innovation, engineering to manufacturing cycle streamlining, intellectual capital growth and standards adoption. “V5R17’s unique virtual community enables integration between stakeholders in the product development chain, facilitating the reuse and sharing of knowledge,” said Dominique Florack, executive vice-president, Strategy and R&D at Dassault Systemes. “V5R17 extends V5 openness, offering major XML enhancements through its combined 3DXML and web services strategy, for large deployments in our customers’ ecosystems.” Walter Donaldson, general manager, Product Lifecycle Management, IBM, said, “Leveraging product information to align product development processes with business strategy is a key challenge for our customers.
Engler appointed to new advisory committee on export controls
NAM president John Engler has been appointed by Carlos Gutierrez, Commerce Secretary, to the Department of Commerce’s new Advisory Committee on Deemed Export Controls. The advisory panel will develop recommendations for improving regulations governing the export of knowledge that occurs when foreign nationals work on controlled technologies in the U.S. It is comprised of individuals with backgrounds in business, academia and security. Staffing will be handled by the Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls, a division of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security.
OSHA honors post office for safety and health efforts
OSHA recently recognized the U.S. Postal Service main post office in Casper, WY, for excellence in its employee safety and health program. The post office was designated a Voluntary Protection Program "Star" site, the highest level of recognition that OSHA's VPP offers, during a September 7 ceremony at the facility. A VPP Star site meets safety and health program elements that far exceed minimum OSHA standards. "This award recognizes world-class leadership in the area of employee safety and health programs," said Bob Glover, OSHA assistant regional administrator in Denver.
Hearingportal.com set up by Bacou-Dalloz
The Bacou-Dalloz Hearing Safety Group’s website has recently been expanded to provide a wide range of resources to help safety officers and industrial hygienists implement better hearing conservation programs worldwide. In the Hearing Conservation section at www.hearingportal.com, users can find information on global hearing conservation regulations, as well as posters, presentations, lit...
Designed to meet the twin concerns of cost and performance, the SL Vacs feature solid construction and strong performance at an affordable price, making them a cost-effective solution for many companies. These vacuums simultaneously address the cleanliness standards of organizations and tackle the health and safety concerns of employees.
Focus of October Webcasts is wireless, safety issues
Wireless applications and plant floor safety are two topics all plant managers deal with, and PLANT ENGINEERING editors will bring together industry experts to talk about both subjects in a pair of Webcasts scheduled for October. “Advancements in Wireless Ethernet,” sponsored by Phoenix Contact will air on Thursday, Oct.
Grinder safety video
Addressing common safety issues and accompanied by companion materials, “Air Grinder Safety is in Your Hands” is a video aimed to educate industrial and automotive professionals on safe usage of the company’s grinders in the workplace. The 18-minute video focuses on potential risks, preventative measures and the role operators play in workplace safety. It features six sections and includes material on codes, standards and documentation, personal protective equipment, air delivery system safety, abrasive wheel handling and mounting, protective grinder features and safe grinding techniques.
The company’s line of winter liners can be worn under hard hats and features a built-in back reflective strip and suspension straps, which allow users to attach the liner to hard hats. The medium-length standard Thinsulate and the shoulder-length deluxe winter liners comprise three layers: a cotton outer layer, a Thinsulate middle layer and a fleece inner lining. Liners remain flame retardant until washed.
Cooper Bussmann introduces online short-circuit current rating software
Cooper Bussmann introduced Wednesday what it says is the industry’s first compliance software for helping facilities comply with new electrical industry standards for determining the short-circuit current rating (SCCR) of industrial control panel assemblies. OSCAR compliance software eliminates the guesswork commonly associated with calculating the total SCCR of all individual components in a panel and reduces noncompliance issues that can result in costly shutdowns and delays, the company said. Electrical industry standards — UL508A and the 2005 NEC article 409, specifically — require all electrical panels and assemblies to prominently display nameplates with SCCR totals. With a one-year subscription to the software, users can access OSCAR compliance software online as often as needed, at any time of day.
Terminal enclosure catalog
The 90-page catalog detailing more than 500 increased safety terminal enclosures and systems is free upon request. It includes primers on increased safety, covering its design principles, areas of use, applicable standards, testing, hazardous location marking for NEC Article 505, CENELEC and ATEX approvals.
Regulatory reform improving, but slowly, NAM tells House
Regulatory reform is a major thrust of the Bush Administration’s agenda to help manufacturing become more competitive, and the Environmental Protection Agency has been especially responsive to the need to improve regulations, but some other agencies have done less than they could, according to Lawrence Fineran, Vice President for Legal and Regulatory Reform Policy of the National Associat...
The connector’s body and gland nut are constructed of stainless steel, offering the corrosion resistance of non-metallic fittings and the strength, durability and ultraviolet resistance of conventional metallic fittings. Designed to connect metallic-cored, liquidtight conduit to a box or enclosure, T&B Fittings stainless steel liquidtight conduit connectors are available in straight, ...
Taking a FIRM approach to understanding inspections
The last two columns have described the procedures and rules by which OSHA is bound when writing regulations. In this column, we’ll look at the policies and procedures for inspections. Though not as lengthy and time-consuming as writing regulations, there is an important process for conducting fair and comprehensive inspections.
Free white paper on language translation now available
International Language Services, Inc. announces the first in a series of white papers designed to help prospects and clients with their translation needs. The purpose of the first white paper is to share information with those new to the translation process or with very limited knowledge of the process as they prepare their project. "We have always worked with our prospects and clients on a consultative basis and feel the time is right to share the knowledge and expertise we have gathered over the last 24 years with those new to the translation industry,” said Arlene Jullie, ILS president and founder.
Voluntary standards introduced for packaging machinery to oven volume measurement
From bottled water and pharmaceutical drugs and to electronics and clothes, packaging machinery is used daily in manufacturing plants around the globe to speed the shipping and distribution of a wide range of consumer goods. The potential risks involved in the operation of these machines depend upon numerous elements, including the type of machinery being used, the condition of the equipment, electrical design, ergonomics and human factors. The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI), an ANSI-accredited standards developer, recently published a newly revised standard that helps manufacturers and operators of packaging machinery reduce risks of injury within the scope of their respective work activities. ANSI/PMMI B155.1-2006 defines a process for use by machine users and suppliers to identify potential hazards, evaluate risks, and employ countermeasures to reduce these risks to an acceptable level. Taking into account factors such as personnel safety, product quality and machine productivity, the risk assessment process minimizes variation in the safety performance of machines.
AppliedAutomation debuts in August
Bringing automation products to the plant floor is just the delivery of equipment. Making automation an effective tool in measuring and managing manufacturing effectiveness is all about applying the right strategies. That’s why PLANT ENGINEERING magazine has created AppliedAutomation, which makes its debut in the August issue.
NAM sees nuclear power as a renaissance in the works
As U.S. manufacturers respond to the immediate challenges posed by the current high price of natural gas and transportation fuels, another, longer-term energy crisis looms. America’s demand for electricity is projected to rise by more than 40% over the next 25 years as the country’s population and economy grow.
Effective use of CO2 in ASHRAE book
Because of its good environmental properties and relative safety, there is renewed interest in carbon dioxide as a refrigerant. Carbon dioxide was used in the early stages of refrigeration but fell out of favor with the development of halocarbon refrigerants. Guidance on the use of CO2 has been added to the ASHRAE 2006 Handbook, Refrigeration.
Wonderware to support OPC UA standard development
As OPC advances toward the OPC Unified Architecture, the OPC UA must advance toward a development of an OPC UA standard. Wonderware announced its commitment to this initiative for use in its plant information and automation software. The underlying ArchestrA software architecture upon which Wonderware software is built supports the existing OPC standard, and will also support the new OPC UA. The OPC UA will offer a common data model and device communications environment for plant connectivity by leveraging Microsoft .NET and Web Services functionality. The OPC UA standard upgrades OPC communications from Microsoft COM/DCOM technology and features enhanced reliability, security and robustness while maintaining a common data model, interoperability and integration.
OMAC for Packaging Automation guidelines updated
The OMAC Packaging Workgroup has updated the “Guidelines for Packaging Automation” to Version 3.1. This version of the guidelines includes the guidelines for PackAL, an application library of common software elements used in packaging machinery applications that was developed by the PackSoft subgroup of the OPW. A working group of OMAC, the OPW provides a forum where packagers, machine builders and technology providers from around the world can work together to achieve the benefits of advanced packaging machinery automation. The working group has adopted the "Connect and Pack" logo to signify the workgroup's effort to promote industry standards and guidelines to facilitate plug-and-play packaging machines. OPW subgroups working on different aspects of the guidelines include: PackSoft — development of programming guidelines like PackAL PackML — development of a common machine language including a machine-state model and PackTags (a tag-naming guideline) PackConnect — development of industry network standards required for packaging applications PackLearn — promoting the education needs in packaging automation PackAdvantage — promoting the business benefits of the OPW guidelines. The “Guidelines for Packaging Automation” is a single document that encompasses the combined work of all of these subgroups.
PPG goes wireless
PPG Industries, a large chlor-alkali chemical manufacturing complex in Lake Charles, LA received the first phase of a comprehensive managed wireless infrastructure deployment as part of an ongoing automation upgrade. Supplied by Invensys with its strategic partner Apprion, this infrastructure is designed to help further improve plant profitability, safety and security, while providing a secure, flexible and cost-effective foundation to support additional wireless applications in the future. Invensys and Apprion implemented a common, layered network infrastructure following a comprehensive site assessment. The team that conducted the critical site assessment included Invensys, Apprion and PPG personnel representing production operations, maintenance, safety, security and information technology functions. The new infrastructure incorporates multiple wireless technologies (both standard and proprietary), wireless devices and wireless-enabled applications.
Flowserve launches new Learning Resource Center training labs
Flowserve Corporation, a global provider of fluid motion and control products and services, recently launched new instructional labs for its Learning Resource Center, which offers hands-on training in a simulated plant environment. The labs offer hands-on technical facilities for pump, valve and seal system optimization and maintenance training. Three of the center's training labs enable participants to analyze equipment failures and determine their causes, learning first-hand how to prevent pump, seal and control valve failure. The inclusion of equipment from various manufacturers ensures that learning takes place in a real-world environment. Four power labs feature 26 operational pumping systems, many with transparent piping and housings so participants have a real-time view of fluid motion and typical pumping system failures.
Proper LOTO procedures detailed in white paper
The issue of lockout/tagout procedures can be overlooked without attention to detail in all areas. That’s the subject of a white paper produced by Brady Corporation. Entitled, “Proper Lockout/Tagout Procedures Result in Increased Safety, Improved Productivity and Reduced Costs,” the report by product manager Chris Rutter takes a detailed look at the LOTO issue, what the curren...
New online white papers tackle scheduling, network issues
A series of new white papers are now available at the Engineer’s Resource Guide (ERG) at www.plantengineering.com focus on a variety of issues affecting the plant floor – everything from network systems to efficiencies scheduling: Scheduling the Manufacturing Workforce: Since labor is the most significant cost of production and management is under pressure to keep their workforce le...
OSHA notifies 14,000 sites about high injury rates
Approximately 14,000 employers were notified by OSHA in April that injury and illness rates at their worksites are higher than average and that assistance is available to help them fix safety and health hazards. In a letter to those employers, OSHA explained that the notification was a proactive step to encourage employers to take steps now to reduce those rates and improve the safety and healt...
Long OSHA rulemaking process gives everyone a voice
Last time, I wrote about the standards-writing process in OSHA. This article will pick up the discussion where I left off, with the proposed rule published and OSHA staff ready for comments on their work. Concurrent with sending the proposed rule to the Federal Register for printing, OSHA must also send copies to the Small Business Administration, OSHA Regional Offices and State Plan states.
Omron acquires STI, enters safety device market
OMRON Corp. has acquired Scientific Technologies Inc. for $94 million plus net cash and working-capital adjustments. The deal, which does not include the purchase of STI’s Automation Products Group, was approved by both companies’ boards of directors. Officials at OMRON said the company’s Industrial Automation Business expects to growing 15% per year in the $940 million global...
NEMA releases connector standard
NEMA has published ANSI C119.6-2006, American National Standard for Electric Connectors — Non-Sealed, Multiport Connector Systems Rated 600 Volts or Less for Aluminum and Copper Conductors. This standard covers non-sealed multiport connector systems rated at 600 V for making electrical connections between conductors, and establishes electrical, mechanical and sealing requirements for non-sealed multiport connector systems. NEMA intends for this standard to give reasonable assurance to the user that non-sealed, multiport connector systems meeting the requirements of this standard will perform in a satisfactory manner, provided they have been properly selected for the intended application and are installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendation. ANSI C119.6-2006 replaces ANSI C119.4, which is primarily for uninsulated single-conductor or tap-type connectors. This is now the utility industry standard for secondary, non-sealed multiport distribution connectors.
News from PLANT ENGINEERING: Week of June 12th
Web exclusive: New standards for industrial control panels https://web1.media.globix.net/client/planteng/2006_0621/23157/launch.htm ASE Webcast looks at energy cost control The Alliance to Save Energy will sponsor a Webcast, “What Your Management Needs to Know about Energy Cost Control” on June 29 at 2 p.m. EST. The Webcast will explore strategies for controlling energy costs and ways to secure top-level management support for energy management initiatives.
Control Panel Compliance Webcast
June 15, 2006 , 10 a.m. CDT Click here to register Industrial control panels control specific processes and loads in industrial facilities. UL 508A covers industrial control panels intended for general industrial use.
Ohio, India export leaders to import manufacturing jobs
Ohio Gov. Bob Taft and Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh came around the world to find new economic development for their regions, and to tout their own successes to date. They came to Hannover Messe, the annual European manufacturing trade fair in Hannover, Germany. The week-long event from April 24 through April 28 focused on innovation throughout the manufacturing process and the pot...
Specifying, installing and maintaining emergency fixtures
No one wants to be involved in a situation where a drench shower or eyewash is required. When accidents do happen, it is important to have an emergency plan in place for these situations. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) sets guidelines for the operation and use of drench shower and eyewash products, along with their testing and maintenance.
Invensys launches InFusion
Invensys introduced its enterprise control system to link the enterprise and plant floor systems. Called InFusion, the enterprise control system wraps technologies from Invensys’ Avantis, Foxboro, Simsci-Esscor, Triconex and Wonderware business units around its ArchestrA unified architecture, then combines it with integration technologies from Microsoft and SAP to create a business control strategy that optimizes asset availability and asset utilization to maximize the economic value derived from those assets. Company officials unveiling the system in Boston on April 11 said InFusion will help industrial enterprises more effectively align plant operations and maintenance with the business operation. “By combining the latest capabilities from across Invensys into one unified architecture, Invensys has realized a step change in the utilization of open technologies and standards in a fully industrial system,” said Mike Caliel, president of Invensys Process Systems. InFusion marks the emergence of the enterprise control system, which enables manufacturers to develop solutions that break down the traditional barriers that have, in the past, resulted in islands of automation.
Foulke confirmed as new OSHA administrator
The U.S. Senate has confirmed Edwin G. Foulke Jr.
ADG-fueled power plant with certified
FuelCell Energy, Inc., a manufacturer of ultra-clean and efficient electric power generation plants for commercial and industrial customers, has announced that the Japan Institute of Wastewater Engineering Technology has completed a comprehensive review of the DFC300A power plant operating at Seibu Wastewater Treatment Plant, certifying that the product meets or exceeds the independent industry trade group's examination standards for electrical efficiency, heat recovery efficiency, air emissions and operational stability in anaerobic digester gas applications. Certification of the Direct FuelCell unit by JIWET was the result of more than a year of testing and evaluation by the group in conjunction with the city of Fukuoka, operator of the Seibu plant; Marubeni Corporation (TSE:8002), FuelCell Energy's Asian distributor; and Kyushu Electric, one of Japan's five largest utilities. JIWET's certification process reviewed the plant's electrical efficiency; its exhaust heat recovery; and its ability to reduce atmospheric pollutants like particulate matter, nitrogen oxides and sulfuric oxides. The DFC unit was confirmed to eliminate these air pollutants to levels lower than 1/10 the emissions permissible under Japan's strict environmental laws. "Certification from JIWET is an important endorsement of Marubeni's long-term investment in FuelCell Energy's products," said Mamoru Sekiyama, Corporate Vice President and COO of Marubeni Corp. "Direct FuelCell power plants operating on renewable bio gas are economically competitive — since the fuel is free — and they qualify for government support under Biomass Nippon and the RPS Law of 2003.
OSHA, warehouse group alliance highlight forklift safety
OSHA and the International Warehouse Logistics Association have renewed their alliance for another two years to further improve worker safety and health in the areas of forklift operations, materials handling, and hazard communication and chemical safety. The Alliance was first initiated in February 2004.
New Heidenhain Website has manuals, training
Heidenhain Corporation's new Website at www.heidenhain.com centralizes the published information that Heidenhain provides on topics relating to precision measurement components. The North American marketplace can access all in various languages or select the USA tabs for specific information; including choosing from portals such as "News", "Product and Applications", and a "Services and Documen...
‘Innovation Blitz’ jump-starts expansion for Quick Start
Allen Brue, president and CEO of Quick Start Products and Solutions, Inc., was facing a challenge common to senior executives of both large and small manufacturing companies - how to expand his business. Although the company had experienced double-digit growth after he bought it back in November 2003, Brue realized that he was in a mature, cost-competitive market.
Off-the-job injuries outpace gain in workplace safety
Contrary to popular belief, today's workers are safer on the job than they are at home or in their communities. According to the National Safety Council, recent gains in lowering workplace death rates - down 17% since 1992 - have been undone by the rate of fatalities occurring off the job, up 14% in that same period.
ISA releases Foundation Fieldbus book
ISA recently announced the release of the second edition of "Foundation Fieldbus" by Ian Verhappen and Augusto Pereira. This newly revised book is written by two control systems engineers with extensive FOUNDATION Fieldbus installation experience. The book provides quick reference information on the FOUNDATION Fieldbus H1 protocol and installation tips. The resource also provides other useful information that design engineers, control system engineers, and instrumentation technicians need to know about FOUNDATION Fieldbus. "Foundation Fieldbus" covers essential information on power distribution and network power supply requirements.
Technical program announced
The 2005/2006 IEEE PES Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition scheduled for May 21—24, 2006, will offer attendees the most comprehensive technical and business program of any event serving the power-delivery marketplace this year. This year's program consists of more than 240 technical poster sessions, nearly 30 focused technical panel sessions, four super sessions, instructional tutorial sessions, special interest sessions, an educational track, a special short course, a collegiate program and an exhibition that features hundreds of manufacturers who will display the most up-to-date technology and equipment available in the marketplace today. The event also provides technical and companion tours designed to enrich the conference and exposition experience. The event begins on Sunday, May 21, at 6 p.m. with a conference reception at Eddie Deen's Ranch in downtown Dallas.
NAM sets 2006 policy agenda
The NAM has developed a policy agenda through 2006. That agenda includes: Reduce production costs in the U.S.: Level the international playing field: Promote innovation, investment and productivity:
Innovation is the key to economic strength
The real key to America's economic strength has always been creativity and innovation. Since this country's founding, Americans have been eager to embrace new concepts and capitalize on them. We've developed ingenious new systems for production and distribution and unlocked mysteries in diverse areas such as health care, technology, engineering and industry.
March designated as workplace eye safety month
Prevent Blindness America has designated March as “Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month” in an effort to raise awareness about the necessity of eye safety on the job. The report also showed that manufacturing or production jobs had the highest eye injury rates, followed by installation, maintenance and repair, and construction. Many of these injuries occurred after being struck by an object or after rubbing the eye once debris had entered it. “It is vital for employers and employees to make eye safety a number one priority every single day,” said Daniel D. Garrett, senior vice president of Prevent Blindness America. As of 2003, the U.S.
Smaller manufacturers play a big role, NAM says
A new report underscoring how small and mid-sized manufacturers are playing an increasingly important role in the nation’s industrial economy -- despite unprecedented challenges -- was released Thursday by the National Association of Manufacturers, its research and education arm, The Manufacturing Institute and RSM McGladrey. %%s economic success,” said NAM President John Engler. “But small manufacturers are facing unprecedented challenges such as exorbitant energy and health care costs. The cost burden of complying with regulations falls disproportionately on small businesses in all sectors of the economy, but it is especially onerous for small manufacturers because regulatory costs for manufacturers are 81% higher than for all types of businesses. We simply must bring down these costs if we want to strengthen the hand of SMMs and enhance America’s manufacturing economy.” “Two trends are increasingly shaping the future of SMMs,” commented Manufacturing Institute President Jerry Jasinowski.y large manufacturers. SMMs are the dominant part of the global supply-chain network of large corporations. ntrepreneurs offering value to their customers that low-cost overseas competitors cannot match -- such as proprietary high-technology products, a willingness to customize, extraordinary service and parts support, flexible production runs and fast turnaround times. These trends make it clear that the performance of all of U.S. manufacturing is tied more than ever to the success of SMMs.” A copy of the full SMM Report is available at www.nam.org/SMMReport .
Bringing productivity information to the plant floor
The promise of driving information to plant engineers and plant workers was the recurring theme at the 2006 ARC Next Generation Manufacturing Forum in Orlando on February 20-22. With strategists from the major automation providers on hand, the discussion at the three day event focused on new tools that will migrate maintenance and productivity information from the control level to workers on the floor that will give them real-time information on performance standards. Sid Snitkin, vice-president of the ARC Advisory Group, said the need to link design, operations and maintenance has been around for a long time, but it is just now gaining traction among manufacturers looking for new ways to increase plant productivity. The interdependence of design, operations and maintenance can result in consistent processes, relieve inventory issues and increase productivity. It can also help better measure exactly what is being produced, and how well. Snitkin said manufacturers need to understand the importance of the design, operate and maintain interoperability and to learn more about emerging standards and systems that can help measure those areas of the plant. His call to product suppliers to do the same had already been heeded.
Free FLIR open houses set around the country
FLIR Systems has increased its offering of free open houses around the country to look at the newest innovations in infrared thermography. The sessions will provide tips on selecting IR cameras and ways IR thermography can improve worker safety and productivity. The seminars will be held in 40 states and the District of Columbia this year. For information about a free event near you, go to www.flirthermography.com/openhouse or call Martha Wouralis at (800) 254-0633.
OSHA’s budget request rises $11.2 million
OSHA’s fiscal year 2007 budget request is $483.7 million, an increase of $11.2 million over final FY 2006 appropriations. The budget includes increases for federal enforcement, compliance assistance and safety and health statistics.Acting OSHA administrator Jonathan Snare said that the increase will help the agency maintain its programs designed to promote both enforcement and compliance with regulations. “As we celebrate our 35th anniversary as America's workplace safety and health leader, the President has proposed a budget that gives us the resources we need to continue to improve our efforts to further cut worker injuries, illnesses and fatalities,” Snare said.
ASHRAE offers development seminars
Six online professional development seminars will be offered this spring by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. ASHRAE Learning Institute’s professional development seminars provide in-depth information that is timely, practical and advanced beyond a fundamental level. Seminar participants will earn professional development hours, continuing education units, or American Institute of Architects learning units for each seminar completed. Seminars are: Complying with ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004, Energy Standard for Buildings Except for Low-Rise Residential Buildings, HVAC/Mechanical Code, 1-4 p.m. EST, March 15. Complying with Requirements of ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2004, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, 1-4 p.m.
NAM study warns of innovation gap
Downward trends in U.S. manufacturing innovation pose a serious threat to America’s long-term economic growth and living standards, according to a new report released today by the Council of Manufacturing Associations and The Manufacturing Institute of the National Association of Manufacturers. “Our nation can not afford to lose its manufacturing innovation edge and the wealth that it generates throughout our economy,” said Jerry Jasinowski, president of The Manufacturing Institute, at a press conference Feb. 1. “One bright ray of light is U.S.
ARC forum to discuss operational performance
The ARC Advisory Group's 10th annual forum, "Next Generation Manufacturing: Driving Operational Performance through Innovation and Collaboration" will be Feb. 20-24, 2006 at the Rosen Center Hotel in Orlando. PLANT ENGINEERING is a media sponsor of this event. Because manufacturers today face a daunting world of unpredictable market conditions and competition, evaluating best practices from a v...
OSHA, Georgetown to study safety issues
OSHA and the Center for Business and Public Policy at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business have formed an alliance to focus on issues important to general industry and small business, such as the economic value of safety and health programs. "Education is one of the cornerstones of safety and health," said Jonathan L.
ISA standards okayed for hazardous chemical mitigation
OSHA has officially notified ISA that a three-part ISA series of standards may be used in achieving compliance with OSHA regulations pertaining to the prevention and mitigation of accidents involving hazardous chemicals. The three-part series is ANSI/ISA-84.00.01-2004 Parts 1-3 (IEC 61511 Modified), "Functional Safety: Safety Instrumented Systems for the Process Industry Sector." The standards resulted from the adoption and modification of the three-part international standard IEC 61511 by ISA's SP84 standards development committee. Leaders of ISA-SP84 played key roles in the development of IEC 61511. The OSHA regulation for which the standards may be applied is 29 CFR 1910.119, "Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals." OSHA's endorsement of ANSI/ISA-84.00.01-2004 Parts 1-3 is vital in enabling companies to use the standards to help meet OSHA requirements for employee safety. "OSHA considers ANSI/ISA-84.00.01-2004 Parts 1-3 (IEC 61511 Mod) to be recognized and generally accepted good engineering practice for SIS (safety instrumented systems)," said Richard E. Fairfax, director of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs, in a letter to ISA.
Don’t mistake power-supply MTBF for life expectancy
For machine system designers needing to evaluate which power supplies will best fit a specific machine design or application, it's standard practice to compare each unit's mean time between failures (MTBF) rating. Most people believe that MTBF is the number of operating hours that will elapse before a unit fails.
Keeping the CFO out of jail, and other data management benefits
The data that whirls around your plant floor - guiding production, improving quality, enhancing maintenance and other operations - has become extremely valuable to the people in the front office. Providing accurate plant data to assure compliance with government regulations, such as FDA 21 CFR Part 11 and Sarbanes-Oxley accounting reforms in the post-Enron world, can keep your facility from eno...
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The Protect-O-Gate eliminates the potential for falls and other accidents associated with mezzanine staging areas. Ergonomically designed, pivoting operation prevents worker access to the mezzanine ledge when material is being loaded or unloaded. The Protect-O-Gate cannot be bypassed by the operator.
Patrick Gouhin to join ISA as Executive Director
Don Zee, President of ISA, announced that Patrick Gouhin has been hired as Executive Director. At a special meeting of ISA's Executive Board, the Board accepted Gouhin's nomination from its Search Committee and appointed him to the position. Gouhin will join ISA on Jan.
Power transmission standard comment period extended
OSHA's written comment period on updating the standard for the construction of electric power transmission and distribution installations has been extended to Jan. 11, 2006. The update is designed to make it consistent with the revised general industry standard. The proposed standard includes requirements relating to enclosed spaces, working near energized parts, grounding for employee protecti...
OSHA provides hurricane recovery materials, tips
Informational materials produced by the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration are helping employers and workers better address safety and health hazards associated with hurricane clean-up and recovery. "Our goal is safe and healthy workers," said Acting OSHA administrator Jonathan L.
MSE-Tetragenics has upgraded its Plant Control System, including hardware and software updates. It provides monitoring and control capabilities for a wide variety of industrial applications. Controls include all facets of generation and switchyard operation, including voltage control, VAR control, breaker control, generator start/stop, synchronization, pump control, and multi-generator load con...
EPRI technology receives R&D 100 award
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), three member companies: AmerenUE, Exelon Corp., and South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Co.; and Dominion Engineering, Inc. (DEI) have earned a prestigious 2005 R&D 100 Award for ultrasonic cleaning of nuclear fuel, a promising new technology that safely removes deposits from irradiated fuel assemblies in nuclear power plants. The annual awards are given by R&D Magazine for the most outstanding technology developments with commercial potential. "The future of the energy industry relies on pursuing innovative technologies that advance efficient, reliable and environmentally sensitive power generation and transmission," said EPRI CEO Steven R.
ASHRAE manual explains 62.1 standard
A new user’s manual provides users with a better understanding of the design, installation and operation requirements in ASHRAE’s ventilation standard. The “Standard 62.1 User’s Manual” explains the requirements of “ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2004, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality,” and contains numerous examples of their application in an easy-to-follow question and answer format. “Because the standard is written in code-intended language, such material could not be included in the standard itself, so the manual helps users better understand the intent and apply it to their work,” said Dennis Stanke, chair of the Standard 62.1 committee. “It helps users understand what Standard 62.1 requires and how those requirements can be met. It’s a document that designers have needed for many years and will find useful for many years to come.” The manual includes a CD containing a spreadsheet to assist in the standard’s new ventilation rate procedure calculations.
Hydrogenics completes fuel cell powered forklift pilot
Hydrogenics Corp. announced the successful completion of forklift field trials at GM of Canada's car assembly plant in Oshawa and FedEx Canada's “mission critical” logistics hub at Toronto International Airport. Hydrogenics designed, built and integrated fuel cell hybrid power packs to replace the lead-acid batteries in two Class 1 Hyster 5,500-pound sit-rider forklifts provided by NACCO Materials Handling Group. The forklifts were placed into service at two indoor multi-shift operations to showcase the technical readiness of Hydrogenics' fuel cell hybrid power pack and to verify the benefits and value propositions that can be offered to this market.
BricsCad NV joins Open Design Alliance as founding member
The Open Design Alliance announced that BricsCad NV has joined as a Founding Member. Founded in 1998, the Open Design Alliance is a non-profit consortium committed to promoting open industry-standards for the exchange of CAD data. Its members include thousands of design, engineering and technology companies.
Rugged ac drive exceeds NEMA regs
E-trAC X4 variable speed ac drive features an IP66-rated enclosure that exceeds NEMA 1, 12 and 4x standards. The drive is available in 1–10 hp models, and voltages that include 115, 230, 460 and 575 Vac. Features include wireless IR programming via PDA; startup macros; extra relays, inputs and outputs; fault tolerance; 120% overload for one minute; and 150% momentary overload.
Sanitary digital thermometer meets standard
Digi-Tel sanitary digital thermometer meets 3A Standard Number 74-02, Sanitary Standards for Sensors and Sensor Fittings and Connections Used on Milk and Milk Products Equipment. The thermometer is installed directly in the process — no thermowell is required because its sanitary fitting is integral to the thermometer, reducing installation and instrument costs and providing a faster resp...
Laser bar code scanner
The AXIOM 1L laser bar code scanner is a single-laser reader that offers scanning at up to 1,400 scans per second to deliver highest possible read rates on good and poor quality codes. The unit is housed in an IP65-rated industrial enclosure to withstand harsh environments. It also offers several options for bar code data transfer to existing systems.
Proper operator training crucial in infrared condition monitoring
Building Science Thermography is the use of infrared cameras as a non-invasive means to inspect, diagnose and monitor building conditions. Through thermal imaging, structural anomalies may be revealed and addressed more easily than by conventional inspection methods, saving time and costs and providing a safer building environment.
Facility training assists engineers with fire safety
The Facility Assurance Containment Team program has been expanded to help engineers manage penetration on fire-related assemblies in their buildings. It provides a management plan for fire-rated floors and walls and firestopping training and education for employees and contactors over the life of the facility.
Power quality monitoring software
ION EEM PQ module power quality monitoring software helps plant managers improve power quality and reliability by quickly and accurately identifying the source of power quality problems. It automatically analyzes and reduces large quantities of energy data to help pinpoint threats to power quality before they can result in downtime or equipment damage.
The StealthRail is a collapsible guardrail that exceeds OSHA safety standards. The guard rail folds easily on a roof's surface. Removing the detent pin from the pivot assembly allows the guard rail to be lowered, and inserting the detent pin will lock the rail in an upright position. When folded, it offers clean roof sightlines.
3-D anchor design program has graphic interface
The PROFIS Anchor supports allowable stress design and load resistance factor design in accordance with standards to bring the 3-D anchor design process to the desktop. The software allows users to choose the detail and complexity of each product all the way to full definition of all variables. A full-screen graphic input includes all dimensions for easier visualization.
Neck support system
The UpGuard 3000 ergonomic neck support system reduces potential pain and injury to workers who must look up when working. The system allows the user to remain engaged in the task at hand, improving safety, comfort, efficiency and productivity. The lightweight device doesn't compromise maneuverability yet supports the head when the neck is extended.
Calculating purge times for type X, Y and Z systems
In order to calculate the amount of time it takes to complete a full purge cycle, you need to know: %%POINT%%Enclosure volume %%POINT%%Flow rate %%POINT%%Purge media Compressed instrument air If you are using compressed instrument air to purge your enclosure, you can refer to predetermined purge times. These times are represented as a ratio of 1 minute per “X” cubic feet of enclosure volume. The “X” is a variable that changes with different size systems.
Magsoft, Schneider join forces
Magsoft Corp. has entered into a partnership agreement with Schneider Electric. Both companies have worked together closely for more than 15 years. Magsoft's flagship product is Flux, which is general purpose Computer-Aided Engineering [CAE] simulation software that allows users to virtually prototype electromagnetic or electro-mechanical devices.
NEMA lauds anti-counterfeiting legislation
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) announced its support for legislation sponsored by Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and ten other co-sponsors that would amend U.S. criminal code provisions imposing sanctions on traffickers in counterfeit products, as well as those who traffic in counterfeit labels and packaging. “The Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act” (S.1699) was introduced on September 14, 2005 and mirrors legislation passed by the House of Representatives in May. The legislation would amend the law prohibiting trafficking in products bearing counterfeit trademarks in two important ways: 1.
Identify barriers to effective maintenance programs
With the O&M spotlight occupying center stage, it is instructive to look at some industry-wide maintenance history of the past three decades, especially with respect to some of the more classic maintenance problems that we need to address. It is recognized that the list of problems discussed here is not all-inclusive, nor are these problems necessarily common to everyone.
The Nova 2000 blasting helmet from Allegro is made of high-density polyethylene that meets the penetration requirements of ANSI 289.1. It features foam padding, Velcro-mounted for easy removal and cleaning. The large double lens, with optional tear-out lenses, allows for optimum vision without irritating side glare, and the inner lens complies with ANSI 289.
OSHA fines BP Products $21 million for plant blast
BP Products North America Inc. has agreed to pay more than $21 million in penalties for safety and health violations following an investigation of a fatal explosion at its Texas City, TX plant March 23 in which 15 workers were killed and more than 170 were injured. The penalties are part of a settlement agreement with OSHA.
Axeda to partner with SyTech
SyTech Inc., a provider of automated report generation and data analysis software, announced will partner with Axeda Systems, a provider of Device Relationship Management (DRM) and supervisory, control and data acquisition (SCADA) software and services. SyTech Inc. is to rebrand its XLReporter product as WizReport XL for Axeda. Emmanuel Vitrac, Marketing Director at Axeda, says "WizReport XL will be our primary solution for any application involving compliance, maintenance, production or performance reporting.With Microsoft Excel at its core, a native historical interface to Wizcon, standard interfaces such as OPC and ODBC, advanced automated scheduling, Web publishing, PDF conversion and emailing, WizReport XL makes light work of the most complex reporting requirement." The newly branded report writer is designed specifically for Axeda customers in markets with reporting requirements such as building automation and facility management, cooling & refrigeration, water & waste, power & energy and large infrastructure management.Companies in these markets increasingly rely on professional reporting and analysis tools for more efficient asset utilization, energy usage optimization, or simply for regulatory compliance.
Winning the race to innovation
America's manufacturers use innovation in every aspect of their business, to streamline production processes and to create new products that change lives for the better. U.S. manufacturing grew faster than the economy as a whole in 2004. Yet, there is a genuine, longer-term concern that our nation is in danger of losing its leadership position in R&D, innovation and a number of vital indus...
NAM calls for new approach to boost skilled workforce
In a Labor Day report on the state of U.S. manufacturing, the National Association of Manufacturers called for a three-pronged approach to making American manufacturing more competitive in a global marketplace by improving education, attracting more skilled workers internationally and increasing funding for research and development.
Team approach to Ergo Dolly cuts injuries and saves money
International Truck and Engine Corporation's Springfield Assembly Plant experienced a high rate of injuries in the cab trim department. Prior to this project, the workers were reluctant to get involved because of the union-management relationship. Analysis of the injury data indicated employees entering and exiting the cab were slipping, tripping and falling due to the high step-in.
Process training simulation UniSim Design Suite R350 offers steady-state and dynamic simulation, design, performance monitoring, optimization and business planning for the oil and gas production, gas processing, petroleum refining and chemical industries. The software suite allows process manufacturers to design, test and train employees on new processes offline before they are implemented. The suite can also reduce engineering costs by eliminating the need for many error-prone manual processes, such as data-re-entry and data transfer, which account for up to 30% of engineering labor hours. Honeywell www.Honeywell.com/ps Write 318 on PE card Pluggable I/O connectors The 753 series pluggable wiring connectors for the company's modular I/O system feature an integrated pull-tab re-lease for a simple and quick toolless operation; mini-WSB marker tags on the connector and I/O module for easy identification; built in test points for convenient troubleshooting; matched plug-and-socket coding system that ensures coded connectors can only fit in the corresponding coded I/O module base; and an integrated strain relief for securing wiring directly to the connector. WAGO Corp.
Air heaters Direct gas-fired air heaters (certified to the new ANSI Standard Z83.4) that are capable of achieving 160 degrees F maximum temperature rise with a discharge temperature of 160 degrees F at 0 degrees F outdoor air temperature. The technology improvements mean a higher BTU/CFM ratio, smaller units, lower hp motors and the ability to heat a building using less outside air. This results in lower energy costs to heat warehouses, manufacturing plants and other large commercial/industrial buildings. Cambridge Engineering Co.
Zener mystery revealed
The zener barrier is a simple circuit, but when tossed into a control loop, the unexplainable can happen. An automotive manufacturing plant in Kentucky recently experienced a 'zener phenomenon' on good control loops that had been in service for years.
Solutions – 2005-06-01 – 2005-06-01
Removing barbed fittings Problem : Several air lines with barbed fittings are connected to a piece of equipment and are in the way for maintenance. How can I easily remove them? Solution : Leave the fitting in the hose. Unscrew the fitting, much like a union, from the machine, rather than straining to pull the hose off.
Commerce Dept. to create ‘roadmap’ for standards
An initiative to "roadmap" the nation's future measurement needs was announced in May by the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology. "The nation's measurement system is a vital element of our innovation infrastructure," NIST Acting Director Hratch Semerjian said during testimony before the House Subcommittee on Environment, Technology, and Standards.
Human side – 2005-06-01
Incentive bonuses also affect overtime pay Global Products' unexpectedly large rush order, specifying a July 15th delivery date, created a hectic work situation plant wide. As the shipping date drew alarmingly close, a management meeting was held to deal with the situation. Production Manager John Tower pulled no punches when he declared, "Like it or not, some of those guys are going to have to postpone their vacations." Plant Engineer Charley Kosten agreed. "Global is one of our biggest customers. We have no choice but to get that shipment out on time. "One thing I can guarantee," Personnel Manager Lou Koslowski added.
NAM leaders push Congress for pro-growth legislation
At its spring meeting in Florida, the National Association of Manufacturers' (NAM) board of directors threw its support behind Congressional action on trade and energy bills it said would "influence our economy's capacity to compete and grow." Continuing to push NAM's theme of pressing federal lawmakers to level the playing field on trade issues, NAM chairman John Luke said, "We can't be compla...
ISA studies standards compliance program
The Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society (ISA) is studying the feasibility of a new program to document compliance with specific ISA standards. Society officials said a standard compliance program would give ISA a new role in determining conformity assessment in addition to the society's current standards development role.
Finding the power to change
Energy has never been a problem for James Knott Sr. He built Riverdale Mills Corporation, a Massachusetts manufacturer of steel-welded wire mesh for everything from security fences to lobster traps, by devoting his energy to finding better ways to use energy in the manufacturing process. When Knott bought an abandoned mill on the Blackstone River, he restored an equally abandoned 1901 hydropow...
Two new NEMA standards approved
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has released two standards that are adaptations from IEC standards: Both documents contain amendments to identify those specifications in the original IEC standard that are not applicable in the United States. They also incorporates those additional requirements necessary to conform to the generally accepted wiring practices and rules fo...
Airing their differences: two approaches to the environment
Preserving the environment and conserving energy are goals on parallel tracks. Discussions at the recent National Manufacturing Week offered further proof that these multifaceted issues can also be economic drivers for the plant as well — even if it is addition by subtraction in one case.
OSHA puts 14,000 employers on notice for high injury rates
The easiest way to reduce workers comp costs is not to have injuries in the first place, which is the point OSHA hopes to make with approximately 14,000 letters sent during March to employers, letting them know their injury and illness rates at their worksites are higher than average. OSHA is also offering assistance to help businesses fix safety and health hazards, which is also less expensiv...
Human Side – 2005-04-01
Flexibility enhances the best of rules The 17th century philosopher and theologian Robert Burton wrote that "no rule is so general which admits of no exception." It's a thought for rule makers and rule enforcers—managers and supervisors—to ponder. Presumably, rules are established with a positive purpose in mind. In short, so far as the plant or company is involved, adherence to a rule in question should be beneficial to its bottom line performance.
Review of manufacturing regs needs a push
One of the loudest screams from the manufacturing sector is that federal regulations hamstring U.S. companies by imposing additional rules and additional costs on the manufacturing process. Now the White House has promised to review regulatory reform in a timely fashion, and that's earning praise from National Association of Manufacturers.
Safety – 2005-04-01
EH&S Safety Catalog The 2005 Cole-Parmer Environmental Health & Safety Catalog has 96 pages with a broad selection of new safety instrumentation, plus facility safety and personal protection products. Expanded product lines include air sampling, air quality, gas detection, sound, and personal safety. Cole-Parmer Instrument Company www.coleparmer.com/959 Write 300 on PE card Automated Test System The Galaxy Automated Test System for MSA portable gas detection instruments has the latest features expected in an automated recordkeeping and calibration test system. The one-button system allows users to place an instrument in a test stand and the system will automatically perform the test.
Find the right method for stainless steel welding
Stainless steels are becoming the material of choice in applications where corrosion resistance is a necessity. Unlike typical lower alloy or carbon steels, stainless does not rust in ordinary atmospheric exposure, making it less prone to contamination and extending its usefulness. Industrial uses include equipment for chemical plants, food processing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and petroleu...
Machine safeguarding gains
The North American market for machine automatic safeguarding products is gaining ground on Europe, according to a recent market study by Venture Development Corp. The compounded annual growth rate from 2004–2007 for Europe is projected to be 7.4%, while the CAGR for North America is projected to be 12.
Understanding synchronous belt drives
Many components of a synchronous power transmission belt interact with each other and combine to produce its performance characteristics. Obvious features, such as reinforcement cord and a variety of elastomeric materials, are very important to the belt carcass. But a design variation often over-looked is a belt's tooth profile, and a closer look at this critical belt feature is warranted.
Replacing incandescent lamps with LEDs
Currently, there is interest in high efficiency, long-life, light emitting diode (LED) lamps for use in factories, institutional, and commercial applications, because the costs of electricity for lighting and labor for bulb replacement are significant. The goal of the LED manufacturers is to build a very high-brightness white LED that is economical and efficient enough to be used for illumination.
Early next year, PLANT ENGINEERING will be producing a couple of events that you might want to put on your calendar now. The first, our webcast on "New Directions in Electrical Safety," will take place on January 27 at 10 a.m. CST. Through your computer, you'll be able to see and hear the presentations of four experts on establishing a plant electrical safety program.
Reader Feedback – 2004-10-10
Bus duct misunderstanding The "Dangerous Solution" letter by Charles R. Lee Jr., P.E. in the August 2004 issue of PLANT ENGINEERING is great advice. One should never modify bus duct. I would, however, like to point out that no modifications whatsoever were made to the bus duct on page 80 of the June 2004 issue of PLANT ENGINEERING.
Intrinsic safety in hazardous locations
Since the dawn of the industrial age, using electricity in potentially explosive areas has been problematic. Electrical equipment may generate arcs, sparks, or hot surfaces, which could cause an explosion. Hazardous materials such as gases, vapors, dusts, liquids, and fibers are present in many industrial plants.
Digital multimeter essentials
A digital multimeter (DMM) is like an electronic tape measure for making electrical measurements. It may have any number of special features, but a DMM primarily measures volts, ohms, and amperes. This article provides the essentials required for selecting and operating this versatile tool.
Human side – 2004-06-10
Employee in trouble Needs help, not lecture A week after returning from a three-week medical leave, Utility Worker Susan Walsh appeared at Alex Carpenter's desk. "What now?" the supervisor asked. "My doctor says I need two more weeks of leave." Carpenter rolled his eyes upward. Walsh walked with a limp. Her medical problem as reported was related to a back injury and osteoporosis. According to plant scuttlebutt, Susan's husband was abusive. A longtime employee, Walsh was a marginal performer at best.
Stopping uncertainties from wreaking havoc on maintenance projects
In many ways, the traditional CMMS or EAM system works somewhat like a computerized PERT chart. It is based on traditional methodology, which asks you to identify the tasks that need to be done and determine how long the tasks should take to do. You then attempt to finish each task within the allotted time and hope all projects finish on time so that you don't have to rearrange the chart.
Human Side – 2004-04-08
Supervisory instinct and experience Are they enough to shorten a trial period? The company's lab and production departments used several complex and unusual instruments for measurement and other purposes. When an opening for Instrument Specialist Trainee occurred, Maintenance Manager Jack Kaufeld searched the roster long and hard for a viable candidate. His search assured him of only one thing: Selecting the right person would be a difficult choice to make. Should he go outside to fill the vacancy, or give one of his own people a chance? Since management encouraged promotion from within, Kaufeld decided to give Mechanic Grade I Bill Axelrod, the most promising candidate, a shot at the job.
Using ultrasonics in predictive maintenance
Manufacturers face many challenges, such as extending the life and improving the performance of equipment to ensure high quality products and operational efficiency. It is sometimes necessary to do these things with very limited resources.
Paints and coatings
No-odor enamel Beyond Multipurpose Enamel is a no- odor, zero VOC and HAP, industrial-grade coating that allows users to paint in confined, occupied spaces without the risks associated with solvent odors and flammability. Enamel can be used on metal, concrete, masonry, wood, drywall, and tile using brush, roller, or spray gun. Coating can be used indoors or outdoors and is available in standard colors and tint bases in satin or gloss finishes. Rust-Oleum , rustoleum.com , Write 317 on PE card High-temperature epoxy Corr-Paint CP2070 2-part high-temperature, corrosion-protective, epoxy-novolac paint is gray pigmented with 100% solids, and protects metal parts and structures in industrial applications at temperatures up to 300 F.
Advances in lift trucks
The past few years have seen some remarkable changes in lift trucks, the venerable workhorses of material handling. In what might be compared to the evolution from yesterday's muscle cars to today's high-performance vehicles, lift trucks have emerged from brawny weightlifters to strong and nimble athletes.
Screw compressor glossary
While many of us have been around screw compressors for a long time, there may be some terminology whose meaning we are not sure of. This glossary attempts to describe the most common terms associated with screw compressors and compressed air systems. — A — Absolute micron rating. All (not just 98%) particles larger than the stated micron size that will be removed from the fluid be...
Software and process reviews enable continuous improvement
Editor's note: This is Part 2 of a two-part series on the value of software and process reviews. Companies completing a software and process review (SPR) gain closer adherence to documented procedures and instructions as well as ensured accuracy and integrity of the database data structure and reporting elements.
New books of note
Fire-safe buildings Fire Protection Engineering in Building Design by Jane I. Lataille, P.E., is an excellent reference on incorporating fire protection standards compliance into the design of buildings. This handbook should prove useful for engineers involved with commercial buildings as well as those dealing with industrial structures.
2004 National Plant Engineering and Facilities Management Show
The 2004 National Plant Engineering & Facilities Management Show is one of six events taking place during National Manufacturing Week.
Return on steam efficiency investment
Putting it all together: impacts on ROI
Reader Feedback – 2004-01-10 – 2004-01-10
Solutions I enjoy your magazine, especially the "Solutions" article. This is the first thing that I look for in your magazine. I have just received your Dec 2003 issue and was reading the "Solutions" section and your solution to portable air tank I do not quite agree with. Using a used propane tank for anything else is not only dangerous, but in some states may be illegal.
Software & Computers – 2004-01-10
Serial device microserver IServer, an addition to the EIS-W Series is a simple, economical way to connect serial devices to an Ethernet network and the internet. Web pages allow quick and easy device configuration for your specific application without special software. Getting started with the server is simplified because it takes a dynamically assigned IP address from a DHCP server on your network. Omega Engineering, Inc.
Human Side – 2004-01-10 – 2004-01-10
Applicant turndown Is hearing impairment valid reason? When Administrative Assistant Jenny Rudin opted for early retirement at age 57, it left Maintenance Supervisor Harold Griffin in a bind. Rudin was a quick study and a lady of diversified skills. She had been employed at a host of clerical tasks most of her life.
Solutions – 2004-01-10
Key keeper Problem : Many small drill presses and small milling machines don't have a convenient tool holder. How can chuck keys and small bits be kept handy? Solution : Place a large bar magnet inside a plastic bag and place it on a metal part of the machine tool. This will keep chuck keys and several bits close by and free of chips. Contributor : Bob Courtwright, ShowShine MotorSports, Evans, GA. Rolling snake Problem : Pushing a wire snake through conduit can be difficult; the snake can get hung up.
OSHA compliance course Detailed information on how the provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act may be implemented in your workplace will be presented February 18-19 in Raleigh, NC. Learn how to assure the health and safety of your employees while complying with OSHA regulations. Instruction will be provided on a variety of general industry safety and health standards, including walking and working surfaces, means of egress and fire protection, hazardous materials, hazard communication, and machine guarding. Environmental Resource Center , ercweb.com , Write 310 on PE card Dust collector FilterMax DF is equipped with a wide range of filter cartridges and handles a variety of applications, from metal to nonexplosive dry dust.
Do you need stronger wrenches?
Because of the pressure for higher performance and lower cost for virtually every product made, bolted joints are now made to work harder and their failure could be very damaging. Over the past few years, fasteners have grown stronger, and the use of high-strength fasteners has increased. Through the widespread use of torque wrenches, fasteners are being tightened to higher torques.
Limiting noise from conveyor rollers
A primary source of plant noise stems from conveyor rollers. If one roller makes a mild rattle or squeal, it's not hard to imagine the effect of hundreds or thousands of rollers running simultaneously. A noisy conveyor system running through a facility can emit high decibel levels all along its route, creating a major noise problem for a large portion of the plant.
Maintenance work: Part 2
By Donald H. Decker, PE, Principal The Hayo Consultants( www.hayoconsultants.com ) This is the second installment in a three-part article about Maintenance work. We are centering on the “Make Ready, Do, Put Away” activities of your maintenance crew. Quite often maintenance productivity is associated with the motivation level of our maintenance and technical personnel.
Reader Feedback – 2003-10-10 – 2003-10-10
Support for Energy Policy Act of 2003 Dear Editor: The U.S. Congress is seriously considering a comprehensive energy bill with an emphasis on conservation, and this should be a comfort to every American. Sponsors of the Energy Policy Act of 2003, which is presently being debated in the U.S. Senate, have demonstrated leadership and vision in recognizing that effective energy policy is one of the...
Temperature calibration basics
The types of calibration applicable to a manufacturing plant include temperature, pressure, flow, and electrical parameters, such as power, voltage, current, and resistance. This article addresses temperature calibration primarily. But much of the information applies to calibration of all instruments.
Solutions – 2003-09-10
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Human Side – 2003-07-14 – 2003-07-14
Summoned by OSHA to testify Must they be paid for time lost? When Jonas Quinn, a painter in the maintenance department, sustained serious injuries following a fall from a scaffolding, Harold Falk, an inspector from the Occupation Safety and Health Administration, was brought in to investigate. During the course of his probe a question arose about the proper condition and maintenance of the scaffolding. After interviewing two employees, Falk cited the company for being in violation of safety standards. Management contested the citation and two workers, Adam Rifkin and Donald Henderson, were subpoenaed to appear at the hearing. Maintenance Supervisor Chuck Nettle had been notified in advance that the men would be absent from work that day to attend. When payday rolled around the following Tuesday, Rifkin and Henderson appeared at Nettle's desk. "What's the problem?" Henderson acted as spokesman.
Safety – 2003-06-12
Safety and instrumentation Moore Industries has launched a dedicated section of its web site (miinet.com/approvals) to provide an overview of product certification and safety-related instrumentation issues for process control instrumentation. The site includes a link to the company's E-HELP EXPRESS support service, white papers, and technical articles concerning important product certification and safety instrumentation issues, and fact sheets on emerging topics. Lockout procedures Brady Identification Services Group provides professional graphical lockout procedures development and installation to quickly implement an OSHA-compliant program. Engineers assess and analyze equipment lockout needs, develop graphical lockout procedures, install the procedures, and create and install energy source tags at each lockout point.
Plant floor coatings review
The types and variations of floor coatings for industrial use today are bewildering. Even if you're a knowledgeable chemist, it's hard to sift through the plethora of names, properties, and recommended applications. Even so, a little knowledge can go a long way in talking with suppliers and installers.
Software & Computers – 2003-04-28
Conceptual modeler PLS-Router is a simple-to-use conceptual modeler, designed for use in front-end engineering design (FEED), built on Bentley's MicroStation platform. It is the combination of a process plant layout system and an automatic 3D pipe routing system. The system delivers practical, cost-optimized piping routes.
Devil is in the execution
Execution is the buzzword for the initiative du jour . When all is said and done, it seems, all of the initiatives of the last several decades don't amount to much without execution. Well, duh! The interesting thing about all the attention to execution is that it's being hailed as some new discovery, some breakthrough in management.
My wife says I'm a picky eater. She's probably right. I'll grant you I have limited tastes in food. But mainly I just like to eat what I like and not experiment much with food — especially when I'm paying for it in an expensive restaurant. Some people like to experiment, especially when they eat out.
Basics of IR thermography
All matter above absolute zero continuously emits energy in the form of infrared (IR) radiation. This emitted energy is detectable and quantified as an object's temperature through the technique of infrared thermography. The human eye can see in a very narrow range of the electromagnetic spectrum, in wavelengths from 0.
Building a secure Ethernet environment
The trend toward using Ethernet as the sole communications network for business and industry has raised concerns about security. While proprietary networks for building or factory automation have major drawbacks in terms of limiting information flow and higher cost, the separation of these networks from other systems provides a measure of protection against unauthorized access.
Malleable maintenance: Departments must evolve with changing times
Maintenance departments are living and breathing entities. They need to grow and change. They need to adapt to changing production techniques, evolve with new technologies, accept new ideas as their team ages, and keep up with accelerating productivity demands. Today's successful maintenance departments are forward leaning, progressive, and motivated.
Certification programs for plant engineering professionals
Certification has become a popular concept for recognizing professional competency. Virtually all certification programs seek to enhance both the individual's career and the profession's visibility and importance. It is well documented that individuals who have attained some form of certification are generally higher paid and have better career prospects.
Beyond the quick fix: True problem solving involves analysis, not shortcuts
Good problem solvers are among the most highly sought after individuals in existence today. In most cases companies and organizations have already identified their skilled problem solvers and consider these individuals to be among their most valuable assets. Their expertise is recognized and their time is allocated for solving the most important outstanding problems.
Human Side – 2002-12-15
When Jeff Dugan, a former warehouseman, walked into the plant one sunny afternoon, he took Maintenance Foreman Harry Cooper by surprise. "What are you doing here?" Cooper asked. "I thought you were in the Army." Dugan had volunteered for service the week following the September 11th attack, and had been sent to the Middle East where he served in Afghanistan.
Much is being made of maintenance excellence these days. There are seminars on maintenance excellence, awards for maintenance excellence, institutes for maintenance excellence, roundtables for maintenance excellence. All of these are good. But what the heck is "maintenance excellence," anyway? Lowest cost? Lowest downtime? Highest uptime? Zero breakdowns? Highest overall equipment effectivene...
Tactical or strategic
Whether plant engineering and maintenance are considered tactical or strategic in your plant or company can make a world of difference in how you fit into the big picture. Tactical goals and decisions are based on carrying out strategic goals and decisions. Thus, your participation at the strategic level determines much of what you can do at the tactical level.
Job Center Manufacturing.Net users have easy access to over 13,000 up-to-date job listings in the United States alone. Our search is powered by the Monster Board, one of the largest and most comprehensive job search engines on the Web. You can search for a job, post a resume on-line, or post a job listing. Support questions are best directed towards the Monster Board, as we do not host the job board on our servers. We also offer access to the latest job-related news from the manufacturing industry, links to salary surveys from partner web sites, and more. Training Center Manufacturing.Net's training marketplace enables users to find and buy courses and products from 1,200 providers of skills training and professional education.
Ensuring plant security without compromising open technology
Use of Ethernet from top-to-shop floor and demand for global access to real-time production data has created the need to implement a security methodology and new security policies. A mere minute of production downtime can translate to the loss of thousands of dollars. But what if your manufacturing systems were hacked and shut down for an entire day? The focus on system security has also been g...
Systematic approach for eliminating failures
Eliminating equipment failures may be every plant engineer's dream, but relatively few have a clear roadmap for accomplishing it. This system, or a close derivative of it, has enabled numerous manufacturing plants to achieve significant continuous improvements in plant availability, run rates, safety, and production quality.
Fluorescent and HID duke it out
Both T5 high-output (HO) linear fluorescent and pulse-start metal halide HID lamps are excellent lighting options for high-bay applications in a variety of environments. In some installations, either lamp would be an excellent choice. In others, one lamp may provide greater benefits than the other. Each light source has several attractive attributes that might tip the scales toward one choice o...
Compressed air quality
Contaminants can be introduced into the compressed air stream by the inlet air, compressor, receiver tank, piping, and other installed components. Contaminants include solids such as dirt, dust, pipe scale, and compressor wear particles; liquids/aerosols such as oil and water; and gases/vapors including water, oil (hydrocarbons), carbon monoxide, and chemical pollutants.
Eight ways to improve detection of unseen atmospheric hazards
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard 29 CFR 1910.146 defines a permit-required confined space as having at least one of the following characteristics: "contains or has a potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere; contains a material that has the potential for engulfing an entrant; or contains any other recognized serious safety or health hazard.
Online ‘university’ offers short ‘courses’
Recognizing the challenge manufacturing professionals face in learning new technologies and how technology impacts their bottom line, Emerson Process Management has introduced an innovative new learning system. Based on a leading education industry online platform, Emerson's PlantWeb University delivers objective, indepth information for process industries in a convenient online environment at...
Human Side – 2002-09-15
Assignment dispute: Must unit rep be summoned while on overtime? Saturday morning a skeleton crew was on hand working overtime. Maintenance Supervisor Joe Moody instructed Utility Worker Frank Durkin to scrub down two large tanks in the lab. The tank scrub-down was the dirtiest job in the plant. "It's not my turn," Durkin protested. Ordinarily an effort was made to split up the scrub-down as evenly as possible among the department's three utility workers. Durkin pointed out he had done a scrub-down only a week ago. "Sorry about that," Moody sympathized.
What if your department no longer had to fill out work orders at the end of a shift? What if you could have an extra hour a day to work on equipment? What if you were able to move your maintenance department from reactive to proactive and predictive? Using mobile CMMS/EAM can answer all these questions in one fell swoop.
In the event of a threat
Back in the 1970s, our offices received several telephoned bomb threats. The first was especially unnerving and resulted in the offices being closed for the rest of the day. Police conducted a thorough search of our building. The second threat was taken seriously, too, and the building was closed again.
Human Side of Engineering – 2002-07-15
Can you force a blood-alcohol test? Maintenance Utility Worker Joe Breen was a loud-spoken, heavy-drinking employee. Was he classifiable as an alcoholic? Maintenance Foreman Peter Goodkin didn't know, but he didn't want to take any chances. One of Breen's jobs was to monitor the operation and performance of two separate boilers. Slipping up could have dangerous consequences. Breen returned from lunch on a particular occasion and looked somewhat bleary-eyed. Goodkin asked him, "Hey Joe, how many drinks did you have at lunch?" Breen grinned.
Rooftop exhaust fans: environmental considerations
The subject of indoor air quality (IAQ) in the plant has received widespread publicity over the past few years. There is increased public awareness of pollution issues partly due to news media coverage of multimillion dollar lawsuits concerning IAQ. These lawsuits resulted from claims that dangerous process exhaust either remained in the work area or roof exhaust gases were being re-entrained i...
Reader Forum – 2002-07-15
Education fosters logical compliance In the "Insist on safety compliance to the letter" article in the May Human Side of Engineering, nowhere was there a mention of "read the MSDS" made. I realize your magazine is mainly on mechanical subjects by nature, but all first use of chemicals should start with the MSDS.
To tolerate harassment is to condone it
I believe harassment is in the eye of the beholder, and those folks who, even good naturedly, joke with a colleague need to know when to back off and cease and desist. It is management's responsibility to set a standard— Ed Mayer There may be gray areas that still get debated, but the example cited is a slam dunk.
How Encryption Works
Encryption is the process of encoding information in such a way that only the computer with the key can decode it. Most computer encryption systems are either symmetric-key encryption or public-key encryption Symmetric-key encryption is a secret code that each of the two computers must know in order to decode the information.
Material Handling – 2001-11-01
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Adding storage space without leasing or buying
Star Trek and Star Wars aren't the only places to find space wars. They're being fought every day in industrial plants.Sooner or later, every growing company runs out of space - if only temporarily. It does not usually happen overnight, but it creeps up, revealing itself in a series of conflicts between groups competing for the same space.
How Bluetooth Short-range Radio Systems Work
Bluetooth is a new standard developed by a group of electronics manufacturers that will allow certain electronic equipment to make its own connections, without wires, cables, or any direct action from a user. Bluetooth is intended to be a standard that works at two levels:Bluetooth is intended to get around the problems that come with both infrared and cable synchronizing systems.
Human Side of Engineering – 2001-09-01
Is morale a miracle productivity cure-all?Is good employee morale the magic touchstone that ensures high productivity? Not necessarily. No question, morale's effect on performance cannot be disputed. But viewing it as a be-all and end-all solution to productivity problems is a mistake made by too many managers.
Recirculating air from dust collectors
Whether dust collectors are used in a plant to control indoor air quality (IAQ), keep equipment clean, and/or recover high-value process dusts, many plants are considering recirculating the air back into the plant downstream of collectors instead of exhausting it outdoors. When using recirculating dust collection systems, special safety and performance concerns must be addressed.
Software improves workplace chemical inventory management
With 10,000 to 40,000 potentially hazardous chemical substances on site at any given workplace, Dolphin Software's new Web-based application improves the critical tasks of tracking chemical acquisition, storage and disposal.
Software reduces ISO 9000 training and implementation time
Web-based platform from Prism eSolutions streamlines communications, training and document management to speed implementation time up to 20 percent while reducing costs by half.
Comparing unit load storage racks
You should consider these factors to determine the unit load storage rack system best suited to an application from both an economic and efficiency standpoint: characteristics of loads stored; accessibility, or selectivity, requirements; volume, throughput and rotation factors; material handling equipment and plant configuration. This article discusses these and other considerations.
Trends in process calibration
The desire for better process control and increased quality fuels the drive toward improved process instrument accuracy. Process calibrators must be significantly more accurate than the instruments they calibrate. And instruments that have the greatest impact on product quality or plant safety should be calibrated most frequently. This article details these concepts and more.
How Mass and ForceWork
Terms such as mass, force, torque, work, power, and energy are frequently encountered around the industrial plant. This month's column, along with the next two, will take a look at what these terms mean and "how they work." What is mass? Generally, mass is defined as the measure of how much matter an object or body contains — in other words, the total number of subatomic particles (elect...
Internet searches made simple
There are hundreds of millions of web pages accessible via the internet. Some pages may be easy to find; others may not. Unless you are provided with a specific universal resource locator (URL), or are extremely lucky, you must search through the masses for the specific pages that contain the information required.
Suggestions and Solutions – 2001-06-01
One meter, several readings THM-250 meter takes complete temperature, humidity, wet bulb, and dew point measurements in one instrument. It's easy to use, compact, and designed to provide accurate solutions to many in-plant and HVAC service applications. It has a micro- processor-based design that provides a fast response.
Finding training, employment, and education on the internet
The internet can be used as a tool, entertainment, resource, time saver, and many other life-enriching ways. For the plant engineer, the internet can also be a tool for professional development in the forms of training, education, and career growth. Training and the internet Training is important to maintaining the health of any organization.
Plant Engineering Software – 2001-03-01
Free software computes tank venting requirements Staff Pro-Flow II Windows-based software enables users to size and select vapor control equipment.
Vehicle restraint systems help create safer dock areas
Safety gains results from choosing a vehicle restraint system that best suits your operation, sound maintenance and training dock area employees to use the equipment properly.
Suggestions & Solutions – 2001-03-01
It's the humidity Staff A free design manual describes microprocessor controlled steam humidifiers that feature LCD digital displays and LEDs for diagnostics.
Sound level meter or dosimeter? Making the choice
Key concepts More stringent noise level rules and exposure criteria are likely. Dosimeters provide an 8-hr TWA and/or the dose.
I have a note in one of my files that reads: "Always remember, you have a higher calling than simply making a buck for the company." That higher calling can take many forms depending on the people and the situation.
How to select a CMMS/EAM
I get a lot of e-mails from readers seeking suggestions on which CMMS/EAM package they should select. Since I really don't know their requirements, I have no problem responding with generalities.
Is there anyone out there who does not have a shortage of skilled labor?
Last month's Management Side of Engineering column explained what Tech Prep is and how it works. The discussion concludes this month as the authors examine the four standards categories of Tech Prep and how to create the program.
Human Side of Engineering – 2000-11-01
Rules are guidelines, not straightjackets Group Leader Mark Chernoff yelled after Electrician Grade II Fred Baseman, "Hey, where are you going? It's only 3:00." Baseman paid him no heed.
Creating a safe environment for pedestrians and lift truck operators
Key concepts Lift trucks are involved in nearly 95,000 workplace accidents a year, with injuries resulting about one-third the time.
Human Side of Engineering – 2000-09-01 – 2000-09-01
In the April 2000 issue of Plant Engineering, Human Side of Engineering presented "Uncommon side: The daytime surfer-Part I.
Over the past year or so, we've been trying to draw your attention to-the problem. That is, the shortage of skilled workers now and into the future.
Human Side of Engineering – 2000-08-01 – 2000-08-01
Vacations: August approved for Joe, but not for Bill Carpenter Grade A Bill Forest was up in arms. Utility Worker Joe Falk's request for an August vacation date had been okayed; his had been turned down.
Examining adjustable speed drives
Adjustable speed drives (ASDs) are known by several other names: variable speed, variable frequency, or adjustable frequency. Variable infers a change that may or may not be under the control of the user.
Improving plant processes with dehumidification
Key concepts Maintaining optimum humidity levels reduces defects and increases efficiency in many processes.
New Products – 2000-06-01
The recent IFPE 2000 show in Chicago, IL, served as an introduction for a number of new fluid, mechanical, and electrical power transmission products. Here is a sampling of some of the products making their debut at the show.
The internet and the plant engineer
Let's go surfin' now, everybody's learnin' how..." The well-known line from the Beach Boys song of nearly 40 yr ago may never be truer than it is today. This time around, however, it is the internet not the ocean on which everyone is surfing.
Human Side of Engineering – 2000-05-01 – 2000-05-01
Names used in Human Side of Engineering are fictitious. Any similarity to real persons is coincidental.
Power reliability: plan ahead to close gap between continuity and chaos
Electricity is never more precious or scarce than after a disaster. Lights don't work, telephones are disabled, businesses are shut down.
New Literature – 2000-04-01
Heavy-duty lighting A 6-p brochure describes the Endurance series of positionable, linear fluorescent luminaires for dirty, dusty, and corrosive environments.
Suggestions & Solutions – 2000-04-01
How much to fix it? The 1300-p Vendor Consolidation Guide is the first resource of its kind designed to assist maintenance procurement professionals and plant engineers determine fair market value pricing for repair, calibration, and remanufactured items. The guide lists over 16,000 manufacturers whose products can be serviced or supplied new at wholesale prices. Speck Industrial Controls, Inc. www.speckvc.com Circle 251 Solving power quality problems The Written-Pole machine offers helpful solutions to motor and generator users who suffer from power quality problems. Standard motors feature an internal rotor that spins inside a stator.
Column Sentry FE features an 8 X 10-in. cutout, allowing extinguishers up to 24-in. tall to be hung from the column. The unit protects columns from fork lift damage while conforming to federal, state, and local codes.
Light curtains, safety mats, electromechanical switches, and control safety products are designed to help users achieve compliance with OSHA and ANSI regulations. The products are designed for durability under tough conditions.
Explosion protected control stations
SpecOne line of explosion protected control stations meets codes and standards for hazardous areas anywhere in the world. The control stations feature NEMA 4X, IP 66 enclosures, with a formed-in-place gasket, and a variety of operators.
Uncommon side: The hoodwinked employee — Part II
Most readers responding to Part I of this case feel that Russo has a good chance of winning if he follows through on his threat to sue for breach of promise. As Plant Engineer G.
Ergonomic desk reference
Ergonomics Desk Reference is a 600-p manual containing recent court cases, sample forms, case studies, and NIOSH guidelines, including elements of OSHA's proposed standard.
The people thing
Over the past few years, it has been my privilege to visit a number of plants with excellent plant engineering and maintenance operations. To be sure, they have all made good use of technology. But the thing that impresses most, and always, is the people.
Compliance Solutions: Compliance You Need...When You Need It brochure describes a variety of services available, from regulatory reports to waste minimization.
Cimplicity software catalog provides solutions to help make enterprises faster, smarter, and easier to control at every level.
What determines coverage under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act?
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covers any company with "15 or more employees for each working day in each of 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year." Sounds simple.
How to get quality
The latest release of the biannual Fall/Winter, 1999 catalog features hundreds of books, standards, software programs, and videos focusing on quality.
Safety sign making software allows the user to create professional, custom signs using a PC and ink jet or laser printer. ANSI graphics and other simple graphics are included with the program. MaxiSoft/K-Sun Corp.www.ksun.com
Creating a quality management system
ISO 9000 practitioners work within a dynamic enterprise that fosters a myriad pattern of standards and their interpretation.
Millennium safety catalog
The 2000 Catalog has 208 pp with hundreds of products to help companies establish safety programs and comply with OSHA, EPA, and DOT regulations.
Light curtains improve machine safety and productivity
Safety light curtains use infrared light to detect the presence of an object or person. Used properly, safety light curtains improve a machine operator's work environment.
A stop in time
Stop hazardous machine motion quickly with an emergency stop (E-stop) palm button. These buttons can be used to increase safety on many types of machines, including presses, lathes, drills, and mills.
Process safety on a poster
A four-color poster provides reference information regarding the design of a safety instrumented system that monitors a process for potentially dangerous conditions and initiates an action to move it to a safer state.
SourceBook 2000 is filled with labeling and identification products for compliance with OSHA, DOT, and ADA. The catalog also features thousands of new products for inplant machinery identification, production area labeling, and equipment marking.
Comprehensive 28-p catalog describes crane components for industrial assembly, maintenance, or matching applications. The literature provides features, benefits, dimensional data, and specifications for eight models in the Series 3 end trucks line.
Environmental regulatory software helps firm cut noncompliance findings
A significant drop in the number of noncompliance findings is among the benefits reaped by a Fortune 500 energy conglomerate thanks to an innovative approach to environmental, health, and safety auditing. Dynegy, Inc.
Excessive absence: Can you deny merit increase?
I've been ripped off," Carpenter Grade II Sam Horner protested when he saw that the amount on his paycheck was the same as it had been the week before. He had been passed over for the quarterly merit increase.
Ins and outs of lockout
Group Lockout Training Video kit assists in communicating the importance of a structured lockout procedure.
Ergonomics by the numbers
1-- Number of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that must occur before OSHA's ergonomics standard is triggered to protect workers in a job.
Managing your power: How to get started
So you want to begin a power management program. The goal is reduced energy expenditures. First of all, it's critical to recognize that the cost of using electrical energy has three main components.
If you're reading this column, it's likely that nothing catastrophic occurred to you or your plant at 12:01 a.m. on January 1 of this new year.
Sign and label maker creates signs instantly
Powermark sign and labeling system allows users to create a wide range of custom products without the delays associated with ordering custom signs.
Can Christmas bonuses be eliminated unilaterally?
Anyone can be mistaken, and that goes for arbitrators as well as ordinary mortals. Business had been in the doldrums for months.
Safety program from scratch
Workplace Safety Program Developer is a software program that guides users step-by-step, using text and full-motion digital video, through the process of developing an effective OSHA-compliant safety and health program under OSHA's proposed rule 29 CFE 1900.1. The program provides the training elements for OSHA-required training topics plus sample policies, state-level safety program requirements, Forms 200/101 and tracking, how-to-comply explanations, and checklists. J. J.
Batteries don’t spill
PowerLock series of industrial, front-termination VRLA batteries have a "non-spillable" rating under the Code of Federal Regulations, International Air Transport Association's (IATA) provision A67, and International Maritime Dangerous Goods code.
Add these favorites to your list
It's time again for another installment of Web Update in which we highlight sites that should be a must in your list of bookmarks or favorites.
Keyless ignition controls driver access
Programmable keyless ignition for fork lifts holds up to 100 operator codes, ensuring that only trained and authorized operators can start the vehicle to comply with OSHA training regulations.
Integrated suite simplifies sizing and analysis
Engineer's Aide SINET 5.2 is an integrated software suite designed for plant engineers for pipeline sizing, simulation, network analysis, equipment sizing, and equipment costing.
Integrated system analyzes machine efficiency
Focus Series data collector is a rapid deployment, integrated hardware/software system for analyzing machine efficiency.
Chain hoist assembly simplifies testing of fire doors
Fireset 3 fire door chain hoist assembly allows for more frequent, regular testing of chain-operated fire doors. Conforming to NFPA 80 regulations, the product's construction allows for the door to drop during testing without releasing spring tension.
Oil/water separator exceeds regulations
Balston Oil/Water Separator for contaminated air compressor condensate offers proven technology, which exceeds 10-ppm stormwater regulations and produces the cleanest water of any system available.
Growth anticipated for plant design software market
Worldwide software revenue for 3D plant design and visualization software is forecast to grow 10.5% to $168 million this year, according to a study from Daratech, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Don’t just operate a plant: Take steps to optimize your business
Today's new generation of plant information management systems (PIMS) form the core of integrated information systems (IIS) that enable plant engineers to optimize their businesses and discover new and substantial profits.
How safe is safe?
Interactive Safety Source is a free CD-ROM designed to be a one-stop source that allows users, regardless of previous knowledge, to quickly search for and find answers to safety questions.
Motors – 1999-10-01
Global Series large ac motors are described in a 4-p color brochure. The motors are designed to meet IEC 34 electrical standards and IEC mounting requirements, with many ratings available in NEMA mounting dimensions.
Should ADA cover infertility treatments?
It wasn't easy, but after four tries at invitro fertilization, Electrician First Grade Jim Fishman finally became a father. He handed out cigars to the guys on the crew. "A 5-lb baby girl," he crowed.
Be an attendee
October 5-8, 1999 -- Behavioral Safety Now, Las Vegas, NV. Behavioral safety conference offers three pre and two post-conference half-day educational workshops, in addition to an extensive conference program.
Nonmetallic gaskets: Avoiding leaks and blow outs
The compressive stress on a gasket plays a larger role in its ability to maintain pressure than its tensile strength.
Learn the latest on asbestos
Free asbestos compliance newsletter covers timely regulatory and compliance information. EPA, OSHA, and state regulatory updates are discussed in each issue.
Safety labeling program
Visually Instructive Plant (VIP) program helps in creating an organized and consistent program to make a plant safer.
Incompetent? Think twice before firing him.
His performance rating is low and getting lower. The obvious first thought is to get rid of him. The sensible second thought is to probe to the root of the problem. Unfortunately, Engineering Project Supervisor Stu Mailin never got beyond thought one.
Managing engineering risks
A plant electrical engineer designed the power wiring for the HVAC system in an addition at his facility. After the new area was occupied, several undersized wires leading to a fan-powered box in a ceiling cavity overheated.
Making loads “palletable”
Uniform Standard for Wood Pallets that offers users and suppliers a common language to discuss quality has been adopted by ANSI. It can be used as a baseline to define what constitutes a safe, reliable pallet.
The 1999-2000 edition of Engineering Guide to Machine Safeguarding features detailed information on safety light curtains, safety mats, interlock switches and relays, two-hand controls, and process safeguarding products.
Another look at door costs and safety
A recent article on "Exposing the hidden costs at door openings" (PE, July 1999, p 66, File 5040) highlighted several points regarding the safety features of high-speed roll-up doors.
Do you have a skills problem?
Speaking of skills development (as we did on this page last month), have you thought about your own skills development lately? As important as it is to worry about the skills of those who work for you, don't forget about yourself.
Sensors: Smart devices, smarter solutions
Sensors, today, can be found almost everywhere in industry, from conveyors and boilers to process lines and air handlers. Major sensor technologies are not new.
Next generation work management: Moving closer to the plant global village
What is next generation work-management technology and how does it relate to plant engineering? The short answers are "nothing" and "everything".
Fork lift training
New fork lift operator training brochure details reasons for implementing a training program.
When can you subcontract a project?
Plant Engineer Ralph English wrinkled his nose when Project Engineer Sam Sharpe presented the lab refurbishing cost estimate to him. "This is much higher than I expected." Sharpe shrugged.
Zero incidents: Achieving a new safety culture
Zero incidents aims to completely eliminate all events that result in an injury, property damage, or lost workday case. If safety goals are not set at zero, an employer sends a message to employees that severe and disabling incidents are acceptable.
Dealing with the skills problem
A skilled workforce is one of the biggest problems facing plant engineers -- if not the biggest. It has been a problem for many years, and it will continue to be a problem. Consider, for example, that the U.S.
Are you ready for OSHA’s powered industrial truck training standard?
OSHA issued its final rule for powered industrial truck operator training [29 CFR 1910. 178(1)] on December 1, 1998. The new requirements are intended to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities that occur as a result of inadequate operator training.
Maintenance paints and coatings
Since ancient times, paint has been used to protect, decorate, and identify surfaces. It is also the number-one method of combating corrosion. The term coating is often used interchangeably with the word paint.
Handling fluids in drums
Handling Industrial Fluids? Take the Innovative Approach details how storage and dispensing systems eliminate the inefficiencies and safety problems inherent in product transfer using traditional 55-gal. drums.
Save the environment
Large and small businesses can benefit from environmentally secure services, which include recycling/resource recovery, waste removal, technical and remedial plans, water treatment, photographic/radiological handling, environmental consulting, compliance remediation, disposal, and allied products. Specialty services include total environmental activity management and regulatory compliance programs. Safety-Kleen Corp. Circle 259.
Gauge experts make plant calls
Improve plant safety and lower costs with an onsite instrument review, which is like a house call for process plants. Specially trained experts offer a full check-up by diagnosing misapplied gauges and thermometers.
A specifier's guide focuses on a line of machine safety products. The 24-p guide features a quick-read selection table for safety light curtains, safety modules, and safety switches.
Getting steel to the job safely
Handling Structural Steel video explains the OSHA standard on steel erection. The video illustrates the correct techniques for ensuring maximum load stability during transport to the job.
Controlling lift truck access
Programmable, keyless ignition for fork lift trucks easily installs on electric, internal combustion, and diesel vehicles. An easy-to-use keypad is programmable for up to 100 operator codes, ensuring that only authorized personnel operate the fork lift.
Catalog features more than 1200 safety training videos on a wide variety of topics, including fork lift safety, back injury prevention, and ergonomics.
Lift truck safety
A 4-p brochure features a sitdown counterbalanced lift truck operator training program that complies with OSHA regulations.
Meet OSHA safeguarding requirements
Visual OSHA Interactive Machine Safeguarding course on CD-ROM is available for use in a network environment. This fully narrated software contains hours of live action scenes.
Cut and weld safely
Safety in Welding, Cutting, and Allied Processes (Z49.1: 1999) is an ANSI-approved document that covers all aspects of safety and health in the welding environment, with an emphasis on oxygen gas and arc types. American Welding Society www.
Using DDC controls to ensure adequate ventilation in VAV systems
Ever since the advent of variable air volume (VAV) supply systems, ensuring adequate ventilation air or exhaust makeup air throughout the supply air volume range has been a problem.
Plastic pallet meets fire safety codes
AdvantEdge is the first pallet to achieve a UL2335 listing, meeting the new NFPA standards for fire safety. The 56-lb pallet provides several benefits over traditional wood versions, including toughness, uniformity, slip-resistance, and stiffness.
Motor optimized for variable speed applications
RPM AC 180 frame motor brings an advanced variable speed design to users with tight space requirements and high performance standards. Motors are available from 1/8-1000 hp in frame sizes from 56-4460.
Instruct the instructor
Onsite instructor certification program for lift trucks and other mobile equipment includes a review of applicable regulations, safety theory, accident case studies, and accident prevention strategies.
A 10-step program for improved power quality
Have you ever noticed the lights in your plant blink slightly, and then some of your process or manufacturing equipment grinds to a halt? Sometimes this interruption occurs without the telltale flicker of the lights.
Communicating your environmental risk management program helps make your plant a welcome neighbor
Industry faces many challenges these days, from domestic and foreign competition to the myriad complex regulations that affect the workplace One of industry's biggest challenges comes from right in its own backyard.
Safety wins a prize
All the information needed to start and run a safety campaign is presented in a 48-p catalog.
Mark pipes your way
MaxiSoft PipeMarker software produces standard or custom industrial pipe markers and tags on demand. A user-friendly, Window-based program creates hundreds of predefined pipe, valve, and tag markers that meet current OSHA regulations and ANSI standards.
-- Recent acceptance of AS-Interface technology as an international standard (EN 50 295) has boosted growth of the trade organization representing the standard in North America.
Mezzanine system meets Y2K codes
QUiK Space-4 mezzanine system is a modular design with the ability to customize. The design incorporates building code requirements for the year 2000. Decking choices include Resindek, Sturd-I-Floor, Polydek, diamond plate, and bar grating.
Asleep on the job: Is dismissal too harsh?
Maintenance Utility Worker George Maris was assigned the disagreeable task of removing the sludge from two tanks in the lab. An hour later, Maintenance Supervisor Carl Hoffman found him asleep on a steel shelf nearby. Hoffman nudged him awake.
Ballast includes remote testing feature
B50RCT fluorescent emergency ballast features remote control testing that allows the product to satisfy applicable NEC and Life Safety Code requirements.
And where are your VOCs?
The Clean Air Compliance Handbook contains more than 100 pp of information about volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions, regulations, and control technologies, as well as tips for choosing control equipment.
Integrated low NOx solutions
With today's industrial facilities facing stringent NOx emission regulations, it's imperative to seek the most cost effective and complete solution.
Liquid storage cabinets
Storage cabinets for Class I, II, and III flammable liquids and acid storage cabinets are built to meet or exceed OSHA and NFPA Code 30 standards.
Physically ineligible: Is he entitled to recall?
When six recalled employees showed up for work Monday morning, Maintenance Foreman Joe Mullen was shocked to see that one, Carpenter Grade I Harry Berne, had lost his left hand in an automobile accident sometime during the layoff.
A 16-p catalog covers personnel lifts, work platforms, crossovers, rolling ladders, and custom fabrications. Grouped by product type, more than 200 selections of access equipment are represented, all built to applicable ANSI and OSHA codes.
National Plant Engineering Show and Conference Preview
The 1999 National Plant Engineering Show and Conference, one of four events comprising National Manufacturing Week (NMW), will be celebrating 50 yr of providing solutions to the plant and facilities engineering community.
Get the word on hazardous materials
A service is available to help companies communicate information on hazardous materials to employees.
A carefully organized 100-p catalog provides a complete listing of IEEE standards and related products. Also included are details of online and web delivery standards services offered.
The world's largest compilation of corrosion reference materials features more than 1000 books, technical standards, software, and related products.
Prepackaged, turnkey safety training programs are the subject of a 32-p catalog. Areas of training offered include equipment and chemical safety, physical hazards, personal protective equipment, ergonomics, and supervisor training.
Is excessive absence a valid basis for layoff?
The plant rated its employees A, B, or C depending on their "contribution to productivity and profits," as determined by periodic supervisory evaluations.
Respirators offer widest field of vision
WillsonMax 8000 Series, full facepiece, air-purifying respirators come in three sizes. They feature the industry's widest field of vision and maximize safety, comfort, and wearer acceptance.
A free, pocket-sized slide rule shows the comparative equivalence of the different viscosity grading systems: ISO, SAE, AGMA gear grade oils, and NLGI grease consistency grade classifications.
New 6-p literature outlines advantages and benefits of RPP+PLUS synchronous (cog) belt drive systems. Prominent among the advantages are horsepower well above industry standards, high torque ranges, and smooth operation. Dayco Industrial Div.
Glossary of terms
Representative best practice. A typical value reported by outstanding plants. Not necessarily the "best of the best" or an absolute target. Representative range. Range of values typically reported by plants.
“Evil” editorial stirs opinions
Our October 1998 editorial, "The beginning of evil," prompted numerous letters expressing both support and criticism. Here's a sampling of what our readers told us. Some comments have been edited.
Device checks receptacles for safety
The Inspector tests the retention force of receptacles as recommended by NFPA and other codes. Thesafety device features stainless steel contacts and tests ground/hot/neutral holding forces. Ohmic Instruments Co. www.thomasregister.
Wash out of your eyes
Universal Cart offers a cost effective and portable solution to ANSI Z358.1-1998 Standard, Section 5.4.4, that states "Eyewash units shall be in accessible locations not more than 10-sec away and on the same level as the hazard with no obstructions.
Benchmarking code of conduct
- Principle of legality If there is any potential question on the legality of an activity, consult with your corporate counsel.
What’s a bar code weigh?
Scanteam 3400HD Series CCD bar code scanner, when interfaced with optional equipment, simplifies parts counting with quick and accurate scanning of the average piece weight bar code label. Used with bar codes up to 4-in.
Reaching toward six sigma performance: Screen-saver tool keeps employees informed and connected
While looking for ways to enhance internal and external work performance, members of the communications team at GE Plastics Crystalline plant identified a need to get important information in front of employees more effectively.
Training the driver
Forklift Operator Safety Training program is based on proposed guidelines issued by OSHA, and covers operating fundamentals for counterbalanced, sitdown, and rider lift truck drivers.
Don’t close the door on this one
Directory of Certified Door Closers is a free, 60-p directory that lists all products certified to meet ANSI/BHMA A156.4 and A156.15 standards. The standards are performance oriented, with functional and finish test requirements.
Slip me, slip me not
SlipNot far exceeds all OSHA requirements and is double UL's standards for slip resistance. It's hard (62 R(subc)) surface and high-bond strength of 4400 psi ensures long life and durability.
Machinery mounts reduce noise and increase productivity
Today's sophisticated equipment and machine tools have performance, repeatability, and precision designed in. These features cannot be realized without a proper installation specifically suited to that equipment's requirements.
Can a supervisor be too goal oriented?
Plant Engineer Gordon Beasley was growing concerned over the number of gripes and grievances emanating from Project Supervisor Ron Corwin's section in recent months. He asked Dave Runyan, his assistant, to look into it. Runyan blew out his cheeks.
Modular approach builds motor control package
Sirius 3R family of electromechanical and standard and solid state motor controls are easy to install and service, and offer significant savings in space and time.
Bladder system captures leaks and spills from cabinets
Ultra-Safety cabinet bladder system captures leaks from drums and other items stored inside fire-rated cabinets. The system fits all vertical drum storage cabinets, increases overall cabinet height by only 6 in., and holds 66 gal. of leaking waste.
If he can’t “cut the mustard,” must you transfer him?
Service Equipment Mechanic Jack Taylor had for years been a marginal performer at best. When several new tools and machines were installed in his work section, Taylor was unable to master them.
Truck training based on OSHA regulations
"Sit-Down Counterbalanced Lift Truck Training Program" complies with proposed training regulations announced by OSHA.
Take care in interviewing disabled job applicants
On one hand, you want to be a "good guy" and do the "right thing." On the other hand, you have an operation to run. Work has to get done properly and on time. Productivity standards must be maintained.
Safety speaks in many languages
The Safety Ease line of software and accessories lets the user create English, Spanish, or bilingual electrical and pipe markers, tags, and safety signs using a PC. Software includes over 500 predefined ANSI, IIAR, and medical pipe marker legends.
Safety training made easy
Worker Safety Resources CD-ROM provides managers with training handouts quickly produced on a desktop printer. Version 2.0 covers nearly 300 training topics ranging from OSHA-related hazards to worker wellness issues.
Train for safe cranes
CD-ROM training program "Overhead Hoist and Crane Safety Training for Operators" uses a multimedia format to show proper and improper conditions and techniques of operation and daily inspection.
Reduce pump seal emissions
A 4-p brochure describes the RV8 back pullout assembly, which is a power frame upgrade to virtually any overhung API process pump.
Labelmaker travels anywhere in the plant
HandiMark handheld portable labelmaking system allows the user to create custom labels for any location in the plant. Unit runs on a rechargeable battery or ac power supply.
Calibration System Tracks Data, Documents Findings
MasterCAL automates the calibration of instruments plantwide.
Complying with OSHA/DOT regs
Companies that must comply with OSHA and DOT regulations relating to hazardous materials information can conveniently meet these requirements through three services.
Using the network to network
Using the network to network not only improves your means for communicating and your ability to receive timely information, but it also enables associations to provide you with a vast array of products and services to more efficiently meet their mission of serving you. Go to many association websites today, and you'll be hard-pressed not to find several, if not all, of these offerings: online versions of publications developed by the association; comprehensive calendar; directory of individuals (usually members) or organizations available to answer your questions or help solve your problems; lists of links to industry-related websites; up-to-date standards and regulations governing your industry; the latest research and technological advances within your industry; current job openings and resume posting area; "live" tradeshow coverage; and much more.
The beginning of evil
In a perverse kind of way, President Clinton may be providing an important service to the nation by forcing us to reexamine many of the ethics and standards that we have generally applied in business and public life.
Over 200 models of hazmat storage systems with thousands of variations are covered in a 44-p catalog. Included are spill containments, enclosed cabinets, racking and shelving, drum handling, gas cylinder storage, structures, and accessories.
Uncommon side: The slow learner — part II
This case touched off a firestorm of controversy among engineering professionals. Some feel passionately that promoting Joe Chernoff, a candidate with Attention Deficit Disorder, could, in Stephen Nichols' words, "set a dangerous precedent.
Switch prevents startup after power interruption
Sensing-Saf-Start prevents machinery from restarting after a power interruption and won't reset until the machine switch has been turned off.
Color me safe
Protective Coatings Color Spectrum showcases more than 100 color selections for protective coating systems.
Thou shalt not vent
A fact sheet, "Summary of Proposed Regulations for Recycling of Substitute Refrigerants Under Section 608," summarizes the rule proposed on June 11, 1998, and explains how EPA is currently applying venting prohibition to substitute refrigerants and various types of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. The rule covers substitutes for CFC and HCFC refrigerants. EPA, Stratospheric Protection Div.
Training the answer
Problem: Belt-driven air handlers are exhibiting unusual vibration, leading to questions concerning belt and sheave condition, belt tension, and overall installation practices. How can you maximize belt performance?
Demoting a recently promoted employee? Take care
You have reservations regarding Joe's ability to qualify, but are pondering whether or not to give him a crack at the promotion from Grade II to Grade I. If he fails to measure up, you can always downgrade him to his former classification.
Using a BAS for process control
Building automation systems are found in nearly every type of industrial plant handling a variety of tasks. But their diversity is perhaps best exemplified in an application that uses a BAS for process control.
Learn by doing
Visual OSHA is an interactive software program for machine safeguard training.
Accessing government regulations
Companies that must comply with OSHA and DOT regulations regarding hazardous material information can conveniently meet these requirements. The MSDS On Demand Program is accessible by phone or fax 24 hr a day.
Better safe than sorry
A free Machine Safety Products catalog explains the use of various types of products and details them, including complete specifications.
Bad back: Can he refuse a lifting chore?
Maintenance Foreman Foster Perkins wasn't entirely displeased when Utility Worker Vince Borelli refused an order to stack several 40-lb electrical units on a 5-ft-high shelf. "My back's been acting up," Borelli explained.
Slingalong to safety
A free 19 X 25-in. sling safety poster illustrates that if the rules are followed, no one gets hurt. The OSHA and manufacturer requirements apply to web, wire rope, chain, and all types of slings.
Lift your forks safely
Forklift Safety videotape program has been updated to include all of the points covered in the proposed OSHA regulation, such as The Stability Triangle, The Three-Point Mount, Safe Operating Procedures, and Pre-Operation Inspection.
A 6-p brochure introduces a variety of welding software packages created to provide solutions to complex welding parameters and applications.
Safety glasses feature stylish look
The stylish Attitude offers a 10 base wraparound frame that requires no side shields, yet meets all applicable ANSI standards. The black-framed safety spectacles come in four lens options: clear, smoke, silver mirror, and clear 4A coating.
Prepare for the unexpected
Businesses can be confident of a favorable outcome when OSHA makes a surprise visit, if they have taken the time to prepare.
Make machinery safe
Engineering Guide to Machine Safeguarding features a wide range of safety light curtains, safety mats, safety interlock switches and relays, two-hand controls, and process safeguarding products.
Can you force extra work on an employee?
When Carpenter I Joe Hillman, age 64, came down with the flu, Maintenance Foreman Harold Braxton informed Carpenter I Chuck Danowski he would have to "take up the slack" while Joe was out.
Exit sign retrofit meets UL standards
The 2000 ALS is the only universal exit sign retrofit kit that is UL approved for listing under brightness standards in UL Life Safety Code 924.
Metric, metric, and more metric
Is metric-related government and industry news important to your operations? Are you still pulling out conversion tables and your calculator to figure out metric equivalents? If so, then you may want to add metricUSA (www.metricusa.
Transfer data to laptops without bus cards
PAR24B data acquisition system features 24 bit A/D resolution, 8 independent channels, LabView and Win95 driver application and source codes, and parallel port EPP connection with FIFO buffering.
The following company was inadvertently omitted from the supplier directory in our April cover article on enterprise-wide software. For more information on this product, please contact the company directly.
Suite allows handheld computers to use bar codes
Maximo Mobile Application Suite is a set of integrated modules that install directly onto hand-held computers and use bar coding technology to ensure compliance with procedures and automation of routine and preventive maintenance practices.
Electrical equipment testing and maintenance services are the subject of a fact-filled 12-p brochure.
Uncommon side: The slow learner — part I
The qualifying test for Electrician Grade I was divided into two sections: written and hands-on. Both parts were timed. Four maintenance employees took the test. Three qualified; Joe Chernoff was the only rejectee.
Commander takes charge
Companies should have a trained incident commander in the event of a hazardous materials spill. HAZWOPER Incident Command provides indepth coverage for training of the commanders under OSHA's standard.
Year 2000 and counting?
In the January 1998 issue of Plant Engineering, we featured an article on how the Year 2000 could affect your control systems. This problem is no computer hoax; businesses should pay ample attention to the Year 2000 computer phenomenon.
Analyzer handles up to five gases
GMP 1000M continuous emissions monitoring package measures as many as five gases, and opacity, for regulatory compliance. Measurement options include oxygen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, and total hydrocarbons.
Safely get rid of dead lamps
Recycling service handles all fluorescent, HID, and mercury-containing lamps. The service provides shipping containers, labels, and assistance with necessary paperwork.
Container safely ships used fluorescent bulbs
Lamp Pak hazardous waste container meets UN Performance Oriented Packaging standards for use in the transport of spent fluorescent bulbs. The container holds up to 64, 4-ft bulbs with no cushioning or dunnage. Tri-Wall
More than 325 items are described in a 40-p catalog covering welding standards, books, work aids, CD-ROMs, videotapes, and home study courses. American Welding Society www.aws.org
One-stop site for regs
EH&S RegSmart is a comprehensive, low cost internet site for environmental, health, and safety information. The site is updated monthly and provides access to regulations for all states and the Federal Register. IHS Environmental Information, Inc. www.
Staircase fits anywhere a standard ladder does, and is safe and easy to use. Safety features include handrails and a central stringer that eliminates the possibility of hitting the nosing of the tread in the event of a fall. Lapeyre Stair, Inc. www.
Clean parts service provides equipment and disposal
TLW-2 top-loading washer handles parts up to 29-in. long. The cabinet is 12-ga steel coated with polyurethane epoxy paint. AquaWorks parts cleaning solution is nontoxic, nonflammable, nonhazardous, noncaustic, nonirritating, and water based.
All about automatic identification
AIDC Sourcebook walks the reader through fundamentals, technologies, and applications relating to automatic identification and data capture. The book describes common pitfalls, industry standards, compliance requirements, and cost justification.
Cable Integrity Is Critical Part Of Move To High-Speed Networks
A computer network is an integral part of plant communications. Networks linking people and information are critical to the overall success of most organizations. Failure of a network can significantly affect a company's bottom line.
What’s in the air?
The expanded and easy-to-use Air Sampling Guide contains NIOSH, OSHA, EPA, and ASTM standards.
President’s fiscal year 1999 budget seeks $725 million for technology
In a move that demonstrates further efforts to improve the economy, President Clinton's fiscal year 1999 budget request for the Commerce Dept.'s Technology Administration is $725 million.
The annual National Plant Engineering & Management Show conjures up all kinds of images of plant engineers checking out products and making buying decisions. What kinds of factors are considered in those de- cisions?
A-Z manufacturing links
A-Z Manufacturing & Sales has a web page dedicated to "useful, fun, and manufacturing info." For manufacturers and engineers (www.azmfg. com/links.html), this is a handy reference.
Get a good gasket
A custom software package features a data base of standard ANSI and DIN flanges, together with nonstandard dimensional capabilities. The software provides minimum and maximum sealing stresses, projected leakage rates, and bolt load capabilities.
Slide rule converts viscosities
A free, pocket-sized slide rule includes data showing the comparative equivalence of several viscosity grading systems -- ISO, SAE, AGMA gear oil grades, and NGLI grease consistency grade classifications.
Save 20 ft of space
More than 5000 inline graphics, instant search/retrieval, and page-for-page accuracy of the original documents are some of the many benefits of All 50 U.S. Code of Federal Regulations On CD-ROM.
When to clamp down on too much “socializing”
Veteran Engineer Charley Hoffskin liked his liquor. When he appeared flushed and unsteady in the hospitality room at an industry trade show one evening, Hoffskin's supervisor, Project Leader Bill Fallon, also present, was keeping an eye on him.
If you must take a fall
A free color poster reminds workers of the importance of using full-body harnesses to comply with OSHA regulations that prohibit the use of safety belts for fall arrest.
Using An Ergonomic Approach To Moving Material Safely
Over 1 million lower back injuries occur in the workplace each year, costing industry billions of dollars in workers' compensation claims, legal fees, lost time and production, and medical costs.
It’s Greek to me
Have you ever tried to read an OSHA regulation, only to find that it's completely undecipherable? That's the conclusion James Stanley, former deputy assistant secretary of OSHA, has reached.
New year’s resolutions
Just as many people make resolutions at the start of a new year, OSHA has created a strategic plan to carry the organization into the year 2000. Some of their goals include: 1.