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An effective clean-in-place design should be built with a facility's specific needs in mind while reducing contamination and water consumption.
Navigating site viability to meet multi-stakeholder goals requires clearly articulating needs and requirements.
North Carolina State University researchers have developed a design for a filter that could help remove carbon dioxide from flue gas emissions and air.
HEPA filters are a necessity for many plant environments, but the level of filtration can vary, more isn’t necessarily better
Although CO2 is a large part of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, processed CO2 is a valuable product with an attractive revenue stream
Manufacturing has changed a lot due to the COVID-19 pandemic as technologies thought to be happening down the road are happening now. Five key drivers are highlighted.
Interact Analysis said in June that good performances by the US, South Korea and China are offset by Europe and Japan, expected to make swift recoveries, and India and Brazil, where slow recoveries are expected. The semiconductor sector is holding back some manufacturing, and some inflation is expected.
Manufacturers remain resilient and strong in the wake of the pandemic, but there are steps they can take to be better prepared for the latest anomalous event.
The manufacturing industry output (MIO) tracker from Interact Analysis reveals a stronger than expected overall global manufacturing performance in 2020.
Global manufacturing economic forecasts in the wake of COVID-19 have improved thanks to stronger than expected recoveries from the U.S. and China, but there is a long road to recovery, particularly for some key industries.
COVID-19's impact on manufacturing for the short- and long-term depends on the particular industry and the region, though recovery is eventually expected to reach 2019 levels according to Interact Analysis.
While we are still embroiled in the battle to contain and defeat COVID-19, nobody truly knows the eventual outcomes, but we can begin to assess the impacts and respond positively to change.
A study from the University of Birmingham says manufacturers need to redesign and reform their supply chains or global production networks (GPN) if they want to prosper in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the economy grows after the COVID-19 pandemic slowdown, manufacturers face challenges and opportunities including industrial disaster recovery, manufacturing supply chains, manufacturer staffing, transparency, and manufacturing investments.
Recent results of a survey on the impact of the coronavirus displayed a shift towards more positive expectations and minimal impact to the electronic components industry.
Engineers like facts and seek credible information sources on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) effects to the engineering-related world. Engineers also have technologies, processes and expert advice that can help. See Control Engineering highlights.
A more advanced system improves operation and maintenance—if done correctly.
Exal’s aluminum package factory is building momentum and helping to rebuild Youngstown.
Refrigeration/cooling system manufacturers are replacing the old classes of chemical refrigerants that emit potent greenhouse gases, but it can be a challenge to determine its impact on component design and selection.
What happens when you face the worst of circumstances?
CLARCOR Industrial Air introduces its new mist media collector. It was engineered specifically to capture oil mist and coolant contaminants, while increasing efficiency and extending filter life.
AirEye shuts off when you leave and turns on when you return, generating energy savings every day.
General Manager, Ayyeka Inc., Los Angeles, Calif.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, September 4-10: compressed air savings, boiler replacement, benefits of LEDs, and more
Articles about compressed air savings, boiler replacement, the benefits of LEDs, motor repair tips, and overlooked compressed air truths were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, September 4-10. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, August 28- September 3: boiler replacement, large engine-generator, motor repair, and more
Articles about boiler replacement, large engine-generator, motor repair, reducing energy waste, and big data were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, August 28- September 3. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Commercial greenhouse production requires energy for lighting, heating and ventilation. Often the best solution is combined heat and power (CHP) – on-site electric generation that also utilizes the byproduct heat for climate control in the greenhouse.
The Next Generation R-Series 200-250kW line of rotary screw air compressors is designed to improve overall system efficiency for customers with high-capacity air requirements.
Proper attention provides better energy management, reduced operational failure
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: January 9-January 15: Lowering compressed air costs, methods for motor testing, keeping DC motors healthy, more
Articles about lowering compressed air costs, methods for motor testing, keeping DC motors healthy, NFPA 70E compliance, and VFD efficiency were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, January 9-January 15. Were you out? You can catch up here.
The biobased and biodegradable System replaces harzardous synthetic chemicals with safe, green alternatives for corrosion protection in metalworking industries.
Regular testing of the electrical motors provides many benefits, including financial savings, energy conservation, improved safety and increased uptime.
Manufacturing index jumps to highest level since March 2015 as production, new orders are sharply higher.
Survey portends “a stellar year” for HVACR market ahead of January 30 expo.
Schneider Electric platform looks to “empower the workforce”.
Atlas Copco adds OSS to range of oil-water sperators for condensate treatment in low-flow compressors.
The TR86 combines precision turbidity analysis with the flexibility to add a second measurement, including dissolved oxygen (DO), pH, oxygen reduction potential (ORP), conductivity or various pION parameters.
Rotary screw air compressors with variable speed drive that increases energy efficiency by up to 35 percent.
Ensure construction doesn’t put your food manufacturing plant at risk.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 8-14: Four causes of water hammer damage, managing air quality, IR inspections, more
Articles about four causes of water hammer damage, managing air quality, IR inspections, CMMS benefits and functions, and Big Data were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, August 8-14. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Perfect solution for many spaces: Take care with sizing, selection and placement of infrared tubes and panels to maximize comfort and efficiency.
Today’s single-stage absorbers can generate chilled water from hot water as low in temperature as 190°F.
Natural gas is increasingly being chosen to replace other fossil fuels which produce much higher levels of greenhouse gas emissions.
The Precision Motion Drive System is a Model RG rolling ring linear drive integrated with a motion controller for precision linear motion applications.
AutomationDirect’s RHINO PSB series of DIN rail power supplies includes the PSB48-480S single-phase input, 48VDC output power supply.
There’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach on maintenance.
It’s a safety and maintenance issue—and it is preventable.
Curtain walls and HVLS fans can improve air particulate exhaustion.
Additional questions from the July 26 "Keep your cool while keeping your facilities cool" webcast are answered here.
Eriez HydroFlow, a rolled media vacuum filter system, eliminates the need for multiple filters, frees up valuable floor space, and provides a consistent quality of solids separation to increase productivity.
ABB simplifies active optoelectronic protective devices with Orion Safety Light Curtains that saves time and costs.
Making sure a plant is a comfortable place to work is more than just HR rules and mutual respect. Some days, it’s about making sure the workers are actually physically comfortable. The conditions within a plant have an impact on productivity, work quality and safety, and ensuring those working conditions are every bit as important as other factors on the plant floor.
The Eden OSSD safety sensors allow safe in-series wiring of multiple sensors.
Signal conditioners for non-hazardous areas that are extremely compact and UL certified.
The Enviro-Clean Process recovers heavy metals such as chromium, copper, zinc, lead, cadmium, mercury, nickel, silver, and manganese from groundwater, process and waste streams.
Sigma-Netics Inc. has added a 2-pin Deutsch connector option to its 784 Series of ruggedized pressure switches. The 2-pin option allows the 784 Series to serve a wider range of applications, including those with limited installation space.
The Huba 210 Series Vortex Flow Transmitter is designed for water and water/glycol based heat exchange systems and other fluids compatible with the materials of construction.
The Cube™ Evaporative Condenser product line is ideal for industrial refrigeration applications that require safe design, installation, and operation with ammonia and other refrigerants.
The UniMax series of hoods has been expanded to include wide selection of models that feature fire suppression systems to meet California requirements.
The online heater selection tool is a resource to select the proper heater technologies for mounting or dismounting bearings in rotating machinery in plant operations across industries.
It’s more important than ever for field service organizations to have strategies in place to measure performance, and becoming data driven is the best way to make those measurements clear and actionable.
Insulated coil boxes for room-by-room temperature control.
In many facilities, one of the prime culprits for energy waste is compressed air or compressed gas leaks. Although these are very common, they are often difficult to detect through a visual inspection.
The viewLinc environmental monitoring system leverages wireless communications capabilities in order to utilize logging devices that communicate in obstructed environments.
Two ways to prevent contaminated air in your food facility.
The USB-104-IHUB is ideal for factory automation, hospital and medical, energy management, military/mission-critical, transportation, security systems, and process monitoring applications.
Foxboro smart pH10 sensor and transmitter combine a rugged polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) body with capabilities for customers who need high performance and long life with easy and fast calibrations.
The plumb and play OZ80 ozone analyzer features a reagent-less sensor design to help process and plant engineers achieve accurate measurements in harsh environments.
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are part of a lifecycle because KPIs are continuously defined, redefined, and are even sometimes abandoned. Explicitly defining a KPI lifecycle provides an impetus for the development of methods and tools that enhance performance.
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) have a lifecycle with a similarly cyclic pattern: from definition to collection to set composition to implementation to assessment and back to definition. Manufacturers who use KPIs naturally implement this lifecycle, but there is some real value to clearly and carefully articulate the elements of the lifecycle.
The VACON X5 HazLo AC drive is ideal for applications in refineries, utility gas plants, and hazardous locations.
The best options with return on investment (ROI) in mind.
Lessons from state-of-the-art chicken packaging, further processing and storage facility.
Packaged refrigeration series.
Eight "P" processes that produce progress.
5S is a thought process designed to resolve a type of problem that occurs throughout your business. Apply that seemingly simple tool accordingly and you'll be surprised by all the costly clutter that you can eliminate.
Learn the five challenges that all coffee producers face and how to overcome them through innovative solutions.
The extra initial cost of synthetics can be worth the improvements.
Unsanitary products, and in some cases outbreaks of disease, have led to a groundswell of support for new regulations, and Washington has responded.
Converting recycled heat energy is a positive step forward to sustainability and reducing the carbon footprint of a plant.
What space challenges does your facility grapple with, and how are you solving them?
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 8-14: Beverage manufacturer breaking tradition, operators in EMP, risk assessments and global requirements, more
Articles about how a beverage manufacturer broke U.S. traditions, involving operators in EMP, risk assessment as a global requirement, the IIoT offering economic and operational benefits, and OEE scores were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, February 8-14. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
The InTrac 781/784 series of retractable sensor housings with locking systems are designed to tolerate extreme process conditions such as chemical, petrochemical, pulp and paper, or utilities applications.
Efficiency, control capabilities part of a wider range of system applications
Finding ways to improve energy efficiency.
Perhaps the best opportunity for a quick payback in improving a steam system is evaluation and improvement of the condensate return system. Returning as much of the condensate as possible to the boiler feedwater stream pays rewards in two ways.
A new assessment tool became available to simplify these calculations, allowing managers to evaluate these manufacturing steps and to determine if there are better, less costly methods.
Using all available tools, including strategies such as infrared detection, can find unseen compressed air leaks.
Manufacturers come together to develop a better foundry coat.
Safety and Environmental Manager, Schneider Electric; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; BS Environmental Health, Illinois State University
Unoverse Boxer 9000 Peristaltic Pump features integrated stepper motor for dispensing of liquids for applications such as bionengineering and medical devices.
The coalescing filters protect sensitive pneumatic equipment from the harmful effects of air line contamination.
These flow transmitters monitor liquid media and provide an analog output proportional to flow rate for various flow applications.
Faster design cycles and fewer engineers mean a more challenging environment.
Cortec Corporation's VpCI-386 HT Black is a high heat resistant water-based acrylic silicone primer/topcoat that provides protection in harsh, outdoor unsheltered applications.
FCL real-time free chlorine sensors use the amperometric measurement technology for water treatment and disinfection.
Portable area sanitizer safely and conveniently delivers germicidal ultraviolet disinfection for a multitude of commercial and industrial applications
Selecting a new plant site can be a difficult process. To ensure you make the right decision, follow these five rules to keep things on track.
Addison's PR series semi-custom packaged rooftop system improves indoor air quality and energy efficiency.
Benefits of LED lighting go beyond ROI to system-wide data mining
Deputy Manager, Environment Health and Safety; Roulunds Braking India Pvt. Ltd.; Sonepat, Haryana
UV air disinfection units safely destroy bacteria, mold and viruses.
Cortec presents patented EcoShield Paper and Linerboard's new product is coated with a water based barrier that is recyclable and repulpable.
USB 2.0 Micro B Extension Cables are handy male-to-female cables are used to extend phone charger cables and other USB 2.0 micro B enabled peripherals
The ENVIRO-CLEAN PROCESS recovers heavy metals such as chromium, copper, zinc, lead, cadmium, mercury, nickel, silver, and manganese from groundwater, process and waste streams.
For more than 10 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been working to update the regulations for water intake at industrial and power facilities, including manufacturing plants, as part of the Clean Water Act. Manufacturers are now gearing up to comply with the new terms.
During Plant Engineering's May 15 webcast, Ethan Rogers, a senior program manager for industry at ACEEE, discussed practical ways small and mid-sized manufacturers can implement energy efficiency programs.
Air-cooled chillers can take up a lot of room while expending massive amounts of energy. Integrating FHP and VFD operations is one way to cap energy consumption.
Understand the basics of how to choose and use portable cooling equipment for a range of applications.
Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, Feb. 10-16, 2014, including articles about planned maintenance, Legionella, Schneider and Invensys, industrial internet, and millennials in the workforce.
Cut energy costs and control temperature and condensation with an optimal plan
Plant Engineering presented a Webcast on December 5th at 1 p.m. CT that discussed the importance of PPE to mitigate arc flash dangers and other electrical safety issues.
Finalists in the Environmental Health category for the Plant Engineering 2013 Product of the Year competition.
White Paper: Agilent: Handheld Oscilloscopes Help Solve Power, Signal and Current Measurement Challenges
This white paper explains how handheld oscilloscopes can make accurate floating measurements on power control circuits.
Department of Energy honors 120 manufacturers for achieving program goals to cut costs, emissions
A better understanding of the properties of steam may be achieved by understanding the general molecular and atomic structure of matter, and applying this knowledge to ice, water and steam.
With a new standard under review, the HVAC industry prepares to adjust the new processes of preventing Legionellosis within building water systems.
Maintaining a high level of cleanliness and controlling pathogenic bacteria growth are frequent challenges within the meat and poultry industry.
The Vortec Personal Air Conditioning (PAC) vest has been redesigned to include an integrated belt, allowing a quick connection to cool and warm air
GM latest to join DOE effort to reduce energy intensity by 25%
Plant engineers can benefit from understanding the basics of how to choose and use portable cooling equipment for a range of applications.
Obama says nominee will promote growth; GOP is critical of choice.
Rockwell Automation’s Mike Laszkiewicz named chairman of 26-member council
Prime Advantage report shows hiring, capital expenditures will rise in 2013
Bill Gaskin is president of the 900-member Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), the full-service trade association representing the $113-billion metalforming industry of North America.
Honorees have diverse talents and skills, a common commitment to excellence.
Computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) software package schedules maintenance checks, captures data from work orders, issues reports for various scenarios to decisions on capital budgets, new hires, outsourced repairs, and spare parts budgets, and other areas.
Extensive reform to healthcare services and improved local supplier offerings is driving demand for color ultrasound equipment to new heights, according to a new report.
Finalist in Material Handling Systems in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
IMS Research has just published a new report looking at the current and future prospects for smart card technology being used in electronic government and healthcare ID applications. I thought an interesting way of looking at our results would be to produce an “opportunity matrix” detailing the top prospect countries for these markets in 2016.
OSHA's directive comes on the heels of recent investigations of workers being assaulted or killed while in the workplace in three different states.
While LED adoption continues to grow at a healthy rate in backlighting, LEDs per panel fell significantly in 2H’10, offsetting much of that growth, In addition, the lighting market is still dwarfed by backlighting. As a result, utilization was not as healthy as expected in Q4’10. Thus, less sapphire was required to meet demand. So, if there was a miss, it will likely be on volume.
Almost half of manufacturers lacked the enterprise technology to manage their environmental footprint, and another 28% had only limited capabilities, according to a study commissioned by IFS North America. When it comes to the ability to measure environmental impacts, middle-market manufacturers did more poorly than did companies with more than $1 billion in revenue.
The Trident-Seal live natural gas repair kit seals active leaks up to 60 psi. It’s suitable for repairing joint leaks, manifold leaks, pinhole leaks, online repairs and live gas leaks. The system’s operating service temperature is -50 to 250 F; application temperature is 0 to 150 F. The kit works with pipes ranging from 1/2 to 21/2 inches in diameter and roll sizes of 2 by 5.
The National Safety Council announced that Johnson & Johnson is the 2005 recipient of its Robert W. Campbell Award. Donna M. Cappizzi, Director Worldwide Health and Safety of Johnson & Johnson, accepted the award during the opening session of the National Safety Council's 93 rd Annual Congress & Expo in Orlando.
Absences should be covered under act In the "Human Side of Engineering" in the April 2002 issue, the scenario depicted in the story "Is absence due to chronic ailment justified?" leads to a shaky decision by Plant Engineer Bert Benson. The absences described could very well be covered under the Family/Medical Leave Act.
Fixmaster Superior Metal is intended for long-lasting repairs in harsh environments and is recommended for renewing or protecting surfaces subject to corrosion and abrasion.