General and Maintenance Software

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


Software gets to root cause of problems

Proact V2.0 root cause facilitation software manages a knowledge database of solved events and allows users to benefit from the results. An enterprise version permits the sharing of logic used to solve failures within a corporation and also features an online presentation mode, file-linking to match pictures with hypotheses, and easy-to-build logic tree. System uses facts to draw accurate root causes and provides full, consistent documentation. Reliability Center, Inc.;


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Training tool helps with vibration analysis

Analysis Assistant interactive training and performance support product provides both new and experienced vibration analysts with a comprehensive resource guide to help them perform analytical processes. Software lets users access information by problem or symptom. Topics covered include unbalance, misalignment, bearings, belts, bent shafts, and more. Universal Technologies, Inc.;


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Web-based CMMS needs no terminal server or network

Web Work CMMS is 100% web based. Modules include work requests, work orders, inventory, equipment, labor, purchasing, stock reports, and more. System uses standard html, SQL, and scripts to accomplish maintenance tasks without the need for costly hardware and software normally associated with traditional CMMSs. Thin-client configuration offers more functionality than most traditional packages. Tero Consulting Ltd.;


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Software tool analyzes productivity

Factory Pulse network enterprise edition is a portable, integrated hardware and software system designed to analyze productivity through cycle time and downtime analysis. An "industrial engineer in a box," the system performs process optimization and workflow analysis from multiple points in the plant. Package installs quickly, is scalable, and includes visual trending software to view any combination of machines at one time. FactoryWare, Inc.;


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Enterprise application streamlines MRO supply chain

Maximo Extended Enterprise includes maintenance and repair optimized e-procurement features to streamline the MRO supply chain. Application saves administration and transaction costs, and improves sourcing that can produce up to 10% savings on purchases. System automates procurement from the plant floor to the supplier's door. PSDI;


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Inventory management system features remote display

SiloPatrol inventory management system features a remote display unit that lets the user view latest measurements from any of a number of points. The system includes smart sensor technology with a multifunctional user interface to provide reliable measurement of material in tanks, bins, and silos up to 150 ft. SiloTrack software permits monitoring of up to 128 vessels from a single PC. Monitor Technologies LLC;


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EAM solution cuts cost of ownership

MainsaverNOW hosted total service provider solution reduces up-front purchases and implementation costs associated with traditional client/server software. The system provides all the features of the Mainsaver EAM/CMMS software suite for a fraction of traditional on-site application costs. Software system helps reduce downtime, control expenses, optimize inventory, improve purchasing efficiency, and more. Cayenta, Inc.;


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Hosted EAM lets users access software over web

MPXconnect is a comprehensive enterprise asset management service offered as a hosted application. ASP deployment model lets users access the software over the internet for a basic subscription fee, eliminating capital costs, freeing up internal IT resources, and providing online access to version updates. Datastream Systems, Inc.;


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Tool control system easy-to-use and reduces tracking time

TCS (tool control system) V 8.0 improves ease of use for beginners and cuts tool check out/check in and tracking time as much as 80%. Customization feature lets the user set up individual screen layouts for maximum efficiency and security. Tool crib management software features fully integrated tool kit tracking, tool maintenance, shop labor, inventory, purchasing, bar coding, networking, and more. MicroWest Software Systems, Inc.;


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Training system teaches condition monitoring

iLearnInteractive CD-ROM-based training system is designed to teach maintenance staffs about condition monitoring, with a focus on vibration analysis. Five interrelated modules let both inexperienced and experienced technicians learn. Students can pick and choose from the modules, selecting the areas they need most. Mobius Software P/L;


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May 2018
Electrical standards, robots and Lean manufacturing, and how an aluminum packaging plant is helping community growth.
April 2018
2017 Product of the Year winners, retrofitting a press, IMTS and Hannover Messe preview, natural refrigerants, testing steam traps
March 2018
SCCR, 2018 Maintenance study, and VFDs in a washdown environment.
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April 2018
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February 2018
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

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