Maintenance Products

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Anti-seize compound resists high temperature

Thread Smart is an anti-seize compound that is effective up to 2100 F at pressures up to 3000 psi. The clean, white formula replaces aluminum, copper, and nickel-based products. It reduces friction and corrosion on metal and rubber parts, provides true torque on screw threads, and is USDA approved to be suitable for incidental food contact. Logix;


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Patch kit stronger than concrete

TurboKrete is an easy-to-use, high-performance concrete patch that is 3 to 4 times stronger than concrete. The virtually 100% solids epoxy formulation is ideal for repairing damaged concrete and filling deep holes. It protects against abrasion and impacts and has excellent resistance to most chemicals, acids, alkalis, and oils. The patch can be applied down to 45 F. Rust-Oleum Corp.;


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Sign base is portable

Sign Base is a low-density polyethylene, pyramid-shaped base with attached wheels for mobility. It holds a 98-in. tall, 11/4-in., schedule 40 pipe covered with low-density polyethylene tubing. For stability, the base can be filled with concrete, sand, or water. Standard colors include; yellow, red, and blue. Ideal Shield, L.L.C.;


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Gasket is alternative to graphite

Thermiculite spiral-wound gasket resists temperatures up to 1600 F, is oxidation free, and is chemically resistant. The gasket simulates the structure of exfoliated graphite but with one notable exception, it maintains its integrity at extreme temperatures. The material comes in thicknesses from 1/32 to 1/8 in. and can be cut and installed in the field. Flexitallic, L.P.;


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Paint provides crisp stripes

Line-Up striping paints have fast-drying, high-pigment formulas to provide brilliant colors on paved and unpaved surfaces. The paint is designed for long-lasting coverage on heavy-traffic surfaces including roads, parking lots, and warehouses. Five colors are available: highway white and yellow, handicap blue, firelane red, and cover-up black. Sherwin-Williams, Diversified Brands Business Unit;


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Lube line lowers maintenance costs

Molykote high-performance industrial lubricants comprise a complete product line that helps to reduce friction and wear, extend lubrication intervals, and reduce maintenance and operating costs of equipment. Products are designed to provide peak efficiency for hydraulic systems, air compressors, pumps, gearboxes, chain drives, and refrigeration compressors. Dow Corning Corp.;


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Tests assess varying skill levels

Multi-CrafTest provides a way to select multicraft employees and assess skill levels. The test evaluates knowledge in hydraulics and pneumatics, welding and rigging, power transmission, lubrication, pumps and piping, motors, control circuits, print reading, test instruments, and power distribution. The 60-item test helps benchmark employees by comparing them with each other. Ramsay Corp.;


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Top Plant
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2017 Top Plant.
Product of the Year
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
System Integrator of the Year
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
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.
April 2018
ROVs, rigs, and the real time; wellsite valve manifolds; AI on a chip; analytics use for pipelines
February 2018
Focus on power systems, process safety, electrical and power systems, edge computing in the oil & gas industry
December 2017
Product of the Year winners, Pattern recognition, Engineering analytics, Revitalize older pump installations
Spring 2018
Burners for heat-treating furnaces, CHP, dryers, gas humidification, and more
April 2018
Implementing a DCS, stepper motors, intelligent motion control, remote monitoring of irrigation systems
February 2018
Setting internal automation standards

Annual Salary Survey

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.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

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Lachance on CMMS
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Maintenance & Safety
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Industrial Analytics
This digital report explains how plant engineers and subject matter experts (SME) need support for time series data and its many challenges.
IIoT: Operations & IT
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Randy Steele
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Matthew J. Woo, PE, RCDD, LEED AP BD+C
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Randy Oliver
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
Data Centers: Impacts of Climate and Cooling Technology
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
Safety First: Arc Flash 101
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
Critical Power: Hospital Electrical Systems
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
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