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.
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.
September 2018
2018 Engineering Leaders under 40, Women in Engineering, Six ways to reduce waste in manufacturing, and Four robot implementation challenges.
GAMS preview, 2018 Mid-Year Report, EAM and Safety
June 2018
2018 Lubrication Guide, Motor and maintenance management, Control system migration
August 2018
SCADA standardization, capital expenditures, data-driven drilling and execution
June 2018
Machine learning, produced water benefits, programming cavity pumps
April 2018
ROVs, rigs, and the real time; wellsite valve manifolds; AI on a chip; analytics use for pipelines
Spring 2018
Burners for heat-treating furnaces, CHP, dryers, gas humidification, and more
August 2018
Choosing an automation controller, Lean manufacturing
September 2018
Effective process analytics; Four reasons why LTE networks are not IIoT ready

Annual Salary Survey

After two years of economic concerns, manufacturing leaders once again have homed in on the single biggest issue facing their operations:

It's the workers—or more specifically, the lack of workers.

The 2017 Plant Engineering Salary Survey looks at not just what plant managers make, but what they think. As they look across their plants today, plant managers say they don’t have the operational depth to take on the new technologies and new challenges of global manufacturing.

Read more: 2017 Salary Survey

The Maintenance and Reliability Coach's blog
Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
One Voice for Manufacturing
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Blog
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Machine Safety
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
Research Analyst Blog
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Marshall on Maintenance
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
Lachance on CMMS
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
Material Handling
This digital report explains how everything from conveyors and robots to automatic picking systems and digital orders have evolved to keep pace with the speed of change in the supply chain.
Electrical Safety Update
This digital report explains how plant engineers need to take greater care when it comes to electrical safety incidents on the plant floor.
IIoT: Machines, Equipment, & Asset Management
Articles in this digital report highlight technologies that enable Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies.
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.
Design of Safe and Reliable Hydraulic Systems for Subsea Applications
This eGuide explains how the operation of hydraulic systems for subsea applications requires the user to consider additional aspects because of the unique conditions that apply to the setting
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