Maintenance Products

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Urethane eliminates need for primer

Fast Clad DTM is a high-build, direct-to-metal, single-coat urethane that eliminates the need for an epoxy primer. In a single coat, it offers corrosion protection comparable to a conventional epoxy/urethane system and provides excellent weathering and corrosion protection. One coat provides film build of 5 to 9 mils. Paint also features low VOC emissions, conventional application methods, fast drying, and curing down to 35 deg F. The Sherwin-Williams Co. , Paint Stores Group; TO VOTE, WRITE 117 ON BALLOT For more information, write 117 on card

LED flashlight increases battery life

Streamlight 4AA ProPolymer alkaline battery-powered, waterproof flashlight uses seven ultrabright white LEDs to provide run times up to 155 hr on four AA-size batteries. Lamp life is 100,000 hr. The 6.5-in., 6.3-oz, impact-resistant flashlight features a rubber face cap, unbreakable lens, and momentary blink or constant-on tailcap switch. Available in several colors, the light is UL listed for Class I, Div. 1; Class I and II, Div. 2; and Class III use. Streamlight, Inc. ; TO VOTE, WRITE 121 ON BALLOT For more information, write 121 on card

Cleaning fluid dissolves sludge on contact

Paratherm SC System Cleaning Liquid is formulated to break up the sludge and carbon lumps that can develop in hot-oil systems over time, thus compromising proper flow. The multicomponent, synergistic fluid restores flow of heat transfer fluid to peak performance in less than a day and is compatible with any mineral oil-based thermal fluid as well as many synthetics. Used fluid can be combined with common parts cleaners and disposed of conventionally. Paratherm Corp. ; TO VOTE, WRITE 149 ON BALLOT For more information, write 149 on card

Nonaerosol containers eliminate disposal concerns

New line of Sprayon Liqui-Sol maintenance products is packaged in nonaerosol containers to simplify disposal or recycling. Reusable spray triggers eliminate the need for pressurized propellants, so every can is filled with 100% useable product. The 24 products include a variety of lubricants, cleaners, solvents, degreasers, a belt dressing, and gasket and paint remover. Spray triggers are adjustable from fan spray to pin stream. Diversified Brands, a Div. of The Sherwin-Williams Co. ; TO VOTE, WRITE 174 ON BALLOT For more information, write 174 on card

Magnetic tip eases one-person measurements

Power-Return tape measure has rare earth magnetic tip to firmly hold tape in place. Unit is protected by a thick, impact-absorbing, rubber jacket for comfortable, nonslip handling. Embossed, nylon-coated, steel blade reduce wear and abrasion. Two-step lock button allows slow or fast retraction as well as secure holding of the blade. Rule is available in five sizes, including a metric/English model. Klein Tools ; TO VOTE, WRITE 192 ON BALLOT For more information, write 192 on card

Panel system organizes variety of workstations

Concept 2001 Wall Systems provide versatility and flexibility for organizing an ever-changing variety of workstations. Grooved panels accept numerous locking attachments such as hooks, brackets, shelves, gravity-feed containers, and bins. Structural foamed PVC panels are easily cut to size and mounted to walls, cabinets, and frames. Easily cleaned panels won't chip, break, warp, or rust, and resist abrasion and most chemicals. Walls + Forms Inc. ; TO VOTE, WRITE 204 ON BALLOT For more information, write 204 on card

Acrylic speeds painting projects

Fast Clad HB Acrylic is a single-component, one-coat acrylic that cuts costs in new construction or maintenance projects by eliminating the need for two or three-coat systems. The coating offers 5 to 8 mils DFT in a single coat when applied over organic or inorganic zinc-rich primers. It can also be applied over a variety of other primers or directly to prepared steel. The paint offers early moisture resistance and dries in 1 hr at 77 F. The Sherwin-Williams Co., Industrial and Marine Coatings Group ; TO VOTE, WRITE 118 ON BALLOT For more information, write 118 on card

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.
June 2018
2018 Lubrication Guide, Motor and maintenance management, Control system migration
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
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
February 2018
Focus on power systems, process safety, electrical and power systems, edge computing in the oil & gas industry
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

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.
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.
Maintenance & Safety
The maintenance journey has been a long, slow trek for most manufacturers and has gone from preventive maintenance to predictive maintenance.
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.
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