News from PLANT ENGINEERING: Week of May 1

05/02/2006


 

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Manufacturing Approach to Reliability Excellence
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MRO spending: plan for the unplanned

 

Unplanned maintenance needs can wreak havoc, both on the plant engineer and the bottom line. Plant Engineering senior editor Kevin Campbell talked with W.W. Grainger’s Ken House about solutions for these unplanned events.
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AWWA heads to Phoenix for annual event

 

Part of the American Water Works Association’s 125thanniversary celebration, the AWWA’s annual DSS Conference and Exposition will be held Sept. 17-20 in Phoenix and promises information and exhibits on the best in water system distribution, engineering, and plant operations issues.
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NAM welcomes strong durable goods orders report

 

New orders for durable manufactured goods soared by 6.1 percent in March, the biggest monthly rise since last May. “This is very good news and shows that the manufacturing expansion is continuing to gain momentum heading into the second quarter,” said David Huether, Chief Economist of the National Association of Manufacturers.
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Latest poll at plantengineering.com

 

The latest reader poll at www.plantengineering.com asks: What area of your plant operation will receive the least amount of attention this summer: capital improvements, employee training, automation upgrades, energy management or equipment maintenance? Log on and cast your vote.

 

SME Education Foundation Awards $90,000

 

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation announces winners of their Family Scholarship Award totaling $90,000.Click here:

 

 

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Tufco Technologies, Inc. wins Wisconsin Corporate Safety Award

 

The Wisconsin Council of Safety (WCS) and Department of Workforce Development (DWD) commended Tufco for regarding occupational safety and health in such a strong manner, noting that all too often employers do not realize the human and economic value of strong occupational safety and health efforts.
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TGM completes dual calpine outage

 

TGM's Steam and Combustion Turbine Services Divisions worked together to perform both a hot gas path inspection on a 7EA machine and a minor inspection on a 40 MW ABB VAX steam unit.
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Brady Corp. to acquire Daewon

 

Founded in 1997, Daewon had fiscal 2005 sales of approximately $40 million (U.S.) and employs 250 people in South Korea and China.
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Registration Open for BE Conference 2006

 

Bentley Systems, Inc. announces that registration is now open for BE Conference 2006, to be held at the Charlotte Convention Center in North Carolina, May 21-25. The BE Conference is an annual gathering of Bentley software users and their managers who want to sharpen their skills and expand their knowledge.
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MDM case study on motor efficiency

 

A rubber manufacturer recently installed a variable frequency drive on a 1,500-horsepower motor used to power an extruder. The drive saves the customer more than $40,000 per year in utility bills and improves extruder operations and the power factor for the entire plant.
For a look at this exclusive case study from Motor Decisions Matter, go to www.motorsmatter.org/kit/MidAmerican.pdf .

 

ARC conference to focus on enterprise performance

 

Top industry visionaries will share their experiences and best practices for driving manufacturer enterprise performance at ARC Advisory Group's Fourteenth Annual Forum, “ Driving Enterprise Performance through Next Generation Manufacturing Concepts ,” to be held June 26 to 28 at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel in Boston.
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Participate in maintenance benchmarking survey

 

Klaus Blache from General Motors Corporation will conduct a maintenance benchmarking survey modeled after a similar study done several years ago while he was chairman of the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals.
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Matrikon MVP group meeting in Alberta

 

Matrikon's Most Valued Partners North American user group event will be May 8-10 at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada.
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Nanotechnology and Manufacturing event is August 23-24

 

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers has moved the Emerging Technology Forum, “The Next Industrial Revolution: Nanotechnology and Manufacturing” to August 23-24 at the PollardTechnologyConferenceCenter in Oak Ridge, TN.
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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.
February 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.
Jan/Feb 2018
Welding ergonomics, 2017 Salary Survey, and surge protection
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
April 2018
Implementing a DCS, stepper motors, intelligent motion control, remote monitoring of irrigation systems
February 2018
Setting internal automation standards
December 2017
PID controllers, Solar-powered SCADA, Using 80 GHz radar sensors

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
The maintenance journey has been a long, slow trek for most manufacturers and has gone from preventive maintenance to predictive maintenance.
Industrial Analytics
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IIoT: Operations & IT
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
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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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