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.
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.
November 2018
2018 Product of the Year finalists, mild steel welding: finding the right filler, and new technique joins aluminum to steel.
October 2018
Tools vs. sensors, functional safety, compressor rental, an operational network of maintenance and safety
September 2018
2018 Engineering Leaders under 40, Women in Engineering, Six ways to reduce waste in manufacturing, and Four robot implementation challenges.
October 2018
2018 Product of the Year; Subsurface data methodologies; Digital twins; Well lifecycle data
August 2018
SCADA standardization, capital expenditures, data-driven drilling and execution
June 2018
Machine learning, produced water benefits, programming cavity pumps
Summer 2018
Microgrids and universities, Steam traps and energy efficiency, Finding help with energy projects
October 2018
Complex upgrades for system integrators; Process control safety and compliance
November 2018
Analytics quantify processes, Fieldbus networking and IIoT, Choosing the right accelerometer

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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