Suggestions & Solutions


You'll get a belt out of this

Belt Preventive Maintenance manual has recommendations for safe work practices and tips on the selection and care of synchronous belt drive systems. The 48-p, illustrated manual provides user information ranging from inspection to installation of V-shaped and synchronous belts. Each of the 12 sections offers helpful tips on reducing downtime, increasing energy savings, and controlling parts replacement costs.

The Gates Rubber Co.

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Don't get trapped

PenCheck System Package (PSP) is a complete trap management program specifically designed for small-to-medium size companies. It provides accurate judgement to greatly simplify trap testing. PSP uses a standard Windows PowerPC platform and includes a precision testing instrument, separate database software, a palm-size personal data assistant, and a training program that is held in Charlotte, NC.

TLV Corp.

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Ball screw quick fix

QuickTurn Ball Screw Repair Service has a 4-color, 8-p brochure that details the service, the leadtime required for various types of ball screw repairs, and ways in which customers can minimize downtime. For additional information about the service, contact the Linear Precision Products customer service department at 800-62-RENEW.

RBC Bearings

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Fiber optic guide

A free fiber optic guide on testing and troubleshooting takes you through the what/when/why/how of testing, how to calculate the maximum allowable loss, testing procedures, and a series of troubleshooting tips. It is uncomplicated, easy to follow, and a handy reference to carry.

Extech Instrument

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Blowin' in the wind

Regenair Regenerative Blower catalog includes technical engineering information, accessory section, examples of pressure and vacuum applications, and descriptions of all models available. The blowers range from 1/8 to 30 hp, flows from 23 to 1350 cfm, pressures from 21 to 284 in. H 2 O and vacuum from 20 to 183 in. H 2 O. Other air moving products include vacuum generators and air motors.

Gast Mfg. Inc.

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Getting good vibrations

A full line of standard vibration control pads can be supplied from stock in a variety of configurations or combined with leveling mounts to protect floors and reduce noise. Pads meet dynamic requirements such as low frequency, high damping, high loading, level stability, and a high coefficient of friction.

AirLoc Div.Clark-Cutler McDermott Co.

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How to carry cables

Free Energy Chain Systems catalog has 928 pages full of design and engineering data, application examples, and everything else needed to successfully spec out a cable carrier system, from 500-ft long travels to travels of just a few inches. The catalog covers polymer cable carriers, Chainflex cables, and a multitude of accessory components.

igus, inc.

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Reduce heating costs

High gas and electric bills, excessive maintenance costs, reduced productivity due to cold docks, or an old, inefficient heating system all result in high warehouse heating costs. One solution is an energy efficient, direct-gas-fired space heating system that can save up to 60% per yr and improve a plant's IAQ.

Cambridge Engineering, Inc.

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Is your insulation thick enough?

Free 3E Plus insulation thickness computer program now has the ability to translate energy losses into actual dollar amounts and calculates the number of pounds of greenhouse gases (CO 2 , NO x , and carbon equivalent) being prevented from release into the atmosphere through reduced fuel consumption. Plant managers can use this tool to calculate energy, environmental, and cost savings from increased insulation thickness.

North American Insulation Mfrs. Assoc.

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These are really clean pumps

Free technical bulletin 123-M describes the Moyno 500 Sanitary Pump line. These pumps offer low flows and high performance in a compact, cost-effective size. Made of food-grade 316 stainless steel to meet 3A sanitary standards, these pumps also feature elastomers that satisfy FDA requirements. In addition, the pumps offer the exclusive Quick Disassembly Clamp, which simplifies pump disassembly and cleaning.

Moyno, Inc.

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Cut pollution and energy use

Industrial Assessments Guide to Pollution Prevention and Energy Efficiency provides facility personnel with a reusable framework for conducting a thorough, combined pollution prevention and energy conservation audit at both large and small industrial plants. This book guides auditors through the assessment process and helps them identify a range of options.

Government Institutes, ABS Consulting

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Tough hoses

Bulletin 4400-B42-US features Parker's 482TC and 482ST hoses for abrasive applications requiring SAE 100R1 Type AT or EN853 Type 1SN hose lines. The hoses allow a choice of abrasion resistance to suit the application. With its MSHA-accepted Tough Cover, 482TC is for those spots where durability is a must. 482ST, with its Super Tough Cover, is for highly abrasive environments. They are available in sizes from 1/4-in. to 1-in. ID.

Parker Hannifin 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.
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
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Machine Safety
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Research Analyst Blog
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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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