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Surface Temperature Sensing Gun

April 24, 2014 10:06 am | by Master Appliance Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

For the first time ever, a heat gun senses, displays, and controls actual work surface temperatures, says Master Appliance Corp. 

Single Function Temperature Calibration Tools

April 17, 2014 9:23 am | by Fluke Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

For technicians who don't want the complexity of multifunction test tools yet need highly accurate temperature calibration, the Fluke 712B RTD and 714B Thermocouple Temperature Calibrators allow instrument, process, and plant maintenance technicians to quickly and easily test process temperature instrumentation.

Q&A: HVAC Education And Technology Advancements

April 15, 2014 4:37 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

Coyne College is a Chicago-based trade school that’s been teaching HVAC and other vocations for more than 110 years. Student services, from tutoring and career development to job placement assistance, are structured to enhance career preparation by addressing each student’s unique needs. 

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April 2014: Real Time Visibility

April 8, 2014 12:06 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we recap MODEX 2014, discuss how creating a nimble production environment requires up-to-the-minute information, and learn how the latest technology can improve the ROI of predictive maintenance. 

Petrochemical Company Reduces Scale In Heat Exchangers

April 7, 2014 10:53 am | by Jan de Baat Doelman, Scalewatcher | Articles | Comments

Liaoyang Petroleum’s Olefin Factory in the Hongwei District of mainland China, producing MEG and polypropylene, is saving $65,000 a year in maintenance following the installation of a computerized, electronic water conditioner.   

Large Vertical Motor Load Testing Minimizes Downtime And Expense For The Oil Field

April 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Bradleys, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Load Testing is critical to ensure reliability of motors in the field and in mission-critical situations.                                         

Your Secret Maintenance Weapons

April 2, 2014 8:33 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Adhesives and sealants are an essential asset of every maintenance and operation plan, and with technology and products always changing, it’s important to stay on top of these trends.                   

Explosion Proof Vacuum Assortment

April 1, 2014 3:56 pm | by Goodway Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

These new vacuums deliver powerful vacuum performance and advanced features, all while providing the safety of UL certification and the best in antistatic vacuum performance.

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Software Schedules Maintenance With Military Precision

March 31, 2014 10:06 am | by Christopher D. Gates, Asst. Reactor Maintenance Officer on the USS Nimitz | Articles | Comments

In this month’s Plant Practices, we take you offshore to a military application, where best practices around maintenance scheduling and planning can offer manufacturers some ideas.                    

Outdoor Safety Guardrail

March 28, 2014 8:11 am | by Herwin, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Exteriorguard outdoor safety guardrail by Herwin, Inc. features a highly visible safety yellow paint designed to withstand the outside elements. 

Improving Predictive Maintenance With Mobile Apps, Part 2

March 27, 2014 9:55 am | by Tia Nowack and Anna Wells, IMPO | Videos | Comments

The ability to prioritize maintenance work, schedule it in advance, and share findings in real time is a great way to keep facilities running at peak performance, often with cost savings.                   

A Reliable Effort Creates Quick ROI

March 24, 2014 5:11 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

With the cost of downtime in some applications valued in the thousands of dollars per minute, it’s safe to say manufacturers who take a reliability-centered strategy are hedging their businesses against potentially catastrophic impacts.      

Improving Predictive Maintenance With Mobile Apps, Part 1

March 20, 2014 9:55 am | by Tia Nowack and Anna Wells, IMPO | Videos | Comments

The ability to access information and control processes from afar saves time, money, and can keep workers out of potentially dangerous situations. For many solutions providers, this means more business apps for mobile devices.        

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March 2014: Minimizing Downtime

March 12, 2014 11:09 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, Liberty Bottleworks talks American pride, experts explain quality and reusability for compressed air piping systems, maintenance best practices and energy awareness drive down industrial motor costs, and more. 

Integrated Pest Management Offers A Better Mousetrap

February 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Timothy Larson, RS, ACE, QA Manager, Rentokil | Articles | Comments

Pesticides are often the method used to control pests, but pesticides alone are not the solution. A better solution is to have an integrated pest management (IPM) program as part of your food safety program.             

What Does 3D Printing Mean For ERP?

February 3, 2014 9:21 am | by Antony Bourne, Global Manufacturing Industry Director, IFS | Articles | Comments

How do you accommodate 3D printing from a business management standpoint within an enterprise resource planning (ERP) application? Here are a few insights.                           

The North American Maintenance Excellence (NAME) Award

January 31, 2014 3:44 pm | by The Foundation for Industrial Maintenance Excellence | Blogs | Comments

The North American Maintenance Excellence  (NAME) Award is an annual program to recognize North American organizations that excel in performing the maintenance process to enable operational excellence. The NAME Award is run by a non-profit foundation (FIME) and was established in 1990. The board of directors is comprised of past winners. 

Emergent Biosolutions Wins 2013 North American Maintenance Excellence Award

January 3, 2014 10:47 am | by The Foundation for Industrial Maintenance Excellence and Emergent Biosolutions | Blogs | Comments

Emergent BioSolutions announced that its facility in Lansing, Michigan has been recognized with the 2013 North American Maintenance Excellence (NAME) Award by the Foundation for Industrial Maintenance Excellence. The NAME Award honors North American organizations that excel in performing maintenance processes that enable operational excellence.

Busting Slime For More Sustainable Ships

December 23, 2013 10:19 am | by AkzoNobel | Videos | Comments

AkzoNobel has released this rather fascinating video about how it has worked with Newcastle University to improve the sustainability and fuel economy of the world’s largest ships.                     

Suits Filed Against Ky. Glass Plant Operators

December 3, 2013 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One lawsuit alleges the plant operators "illegally, recklessly or negligently" dumped hazardous substances outside the boundaries of the property. The lawsuit also said contamination spread through at least a 5-mile radius around the facility, exposing people to increased risk of cancers, kidney failure and damage to the central nervous system.

Drivers Ed: Maintenance Best Practices and Energy Awareness

November 6, 2013 11:35 am | by Anna Wells, IMPO Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Since motors and drive systems are so often directly intertwined with production, problem areas likely result in costly downtime — something every manufacturer wants to avoid at all costs.                  

Mechanically Controlled Linear Drive

October 29, 2013 10:00 am | by Amacoil/Uhing | Product Releases | Comments

For applications that do not require variable speed, this new option lets users fix a specific linear travel speed in one or both directions of travel.

Multiple Material Tapping

October 29, 2013 9:55 am | by WIDIA | Product Releases | Comments

VariTap's design engineering includes a proprietary spiral point geometry that lowers tapping torque, extending tool life while efficiently driving chips forward in  through holes, says the company.

Thread Locker & Vibration Dampener Compound

October 29, 2013 9:40 am | by STS/Tectorius | Product Releases | Comments

VIBRA-STOP overcomes traditional roadblocks that prevent thread-lockers from being packaged in spray applicators.

Audi, GMC, Volvo Crack Reliability Survey Top 10

October 28, 2013 2:31 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Three Japanese brands — Lexus, Toyota and Acura — took the top spots in this year's survey, and seven of the top 10 brands are Japanese. But three non-Japanese brands — Audi, Volvo and GMC — cracked the top ten.         

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