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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.      

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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.        

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. 

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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.

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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.         

Hand Held Lights For Hazardous Environments

October 28, 2013 9:47 am | by Streamlight, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Each light has a 210 degree articulating head that rotates a full 360 degrees, and a removable magnet with 135- pound pull strength that attaches to most contoured steel surfaces.

Extended Cuff Nitrile Glove

October 28, 2013 9:43 am | by Sempermed | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The textured fingertips provide a grip that allows for complete control in both wet and dry environments, and the extended cuff provides extra protection to the wrist and lower forearm.

Suzuki Recalling 210,228 Motorcycles

October 23, 2013 11:50 am | by AP | News | Comments

Older brake fluid and corrosion of the brake piston inside the front brake master cylinder can form a gas that reduces fluid pressure transmission to the front brake.                         

Nissan Recalls Over 188,000 SUVs To Fix Brakes

October 23, 2013 11:48 am | by AP | News | Comments

The recall covers some Nissan Pathfinders from the 2013 and 2014 model years, as well as the 2013 Infiniti JX35 and its successor model, the 2014 QX60.                             

Minn. Sherco 3 Plant Back In Service After Repairs

October 22, 2013 1:06 pm | by AP | News | Comments

The failure happened Nov. 19, 2011, as the 884-megawatt coal-fired plant near Becker was being returned to service following a maintenance outage. The malfunction caused extensive damage to the unit's steam turbine and generator.    

Modernizing Machine-to-Machine With Predix

October 17, 2013 1:56 pm | by GE Software | Videos | Comments

The Industrial Internet is creating a new generation of intelligent devices that are self-aware, able to adapt their behavior, and can be managed and reprogrammed to meet rapidly changing requirements.         

Bangladesh Garment Factory Fire Kills 10

October 9, 2013 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire killed 10 people at a garment factory in Bangladesh about six months after a factory building collapse that killed 1,100 people exposed the harsh and often unsafe conditions in an industry that is the world's third-largest.    

Why Everyone Should Understand Process Improvement

October 8, 2013 9:56 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Let’s face it. Sometimes the biggest roadblocks to process improvement are people and their attitudes. Likewise, as much as we politely don’t discuss it, sometimes the biggest sources of waste, especially in office environments, are not processes, but people and their expectations and demands and decisions.

Water Injection Pump For Damaged Fukushima Reactor Halts

October 7, 2013 1:53 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said that a pump to inject water into one of the severely damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant halted Monday, possibly due to a problem at a power switchboard.       

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