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Where Have the Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Gone?

October 17, 2014 9:15 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Without maintenance and reliability professionals, a manufacturer risks asset reliability deterioration, increased maintenance costs, and lost time. To avoid this, something must be done to counteract the shortage of maintenance professionals entering the workforce.

Keep Your Equipment Up to Date for Efficiency

October 15, 2014 9:27 am | by Scott McNeil | Articles | Comments

Many manufacturing companies operate on thin margins, so wringing every drop of efficiency out...

October 2014: Beyond Lean

October 10, 2014 11:31 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we take you inside Worksman Cycles, provide tips to keep your...

Oil, Rail Industries Want 7 Years To Fix Tank Cars

September 30, 2014 4:19 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The oil and railroad industries are urging federal regulators to allow them as long as seven...

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9 Critical Steps for Successful RMP Implementation

September 30, 2014 10:27 am | by Clay Calk | Articles | Comments

To simplify the process of RMP implementation, this article provides the nine critical steps necessary for building a world class Reliability Maintenance Program.                         

Best Practices for Bearing Protection

September 26, 2014 9:22 am | by Adam Willwerth | Articles | Comments

Perhaps someday all motors will be built so well that there will be no more electrical bearing damage. Until that day comes, motor repair shops will continue to replace bearings eroded by voltages induced by variable frequency drives (VFDs, commonly known as inverters).

4 Injured in Gas Processing Plant Explosion

September 24, 2014 10:02 am | by Mead Gruver, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion at a natural gas storage tank injured four maintenance workers on Tuesday in western Wyoming, authorities said.                                    

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The Panama Canal is Opening up to a Busy Future

September 22, 2014 9:39 am | by GE Report | News | Comments

The Panama Canal is a full century old, but that doesn’t mean it still can’t grow. The 48-mile-long landmark that cuts across “the backbone of the Western Hemisphere” is going through the final year of a massive expansion.        

September 2014: How Lean is Your Workstation?

September 17, 2014 2:29 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we show you the power of innovation and vision with ORG Chem Group, the importance of integrating workstations into Lean process flow, and investigate where the optimum place to manufacture really is.

5 Key Reasons To Keep Maintenance History

September 9, 2014 12:56 pm | by Gena Lyon, Marketing Assistant for Eagle Technology, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Recording maintenance history accurately leads to failure prevention and drives awareness about equipment maintenance. CMMS software will also narrow down performance issues to parts and elements of your equipment.           

Evaluating and Drafting Motor Repair Specifications for Improved Reliability

August 19, 2014 4:21 pm | by Lola Williams, Bradleys, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Reliability, MTBF (Mean Time between Failures), downtime, costs, safety, efficiency, and standardization have pushed documented motor repair specifications and internal motor repair facility’s repair processes to the forefront in today’s industrial environment.

Western Sugar Cooperative Issued 39 Citations

July 21, 2014 3:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wyoming workplace safety officials have proposed fining Western Sugar Cooperative $194,000 for 39 citations at the company's two processing plants in the state.                         

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EPA Tells Army To Clean Up Louisiana Explosives

July 21, 2014 9:58 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal environmental officials have rejected an appeal from the U.S. Army and reiterated their order to clean up 15 million pounds of artillery propellant improperly stored at a northwest Louisiana site.             

Heavy-Duty Safety Cabinets

July 1, 2014 3:12 pm | by JOBOX | Product Releases | Comments

The new JOBOX cabinets take fire safety to a new level by combining fire resistance with exceptional safety, durability and security. 

Rotary Hand Stamp

June 30, 2014 10:10 am | by Numberall Stamp & Tool Co., Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

This rugged, balanced rotary hand stamp from Numberall Stamp & Tool Co., Inc. is made of high grade tool steel, heat treated for severe usage.           

Whirlpool Gets Extension For Testing Devices

June 27, 2014 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Whirlpool Corp. is being given 30 extra days to install devices to test for toxic vapors in a Fort Smith neighborhood near the company's former plant that closed in June 2012.             

Non-Foaming Machining Coolant

June 11, 2014 10:02 am | by Wallover Oil Company | Product Releases | Comments

WS 8800 is a high performance, chlorine-free coolant for machining and grinding of ferrous and non-ferrous metals including stainless steel, titanium, cast aluminum alloys and cast iron.

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Final Jet Leaves Boeing's Wichita Maintenance Site

June 2, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An era in Kansas aviation has come to a close with the departure of the last aircraft from a Boeing Co. defense maintenance facility in Wichita, ending a 70-year relationship between the aircraft maker and the city.          

Patching and Repairing Concrete in Your Plant

May 27, 2014 4:33 pm | by L&M Construction Chemicals | Videos | Comments

Perk Restore is a fast setting, low odor, two-component advanced polymer resin designed for patching and repairing concrete.                                     

Best Practices for Bearing Protection

May 27, 2014 3:54 pm | by By Adam Willwerth, Sales and Marketing Manager, Electro Static Technology | Articles | Comments

Until all motors are designed with built-in bearing protection, plant maintenance personnel and motor repair shops will continue to replace damaged bearings. But if proper mitigation is installed, it only has to be done once.        

May 2014: High-Tech Material Transport

May 22, 2014 10:36 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we visit America's oldest continuously operating paper mill, talk to experts about ways to improve Lean efforts, and showcase advancements in the material handling industry.

LED Strobe Light with Magnetic Base

May 22, 2014 9:20 am | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Waterproof and IP67 rated, this LED light is magnetically mounted for temporary use, is available in several different color options and operates on 12/24 volts DC or 120/277 volts AC.

Better Hose Clamp Means Safer Working Environment

May 21, 2014 10:02 am | by PYI, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Being made of EPDM rubber the Clamp Jacket is very durable and holds up well when exposed to grease and oils.  

Reduce Fouling In Reverse Osmosis With Electronic Water Treatment

May 9, 2014 9:57 am | by Jan De Baat Doelman, President, Scalewatcher North America Inc. | Articles | Comments

The results of limescale build-up are a higher pressure drop across the system. This translates into higher operating costs and eventually the need to clean or replace the reverse osmosis membranes.                

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. 

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.   

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