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Predictable Behavior

May 11, 2012 12:50 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

The most important thing you can do for your equipment is get ahead of a breakdown. Do you have the right tools to properly inspect your machinery before it's too lat?

Understanding And Selling The Value Of Food Grade Lubrication

May 11, 2012 12:39 pm | by Greg Bruce, Training Manager, LPS Labs | Articles | Comments

Maintenance of equipment in a food processing plant is, in many ways, similar to the maintenance performed in any other industrial plant. The need for extended lubrication cycles, reduced downtime, and increased safety remains the same.

Impatience Is A Virtue

May 11, 2012 8:57 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, MBT | Blogs | Comments

Sometimes you can’t help but wonder if one seemingly insignificant bother, left untreated, could develop into a major hurdle.


Flour Power

May 9, 2012 4:40 pm | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

It’s almost mind-boggling to think about how many manufacturing processes — and their associated risks — have changed over the years.

It’s Back: Recurring Problem Syndrome

May 4, 2012 8:12 am | by Michael Curran-Hayes, Senior Partner, Life Science, Kepner-Tregoe Inc. | Blogs | Comments

In the end, you can get better results if your operators drive deeper in their RCA questioning and look for the cause of the cause.

Q&A With Meeta Kratz, Grainger

April 30, 2012 8:41 am | by IMPO | Articles | Comments

By demonstrating a commitment to safety products by adopting a formal inventory management program, manufacturers are sending a strong, positive message to staff about the importance of safety.

Grainger Explains Key Places to Look for Energy Losses

April 20, 2012 8:21 am | Articles | Comments

As we move into Earth Week, Grainger has a few simple tips that can help businesses and institutions manage their energy efficiency.

AL Power Impacts Bottom-Line With PROACT RCA

April 18, 2012 8:58 am | by Ronny Johnston, Maintenance Planner, Alabama Power Co. | Articles | Comments

The Alabama Power Company was experiencing process interruption failures--its pump had failed six times in a six-month period.


Cooled Fusion Works for Chemical Processor

April 17, 2012 8:20 am | Articles | Comments

One of the prime enemies of controlling a chemical reaction is excessive heat generated by the reaction itself, which can make a process unstable and corrupt the outcome.

Q&A Roundtable: Lift Safely

April 11, 2012 5:23 pm | Articles | Comments

IMPO sat down with three industry experts to discuss key safety and training issues, and to see what’s new in lifting technology.

Q&A With Paul Humphreys, Atlas Copco

April 11, 2012 4:42 pm | Articles | Comments

This is a great opportunity to reward the hardest working employees in your facility with a cool prize package and some much-needed recognition for a job well done. The first place winner will receive a $500 Visa Gift Card, an iPad, a 283 piece tool chest, work boots, a Jawbone Bluetooth Speaker, and official Atlas Copco work gear.

Getting The Most Out Of Gearboxes

April 11, 2012 4:16 pm | by Greg Cober, Boston Gear Sales and Product Training Manager | Articles | Comments

The right angle worm gear gearbox is a relatively simple device, but it often fails due to some common maintenance issues.

Efficient Electrical Machines

April 11, 2012 4:06 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In the face of economic uncertainty and growing sustainability initiatives, motor efficiency and lifetime energy consumption should be a major factor in the decision-making process.


Training A Crew On Efficient Pump Overhaul

April 5, 2012 4:23 pm | by Frontline Industries, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Frontline helped its customer to considerably reduce its maintenance cost and greatly extend the useful life of its equipment.

Offloading Made Easy

April 4, 2012 8:41 am | by Carbis | Articles | Comments

The construction of a new building is a huge undertaking for any company, but when you’re dealing with chemicals there are additional requirements to meet.

Conveyor System Upgrade Improves Material Transfers, Reduces Spillage

March 28, 2012 8:47 am | by Martin Engineering | Articles | Comments

Just one percent of NIPSCO customers are industrial users, yet they consume more than 50 percent of the total electricity produced by the utility. Approximately 70 percent of that power is generated from the combustion of coal.

Knowing What You Need And Getting It — Even In Lean Times

March 26, 2012 8:13 am | by Paul Glover, President, The Glover Group | Articles | Comments

Businesses have a more frugal attitude with an absolute need to control waste and thus increase profitability.

Portland Chemical Factory Explosion Injures 2

March 23, 2012 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Portland Fire spokesman says an explosion involving a chemical reactor at a silicon factory has injured two people.

High-Tech Heat Solutions

March 8, 2012 5:25 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In an industry that demands reliability, availability, and throughput, predictive maintenance can prove highly valuable.

Floor It

March 8, 2012 5:09 pm | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Is your old plant floor beyond repair? Flooring experts weigh in on whether ereplacement or repair is best, and which maintenance best practices will keep your floor in safe condition and looking new long-term.

Toyota Recalling Tacomas, Camrys, Venzas

March 8, 2012 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. said Wednesday that it's recalling nearly 700,000 vehicles because of various problems.

Slamming The Door On Energy Loss

March 5, 2012 4:00 pm | by Walt Swietlik, Rite-Hite | Articles | Comments

There are a number of ways to simultaneously make loading docks and surrounding facilities more energy efficient and more comfortable for employees.

Using CNC And Remote Monitoring On Machine Tools

March 1, 2012 3:52 pm | Articles | Comments

Siemens Sinumerik 840D is the control of choice on turning, grinding, and turn/grind models, resulting in substantial savings for its customer and EMAG.

For Car Buyers, It's Harder To End Up With A Lemon

February 21, 2012 10:20 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

In the past five years, global competition has forced automakers to improve the quality and reliability of their vehicles — everything from inexpensive mini-cars to decked-out luxury SUVs.

To Turn or Not to Turn, That is the Question!

February 17, 2012 5:02 pm | by Brad Case | Articles | Comments

During a training class, a discussion developed as to whether their bowl mill shafts could be rotated during an alignment.

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