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Chevron Fined $278,000 Over Richmond Plant

September 5, 2014 12:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron has agreed to pay more than a quarter-million dollars for air-quality violations at its Richmond refinery.                                       

Halliburton Reaches $1B Gulf Oil Spill Settlement

September 2, 2014 12:28 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Halliburton agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle what it calls "a substantial portion" of...

Parts Cleaning and Collection Unit

August 14, 2014 9:47 am | by Custom Service Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Using one existing shop air line at your CNC machine, the pneumatically driven MiJET cleans...

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...

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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.

January/February 2014: Behind The Wheel

March 5, 2014 4:51 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, we visit Colson Caster, a domestic manufacturer that uses a vertically integrated approach to compete with low-cost offshore alternatives. We also talk to experts about preventing OSHA's top ten violations, review readers' insights into energy efficiency issues, and explore how a reliability-centered strategy can create quick ROI.


China Blames Leaking, Sparks For Deadly Oil Blast

January 9, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A November pipeline explosion in northern China that killed 62 people was caused by sparks from a jackhammer igniting oil that had leaked into the sewage system, revealing major vulnerabilities in China's aging pipeline network, government safety officials said Thursday.

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.    

Fouling In Heat Exchangers: A Costly Problem

September 17, 2013 8:01 am | by Jan De Baat Doelman, President, Scalewatcher North America Inc. | Articles | Comments

The fouling of heat exchangers in processing industries is a chronic operating problem. Costs due to additional fuel consumption and maintenance, loss of production, etc. have been estimated as 0.25 percent of the GNP of industrialized countries. EWT offers companies an environmental, effective, and cost saving method of reducing fouling on heat exchangers which can only prove a win, win, win scenario for all.

Bird-X Joins GSA To Help Federal Facilities Reduce Pest Bird Costs

July 9, 2013 3:43 pm | by Bird-X, Inc. | News | Comments

Bird control leader, Bird-X, joins the GSA Advantage program to bring pest bird control solutions directly to federal facilities and institutions – cutting out the costs and inefficiencies of “middleman” resellers.  The U.S. General Services Administration is a tool to help government institutions find the best products and services at the most affordable prices.

Essential Tips For Industrial Hydraulic Components

July 1, 2013 8:01 am | by Mike Fitzpatrick, General Manager at PSI Repair Services, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The most important part of a hydraulic system is keeping it clean. Any extreme pressure system is vulnerable to dirt, particles, and other matter that could contaminate the close tolerances necessary for any hydraulic system. All pipes, fittings, and other components must be extremely clean before use.


Another Boeing 787 Flight Cut Short

June 24, 2013 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The pilots of a Boeing 787 that left Houston bound for Denver circled back to Houston after a mechanical problem. It's the third time in the past week that a flight involving Boeing's newest plane was cut short for a mechanical reason. A United Airlines spokeswoman said Monday that Flight 94 returned to Houston shortly after takeoff on Sunday because of "a brake indicator issue."

CAT Workers OK 6-Year Deal At Wis. Plant

June 12, 2013 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Union members have ratified a six-year labor contract at Caterpillar Inc.'s plant in South Milwaukee. The new contract freezes wages and pensions but includes a $4,000 signing bonus and shortens temporary layoffs. Caterpillar says the Peoria, Ill.-based company is pleased to have reached what it believes is "a fair, reasonable and comprehensive agreement."

Where Cell Phones Go To Die

June 4, 2013 12:55 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Much of the world's electronic waste ends up in Guiyu, China, where old parts are recycled but chemicals like mercury leak into the water. Cell phones arrive in this town by the truckloads, where locals are experts in sorting through the electronic trash.

Roof Recoating Enhances Workplace Safety

May 17, 2013 11:19 am | by Del Williams, technical writer | Articles | Comments

Many industrial facilities such as petrochemical plants must remain safely, efficiently operational with virtually no downtime, unplanned maintenance, or replacement for decades. To protect equipment from corrosion, traditionally three separate coatings are used, often in a zinc, epoxy, urethane combination. While this is common, it is far from optimal.

April 2013 - BMW Reports Record Production

April 1, 2013 10:56 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, BMW Manufacturing reports record production volume, NEUTEX Advanced Energy Groups positions itself as a leading American manufacturer of LED lighting, industry experts talk the true value of anti-seize, manufacturers and distributors step up to tackle the skill gap in welding, and more.


Better Aircraft Design For Lower Fuel And Maintenance Costs

March 22, 2013 9:00 am | by Andy Brown, Director of Corporate Sales, Knovel EMEA | Blogs | Comments

The air transport industry has been through many economic dips during the past four decades, yet it has always bounced back quickly with travel demand higher than ever. However, the increasing volatility of aviation fuel prices has a significant impact on airline operating costs and profitability.

Indispensible Leak Detection

March 13, 2013 4:31 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

A technician holds a wand to the major piping connections of the air conditioner and waits for a device to alarm if a leak is detected. The technician is not looking for the level of refrigerant along the automotive assembly line, he is looking for whether the refrigerant is leaking from any fitting at a rate greater than preset tolerable limits and trying to locate where the leak is.

A New Air Style

March 13, 2013 4:21 pm | Articles | Comments

The mission of CAGI (Compressed Air and Gas Institute) is to be the united voice of the compressed air industry, serving as the unbiased authority on technical, educational, promotional, and other matters that affect the industry. IMPO recently spoke with Rick Stasyshan, CAGI’s Technical Consultant, about ways the organization can help manufacturers become safer and more efficient users of this resource.

Convenience At Your Fingertips

March 13, 2013 4:16 pm | by Bernard Steppeler, Design Engineer, HAVER Filling Systems | Articles | Comments

A cake mix supplier has 12 hours to fill a 15,000-bag production order for a new customer. during the seventh hour, the filling machine shuts down with no warning. the machine operator attempts to troubleshoot and diagnose the problem but is unable to do so.

floor care

Taking Concrete To The Next Level

January 31, 2013 3:33 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Is your floor surface in need of some TLC? There are a bevy of options, but ultimately, it’s important to remember that there’s money underfoot. When it comes to industrial flooring surfaces, there are many vendors out there who will insist their solution is best. One thing they can all agree on, however, is that an industrial floor is not often just a “set it and forget it” investment.

Industrial inspection cameras

Thermal Imagers: A Priceless Investment

January 31, 2013 3:29 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Industrial inspection cameras have revolutionized the predictive maintenance industry. From the many types of cameras available, thermal imagers are ones that have claimed their place in a manufacturer’s predictive maintenance arsenal. Once an instrument too expensive for the average facility, today’s technology has advanced thermal imagers to the point of necessity.

Industrial Lubricants: Key To Long-Term PM Success

January 31, 2013 3:26 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

The right industrial lubricant can help a manufacturer increase equipment reliability, reduce operating costs, and extend machine life. Choosing the correct lubricant is “the most fundamental component of a successful preventive maintenance program,” says Polanek. “Today’s successful companies view preventive maintenance and high-performance lubricants as investments to help ensure long-term success.”


Clever Engineering Renews Wrecked Steel Mill Coupling

January 31, 2013 3:15 pm | Articles | Comments

When the bore on the rigid half of a high-torque steel mill coupling was badly galled during a maintenance teardown, the mill put the damaged part in the plant’s bone yard. However, engineers at Kop-Flex® developed a clever solution that saved the customer almost half the cost to replace the $112,000 part, which transmits approximately 10,000,000 pound inches of torque to a roughing stand.

IMPO Jan/Feb 2013

January/February 2013 - A NEW Industrial Revolution

January 28, 2013 12:24 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, Pennsylvania manufacturers highlight a "new industrial revolution," machine tags and contamination control eliminate errors and improve industrial lubricant performance, experts discuss proper loading dock design and the safety and energy efficiency concerns that have long dogged facility dock areas, and more.

How To Ensure A Motor’s Energy Efficiency

January 15, 2013 8:08 am | by Baldor Electric Company | Articles | Comments

Since the inception of the first industrial electric motors, manufacturers have been developing technology to produce better motors which use the least amount of energy possible.  While perhaps increasing the efficiency of electric motors is not a relatively new phenomenon, the last several decades of technological advancements in motors, as well as manufacturing methods, has vastly improved the efficiency of electric motors.

How to Maintain Your Conveyor System Like a Pro

December 21, 2012 8:09 am | by Diane Blair, Director of Customer Service Field Operations, Intelligrated & Ryan Balzer, Case Conveyor Product Manager, Intelligrated | Articles | Comments

Most manufacturing and distribution warehouses rely on conveyor systems to keep their daily operations running. Fortunately, well-trained operators and maintenance technicians can reduce the risk of conveyor downtime by executing a preventive maintenance plan. In addition to avoiding the stress of missed shipment deadlines and lost profits, preventive maintenance keeps conveyors running at peak efficiency.

2012 Energy Intelligence Report

December 19, 2012 11:52 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Find ways to save money through investing in energy efficient equipment and alternative energy solutions here!

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