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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!

Use Less, Save More, And Improve Outcomes

December 17, 2012 8:04 am | by DEB USA | Articles | Comments

Just like in any manufacturing facility, employees’ hands get dirty and require frequent washing with abrasive products, which can cause irritation. Because of the chemicals involved, many of these products can also be less-environmentally friendly. The challenge for Hawes, Wolseley project manager, was to find a cost-effective and more sustain­able way to clean workers’ hands.


November/December 2012 - Floor Safety, Line Safety

November 7, 2012 5:06 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, industrial matting solutions address various safety concerns within a plant, WhiteWave Foods' Horizon Organic facility showcases creative maintenance solutions, adhesives eliminate clostly and potentially hazardous UV sources, the 2012 IMPOvation award winners are announced, and more.

MES Implementation: It's All In The Approach

October 22, 2012 8:13 am | by Mike Schmidt. Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

It’s easy to see the benefit of undertaking the effort to implement an MES system. They effectively collect, process, and translate valuable business data related to the plant floor and the enterprise resource planning system. But the adoption process can be fraught with risk and uncertainty, depending on the approach a manufacturer takes.

Cable Management: Making Space Useable Now And In The Future

October 19, 2012 8:01 am | by Jim Norton, Custom Products & Services, Inc. | Articles | Comments

What exactly is cable management? It seems to mean many different things, and different products. Like many terms used today, cable management has become a “catch all” reference that often entails the perspective of the person using the term. This makes cable management even more important, and increasingly more challenging to address.

Applying ID Readers In Multiple Code Applications

October 17, 2012 8:38 am | by Eric Andersen, Product Marketing Manager, ID Products, Cognex | Articles | Comments

As product safety and traceability become a more critical factor in a wide range of industries, engineers are more and more often faced with the challenge of reading multiple codes on a single product. There are a wide variety of multiple code reading applications, including multiple codes of the same symbology within a single field of view and multiple codes in multiple fields of view.

Outside Pipe Flow Measurement Technologies

October 12, 2012 8:38 am | by Greyline Instruments Inc. | Articles | Comments

Doppler and transit time are two very popular types of flow meters for non-invasive measurement of flow in full pipes. They are both ultrasonic and both measure flow by using sensors clamped onto the outside of a pipe. But they actually work best in opposite applications and success in your installation depends on understanding the differences and making the right choice.


Boeing Gets $2B Contract For Plane Maintenance

October 11, 2012 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Boeing Co. said Wednesday that it has been awarded a $2 billion contract from the Defense Department to help the Air Force maintain its fleet of 246 C-17 cargo planes. Boeing said that the contract includes ensuring that spare parts are available for the planes as well as maintenance on the aircraft.

Top Five Ways To Protect Your Facility From Fall Pests

October 9, 2012 8:49 am | by Greg Baumann, Vice President, Training & Technical Services, Orkin LLC | Articles | Comments

Fall is around the corner, which means weather will begin to cool, and the outdoors will become less hospitable for humans and animals alike. As you begin to welcome the start of autumn, keep an eye out for pests that may be aiming to make your facility their home for the next several months.

Infrared Plastic Temperature Measurements

October 5, 2012 8:14 am | by Pyrodynamics | Articles | Comments

Techniques for selecting and applying non-contact temperature measurement instruments for use in the plastics industry involve several factors. It is most effective to design an installation which results in using the highest emissivity value possible. The spectral response of the instrument should thus be matched to the type of plastic to be measured.

EPA Signs Idaho Superfund Cleanup Plan

October 3, 2012 10:07 am | by John Miller, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators signed documents on Tuesday outlining an interim cleanup plan for a polluted southeastern Idaho Superfund site they say will cost $57 million and take up to five years to complete. The Environmental Protection Agency said it opted to move forward with the plan for FMC Corp.'s former plant near Pocatello, but reserved the right to make changes, if necessary.

Controlling Scale In Industrial Water Systems

October 3, 2012 8:16 am | by Scalewatcher | Articles | Comments

Prior to the installation of the Scalewatcher systems, one set of Air Generator Coolers was removed from the water-cooling system every planned maintenance shutdown so that sludge could be manually removed from the copper tubing. With Scalewatcher installed, it was found that build-up was minimal—thereby dramatically reducing the time spent having to clean the generator’s tubes.


What’s That Noise?

October 2, 2012 8:50 am | by Patrick Rhodes, Applications Engineer, Garlock | Articles | Comments

Have you ever heard a high-pitched whine from an electric motor? Have you seen a bearing fail due to inadequate lubrication or contamination? How about a contact oil seal that has damaged your equipment? If so, chances are that a non-contact bearing isolator is available for your situation.

Power Up

September 12, 2012 5:19 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Often, it’s the liaison between intention and accomplishment on a plant floor – the power tool is the “doer,” and it gets more efficient and effective as the related technology supports its efforts. Oftentimes, power tools fix the mistakes the user could be making, especially when it comes to critical fastening issues relating to torque.

TIG Welding Austenitic Stainless Steel

September 12, 2012 4:53 pm | by Brent Williams, Technical Contributor, Weldcraft | Articles | Comments

Whether it is being used for chemical processing equipment, heat exchangers, or in food and beverage processing, austenitic stainless steel (also called 300 series stainless steel) has become an increasingly common material across multiple industries. This is due, in part, to the material’s corrosion resistance and its relatively high tensile strength.

A Clean Sweep

September 12, 2012 4:44 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Equipment plays an essential role in modern food production, and an effective and reliable cleaning regime is integral to maintaining optimum equipment function. Just as processing equipment continues to become more automated, so do the methods responsible for cleaning it.

An Efficient Approach To Instrument Calibration

September 1, 2012 8:07 am | by Don Brady, Technical Manager, GSK Global Manufacturing Supply IT | Articles | Comments

For too long, manual calibration methods have been accepted as necessary in pharmaceutical plants. No one questions the need to calibrate process instruments where accuracy and dependability are essential for quality and safety and to satisfy regulatory requirements. But we’ve been going about calibration in a traditional way that’s a lot of work and prone to error.

Indispensable Solutions & Education As A Service

August 15, 2012 8:42 am | by Lily Lei, Global Marketing Manager of Chemicals, Process Systems Business Unit, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics | Articles | Comments

As any on-site manager can tell you, proper cleaning is vital to the safe and successful operational performance of any industrial or institutional facility.

Selecting the Right Grease For Extreme Temperature Applications

August 10, 2012 8:40 am | by Lucas Kerley, Senior Lubrication Engineer, ExxonMobil Lubricants & Petroleum Specialties Company | Articles | Comments

Maintenance professionals can benefit from learning key tips that can help them choose the right grease to protect their equipment over the long haul.

Heavy-Duty Suction: Industrial Vacuums

August 7, 2012 5:06 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

The industrial vacuum, a seemingly simple pneumatic device, can help improve a facility’s cleanliness, reduce down-time of valuable production equipment, and enhance quality control efforts.

Vibration Analysis: Identify, Predict, Prevent

August 3, 2012 5:13 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In the world of industrial maintenance technology, many predictive maintenance methods are available, each best suited to a specific application.

10 Tips to Measure Training ROI

August 3, 2012 8:58 am | by ESI International | Articles | Comments

If you can’t prove a return on your training program – real learning that is adopted and applied -- then you run the risk of having it cut back or even losing it.

MA Lawmakers Approve 'Right To Repair' Bill

August 1, 2012 2:03 pm | by Bob Salsberg, Associated Press | News | Comments

The bill would have manufacturers that sell cars in Massachusetts provide access to their diagnostic and repair information system through a universal software system that can be accessed by dealers and independent repairs shops.

Working With Clean Compressed Air

July 24, 2012 8:40 am | by Robert Corna, Sales Manager Compressors, Klüber Lubrication Deutschland KG | Articles | Comments

Two key factors play a major role in compressed air generation: high availability of clean compressed air and compressed air generation at reasonable cost.

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