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Terex Corporation To Upgrade Okla. City Facility

October 16, 2013 1:59 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Terex Corporation of Westport, Conn., said Wednesday that the upgrade comes following the sale of some road building equipment that was manufactured at the Oklahoma City plant.          

Power Plants Diagnose Motor Problems Without Highly Trained Personnel

September 3, 2013 8:02 am | by Jacob Beck, Electrom Instruments, developer of the iTIG II | Articles | Comments

The electronic devices used to test and analyze electric motors and other equipment have become much more powerful than in the past. Yet, in many instances these sophisticated devices have also introduced a high degree of complexity for users, requiring that highly trained and experienced personnel perform the testing.

China Explosion Fuels Environmental Concerns

July 30, 2013 10:27 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion Tuesday at a Chinese plant that produces the toxic chemical paraxylene has added fuel to a growing movement opposing such plants, on the same day that a state-run newspaper prominently urged the public to accept the industry as safe.


Fukushima Plant Steps Closer To Fuel-Rod Removal

June 12, 2013 1:33 pm | by Malcolm Foster, Associated Press | News | Comments

Plant chief Takeshi Takahashi told journalists given a tour of the plant Wednesday that workers have cleaned up much of the debris in their work areas, but that the priorities are keeping the plant stable and working toward shutting it down — a process that operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. estimates will take 40 years.

Italy Seizes 1.2B Euros From Steel Family

May 22, 2013 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Milan prosecutors have ordered the seizure of 1.2 billion euros ($1.5 billion) in assets belonging to the family that runs a troubled steel plant in southern Italy. Prosecutors allege in the order Wednesday that the real estate, stocks and other financial assets belonging to the Riva family were obtained through the misuse of funds belonging to the Ilva steel plant.

Environmentally Friendly Pest Management

April 29, 2013 8:00 am | by Patrick T. Copps, MS, B.C.E., Technical Services Manager, Orkin, LLC | Articles | Comments

The push to use environmentally friendly methods in plant operations, including pest management, continues to gain traction. Conservation and recycling efforts now play a major part in our daily lives, whether at home, at work or at another public place. But what about your facility?

Rescuers Search Ruins Of Texas Fertilizer Plant

April 18, 2013 2:14 pm | by John L. Mone, Michael Brick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rescue workers searched the smoldering ruins of a fertilizer plant Thursday for survivors of a monstrous explosion that leveled homes and businesses in every direction across the Texas prairie. As many as 15 people were feared dead and more than 160 others injured.

Former GM Executive Tapped For Toyota Board

March 6, 2013 9:16 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota has tapped a former executive at U.S. rival General Motors to join its board, the first time in the Japanese automaker's 76-year history it is appointing directors from outside the company.The appointment of Mark Hogan, effective April 1, underlines efforts at Toyota Motor Corp. to become more internationally-minded, transparent and nimble in regional markets.


U.S. Power Grid Costs Rise, But Service Slips

March 5, 2013 10:19 am | by Jonathan Fahey, Associated Press | News | Comments

America's power grid is like an old car. It gets the job done, even if its performance is slipping. But the repair bills go up every year and experts say only a major overhaul will reverse its decline. An Associated Press analysis of utility spending and reliability nationwide found that electric customers are spending 43 percent more than they did in 2002 to build and maintain local electric infrastructure.


A New Industrial Revolution

January 31, 2013 3:08 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Pennsylvania is a growing energy leader in the United States, becoming a net exporter of natural gas in 2011. They have seized opportunities the Marcellus Shale boom has provided, and expanded into global leaders in natural gas—and are making the region known for its industrial innovation and talent, truly fueling a new industrial revolution.

Electrical Cable Tray Fire Protection

November 30, 2012 8:09 am | by Clay Booth, Fire Protection, Market & Sales Manager, Morgan Thermal Ceramics | Articles | Comments

One of the most significant fire protection requirements for processing facilities and offshore locations is the need to protect control cables and valves in the event of a fire. Several options are on the market and each has its benefits; operators need to weigh the pros and cons of the available solutions to ensure that they select one that is the best.

Material Handling Tug Devices: A Proactive Approach to Plant Safety that Improves Productivity and Profitability

April 18, 2012 1:17 pm | by Power Pusher | White Papers

In recent years, improving worker safety has become an important focus in most industries, as job-related injuries can result in employee absenteeism, reduced productivity and increased costs. Many material handling applications pose serious health and safety risks, requiring workers to move heavy loads either through sheer manpower or by using equipment that is unstable, difficult to control or ergonomically deficient. To overcome these safety challenges, the development of battery-operated tug devices allows employees to single-handedly move materials weighing thousands of pounds without exposing them to unnecessary risk of injury. Battery- operated tugs enhance safety by preventing operator strain and reducing potential collisions on busy plant floors, resulting in improved productivity and efficiency— ultimately impacting a company’s overall profitability.

Machinery Fault Diagnosis Guide

March 5, 2012 12:09 pm | by Ludeca | White Papers

Unbalance, misalignment, bearing failures, gear faults, motor electrical problems, etc. are typical faults experienced in all equipment. Identification and elimination of these faults and other issues are critical to maintaining the health of your plant equipment. Healthy equipment means lower maintenance cost, increased uptime, better product quality and a safer work environment for employees. This illustrated guide will help you determine the most common equipment problems using vibration analysis as a diagnosis tool.Download your complimentary copy now! 


A Practical Guide to Shaft Alignment

March 5, 2012 12:06 pm | by Ludeca | White Papers

Laser alignment is an essential component of a proactive maintenance strategy for rotating machines. This practical guide provides information and guidelines for the implementation of good shaft alignment of directly coupled rotating equipment including terminology, alignment methods, troubleshooting soft foot, causes of machine breakdown and related case studies.Download your copy now! 

A Practical Guide to Pulley Alignment

March 5, 2012 12:03 pm | by Ludeca | White Papers

Laser alignment is an essential component of a proactive maintenance strategy for belt-driven machines. This practical guide provides guidelines and information for the implementation of good pulley alignment of belt-driven equipment, including terminology, proper alignment methods, soft foot, and best maintenance practices.Download your copy now! 


September 8, 2011 1:10 pm | by NES Rentals | White Papers

With a lasting economic downturn, it’s more important than ever to ensure that you stay on budget and within deadlines. And while some delays are inevitable — those caused by extreme weather, for example — it’s preventing the preventable that’s crucial for maintaining efficiency.

SPCC Compliance Solutions

March 18, 2011 11:27 am | by New Pig Corporation | White Papers

Establishing and following good engineering practices, and being prepared to handle spills, are two key elements of a successful Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan. 

Boosting Energy Efficiency With Pneumatics Optimization

March 16, 2011 11:57 am | by Bosch Rexroth | White Papers

When generating and using compressed air in industrial machines, targeted measures within a comprehensive energy saving concept can significantly improve energy efficiency at the machine level.

A Guide To Selecting The Right PFPE Lubricant

January 25, 2011 10:17 am | by Nye Lubricants, Inc | White Papers

If a mechanical or electromechanical component has to function for extended periods in an extreme environment, a perfluoropolyether (PFPE) lubricant just may be the key to long life and smooth performance.

Heat-Shrink Tubing: The Versatile Tools For Maintenance & Repair

January 18, 2011 11:31 am | by Alpha Wire | White Papers

The name heat-shrink tubing pretty much sums up what it is and does: a plastic tube that shrinks permanently when heat is applied. How much it shrinks is determined by its shrink ratio, commonly ranging from 2:1 to 6:1. Think of heat-shrink tubing as the duct tape for electrical wiring on the factory floor. Heat-shrink tubing is versatile, easy to use, and finds wide applicability in maintenance and repair.

Is It Time to Dispose of Rental Shop Towels?

August 2, 2010 7:33 am | by SCA Tissue | White Papers

Reusable cotton shop towels have been an accepted mainstay in many industries.but non-woven wipers are clearly a better option.

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