Condition-Monitoring: 10 Common Management MistakesManagement’s decisions are major factors in the success of most efforts around a facility, including the ensuring of equipment health and uptime. The wrong ones can erect obstacles. How does your management team stack up?
Data Acquisition: Gateway To Energy Monitoring And Efficiency Of Existing BuildingsEffective data-mining technology is a must for owner/operators who want to know where they have been and where they want to go.
Are Your Losses Putting Your Company At Risk?Time for a reality check. Coming to grips with various risk-related situations in your operations is an important step toward improving the organization’s position and profits.
Converging Production, Maintenance And Storeroom ManagementStill feel as if you're just putting out fires in your maintenance efforts? This article offers some helpful tips for moving out of the reactive mode.
Ease Of Use Highlights New Condition-Monitoring ToolsAs this overview of technologies points out, today’s maintenance technicians and operators have access to capabilities that were previously limited to monitoring specialists.
Click here for an interview with Siemens' Roger Hill on the new Managed Security Service.Siemens Industry has announced the roll-out of its Managed Security Service in the U.S., a new offering aimed at providing continuous protection to production environments. The offering includes assessment of security posture, implementation of recommended security measures and transitions into ongoing defense against rapidly evolving cyber security threats in Industrial Control System environments. The new offering will first be introduced in the U.S. followed by Europe and Asia.
The Industrial Security Services group expands on the existing Siemens security portfolio by providing holistic protection to manufacturing sites. Siemens’ approach is to partner with customers to help them build sustainable industrial security programs, by leveraging expertise in automation and industrial cyber security.
“Global cyber threats are rapidly evolving, and it also takes continuous and comprehensive action to protect production environments,” says Jagannath Rao, President of Industry Customer Services. “This new managed service will allow customers to stay focused on their core business while entrusting the implementation of their security program to Siemens as a knowledgeable partner,” he added.
“Companies are understanding that cyber security commands the attention of those at the helm of the enterprise because of its sheer gravity and magnitude,” said Raj Batra, President of Siemens Industry Automation. “With that C-level focus, the rest of the enterprise quickly follows suit, but they need help, and that’s where vendors like Siemens come in.”
The specific requirements for security of an Industrial Control System (ICS) environment differ from the enterprise requirements of corporate IT. In a production environment, availability is a key security goal. To ensure uninterrupted production and maximized uptime requires comprehensive protection of the people, processes and equipment.
The impacts of a successful attack can be serious, and include health, safety and ICS environmental impacts along with manipulation of data, IP theft, sabotage of production and plant down time.
Achieving industrial security presents challenges, such as lack of qualified individuals to design, implement and respond to incidents; rapid increase in number of Industrial Security threats and attacks; lack of global threat intelligence to enable pro-active defensive measures; insufficient data to make business decision based upon risk; and emerging government rules and regulations.
The new offer of Siemens is helping customers move away from point solutions for security to a comprehensive security program delivered through a managed security service, making security an ongoing life cycle.
ITT’s Goulds Pumps brand has launched the third annual World of Pumps Quiz, building on the success of the global pump industry challenge that last year attracted more than 15,000 participants from 151 countries. The quiz runs for 20 weeks, offering new sets of questions biweekly, and ends at midnight on March 30, 2014.
The third edition of the World of Pumps Quiz enables contestants to view questions from the first two editions. The latest version also features the advanced Expert Challenge level — a second set of questions for users who want to test their knowledge to a higher technical degree — and encourages players to submit their own questions to be considered for future inclusion.
The World of Pumps Quiz is the kick-off activity in an annual program leading to Pump Appreciation Day, initiated by ITT’s Goulds Pumps brand and celebrated the second Tuesday in April. Pump Appreciation Day celebrates pumps as “the heart of industry” and features awards for outstanding organizations and individuals in the field, as well as activities to promote heart health.
“Our Goulds Pumps brand represents a legacy of innovation and expertise, so we’re pleased to give pump industry professionals an opportunity to engage in an event that recognizes the fundamental role that pumps play in modern life and honors those who are making contributions to our industry,” said Robert J. Pagano Jr., president of ITT’s Industrial Process business, which includes the Goulds Pumps brand. “Last year’s quiz was a tremendous success, with an almost 40 percent increase in participants, and we look forward to continuing to build on that momentum in 2014.”
To enter, participants can go to www.worldofpumpsquiz.com. Once they answer the basic question correctly, quiz-takers can sign up to receive automatic notifications when the next basic question is posted. Over the course of the quiz, participants can answer as many or as few questions as they like.
LUDECA has announced the launch of a new microsite, www.KeepItRunning.com. Inspired by the company’s ‘Keep It Running’ slogan, this new site has been designed to support the company's new message of "No Excuses for High Vibration, Misalignment and Unbalance." Visitors to www.KeepItRunning.com will find a wealth of solution-related resources, including Blog posts, video tutorials, white papers and other information on state-of-the-art maintenance technologies.
Russellstoll® Interconnection Systems by Thomas & Betts (T&B) has combined its product line with the ABB Industrial Plugs and Sockets product line to enhance T&B’s industrial connector selection.
Facilitated by ABB’s acquisition of T&B last year, the consolidation of the two lines creates a comprehensive selection of explosion-proof, heavy and light industrial, moisture- and corrosion-resistant plugs, sockets, connectors and receptacles, which range from 20 to 600 Amps.
Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. announced today that it has acquired an ownership interest in Burlington Automation Corporation. Burlington Automation is a leader in the design and manufacture of 3D robotic plasma cutting systems. Based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, the company serves a wide base of customers in the structural steel, construction, oil and gas and general fabrication markets in North America. The company's main products are sold under the brand PythonX®.
Air Sentry® is a leading developer of contamination control products that keep particulate matter and excess moisture from the headspace inside vessels like gearboxes that hold lubricants, greases, hydraulic fluids and fuels. Since 1997, we have been in the business of preventative maintenance. Air Sentry products ensure longer fluid life, better lubrication and lower maintenance costs.
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