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Motor Shaft Voltages Kill Bearings Problem Variable frequency drives (VFDs) make commercial HVAC systems, automated assembly lines and other processes more energy efficient. But they induce currents that can damage motor bearings. The resulting...
Friday, 14 September 2012 | 2232 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Read More
Author:Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor
“I know we’ve been hearing more and more about ‘Asset Management Systems’ as described in the PAS 55:2008 specification and the emerging ISO-55000 standard. But I still don’t get it. Yes, I know sometimes they change the name of something...
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Author:Darrell Carmichael, Brady Corp.
Filling the void when seasoned employees retire or move on from your operations calls for clarification, clarification, clarification. Here’s where a picture may truly be worth a thousand words.
Friday, 14 September 2012 | 1555 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Read More
Author:Gary Mintchell
You’ll probably read this column around the time of ISA Automation Week, in Orlando, FL, Sept. 24-27. This annual conference is a gathering of automation, controls and instrumentation engineers, managers and technicians in the process industries....
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Author:Gerald O. Davis, P.E. Davis Materials & Mechanical Engineering, Inc.
Corrosion is always on the prowl, ready to take down your equipment, fixed and otherwise. Don’t let this predator catch you off guard. Metallic corrosion is a naturally occurring process that takes place at varying rates—depending on the...
Thursday, 01 May 2008 | 1601 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Read More
Author:Jane Alexander, Editor-In-Chief
I began writing this month’s column as a reminder to the innovators out there that you still have time to enter the 2012 Maintenance & Reliability Innovator of the Year Award competition. The words were coming together well until an...
Friday, 14 September 2012 | 1720 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Read More
Author:Jane Alexander, Editor
A lot goes into being on the cutting edge of something. Here’s how a leading machine-tool manufacturer got there and stays there.
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Author:Jeff Dudley, The Dow Chemical Company
Reliability is more than asset management and quality control. It’s a company-wide mindset that never veers from the goal.
Friday, 14 September 2012 | 1815 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Read More
Author:Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor
Jay Carney, the current White House Press Secretary, recently took the opportunity to state, “The United States of America is still the most powerful economy in the world. It is an incredible engine for creativity and innovation. And it has the...
Friday, 14 September 2012 | 1461 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Read More
Author:Mike Miller, Technology Transfer Services
The year 1966 saw the debut of a little-watched TV series about space exploration. Although it lasted only about three seasons, it offered an exciting glimpse of the future, albeit through the eyes of science-fiction writers. Communicators, phaser...
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