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Deep Groove Ball Bearings

August 1, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

MOTORS, DRIVES & BEARINGS: SKF USA Inc.'s deep groove ball bearings offer corrosion protection for manufacturing operations that demand a resistance to harsh operating conditions.

La. Explosives Company Officials Plead Not Guilty

July 31, 2013 3:29 pm | by HOLBROOK MOHR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Six executives of a Louisiana company that recycles explosives have pleaded not guilty as part of an investigation into the storage of millions of pounds of military propellant, a discovery that lead to the evacuation of a nearby small town.

MRO Data Key to Unlocking Savings & Efficiency

July 31, 2013 12:00 pm | by IHS | Articles | Comments

Maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) groups at many companies are facing a major challenge: toxic MRO master catalogs stuffed with incomplete data on replacement parts, a problem that drives up costs and creates large-scale problems for multiple corporate divisions.

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Chemical Company Increases Routing Efficiency

July 31, 2013 11:53 am | by TankLink | Articles | Comments

When ChemStation, the Ohio-based supplier of environmentally friendly cleaning chemicals, was in its infancy as a company, founder and CEO George Homan recognized an immediate challenge — one that would help determine whether ChemStation would survive those early years so perilous to all new businesses.

Cause of Fla. Gas Plant Explosion Being Investigated

July 31, 2013 10:10 am | by MIKE SCHNEIDER & TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Equipment malfunction and human error are among the possible causes of a series of explosions that spawned a 20-by-20 foot fireball at a central Florida propane plant and left eight injured, authorities said. Tavares Fire Chief Richard Keith said sabotage was not suspected.

Explosion Fuels Protests of China Chemical Plants

July 31, 2013 10:02 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tuesday's explosion at a plant that produces the toxic chemical paraxylene in Zhangzhou city in southeastern Fujian has added to the growing opposition to such plants in China, on the same day a state-run newspaper prominently urged the public to accept the industry as safe.

How to Ensure a Motor’s Energy Efficiency

July 30, 2013 5:21 pm | 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.  The last several decades of technological advancements has vastly improved the efficiency of electric motors.

8 Injured in Massive Explosions at Central Fla. Gas Plant

July 30, 2013 10:08 am | by MIKE SCHNEIDER & TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press | News | Comments

A series of explosions rocked a central Florida propane gas plant and sent "boom after boom after boom" through the neighborhood around it. Eight people were injured, with at least three in critical condition. There were no fatalities despite massive blasts that ripped through the Blue Rhino propane plant late Monday night.

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China Explosion Fuels Environmental Concerns

July 30, 2013 9:50 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.

Inline Helical Gear Drives and Gear Motors

July 30, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

MOTORS, DRIVES & BEARINGS: Boston Gear and Bauer Gear Motor inline helical gear drives and gear motors are low-maintenance, dimensional drop-in replacements for major competetive products.

General Purpose Medium Voltage Drive

July 30, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

MOTORS, DRIVES & BEARINGS: ABB Inc. expands the power range of their 4kV general purpose medium voltage drive, acheiving ultra-low harmonic performance in a compact package for quick installation at higher power ranges.

Integrated Steppers

July 30, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

MOTORS, DRIVES & BEARINGS: Applied Motion Products' integrated steppers are specifically designed for wet environments and are ideal for outdoor use.

Drives: What You Get by Staying Ahead of the Regulations

July 29, 2013 4:55 pm | by Beijer Electronics | Articles | Comments

Demanding environmental targets within the EU and the rest of the world mean that the regulations concerning motor drives are being tightened up. You can benefit, both financially and environmentally, if you know your technical options and stay one step ahead.

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Never Bypass Lockout/Tagout During Repairs

July 29, 2013 9:44 am | by Judie Smithers, Editor — Workplace Safety, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Lockout/tagout procedures assure authorized employees that the equipment is safe to work on. Locking out process equipment can become very complicated very quickly. Paying close attention to the following a few key concerns will decrease the risks.

Optimizing Machines Using Programmable Drives

July 29, 2013 9:31 am | by Kollmorgen | Articles | Comments

By leveraging intelligence in a servo drive, automation designers are able to downsize or eliminate PLCs in many applications. Architected correctly, machines that utilize these smarter drives deliver higher throughput are more cost effective and are simpler to troubleshoot.

Vibration Detection for a Safe, Reliable Plant Floor

July 26, 2013 9:36 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

There is no such thing as a vibration free machine,” says Steve Matthews, business manager of VibrAlign’s service company, PdM Solutions, Inc. Rotor unbalance, sheave misalignment, worn bearings, loose bolts, and bearing lubrication issues can affect every machine on the plant floor.

Automation Spotlight: Robotic Industrial Trucks

July 25, 2013 9:51 am | by ANNA WELLS, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Despite the modern feel of today’s robotic trucks, AGVs (automated guided vehicles) actually go all the way back to the 1950s. According to John Hayes, National Account Manager for Seegrid, a leading provider of driverless Robotic Industrial Trucks, the basic intention behind this technology was as a labor savings device.

Mobile Ductless Fume Hood

July 25, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Air Science USA’s mobile ductless fume hood is totally self-contained and provides all-around visibility. The unit is easily moved from laboratory to laboratory, and allows for easy installation.

Wireless Remote Monitoring Systems

July 25, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

VRTX Technologies’ wireless remote monitoring systems for their cooling water treatment solutions automatically and instantly provide operational feedback and alerts.

Temperature Monitor

July 25, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

MEASUREMENT & DETECTION: ThermoWorks, Inc.'s temperature monitor allows users to track and record two temperature probes remotely on an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android device as part of an industrial, scientific, or food service process.

Environmentalists Pan Kansas Coal Plant Provision

July 24, 2013 10:01 am | by JOHN MILBURN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Opponents of a coal-fired power plant planned for southwest Kansas said Tuesday that developers of the nearly decade-old project still face obstacles in completing the work despite legislation approved by the U.S. House removing federal oversight of the project.

Sustaining Market Leadership by Leveraging Business & Manufacturing Intelligence

July 22, 2013 11:36 am | by James Montgomery, Product Manager, Apriso | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers cannot expect to sustain success with traditional decision making when facing today’s unprecedented shifts in markets, demands, technologies and opportunities. To maintain a leadership position and profit margins, companies must respond intelligently to more frequent, drastic and faster changes.

Understanding The Options In Manufacturing eCommerce

July 22, 2013 11:32 am | by Bob Barr, Senior Vice President, Acquity Group | Articles | Comments

With the right eCommerce technology, a manufacturing brand can dramatically improve its online presence, from a basic website to a sophisticated digital resource capable of promoting products, completing orders and performing other function.

The Key to Mobile Success in Manufacturing

July 22, 2013 9:42 am | by Jim Somers, Antenna Software | Articles | Comments

While mobile application adoption in traditional industrial manufacturing corporations has lagged some other industries, many people in manufacturing today have begun to realize the vast potential mobility has to benefit their organization.

Roof Recoating Enhances Workplace Safety

July 22, 2013 9:36 am | by Del Williams, Technical Writer | Articles | Comments

Applying traditional protective coatings to machinery can stop production for days, since they usually require substantial metal surface preparation, a prime coat and two topcoats with at least eight hours of drying time, also known as minimum recoat time, between each.

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