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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VRTX Technologies’ wireless remote monitoring systems for their cooling water treatment solutions automatically and instantly provide operational feedback and alerts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
North Liberty wants to build a new water plant and expand its wastewater system ahead of schedule in an effort to meet the demands of its rapidly growing population. Officials said municipality utilities for the city of 15,500 residents will reach capacity five years sooner than previously projected.
Steam or vapors appeared to be coming from a damaged reactor building at Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear plant Thursday, but the plant operator said radiation levels were steady. The video images showed a small amount of vapor or steam, but the origin wasn't clear.
New fertilizer plants promise thousands of jobs during construction and hundreds of full-time spots once they're up and running. And most of them would go in small, rural towns where economic development isn't easy. But the wave of potential expansion comes with concerns.
GREEN PRODUCTS: STMicroelectronics’ range of energy-efficient power devices reduces the environmental impact of equipment such as telecom or computing systems, solar inverters, industrial automation and automotive applications.
GREEN PRODUCTS: Earthecco’s environmentally-friendly cleaning product is taking a green approach to cleaning at the industrial level, and is formulated from all-natural plant extracts, reducing the need for harmful and toxic chemicals in various industries and for the home user.
GREEN PRODUCTS: Larson Electronics' high performance LED blasting light is designed to provide high output from a small form factor and is easily attached to metallic surfaces.
If Twinkies can indeed achieve a fabled longevity, it will have more to do with savvy business practices and innovation than secret, Frankenstein recipe formulations. This reinvigoration includes a number of strategic modifications to Hostess Brands’ business model.
In a world where manufacturing production is king, capital expenses are laser-focused on tools and equipment, leaving IT to strategically minimize capital investment while delivering enterprise-class IT operations. Data is the nucleus of the business.
For an IT department, working with cloud applications and their providers can present a number of new challenges. Where the IT department previously took a facilitating role that is now transitioning to a coordinating role. In addition, it can be significantly more difficult to control user and access privileges in cloud applications.
Lubrication is one of the most important elements of a solid conveyor maintenance program. IMPO sat down with Tom Dibble, Plant Manager for Mighty Lube Systematic Lubrication, Inc., to discuss some common questions surrounding this critical area.