As more companies move to a predictive model of equipment maintenance, they are looking for ways to use connected devices to improve field service. George Walker, managing director of field service management software provider Novotek UK and Ireland, explains how the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing field service.

Marc Heggemann, head of group commercial digital solutions at Sulzer, says that the future lies in gaining insight from the available data, and ensuring we have the right information at the right place at the right time. PWE takes a look at the company’s BLUE BOX advanced remote analytics platform.

Q: Several heat treatment processes are available for gears, what’s the difference between them? The answer to this month’s trouble shooter question is provided by Dennis Lawson, gear expert with R. A. Rodriguez.

A manufacturer of sheet metal assemblies recently sought a solution to short lifespan issues with the drive and guide elements on its automated welding systems. In fact, the linear guides for a robotic welding gun on one particular production line had to be replaced every two or three months. Due to the cost of replacement parts and maintenance time, as well as equipment downtime, the company asked NSK to investigate and provide a proposal to address the problem.-Image1.jpeg - Linear guides in robotic welding systems are subject to harsh operating conditions

Highland Spring, supplier of natural source bottled spring water, has selected Spidex’s Mainsaver CMMS, to support best-practice maintenance at its plant in Blackford, Perthshire. PWE takes a closer look.

Behind the drawn factory doors of facilities across Europe and with the continuing march towards Industry 4.0, humans are working safely alongside a new kind of colleague; one that is stronger, faster and more efficient than ever before: collaborative robots. PWE takes a look at how to choose the right bearing for this new automation application.

For manufacturers interested in harnessing Industry 4.0, condition monitoring is often a quick win. It can reduce downtime, extend the lifetime of equipment, and improve Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Like Industry 4.0, however, it is also in danger of becoming yet another “buzzword” that is mentioned frequently, but not understood. David Manning-Ohren, condition monitoring manager at ERIKS UK, sheds some light on how to implement condition monitoring effectively, regardless of the business or the budget.

Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of obsolete industrial equipment supplier, EU Automation, shares his vision for a downtime free age.

David Hannaby, SICK’s UK product manager for Presence Detection takes a look at why sensors are the building blocks of Industry 4.0.

Composite repairs and wrap systems are not necessarily a hot topic anymore, with many standards, procedures and case studies available on the subject. However, every so often we still come across a story of a simple wrap being used as an ingredient for an unorthodox, well-engineered repair solution. PWE reports.

Three distinctly different cloud-based remote services for drives offer instant alerts, rapid assistance and support before failure occurs.

Robert Glass, global food and beverage communications manager at ABB, explains the opportunities digitalisation presents for the food and beverage industry.

Software-powered connected services drive digital transformation. PWE reports.

Lee Sullivan, regional manager for industrial automation software company, COPA-DATA UK, explains his five steps towards zero downtime.

When mobile phones were first released in the mid-1980s, a handset would set you back £3000 ($4000) — the equivalent of almost £7500 ($10,000) today. PWE looks at how smaller food manufacturers can take advantage of low-cost digital technology.

A: By the nature of what they do, bearings are prone to spinning within their housings. This action inevitably causes damage, regardless of the type of fit employed. Where, for example, a bearing is secured by a press fit, the actual metal-to-metal contact accounts for as little as 30% of the total surface of the joint. Small micro-movements at the joint interface can then produce particles which abrade and reduce the contact surface even more.

Machine safety is the responsibility of all machine designers, manufacturers and end-users from both a legal and moral standpoint. In the past the desire to offer the very best protection has sometimes been tempered with the need to keep costs down, prompting the question – ‘What price safety?’

Peter Crossen, VP of NCH Europe, looks at the cost of a leaking pipe.

The answer to this month’s trouble shooter is provided by Sam Thiara, Emerson Automation Solutions.

By implementing a temporary monitoring solution for assessing the condition of the trunnion drive end bearing on a cement tube mill, Schaeffler has helped Sunstate Cement prolong the operating life of its mill, thus avoiding the significant cost of replacing the bearing and the associated downtime. PWE reports.

PWE looks at how the arrival of smart sensing technology is set to transform the maintenance of low voltage (LV) motors.

When the Mucomir Hydro-power station in Scotland identified the urgent need for a new Brushless AC Exciter it turned to Quartzelec, the independent engineering service provider who is recognised as an expert in rotating electrical machines, to develop, implement and commission the retrofit solution.

It is critical that machinery and equipment in the manufacturing industry operates at optimal efficiency at all times. By taking a closer look at fluid analysis, the industry could save money and improve reliability. Steve Haughton, technical manager at Finning UK & Ireland (Finning), discusses the advantages of a condition-based approach, outlining how fluid analysis can provide visibility of equipment performance and health.

There is no shortage of vision systems that can offer complex inspection capabilities at incredible speed but their performance often falls short in harsher industrial environments.

Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete equipment supplier EU Automation, discusses how Industry 4.0 is changing the way businesses approach maintenance, and what is the role of the maintenance engineer in the factory of the future?

Smart devices have created connections across industrial operations with the potential to empower plant or distributed workers. For many producers going through a digital transformation, these modern tools can take too long to deploy, with too much investment required to decipher and deliver relevant data to the right employees.

When a motor is in use it is possible for the shaft to become electrically charged, which can be dangerous and also cause internal damage to the motor. Many solutions to this are expensive and also add significantly to the total lifetime running costs of the motor.

Gernut van Laak, group automation solutions leader of ABB's Food and Beverage Programme, explains how plant managers can budget for maintenance and ensure optimum efficiency for all processes.

PWE takes a look at how a CMMS solution is helping increase production efficiency at Simpson’s Malt.

A new addition to SKF’s range of lubrication products, the LMC 301 is a programmable controller for applications where sophisticated control of lubricant delivery is required. Designed for use with pumps that have no built-in controller, the LMC 301 combines all critical lubrication system management functions in a single package, simplifying system setup, operation, monitoring and maintenance.

SPM Instrument has added to its Intellinova range with the Intellinova Parallel EN. It is particularly well suited for applications where a critical success factor is the capacity to complete the required measurement within a very limited timeframe, e.g. due to short process cycles.

The answer to this month’s trouble shooter is provided by Phil Burge, country communications manager at SKF.

The phrase ‘localised decision making’ immediately conjures up images of council meetings where a group of people make decisions that will affect those in the immediate vicinity.

It’s a challenging problem to accurately predict reliability with limited data. That’s why over the years igus has built up a large database of life calculations and other engineering information about the performance of its bearings, cables and energy chains in various applications.

Precision bearing manufacturer Schaeffler UK has extended its range of condition monitoring (CM) services for the UK market. The company says that with its combination of knowledge in bearing failure analysis, vibration monitoring, fitting and maintenance of bearings, and its own portfolio of condition monitoring equipment, it is positioned to offer CM services to a wide range of industry sectors, including rail, wind energy, paper, steel, food, mining and quarrying and pharmaceuticals.

Drive lifetime is prolonged with a new service from ABB, which analyses existing conditions to predict future maintenance needs and optimise operation. ABB-certified engineers analyse the performance and condition of the drive on-site, and use their expertise to provide detailed diagnostics and maintenance recommendations for the end user.

The answer to this month’s trouble shooter is provided by Phil Burge, country communications manager at SKF

Predictive maintenance is the best answer to minimising the risks of equipment failure, however, monitoring practices in the past have been expensive, problematic and at worst, unreliable. The solution is to switch to what Mitsubishi Electric refers to as ‘Smart Condition Monitoring’, a system which can connect to rotating equipment and provide plant-wide 24-7 monitoring. PWE reports.

This article is based on guidance provided in the British Fluid Power Association’s training course titled ‘Small Bore Tubing Integrity Course – using twin ferrule compression fittings’. Following on from our look at tube preparation in our November edition, this month, we look at tube bending principles.

The answer to this month’s trouble shooter is provided by Sam Thiara, Emerson Automation Solutions.

Delek Refining, Inc. will use a new Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-based Connected Performance Services (CPS) offering to improve the performance of its refinery in Tyler, Texas, it was announced by Honeywell recently.

Norwegian biorefinery Borregaard has chosen SPM Instrument to supply online condition monitoring equipment for its production-critical chemical washers in the fibre line.

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