Saudi Aramco pursues operational excellence with cloud-based tool | Thai Airways to build MRO hub | What engineers need to leverage IIoT devices
June 11, 2019
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Saudi Aramco pursues operational excellence with cloud-based tool
Saudi Aramco has installed a cloud-based integrated manufacturing operations management system at a plant in Saudi Arabia in an effort to identify and facilitate new pathways to operational excellence. The platform focuses on four metrics, including health and safety.
Chemical Processing (6/4) 
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Thai Airways to build MRO hub
Thai Airways is investing $181 million in construction and $114 million in equipment for a new, 84-acre MRO hub at U-Tapao International Airport. The project, which will involve a partnership with Airbus, is designed to take advantage of Asia's growing market for commercial aviation maintenance.
Avionics Magazine online (6/7) 
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Introducing Atlas, Your OEE Booster
Introducing Atlas, LCE's online system for establishing best practices in reliability engineering, asset maintenance and MRO materials management. Licenses provide enterprise-wide, 24/7 access to workstream processes and tools, plus self-paced online training. Learn more and request a demo
Technology & Trends
What engineers need to leverage IIoT devices
Engineers need real-time, actionable enterprise data to optimize sensors and the "things" of the industrial internet of things. End users can reduce the costs associated with IIoT by retrofitting "smart edge computing devices to legacy machinery," said Gavin Stoppel, product manager at Harting.
Control Engineering (6/3) 
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Pharma, food industries turn to automation tech for manufacturing
The pharmaceutical industry is transitioning from batch manufacturing to continuous manufacturing and needs new equipment and automation and analytics technology to make the move successful, Stephanie Neil writes. Industry 4.0 practices could also find a home in the food and beverage industry.
Automation World online (6/6) 
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Column: Robots are only as reliable as the rest of the system
Measuring industrial robots by reliability and down time can miss factors outside their control, such as the failure of associated equipment that shuts down operations, writes Steve Sickler, president of Proper monitoring and data collection and analysis can help manufacturers better track and predict problems, he argues.
Robotics Business Review (tiered subscription model) (6/3) 
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Innovative industrial batteries require less maintenance
Interest is growing in lower-maintenance alternatives to traditional batteries for powering industrial equipment. New lithium-ion batteries and faster-charging lead-acid batteries are introducing innovation to a sector that some experts say has seen little of it.
DC Velocity (6/2019) 
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Machine monitoring made easy.
Predictive maintenance for rotating machinery is now within everyone's reach. SKF Pulse simplifies inspection, machine health data collection and analysis. And all without the need for training or diagnostic expertise. Watch the video.
Leadership & Management
Use VR to better train employees, ensure safety
Virtual reality-based immersive learning gives workers a better idea of the stresses and issues they'll face daily while avoiding the inconveniences of real-life training, argues Strivr CEO Derek Belch. Manufacturers have a particular interest in making sure workers are effectively trained to prevent serious, costly work-related injuries, he writes.
EHS Today (6/5) 
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Collaborative robots may be the solution to human workers' mistrust
Manufacturing workers have historically been at odds with robots and automation, but that could be changing. Collaborative robots, also known as cobots, could alleviate fears of robots taking over jobs and are generally more accepted by human workers.
IndustryWeek (6/7) 
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Don't miss our upcoming Spanish webinar on the Deming cycle
This Thursday, join Manuel Belaochaga as he provides insight on how to implement the Deming Cycle in our upcoming webinar titled, "Continuous Improvement in Maintenance - Uniting Reliability and Profitability." Belaochaga provides more than 20 years of experience in Maintenance Management Services in a variety of global companies including Kraft Foods, Goodyear and Falabella Group. Please note that this webinar will be conducted in Spanish. Webinars are free for members, $35 for non-members. Register now!
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SMRP Phoenix Symposium is only 2 weeks away!
The 2019 SMRP Phoenix Symposium is right around the corner! Join us for two days of networking receptions, facility tours and half-day workshops. Additionally, SMRP is proud to have Red Conger, President and Chief Operating Officer - Americas at Freeport-McMoRan Inc. as the opening keynote on Wednesday, June 26. Don't miss as he delivers a can't-miss presentation titled "Building a Strong Foundation." Secure your spot today!
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