Two maintenance technicians at ArcelorMittal USA designed and built a new static timer system to improve the safety and reliability of three overhead cranes at its steel mill in East Chicago, Ind. The in-house effort involved replacing 20 mechanically complicated components with five static timers to stop the relay control system from accelerating inconsistently.
Orange & Rockland is building a $38.2 million substation at Port Jervis in New York that the utility says will enhance electric service reliability. The utility's investment is the latest among nearly $1 billion spent over the past 10 years on electric system maintenance and reliability projects.
Mountwest Community and Technical College and Marshall University, both located in West Virginia, have partnered to develop a two-year applied sciences associate degree program for aviation maintenance technicians. Approximately 75 students will be enrolled in the first year of the program, which will include Federal Aviation Administration certifications in airframe and powerplant maintenance.
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Sensor technologies are proving their value in the continuous, real-time monitoring of wind turbines. Sensors can measure movement of the gearbox and generator, rotor gaps, gearbox temperature and gap size between hydrostatic bearings and shaft.
Digital twins can help manufacturers optimize maintenance and product quality, but only if they are "anchored in a solid business case and linked to a production-driven purpose," Louis Columbus writes. Metrics and key performance indicators must be well-defined and used for accountability, he notes.
Cyber-physical systems make factories more efficient by collecting data from the industrial internet of things and analyzing it so it can be applied properly, Megan Nichols writes. She explains the four levels of data usage that culminate in factories making automated decisions and being "self-aware enough to halt production or make a change when something goes wrong."
Gathering a wealth of data is not helpful unless you have the metrics and skilled workers needed to use it effectively, writes Keith Staninger, digital solutions and controls portfolio leader at Ingersoll Rand. He recalled looking at equipment data with a maintenance manager who said "We still don't know what it means to us, but it's much prettier."
Process benchmarking is essential for lean manufacturing performance to regularly improve, writes Jeff Sipes of Back2Basics. He explains the differences between internal, competitive and functional benchmarking, as well as who the primary partner is for each type.
Registration is now open for the SMRP 2020 Abu Dhabi Symposium, taking place Feb. 10-12. The two-day event will feature track sessions, general sessions, networking opportunities and on-site access to certification exams. Learn more and register now.
El proceso de registro ha comenzado para el Simposio 2020 de SMRP y tendrá lugar en Bogotá, Colombia del 24 al 25 de Marzo. El evento será realizado en español y tendrá sesiones educativas, sesiones generales, oportunidades de establecer contactos en el mantenimiento industrial y acceso a exámenes de certificación. Regístrate ahora.