Reliability engineers, or REs, must be able to build strategic partnerships, lead teams, optimize every phase of an asset's life cycle, control risks when changes are made and spearhead efforts to improve performance, Michael Blanchard writes. To remain effective in their position, REs also need to be familiar with a number of new technologies, including wireless sensors, digital twins, real-time condition monitoring and prescriptive maintenance.
Vertical-axis wind turbines, or VAWTs, that do not need high-speed shafts, gearboxes yaw systems and nacelles could help cut the cost of installing and maintaining floating offshore wind turbines, according to a five-year study from Sandia National Laboratories. Swedish company SeaTwirl says it has secured patents for a VAWT design in China and the US, and is preparing to build a 1-megawatt prototype.
Carburized bearings are more durable and less prone to white etching cracks, or axial cracks, than through-hardened bearings, according to a new study from The Timken Co. and Argonne National Laboratory's Applied Materials Division. WECs are a leading cause of gearbox bearing issues in turbines.
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Automated systems for inventory management can help manufacturers trim the downtime caused by the need to replace broken parts, but a study by Gartner Group reveals most businesses have no such system.
The internet of things paired with blockchain can reduce costs, improve data accuracy and improve accountability, writes Serge Koba of MobiDev. Blockchain can also improve security by requiring permission to access data, creating smart contracts to automate legal negotiations and making asset management more transparent.
Automation isn't just about replacing people, as it can empower manufacturing employees to focus on innovation, writes Katy George of McKinsey. "Instead of dirty, dull, and dangerous, working at a manufacturing site can now be a day spent on innovation and real-time problem-solving," she writes.
Sixteen graduating high-school seniors in Ohio have been selected for a new monthlong program with Component Repair Technologies designed to expose students to careers in industrial maintenance and repair. The manufacturer started the Student Opportunities in Aviation Repair initiative to recruit students and at the end of the program, some students will be offered jobs.
A starting point for protecting industrial internet of things data is forming a security plan that includes everyone in the organization, Kayla Matthews writes. Keeping doors, windows and other physical objects secure is also a part of data security.
Submit your nominations for the 2019 SMRP Awards today! Each year, SMRP presents three awards - the CMRP of the Year: Rising Leader, CMRP of the Year: Veteran Professional and Volunteer of the Year to three outstanding members for their exemplary work, demonstrated leadership and commitment to excelling within and advancing the maintenance, reliability and physical asset management profession. Nominate a dedicated colleague or submit self-nominations by June 30, 2019. Learn more.
Next Tuesday, join SMRP's Rick Clonan, CMRP at Ultrasound World for his presentation titled, "Maintenance and Reliability Best Practice Metric Workshop." During this interactive workshop, attendees will understand how to measure performance consistently, make valid comparisons and provide guidance to their organization on how to use SMRP metrics. Learn more.