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Category: Operations & Maintenance

Operations & Maintenance


Smart Manufacturing: The Internet of Things: Power at Your Fingertips

Food Engineering, Jan. 2016, by Debra Schug.
http://www.foodengineeringmag.com/articles/95046-the-internet-of-things-power-at-your-fingertips

"The concepts and technologies encompassed by the term “Internet of Things” are rapidly changing the world. Sometimes called “Industry 4.0” or the “Industrial Internet,” it is the idea that manufacturers will be able to connect everything in their operations, allowing information to be easily exchanged and enabling more autonomous plants."

Optimizing Thermal Processing Operations with Predictive Maintenance

Ipsen, Jan. 2016, by Aymeric Goldsteinas.
http://www.ipsenusa.com/processes-and-resources/articles-and-case-studies/optimizing-thermal-processing-operations-with-predictive-maintenance

"Currently in the thermal processing industry, when a heat treatment furnace breaks, the result is clear: production comes to a grinding halt and the personnel necessary to resolve the issue might not be readily on hand. As a result, companies are faced with unplanned downtime until the problem is resolved, potential overtime wages for the necessary personnel, the cost of rushing critical part shipments and more. In an effort to combat this issue, the ultimate goal of predictive maintenance and Ipsen's PdMetrics™ software platform for predictive maintenance is to carry out maintenance at a scheduled time when the maintenance activity is most cost-effective and before the equipment's performance decreases below the set threshold."

A Walk In Our Boots: Cogeneration Plant Scheduled Outage Process

Biomass Magazine, Dec. 29, 2015, by Stacy Cook.
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/articles/12693/a-walk-in-our-boots

"A biomass cogeneration plant manager provides an overview of events that occur during a typical scheduled outage."

System Vibration Monitoring Is Essential to Predictive Maintenance

Pumps & Systems, Nov. 2015, by Mike Pemberton & William Livoti.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/instrumentationcontrols/november-2015-system-vibration-monitoring-essential-predictive-maintenance

"In today's industrial landscape, remote monitoring of rotating assets is critical for reliable operation. Specifically, vibration data from pump bearings and other monitored points allows users to analyze the data spectrum and identify problems, such as shaft misalignment and pump cavitation. The effective use of vibration technology begins within the context of a well-managed predictive maintenance program."

13 Questions Define CMMS Success

Maintenance Technology, Sep. 2015, by Jane Alexander.
https://www.maintenancetechnology.com/2015/09/13-questions-define-cmms-success/

"Computerized maintenance management systems will deliver as advertised, but must be properly configured."

Keep Hydraulic Fluids Contaminant Free

Maintenance Technology, Aug. 2015, by Ken Bannister.
http://www.maintenancetechnology.com/2015/08/keep-hydraulic-fluids-contaminant-free/

"Despite their complexity, hydraulic systems are very forgiving beasts—almost too forgiving for their own good. They’ll tend to perform inefficiently for a long time before catastrophic failure occurs. Unfortunately, this forgiving nature can foster a widespread, apathetic approach toward failure prevention, efficiency optimization, and service life-cycle management. Fluid is the most important part of any hydraulic system and when systems fail, the cause is most often related to fluid/fluid contamination. Those failures usually take other critical equipment and processes with them."

Cool Advice On Hot Motors

Maintenance Technology, Aug. 2015., by Jim Bryan.
http://www.maintenancetechnology.com/2015/08/cool-advice-on-hot-motors/

"The effects of excessive temperature on motor performance are notorious. After moisture, they are the greatest contributor to bearing and winding failures. Understanding the source of increased temperature is key to correcting the problem and improving the reliability of your facility’s motor fleet."

Winning the Cooling Tower Trifecta: Controlling Corrosion, Scale, and Microbiological Fouling

Power Magazine, Sep. 2015, by David Daniels.
http://www.powermag.com/winning-the-cooling-tower-trifecta-controlling-corrosion-scale-and-microbiological-fouling/

"In cooling water chemistry for power plants, it is not enough to control one or two of the major chemistry issues. Successful treatment requires simultaneous control of corrosion, scale, and microbiological fouling. These three are so strongly tied to each other that if one is allowed to go out of control, the other two soon will be."

Equipment Failure Survey Quantifies Outage Impacts [Hydropower]

Hydro Review, July 2015, by Leanne Greisen, and others.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-34/issue-6/articles/equipment-failure-survey-quantifies-outage-impacts.html

Peer reviewed article:
"The cost and schedule impacts of delaying investment in hydropower equipment to the point of failure can be severe. In fact, according to the results of a recent survey, costs can be 10 times higher than making the investment in advance of the failure."

10 Cooling Tower Maintenance Tips

Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration News, June 22, 2015, by Baltimore Aircoil Co.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/129904-cooling-tower-maintenance-tips

"A well-maintained unit will continue to function at the original optimum efficiency. Over time, a neglected cooling tower’s leaving water temperature will increase, raising energy costs by up to 6 percent for every 2°F increase. However, a well-maintained cooling tower will continue to function at the original optimum efficiency, keeping energy costs low. These simple preventive cooling tower maintenance tips can help users save up to 15 percent on electricity costs. Routine maintenance also helps to conserve water and extend the operating life of cooling equipment."
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