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Deciphering the myths of reliability and operational excellence

It’s not easy trying to convince people to use a more comprehensive approach to achieve reliability and operational excellence objectives. Managers need to focus less on maintenance and more on operations, design and procurement. Eliminating the defects in these areas will naturally result in fewer failures, lower costs, higher production and, not surprisingly, a far more efficient and effective maintenance organization. If you focus mainly on maintenance, you will only do work that you...

The Pyramids showing signs of heat anomoly

What is hiding in the last wonder of the world? Scans using 'cosmic particles' to reveal secrets of the Great Pyramid of Giza Scientists are using muons to peer through the stone of the Great Pyramid Infrared scans showed a heat anomaly within the 480 feet tall pyramid Experts say this could be a hidden chamber within the famous structure Last month scans of the Bent Pyramid revealed its interal structure A group of researchers who have been using cosmic particles known as muons to scan the...

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) offers exciting possibilities for transforming industrial automation

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) offers exciting possibilities for transforming industrial automation. Having the ability to capture data at the industrial edge—from the manufacturing shop floor to natural gas compression stations in the field—offers the ability to leverage Big Data analytics to optimize operations, streamline efficiency and generate insights that increase profitability and competitive advantage. So why aren’t we seeing more IIoT implementations?

Cutting corners and rushing through maintenance jobs is counter-productive and potentially costly.

In more routine maintenance situations, the drill is like this. The maintenance department has undergone staffing and budget cuts, but must maintain the same equipment. Meanwhile, a reliability task force has increased the amount of work to be done on each maintenance work order. Generally invoking the “kitchen sink” theory, they’ve bloated out your PMs, but there’s not extra time allotted for doing all that extra work. The pressure to get these done has resulted in a piecework mentality, so...

VFD Security Risk

Vendors include this setting intentionally in the device’s registry so operators will always know the top speed-limit for motors. But the devices reveal this critical speed to anyone who queries them. They use the Modbus protocol to communicate, and a hacker can send a simple query to the drive’s control board to obtain this critical information then use it against the device.

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