Recent Articles

November 21, 2014 2:12 pm
Howard W Penrose, Ph.D., CMRP Vice President, Dreisilker Electric Motors
Even with standards, studies and certifications, there is no guarantee or requirement for repair shops to provide exceptional or reliable electric motor repair.                         
November 21, 2014 10:39 am
Paul Anderson
Without the correct maintenance, bacteria, dirt and other pesky contaminants can find their way inside buildings and onto factory and warehouse floors, causing excessive wear and tear as well as increasing the risk of costly slips and trips in the workplace.
November 20, 2014 1:57 pm
Sean Gaffney, Vacon Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Compact & Standard Category Product Line
Energy efficiency is one of the hottest topics of discussion in modern industry and society and the European Union has taken an active role in creating unified requirements and standards looking to improve the energy efficiency of motor driven systems in industrial and everyday applications.
November 20, 2014 9:35 am
Peter K. Bullen
Whether a manufacturer’s objective is to optimize tax savings or enhance cash flow – or both – an in-depth analysis of equipment is necessary. Assessing current and future asset needs in the form of a lease vs. buy analysis will help determine whether a lease or loan is the best alternative.
November 19, 2014 11:41 am
Maura Falk, Associate Editor
The debate between direct current and alternating current isn’t confined to the pages of history, and between the renowned thinkers, Einstein and Tesla. The debate is still prevalent on the plant floor when the choice whether to utilize an alternating-current (AC) drive or a direct-current (DC) drive arises.
November 19, 2014 10:01 am
Keri Dawson
Every year, a significant number of people suffer from food poisoning and other related foodborne illnesses during the holiday season.                                 
November 18, 2014 2:29 pm
Dave Geswein, Product Engineer, Azima DLI
If your plant is like most, you have been doing vibration testing diligently for a long time. But, if you have been following the same routine for a year or more, then it’s likely time to freshen things up by incorporating other, less-obvious facets of equipment health.  You can easily do this without investing a lot of money – in fact, you probably already have the tools you need.
November 17, 2014 12:04 pm
M.S. May, Speer Carbon Co. (currently E-Carbon America, a Helwig Carbon Products, Inc. company)
The carbon brush is a crucial piece to keep machines operating efficiently. However, “the little brush gets all the blame” is a statement commonly heard in the industry, but the blame is usually misdirected. One common problem is sparking at the brush face, which is usually the first symptom of trouble elsewhere.
November 17, 2014 10:02 am
Mike Collins
American manufacturing has had great success in automating factories with robots and computers in the last 50 years, and computers are now eliminating many service jobs. This has caused a lot of speculation about how far artificial intelligence can be developed.
November 14, 2014 2:31 pm
Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director
Rising from the shadows of Kodak, manufacturing solutions provider and systems integrator Optimation Technology is bringing new innovative elements to its historic Rochester location.                   
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