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    • 9 Apr 2018

    Manufacturing Asset Health Prioritization and Notification

    View the Plantweb Optics mobile application and demonstration by downloading from the App Store or Google Play Manufacturing processes create a huge stream of data during the production process as well as with the assets involved in this process. Effective asset management for reliable operations requires getting the early warning signals among this vast sea of data to right person or people for action. At the recent...
    • 5 Apr 2018

    Fostering Collaborative Maintenance Practices

    Tools that advance collaborative efforts among co-workers, especially for maintenance teams in manufacturing operations, help increase reliable and efficient operations. Here’s an under 3-minute YouTube video example, Managing Device Configurations with AMS Trex , demonstrated by Emerson’s Stephen West . In it, he shows how the AMS Trex Device Communicator helps maintenance teams efficiently manage the...
    • 16 Mar 2018

    Designing for High Performance Reliability during Project Phase

    Manufacturing capital projects have followed a similar path for many decades. The project team designs, executes and commissions the project, provides training for the operations staff, and hands it over to them to run. What is often lacking in this approach is the opportunity to design work practices at the design phase to improve overall reliability over the life of the manufacturing process. In a Plant Services...
    • 8 Dec 2017

    Three Steps to Prescriptive Maintenance

    Process manufacturers and producers practice many forms of maintenance as part of their efforts toward more reliable operations. These include reactive, preventive, predictive and most recently thanks the advancements in the Industrial Internet of Things technologies—prescriptive maintenance. In a Plant Engineering article, The path to prescriptive maintenance: Three steps to drive reliability while preparing for IIoT...
    • 18 Oct 2017

    Simple Apps and Wireless Sensors for Effective Monitoring

    Effective monitoring requires good measurement, effective analytics to help understand the measurement, and clear guidance for action to resolve the issue. For manufacturing and production facilities already instrumented for process control, adding measurements can be difficult due to existing wiring infrastructure. In an Automation.com article, Apps Simplify Wireless Monitoring , Emerson’s Brian Joe describes...
    • 5 Sep 2017

    Simplifying and Improving Accuracy of Smart Instrumentation Data Management

    One of the promises in taking a human-centered design (HCD) approach to product development is to simplify the user experience. Better yet, when done well, entire tasks can be eliminated. That translates into greater productivity to get things done more quickly. I mention this because Emerson’s Nicholas Meyer shared an innovation with me in smart device handheld communicators. The latest release of the AMS Trex...
    • 22 Aug 2017

    Remote Pump Monitoring

    Given the costs associated with wired plant instrumentation and wiring infrastructure, most plants have just enough sensors and final control elements to perform basic control and safety system functions. While enough for control and process safety, it is often not enough for reliability, energy efficiency, and uptime. The Industrial Internet of Things , and more specifically, wireless sensors, open the opportunity...
    • 15 May 2017

    Organizational Readiness for Top Quartile Reliability Performance

    As the technology and work practices have progressed, so has reliability practices from reactive to preventive to predictive maintenance (PdM). In a Plant Engineering article, The path to prescriptive maintenance , Emerson’s Will Goetz describes prescriptive maintenance: …where analytics can show that a piece of equipment is headed for trouble and can prescribe prioritized, pre-determined, expert-driven...
    • 5 May 2017

    Shot Putting and Ruggedness Testing

    Let’s end the week with a short video showing the durability of a smart field device communicator. In this 1:47 YouTube video, AMS Trex Durability Tests , the AMS Trex device communicator is given some abuse to demonstrate its ruggedness. Emerson’s Nicholas Meyer and Stephen Mozia team up to see if the AMS Trex unit can handle being tossed down a set of stairs and still perform (spoiler alert—it does)....
    • 6 Apr 2017

    Plant Reliability and the Industrial Internet of Things

    Tools and methodologies to improve plant reliability have existed for many years. Examples include criticality analysis , reliability-centered maintenance analysis (RCMA) , failure modes, effects, and diagnostic analysis (FMEDA) and root cause failure analysis (RCFA) to name a few. In a Plant Services article, Seize the IIoT in just 3 steps , Emerson’s Bruce Hawkins and Scott Bruni describe how process manufacturers...