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Exploring the role of standardised workflows in maintenance management

Navin Kulkarni, Director of Product Management, Fluke Reliability takes a look at implementing standardised workflows for maximum efficiency.

The role of condition-based maintenance in the food and beverage industry

Tom Cash* explains how the role of condition-based maintenance (CBM) helps maintenance engineers recognise gross defects before catastrophe strikes.

Simple workflow system brings efficiency and productivity savings for igus

Lyle Oxton had worked at igus for 3 years when he was tasked with implementing a workflow system. PWE reports.

Achieving control effective asset maintenance

The ability to have a clear view of all assets and maintenance to drive effective management and control is still a huge challenge. PWE takes a look at how Wienerberger has achieved this with the support of the Agility CMMS solution from SSG Insight.

Why manufacturers leverage IIoT and asset management to drive sustainability

Pressure to meet environmentally friendly practices is at an all-time high. Especially now that we are seeing a dramatic increase in global temperatures and natural disasters. The United Nations have set out a Net-Zero target and with manufacturing companies accounting for 16% of the carbon emissions for the UK alone, there is a demand for sustainable operations. Prasanna Kulkarni, Product Architect and Libby Taylor, Research Editor of Comparesoft, explain why manufacturers leverage IIoT and asset management to drive sustainability.

Rapid boiler feed pump repair ensures power generation reliability

At a time when national electrical grids are under extreme pressure, unexpected outages can prove to be a considerable challenge. When a power plant in Germany experienced the sudden failure of a boiler feed pump, output dropped by more than 40%, which affected both the local grid and company profits. Needing to resolve this situation urgently, Sulzer was called in to repair the asset and conduct an investigation to secure the reliability of the power station.

The power of CMMS

Donal Bourke, Sales Director, PEMAC explains how CMMS software can support preventive maintenance strategies within manufacturing organisations.

EAM Trend Report 2022: The future is mobile

Many companies that have only just started to recover from the disruption caused by the pandemic are now facing new challenges in the form of supply chain disruptions and skyrocketing energy costs. Against this backdrop, improving efficiency and minimising risks to uptime is more crucial than ever, but what steps are asset managers taking to address these challenges?

What’s driving asset management in 2022?

A new report from IFS Ultimo outlines what steps asset managers are taking to mitigate the challenges associated with ageing assets, unplanned downtime, lack of communication and skills shortages.

New research highlights asset managers’ priorities in 2022

Over 60% of managers see improving mobile working as key to enhancing efficiency, and nearly all expect it to become integral to their maintenance strategy in five years’ time.

The importance of implementing a thorough obsolescence policy

Implementing a thorough obsolescence management policy and having a robust methodology for the purchase and stocking of genuine automation components are vital to success, yet many businesses have not put comprehensive plans in place, says Leroy Spence, Director at Obso Global

Talking Industry Live: Maintenance 4.0 and The Future of Asset Management

The occasion of the 2022 Drives and Controls exhibition, and its co-located shows (5 to 7 April), marked the first Talking Industry Live sessions. Here, the online panel discussions which were proven successfully online during the lockdown period, and which have now evolved into a regular monthly online event, morphed into a physical event for the first time. Andy Pye reports on the Maintenance session.

The growing importance of Plant & Asset Management

Talking Industry’s latest panel discussion looked at the future of Plant & Asset Management. Andy Pye highlights the discussion

Ultrasound: The essential tool for predictive maintenance

Ultrasound technology has become one of the essential tools in predictive maintenance, condition monitoring and reliability, due to its quick learning curve, ease of use and flexibility. Leak detection has been one of the most common applications for ultrasound, but we now see the technology more and more being used together with sound analysis software to diagnose specific mechanical and electrical faults. Christopher Hallum, UE Systems’ Regional Manager UK & Ireland reports

New software brings AI to asset performance management for increased uptime

ABB has launched it Ability Genix Asset Performance Management (APM) Suite for condition monitoring, predictive maintenance and 360- degree asset performance insights for the process, utility and transportation industries.

How data, Industry 4.0, and AI are shaping modern asset management

How data is stored, collected, managed, and analysed, dictates the success of asset management from company to company. From condition monitoring to informing a spares strategy and even predicting which assets are needed in the future, data, when used well, can provide indispensable information for organisations of any industrial sector. Thomas Boswell* examines how digital industrialisation is transforming MRO and underpinning proactive asset management strategies.

Improving maintenance management

PWE takes a look at how Prinovis UK improved its Maintenance Management

How a whole life approach boosts production reliability

A whole life cycle approach can help reduce the risk of sudden failures and provides a smooth pathway for managing replacements and upgrades. PWE reports.

Key benefits of cloud-based asset management

Steve Richmond* explains some of the key advantages of using a cloud-based system versus an on-premise system to help you in finding an efficient and reliable EAM solution.

A strategic approach to obsolescence

While Industry 4.0 and IIoT promise a bright future, for many manufacturers it remains just that. In the here and now of the real world though, most manufacturers are only just beginning their digitisation journey. David Lenehan* explains how a strategic approach to obsolescence can help bridge the gap between the old world and the new

Exposing the software underbelly

Every moment that a production line or facility is shut down owing to technical problems is a major cost burden. Happily, most facilities today do have a coherent maintenance programme. However, many facility managers question whether preventive maintenance or predictive maintenance is best. In fact, best-in-class maintenance programmes incorporate both. PWE reports.

Software solution helps log critical asset data

Water treatment company, Nordikeau, has used Fetch Data Collector software from MAC Solutions to view critical assets data in real-time. PWE takes a closer look

Fast diagnosis

Professionals who install, inspect, and maintain heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) systems face a variety of challenges. In a single day, they might be part-electrician and work with electrical issues, be part-plumber and work with water or combustible gas related items travelling through pipework, or do both jobs and install an entire system. A thermal imaging camera can help HVAC/R professionals quickly determine the root cause of a problem, identify the faulty component and provide a level of trust that recommended repairs are indeed required. PWE reports.

How to achieve prescriptive maintenance

Kevin Price, product evangelist for EAM, Infor, gives a seven-step journey to prescriptive maintenance.

Don’t work harder, work smarter…

Stephen Woodhouse is chief digital officer at Pöyry, looks at why we must start planning for the coming digital age today.

Grading condition-based asset care

PWE looks at how a staged approach to condition-based maintenance, with asset criticality defining three stages of sophistication - ‘basic’, ‘better’ or ‘best’ – is able to meet operational needs and budgets.

Keep one step ahead of the competition

Kevin Price from Infor examines the importance of standards in optimising asset management.

The fluid ripple effect

Dr Chris Wright, head of R&D at Global Heat Transfer, explains why heat exchanger maintenance is a whole system issue.

Seeking the maintenance 'Holy Grail'

Mark James, RS product manager, Automation and Control, for Northern Europe, looks at a combination approach that will help maintenance engineers overcome key challenges.

The best of both worlds

John Murray, eastern region general manager & Jesse Jackson, custom services manager for Sulzer, look at the skills and facilities required to deliver comprehensive field service support for large pumps.

The best of both worlds

John Murray, eastern region general manager & Jesse Jackson, custom services manager for Sulzer, look at the skills and facilities required to deliver comprehensive field service support for large pumps.

Making the move to CMMS

Turbine Surface Technologies (TST), started its managed maintenance improvement project by using a paper-based maintenance system. PWE reports.

How to analyse CMMS reports

Sanjay Murthi, manager at SMGlobal, looks at how to analyse machine/ equipment breakdown reports from CMMS software.

Maintaining high performance steel

The Hofors manufacturing site in Sweden is integral to Ovako Steel group operations throughout Europe, supplying billets to the entire group and maintaining the company’s command of the highly competitive long steel production market. Ovako Steel strives for operational excellence, focusing on maintenance to minimise downtime and maximise production. PWE reports.

Shaping Enterprise Asset Management

The convergence of bring your own devices, a technology-savvy workforce and the influx of multiple data flows have made asset-intensive industries lean heavily on technology. As a result, asset-intensive industries are tackling asset management differently from before. Prasanna Kulkarni, founder and product architect of Comparesoft , studied ten key trends that are shaping Enterprise Asset Management in Asset Intensive Industries.

From local to cloud-based condition monitoring

Condition monitoring (CM) no longer needs to be restricted to highly skilled, experienced engineers. With the advent of cloud-based CM systems, users can now share data with experts via the cloud, enabling improved fault diagnosis, faster reaction times and reduced machine downtime, says Dr Steve Lacey, Technology Centre Manager at Schaeffler UK.

CMMS solution reduces breakdowns

When flooring manufacturer Forbo introduced Agility CMMS solution, it reduced plant breakdowns from 90 per month to less than 20, increasing plant availability from 89 per cent to 97 per cent. PWE reports.

The future of obsolescence management

Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of EU Automation, looks at managing obsolete automation components in the factory of the future, and how this factory could be ordering your replacement parts for you.

Improving asset performance

Harald Großmann, service centre manager for Sulzer's Neuss Service centre in Germany looks at the maintenance challenges facing petrochemical refineries and how to improve asset performance and reliability.

How ‘planned’ is your planned maintenance?

Terry Davis, national technical manager at Brammer, looks at how to prepare for scheduled downtime and ensure maintenance activities are fully resourced, carefully planned, and efficiently executed.

Beyond IoT: pervasive sensing

In manufacturing facilities, unplanned outages force continuously operating processes to go through shutdown and start-up procedures. It's under these conditions that serious incidents are most likely to occur. Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of obsolete components supplier European Automation, discusses pervasive sensing techniques and technologies, and the impact they're having on manufacturing.

Optimise manufacturing production

Industrial IoT is driving the need for integrated solutions throughout The Connected Enterprise. PWE reports. As manufacturing companies aspire to drive tangible value from the industrial Internet of Things (IoT), they look to streamline and integrate processes as one of the most efficient steps to achieve an IoT-ready production and supply network.

CMMS implementation questions answered

PWE asked Ian Higham*, head of maintenance, MCP Consulting Group Ltd, 10 questions that need answering prior to considering CMMS implementation.

Making manufacturing maintenance pay

Predictive maintenance is revolutionising maintenance strategies of many capital-intensive industries. Yet despite its clear advantages over a costly ‘run until it breaks’ reactive strategy or an inefficient ‘fix it regardless’ preventative approach, predictive maintenance is yet to be widely adopted by manufacturers. PWE looks at the case for technology providers servicing adjacent industries to adopt their predictive maintenance solutions for manufacturers.

Maintenance Management in the Cloud – the weather is changing

In an economic environment that provides no leeway for mistakes and when a short burst of downtime can eradicate all profit margins, organisations of every size need to improve the performance and uptime of equipment. Yet a lack of capital budget continues to constrain the vast majority of maintenance teams: how can any organisation expect to maximise asset value when critical information regarding history, performance, stock and resource utilisation is recorded manually? Karen Waite, marketing manager for Real Asset Management explains.

Integrated monitoring solution

An easy to implement monitoring solution is helping to reduce slowdowns and shutdowns due to cooling water tower issues. PWE reports.

Are you making the most of your maintenance system?

Whether it’s implementing a Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS) for the first time or replacing an existing one, many maintenance managers have a set idea of what they are looking for. However, Nicola Byers, group marketing manager at Real Asset Management, questions whether they are missing a vital trick by just looking for a system to carry out the exact same manual processes they already have in place, but electronically - without asking how a system can help to increase productivity, improve planned maintenance, decrease asset down time and save costs?

Wearable real-time plant data for monitoring, visualising & analysing

Schneider Electric, has released Wonderware SmartGlance 2014 R2 mobile reporting software. The updated version includes a host of new features that make monitoring, visualising and analysing real-time plant and industrial process data via mobile devices easier than ever. These features include support for wearable technologies, a modern user interface for any browser, self-serve registration, support for multiple time zones for a global user base and full import and export capabilities for even faster use.

Wearable real-time plant data for monitoring, visualising & analysing

Schneider Electric, has released Wonderware SmartGlance 2014 R2 mobile reporting software. The updated version includes a host of new features that make monitoring, visualising and analysing real-time plant and industrial process data via mobile devices easier than ever. These features include support for wearable technologies, a modern user interface for any browser, self-serve registration, support for multiple time zones for a global user base and full import and export capabilities for even faster use.

Wearable real-time plant data for monitoring, visualising & analysing

Schneider Electric, has released Wonderware SmartGlance 2014 R2 mobile reporting software. The updated version includes a host of new features that make monitoring, visualising and analysing real-time plant and industrial process data via mobile devices easier than ever. These features include support for wearable technologies, a modern user interface for any browser, self-serve registration, support for multiple time zones for a global user base and full import and export capabilities for even faster use.