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Journal

29/8/2017
Plant Condition Assessment Guides Maintenance
Condition assessment of plant assets is widely performed in industry, and is the basis for managing an effective maintenance programme. Many different inspection reporting formats, however, are used in industry for the same type of plant. A more standardised approach to the strategy and condition assessment of plant of all types is proposed, using a staged approach in conjunction with standard format inspection checklists and reports. More...
24/8/2017
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal - Editor's Foreword
In 2009 our November issue included a detailed piece by Chris McKay, an authority on turret clocks. He comprehensively explored the restoration, carried out over a period of just seven weeks during 2007, of the daddy of them all: the Great Clock at Westminster - 'Big Ben' as it (or more particularly its big hour-striking bell) is popularly known. More...
24/8/2017
Reliability and Maintenance Data Improvement based on ISO 14224
The collection of reliability and maintainability (RM) data in compliance with the International Standard ‘ISO 14224 Petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries — Collection and exchange of reliability and maintenance data for equipment’ provides a standardised format for collecting failure and maintenance data during the operational life cycle of equipment. Additionally, it sets the foundation for a consistent tracking of failures and maintenance records, allowing the prioritization and implementation of corrective actions. This results in the improvement of equipment reliability and maintenance optimization. The thorough analysis of reliability and maintainability data, normally derived from a CMMS and hopefully based on an automated system, provides a wide-range of benefits, including the opportunity to optimize the timing of equipment overhauls and inspections and the content of maintenance procedures, to reduce the equipment failures as well as the life cycle costing of sparing, and to upgrade maintenance programmes in all types of operating facilities world-wide. More...

Magazine

18/8/2017
The Development of the Axial Permanent Magnet Motor
Traditional radial and external rotor motors in the marketplace today inherently present manufacturers with some constraints including: size, weight and the need to stock many designs to meet different customer specifications. More...

Product Reviews

4/9/2017
FLIR 1-Touch Level/Span
If you use a thermal camera for inspections every day, you’re likely to be familiar with thermal tuning to get the most accurate image. You want to get the image you need quickly, without wasting a lot of time in the field making manual adjustments. FLIR “1-Touch Level/Span” solves that problem. More...
29/8/2017
Chicago Pneumatic Grinders for extended use!
Typically, the maintenance intervals for most electric grinders is between 60 to 120 hours of trigger time after which brushes need to be replaced. Pneumatic grinder maintenance intervals are measured at up to 200 hours for professional grade tools and 2000 for Industrial grade tools. More...
29/8/2017
KTR adds thruster brakes to industrial product range
KTR has extended its range of industrial brakes products by adding a new line of electro-hydraulic thruster brake systems. More...
29/8/2017
Cost Effective Alignment Tools just got Cheaper!
Fixturlaser Eco is easy to operate at a high level, even for the casual user. More...
29/8/2017
Efficient new load cell from HBM dramatically reduces installation time
Now available from HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement – is the new U3 load cell, specifically designed for tensile and compressive forces. More...
29/8/2017
Anaerobic Sealants Introduce New Performance Benefits
To be more efficient, industry needs products that allow engineers to work smarter and that is precisely what drives the development of Henkel’s LOCTITE® anaerobic adhesives. More...
29/8/2017
PROFI-enabled interlock gate switch from Fortress
Brick, block and tile manufacturing plants are notorious for their dusty, arduous environments and high-vibration machinery. This plays havoc with traditional safety interlocks, routinely causing tripping faults. More...
29/8/2017
Alicat Mass Flow Controllers Powers MDC’s XpressStick Gas Delivery Module
Alicat Scientific’s MCE mass flow controllers have been integrated into MDC Vacuum Products’ XpressStick™ MFC Gas Stick. With precision control of gas flows of up to 20SLPM and onboard display, Alicat’s MCE provides gas programming functionality to the gas connection module, which links pressurized gas inputs to vacuum chambers. More...
29/8/2017
Fast and Accurate Monitoring
The ecom-D a durable handheld flue gas analyser that easily fits in the palm of your hand or used as a case mounted analyser, the ecom-D is built with customers in mind. More...

News

6/10/2017
Water Hammer & Thermal Expansion Threat
In the run-up to the heating season, start-up dangers are a serious problem for many heating systems using steam as a source of heat, largely due to the fact that they have been lying dormant over the summer. More...
25/9/2017
Understanding the Basic Fan Laws
The Fan Laws are a group of useful equations for determining the effects of a change in the speed, the diameter of the fan and the density of air in the system. They are most useful for determining the impact of extrapolating from a known fan performance to a desired performance. So in short the basic fan laws are used to express the relationship between fan performance and power. More...
20/9/2017
J1939 sensors measure hydraulic flow, temperature & pressure
Webtec has introduced a series of new SAE J1939 CAN hydraulic sensors for OEM mobile and industrial applications where customers require real-time monitoring of hydraulic flow, pressure and temperature around the clock. More...
15/9/2017
Maintaining uptime
As John F Kennedy said in his state of the union address in January 1962, “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining”. More...
15/9/2017
GX2 Linear LED High Bay
The new Goodlight GX2 Linear LED High Bay is the ultimate solution for traditional SON and metal halide high bays up to 500W. With a maximum lamp efficacy of 130Lm/W, providing an energy saving up to 85% and enabling installation at 4m to 15m. More...
14/9/2017
Wireless monitoring boosts train maintenance efficiency
SKF has a developed a wireless condition monitoring system to enable condition based maintenance practices (CBM) that will help rail operators spend their maintenance budgets more effectively. More...
7/9/2017
FLIR Duo Pro R Dual Sensor Commercial Drone Camera
FLIR announces the FLIR Duo™ Pro R dual sensor thermal imaging and mapping system for commercial drones. Featuring a thermal sensor with radiometry, the FLIR Duo Pro R gives professional drone operators the range and image detail needed to capture actionable thermal and visible data in a single flight. More...
7/9/2017
Fluke 805 FC Vibration Meter bundle
For a limited time period, until 31st December 2017, Fluke is offering a 16% saving when purchasing a FLUKE-805 FC/805 ES bundle consisting of a Fluke 805 FC Vibration Meter, together with a Fluke 805/ES external vibration sensor. More...
24/8/2017
Janet Set to Clean up the Safety Shower Market
When it comes to the safety of workers out in the field Janet Waine is one of the experts having worked in the industry over 20 years. So much so that earlier this year she stepped away from Showers & Eyebaths Services, following its acquisition by the American Justrite Group of companies, to start her own safety shower manufacturing company. More...
18/8/2017
Middlesex Aerospace engineers substantial energy savings
Award winning brand, Goodlight, have announced that Middlesex Aerospace, a leader and strategic manufacturer of aerospace engineering components has made between 50-80% energy savings following the replacement of their old fluorescent lighting with energy efficient, low maintenance LED tube lighting from the Goodlight range. More...
18/8/2017
Kingsmoor Packaging ensures future production capacity
Kingsmoor Packaging Ltd. (KPL) has increased production capacity and improved its energy efficiency in the process as a result of installing a GA90 VSD compressor from Atlas Copco. The decision provides KPL with the flexibility to meet future growth and follows an extensive plant operation review that included undertaking an iiTrak system energy audit. More...