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Obsolete Design Puts 1 in 5 Storage Wells at Risk A study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health says that obsolete wells operate in 19 states, across 160 facilities, encompassing more t

Posted June 10, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

A study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health says that obsolete wells operate in 19 states, across 160 facilities, encompassing more than half of the total working gas capacity in the U.S. These obsolete wells are at risk of leaks.


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Gedevelop GFM System: An Overview

Posted June 04, 2017 12:00 AM by ahorner_22
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All over the world manufacturers in the glass fiberizing and glass wool industry are interested in increasing the quality of their products. The Gedevelop GFM System is suited for this process. It works with glass flow and collects data in real time for optimum control of the manufacturing process. This reduces material costs and shortens production downtime.

How exactly does this system work? The system uses a camera which looks at the glass stream and reads information for stream diameter and stream velocity. The information is then sent to the central unit and based on set parameters, calculates the glass flow. The glass flow meter continuously measures glass flow individually for each fiberizing unit. This glass flow meter is a non-contact, optical measurement system that calculates the flow of molten glass that falls from the bushing into the fiberizer.

Some of the benefits of Gedevelop’s System:

Increased Spinner Life

Increased Productivity

Less Rejects Due to Poor Fiber Quality

Increased Furnace Life

Gedevelop GFM System is very specialized and not easy to repair. Having advanced and specialized testing equipment is really the only way to insure that repairs are accurate. This is because simulating the actual workings of the machines is the only way to test the repairs completely. Believe it or not, there are very few, if any, companies qualified to fully repair this system. In speaking to Daniel Murphy, Branch Manager for Radwell International in St Charles, Missouri, his facility has a detailed testing system designed to assist with Gedevelop repairs and is qualified to repair every aspect of the system. In addition, a two year warranty is offered on all Gedevelop repairs. Radwell’s Missouri location services Gedevelop repairs worldwide.


Editor's note: This is a sponsored post from Radwell International.

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Real-time Imaging of Methane Gas Leaks

Posted May 07, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Active hyperspectral imaging technology combines with a single-pixel camera to yield portable, low-cost, sensitive methane detection technology. The imaging system captures videos of methane gas leaking from a tube at about 0.2 l/min.


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Save Money, Boost ROI and Enhance OEE with Predictive Maintenance

Posted February 12, 2017 12:01 AM by Designerz

In order to save money you need to spend money – especially when financing predictive and preventative maintenance solutions for high-capital assets. In this case, even a relatively modest spend could potentially offset repair or lost-production costs that run into millions.

However, maintenance spend is, understandably, very hard to quantify in terms of its benefits, especially if nothing actually goes wrong; even more so when you couple it to budget competition from other disciplines.

In many instances computerised maintenance management system (CMMS) can help define a strategy and timetable and remove much of the guesswork and workload by determining the actual work to be undertaken on individual machines and assets.

This proactive approach is often supported by specialist products that offer a real-time snapshot of machine health. Such solutions range from simple temperature sensors and vibration probes all the way up to bespoke, fully featured condition monitoring (CMS) software and Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions.

Wear is often the primary issue in mechanical systems and can result in reduced tolerances, elevated heat levels, less than smooth movement and the loud squeals and grinding noises that foreshadow something going seriously wrong. The good news is, with proper servicing and regular observation, mechanical systems can easily match and even exceed the predicted overall life of the machine.

Heat generation can actually be used to your advantage thanks to the ability to measure it using simple, inexpensive temperature sensors. One example would be the PN151 NFC Infrared Temperature Sensor from Calex. By mounting a sensor like this near potential wear points, operators can be quickly made aware of any issues. Another approach would be to use thermal-visualisation solutions, such as those offered by FLIR, which are designed to highlight hotspots.

In rotating equipment, wear can also be accompanied by vibration. In this case, specialist vibration sensors, such as those from SKF, can measure multiple vibration patterns and then differentiate between normal and abnormal signals. They can even highlight specific failure modes through advanced frequency analysis. These predictive maintenance products form an integral part of the range of RS solutions for customers looking to establish an effective plant maintenance programme.

Looking higher up the technological scale, we are also seeing a new advent of software-based approaches, with some companies providing AI-based analytical solutions for maintenance operations – providing even more depth and real-time problem-solving capabilities to what is a vital function.

Maintenance expenditure should always be seen as something that can increase overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), enhance return on investment (ROI), lower repair costs, reduce damage and contribute to increased or maintainable product quality. And these are the tangible benefits that have to be at the forefront of any expense justification.


Editor's note: This is a sponsored blog post by RS Components.

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Bill of Materials (BOM) Management Challenges

Posted February 02, 2017 12:47 PM by SavvyExacta
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A bill of materials or BOM is often used in manufacturing. It can be challenging to track information and share effectively with all of the stakeholders. In this blog post, I'll explain what a BOM is and list some of the challenges.

BOM Definition

"A bill of materials or product structure (sometimes bill of material, BOM or associated list) is a list of the raw materials, sub-assemblies, intermediate assemblies, sub-components, parts and the quantities of each needed to manufacture an end product. A BOM may be used for communication between manufacturing partners, or confined to a single manufacturing plant. A bill of materials is often tied to a production order whose issuance may generate reservations for components in the bill of materials that are in stock and requisitions for components that are not in stock." - Wikipedia

A BOM can be modular (describing sub-assemblies), configurable (for multiple options), or multi-level (using parent-child relationships to list).

Items listed in a BOM might include BOM level, part number, part name, phase, description, quantity, unit of measure, procurement type, refrence designators, and notes.

Challenges of BOM Management

  • Tracking / managing changes required along the chain
  • Reconciliation and avoiding duplication
  • Configuration based around business rules for different products / processes
  • Tracking unused materials
  • Tracking for regulatory needs
  • Handling process changes driven by lean manufacturing or new order management systems
  • Customization
  • Level of detail required for different stakeholders
  • Whether to document consumables
  • How to attach related files, like CAD drawings

Does your workflow include a BOM? What challenges do you face?


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