A full-featured vibration analyzer can indicate not only vibration amounts, but also why the vibration is happening, and following up with ultrasonic analysis can allow technicians to predict how long it will take for damaged bearings to fail. Vibration analysis can also evaluate the health of circuit breakers.
Key components for a proactive maintenance program include accurate scheduling, communication between maintenance and operations teams, data analysis and metrics to measure execution. "Proactive, timely maintenance of plant equipment is critical for meeting a dizzying number of demands," writes Rigo Frias, a director at Myrtle Consulting Group.
Join SMRP at the Plant Engineering & Maintenance Association of Canada's MainTrain 2018 Conference, taking place Sept. 24-27, 2018 at the Brookstreet Hotel in Ottawa, Canada. SMRP member Paul Casto will present the SMRP Best Practices Metrics Workshop, providing insights into the latest thinking on maintenance and reliability (M&R) metrics and how to use metrics for an organization's strategy. Find out more.
The SMRP 26th Annual Conference, taking place Oct. 22-25, 2018 in Orlando, Florida, offers more than 60 track sessions that align with the five pillars of the SMRP Body of Knowledge as well as physical asset management and emerging technologies. With sessions ranging from beginner to advanced professionals, there is truly something for every maintenance and reliability practitioner to learn. Register today!
Bone marrow transplants may become a painful artifact of the past for blood cancer patients, thanks to a new development by two Swiss researchers. They've demonstrated the ability to grow and sustain vital blood stem cells in a bioreactor, which is believed to be a first in medical history.
Technology has been bringing new precision to the sowing and harvesting of agricultural crops, and now that precision is coming to pest control. A 40-nozzle smart sprayer developed at Ohio State University holds the potential to greatly reduce the chemicals applied to crops using sensors and algorithms to determine the exact amount needed, saving costs and reducing environmental effects.
ASME Learning & Development offers top training for engineering professionals on critical ASME Codes and Standards, include BPV, Piping and Pipeline Systems (B31), and many others. Code courses are developed and presented by respected industry experts who understand and can communicate code and standard relevance and their impact on safety, quality and integrity. Check out the Las Vegas September schedule: GO.ASME.ORG/LASVEGAS6.
Erik Herbert of Michigan Technological University in Houghton is narrowing his research on improving lithium-ion batteries to the anode and the critical factor of the number of lithium ions it can safely hold. "Mechanical behavior is going to be somewhere near the bottom of the list when you think about factors that are really mission-critical in determining device performance," Herbert says, although his work suggests these properties are crucial to battery reliability.
People with impaired ability to heal and those suffering from muscular dystrophy may get some help from future injections that actively help muscles heal themselves. Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a hydrogel infused with muscle satellite cells that, when injected at an injury site, begin the process of repair.
Researchers at Duke University have developed a kind of liquid biopsy for early detection of cancer that requires only a blood sample. The method uses sound waves that can identify a few circulating tumor cells amid millions of blood cells.