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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
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...
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...
21/7/2017
Big Data, Predictive Analytics and Maintenance
After defining some key terms, the impact - on traditional Preventive and Predictive Maintenance activities - of recent developments in areas such as Big Data, the Internet of Things, Predictive Technologies and Predictive Analytics, is reviewed. More...
21/7/2017
Forecasting Future Safety Events with Cros-AMSAA Models
A reliability growth model is traditionally used to predict, from the history of a system's failures, when failures of that system will occur.A reliability growth model is traditionally used to predict, from the history of a system's failures, when failures of that system will occur. More...
21/7/2017
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal - Editor's Foreword
The Industrial Internet of Things (the 'IIOT') is one of those 'buzz' technologies that is on the up-and-up, and there is no doubt that it is here to stay. The ready availability of real-time equipment health and performance data that this enables, and the ability to access this data remotely from the equipment being monitored, will shape the future of many maintenance organisations over the next decade. 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
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
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
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
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...
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
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
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...
17/8/2017
Fluke’s series of CPD-accredited webinars
Continuing throughout 2107, Fluke is running a series of free, scheduled, CPD-accredited webinars. More...
17/8/2017
British pottery maker optimises compressed air systems with BOGE
A state-of-the-art variable speed air compressed air system from BOGE is saving money and energy at celebrated pottery manufacturer Emma Bridgewater’s busy factory in Stoke-on-Trent. More...
17/8/2017
PFM75 On-line Portable Fluid Monitor
Designed as a mobile on-line laboratory to measure particulate, water, and overall oil health, the PFM75 is an easy and cost effective way to track oil condition and optimize your hydraulic and lube assets. More...
17/8/2017
Alicat Expands Industrial Automation Protocol Options
Alicat Scientific has added Modbus TCP/IP compatibility to its line of mass flow, pressure, and liquid instrumentation. The new option allows PLCs running the Modbus industrial automation protocol to connect to Alicat instruments over Ethernet cable. More...
11/8/2017
Hart Door Systems re-launches its website
Hart Door Systems, the Newcastle upon Tyne–based industrial door manufacturer, well known for its wide range of quality industrial door products including its Speedor brand of high-speed doors, has re-launched its web site. More...
11/8/2017
Densoseal 16A Chosen for Thames Water Cable Entries
Flood Control International of Tavistock, Devon, are completing a project at a Thames Water site near Maple Cross, Berkshire of sealing cable entries with Winn & Coales Densoseal 16A. There will be further Thames Water sites to follow in a major refurbishment of their sites resulting from a Flood Prevention report. More...
11/8/2017
Cutting emissions with combustion control
Phil Pett, Technical Sales Manager at EOGB Energy Products Ltd, takes a detailed look at ‘add-on’ trim systems and how they work to reduce harmful emissions and increase heating efficiency… More...
11/8/2017
MachineryMate vibration meter kits
Wilcoxon Sensing Technologies handheld vibration meter helps find machine faults before they impact operation or cause catastrophic failures. More...
11/8/2017
Makita's Latest Pencil Drivers have more Power and Features
The latest version of Makita’s compact but powerful 7.2v pencil drill driver and impact driver have a host of enhanced features – more rpm, more tightening torque and enhanced controls. These pencil screwdrivers weigh just over half a kilo and can be used in either pistol grip mode or as “in-line long handle” powered screwdrivers. More...
11/8/2017
Winn & Coales International's Triple Record in Enterprise Awards
Specialist anti-corrosion, sealing and waterproofing products manufacturer Winn & Coales International Ltd is well known for its brands which include Denso®, Premier™ , Premseal™, SeaShield™, Archco™, Protal™, Premier Shrink Sleeves™, Steelcoat™, Densostrip™, and Sylglas™. More...
11/8/2017
New Hydraulic Drum Grab Handles Both Steel and Plastic
Contact Attachments has strengthened its portfolio of forklift attachments with the latest unveiling of its new Hydraulic Drum Grab, which provides end users with a more versatile and heavy-duty solution for handling drums. More...
11/8/2017
Blast-Room Upgrades Surface finishing Standards
One of the UK’s leading manufacturers of bridge bearings and other critical structural components has invested in a self-contained blast-room from Hodge Clemco as part of a major project to upgrade finishing processes at its West Midlands premises. More...
7/8/2017
Queen's Award for Enterprise
Premier Coatings Ltd (part of Winn & Coales Group) are proud to announce they have been honoured with a Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade, for outstanding growth in overseas sales in the last three years. More...
7/8/2017
Hart Completes Ellesmere Contract
Hart Door Systems has completed a contract to install six Speedor Minis and six steel doors at the Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, factory of Less Common Metals (LCM), the world leader in the manufacture and supply of complex alloy systems and metals including those based on rare earth elements. More...
7/8/2017
New Modular Drum Motors will Cut Costs
Interroll has launched a new innovative motor platform that has a completely modular design, encompassing both synchronous and asynchronous technologies. Available first in 80mm-diameter drums, plans are to expand to the entire Interroll range. More...
7/8/2017
Loading Bay Solution proves Perfect Fit
Award-winning UK carpet manufacturer, Cormar Carpets, has announced that it has made significant improvements to its Bury-based mill, as the British carpet industry success story has upgraded its loading bay facility using specialist apparatus, designed and installed by Thorworld Industries. More...
7/8/2017
Sump plugs added to aftermarket products
Blue Diamond, with its enviable reputation for advanced engineering of the highest quality, has added sump plugs to its arsenal of automotive aftermarket products. More...
7/8/2017
Protecting Staff from UV Rays
The UK’s leading safety expert, Arco, is urging UK businesses to do more to protect their employees against the dangers of the sun this summer, following a recent survey that suggested only 5% of workers receive UV protection from their employers. More...
7/8/2017
PCB Piezotronics announces CALROUTE
PCB Piezotronics, Inc (“PCB®”), a designer, manufacturer, and global supplier of accelerometers, microphones, calibration systems, and force, torque, load, and strain sensors has announced CALROUTE. Developed by PCB’s sister company, The Modal Shop, this new firmware upgrade for the Portable Vibration Calibrator delivers semi-automatic generation of test points to simplify calibration routines. More...
7/8/2017
Roll Boom Soves Handling Problem
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7/8/2017
High Specification Steam Boilers
Babcock Wanson has launched its new Premium Range of fire tube steam boilers designed to provide customers with a boiler that meets the very latest safety and operational guidelines at an “off the shelf” price and with shortest practicable delivery time. More...
7/8/2017
New Risk Management Tool
first purpose built platform for managing PUWER inspection, risk assessments and all resulting documentation in a closed loop process. More...
7/8/2017
New Finishing Consumables Improve Productivity
Master Abrasives has launched a new premium range of finishing consumables for mass finishing under the MASTER® brand. This includes plastic, ceramic, argo (dry), and special media and a range of compounds to facilitate the finishing process. More...
7/8/2017
New Compact Pallet Truck
Crown, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, has launched the WP 3010 electric pallet truck. This new addition further extends the forklift manufacturer’s well-established WP 3000 Series of pallet trucks. More...
7/8/2017
Differential pH Water Quality Sensors
Routine sensor replacement is a necessary maintenance step in continuous online pH monitoring. The Sensorex SD7500 Universal Differential pH Probe extends the working lifetime of sensors, reducing maintenance frequency, without compromising accuracy and reliability. More...
7/8/2017
Safety all Locked-up with New Kits
Martindale Electric – UK market leader in safe isolation – is pleased to announce the arrival of its latest range of comprehensive lock out kits, which have been designed to suit the needs of installers and maintenance teams working in a range of environments. More...
7/8/2017
Company News & Product Review - Knee & Elbow Protection
Comprehensive range to suit every application More...
7/8/2017
Celebrating 40 Years
In 2017 Mecmesin celebrates its 40th anniversary. Mecmesin was established in 1977 by Jim Oakley, an accomplished mechanical design engineer. More...
7/8/2017
Protection for Potentially Explosive Areas
Safety company Pyroban® confirms it is possible for cranes, telehandlers and other plant equipment to be converted for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. Pyroban says there are various options to ensure the staff and site remains safe from explosion, no matter how briefly the plant equipment is on site. More...
7/8/2017
AxFlow adds Waukesha Universal TS ‘twin-screw’ rotary pump to its portfolio
This Universal TS pump exploits the benefits of Waukesha Alloy 88 non-galling material twin screws to pump various media containing large particulates, thereby lowering damage to the pump and reducing maintenance. More...
7/8/2017
Hydra-Cell, the Pump for De-scaling
When a major producer of heavy-duty industrial cleaning machines and jet washers was commissioned to design and manufacture a high-pressure cleaner/de-scaler for an agricultural equipment manufacturer, they turned immediately to Hydra-Cell Seal-less pumps. More...
7/8/2017
Aspen Pumps Takes Market by Storm
Aspen Pumps, the UK’s market leader in condensate removal pumps and accessories, is proud to announce the launch of Storm Chemicals, a new range of innovative products designed to clean and maintain Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) equipment. More...
7/8/2017
Oscillating beam rig helps test Monitran low frequency sensors
Accelerometers and velocity meters are used to measure a wide range of frequencies, including low frequency vibrations found in building maintenance. They occur at less than 2 Hz, and can also be useful in monitoring bearing wear in cooling tower fans and gearboxes for example. More...
7/8/2017
Helping UK Museum
UK Brand Manager Pete Warren visited the Fossils Galore Educational Activity Centre in Cambridgeshire and met with its founder Jamie Jordan & Manager Sarah Moore as they announced the ‘Big News ‘of their archaeological find. More...
4/8/2017
High Flow volume/Filter Booster
Bifolds patented unique volume and filter booster range in 316L stainless steel provides up to 500% higher flow than the market equivalents. More...
4/8/2017
Hydraulic Filtration Solutions
MP Filtri has designed a NEW bespoke diesel filtration unit featuring an ICM (In-line Contamination Monitor).The new GRM503 is an essential piece of equipment for production line cleanliness & can be used in a wide range of sectors, from industrial through to mobile! More...
4/8/2017
New Sound Level Meter
Now available from Martindale Electric – one of the most trusted brands in electrical safety – is the new SP79 Class 2 Sound Lever meter, which is suitable for health and safety personnel who want to carry out workplace noise assessments and comply with Noise at Work legislation. More...
4/8/2017
Field Programmable Vibration Sensor
The Meggitt Sensing Systems PCH420 available through KDP Electronic systems, is the first HART compatible vibration transmitter for simplified condition monitoring of process systems. PCH420 sensors offer seamless integration to host automation systems enabling low-cost installations and remote monitoring capabilities. More...
4/8/2017
Free Energy Saving CPD-accredited Webinars
The third of Fluke’s series of free, scheduled, CPD-accredited webinars, running throughout 2107, is titled ‘Energy Saving – A Practical Approach to Energy Efficiency’ and is suitable for Facility Managers, Energy Managers, and Electrical Engineers. More...
4/8/2017
Interactive Digital Multimeter Selection Tool
Fluke has a long history of making the finest test and measurement tools on the market. Fluke Digital Multimeters can be used to safely and efficiently identify and troubleshoot a wide range of issues, and every tool is backed by the strongest warranty available so that purchasers can be confident in their investment. More...
4/8/2017
Fluke 64 MAX IR Thermometer
The new, rugged IR thermometer logs up to 99 data points eliminating the need to manually record measurements More...
4/8/2017
Vacuum Pumps & Blowers
AxFlow has announced that it has become a distributor of Gardner Denver’s Elmo Rietschle brand of vacuum pumps and blowers in the UK. This product line represents an important new development for the company, particularly as it already has a significant presence in those industry sectors where vacuum pumps and blowers are extensively used. More...
4/8/2017
Easy Shaft Alignment
Shaft alignment is an essential reliability and maintenance practise that ikproves production uptime and reduces maintenance costs. More...
4/8/2017
New Structural Bonders for Maintenance & Repair
The latest introduction from Henkel is another milestone for its LOCTITE® brand. The company has developed a new range of Universal Structural Bonders whose many attributes have been achieved through new, patented hybrid technology. More...
4/8/2017
Timing made Simple in Hazardous & Safe Areas
BEKA associates extensive new range of Timers and Clocks simplify process timing in both hazardous and non-hazardous areas. Including panel and field mounting models which can be configured to function with most sensors, they feature easy to read dual displays. More...
31/7/2017
Export growth drives UK manufacturing
A rapid increase in export orders is driving continued expansion at Hansford Sensors, the leading manufacturer of high performance industrial vibration sensors and systems. The company’s overseas sales are growing at over 20% year on year, leading to a further increase in the company’s production facilities at its UK headquarters in High Wycombe. More...
21/7/2017
Snickers LITEWork Working Clothes for Summer
A change of season means a change of focus on what you wear on site. That’s why Snickers LITEWork garments can help you keep your cool when the heat is on. More...

News

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
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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
15/8/2017
JSP Achieve BSI Certification to the New PPE Regulation
JSP, Europe’s foremost independent manufacturer of above-the-neck personal protective equipment (PPE), was first past the post in the UK and Europe after being awarded BSI Certification to the new PPE Regulation for a range of protective products. More...
11/8/2017
ESAB new iSeries Power Sources
ESAB’s new iSeries power sources for automated plasma cutting offer major productivity improvements and cost savings for stainless steel fabricators. Designed as part of ESAB’s integrated system of components, and equally suitable for new systems and retrofits, the iSeries is the most advanced plasma power supply available today. More...
8/8/2017
Benefits of reactive maintenance
Having a reactive maintenance contract in place is important for any business. Reactive maintenance is the process of reacting to failed or damaged equipment and solving issues to prevent any problems happening in the future. More...
1/8/2017
SKF Bearings part of Cardiff University’s Formula Student triumph
A sponsor since 2014, SKF continues to provide support for Cardiff Racing - Cardiff University’s triumphant 2017 season Formula Student team - supplying bearings for the winning car’s suspension and drive train. More...
1/8/2017
150 Welders Die Every Year
Welders, and other workers in the manufacturing industry, are suffering from cancer, pneumonia and other lung related illnesses due to lack of protection from poisonous fumes and gases. More...
1/8/2017
Magnetic Filter Removes 90% of Swarf Metal
Eclipse Magnetics has provided OSL Cutting Technologies with an AutoMag Skid magnetic filtration system to remove magnetic and para-magnetic contamination from oil used in its Walter grinding machine. Since the installation of the AutoMag Skid magnetic filter from Eclipse Magnetics, approximately 90% of swarf material has been successfully removed from the oil. More...
1/8/2017
Transforming the work environment to higher levels of productivity and safety
Companies that invest in the latest connected technology not only ensure regulatory compliance and the regular maintenance of safety equipment that is key to protecting workers, they also gain a far-reaching business benefit: a competitive advantage. More...
31/7/2017
Apprentice training proves a hit
An apprentice training programme run by leading precision engineering specialist Dawson Shanahan has proved a huge hit. The firm has filled all the apprentice places up for grabs, having experienced an overwhelming response from young prospective engineers. More...
28/7/2017
Process Panel Meter has Multicolour Display
BEKA associates have introduced two new high quality universal process panel meters featuring multicolour negative liquid crystal displays. Each meter has a colour adjustable, five digit and thirty one segment bargraph display which are visible in all lighting conditions from bright sunlight to total darkness. More...
27/7/2017
Small Beacons, big Impact
Industrial companies are faced with ever-increasing price and cost pressure in global competition. In order to face these challenges, they must continuously break new grounds to innovation and efficiency. In doing so the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is considered a digital success story. More...
26/7/2017
Thorite opens in Bristol
Thorite, the UK's leading supplier of air compressors, air tools, pneumatics and process products is set to open its Bristol Sales Centre on 10th April bringing the total number of Thorite Sales Centres to eleven. More...
21/7/2017
Smart Condition Monitoring Aims to End Downtime
Predictive maintenance is the best answer to minimising the risks of equipment failure, however, monitoring practices in the past have been expensive, problematic and at worst, unreliable. More...
21/7/2017
Blast cabinets upgrade aircraft maintenance facilities
Kearsley Airways has operated aircraft repair and maintenance services for over 60 years and currently works in support of both civil and military aircraft including the Lockheed C-130 Hercules, Boeing 737 and 747 and heritage aircraft such as the Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster. Components and systems processed include under-carriages, wheels, electrical units, air-conditioning systems and hydraulic actuators. More...
21/7/2017
Custom purification system minimises downtime
When Thames Water was looking for a system to remove impurities from anaerobic digester gases, it needed a system that would meet the stringent clean up requirements and achieve zero plant shut down when carrying out routine vessel maintenance. More...