Asset management

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Keeping the lifter lifting

The installation of condition monitoring devices on gearboxes and cable reels allows fruit processing company, Zentis, to monitor the health of a critical pallet lifter to help prevent unplanned downtime and optimise production.
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Maintaining inspection systems to minimise downtime

Find out how one company can offer the tools that help ensure a proactive approach to inspection equipment maintenance, reducing the risk of unexpected downtimes.
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Redefining the boundaries of automation

Production challenges do not wait on IT developments, and getting to the root of a problem does not always have to be rocket science, says George Walker.


  1. 28/07/2020 How to enhance data acquisition best practices

    As technology evolves and becomes more sophisticated, data acquisition models need to change, as well.

  2. 21/04/2020 Turning the dream into reality

    Philipp H. F. Wallner offers advice on how to realise the dream of implementing successful predictive maintenance applications.

  3. 24/02/2020 Staying ahead of allergy regulations

    James Woods asks whether traceability compliance is currently robust enough to protect an increasingly allergic generation of consumers.

  4. 03/02/2020 Increasing productivity without increasing production hours

    A whitepaper from AVEVA explores why longer production hours do not always translate into higher productivity and capacity. It also offers advice on how to turn this around.

  5. 17/12/2019 Taking the ERP route to optimise productivity and quality

    To ensure it is able to keep pace with evolving food safety regulatory demands, Blakemans has employed an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that enables integrated management of its production process — from quote to dispatch.

  6. 11/11/2019 Gaining insight from data

    Michael Risse believes that there are three main trends driving more rapid insights from manufacturing big data.

  7. 08/09/2019 Realising remote monitoring goals

    Remote monitoring can offer a wide variety of benefits for industry, including a reduction in downtimes and an increase in productivity. However, there are some challenges that must first be overcome.

  8. 01/07/2019 Virtually the next step in machine maintenance

    George Walker explains how virtual reality could redefine industrial maintenance.

  9. 13/05/2019 Condition monitoring for the many

    Today, equipment can be monitored efficiently and serviced according to business needs, rather than schedules, thanks to the Industrial Internet of Things, says Mohamed Zied Ouertani.

  10. 06/05/2019 The drive towards reduced downtimes

    Inverter drives are getting smarter and are now able to look after themselves, along with a range of other plant equipment such as fans, pumps, motors and conveyors. Wayne Turtill explains how this is being achieved.

  11. 01/04/2019 Putting data to work with predictive maintenance

    Today around two-thirds of manufacturers are gathering data from their production environments, yet relatively few are using it to improve processes or boost productivity and yield, argues Dr Simon Kampa.

  12. 14/10/2018 The analytical advantage of sharing

    Stephen Ludlow, principal technology consultant at SAS UK & Ireland, believes that to get the most from predictive analytics it is important to share data and insights throughout an organisation.

  13. 13/08/2018 Monitoring an aggressive environment: staying ahead of the curve

    Maintenance managers working within aggressive environments need to adopt a different approach to traditional condition monitoring methods according to David Manning-Ohren.

  14. 13/08/2018 Improving pharmaceutical productivity

    Howard Forryan explains how predictive maintenance can help to reduce production line downtime in the pharmaceutical industry.

  15. 29/05/2018 Total productive maintenance: where to start?

    Jonathan Wilkins explains the three core concepts of total productive maintenance (TPM) which are necessary for any manufacturer striving for a lean manufacturing model.

  16. 28/08/2017 Taking a system-based approach to improving productivity

    Jack Payne explains how a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) can drive a proactive culture and enable food and beverage manufacturers to improve communication, efficiency, and profitability; as long as the workforce is fully engaged.

  17. 01/11/2016 Adding engineering technology to the OT/IT mix

    Bhupinder Singh discusses the important role that digital engineering models can play, alongside operation and  information technology, to deliver actionable intelligence from asset performance modelling.

  18. 21/09/2016 Benefits of a predictive maintenance solution for PROFIBUS networks

    Optimising network performance, through the use of a continuous maintenance system, can offer huge cost and energy savings. It also plays a key role in the success of Industry 4.0, smart factories and smart cities.

  19. 19/07/2016 Prioritising storage tank maintenance

    Tim Bradshaw, general manager at Mistras Group, UK operations, explains how risk-based inspection systems and advanced non-destructive testing methods are helping storage tank owners comply with increasingly stringent regulations, as well as reducing maintenance costs.

  20. 11/07/2016 Dynamic simulation benefits across the plant lifecycle

    Miquel Angel Alós explains how dynamic simulation can help maximise plant performance and deliver cost savings on new plant projects.