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The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically impacted the global economy, but the real test for manufacturers will be how they adapt going forward. With supply chain disruptions, labor shortages, and constantly changing consumer demands, it’s clear that all businesses will need to be lightning fast in the coming months to keep up with the pandemic. For …

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With nearly 3 out of 4 Americans in a state of lockdown, many companies are attempting to convert as much of their business to a remote operation as possible. For manufacturers this can be especially challenging. While some workforce can’t be sent home, predictive maintenance tools offer an incredible opportunity for manufacturers to minimize a …

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Equipment maintenance is one of the biggest cost centers for many industries, including manufacturing. Maintenance programs of the past sought to increase the uptime and lifespan of key machinery assets by ensuring they were well cared for on a routine basis, thus minimizing the chance that they would breakdown at the worst possible time, halt …

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IoT enabled technology is changing the way many industries approach interactivity with their assets. In the manufacturing industry specifically, most companies have made significant investments to move from preventative maintenance to a predictive maintenance model utilizing these powerful tools. In the past decade, smartphones and tablets have become mainstream in business and our day-to-day lives, …

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Reliability engineers have an important role in the modern manufacturing workplace. Everything from end-user safety, to maintenance cost reduction, falls under the domain of the reliability engineer. While the job dates back to the 1920s at Bell Labs with the introduction of statistical process control, the advent of modern computers has undoubtedly advanced the accuracy …

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Staying competitive is always top of mind for manufacturers. With the ever-increasing supply of goods from overseas producers coupled with the rising costs of domestic production, manufacturers need to utilize any advantage they can. In manufacturing, one of the best investments is reducing machine breakdowns. Studies have consistently demonstrated that downtime is one of the leading …

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BorgWarner’s reliability maintenance expert, David Stancil, presented a case study at the CBM Conference on the practical application of vibration monitoring strategies for machine tool programs. He discussed his experience applying the strategies and technologies and explained how manufacturers can save as much as $27,000. By trending machine performance data technicians can catch problems early …

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Predictive maintenance programs require the right investment, both in capital and in time, to work correctly. While most companies recognize the value in these programs, many become overwhelmed by all their options and some are still hesitant to adopt new technology. In our experience, there are three common reasons why manufacturers eventually turn to GTI …

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With the manufacturing industry in a state of flux thanks to automation and globalization, companies are desperately trying to reduce costs wherever possible. Many are turning to predictive maintenance programs to minimize downtime and keep machines operating at optimal health, but some still wonder whether these tactics are worth the upfront investment. To truly answer …

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Vibration analysis is a proven technology to predict machine failure and detect the root cause of the problem. Once a failure mode is detected it is important to understand and eliminate the source to maximize the life of the machine. A food processing facility was experiencing high vibration levels in a motor-pump assembly with an …

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