All posts by Mike Wheeler

How to use failure fingerprints to eliminate plant disruption

Where do ‘failure fingerprints’ and ‘machine inoculation’ fit into plant maintenance?  Well everywhere, as we shall soon explore. ARC Research Group asserts that more than 80 per cent of plant failures cannot be detected by traditional preventive age, usage, and wear-based maintenance practices; assets continue to fail on a time-random basis, no matter how frequently … Continue reading How to use failure fingerprints to eliminate plant disruption

The Industrial Internet of Things – where to start

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0, the Internet of (IoT) Things and now the Internet of Energy – all these terms relate to how industries are adapting to the synergy between the connectivity of the internet and business. Whether it is manufacturing, processing or related industries, having device-to-device or people-to-device connectivity is a … Continue reading The Industrial Internet of Things – where to start

SMC launches three additional communication protocols

Responding to the demand for broadening the communication capacities of one of the corporation’s controllers, SMC´s direct input step motor controller is now available in three additional communication protocols – DeviceNet, EtherCAT and PROFINET. These now join EtherNet/IP fieldbus protocol which is already available to the market The recently launched JXC series from SMC with … Continue reading SMC launches three additional communication protocols