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Breaking Down the Barriers of Industry 4.0

26-Oct-2017 04:24:00

We all know that Industry 4.0 is a hot topic at the moment for UK industry, so why are there obstacles in the way of its implementation? 

We conducted an industry report to find out if UK industry is ready for industry 4.0.

Knowledge is Power
72% of the engineers who took part in our research understand the potential of Industry 4.0 yet 55% of respondents graded their own knowledge of Industry 4.0 as average or below.

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Topics: News, Innovation, Engineering, Industry 4.0

Watch and Learn with ERIKS eConnect

17-Oct-2017 05:09:00

The more data you gather from monitoring your critical assets, the more you can learn about their condition, behaviour and performance. And the more you know about those, the more time and money you can save on maintenance and repairs, and the more you can reduce downtime and increase uptime. So what’s the most effective way to keep tabs on your assets? 

Some Condition Monitoring (CM) companies do nothing more than monitor. Asking them for advice on optimising the performance of an asset is like asking the electricity meter reader to tell you how to get your toast more evenly browned in your toaster.

Others may be able to offer generic advice, but nothing which addresses your specific equipment and unique processes.

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Topics: News, Innovation, Best Practice, Industry 4.0, Condition Monitoring

Only 34% of Manufacturing Executives Believe Their Staff Take Cyber Security Seriously

17-Aug-2017 05:21:00

The Government has recently launched its Cyber Security Breaches Survey: 2017, which details business action on cyber security and the impact of cyber breaches and attacks.

According to the survey, only 34 per cent of manufacturing executives think their core staff take cyber security seriously on a day-to-day basis which is significantly low compared to other sectors where this figure is 76%.

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Topics: News, Best Practice, Industry 4.0

Monitoring Materials Handling

05-Apr-2016 11:17:23

The most commonly heard comment about condition monitoring of Materials Handling equipment is that “it can’t be done”. But with know-how correctly applied, it not only can be – it has been.

Materials handling equipment is used mostly for short duration, repetitive operations, with shock loads. All of which, many people believe, make it impossible to take meaningful vibration or thermographic readings. But that’s simply not true.

All it requires is the knowledge and experience to identify what and where to monitor. The understanding and insight to decide the correct parameters to monitor. And the expertise to extrapolate the data, to provide useful results.

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Topics: News, Best Practice, Materials Handling

Throwing New Light on Condition Monitoring

04-Jan-2016 11:04:34

The light in question is infra-red. And in the right hands, it can be a highly effective condition monitoring device, able to detect failing equipment, insulation breakdown, leakages and much more, and the energy wastage that results.

With the right calculations to back up the observations, it can even help you decide whether remedial action will be cost-effective or not.

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Topics: News, Best Practice, Chemical Industry, Engineering, Petrochemical, Condition Monitoring

Never Be Caught Out with ERIKS Condition Monitoring Solutions

09-Oct-2015 15:25:39

Be prepared, expect the unexpected, and you’ll never be caught out. We don’t give out badges for it, but that’s exactly the thinking behind Condition Monitoring.

Carried out effectively, it can tell you not only the current condition of your machines, but also what problems to be prepared for in the future. And ERIKS’ Condition Monitoring goes one step further – not just diagnosing problems and highlighting potential problems, but prescribing the cure too.

This means you can avoid unexpected downtime and repairs, and the costly implications of a minor problem developing into a catastrophic failure.
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Topics: Best Practice, Engineering, Flow Control, Condition Monitoring

EU Recognise Optical Gas Imaging as Way to Detect VOCs

20-May-2015 09:30:00

Optical Gas ImagingAs of 9th October 2014 the EU Parliament and the Council on Industrial Emissions for the refining of mineral oil and gas have come up with a set of rules and guidelines for the monitoring and control of emissions from the production of mineral oil and gas. 

Part of these guidelines refers to limiting the sources of the emissions and the 2 methods of identification mentioned are Sniffing and Optical. 

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Topics: News, Best Practice, Condition Monitoring, Preventative Maintenance

Multi-Spectral Imaging from FLIR

02-Feb-2015 08:00:00

Thermal imaging is getting more affordable and even smarter and is now one of the primary methods for electro-mechanical condition monitoring. Numerous hardware and software advances have contributed to the growing popularity of this versatile technology but FLIR is responsible for the latest game-changer.

It’s called multi-spectral imaging - MSX® - and now a standard feature on almost all models in the FLIR range of thermal imaging cameras from ERIKS.

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Topics: Innovation, Best Practice, Flow Control

Let Our Condition Monitoring Sensor System Take Care of Your Baby

23-Jul-2014 15:51:00

Think of an item of your production equipment.

Now think of it as your baby (perhaps you already do). Of course you want to give your baby the best care and protection you can.

But on the other hand, you don’t want to be dragged out of bed every five minutes just because your baby turns over or burps. So what you need for your plant is a more intelligent baby monitor, that helps you tell the difference between a cry for help and a sleepy snuffle.  

What you need is an ERIKS condition monitoring sensor system.

An ERIKS sensor system is a highly cost-effective alternative to a full-blown vibration sensing set-up (which is more like a full-time nanny). Instead of keeping a 24-hour eye on your equipment and alerting you to the slightest variation from the norm, it intelligently interprets the data coming from the machine, and decides – for each individual deviation from pre-set parameters – whether or not you need to be alerted.

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Topics: Innovation, Best Practice, Efficiency, Engineering, Flow Control, Condition Monitoring

Aiming for Prevention

29-May-2014 14:52:00

Predictive Maintenance Solutions, keeping your site up and running, reducing unnecessary downtime and in turn ensuring increased productivity levels.Condition_Image

At ERIKS we understand the importance of the surveillance, protection and healthcare of key assets and condition monitoring plays a big part in this. Moving from reactive maintenance to predictive maintenance can mean big benefits for your site.

With different levels of condition monitoring available, you need to ensure you have the right solution suited to you and your site, dependent on the criticality of your assets.

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Topics: News, Innovation, Flow Control

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