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Using Immersive Technologies for Troubleshooting, Training and Maintenance

As immersive reality technologies continue to grow in scope and scale, more industrial applications are being developed to solve longstanding issues. Augmented, mixed, and virtual reality technologies represent a path forward that could improve most aspects of plant planning, personnel training and maintenance.

Spanning the gap between digital and physical spaces, immersion technology has received a great deal of attention in recent years. Composed primarily of augmented reality and virtual reality, it seeks to supplement or wholly create an environment by superimposing data and visuals for a variety of applications. Though it has roots in the entertainment industry, immersion technology holds infinite potential for industrial applications, including maintenance and training functions.

How to Get the Most from Your Control Valves

There’s a lot to know about valves in order to select the right ones and use them effectively. Consultant Greg McMillan shared some of his deep knowledge acquired during more than 50 years industry experience in a webinar from the International Society of Automation (ISA). Here are a few of his insights. Watch (and study) the webinar for more.

McMillan started out with some suggestions about areas that need special care. Friction and backlash account for many problems, but suppliers, in general, do not provide data about them, or if the data is available, it is often misinterpreted by the end user.

Enhancing Maintenance with the IIoT

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) includes, among other capabilities, monitoring equipment and process parameters using sensors connected to networks. In addition, some maintenance systems using IIoT can now use artificial intelligence and machine learning to increase process uptime and reliability to previously unheard-of levels.

Back to Basics: The Nuts and Bolts of Torque and Tension

Torque is a force that causes an object to rotate, while tension is a force that causes an object to stretch or elongate. A closer look at the common units of torque, ft·lb (N·m), reveals that torque consists of a force multiplied by a distance. But it is not just any distance; it is the distance perpendicular to the direction of the force between the object’s axis of rotation and the point at which such force is applied.

Leak Testing Gas Components and Systems

Leak testing is performed for four basic reasons, says John McLaren, product manager, leak detection at Agilent Technologies, Inc.

  • Prevent material loss by leakage
  • Avoid contamination of the product or the environment
  • Maximize product or system performance and reliability
  • Minimize product liability if leakage presents a hazard

All these factors promote improved quality, reduced downtime and lower warranty cost.

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