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RELIABILITY & MAINTENANCE

Drowning
in Data?

Look to the 'Stars'
Identifying and acting on the right data can transform reliability and
maintenance programs from resource black holes to key business drivers.
Jane Alexander, Managing Editor

ADVANCES IN COMMON communication protocols
and wireless networks have created the Industrial Internet
of Things (IIoT), technology that connects everything
from material supply through manufacturing to product
shipping. As IIoT data quantity increases, plant personnel
are in danger of drowning in a flood of information. The
dilemma for many is how to make sense of it all and derive
answers that help them successfully operate and maintain
their processes. Keith Berriman of Emerson (emerson.
com, Round Rock, TX) advises to "look to the stars."
To put things in context, a bit of history is in order,
beginning with the ancient Greeks. They, according to
many scholars, were some of the first people to recognize
patterns among the seemingly endless numbers of stars
filling the night skies from horizon to horizon. Assigning
names to groups of conspicuous stars, i.e., constellations,
they wove references to them into their beliefs, literature,
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and other forms of cultural expression. Over the centuries,
explorers and others have looked to many of these constellations to locate certain stars that could help them navigate
the globe.
While not advocating that plant personnel take up
actual celestial navigation, Berriman encourages them
to consider a similar approach when dealing with the
seemingly endless amounts of IIoT-generated data they're
confronting. As he explained, they can locate specific
"stars" in their facilities that will tell them about the condition of assets and processes and, in turn, allow them to
take action to prevent and mitigate failure. It's an approach
that's feasible for virtually any plant.
"From an economic perspective," Berriman said, "the
cost of installing connected devices that run on wireless
networks has fallen to less than 20% of traditional wired
devices. This allows us to install sensors on all sorts of
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maintenance Technology August 2017

Editorial
Uptime
On The Floor
Reliable Security, Reliable Operations
Highly Charged Reliability
Drowning in Data? Look to the 'Stars'
Reliable Pumping Supplement
SAP: Tips and Tricks
Steam-Trap Inspections
Saving Tribal Knowledge
Seats for Butterfly Valves
IIoT
ISO 55000
Understand Lube ID Systems
Tomato Processor Boosts Steam Output, Cuts Emissions
Products
Ad Index
Showcase
Final Thought
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 1
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Cover1
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Cover2
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 3
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Editorial
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Uptime
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - On The Floor
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Reliable Security, Reliable Operations
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Highly Charged Reliability
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Drowning in Data? Look to the 'Stars'
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Reliable Pumping Supplement
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - SAP: Tips and Tricks
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Steam-Trap Inspections
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Saving Tribal Knowledge
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Seats for Butterfly Valves
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - IIoT
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - ISO 55000
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Understand Lube ID Systems
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 39
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Tomato Processor Boosts Steam Output, Cuts Emissions
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 42
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Products
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Ad Index
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Showcase
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Final Thought
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