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46 • ROCK products • July 2018 www.rockproducts.com EQUIPMENT & TECHNOLOGY MAINTENANCE & WEAR PARTS Losing critical assets can be devastat- ing, causing unplanned downtime that can cost billions of dollars per year. In order to be more proactive in pre- venting these events, manufacturers and industrial organizations are begin- ning to schedule downtime events by employing advanced technologies and predictive maintenance. To help identify and prevent downtime on crit- ical assets, Rockwell Automation has announced its Predictive Maintenance as a service offering. The service, which is applied on crit- ical assets identified by the customer, analyzes data from connected technol- ogies, such as sensors, control systems and smart machines. Leveraging Facto- ryTalk Analytics and applying machine learning technology, engineers from Rockwell Automation can identify normal operations and build out data models to help predict, monitor for and mitigate future failures or issues as part of a preventive maintenance strategy. "By building up that backlog of his- torical data, we can start to see when there might be issues down the road," said Phil Bush, remote monitoring and analytics product manager, Rockwell Automation. "This helps end-users focus on solving the problem proactively and minimizes the impact on production, rather than waiting for something to fail and trying to troubleshoot on the fly." Prior to deploying a predictive main- tenance solution, one Rockwell Automation customer experienced a bearing failure that resulted in more than $3 million in costs related to main- tenance and lost productivity. After working with Rockwell Automation to review over a year's worth of historical data on the asset that failed, engineers found that the bearing cooling system had not been correctly operating for six months. If a predictive maintenance service had been deployed, the organi- zation would have been able to identify the bearing failure and its root cause before the failure occurred. This new service will be crucial in indus- tries like the aggregates industry, where the uptime of critical assets drives the bottom line. This also includes critical machines in continuous-manufactur- ing operations. Additionally, OEMs can implement the service on an asset and use the predictive capability to pro- vide better uptime performance scaled across all similar customer assets. Using this service provides customers the ability to monitor predictions and analyze details of an alert without need- ing to build their own data models or engineer their own solution. Rockwell Automation delivers the data collection, machine learning and engineering sup- port to build the models, validate and monitor patterns and predictions and keep those models up to date as data sets evolve. Rockwell Automation Inc., www.rockwellautomation.com Tsubaki Super Stainless Roller Chain Corrosion Resistant The latest innovation from Wheeling, Ill.-based U.S. Tsubaki Power Trans- mission LLC is a revolutionary stainless steel roller chain that has never been seen before in this form. With more than 100 years of design and manufac- turing excellence, Tsubaki announced the launch of its new Super Stainless Steel roller chain. Super Stainless chain is a unique roller chain product that combines the corrosion resistance and extreme tem- perature operating range of Tsubaki's AS series stainless steel chain with the strength of a carbon steel chain. Before this R&D breakthrough by Tsu- baki, multiple stainless chains would be required to provide the equivalent strength of a similarly sized carbon steel chain. This would also require costly and time consuming equipment redesigns in order to achieve compara- ble working loads. Super Stainless can now eliminate that need. As an example, one #50 Super Stain- less chain has a comparable maximum allowable load (MAL) to one #50-6AS (6-strand) roller chain. Some of the new features of Super Stainless chains include higher side-bar waists for greater fatigue strength and hardened pins and bushings for greater bearing strength. This revolutionary combination of strength and corrosion resistances allows for Super Stainless chain to fit perfectly into applications where chains are exposed to Parasitic Acids, tap water, salt water, low-dosage caustics and operating temperatures ranging from -40F to 750 F. Common applications where Tsubaki Super Stainless chains will be an ideal fit include underwater applications and high-speed conveyors. U.S. Tsubaki, www.ustsubaki.com Predictive Maintenance as a Service Helps Prevent Unplanned Downtime

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