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ROSSLYN, Va., December 4, 2017—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) agreed to enter a formal liaison to advance the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). A liaison relationship between IIC and NEMA fosters common understanding of new technologies for the digital economy.

“Increasing connectivity has brought rapid transformation to our industry. Standards will need to be iterative and adaptable without delaying innovation,” said NEMA Industry Director Steve Griffith. “NEMA will work closely with IIC to identify and share best practices, align architecture for interoperability, and collaborate on standardization.”

IIC is the world’s leading membership program transforming business and society by accelerating IIoT. Its Liaison Working Group is the gateway for formal relationships with standards and open-source organizations, consortia, alliances, certification and testing bodies and government entities/agencies.

“We are delighted to collaborate with NEMA on best practices and more for IIoT initiatives supporting electrical and medical imaging manufacturers,” said Eric Harper, Senior Principal Scientist at ABB and IIC Liaison Officer to NEMA.“Working together, the IIC and NEMA can ensure that NEMA members have the information they need to ensure safety, security, and interoperability to maximize the benefits from adoption of the industrial Internet across the industries they serve.”


AGAWAM, Mass., Dec. 1 -- The world’s leading provider of induction-based fastening technology for commercial roofing applications has introduced a plate marking tool designed to help roofers improve rooftop productivity by quickly locating and marking RhinoBond Plates installed under thermoplastic membranes. 

          The new RhinoBond Plate Marking Tool is lightweight, simple-to-use and easy-to-maneuver. Simply roll the marking tool over a row of installed RhinoBond Plates. Every time it passes over a properly installed plate, the tool leaves a temporary mark on the surface of the membrane to identify the plate location. Plate marks are made with standard blue construction crayons and typically fade away within a few weeks.

The plate marking tool is compatible with all thermoplastic membranes regardless of type or thickness. In addition, the tool’s handle is reversible for quick direction changes, and lays flat for rolling under rooftop pipes and raised equipment such as air handling units. Other benefits of the new system include powerful sweeper magnets mounted on the front and back of the chassis that pick-up any metal debris on the roof. The tool is provided in a protective carrying case for easy handling and storage.

“Many roofers understand the tremendous productivity and performance benefits that RhinoBond offers,” said Web Shaffer, vice president of marketing for OMG. “In fact, some roofers have reported productivity rate improvements of up to 30%. To enhance the systems’ overall productivity offering, we wanted to make it even easier for roofers not only to find, but also to clearly ’see’ the installed RhinoBond Plates beneath the membrane.  The new RhinoBond Plate Marking Tool makes this possible.”

The RhinoBond System is designed for use with TPO and PVC roofing membranes. The System uses advanced induction welding technology to bond roofing membranes directly to specially coated plates that secure the insulation to the deck. The result is a roofing system with improved wind performance that requires fewer fasteners, plates, and seams, and zero penetrations of the new membrane.

Headquartered in Agawam, Mass., OMG Roofing Products is a leading manufacturer of commercial roofing products featuring specialty fasteners, insulation adhesives, drains, pipe supports, productivity tools and edge metal systems. The company’s focus is delivering products and services that improve contractor productivity and enhance roof system performance. For additional information, please contact your local OMG field sales representative, OMG Customer Service at 800.633.3800, or visit


November 29, 2017

State regulators in Nebraska recently approved the Keystone XL pipeline, ending nine years of regulatory and political limbo across multiple jurisdictions. TransCanada Corp. can now build its pipeline.

That's welcome news for all Canadians, especially those concerned about oil transportation safety. More Canadian crude will reach the U.S. Gulf Coast by pipeline - the safest available form of oil transportation.

And it's about time. Canada's oil export pipelines are full, which means more domestic crude is being exported from the country on rail cars, creating a boom for the rail industry.

In fact, data show Canadian crude oil exports by rail in January 2016 were 10 times greater than in January 2012. Increased shipping by rail raises questions about the comparative level of safety between rail and pipelines.

What's the safest way to transport oil between landlocked Alberta and the U.S. Gulf Coast?

The answer is clear: pipelines.

In a recent Fraser Institute study, we compared pipelines and rail transport, based on the number of occurrences or accidents per million barrels of transported oil and gas.

The results were definitive. Both rail and pipelines are quite safe, but pipelines are the safer way to transport petroleum.

Between 2004 and 2015, pipelines had an occurrence rate of 0.03 accidents per million barrels of oil shipped, compared to 0.08 accidents per million barrels of oil shipped by rail over the same period. So pipelines were 2.5 times less likely than rail to experience a release of product when transporting a million barrels of oil.

But accidents do happen and one spill is too many, as seen with the recent oil spill in South Dakota when TransCanada's Keystone pipeline ruptured. Such accidents are regrettable and more work is necessary to bring the number of leaks, spills and accidents down further.

However, such incidents often detract from the fact that pipelines are much safer than rail for transporting oil. In reality, many of the arguments against pipelines are rhetorical rather than reasoned analyses of the facts.

Not only are pipelines safer than rail, but Canadians will also enjoy economic benefits from greater oil exports including the 830,000-barrels-per-day to be transported by Keystone XL.

Currently, the United States is Canada's only customer for energy products, resulting in our crude oil being sold at discounted prices.

While the Keystone XL pipeline will likely increase oil prices to the U.S. by allowing more crude to reach the Gulf Coast, accessing new international markets remains critical. In fact, reaching Asian markets, where demand for heavy oil is increasing, would help wean Canada's oil industry off its dependence on the U.S.

Clearly, the approval of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline is a step in the right direction. The new pipeline promises economic benefits for Canada and will transport crude oil safely. That's something all parties, including environmental groups, should celebrate.


November 21, 2017

In order to overcome the challenges of chip formation and evacuation when drilling non-ferrous metals, cutting tool and tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant has unveiled its CoroDrill® 880 CVD diamond-coated insert grades, GCN124 and GCN134. The super-hard properties of the diamond coating provide long tool life and combine with innovative chip breaker and geometry designs to guarantee superior performance when drilling materials such as aluminum.

“Making holes in aluminum can be a challenging task,” explains Patrik Pichler, Global Product Manager, Indexable Drilling Tools at Sandvik Coromant. “Ductility and softness cause the material to make constant and prolonged contact with the insert’s cutting edges. As a consequence, the aluminum adheres to the cutting edge and creates a built-up edge (BUE) that makes chip formation and evacuation difficult.”

GCN124 and GCN134 diamond-coated insert grades are designed to offer the lowest cost per hole in most ISO N materials thanks to long lasting insert tool life and/or greater productivity. The increased productivity could be gained from elevated cutting data as well as a result of less machine downtime thanks to fewer insert changes. Further advantages available to customers include easier handling in production thanks to the reliability and longer life of the inserts as well as enhanced surface finish inside the hole, which results from the ability to resist BUE and smearing effects. Reduced insert consumption will also help lower stock levels and environmental impact.

Among those set to benefit are automotive manufacturers drilling and boring aluminum components, such as cylinder blocks, cylinder heads, knuckles, housings, brake calipers, control arms, transmission cases, steering-column covers, and yokes. Moreover, the diamond-coated inserts will also offer competitive gains to any company producing ISO N parts as well as those performing niche composite applications, such as drilling GFRP rotors/blades for the wind turbine industry.

To highlight the potential of the new grades, when drilling a 22 mm diameter blind hole to a depth of 84.1 mm in a cylinder head made from 6061-T6 aluminum (90-100 HB), CoroDrill 880® mounted with the new N124 (peripheral) and N134 (central) inserts extended tool life from 700 to 3,024 pieces; an impressive 332% increase. The new insert permitted increased cutting speed, allowing productivity to increase by 33%. In total, some 300 hours of production time were saved, while overall cost per hole was reduced by 23%.

Similar success was achieved when performing through-hole drilling (22.5 mm diameter) in 20 mm-thick automotive front control arms made from AISi1Mg-T6 aluminum (150 HB). Here, the new CoroDrill® 880 diamond-coated inserts helped elevate tool life from 3,000 to 30,000 pieces. Productivity also improved by 10% as a result of less machine downtime for insert indexing, while cost per hole was reduced by 17%.

GCN124 and GCN134 are now the First Choice insert grades for ISO N materials. They complement the existing H13A, uncoated insert from Sandvik Coromant, which remains the recommended insert in applications involving shorter production runs and/or difficult interrupted cuts.

The standard CoroDrill 880® range features indexable insert drills from 12 to 84 mm (0.472–3.307 inches) in diameter, with drill lengths of 2, 3, 4, and 5 × D. With Sandvik Coromant’s Tailor Made offer, it is possible to order intermediate diameter and length combinations as well as different connection types and sizes such as HSK, Coromant Capto®, or cylindrical shank. One of the Tailor Made options includes the ability to design customized step and chamfer drills for specific components.

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November 14, 2017

Manage staff performance with Armstrong’s Handbook of Performance Management: An Evidence-Based Guide to Delivering High Performance, which covers the latest innovations in performance management as well as guidance on feedback, pay and personnel development planning. The latest book from renowned author Michael Armstrong addresses all areas of performance management. Organizations can optimize staff performance with this handbook on everything from performance pay and giving feedback, to managing underperformers and having difficult conversations. This 6th edition is fully updated and analyses both traditional and new developments in performance management, such as the shift from ratings and annual reviews. These new approaches are examined by HR expert Michael Armstrong to deem where new approaches should be embraced and where more traditional methods are preferable.

Packed with examples, exercises, checklists and new case studies from organizations such as Microsoft, IBM and Expedia, Armstrong’s Handbook of Performance Management: An Evidence-Based Guide to Delivering High Performance remains the most authoritative and engaging textbook on performance management. Supporting online resources for the book include an instructor’s manual, a student’s manual, lecture slides, a glossary of terms and a literature review to fully support both teaching and learning.

Giving advance praise for the book, Jamie Lawrence, the Managing Editor of HRZone, said this book was ‘a well-researched, cogent and real-world look at the practice, pros and cons of modern performance management.’ Meanwhile, Robert Jeffrey, the Editor of People Management magazine, said ‘there is a reason why Michael Armstrong’s HR books represent a gold standard: they are both thorough and academically rigorous but benefit from real world experience and an informed perspective on practice.’


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