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ISA blogs about Technical Collaboration

Posted on February 19, 2008

isaintech.pngHey, another Blogger in the Industrial world talking about technology and business, and how things work and at times should work!  InTech Editor Greg Hale, authors a blog called "Talk to Me". (Click on "Talk to Me" to read Greg's blog or click the title below for his Feb 5th post.)

 

Mr. Greg Hale, InTech Editor; ISA

 

In his post,  Collaboration Breeds Success, several thing resonated with me regarding the future of technical organizations. He references Margaret Walker, Vice President of engineering solutions at Dow Chemical. Walker states:  "Success is all about collaboration. Success is all about working together." She also says: "It takes a lot of people to make things happen."

 

This is certainly true globally given the complexity and diversity, yet critically true here at home as well.

 

Greg's article also states, "If you listen to the ARC Advisory Group the future is all about communities joining together to solve issues."

 

So the question that is rattling around my brain is: "What are we doing domestically to improve our success globally?" and "Are we building communities with easy access points such that collaboration is facilitated?

 

Burns Engineering agrees with Mr. Hale, Ms. Walker and the ARC Advisory group, and we thank them for their insights.

 

So, what works for you? How can Burns engage in deep, fervent, problem solving collaboration that works for you? Click the comment button above. We'd love to hear from you!

 

Chuck

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Bearing Down on Bearing Temperature

Posted on February 13, 2008

In a past life (ok, "job position") I was responsible for a large wind-tunnel facility that included two 150 hp motors and multiple shaft bearings. To complicate the maintenance issues, the motors drove large fans that pushed air heated to 400°F, so the stress and temperature of the bearings were a significant concern.

 

I wasn't the only one with this concern.

 

machinerylubelogo.pngHere is an interesting article:  Eugene Matzan, "Detecting Premature Bearing Failure". Machinery Lubrication Magazine. May 2007. This is a good overview of the importance of monitoring bearing health.

 

mrotodaylogo.pngIn the article  "Bearing it all" provided by:  Power Transmission Distributors Association, June/July 2004 issue of MRO Today magazine. Copyright 2004, They deal with the "Too Hot To Touch" question and put the temperature in perspective.

 

mvclogo2.pngJust to give an international flavor, Machinery Vibration Consultants, Ltd from England, present an article titled:   "PREVENTING THRUST BEARING FAILURES", copyright 2006. Again, the discussion here is about temperature monitoring to prevent failures...

 

Burns Engineering's family of bearing temperature monitoring sensors provide an effective method of Bearing health monitoring. They can be customized to meet a variety of installation approaches and carry the Burns quality you can depend on.

 

Have a bearing health-monitoring story to share? Click the comment button above and share it! It's been a few years (ok, several years) since my days at the wind-tunnel facility, so I could sure benefit from an update about bearing maintenance issues!

 

Chuck

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jimburns.pngOn January 11th, 2008, I celebrated my 20-year anniversary with Burns Engineering.  Wow how time flies when you're having fun!! I still remember the day my Dad asked me if I wanted to interview for an accounting position at Burns. I was so excited to have the opportunity to come back to Burns as a full-time employee.

 

As a kid, I would ride my bike to Burns and get paid piece-rate for doing assembly work. I'd make a couple bucks and then spend it on candy on the ride home. Over the years, my Dad taught me the lesson of saving some of that money, a lesson that would be the foundation of one of the Burns' Core Values: Strong Financial Performance.

 

A lot has changed since 1988. I was single then and now have a wonderful family. My wife Sharon and my 3 daughters keep me busy when I'm not dreaming about new temperature applications.

 

Yes, while some things change... today, just the same as 20 years ago, we at Burns are committed to our Core Values, and proudly share them on the Burns Website.

 

Here's to the memories, and excitement about the future!

 

- Jim Burns

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