The plant has four large plastic extrusion machines. Each relies on 15 wrap-around resistance heating elements. It seems a day doesn’t go by when at least one of these elements fails and an extruder stops producing parts. Unfortunately, it may take over an hour for an operator to notice the interruption. How can you get a handle on this problem? First, install temperature alarms to reduce the wait time for knowing about the problem. That should improve product flow. The cause could ...

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