Jeff Knight

Jeff Knight
EECO Chief Operating Officer

Jeff is a Gen Xer who is adaptive to change and open to ideas. He has a passion to help others achieve, which is the basis of this blog - Inspire. As EECO’s COO, Jeff’s job is about driving growth in an ultra-competitive B2B environment. He enjoys finding ways to better serve our customers, whenever they want, however they desire, and wherever they choose.

Your network is the ultimate source of the freedom produced by smart manufacturing. A well designed and installed network can level even the most onerous challenges, but a poor design can be a source of inconsistent results and worse, intermittent outages. Most people are familiar with “office” Ethernet. This section will explore what you need…

In our last two posts we’ve discussed our three-step process to modernization. This post provides templates to help you plan your progression for modernization and define your requirements around your most important goals. The IBE will help define priorities for system upgrades, and there are usually implications to capital planning over a multi-year period. Combined…

In an earlier post, we introduced a functional, three-step approach to smart manufacturing. The first step is conducting an Installed Base Evaluation (IBE), which you can read about by clicking on the link. The second step is the Smart Tech Review. Building on lessons learned from IBE activities, a good Smart Tech Review is a great intermediate…

When it comes to planning and prioritizing your modernization efforts, the best starting point may be the installed base evaluation, or IBE. The IBE is a great investment. It is surprising to sit in on a typical “after IBE discussion,” where you may hear: “How did that even get there?” “Those drives should have been…

What defines a smart device? First and foremost, smart devices communicate. Outside of their basic function, such as circuit protection, they share valuable data. They enable collection of data, even high speed data, via Ethernet and managed switches. Smart devices share diagnostics (time running, temperature, others). This data can be used to improve both process…

Fully realizing the vision of smart manufacturing requires massive change. Connectivity requirements alone demand that hundreds of smart devices be introduced, as well as reels of network cable. And that is just the beginning. There is a learning curve to overcome, requiring a degree of experimentation. Unprecedented amounts of new data will be accessible, which…

Interoperability is a characteristic of a product or system, whose interfaces are completely understood, to work with other products or systems, present or future, in either implementation or access, without any restrictions[1]. Read that again. Completely understood, work with other products, present or future, no restrictions. Interoperability, together with standards, makes integration so much easier. It…

There are two clear leaders when it comes to Ethernet protocols – EtherNet/IP and Profinet. Each command a whopping 30 percent of worldwide market share or 60 percent combined[1]. But why? Are these networks truly superior? We say no. Neither network is as deterministic as Profibus, DeviceNet or ControlNet. Moreover, each requires complex and sophisticated…

The concept of smart manufacturing, as we’ve mentioned, is predicted to be the next Industrial Revolution. And it is driven by connectivity and the unprecedented access to data[1]. The data has always lived in your devices; it’s just become much easier to access and act on — provided that you have network connectivity. A fully…

In our last post of this series on condition-based maintenance, we discussed the financial guidelines of maintenance as well as some of the supporting KPIs. In this post, the sixth of the series, we will get into the nuts and bolts of starting a new condition-based maintenance program. We are all really busy. There is…

Last time we examined the concept of cascading objectives when starting a condition based maintenance program. In this post we will explore some of the financial guidelines of maintenance, as well as some of the supporting KPIs. Financial and metric guidelines At the highest level, manufacturers need a relative means to evaluate maintenance expense. This…

As part of our series on reliability and condition based maintenance programs, this post outlines reliability metrics in a way that should support company KPIs and objectives. Many well intended preventive and condition-based maintenance initiatives never get off the ground because they lack declared objectives and means of justification. Without objectives, it is difficult to…

As part of our series on reliability and condition based maintenance programs, we are reviewing some of the fundamental terms of maintenance. This post will contrast reliability centered maintenance (RCM) and condition based maintenance (CBM). Reliability Centered Maintenance The field of reliability is well established with years of research and development originating in the military and aviation…

One of the first steps to starting a great reliability program or a simpler CBM program is simply understanding maintenance. This post will explore maintenance from a historical perspective and define some of the key terms. Understanding Maintenance Maintenance and reliability are professional fields with certifications available to highly trained personnel. There are numerous outlets for training; typically…

  As mentioned in the previous post, High Resistance Connections are often the cause of premature motor failure. They develop slowly and over time begin affecting the applied voltage and current balance at the motor, resulting in numerous problems. These connections can be in the junction box, at the starter, or even at the internal connections…

Proper assessment of motor bearing fits requires sound references and precision methods. Every motor repair requires an assessment of bearing fit, and fast-paced motor repair shops face the added challenge of repeated accuracy. This post will help you understand what your shop should be doing at a minimum to assess bearing fits. Why are motor…

  A sound motor stator core is the foundation of a good motor winding. As is the case with building construction, a good foundation is often taken for granted yet essential to longevity. This post will explore why it is so important to ensure that your rewinds start with a good core, and how you…

The polarization index test is one of the most misunderstood, and sometimes misapplied, of all electrical tests. This post will summarize some of the changes to the test over time and provide insight as to how it should, and should not be used. What is a Polarization Index test? The polarization index (PI) is used…

  The industrial electrical storeroom is a demanding environment where there is always competition for time and never enough of it to “get to it all”. So much is changing, so many different types of projects from the usual repair and replacement work to small projects and the occasional critical repair. Plus, the continual stream of…

According to Terry Wireman, “The inventory and purchasing staff have the largest impact on maintenance productivity, more than any other support group”. The basis of this assessment comes down to wait time. While it is a bold statement, Terry makes a great point. The accessibility, ordering, and other delays associated with spare parts adds up. These…

What is a drive isolation transformer? A drive isolation transformer is first and foremost – a transformer. There is a primary winding and a secondary winding. So like other transformers they can “transform” voltage, for example 480 to 240. As the name implies, it’s the application that makes them different from most other transformers. The…