Archive | August, 2006

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Industry Outlook: They Called Me Nuts

Thomas J. Burke, President & Executive Director, OPC Foundation Yes, they really did call me nuts-and a few other names, too. They told me I was crazy to suggest that competitors would work together to develop an interoperability standard, which they would then build products to support. As it has turned out, however, that wasn’t […]

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Uptime: The Least Defined Of All Industrial Activities

  Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor What are the perceptions, and the reality, of “maintenance” in today’s world? While there are many recognized national and international standards (definitions, metrics, measures, methods) for workplace safety, quality, environmental, health, banking & financial, pharmaceutical, aircraft and even nuts, bolts and road signs, there are no broadly recognized standards for […]

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August 2, 2006
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Listening To You… And Responding

Bill Kiesel, Vice President/Publisher As you go through this issue of MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY, you may be thinking that its purpose is strictly proprietary – just another product of a for-profit magazine publisher. It’s not. Our mission runs much deeper. Our goal—as it has been for almost 20 years– is to regularly deliver timely, relevant information […]

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August 2, 2006
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Industry Outlook: Core Values – Global Competition Drives Maintenance Partnering

Saying global competition is the main trend facing manufacturers is both dimly trivial and deeply true. Manufacturers are faced with high-quality, lowcost products from countries where quality competition was previously unseen. We face global competition in our own companies as corporate planners weigh financial benefits of existing plants in developed economies, or new plants in […]

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12:33 am
August 2, 2006
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Industry Outlook: Asset-Lifecycle Interoperability And A New Asset Management Paradigm

Paul Gray, CEO, NRX Global Two of the immediate challenges faced-by asset-intensive process and discrete manufacturers and public sector entities are realizing their full investment in asset management and improving interoperability across the entire asset lifecycle. Owner operators are under increasing pressure to optimize business processes to improve plant performance by increasing reliability, availability, and […]

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12:30 am
August 2, 2006
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Industry Outlook: Helping Drive Maximum Asset Utilization

Ken Brown, President, Invensys Process Systems The biggest challenge that our customers face today is how to drive maximum utilization and contribution from their human and industrial assets–without compromising asset availability or human safety. To a large degree, this is a knowledge management problem. In other words, how can personnel in industrial enterprises most effectively […]

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12:27 am
August 2, 2006
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Industry Outlook: Reducing Electricity Consumption

Over the last several years, electricity costs have risen in some areas to 20-year highs. Due to high demand, some cities have suffered brownouts and blackouts. Over 60% of a manufacturing company’s electricity bill is consumed by running electric motors and this increased cost hurts profitability. At Baldor,we view our electricity cost as a cost […]

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12:25 am
August 2, 2006
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Industry Outlook: Turning Maintenance Into A Competitive Advantage

Mike Laszkiewicz, Vice President, Customer Support & Maintenance, Rockwell Automation The biggest challenge currently confronting manufacturers is achieving and sustaining a competitive advantage.Having the right technology in place isn’t enough; today, advantage comes from having the proper resources in place to develop and support optimum technology performance. Companies of all sizes are finding that one […]

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