Archive | January, 2009

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Publisher's Notes: Who Can You Trust?

Bill Kiesel, Vice President/Publisher I would have preferred to start out with a cheerier “Happy New Year” message. But, let’s face facts: we have a real challenge on our hands. Stock market turmoil, mortgage meltdowns, credit crises, plant closings, crooked investment advisors, you name it, the hits just keep coming. Over the last few months, […]

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MT News

News of people and events important to the maintenance and reliability community HUNTINGTON PROMOTED WITHIN SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC The Schneider Electric North American Operating Division (NAOD) has promoted Amelia A. Huntington to the position of chief operating officer (COO) NAOD and president of Schneider Electric USA, effective Jan. 1, 2009. In her new role, Huntington will […]

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Communications: The Accounting Partnership

Ken Bannister Contributing Editor Interested or not, most of us are becoming quite familiar with the concept that “accounting makes the world go around.” In recessionary economic times like these, corporate fiscal restraint is inevitable. That makes it tough to push new initiatives to the starting gate and, more importantly, to defend spending on initiatives […]

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Uptime: Lessons From Auto Manufacturing

Bob Williamson Contributing Editor In May 2007, this column carried an installment entitled “The Rise & Decline of Auto Manufacturing.” It pointed out how the “Big Three” U.S. auto manufacturers seemed to be on the way to repeating the mistakes of the British auto industry and government in the 1970s—something that led to that industry’s […]

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Viewpoint: If Not Now, When?

Dr. Klaus Blache, University of Tennessee “The most cost-effective increase in U.S. manufacturing capacity may well be achievable through improved maintenance practices for existing equipment.” That was a quote from a 1991 National Research Council book (The Competitive Edge – Research Priorities for U.S. Manufacturing). Unfortunately—or fortunately—this statement is still true today (and probably more […]

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My Take: Whatever It Takes

Jane Alexander, Editor-In-Chief Bright spots in these gloomy times have been few and far between. When I hear about them—even anecdotally—I can’t wait to share them. Here’s a couple. Consider 3-ply toilet paper, which (forgive me), was first rolled out last September. One of the most expensive bathroom tissues ever, its sales, apparently, have been […]

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