Archive | March, 2009

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On the Road to Excellence: Profile Of A Winner: Baldor/Dodge – Marion, North Carolina

In just over 10 years, this facility has established itself as one of the top manufacturing operations in the world, especially when it comes to maintenance. Drivers traveling Interstate 40 through west-central North Carolina can’t see the award-winning Baldor/Dodge manufacturing facility just off exit 85 near Marion. Tucked into a bluff above the highway, Baldor […]

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Process Improvements: Energy Producer Maintains 24/7 Operation

Losses can really pile up when asset-intensive equipment goes down at a biomass facility. Keeping everything up and running calls for a maintenance software system that won’t quit. DTE Biomass Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of DTE Energy, has been providing communities with safe, environmentally sound energy since 1988. The company helps limit greenhouse gas […]

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Mechanical Quality Assurance: The Next Progression of Reliability

The quality of its equipment and processes is crucial in a company’s ability to drive reliability. Assuring that type of quality requires the right questions to be asked and the right answers to be supplied. Again and again and again… Reliability is not rocket science. It should be easy to achieve. Do things right the […]

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Solution Spotlight

Capturing Savings Through Bearing ReconditioningNSK rolls out the type of program that helps end users cut costs without sacrificing quality and performance. No industry is immune to the current economic climate. Businesses across all sectors are evaluating every dollar they spend these days. Because bearings are so critical in industrial applications, they are an ideal […]

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Boosting Your Bottom Line: BOOSTING YOUR BOTTOM LINE

Turn Motor Failure Into Opportunity! In this economy, it certainly seems that equipment failure is the last thing you need, especially for equipment as critical as industrial motors. Then again, when one door shuts, another often opens. Dealing with a failed motor can provide the impetus to investigate how motor management can help boost your […]

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Communications: Partnering With Human Resources (HR)

  Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor The human resource represented by a company’s workforce is arguably the most valuable asset a company possesses. Ironically, to an investor, corporate wealth and value is counted in terms of the current bank balance, order book, inventory and current physical asset value.   In reality, rarely is a price or […]

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Uptime: Too Much Information?

  Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor “TMI.” Here we go again with those “TLAs” (three-letter acronyms) discussed in last month’s column. TMI used to refer to the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant “meltdown” in 1979. Now, it means “Too Much Information.”   It seems as if we truly live in an age of way TOO […]

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My Take: Seeing The Connections

  Jane Alexander, Editor-In-Chief A lot has been said about the recently passed “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009″ (ARRA), not all of it kind. We know it’s not perfect. How much in life is? What’s especially troubling to me, though, is the fact that much of the negative hype has been passed along […]

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