Archive | August, 2011

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8:40 pm
August 19, 2011
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For On The Floor: On With The Show

rick_carterBy Rick Carter, Executive Editor

There’s nothing like meeting an expert face to face, having a beer with a peer and posing tough questions to an anxious vendor while you hold his/her product up to the light. These are the types of encounters that routinely take place at live, off-site conference or training events, which Maintenance Technology Reader Panelists say, are vital for team development and exposure to cutting-edge information.
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8:14 pm
August 19, 2011
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Industry Outlook: Education Drives Progress

0811gatesWhen we ask children what they want to be when they grow up, they never say “an engineer.” The chances of meeting a teenager who’s even uttered the words “improved efficiency” or “production uptime,” much less “power transmission,” are slim. These terms simply aren’t part of the vernacular like “doctor,” “pilot” and “teacher” are. While some might see this as a problem, I see an opportunity for business leaders and educators to bring about change.

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8:08 pm
August 19, 2011
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Industry Outlook: Learning Keeps Industry In Motion

0811motionAs we look around us, one constant is this: Things change! Over the past decade, we have gone through two industrial recessions and have seen many changes in our customer and supplier base. These include changes brought on by mergers and acquisitions; changes in the ways we do business electronically and via the Internet; and changes in the technical skills and knowledge of those who work for our customers and suppliers, as well as those who work for Motion Industries across North America. Many of these changes have led to improvements in the processes we use daily and productivity in the workplace. The downside of such changes, however, is a growing shortage of technical skills and knowledge in operations, maintenance and engineering roles in many of the industries that we do business with today.

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8:05 pm
August 19, 2011
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Industry Outlook: Emphasizing Education And Support

0811siemensThe general shortfall of resources in the area of operations, maintenance and engineering is due to a combination of factors. They include: resource consumption by emerging markets; an aging workforce; the attractiveness of other job areas in industry for the younger generation; and a reliance on the limited experts available for these jobs. We believe several things can be done to attract new talent and retain existing talent so that these job areas are resourced with the right skills.

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8:02 pm
August 19, 2011
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Industry Outlook: Looking To Technology Tools

0811emersonAchieving peak performance and high reliability has always been tough, but with the added—and now escalating—difficulty of trying to keep, find and train top-notch technical personnel, it’s even tougher. That’s where we are today: In developed countries, baby-boomer employees are reaching retirement age and taking with them a wealth of knowledge and experience. In developing countries, it’s hard to find workers with the educational background and expertise necessary to maintain and run today’s complex manufacturing facilities.

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8:00 pm
August 19, 2011
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Industry Outlook: Cultivating Valued Assets

0811skfManufacturers today are under tremendous pressure to provide the highest possible quality at the lowest possible cost and to manage and maintain assets efficiently, productively and profitably. In striving to meet these critical objectives, however, operations face strong headwinds, especially with a growing shortage of experienced-based workers who possess the necessary technical skills and knowledge.

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