By Jane Alexander, Deputy Editor As I’ve always said, MT’s August issue with its annual “Executive Outlook” section is my favorite one to put out each year. That’s because I get to move somewhat beyond my comfort zone of technical and technology-driven articles and pose business-related questions to some top executives of leading suppliers to […]
By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor “We keep having equipment problems (not the same equipment all the time, but the same causes on the same shift almost every time). We know what we need to do from a reliability perspective, BUT we can’t get anybody else to change the way they do things. How do we […]
By Rick Carter, Executive Editor Repair or replace? When the answer is “repair,” today’s maintenance pros usually know right away if the work can be done on-site with in-house staff or if an outside service contractor is needed. When contractors get the nod (as they increasingly do) maintenance teams like to think their equipment is […]
By Gary Mintchell, Editorial Director Last month, I went into detail about HART Communication technology and how the embedded diagnostics could help maintenance and reliability professionals do a better job—if only they knew about how to tap into this valuable resource. This month’s column explores a technology that works within asset-management and operations systems to […]
What’s holding up our long-awaited economic recovery, especially as it applies to the industrial sector? What can or should be done to break up the log jam?
Looking back, we knew in mid-2012 that we were headed into some choppy waters. Still, I don’t think anyone knew that the global macro uncertainty would endure for as long as it has—or that its breadth and depth would be as significant as it has been. Overall, we feel that the U.S. is probably one […]
First, we agree that the global economic recovery seems to have stalled, and indications are that it will remain flat for the near term. Consumer demand has not yet exhausted existing manufacturing capacity, allowing manufacturers to defer major capital expansions. Many of our customers are instead working with us to improve the economic performance of […]
As to what’s holding up our long-awaited economic recovery, it all begins with prioritizing how to spend money. And that means from the perspective of state and local governments, as well as the perspective of commercial companies. Spending on public works projects is down 25% from where it was in 2010—all across the country. If […]