Archive | August, 2013

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My Take: What’s Holding Up The Show Now?

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 […]

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For On The Floor: Repair Services — Room To Improve

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 […]

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Automation Insider: Put Your Assets To Work

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 […]

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Executive Outlook 2013: Grow Value Of Existing And Planned Investments

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 […]

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Executive Outlook 2013: Review U.S. Trade Policy And Level The Playing Field

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 […]

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