Archive | January, 2014


8:00 pm
January 31, 2014
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Festo names new distributors

Festo has named three new western-states distributors, including Denver-based Consolidated Parts, Inc. for Colorado product distribution, Salt Lake City-based Pro Automation, Inc. for Utah, and Custom Fluid Power, located in Nampa, Idaho, for distribution of Festo products in parts of Idaho, Oregon, and the state of Montana. In addition, the company has named Iowa Fluid […]


3:57 pm
January 31, 2014
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Life Cycle Engineering Offers ISO 55000 Asset Management Workshops

Life Cycle Engineering, Inc. (LCE) has announced that it will offer three workshops on the International Standard for Asset Management (ISO 55000). The workshops will be offered through LCE’s training entity, the Life Cycle Institute. The ISO 55000 workshops will educate leaders and the workforce on how to align business objectives with a risk-based asset […]


5:32 pm
January 29, 2014
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New Platform For Linking Manufacturing and Internet of Things

I talked yesterday with Guido Jouret, general manager of Internet of Things Business Group, at Cisco about a new product/platform that combines networking and computation bringing new capabilities to the support of the Internet of Things. “Cisco is very excited to accelerate innovation in the Internet of Things by delivering IOx, which provides the ability […]


9:07 pm
January 28, 2014
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Emerson Process Management and RtTech Software to jointly develop enhanced energy-management information system

Emerson Process Management has announced an agreement with Canada-based software firm RtTech Software to jointly develop an Emerson Energy Management Information System that will provide real-time monitoring, analysis and detection of excessive plant energy consumption. This collaborative development initiative is the next step in Emerson’s commitment to improving industrial energy utilization globally, known as Smart […]


10:39 pm
January 27, 2014
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Tri Tool Launches New Brand Identity

Tri Tool Incorporated has introduced a new brand identity for the privately-held company. The double “T” symbolizes the company’s name, and the new tagline, “Building Performance,” reflects their dedication to building high-performing quality tools, services and teams. “We needed a brand identity that exemplified who we are as a company and what we do for […]


3:30 pm
January 27, 2014
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Don’t Procrastinate…Innovate!: Minute Maintenance, Part 1

By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor With skilled workers no longer the renewable resource they once were, maintenance departments everywhere face a serious challenge for the future: Increasing quality-of-service and demand levels will significantly stress their ability to deliver unless a new work model is devised. That’s where innovation comes in. Innovation takes full advantage of […]


3:25 pm
January 27, 2014
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Uptime: Is Your Workforce Engaged and Inspired?

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor High-performing, productive, innovative, conscientious and safe employees are typically engaged with their work and with the mission and goals of the company. They are inspired to go beyond the status quo. While we would like to believe that many of our employees are engaged, evidence suggests that they’re in the […]


3:20 pm
January 27, 2014
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Forward Observations: Calling Out the Man

By Rick Carter, Executive Editor Except for one thing, William Marsh’s story is not so unusual. The owner of American Bar Products, a Pennsylvania-based maker of cold-finished steel bars, Marsh was fined $8000 by OSHA in 2011 for lockout/tagout deficiencies. Though reduced from $20,000, the fine was tough on his small company and a blow […]