Author Archive | Rick Carter

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July 1, 2014
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The 2013 NAME Award Winner: Redefining Excellence at Emergent BioSolutions

The Lansing, MI-based maker of the anthrax vaccine BioThrax tells how careful refinements of its already sophisticated maintenance operation brought them the coveted win. By Rick Carter, Executive Editor References to “customer service” are frequent at the Lansing, MI, campus of Emergent BioSolutions (EBS), Inc., winner of the 2013 NAME (North American Maintenance Excellence) Award. […]

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July 1, 2014
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Forward Observations: What’s in a NAME?

By Rick Carter, Executive Editor In this award-happy society, it’s nice to know that in our industry, several awards still carry some weight. Among this elite group, perhaps the weightiest is the North American Maintenance Excellence Award, known simply as the NAME Award. This is not only because it recognizes the many great (and often […]

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June 19, 2014
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Forward Observations: ‘Strategy Act’ Not the Solution, But a Good Start

By Rick Carter, Contributing Editor The government’s reputation for solving big problems takes a lot of hits, but hope is renewed each time a new solution comes up for discussion. Encouragingly, one of these solutions involves the skills shortage in manufacturing. It’s called the Skills Gap Strategy Act of 2013/2014—a dual, bipartisan bill introduced in […]

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June 16, 2014
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CMMS Makers Drive and Serve Demand for Mobile, Flexible Future

The big systems won’t go away, but demand for simpler, low-cost, Web-based alternatives has changed the market.  By Rick Carter, Executive Editor The long-common complaint among maintenance pros that their CMMS systems were too complicated may be fading. This perception—which has led to under-use and even mistrust of these systems—is being supplanted by the success […]

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May 28, 2014
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Vibration-Monitoring Solutions In the Field

Two examples of how vibration monitoring saved time and money in heavy industrial settings. New portable and online-monitoring systems help extend the value of vibration monitoring into the heaviest of industrial operations. Here’s a look at how users avoided serious motor failure in mining and detected a critical bearing failure in paper-pulp production by using […]

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May 28, 2014
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Vibration Monitoring: More Affordable Options, But Analysis Makes it Work

Vibration monitoring is finding wider use through the growing range of smart, affordable mobile devices, but accurate analysis remains a key factor for success. By  Rick Carter, Executive Editor See or hear a piece of rotating equipment vibrate abnormally, and the solution is obvious: shut it down, find the cause and fix it. In the […]

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May 16, 2014
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Forward Observations: How Not to Handle a Recall

By Rick Carter, Executive Editor Product recalls are not unusual. In the U.S., most product categories—from baby carriages and food to toys and automobiles—have had one or more. To undergo a recall is not automatically a sign of failure. But to have one and not determine the root-cause reason for the recall and swiftly correct […]

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