Author Archive | Rick Carter

7:42 pm
December 1, 2014
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For on the Floor: More Good Than Bad in 2014

By Rick Carter, Executive Editor We’re in the final weeks of what has turned out to be an above-average year for U.S. manufacturing, with output and key indicators up. The 2014 year-end review from the factory floor is also encouraging, according to our Maintenance Technology Reader Panel. The group reports strong personal achievements for the […]

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December 1, 2014
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Speeding Up the Manufacturing Connection

Researchers say the Internet of Things may have its strongest influence on the manufacturing sector because of its heavy reliance on well-applied data. Getting up to speed is the challenge. By Rick Carter, Executive Editor Manufacturing can be like professional sports in the way it churns out statistics. In both cases, the better those stats […]

7:48 pm
November 4, 2014
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Forward Observations: Seeing Is Believing

By Rick Carter, Executive Editor It may seem disingenuous to pluck a single day from the many in which you toil and deem it “Manufacturing Day.” But there is, in fact, a so-named day that since 2012 has successfully helped publicize manufacturing as a career. Manufacturing Day is the first Friday in October (Oct. 3 […]

8:50 pm
October 15, 2014
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New Grundfos CEO Outlines Company Strategy for U.S. Press

Mads Nipper, newly appointed Group President, CEO of Denmark-based pump giant Grundfos, met in Denmark on Oct. 8 with members of the U.S. trade press to discuss his plans for the company and participate in a Q&A session. During the 45-minute meeting, Nipper revealed how he plans to leverage his 20+ years of experience as […]

7:46 pm
September 28, 2014
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Driving Sustainability Through Products and Practice

Mitsubishi Electric Automation’s energy-saving solutions help the diverse Mitsubishi Group—and many of its customers—meet far-reaching sustainability goals.  By Rick Carter, Executive Editor Diversification is common among today’s large corporations, but Japan-based Mitsubishi Group ranks among the most diverse. This 42-company conglomerate is involved in more areas—shipbuilding, mining, construction, telecom, electronics and oil & gas for […]

7:20 pm
September 28, 2014
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For On The Floor: How Did I Get Here?

 By Rick Carter, Executive Editor The paths people take to reach their career goals can give us an idea of what makes a nation’s workers great. Having heard the backgrounds of many maintenance professionals over the years, I thought it worthwhile to relate some of these compelling stories. With that in mind, and Labor Day […]

7:21 pm
September 3, 2014
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Forward Observations: Add Customer Feedback to Your Big Data

By Rick Carter, Executive Editor Earlier this year, the American Customer Satisfaction Index ( released one of its survey-based reports on respondents’ consumer-related perceptions of 236 companies. It covered three main areas: perceived quality and value; general satisfaction; and “outcomes” of satisfaction, such as customer complaints and loyalty. What caught my eye was a related […]

2:22 pm
August 29, 2014
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EAM: On to the Next Level

Providers of Enterprise Asset Management systems explain how their solutions for today’s challenges set the stage for a more mobile, data-rich future. By Rick Carter, Executive Editor The day is coming when the still-too-common view of industrial maintenance as an isolated plant function of uncertain value is overtaken by the larger concept of its key […]