Author Archive | Rick Carter

6:04 pm
March 13, 2015
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Forward Observations: Teamwork Expands The Boundaries

By Rick Carter, Executive Editor It’s well understood how important teamwork is to an industrial operation’s ability to reach its goals. But as the hands-on aspect of manufacturing naturally gives way to the hands-off procedures guided by automation, remote monitoring and other digital solutions, it’s worth remembering that “teamwork” means more than simply working together. […]

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February 18, 2015
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For On The Floor: OSHA at 45 — Room to Improve, But On the Right Track

By Rick Carter, Executive Editor Last year, I wrote a column about the owner of a small East Coast manufacturing operation who was having trouble with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). It involved a false claim an employee had made about his plant’s safety that, in turn, escalated into a series of […]

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February 17, 2015
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Living With And Learning From Your Data

Big Data can be too big for some. Getting a grip on it—and its value—means separating wheat from chaff, say experts, and acting on revealed trends. By Rick Carter , Executive Editor A January advertisement for SAP claimed that “complexity” costs the world’s top 200 companies $1.2 billion annually. It goes on to say that “Simple […]

3:09 pm
January 13, 2015
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Leading by Example

International pump manufacturer Grundfos ably demonstrates its strong commitment to sustainability in a water-saving project at its plant in California. By Rick Carter, Executive Editor Few employees in the Fresno, CA, area can claim they work near a large body of water. This makes Facilities Manager Greg Gorby and his 350 co-workers at Grundfos’ Fresno […]

2:55 pm
January 13, 2015
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Forward Observations: Hope in Detroit

By Rick Carter, Executive Editor I passed through Detroit twice last year, which is two times more than I had in several years prior. Considering that I’ve covered manufacturing since the late 1990s, this long gap is somewhat telling. Years ago, when Detroit was a manufacturing hub and magnet for job-seekers from all over the […]

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 […]

4:54 pm
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 […]