Author Archive | Jane Alexander

12:34 pm
February 27, 2015
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Motion Industries Chairman Bill Stevens to Retire After 37 Years with Industrial-Distribution Giant

Motion Industries Chairman Bill Stevens has announced his plans to retire effective March 1, 2015, after 37 years with the company. Tim Breen, who became President and Chief Executive Officer in 2014, will succeed Stevens as Chairman. Bill Stevens began his career with Motion Industries (Motion) in 1978 as Director of Human Resources. After several promotions, including to the […]

1:10 am
February 27, 2015
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Siemens Says You Still Have Time to Register for This Year’s Information-Packed ‘Manufacturing in America Symposium’ at Detroit’s Ford Field

You and your teams still have time to register for the Manufacturing in America Symposium set for March 11-12, in Detroit, MI.  Hosted by Siemens and Electro-Matic Products, Inc. this two-day event at Ford Field will bring together manufacturing and automotive industry executives, technology leaders, educators and students to explore technologies and best practices driving manufacturing in America. […]

12:53 am
February 25, 2015
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New Handheld Fluke 805 FC Vibration Meter Shares Everything It Learns in Real Time and More

Fluke Corp. has introduced the 805 FC Vibration Meter, a portable multifunction vibration screening tool that provides quantifiable information on the bearing and overall health of motors and other rotating equipment, and shares that data in real time via Fluke Connect.* According to the company, the new 805 FC is ideal for frontline mechanical troubleshooting teams that need […]

9:01 pm
February 19, 2015
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Winter Words: Lubrication Advice for Ensuring Desired Levels of Plant-Equipment Performance Year-Round

Implementing a best-practice, engineered lube-management program will help ensure equipment health, efficiency and productivity, no matter the operating environment or time of year. Weather conditions across much of North America this winter are a case in point. Weather got you down? As you try to tough it out, don’t forget your plant equipment. While blizzards, […]

10:17 pm
February 18, 2015
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My Take: Good News for Motors and Motor Users

By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor I try to never pass up opportunities to spotlight good news on the asset-management, energy-efficiency or workforce-development fronts. This month’s column is a triple-dip: A press release I received in early January—regarding the Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) launch of the industry’s first accreditation program for electric-motor repair-service providers—was very much […]

10:47 pm
February 17, 2015
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Solutions, Services and Best Practices Attract Record Crowds to 2015 Grainger Show in Orlando, FL

Leading MRO supplier W.W. Grainger, Inc., reports that more than 17,000 attendees were drawn to the 11th annual Grainger Show in Orlando, FL, this week. Customers, suppliers and Grainger team members from across the country converged upon Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center Feb. 15-17 as part of the company’s mission to help its customers “keep their operations running and their people safe,” according to Deb […]

9:40 pm
February 17, 2015
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Mining Gold From 21st Century Storerooms

Operating your MRO storeroom as a business unit can yield a wealth of cost-saving opportunities. Advanced technologies coupled with today’s best practices play a key role. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor with Wally Wilson, CMRP, CPIM, Life Cycle Engineering Countless storerooms continue to rely on the same types of inventory-management practices, warehouse racking and material-handling systems that were used […]

5:20 pm
February 17, 2015
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‘Sorry: Your Part Is No Longer Available’

How do you respond when you hear that statement? Here are ways to address the unavailability of critical equipment-system components. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor The phrase “no longer available” sends chills down the spine of even the most hardened maintenance pro. A production line goes down, and a crucial part must be replaced to […]