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6:58 pm
May 28, 2015
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Are Your Marketing Dollars Paying Off?

By Brien O’Brien We’ve heard from many advertisers about how important Return on Investment for your marketing endeavors is and yet I’ve received feedback from a few advertisers that the equation was too complicated to put to regular use in their organizations.  How can a marketer keep track easily of how well each of their […]

4:16 pm
May 1, 2015
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Managing Your Value Stream

Even with good people in a plant, careful attention to the continuous-improvement process is required. Why is it that in 2015 we still find organizations unable to grasp the fact that if they don’t improve their quality, cost and delivery, they will soon be gone? They probably have all the functions in place to manage […]

3:29 pm
May 1, 2015
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Safe Starting of Motors: Check for Temperature Increase

Motor life depends on careful starting procedures and minimizing heat build-up.  By Jim Bryan, EASA Technical Support Specialist The most stressful time for an electric motor is during starting, when the shaft speed is zero and the motor current is at its maximum. This condition is termed starting or locked-rotor current. Figure 1 illustrates its effects, […]

2:04 pm
May 1, 2015
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Information Technology Solutions

System Organizes and Manages Maintenance Data Anywhere, Anytime Benchmate Systems calls its easy-to-learn maintenance-management software “a simpler CMMS” designed for small- to medium-sized plants. System components include a Benchmate PDA Module that puts the power of the CMMS in a user’s hand, anywhere, anytime. Among other things, work assigned to a technician is downloaded to […]

1:41 pm
May 1, 2015
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Industry Trends: Make APM Part of Your ORM Program

By Dan Miklovic, Principal Analyst, LNS Research Looking at today’s regulatory environment and increasing shareholder activism in the marketplace, it’s clear that Operational Risk Management (ORM) is becoming a critical skill for many manufacturing and asset-intensive businesses. The costs associated with events like environmental violations or safety incidents—and their related potential fines and penalties—can be significant. The need […]

1:38 pm
May 1, 2015
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Workforce Development Issues: The Adaptive Training Program Will Be Successful

By Todd W. Stafford, Executive Director, Electrical Training ALLIANCE Apprenticeship is a system of training that prepares a new generation of workers with on-the-job training that often includes classroom instruction. The building trades provide training programs for apprentices to reach Journeyman level and rewarding careers at little to no expense for the apprentice. The apprentice agrees to work […]

7:45 pm
April 28, 2015
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Schneider Electric acquires LimeWare’s foxray system-management solution

Schneider Electric has acquired LimeWare, a provider of system analysis and auditing software for Schneider Electric’s Foxboro Evo™ process automation and I/A Series® distributed control systems. The acquisition includes LimeWare’s foxray system-management software. “Acquiring LimeWare and its foxray software is an integral part of our strategy to help our customers improve their operational integrity and operational insight, […]

6:14 pm
April 1, 2015
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Motor Decisions Matter: Move from Panic to Planning

By Walker Larsen, Program Manager, Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) No one wants to get that 2:00 a.m. call that production has stopped because a critical piece of equipment has a burned-out motor or that the air conditioning has failed in a crowded conference room. Plant and building managers can avoid situations like these and save money by adopting […]