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November 16, 2012
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bob williamson thumb thumbSMRP: Make it Personal And Prepare For The Future

SMRP, the Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (“by professionals for professionals”) has been celebrating its 20th Anniversary throughout 2012. Held in Orlando, FL, last month, this year’s annual conference wasn’t just a nod to two great decades, it was among the best of the best SMRP events ever.

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November 16, 2012
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Boosting Your Bottom Line: Are You Asking The Right Questions?

motor-decisions-matterNow is probably as good time as any to take our motor management quiz. That’s because it’s true: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. By answering a few simple and timely questions, you can improve the operating efficiency of important motor-driven equipment such as pumps, fans, conveyors, blowers and air compressors. Even more importantly, addressing these issues early can improve system reliability, preventing system failure and costly downtime. 

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November 16, 2012
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Don't Procrastinate…Innovate!

ken bannister thumb thumb thumbDollars & Cents Vs. Dollars & Sense

Championing maintenance-improvement projects in tough economic times isn’t easy. Many will recall the infamous 1990s downsizing era, when countless maintenance departments suffered deep cuts in their capital and operating budgets, which, in turn, lead to a crippling deferred maintenance approach. 

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November 16, 2012
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Automation Insider: Diagnostics Mark The (Trouble) Spot

garymintchellYears ago, many of us took part in the “Great Fieldbus Wars” that raged across the automation side of manufacturing. If you worked on the maintenance and reliability side of an operation, you were either a bystander—essentially kept in the dark—or some type of “collateral damage” in these wars. Debates about the technical merits of different “fieldbus” technologies and discussions of the benefits to be realized for manufacturers of all types seemed to be never-ending.

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8:49 pm
November 16, 2012
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Big Money Talks: The Power Industry At A Glance — Redux

billlivotiThis topic may seem repetitious (I’ve written about it several times). But as the Power Generation sector continues to evolve, a discussion of its current state at a given point—and its future as far as we can see—needs to be revisited from time to time. So I’m bringing it up again: What’s the state of the Power Industry today, where is it going and what will it look like over the next decade? 

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