Archive | February


10:57 pm
February 21, 2013
Print Friendly

My Take: A Gathering Of Innovative Eagles

By Jane Alexander, Deputy Editor I had the joy of sailing around the post-holiday doldrums last month by spending a couple of days at the 2013 Shell Innovation Summit. As an invited media guest, to say that I felt like an odd duck among a gathering of eagles would be quite the understatement. But you know […]


10:17 pm
February 21, 2013
Print Friendly

Uptime: Don’t Believe Everything You Read: The Skills Shortage Is Very Real

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor “I just got through reading a report that said something about the ‘worries of a skills gap crisis are overblown.’ From where I sit and from the people I talk to in manufacturing, this report can’t be right. We have a skills gap in our plants now and it’s probably […]


10:13 pm
February 21, 2013
Print Friendly

Overcoming Your Challenges: Protecting Your ‘Heart’

With some imagination, one can equate your plant’s compressed air system to the circulatory system of the human body. Think of the air compressors as the heart, pumping life into your production machinery. Your compressed air system’s dryers and filters perform similar functions to the kidneys and liver, removing undesired components from the compressed air. […]


10:06 pm
February 21, 2013
Print Friendly

For On The Floor: What’s Your Site’s Capacity For Disaster?

By Rick Carter, Executive Editor Industrial professionals have always lived closer to the potential for disaster than average citizens. But the frequency and scope of catastrophic events today (from natural disasters to armed, disgruntled workers to fires and explosions) seem to defy conventional ability to prepare for them. We asked our Reader Panelists about the […]


9:00 pm
February 20, 2013
Print Friendly

Lubrication Checkup: Synthetics For Ammonia Compressors

By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor Symptom:  “Dear Dr. Lube: In the past we’ve always used mineral oil to lubricate the ammonia-refrigerant compressors that operate our ice rinks. As part of our sustainability program, I have been asked to review the use of synthetic lubricants. Are these available for refrigeration compressors? Can I expect benefits to offset […]