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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
The plant manager can’t succeed without a well-defined maintenance program. Here’s how to make things happen.
What’s your next move when things don’t make sense?
Expanding asset management through expert services can add to savings, as well as improve work practices.
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 […]