By Jane Alexander, Deputy Editor A small, framed quote hanging on my kitchen wall sums up my approach to life fairly accurately: “When I have a little money, I buy books. If any is left, I buy food and clothes.” I’ve hauled that darned thing around from one domicile to another for more than 30 […]
By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor This economic downturn, Great Recession or whatever it’s called is taking quite a toll, given the loss of middle-class jobs across so many business and industrial sectors. At the same time, worker productivity in the U.S. is high, largely because of improving methods and the affordability of newer technologies and […]
Henry Ford once said, “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” Sound motor management practices, like conducting a motor inventory to assess repair-replace decisions before motors fail, are done behind the scenes, but can lead to noticeable energy and cost savings. The right management practices enhance the quality of your operational processes, […]
By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor Those lucky enough to visit the magnificent National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH, marvel at the superbly restored aircraft of past generations that lay testament to man’s innovative spirit. Among the facility’s national treasures, one plane’s star shines brighter than all the […]
Despite growing acceptance, SAP’s Plant Maintenance (PM) function remains misunderstood and under-used. Here’s how to change that.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to think about managing the life cycles of your automation investments. Your operation’s bottom line is at stake.