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My Take: Well, Duh?

By Jane Alexander, Deputy Editor Who among us hasn’t found a challenge-based reality television series to wrap our minds around for a while? There are so many to choose from. My favorites over the years have been Project Runway, Shark Tank and HGTV’s Design Star and All-American Handyman. That was until I heard about a […]

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May 15, 2013
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Automation Insider: Get the Most From Your Software Systems

By Gary Mintchell, Editorial Director Germany’s Hannover Fair is billed as the world’s largest industrial trade show. That’s where I was last month—with just over 200,000 of my closest friends—browsing my share of more than 6000 exhibits. While capacity assurance may not have been explicitly referenced, readers of this magazine would probably recognize it as […]

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May 15, 2013
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Uptime: Putting The Pieces Together In Pursuit of 100% Reliability

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor How close to 100% reliable is your most critical equipment… the equipment that should perform as intended the first time, every time? It should be 100% reliable for safety, environmental or just plain business purposes. What organization would be satisfied with 45% reliability of these critical processes? Probably none. But […]

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May 15, 2013
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Boosting Your Bottom Line: Tools To Manage Motor Breakdown

How will you respond when a motor breaks down in your plant? A common course of action is to repair the unit if that costs less than replacement. As shown by the chart below, however, total costs of motor ownership depend more on a motor’s efficiency than repair or replacement costs. Typically, the energy to […]

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May 15, 2013
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Don’t Procrastinate…Innovate!: The Why Factor

By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor In 2011, Applied Technology Publications (parent of Maintenance Technology and Lubrication Management & Technology magazines) launched its first “Maintenance & Reliability Innovator of the Year” competition. The level of response we received for that inaugural competition overwhelmed us. Response for the 2012 competition was just as exciting, making it difficult […]

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May 15, 2013
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Big Money Talks: What's Up With Waste-To-Energy?

For those unfamiliar with “waste-to-energy” (WtE), it’s the process of burning municipal wastes in large furnaces to produce steam that, in turn, is used to drive turbines that generate electricity. WtE has always interested me. During a recent tour of a waste-to-energy plant in Central Florida, the conversation turned to our National Energy Policy (or […]

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May 15, 2013
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Efficient Gadgets

Best-in-Class Power & Run Time From Intelligent Rotary Hammers  Milwaukee Tool has expanded its M12 FUEL™ line of power tools with the new M12 FUEL™ 5/8” SDS Plus Rotary Hammer for drilling holes of up to 5/8” in concrete and masonry. According to the company, this electro-pneumatic unit not only offers 75% more speed and […]

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