By Jane Alexander, Deputy Editor In the June 2013 installment of this column entitled “Let’s Sell It,” I issued a call to action of sorts. Given the depressing statistics associated with what should be a large pool of skilled workers—but isn’t—coupled with the countless critical positions going unfilled across industry, I wanted to know what might have […]
By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Recent headlines attached to what must have been a widely distributed Associated Press article screamed out at me. Referring to a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), they alluded to the fact that U.S. adults had scored below average in global comparisons of competencies that are […]
By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor “Innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we’ve been thinking about a problem.” So said the late Steve Jobs of Apple. He was right. I started […]
By Gary Mintchell, Editorial Director You may have noticed a change in my byline. At the beginning of September, my partner Glen Gudino and I joined Applied Technology Publications as Executive Directors. Glen will lead the publication’s sales teams; I will set strategic direction and coverage, as well as lead the editorial, electronic-media and finance teams. […]
What do leading businesses and energy providers have in common? Both see energy efficiency as a low-cost resource that can boost their bottom line. Successful businesses routinely invest in high-efficiency equipment and processes. As a result, they achieve multiple benefits, including greater reliability, lower maintenance costs, less waste and greater productivity—in addition to the ability […]
Are You Overlooking Some Common Safety Problems? At least two seemingly benign hazards lurking around today’s operations could be just a damaging as arc flash. Do your maintenance teams have the knowledge and skills they need to deal with these concerns? We are all familiar with potential hazards relating to arc flash and other electrical incidents. But […]
Vertical Sealless Pump Meets API 685 Requirements According to Sundyne, its recently introduced vertically mounted General Service Pump Vertical (GSPV) inline centrifugal design combines the company’s API 685 expertise with all of the benefits of a magnetic drive sealless pump in a compact package. The pump handles flows to 1000 gpm (230 m³/hr) and heads […]
By Chuck Edwards, President, Lenze Americas Corporation Performance is a concept that is often discussed, but not fully understood. In the world of automated production systems, it starts with properly defining expectations. These include technical expectations—such as axis cycle times and throughput—as well as expectations relative to individual and team contributions.