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February 21, 2014
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Forward Observations: There Is a Third Dimension

By Rick Carter, Executive Editor TV viewers prepared for the unexpected when Rod Serling announced “there is a fifth dimension” in the old Twilight Zone series. Now, thanks to the rapidly growing world of 3D printing, this same sense of wonder applies to our good old third dimension. Yes, 3D printing—a process whereby a machine […]

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February 21, 2014
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Replacing the Maintenance Apprenticeship Training Model

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor We’ve recently realized that our current apprenticeship model for training and developing maintenance technicians is obsolete. Very few, if any, people are interested. Those who sign up rarely stick with it for very long. Those who have completed the training often lack the equipment specific maintenance knowledge for our equipment. […]

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10:58 pm
February 21, 2014
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For on the Floor: Wishes for 2014

By Rick Carter, Executive Editor In deference to the recent holiday season, I prepared only one end-of-year question for our Maintenance Technology Reader Panelists: What’s on your wish list for 2014? I was looking for input on what they hope to achieve or obtain that will help them do a better job and their company […]

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10:39 pm
February 21, 2014
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Lubrication Checkup: Grease-Gun Tips

By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor Symptom:   We must have at least a dozen different grease guns in our maintenance department. Some deliver more lubricant than others, yet our PMs call for a fixed amount of shots. Is this a problem?  Diagnosis:  There are no “standard” grease guns. While they may look similar, displacement and […]

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