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2:56 pm
November 16, 2015
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Keep Your Planners Focused

Here are 13 pitfalls that should be avoided if your planner is going to be effective. Why do maintenance organizations often struggle to implement successful planning and scheduling processes? As summed up here, a white paper from Houston-based Nexus Global Business Solutions Inc., points to 13 pitfalls: 1. Selecting the wrong person as planner The […]

2:38 pm
November 16, 2015
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What is Your Culture?

By Gary L. Parr, Editorial Director Culture is one of those words I often hear at maintenance and reliability conferences. It seems almost everyone is trying to improve their culture. Some, unfortunately, are just trying to find a culture. There is no doubt it’s an important aspect of maintenance and reliability and for companies as a whole. […]

4:02 am
November 16, 2015
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Tiered Empowerment Drives PEX Reliability

The proactive efforts of the Uponor maintenance team power a strategy that keeps the machines running and maintains optimum PEX-piping quality. By Michelle Segrest, Contributing Editor Experience, communication, constant improvement, and sustainable manufacturing practices are the building blocks of the maintenance strategy at Uponor North America. Empowerment is the core component. “Empowerment is given at every […]

1:23 am
November 16, 2015
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Take A “CSI” Approach to Asset Management

The types of analytic, forensic, and diagnostic methods leveraged by various crime-lab sleuths in a long-running television franchise also have value for maintenance organizations in real-world environments. By Ken Bannister, MEch (UK), CMRP, MLE, Contributing Editor Many maintenance professionals may be fans of the popular CBS television crime series “CSI (Crime Scene Investigation).” Modeled in the classic […]

1:49 am
September 23, 2015
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ITT Goulds Pumps Reworking Several Sales Channels After Arbitrator Finds DXP Violated Distribution Agreement

Seneca Falls, NY-based Goulds Pumps Inc. (Goulds), a business of ITT (White Plains, NY), has won an arbitration against DXP Enterprises Inc. (Houston) for violating a 2010 distribution agreement, and has served notice to DXP to terminate the agreement. The arbitrator found that DXP’s acquisition of B27, LLC (Plano, TX) on Jan. 2, 2014 was a substantial breach […]

9:18 pm
September 9, 2015
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Opto 22 groov Action Plan Service Speeds Mobile Operator-Interface Development

Opto 22 (Temecula, CA) says it new groov Action Plan service quickly adds mobility to applications in industrial automation, control, and remote monitoring. The result is a completed groov mobile operator interface—a custom mobile app—that authorized automation end users, machine OEMs, or other personnel can use to monitor and control equipment systems from smartphones and tablets. According to […]

8:57 pm
August 6, 2015
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Uptime: Boost STEM, Develop Skilled Workers

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor The resurgence of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) courses of study in the national education community is not new. STEM education dates to the 1950s, but gained national attention with the 1983 report from President Reagan’s National Commission on Excellence in Education, “A Nation at Risk.” But I’m convinced […]

8:45 pm
August 6, 2015
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For on the Floor: NFPA 70E 2015 — Making Its Way Into Plants

By Rick Carter, Executive Editor The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace—NFPA 70E—should be required reading for anyone who works on energized equipment. Revised every three years, the Standard’s latest version—the 2015 edition (which supersedes all others)—is available for purchase or free download at The several changes NFPA […]