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4:13 pm
August 1, 2014
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A Contrarian View: Manage Your Management Problems

By Heinz Bloch, P.E. “Manage” was the blunt advice I recently gave an audience of reliability engineers. Earlier, someone from the audience had asked what should be done when “persons unknown” insist on doing things their own way. In his plant, unknown persons are apparently connecting a plant-wide oil-mist system to ordinary compressed air (plant […]

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July 21, 2014
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Production Process Offers New Entry-Level CMMS with Run-Hour & Cycle-Count Metering Capabilities

Production Process has launched ProductionACE/CMMS, a new entry-level computerized maintenance management system that meters run hours and cycle counts. The company says that although preventive maintenance based on equipment run hours and cycle counts can be more effective than calendar scheduling, equipment meters often don’t exist. When they do, manually entering meter readings into a CMMS can be a labor-intensive, error-prone […]

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5:34 pm
July 21, 2014
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Mitsubishi Electric Automation Introduces Graphic Operation Terminal with Touchscreen Capability

Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. (Mitsubishi) has introduced the GOT2000 Series, a human machine interface (HMI) that monitors and controls machine components with a graphical touchscreen. Operators are able to  interact with this HMI through intuitive gestures and multi-touch actions, much like they do with tablet and smartphone technologies. According to the manufacturer, the GOT2000 acts as a seamless gateway to industrial automation […]

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July 8, 2014
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Yokogawa Corporation of America Appoints Daniel L. Duncan as COO

Yokogawa Corporation of America (YCA) has named Daniel L. Duncan as Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective July 1. Duncan comes to his new position from Siemens, where he had held various management roles since 1997. He had most recently served as Vice President and General Manager of the Oil & Gas Division, with responsibilities for […]

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11:00 pm
July 1, 2014
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The 2013 NAME Award Winner: Redefining Excellence at Emergent BioSolutions

The Lansing, MI-based maker of the anthrax vaccine BioThrax tells how careful refinements of its already sophisticated maintenance operation brought them the coveted win. By Rick Carter, Executive Editor References to “customer service” are frequent at the Lansing, MI, campus of Emergent BioSolutions (EBS), Inc., winner of the 2013 NAME (North American Maintenance Excellence) Award. […]

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10:31 pm
July 1, 2014
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Part II, Handoff To The Future: Mapping Reliability Training

A commitment to detailed, well-laid career-path training plans is critical to developing technical knowledge and skills.  By Heinz P. Bloch, P.E. As discussed in Part 1 of this article (MT June 2014), when it comes to reliability commitment, Best Practices Plants (BPPs) clearly differ from those that aren’t. Their ability to effectively identify and follow […]

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1:47 pm
July 1, 2014
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Workforce Training Issues: The Tide is Turning

By Michael I. Callanan, Executive Director, National Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee for the Electrical Industry (NJATC) In my previous columns for Maintenance Technology (January and April 2014), I discussed the changing nature of apprenticeship and the multiple challenges that the model faces as it strives to remain an important and viable part of the […]

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2:11 am
June 26, 2014
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Easily Configure, Monitor and Troubleshoot FOUNDATION Fieldbus Devices

Emerson Process Management has released Version 3 of the USB Fieldbus Interface, providing users with an easy way to configure, monitor and troubleshoot FOUNDATION fieldbus devices in the field or the instrument shop. The USB Fieldbus Interface provides multiple options for commissioning and configuring FOUNDATION fieldbus devices. The devices can be commissioned, decommissioned and assigned device tags […]

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