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5:51 pm
November 21, 2014
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PLCs Control Massive Hangar Doors at San Francisco International Airport

By Jenna Castro, San Francisco International Airport, Design & Construction Department A Boeing 747-400 is 232 ft. long, has a wing span of 212 ft. and a tail height of 64 ft. It weighs close to 875,000 lbs. at takeoff. The Superbay Maintenance Hangar at the San Francisco International Airport can accommodate up to four […]

7:22 pm
November 4, 2014
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Uptime: TPM — A Foundation for Asset Management Systems, Part III

This conclusion of a three-part, special-focus “Uptime” series weaves the five basic TPM Pillars together in ways that can open the eyes and minds of those who are interested in the Asset Management journey—and help you achieve sustainable results along the way. Sadly, as discussed in Parts 1 and 2, many plants have boiled TPM […]

12:56 pm
November 4, 2014
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The Reliability-Driven Maintenance Organization

Getting there requires taking a close look at weaknesses and taking measurable steps to correct them. Here, a respected industry expert shares tips on how to become a high-performing operation. By Christer Idhammar Any plant maintenance department wants to be known as a cost-effective organization. For our purposes, “cost effective” means maintenance without waste: where […]

5:00 pm
September 29, 2014
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Workforce Development Issues: Pre-Apprenticeship Leads the Way

By Michael I. Callanan, Executive Director, Electrical Training ALLIANCE In the upcoming weeks, we expect to hear an announcement from the Department of Labor that it is making $100 million in funding available to support the development and implementation of apprenticeship programs. How should that funding be allocated? I believe, for two reasons, that this […]

8:49 pm
September 28, 2014
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Product Spotlight: Training

Online Machinery Training for the Plastics Industry SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and training provider Tooling U-SME have launched an online training program for the plastics industry. PlasticsU will provide formal online training tailored specifically for the industry’s challenges and needs. With levels ranging from basic to highly advanced, courses include Interpreting Blueprints; Creating […]

8:25 pm
September 28, 2014
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Building And Using Effective Visual Management Boards

Leveraging simple communication concepts from everyday life for workplace applications can provide significant value in ever-leaner plant environments. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor with Rick Wheeler, Life Cycle Engineering Visual management has been a normal part of our everyday lives for a long time. Consider your personal driving habits: How do you know it’s safe […]

7:46 pm
September 28, 2014
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Driving Sustainability Through Products and Practice

Mitsubishi Electric Automation’s energy-saving solutions help the diverse Mitsubishi Group—and many of its customers—meet far-reaching sustainability goals.  By Rick Carter, Executive Editor Diversification is common among today’s large corporations, but Japan-based Mitsubishi Group ranks among the most diverse. This 42-company conglomerate is involved in more areas—shipbuilding, mining, construction, telecom, electronics and oil & gas for […]

7:13 pm
September 28, 2014
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Uptime: TPM — A Foundation for Asset-Management Systems, Part II

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Last month’s “Uptime” column set the stage for this multi-part series by stating that if you can’t make Total Productive Maintenance work in your plant, you will surely struggle with the ISO-55000 Asset Management Standard. And while there are five basic Pillars of TPM, the most important is Improving Equipment […]