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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 […]

8:28 pm
August 6, 2015
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Get to the Point: Solve Your Problems

QR-code system that provides critical information at the point of interest shortens delays that slow maintenance operations. What impact does maintenance and operational inefficiency have on your organization? Consider the problems reflected by the following situations: Maintenance personnel frequently must leave work areas to obtain technical documents, schematics, or vendor contact information. How much does […]

7:54 pm
August 6, 2015
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Excellence In Action At Johnsonville Sausage

Sausage making is art at Johnsonville. Corporate-wide maintenance excellence, fueled by strong management buy-in and a unique company culture, helps ensure this manufacturing success. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor Embarking on a journey to maintenance excellence isn’t for the faint of heart, especially when multiple sites, diverse product lines, fast-paced processes, extreme environments, and stringent regulatory compliance […]

6:09 pm
August 6, 2015
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Five Steps to Workplace Desirability

Some organizations have more luck than others these days. Everybody wants to work there. But why? Des-Case Corp. president and CEO Brian Gleason knows something about how to make a workplace great. His company, manufacturer of specialty lubrication-related contamination-control products, was named last month by Nashville’s Tennessean newspaper as a Top Workplace in an annual, […]

5:36 pm
August 6, 2015
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Workforce Development: Trial-and-Error Learning

By Todd W. Stafford, Executive Director, Electrical Training Alliance Past installments of this column have explored the game-changing nature of apprenticeship, coupled with the use of technology and the impact it has on effective learning. This month, we examine the effects of digital technologies/environments on apprenticeship-training models. For truly effective programs, creators of apprenticeship training courses must […]

6:48 pm
August 4, 2015
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Lincoln Electric Growth Spurt Continues with Acquisition of Rimrock Holdings

Cleveland, OH-based Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (Lincoln Electric), continues to expand its automation capabilities and reach with the acquisition of Rimrock Holdings Corp. (Rimrock), a privately held manufacturer and integrator of industrial automation products and robotic systems, headquartered in Columbus, OH. Terms of the deal, Lincoln Electric’s third major acquisition since last October,* were not disclosed. Rimrock, with annual sales of of approximately […]

1:24 am
July 29, 2015
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Honeywell to Acquire Thermal-Gas and Metering Technology Leader Elster

Honeywell (Morriston, NJ) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Elster Division of Melrose Industries plc, (Birmingham, West Midlands, UK and Atlanta, GA) for $5.1 billion. Subject to customary closing conditions, regulatory review and shareholder approval, the transaction is projected to close in the first quarter of 2o16. Elster, a leading provider of thermal gas solutions […]