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February 19, 2015
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Winter Words: Lubrication Advice for Ensuring Desired Levels of Plant-Equipment Performance Year-Round

Implementing a best-practice, engineered lube-management program will help ensure equipment health, efficiency and productivity, no matter the operating environment or time of year. Weather conditions across much of North America this winter are a case in point. Weather got you down? As you try to tough it out, don’t forget your plant equipment. While blizzards, […]

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February 17, 2015
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Mining Gold From 21st Century Storerooms

Operating your MRO storeroom as a business unit can yield a wealth of cost-saving opportunities. Advanced technologies coupled with today’s best practices play a key role. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor with Wally Wilson, CMRP, CPIM, Life Cycle Engineering Countless storerooms continue to rely on the same types of inventory-management practices, warehouse racking and material-handling systems that were used […]

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February 17, 2015
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Living With And Learning From Your Data

Big Data can be too big for some. Getting a grip on it—and its value—means separating wheat from chaff, say experts, and acting on revealed trends. By Rick Carter , Executive Editor A January advertisement for SAP claimed that “complexity” costs the world’s top 200 companies $1.2 billion annually. It goes on to say that “Simple […]

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February 17, 2015
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‘Sorry: Your Part Is No Longer Available’

How do you respond when you hear that statement? Here are ways to address the unavailability of critical equipment-system components. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor The phrase “no longer available” sends chills down the spine of even the most hardened maintenance pro. A production line goes down, and a crucial part must be replaced to […]

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January 13, 2015
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Leading by Example

International pump manufacturer Grundfos ably demonstrates its strong commitment to sustainability in a water-saving project at its plant in California. By Rick Carter, Executive Editor Few employees in the Fresno, CA, area can claim they work near a large body of water. This makes Facilities Manager Greg Gorby and his 350 co-workers at Grundfos’ Fresno […]

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3:08 pm
January 13, 2015
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All in a Day’s Work

Two Schneider Electric facility engineers share their tips for ensuring the safety, efficiency and reliability of a site’s electrical system. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor The infrastructure of a typical commercial or industrial facility is a complex network of electrical, electronic, process and control, automation and building-management systems. Some facilities include critical power and cooling […]

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January 13, 2015
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Powerful Automation Technologies Propel a Michigan OEM Into New HVAC Markets

Faster, better, more cost-effective processes are expanding business opportunities for this company around the globe. Burr OAK Tool, Inc., Sturgis, MI, is a leader in the design and manufacture of custom production machinery for heating, refrigeration and air-conditioning OEMs. Plumbing, appliance, automotive and tube-component producers also depend on machinery and tooling from Burr OAK. Over […]

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January 13, 2015
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Why Single-Sourcing is Bad

Responding to feedback from the field, our “Contrarian View” columnist explains why narrowing your supply-chain choices is a surefire way to choke off innovation. By Heinz Bloch, P.E. When a large, West-Coast refinery decided to purchase from a single provider of mechanical seals, it experienced problems because the supplier did not have technical parity in all […]

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