Archive | Work Processes

7:45 pm
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 […]

7:42 pm
December 1, 2014
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For on the Floor: More Good Than Bad in 2014

By Rick Carter, Executive Editor We’re in the final weeks of what has turned out to be an above-average year for U.S. manufacturing, with output and key indicators up. The 2014 year-end review from the factory floor is also encouraging, according to our Maintenance Technology Reader Panel. The group reports strong personal achievements for the […]

10:51 am
December 1, 2014
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Operational Excellence: A Holistic Pursuit

Something extraordinary develops when everyone in an operation pulls together. World-class organizations understand how to reach this level of excellence. Yours can too. The impact of Operational Excellence (OpEx) in every aspect of an enterprise is impressive. Top companies like Boeing, Hyundai/KIA, Coca Cola, Ford, Google, General Electric, Bimbo, and many others work daily to […]

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 […]

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 […]

7:03 pm
September 28, 2014
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My Take: Instrumental Approaches to Workforce Development

By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor The invitation to visit Endress+Hauser’s U.S. headquarters in Greenwood, IN, Sept. 10-11, was for two events: The first was an inaugural celebration of the instrumentation company’s new $16 million Customer Center (see related story, page 9). The second event was an information-packed Media Day held in conjunction with a “Process […]

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 […]

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 […]