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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 […]

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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December 19, 2013
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Viewpoint: A Contrarian View — Tradition Will Fail You

By Heinz Bloch, Process Machinery Consulting The recent Texas A&M University (TAMU) Turbomachinery and Pump Users Symposia (Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2013, Houston, TX) were again structured to convey a technology status overview to attendees from industry. But there’s more to these symposia: Sitting in on discussion-group sessions allowed us to observe the level of understanding—and the […]

2:16 pm
November 15, 2013
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Don’t Procrastinate…Innovate!: Giving Room For Thought

By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor “Innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we’ve been thinking about a problem.” So said the late Steve Jobs of Apple. He was right. I started […]

1:31 pm
November 15, 2013
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Viewpoint: Navigating A Path To Excellence

By Chuck Edwards, President, Lenze Americas Corporation Performance is a concept that is often discussed, but not fully understood. In the world of automated production systems, it starts with properly defining expectations. These include technical expectations—such as axis cycle times and throughput—as well as expectations relative to individual and team contributions.