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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Proper understanding and use of these key reliability-program components can ensure success.
Reaching a specific destination on time takes careful planning. Heeding the advice of those who’ve made the journey can help.
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 […]
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 […]