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7:49 pm
January 12, 2016
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Operational Excellence Is A Competitive Necessity

Here’s a master plan framework for success throughout all plant areas and functions, regardless of industry sector. By John S. Mitchell Operational Excellence (OE) describes the ideal state of an operating enterprise. It has great cachet at the highest executive levels and is being incorporated into their working culture by organizations committed to being the very […]


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 […]


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June 12, 2015
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Improved Culture Cuts Downtime

By Shadrach A. Stephens, The Dow Chemical Co. Infusing cultural improvements into reliability strategies helped Dow’s Deer Park, TX, operations realize an 85% improvement in unplanned instrument-related downtime. As management philosopher Peter Drucker once described it, “Company culture is like country culture: Never try to change it. Instead, work with what you have.” That’s what we’ve done […]


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May 1, 2015
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The Psychology Of Successful Maintenance and Reliability Programs

Value-added opportunities to learn from the success of other industry pros don’t come along everyday. Grab them when you can, starting this June at the Mainstream Conference in Denver. Here’s what Joe Park of Novelis will be talking about. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor Joe Park is a busy man. The Global Director of Reliability […]


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 […]