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Uptime: I Want America Back!

Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Remember when we, our businesses, our industries, our government and our educational institutions focused on the fundamentals—the basics? Things seem to be different today. These days, the very foundation of what made America strong has been eroded to the point that we often feel like hapless victims of self-serving decision-making and […]

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The Road To Sustainability Is One Truly Worth Traveling

George Dettloff, President and CEO, SKF USA Inc. If “sustainability” is not yet part of your organization’s lexicon, it likely will be very soon. Proactive sustainability programs aim to help businesses become more productive and competitive, safeguard natural resources, cultivate community outreach and involve employees as valued partners. For all the right reasons, sustainability is […]

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Building Relationships With World-Class Suppliers

Rick Page, Vice President Marketing, John Crane America The challenges Maintenance and Reliability Professionals face in today’s business environment are daunting. Not only are they being asked to do more with fewer people, but hiring well-qualified people is increasingly difficult. Expectations are much higher with respect to plant productivity, health and safety and environmental compliance. […]

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Addressing The Staffing Challenges Of A Global Market

Mike Laszkiewicz, Vice President, Customer Support & Maintenance, Rockwell Automation Ninety percent of manufacturers are experiencing a shortage of qualified production employees—from machinists to technicians— according to a recent survey by the Manufacturing Institute. In fact, a National Association of Manufacturers report predicts that by 2020, U.S. manufacturing will need up to 10 million new […]

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Confronting The Workforce Crisis Through Improved Asset Reliability

Peter Zornio, Chief Strategic Officer, Emerson Process Management Today, as process automation facilities face a shrinking skilled workforce, the need for plant asset reliability is more important than ever. Organizations can tackle this challenge and ensure efficient plant operations by implementing three steps that will lead to the improved collection and use of new and […]

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Considering Your Lubricants As Part Of The Bigger Picture

Lee Culbertson, President, Royal Purple, Ltd. Proper lubricant selection and management is one of the greatest challenges facing any fast-paced process or manufacturing operation these days. Thus, it’s more critical than ever for end-users to think of lubricants as “investments” in reliability and efficiency—not as “commodities.” “Excellence” is keyLubricant performance can vary greatly between competing […]

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It’s Really A No-Brainer: “Green” Is The Color Of Money

David C. Orlowski, President and CEO, Inpro/Seal Company At Inpro/Seal, we view the “greening” of the process industries in general, and the maintenance function in particular, as one of the biggest challenges and profit opportunities currently facing our customers. Lean, efficient manufacturing operations are a vital part of the day-to-day concerns we face at Inpro […]

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Increasing Workforce Efficiency With Smarter, Easier-To-Use Tools

Barbara Hulit, President, Fluke Corporation It’s no secret to any of us working in industry that significant change is taking place in how we do business and manage resources. Never before have so many industry leaders announced initiatives to become not just leaner, but also greener. To compete globally, industry needs to increase production, lower […]

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