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2:44 pm
November 21, 2014
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5 Steps to a Safer Manufacturing Facility

A manufacturing facility can be a dangerous place, especially if management doesn’t enforce strict safety protocol and maintenance checks. In general terms, your facility should be stocked with equipment for quick action when a safety hazard is spotted. Your personnel should understand when to act on a perceived danger and when to stand down. Moreover, you should understand the […]

8:20 pm
November 13, 2014
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Is Your Marketing Message Reaching All Generations?

By Brien O’Brien There has been a lot written in the human resources world about generational differences in the work place and how to create an environment where everyone understands each other and works well together.  That is because for the first time we have four very distinct generations working side by side in the […]

7:51 pm
November 4, 2014
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Viewpoint: Focus Your Resources

By Mac Smith, P.E. The title of this column sounds like a no-brainer! What an idea: Put your employee talents and facilities to work on what a) is most important (critical), and b) has the potential for the largest ROI. But based on my many years in the technical engineering field of design, test, operations, […]

7:48 pm
November 4, 2014
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Forward Observations: Seeing Is Believing

By Rick Carter, Executive Editor It may seem disingenuous to pluck a single day from the many in which you toil and deem it “Manufacturing Day.” But there is, in fact, a so-named day that since 2012 has successfully helped publicize manufacturing as a career. Manufacturing Day is the first Friday in October (Oct. 3 […]

7:45 pm
November 4, 2014
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Don’t Procrastinate…Innovate: Boots on the Ground

By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor Two topics have dominated the news lately, sending shock waves through homes in North America and elsewhere. I refer, of course, to the virulent spread of 1) Ebola; and 2) ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). Remarkably, what makes both of these crises so dangerous to the world […]

4:27 pm
November 4, 2014
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Improved Gas-Turbine Performance: Maintaining Inlet Fogging Systems

These turbine-output boosters work well with little maintenance, but  require proper installation and regular monitoring. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor Since their introduction more than two decades ago, gas-turbine inlet-air-fogging systems have been used with turbines across industry, including those found in power-generation applications. Inlet fogging boosts turbine output by cooling the air, especially on […]

2:48 pm
November 4, 2014
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ROI From Improved Emergency Power Protection

Leveraging best practices in maintenance with state-of-the-art monitoring technologies and remote services will keep your UPS systems in compliance, reliable and available. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor Because uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units and their batteries must function properly during unplanned outages, a compromised emergency power system can mean serious trouble. At this critical time, […]

9:16 pm
November 3, 2014
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International Manufacturing Trade Groups Launch Award to Recognize Industry Innovators

The Association For Manufacturing Technology  (AMT) and German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW*)  have announced the launch of an inaugural International Additive Manufacturing Award (IAMA) competition. Planned as an annual program, the IAMA recognizes innovations in additive manufacturing for industrial applications, including developments in the design of systems or major components; advances in processes or materials; new applications; and data generation or […]