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4:53 pm
February 9, 2016
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On The Floor: Aligning Team Goals With Corporate Goals

By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor Alignment, in the context of this magazine, typically refers to the actual aligning of equipment and components in plants and facilities. There is, however, another area of alignment that should be just as important to our readers and their organizations: the alignment of maintenance and reliability goals with corporate business goals. […]


4:47 pm
February 9, 2016
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My Take: Do You Want To Know The Truth?

By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor I checked in with an old friend the other day. Heinz Bloch will be the first to admit that he’s not everybody’s cup of tea. But he’s mine. I met him approximately 16 years ago and he’s been sharing words of wisdom with me ever since. Our latest communications involved issues […]


8:55 pm
January 12, 2016
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Uptime: Time To Sort Out Some Terminology

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Can you get your maintenance department ISO55001 certified? After all, you are part of the operations-excellence program in your company. You have maintenance excellence in place, have a great asset-management system, and are responsible for the maintenance and reliability program. In answering the above question, we first need to sort through […]


8:50 pm
January 12, 2016
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On The Floor: Looking Ahead And Back

By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor January is often thought of as a month for looking forward and backward, and this reader forum is as good a place as any to do it. While the end of one year and start of another can be an especially busy time for those serving in the maintenance and […]


8:43 pm
January 12, 2016
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My Take: Revisiting Management Support

By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor Thoughtful feedback is great. Thoughtful ranting feedback is the greatest. Ranting feedback is what I received in response to my Dec. 2015 column, “What’s Up With Management Support?” To recap, in that column, I shared insight from two readers (both currently working as industry consultants) regarding the lack of management backbone and […]


6:08 pm
November 25, 2015
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New Look, Cleaner Interface for Schneider Electric Wonderware SmartGlance iPhone Version

According to Schneider Electric Software (Lake Forest, CA), its recent release of a new iPhone version of the company’s Wonderware SmartGlance mobile reporting solution doesn’t just sport a brand new look. A cleaner interface now makes it easier and faster for iPhone users to retrieve and manipulate real-time and historical data, anywhere, anytime. Version 5.0.218 for […]


5:45 am
October 23, 2015
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AutomationDirect Expands Circuit-Protection Offering with Socomec Disconnect Switches

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) has added Socomec disconnect switches to its list of circuit-protection products. These devices provide make and break power under load, and most styles are front, right-side, flange, or direct-handle operable. A wide variety of accessories, such as handles, shafts, auxiliary contacts, additional poles, and more are available. SIRCO M compact UL 98 non-fusible […]


7:07 pm
October 12, 2015
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Improvement Efforts Advance Ergonomics

Piggyback your initiatives for workplace success. By Deepesh Desai, B.S., M.S., CPE, Humantech Inc. Continuous improvement, lean manufacturing, eliminating waste, and reducing risk are now part of the culture for many companies, enabling them to sustain and improve their overall performance and bottom line. Continuous improvement (CI) teams are often tasked with “blitzing” an operation or assembly line […]