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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 […]

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December 1, 2014
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My Take: Connecting Your Enterprise — Leveraging the Internet of Things

By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor This month’s cover asks “What’s Trending Now?” My take is that the “Internet of Things (IoT)” is one of the hottest topics out there, especially among the suppliers of technologies for consumer, commercial and industrial applications. Alas, among industrial end-users, the IoT may be one of the least understood trends. […]

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7:33 pm
December 1, 2014
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Compressed Air Challenge: Put Your Compressed Air System to Sleep

By Ron Marshall, CET, CEM for the Compressed Air Challenge (CAC) Just like turning out the lights when you leave a room, a good energy-efficiency strategy for compressed air is to turn the equipment off when not required. Leaving the equipment running will waste energy, increase maintenance costs and shorten its life cycle. Industrial compressed […]

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7:31 pm
December 1, 2014
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Uptime: Can Training Increase Maintenance Costs?

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Effective training results in learning to improve one’s knowledge and performance. Ideally, job-related training should result in learning (i.e., becoming qualified to perform the job as expected), mastery of job skills and knowledge. Training methods have changed dramatically over the decades, including the embracing of online and computer-based models. Faster […]

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7:29 pm
December 1, 2014
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A Contrarian View: What Being Proactive Really Means

By Heinz Bloch, P.E. A company I choose to call NTBO (“Not-To-Be-Offended”) will long remember a string of expensive pump failures that jeopardized the continuity of boiler feed water supplied to its power generation turbines. When all components were carefully measured, it was determined that the oil-slinger concentricity exceeded maximum allowable by a factor of […]

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9:56 am
December 1, 2014
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5 Steps to a Safer Manufacturing Facility

A plant’s maintenance practices, attention to workplace safety and levels of employee morale and productivity are more closely linked than you might think. 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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