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The E-Z Way Out

April 18, 2008 10:38 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

h4 { font: bold 14px Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000; } .byline { font-style: italic; margin-bottom: 4px; } .caption { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; margin: 4px; } .sup { position: relative; bottom: 2px; font-size: smaller;" } An enthusiastic embrace of Lean Manufacturing initiatives has kept golf cart manufacturer E-Z-GO on par for success E-Z-GO golf car headquarters in Augusta, GA.

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Take The Swings Out Of SOP

April 18, 2008 9:15 am | by Anna Wells, Editor | Blogs | Comments

"Whether the application is engine production, preventive maintenance, or golf, there is something to be said for doing it right the first time, and every time, because you've taken the time to ensure consistency." -Anna Wells As you’ve probably noticed by the artistic design of this month’s cover, IMPO had the opportunity to visit the facility of a known golf car manufacturer, E-Z-GO, for the April cover story.

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Root Cause Analysis (RCA): A Silver Bullet or Just Plain Coveralls

April 15, 2008 1:17 pm | Articles | Comments

Successful RCA initiatives have common threads for accomplishment. The management maintains an active role in the RCA effort. They take the responsibility to set up the support systems that will encourage the employees to go after and solve chronic issues that affect the bottom line. (See figure 1) Figure 1 - Click to expand Executive management decides the company will incorporate an RCA initiative and provide funding to create the environment needed for success.

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Backup Power: "Back" To The Basics

March 24, 2008 11:42 am | by Bill Brown, P.E., Lead Engineer, Critical Power Consulting, Square D & Critical Power Competency Center/Schneider Electric | Articles | Comments

In today’s business climate, reliability requirements force the consideration of backup power when power from the electric utility is unavailable. But what type of backup power should you be considering? With the number of available solutions on the market today, the issue of just what solution fits a particular facility’s needs should be considered before making such a crucial and potentially costly investment.

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Old Dog, New Tricks

March 24, 2008 11:30 am | by Welch Goggins, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cleaver-Brooks Inc.; Chairman of the ABMA | Articles | Comments

About 80,000 boilers aged 30 years or older operate in U.S. facilities today. The older the boiler, the less efficiently it runs, and the more unsafe and unreliable it may be. But don’t just accept these drawbacks as inevitable. With the technological advances we’ve seen in the past few years, companies can achieve energy savings of 10 to 20 percent— without purchasing a new system.

Improve Your Vision

March 24, 2008 11:18 am | by David Simon, CEO, Evergreen Energy Solutions | Articles | Comments

One of the major opportunities for fast-payback electrical savings in industrial facilities is lighting. Lighting can account for up to 30 percent of a facility’s electric bill. The obvious first step is to replace incandescent with fluorescent lighting, and many plants have already taken this step– but that’s just the first.

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Know Your Stuff

March 24, 2008 11:03 am | Articles | Comments

Find out which specification of lift truck would best suit your particular handling needs: What is the maximum weight the truck will need to lift? What lift height is required? Are there any height/width restrictions? Choose a power type, but remember, engine powered trucks are normally only used outdoors.

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Leveraging A Lubrication Provider

March 24, 2008 10:49 am | Articles | Comments

In a global marketplace, local regulatory issues can impact the sale of your product. This is one of the reasons it is important to understand the safety profile of your products and the chemicals that go into them, as well as how local regulations may affect sales.

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Bearing Secrets: Extending Intervals With Lubrication

March 24, 2008 10:44 am | by Dave Garner, Strategic Marketing Manager for Lubricants & Industrial Sealants, Dow Corning Molykote | Articles | Comments

At the heart of almost every industrial facility are electric motors, which can render equipment inoperative should their rolling element bearings fail. This is an occurrence more common than necessary due to strain resulting from improper lubrication.

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Automation Solves Welder Shortage Issue For NPK

March 24, 2008 10:23 am | Articles | Comments

NPK Construction Equipment Inc. (NPK), based in Walton Hills, OH, manufactures attachments for heavy machinery equipment. In the past few years, sales and production have grown exponentially, and the company's manual welding process was experiencing growing pains.

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Cumberland Eliminates Spillage And Dust Problems

March 24, 2008 10:20 am | Articles | Comments

Cumberland Pencil Co. (located in Borrowdale, in England’s picturesque Lake District), started as a cottage industry in the mid-19th century to make pencils from locally mined graphite. The company now produces some 750,000 fine art and graphic pencils per week, sold worldwide under the brand name of Derwent.

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Q & A With Barry Jaruzelski, Booz Allen Hamilton

March 24, 2008 10:11 am | Articles | Comments

Jaruzelski : On balance, 2007 was a solid year for industrial manufacturers, despite a slowing U.S. economy in the second half and fear of a 2008 recession. As of late November, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index had both gone up four percent. Unfilled orders for U.

A Lesson From My Dashboard

March 24, 2008 10:06 am | by Anna Wells, IMPO Editor | Blogs | Comments

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Wanted: Emotional Intelligence

March 24, 2008 10:01 am | by Mike Collins | Articles | Comments

h4 { font: bold 14px Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000; } .byline { font-style: italic; margin-bottom: 4px; } .caption { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; margin: 4px; } .sup { position: relative; bottom: 2px; font-size: smaller;" } Many of today’s management are having trouble leading their company through the battlefields of globalization In his 35 years in manufacturing, Mike Collins has helped companies make the transition from being defenders-focused on process change and cost-cutting-to prospectors-focused on finding new markets and profitable growth.

Small Town Workin'

March 24, 2008 9:57 am | Articles | Comments

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Give Me A Crew I Can Trust

March 24, 2008 9:48 am | Blogs | Comments

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Maintenance, Inside And Out

March 24, 2008 9:46 am | Blogs | Comments

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The OEE Deficit

February 28, 2008 6:19 am | Articles | Comments

The paper is based on manufacturers’ experiences and research conducted by Activplant Chief Product Strategist Dennis Cocco. In this body of work, Cocco introduces an evolution in thinking: the most efficient way to increase productivity is to focus on product flow through the process.

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Automated Warehouse Handles Increased Volume For FUJIFILM

February 21, 2008 5:43 am | Articles | Comments

FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc., began manufacturing operations at the 500-acre Greenwood, SC campus in 1988, when the company announced the construction of its first U.S. factory for the production of pre-sensitized plates for the graphic arts market. The manufacturing complex is currently comprised of five high-tech manufacturing plants, as well as the Greenwood Research Laboratories, and the largest FUJIFILM distribution center in the world.

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Polaris Faces Flooring Challenge

February 21, 2008 5:28 am | Articles | Comments

Roseau, MN is the birthplace of Polaris, and the sport of snowmobiling. Polaris’ Roseau facility houses both its high-tech product testing lab and manufacturing operations for its ATVs, snowmobiles and Ranger UTVs. The state-of-the-art testing lab in Roseau is a series of glass-walled rooms where engineers can re-create real-life stresses on engines to study their effects on components. While Polaris parts have proven to stand up to virtually any adverse condition, the lab’s flooring, ironically, has repeatedly failed the stress test.

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