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2008: The Year To Tackle The Big 3

January 24, 2008 5:37 am | by Keith Stager, Industrial Buildings Segment Manager, Square D/Schneider Electric | Articles | Comments

It's no longer enough for industrial facility managers to simply be aware of their monthly power demands. Today, they must have a solid understanding of the electrical issues that are most likely to impact the bottom line, as well as the tools available to minimize that impact. 

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Design, Deliver, Diversify

January 24, 2008 5:20 am | Articles | Comments

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The Value Of In-House Safety Management

January 23, 2008 9:55 am | Blogs | Comments

/* */ The Value Of In-House Safety Management by Anna Wells - Editor, IMPO In this new segment, our editors square off on timely issues relating to industrial maintenance and plant operation. The editorial staff would like to stress that we are not intending to specifically endorse any one viewpoint, however our intent is only to encourage dialogue by showing a point-counter-point on contentious issues.

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A Proactive Approach To Safety

January 23, 2008 9:40 am | Blogs | Comments

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Q & A With Timothy Goshert, Chairman, Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals

January 9, 2008 6:36 am | Articles | Comments

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Timely Maintenance Key to Extending Life of Flexible Conveyor System

January 9, 2008 6:24 am | Articles | Comments

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The Value Of A Maintenance Audit

January 9, 2008 4:45 am | Articles | Comments

World class maintenance organizations are those that consistently demonstrate maintenance best practices to produce bottom line results. A maintenance audit, designed to objectively evaluate best practices in maintenance organizations, is an excellent tool to drive continuous improvement. 

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Outsourcing: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

January 9, 2008 4:29 am | Articles | Comments

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Winning The Wars At Home

January 9, 2008 3:56 am | Blogs | Comments

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Maintaining Docks For Safety And Efficiency

January 9, 2008 3:51 am | by Michael Brittingham, Manager, Marketing Services, 4Front Engineered Solutions, Inc. | Articles | Comments

A plant can make significant investments in work cell technology, conveyors and the latest in inspection equipment. It can tighten everything up with Lean/Six Sigma, but unless the shipping/receiving dock is given the proper attention, breakdowns in this area can choke off productivity throughout the system.

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Understanding Vibration Analysis

January 8, 2008 12:11 pm | by Bill Hillman, Partner, A&B Asset Management Specialists, and Mike Fitch, Vibration Application Engineer, LUDECA, Inc. | Articles | Comments

More than 20 years ago someone made the statement, “The vibrations produced in a machine are the best indication of the machine’s health.” This statement still holds true today. Of all the predictive maintenance (PM) technologies, vibration analysis remains the best measure of machine health. 

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Strength In Numbers

January 8, 2008 11:50 am | Articles | Comments

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Where The Fight Is Won

December 4, 2007 7:21 am | Blogs | Comments

Where The Fight Is Won While my heart was in the right place, as I tried to pay attention to the speaker at a recent industry function, my mind began to wander as he went over information that I had heard before. By Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director We’ve all been there.

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Managing Energy Costs At The Dock

December 3, 2007 8:53 am | by Walt Swietlik, Customer Relations Manager, Rite-Hite® Corporation | Articles | Comments

It’s widely acknowledged that energy efficiency offers an opportunity to improve the bottom line. The question, however, is whether decision-makers are aware of all the places they can reduce energy losses and raise efficiency in an industrial facility. Chances are, companies can add tens of thousands of dollars per year to their energy savings by looking in the right places and choosing the right solutions.

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Know Your Position: New Technology In Automation Sensors

December 3, 2007 5:41 am | Articles | Comments

Know Your Position: New Technology In Automation Sensors - IMPO Field Report By Les Schaevitz, CEO, Everight Position Technologies Corp. Netzer transmit/receive read head over a modulating active linear stator strip with coarse/fine pattern shown.

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How Do We Solve The Worker Shortage?

December 3, 2007 5:09 am | Articles | Comments

How Do We Solve The Worker Shortage? By Mike Collins This is Part 2 of last month’s column on the problem of manufacturing’s skilled worker shortage. Click here for a Part 1 refresher. This month, Mike Collins outlines possible shortage solutions: The U.S.

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Q & A With Gary Reiner of GE, and Liam Durbin of GE Fanuc

December 3, 2007 4:58 am | by Click here to read more about GE Fanuc by visiting www.gefanuc.com. | Articles | Comments

Q & A With Gary Reiner of GE, and Liam Durbin of GE Fanuc - IMPO Insider: November Gary Reiner is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of GE, a position he has held since 1996. Reiner joined GE in 1991 as Vice President-Corporate Business Development where he was responsible for evaluating new business ideas and acquisitions, strategic planning, company-wide sourcing and driving best practices throughout the business.

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Six Sigma: How Much Do You Know?

November 30, 2007 6:30 am | by Steve Schaffer, ATS, Six Sigma Black Belt | Articles | Comments

Chances are if you have been working in a manufacturing environment you have heard of the problem-solving methodology of Six Sigma. But what is it? The following is a basic description of the Six Sigma DMAIC methodology (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control).

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Full Speed Ahead

November 28, 2007 5:17 am | Articles | Comments

Full Speed Ahead - IMPO Cover Story: November Exercise equipment manufacturer, CYBEX, brings improvements in technology and workplace environment to its new $15 million facility. By Anna Wells, Editor The move itself was no further than 1.5 miles, but still—no one can accuse CYBEX of poor planning.

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Tech Trends: Selectively Coordinating Your Facility’s Electrical Distribution System

November 28, 2007 4:53 am | by Ed Larsen, Industry Standards Manager, Square D/Schneider Electric | Articles | Comments

Keeping the power on is a critical task for an industrial facility’s electrical maintenance personnel because a loss of power could result in lost production, translating to unhappy customers and deflated profit margins. However, there are other reasons why the power needs to stay on. An unplanned loss of power could result in a safety hazard in certain industrial processes, like chemical production, or worse, could occur at the same time the plant needs to be evacuated due to an emergency such as a fire.

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