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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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Contouring Lighting Control

February 20, 2008 12:34 pm | by Scott Jordan, Product Manager, Commercial Lighting Control, Square D/Schneider Electric | Articles | Comments

Increasing energy efficiency and cost savings in an industrial facility often comes down to a keen understanding of the manufacturing process, and contouring an appropriate strategy to maximize available opportunities. Case in point is the Menasha, WI, facility of Albany International Corp., a worldwide manufacturer of paper machine clothing, where a unique lighting control strategy was implemented in 2002 during a lighting retrofit.

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Never Fear Change

February 20, 2008 12:10 pm | Articles | Comments

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Consistent Efforts, Consistent Results

February 20, 2008 11:53 am | Articles | Comments

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Stuck On Stick?

February 20, 2008 11:34 am | by Mike Crawford, Stick Electrodes Product Manager, Hobart Brothers | Articles | Comments

Because variables such as storage techniques, electrode diameter, and flux composition all contribute to stick electrode selection and performance, arming yourself with some basic knowledge can help you minimize confusion and better ensure stick-welding success.

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It’s Not Just Your Vote That Counts

February 20, 2008 11:20 am | Blogs | Comments

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RFID Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be

February 20, 2008 10:39 am | Blogs | Comments

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RFID: Keep On Tracking!

February 20, 2008 10:22 am | Blogs | Comments

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Practical Growth: The Quad Plan

February 20, 2008 9:59 am | Articles | Comments

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Q & A With Rob Fenton and Steve Zumbusch

February 20, 2008 8:28 am | Articles | Comments

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A Different Take On Tracking

February 20, 2008 7:51 am | Articles | Comments

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A Resolution For A New Beginning

January 25, 2008 8:35 am | Blogs | Comments

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The 30-Inch View

January 25, 2008 8:30 am | Articles | Comments

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More For Less

January 25, 2008 8:24 am | Articles | Comments

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Taking On Strategic Planning

January 25, 2008 8:05 am | Articles | Comments

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Q&A With Bart G. Bartholomew, Vice President, SKF® Reliability Systems North America

January 25, 2008 7:19 am | Articles | Comments

/* Q & A With Bart G. Bartholomew, Vice President, SKF® Reliability Systems North America Bart G. Bartholomew is Vice President, SKF® Reliability Systems North America, a business division of SKF USA, Inc. In his 20 years with SKF, he has served in a variety of successive positions, ranging from sales and business development, to distribution management and new product launches.

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Management Commitment And Employee Involvement

January 25, 2008 7:04 am | by Scott Stone, ATS Human Resource Manager | Articles | Comments

Providing a maintenance professional with a safe work environment can be an extremely challenging task. The nature of the job requires the technician to put him or herself in different situations every day. This adds additional risk that might not be present in other professions. So how do we keep these employees safe? 

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Sierracin/Sylmar Cuts Electrical Use

January 25, 2008 6:59 am | Articles | Comments

Officials at Sierracin/Sylmar Corp. saw the light with an energy conservation project that cut electrical use nearly two-thirds. The company also made back its investment in less than a year in energy cost savings, achieved unexpected energy savings for other operations, and created a brighter workspace. The project was one of the top 20 energy-efficiency programs recognized by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

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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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