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Consistent Efforts, Consistent Results

February 20, 2008 11:53 am

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Stuck On Stick?

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

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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Practical Growth: The Quad Plan

February 20, 2008 9:59 am

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Q & A With Rob Fenton and Steve Zumbusch

February 20, 2008 8:28 am

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A Different Take On Tracking

February 20, 2008 7:51 am

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The 30-Inch View

January 25, 2008 8:30 am

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More For Less

January 25, 2008 8:24 am

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Taking On Strategic Planning

January 25, 2008 8:05 am

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

January 25, 2008 7:19 am

/* 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

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

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

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

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

January 9, 2008 6:36 am

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Timely Maintenance Key to Extending Life of Flexible Conveyor System

January 9, 2008 6:24 am

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The Value Of A Maintenance Audit

January 9, 2008 4:45 am

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

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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.

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.

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

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