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Are You Walking by Your Best Cost Reduction Opportunity?

February 23, 2015 11:09 am | by George Krauter, Vice President, Storeroom Solutions, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Many companies ignore MRO, opting instead to focus on what they perceive to be bigger cost reduction initiatives. In many cases, they are walking by their best opportunity. 

The Untethered Technician

February 19, 2015 9:33 am | by Mark Hardesty | Articles | Comments

Thanks to the introduction of WiFi and mobile devices, technicians are working faster and...

Selecting the Right Ventilation for the Workplace

February 13, 2015 9:52 am | by Colin Riley, Schaefer Ventilation Equipment | Articles | Comments

Air moving equipment can be used to keep employees safe in multiple ways including ventilating...

U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 7.2 Percent in December

February 12, 2015 10:06 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

December U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $168.2 million. This total was up 7.2% from...

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MillerCoors Engineer Offers Advice on Asset Management, Skills Gap

February 9, 2015 9:17 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO | Articles | Comments

For 31 years Wes Dean has been supporting production, maintenance, IT and warehouse operations – the majority of that time being spent in the Coors and MillerCoors family. Dean recently sat down to discuss a number of trends and challenges impacting maintenance and asset management for manufacturers.

DuPont Workers May Have Been Exposed to Toxic Gas for Years

January 13, 2015 12:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State records indicate that employees at a Houston-area pesticide plant where a poisonous gas leak killed four workers in November may have been periodically exposed to the dangerous fumes for years.               

Tips for Lift Truck Maintenance: Maximizing Uptime and Minimizing Costs

January 13, 2015 10:32 am | by Anthony Fedele, Chief Operating Officer, Abel Womack, Inc | Articles | Comments

Planning and implementing a proper lift truck fleet service program is critical to optimizing the fleet’s uptime and productivity.                                   

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States Work To Meet New Renewable Energy Standards

January 2, 2015 10:17 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

From New Mexico and Texas to Montana and New York, PNM and other investor-owned utilities are facing higher renewable energy standards starting this year as numerous states and the federal government push for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels for generating electricity.

The Future of Agriculture? Industrial-Scale Indoor Farming

December 22, 2014 12:13 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Advances in LED technology are helping to create an environment where vegetables can be produced at scale, with higher yields and shorter grow cycles, no matter what climate.             

The Vital Role of CMMS in Reliability Centered Maintenance

December 19, 2014 3:08 pm | by Chris Mumford | Articles | Comments

The mistaken belief that CMMS solutions are inadequate for the demands of RCM has spread, leading companies to waste time and money on additional software solutions that end up making their maintenance operations more complex rather than more efficient.

6 Key Predictions for Manufacturing in 2015

December 16, 2014 9:45 am | by John Zegers, Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Over the past year, I’ve been privy to a convergence of activities that suggest to me that 2015 will be a landmark year for American manufacturing.                              

Achieving End-to-End Supply Chain Efficiency with Color Labeling

December 15, 2014 1:33 pm | by Andy Scherz, Senior Product Manager, Epson America | Articles | Comments

A simple, but extremely effective way to increase efficiency is to use on demand color printers during label production. Increased productivity gained at this stage of manufacturing will set the base for additional efficiency to occur along the supply chain, specifically in warehouse management and shipping for both the manufacturer and the retailer.

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New EPA Ozone Regulations Could Be Troublesome for Manufacturers

December 3, 2014 12:09 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last week the Obama administration unveiled a new environmental regulation designed to decrease ozone emissions in the United States. And while this new regulation clearly has its benefits, it is not without costs, and unfortunately most of the expenses will be shouldered by the manufacturing industry, as they are the ones being targeted to reduce emissions.

Beyond Vibration: Maximizing the Value of Your Predictive Maintenance Routine

November 18, 2014 2:29 pm | by Dave Geswein, Product Engineer, Azima DLI | Articles | Comments

If your plant is like most, you have been doing vibration testing diligently for a long time. But, if you have been following the same routine for a year or more, then it’s likely time to freshen things up by incorporating other, less-obvious facets of equipment health.  You can easily do this without investing a lot of money – in fact, you probably already have the tools you need.

Motors Week: Brushes, Sparking, and Machine Maintenance

November 17, 2014 12:04 pm | by M.S. May, Speer Carbon Co. (currently E-Carbon America, a Helwig Carbon Products, Inc. company) | Articles | Comments

The carbon brush is a crucial piece to keep machines operating efficiently. However, “the little brush gets all the blame” is a statement commonly heard in the industry, but the blame is usually misdirected. One common problem is sparking at the brush face, which is usually the first symptom of trouble elsewhere.

November/December 2014: A Picture of Growth

November 13, 2014 12:30 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In the November/December 2014 issue of IMPO, we visit the innovative Optimation Technology, explain the top misconceptions about fall protection, discuss the merits of equipment acquisition, and help you stay informed on OSHA’s 2015 agenda.

Looking to Expand? Workforce, Transportation, Location are Key

November 6, 2014 2:48 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, shares some valuable insight into Missouri’s recent attraction of two major transportation and logistics corporations.

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Lenovo Wraps Up Purchase of Motorola Phones

October 30, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lenovo Group announced the completion of its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google Inc. on Thursday in a move aimed at making the Chinese computer maker a global smartphone brand.                   

Where Have the Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Gone?

October 17, 2014 9:15 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Without maintenance and reliability professionals, a manufacturer risks asset reliability deterioration, increased maintenance costs, and lost time. To avoid this, something must be done to counteract the shortage of maintenance professionals entering the workforce.

Keep Your Equipment Up to Date for Efficiency

October 15, 2014 9:27 am | by Scott McNeil | Articles | Comments

Many manufacturing companies operate on thin margins, so wringing every drop of efficiency out of your equipment is crucial to profitability.                                

October 2014: Beyond Lean

October 10, 2014 11:31 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we take you inside Worksman Cycles, provide tips to keep your equipment properly maintained and running smoothly and examine a series of case studies on the role of system integration in "People, Planet, and Profit."  

Oil, Rail Industries Want 7 Years To Fix Tank Cars

September 30, 2014 4:19 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The oil and railroad industries are urging federal regulators to allow them as long as seven years to retrofit existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil, a top oil industry official said Tuesday. The cars have ruptured and spilled oil during collisions, leading to intense fires.

9 Critical Steps for Successful RMP Implementation

September 30, 2014 10:27 am | by Clay Calk | Articles | Comments

To simplify the process of RMP implementation, this article provides the nine critical steps necessary for building a world class Reliability Maintenance Program.                         

Best Practices for Bearing Protection

September 26, 2014 9:22 am | by Adam Willwerth | Articles | Comments

Perhaps someday all motors will be built so well that there will be no more electrical bearing damage. Until that day comes, motor repair shops will continue to replace bearings eroded by voltages induced by variable frequency drives (VFDs, commonly known as inverters).

4 Injured in Gas Processing Plant Explosion

September 24, 2014 10:02 am | by Mead Gruver, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion at a natural gas storage tank injured four maintenance workers on Tuesday in western Wyoming, authorities said.                                    

The Panama Canal is Opening up to a Busy Future

September 22, 2014 9:39 am | by GE Report | News | Comments

The Panama Canal is a full century old, but that doesn’t mean it still can’t grow. The 48-mile-long landmark that cuts across “the backbone of the Western Hemisphere” is going through the final year of a massive expansion.        

September 2014: How Lean is Your Workstation?

September 17, 2014 2:29 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we show you the power of innovation and vision with ORG Chem Group, the importance of integrating workstations into Lean process flow, and investigate where the optimum place to manufacture really is.

5 Key Reasons To Keep Maintenance History

September 9, 2014 12:56 pm | by Gena Lyon, Marketing Assistant for Eagle Technology, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Recording maintenance history accurately leads to failure prevention and drives awareness about equipment maintenance. CMMS software will also narrow down performance issues to parts and elements of your equipment.           

Evaluating and Drafting Motor Repair Specifications for Improved Reliability

August 19, 2014 4:21 pm | by Lola Williams, Bradleys, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Reliability, MTBF (Mean Time between Failures), downtime, costs, safety, efficiency, and standardization have pushed documented motor repair specifications and internal motor repair facility’s repair processes to the forefront in today’s industrial environment.

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