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Chevy Offers Money-Back Guarantee On New Vehicles

July 10, 2012 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The General Motors brand said Tuesday that buyers can get refunds if they return their 2012 or 2013 vehicles for any reason.

Leading Inefficiency Indicators

June 22, 2012 8:46 am | by Bruce Hamilton, Founder, | Blogs | Comments

Why rush to fix the machine when you’ve got a downstream operator with a ball-peen hammer?

Maintenance Solutions For Air Pollution Control Equipment

June 19, 2012 8:52 am | by Catalytic Products International | Articles | Comments

Once production machinery or the associated control device unexpectedly shuts down, the whole maintenance department moves into scramble mode.


Tools & Workstations For Efficient Assembly

June 13, 2012 3:56 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

From prototyping to pick slip, handicraft to high tech, industrial assembly equipment needs to support a variety of operators in a variety of jobs.

Heineken Brewery Looks To Beamex For Calibration Management

June 13, 2012 8:00 am | by Beamex | Articles | Comments

Heineken needed a tool that could store calibration results, show the calibration history trend, and provide quick access to calibration data.

Foster Retires Transformers After Decades Of Service

June 12, 2012 8:15 am | by Foster Transformer | Articles | Comments

Foster transformers are built for the long haul - with a trio of transformers recently replaced after decades of service.

Modern Abrasives: Safety First!

June 11, 2012 5:28 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Used in everything from cleaning to metal work, abrasives efficiency and safety are taking center stage for many manufacturers.

Fork Authority

June 11, 2012 5:22 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

There’s more to the forklift story these days, as functionality improves and dealers and aftermarket parts providers help guide users towards better safety and maintenance practices.


Stamp It Before You Spec It

June 11, 2012 4:29 pm | by Doug Honig, Marketing Services Manager, Hose Products Division, Parker Hannifin | Articles | Comments

STAMP is an industry acronym that stands for Size, Temperature, Application, Media, and Pressure. Knowing each will help you select the right part for your application.

Severstal's Internal Heat Management: CFD Modeling

June 7, 2012 4:07 pm | by Moffitt | Articles | Comments

Production equipment lead internal temperatures to rise to 140 degrees F at the 50 foot high caster deck, making it uncomfortable and dangerous for workers.

The Deceptive Nature Of Metrics

May 23, 2012 8:19 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Metrics are important. However, we must remain vigilant against the misleading potential of metrics and should establish behaviors to guard against metrics-driven mistakes.

MA Senate Passes Auto 'Right-To-Repair' Bill

May 21, 2012 10:18 am | by Shannon Young, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers are debating if car manufacturers should be required to provide software needed to diagnose car trouble to independent repair shops and vehicle owners.

Say Thanks With An iPad, $500, & A 283-Piece Tool Chest

May 15, 2012 8:23 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

You know what’s even better than a quick thanks and a pat on the back after somebody makes your life a little easier or your factory run a little smoother? Giving them a bunch of cool stuff.


Intelligent Design

May 11, 2012 3:21 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Conveyor manufacturers discuss the ways their systems are getting smarter, and how your maintenance programs can improve because of it.

Orchestrating Compressed Air System Performance

May 11, 2012 1:02 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Considered a basic, albeit vital, staple for a variety of manufacturing operations, this “fourth utility” (behind water, electricity, and natural gas) is the number one use of energy for many manufacturers.

Predictable Behavior

May 11, 2012 12:50 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

The most important thing you can do for your equipment is get ahead of a breakdown. Do you have the right tools to properly inspect your machinery before it's too lat?

Understanding And Selling The Value Of Food Grade Lubrication

May 11, 2012 12:39 pm | by Greg Bruce, Training Manager, LPS Labs | Articles | Comments

Maintenance of equipment in a food processing plant is, in many ways, similar to the maintenance performed in any other industrial plant. The need for extended lubrication cycles, reduced downtime, and increased safety remains the same.

Impatience Is A Virtue

May 11, 2012 8:57 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, MBT | Blogs | Comments

Sometimes you can’t help but wonder if one seemingly insignificant bother, left untreated, could develop into a major hurdle.

Flour Power

May 9, 2012 4:40 pm | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

It’s almost mind-boggling to think about how many manufacturing processes — and their associated risks — have changed over the years.

It’s Back: Recurring Problem Syndrome

May 4, 2012 8:12 am | by Michael Curran-Hayes, Senior Partner, Life Science, Kepner-Tregoe Inc. | Blogs | Comments

In the end, you can get better results if your operators drive deeper in their RCA questioning and look for the cause of the cause.

Q&A With Meeta Kratz, Grainger

April 30, 2012 8:41 am | by IMPO | Articles | Comments

By demonstrating a commitment to safety products by adopting a formal inventory management program, manufacturers are sending a strong, positive message to staff about the importance of safety.

Grainger Explains Key Places to Look for Energy Losses

April 20, 2012 8:21 am | Articles | Comments

As we move into Earth Week, Grainger has a few simple tips that can help businesses and institutions manage their energy efficiency.

AL Power Impacts Bottom-Line With PROACT RCA

April 18, 2012 8:58 am | by Ronny Johnston, Maintenance Planner, Alabama Power Co. | Articles | Comments

The Alabama Power Company was experiencing process interruption failures--its pump had failed six times in a six-month period.

Cooled Fusion Works for Chemical Processor

April 17, 2012 8:20 am | Articles | Comments

One of the prime enemies of controlling a chemical reaction is excessive heat generated by the reaction itself, which can make a process unstable and corrupt the outcome.

Q&A Roundtable: Lift Safely

April 11, 2012 5:23 pm | Articles | Comments

IMPO sat down with three industry experts to discuss key safety and training issues, and to see what’s new in lifting technology.

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