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2012/August
Author:Aaron Jagdfeld, CEO, Generac Power Systems
Most companies pay close attention to having a competitive cost structure in the manufacture of their products. Generac is no exception. Decisions are constantly being made about whether it is more cost-effective to source components from...
Thursday, 16 August 2012 | 1221 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Read More
2012/August
Author:Andy Gager, CMRP, CPIM Life Cycle Engineering (LCE)
While the idea of a group hug may sound nice, that’s not what we really need. Time, labor and control are key to the efficient coordination of maintenance and operations.
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 | 1259 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Read More
2012/August
Author:Art Eunson, Executive General Manager, GE’s Bently Nevada Product Line
GE CEO & Chairman Jeff Immelt often discusses how global growth and demand from overseas customers represents a tremendous opportunity for U.S. manufacturing and innovation. (In fact, GE has already discussed its plans for creating...
Thursday, 16 August 2012 | 1323 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Read More
2012/August
Author:Barbara Hulit, President, Fluke Corporation
Today’s global economy allows companies to design, source, manufacture and sell from an intricate web of locations based on a variety of factors, including customer sites, talent base, supply quality and availability and logistics costs. Fluke is...
Thursday, 16 August 2012 | 1083 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Read More
2012/August
Author:Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor
“Procedure-based maintenance” will be invaluable in this era of growing skills shortages. Machine complexity, coupled with the impact of the skills crisis and business needs for improved performance, has created a situation where detailed work...
Thursday, 16 August 2012 | 770 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Read More
2012/August
Author:Dave K. Banerjea, President & CEO, CyberMetrics Corporation
While there’s some evidence that offshore manufacturing is slowing and, in some cases, reversing to onshoring, in my opinion, the practice of offshoring U.S. manufacturing and service jobs will continue in the coming years. Growing up and...
Thursday, 16 August 2012 | 1064 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Read More
2012/August
Author:Dr. Lube, AKA Ken Bannister
Symptom: “Dear Dr. Lube, I have worked in fleet maintenance for many years and have always used multi-grade oils for engine oil changes, but have never questioned how they work. Could you explain? And what does the letter W stands for?”
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 | 1413 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Read More
2012/August
Author:Enrique Mora, Consultant
It’s like building a house. Before you implement a world-class strategy, take a step back to ensure you can support it.
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 | 1647 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Read More
2012/August
Author:Howard W. Penrose, Ph.D., CMRP
I’m surprised that some companies discourage the use of shaft brushes because—they claim—conditions calling for these brushes don’t exist. If I were in a mischievous mood, I might say dissemination of such information could be considered a...
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 | 1207 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Read More
2012/August
Author:Jagannath Rao, President, Customer Services Division, Siemens Industry, Inc.
In recent decades, the American economy has transitioned many times—from manufacturing to outsourcing, to economic crisis to a potential resurgence. But this revival is not going to happen through a simple “reshoring” of manufacturing. For the...
Thursday, 16 August 2012 | 1177 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Read More

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