The age of $40 oil may be here to stay
After rallying for much of the year, the great oil crash that started in the fall of 2014 has returned in the summer of 2015 with a vengeance
On Wednesday, the price of West Texas Intermediate, the benchmark for U.S. crude oil, fell 4.3% to $40.80 a barrel, hitting levels not seen since the depths of the financial crisis more than six years ago. Brent crude, the global benchmark, fell to $47 a barrel.
The world is soaked in oil and recent data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed that oil stockpiles had unexpectedly climbed some more, this time by 2.6 million barrels last week. Smart money managers like to say that the cure for lower oil prices is lower oil prices, but all indications this summer are that oil producers from Saudi Arabia to the U.S. continue to pump despite lower oil prices.
After rallying for much of the year, the great oil crash that started…
GE plans app store for gears of industry
The ongoing journey toward lubrication perfection
In pursuit of lubrication perfection
Lubrication plays a major role in Turkey’s energy production
Company expects its future profits to increasingly lie in aftermarket asset performance and maintenance services
General Electric has seen the future of manufacturing. It involves competing with some very big technology companies.
GE recently announced a push into computer-based services, connecting sensors that are on machines to distant computing centers where data will be scanned for insights around things like performance, maintenance and supplies. The company plans to spend about $500 million annually building the business, according to the executive in charge.
“We think it will change the industrial world,” said William Ruh, the head of GE’s software business. “We’re talking about where an industrial company goes to get its applications.”
While some of GE’s software revenue comes from moving existing practices into a new category,…
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Choose the right tool for vibration analysis
Combine vibration monitoring and ultrasound for more cost-effective predictive maintenance
Use vibration monitoring to improve PdM and prevent failures before they occur
Taking condition monitoring and predictive maintenance to the cloud
Simple steps to accurate alignment
How vibration analysis can detect alignment problems
Thermal growth and alignment
How to use ultrasound to improve lubrication practices
How ultrasound technicians are improving reliability at your plant
Thermography heats up
Use thermography to diagnose electrical problems
IR technology offers a tool with multiple applications
IBM and National Instruments create testbed for the IoT.
A new collaboration between IBM and National Instruments (NI) has yielded the industry’s first condition monitoring and predictive maintenance testbed for the Internet of Things (loT).
The IBM cloud-based environment combines National Instruments' monitoring and data acquisition capabilities with IBM’s analytics tools to help organizations across industries better monitor complex automation devices, predict failures and help reduce maintenance costs.
To learn more about IoT, read “IBM, NI create condition monitoring and predictive maintenance testbed for the loT” from Control Design.
Your machines are talking to you. Do you always understand what they are saying?
A tale of 2 industrial plants
Regulate water temperature
Welding QC simple with real-time temperature readings
Fight rust to keep your plant running efficiently
Reduce corrosion costs
Combat corrosive conditions with prevention and early detection
Perform system maintenance to slow degradation of rotating equipment
Survey: Nearly all factory operations will be online by 2020
40% of respondents believe that now is the right time to invest in smart manufacturing, Internet of Things
Smart manufacturing is about creating an environment where all available information—from within the plant floor and from along the supply chain—is captured in real-time, made visible and turned into actionable insights.
Smart manufacturing comprises all aspects of business, blurring the boundaries among plant operations, supply chain, product design and demand management. Enabling virtual tracking of capital assets, processes, resources and products, smart manufacturing gives enterprises full visibility which in turn supports streamlining business processes and optimizing supply and demand.
SCM World’s recent field survey on smart manufacturing and the Internet of Things finds that while one in five today admit their factory…
More companies using big data to manage workers, optimize productivity
OSIsoft-SAP partnership deepens predictive analytics on the plant floor
New technologies help avoid machine faults
Ten things you need to know about cloud security
Is the cloud safe enough for your machine data? Here's what you need to know
It seems that every time the cloud is brought up, the conversation to follow is focused on how secure, or not secure, it really is. Here are 10 things you need to know about cloud security.
1. The cloud security market is growing, up to $9 billion by 2019.
2. 43% of companies experienced a data breach last year, up 10% from the year before.
3. A private cloud strategy may initially offer more control over your data and easier compliance to HIPAA standards and PCI, but it is not inherently more or less secure.
4. Cloud and security top IT initiatives in 2015, according to the 2015 Network World State of the Network report.
5. Storage is perceived as the riskiest cloud app.
6. Your employees are your biggest threat: employees caused almost…
How to plan for manufacturing success (hint: hire gamers)
Remote monitoring through turbine retrofit
Work with IT to foster remote monitoring
Ten things you need to know about cloud computing
Improving performance and uptime of heavy rotating equipment
Survey reveals the protection measures being used to lift machine availability to new heights.
ARC Advisory Group and Plant Services recently conducted a survey targeting manufacturing operations that rely on heavy rotating machinery in a power capacity range of 200 HP to 30,000 HP. This includes heavy-duty pumps, turbomachinery, centrifugal…
Practical considerations for modern BFW pumps
Fluid handling tools you can use
Handle fluid with care
Pumps in peril?
Omnify Software announces strategic partnership with Octopart
Integration helps engineers save time during design
Omnify Software, a provider of web-based Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software for discrete manufacturers, today announces a strategic partnership with Octopart, the electronic parts search engine, in order to give Omnify Empower users direct access to component information in Octopart without leaving their Omnify Empower environment.
The Octopart Search integration is an add-on module to the Empower PLM system. With this module, Empower users can search the Octopart database of a growing list of more than 30 million parts across thousands of suppliers. Users can check and create vendors, vendor parts, and associated items through a formal Part Request in Omnify Empower, while populating attributes/parameters, datasheets, and…
Small firms breathe easier as Minnesota capital-equipment sales tax rebate program ends
Material handling meets energy efficiency
Big data in the material handling industry: From supply chain to fulfillment
As equipment gets more complex, plant teams are increasingly turning to OEMs and their analytics partners to understand and manage machine performance.
The Plant Services 2015 Disruptive Technology series offers a quarterly look at technology innovations that are generating rapid changes in how plant managers and engineers approach their jobs. The series continues this month by investigating ways that OEM-enabled condition monitoring is starting to impact wider machinery health programs and how remote monitoring programs are changing the relationship between OEMs and plant maintenance and reliability teams.
Your machines are talking to you. Do you always understand what they are saying? Who outside your plant would you allow to listen in and help translate?
Remote condition monitoring (CM) technologies enable effective, efficient predictive maintenance (PdM), and some of the most…
Boost motor efficiency for a better payoff
Common sense management of EISA motor changes
What is your compressed air survey ROI?
Compressed air system solutions for deep surface mining
Back to basics: Getting to the bottom of leaks in your compressed air system
How to optimize robots' energy use? Slow 'em down
Consistent speed of movement can cut industrial robots' energy use by 40 percent
By minimizing the acceleration of industrial robots, energy consumption can be reduced by up to 40 percent – while retaining the given production time. This is the result of a new optimization algorithm that was developed by researchers at Chalmers University of Technology.
"We simply let the robot move slower instead of waiting for other robots and machines to catch up before carrying out the next sequence," a Chalmers professor who initiated the research says.
Read the full story on Phys.org.
Seven ways 3D printing is disrupting global manufacturing
Motoman Robotics teams with community college for workforce development
When robots eliminate jobs, will humans will find better things to do?
Chinese factory replaces 90% of human workers with robots, production soars
MakerBot Thingiverse announces winners of summer STEAM student challenges
Winning designs help teachers integrate 3D printing in the classroom
MakerBot Thingiverse, the world’s largest 3D printing design community, is pleased to announce the winners of the education-focused Thingiversity Summer STEAM Challenges.
Over the course of two months, nearly 900 members of the Thingiverse community submitted designs across the five challenge categories of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). After much deliberation, the first-place winners in each category were each awarded a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer. All of the winning designs are available free on Thingiverse.
“We are blown away by the creative designs the Thingiverse community submitted for the Thingiversity Summer STEAM Challenges, ranging from solar-powered LED lamps to a gravity battery to a 3D…
U.K. navy test-launches 3D printed drone from warship
Is manufacturing really new?
Real optimization in a virtual factory
Mechanical or electrical trip system testing?
Industrial Internet of food processing
In this case history, a food plant uses IIoT to improve data gathering and analysis.
SugarCreek is a 49-year-old processor of bacon, meatballs, sausage patties and chicken for both foodservice and retail. It's just finishing up a gut-rehab of a brownfield plant, a 70,000-sq.-ft. facility acquired from a bankrupt food processor in Cambridge City, Ind., which has been expanded to 418,000 sq. ft. While the new equipment, floors and walls are apparent, less obvious is the considerable investment in technology.
As a result, one of the key architects is SugarCreek's chief information officer. Ed Rodden quickly points out he has spent as much time on the business side as on IT, and that he's no "IT guy."
He does, however, see the huge potential of data gathering and analysis at many more points than are taken advantage of by most…
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Big data in the material handling industry: The NIST project
Improve plant productivity with communication, data gathering, and analysis
How the Internet of Things might change your plant
6 mistakes to avoid with EAM software
Bring-your-own-device policies put plant data in the palm of your hand
6 common load-study mistakes to avoid
How to determine the best electrical safety practices for your plant
Do capacitor systems really save energy?
Electrical safety experts answer your questions
Energy management motivation: Fighting mixed signals, misaligned goals and unpredictable resources
Track energy costs like you would operating costs
Establishing an energy management dashboard the right way
Proposed facility smart grid standard open for public review
ASHRAE, NEMA collaborate on proposed standard for consumers to describe, manage and communicate about electrical energy consumption
A proposed standard from ASHRAE and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) to create smart facilities supporting smart grids is part of an international effort. The proposed standard is open for public review from Aug. 7 until Oct. 6, 2015.
To read the draft standard or to submit comments, visit www.ashrae.org/publicreviews.
ASHRAE/NEMA Standard 201P, Facility Smart Grid Information Model, would provide a common basis for electrical energy consumers to describe, manage and communicate about electrical energy consumptions and forecasts.
Committee chair Steve Bushby said 201P also is being considered for adoption as an international standard through the International Organization for Standardization. In addition, the…
Your guide to better power quality
Mersen acquires ASP, a Chinese leader in overvoltage protection
Overcome potential problems with power quality
Reduced HVAC energy waste
GE and Cascade apply new technologies, super-computer capabilities to improve gas turbine combustion
New twists in turbines: How recent developments are delivering business benefits
Improved heat exchanger technology
5 factors driving technological advancements.
Heat exchanger efficiency is crucial. Fortunately, the chemical industry is benefiting from improvements as equipment makers such as Alfa Laval, Klaren International and Heatric leverage the latest materials and technologies to boost performance.
Five main factors — energy efficiency, capacity, emissions, water use and uptime — drive the chemical industry’s demand for improved heat exchanger technology today, says Gert Ternström, market development manager, petrochemical industry, Alfa Laval, Lund, Sweden.
“The overall focus is very much on process optimization and here compact heat exchangers offer great benefits,” he stresses.
To learn more about heat exchangers, read “Exchanger Technology Heats Up” from Chemical…
Reaping the energy benefits of cogeneration
Drive down your energy costs with heat of compression recovery
Compressed air systems' waste heat improves plant economics
Heat recovery — Great in theory, tough in practice
Context-aware technologies: The next frontier in mobile asset management
How to achieve better HVAC and dust collection
Heat recovery and energy efficiency go hand in hand
Loose nut costs U.S. Air Force $62.4 million in accident
Additionally, 27 airmen were put at risk, investigators find
A U.S. Air Force reconnaissance airplane caught fire in April, endangering the lives of 27 airmen aboard the plane - all because a retaining nut connecting oxygen tubing was not tightened properly, accident investigators have determined. The report blamed a private defense contracting company for the accident.
"Failure by L-3 Communications depot maintenance personnel to tighten a retaining nut connecting a metal oxygen tube to a junction fitting above the galley properly caused an oxygen leak. This leak created a highly flammable oxygen-rich environment that ignited," U.S. Air Force investigators wrote in report published August 3.
Investigators determined the ensuing fire caused $62.4 millon in damage to the RC-135V, which electronically…
How to take your plant one step closer to lean
Implementing lean operating systems
Lean manufacturing leads to production gains
The costs of additive manufacturing continue to drop, and quality is rising
For the last decade, 3D printing has been the playground of the maker community, while commercial applications have been limited to prototyping. But now, industrial 3D printing has reached its tipping point, and is about to go mainstream in a way that will revolutionize the economy. As costs continue to drop and quality rises, it will be impossible to put this genie back in the bottle.
Here are seven ways that 3D printing production is already in use today and disrupting business as we know it:
1. True rapid prototyping. Recent breakthroughs in automation coupled with the entry of global distribution companies like UPS have changed everything, in some cases leading to same-day production and shipping, and these changes are dramatically…
Industrial production rises but manufacturing flat
6 tips for fixing your kitting process
Perspective: It's time for manufacturers to start taking responsibility for suppliers
Global manufacturing PMI data: U.S. is still the best
Perspective: Why manufacturing companies must embrace disruptive change to survive
Established companies need to embrace changes brought about by the rapid rise of small startups
The manufacturing industry is currently confronting a number of challenges. First, manufacturing is no longer an industry that attracts the "best and the brightest." Tech-savvy young Millennials prefer to work for technology giants like Google or startups like Airbn. As a result, manufacturing companies are facing a lack of entrepreneurial spirit.
Second, the big-sized market players in manufacturing are not agile enough to accept new trends that emerge from the daily market communication of consumers. Today, the consumer wants to be involved in the process of creating the product or service - something that requires much greater flexibility and interactivity from manufacturing companies.
Read the full blog post on HuffingtonPost.com.
Factory activity slows in August, new report shows
Management of change
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Ten companies approved as SMRP Education Providers for reliability and physical asset management
Life Cycle Institute, Marshall Institute, and Smartware Group among those confirmed
Ten companies specializing in training for reliability and physical asset management are now confirmed as approved providers of professional education by the nonprofit Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (www.smrp.org).
The SMRP Approved Provider Education Program recognizes education and training that align with topics and best practices related to reliability and physical asset management. Specifically, those topics which have been documented in the SMRP Body of Knowledge and/or the Asset Management Landscape, published by the Global Forum on Maintenance and Asset Management (GFMAM).
“SMRP is widely considered the premier asset management resource for companies looking to improve their processes and procedures,”…
Bumble Bee forced to pay $6M for maintenance worker cooked alive
Don't let plant knowledge leave with your retirees
Closing the gender gap, and with it the skills gap
Fuel sealing systems testing
Seven tips for picking an outside contractor
Offshoring and outsourcing
The benefits of maintenance outsourcing
21-year-old plant employee loses 4 fingers on his first day
Require safety compliance in your supply chain
How to measure the safety of your plant
Safety is everyone's job
Toyota workers injured, lines shut after Tianjin explosion
Are new OSHA rules on electrical safety regular or supersize?
The history of electrical safety
OSHA issues proposed rule to clarify employer record-keeping
Proposal clarifies ongoing obligation to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (www.osha.gov) recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that clarifies an employer’s continuing obligation to make and maintain an accurate record of each recordable injury and illness throughout the five-year period during which the employer is required to keep the records.
“Accurate records are not simply paperwork, but have an important, in fact life-saving purpose,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “They will enable employers, employees, researchers and the government to identify and eliminate the most serious workplace hazards: ones that have already caused injuries and illnesses to occur.”
OSHA is issuing this…
Small labels, big safety message
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Arc flash hazard experts answer your questions
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Arc flash: Trained but not applied
Best practices for conducting an arc flash risk assessment
NFPA 70E 2015: What's changed and what you need to know
The effect of growth on electrical equipment reliability and safety
How will IIoT affect the future of manufacturing?
NIWeek speakers explore the future of big analog data and the Industrial Internet of Things.
Each August, engineers and designers gather in the Live Music Capital of the World and enthusiastically bear the triple-digit heat to drink from the cool, refreshing hose of industrial innovation and listen to presentations of the newest applications of National Instruments’ technology. This year, NIWeek in Austin, Texas, focused on the latest developments surrounding the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and big analog data (BAD).
“We’re in the early stages of the Internet of Things,” said Jeff Kodosky, one of the co-founders of NI and the “father” of its LabView platform. “The IIoT is about connecting machines and systems to improve reliability, productivity and safety. Sensors and devices will create huge amounts of…
Get practical advice on how to make the IIoT work for you at Smart Industry
Six tips for remote HMI/SCADA users to protect plant operations, drive cost savings
Ensure that your critical ICS data is protected
Smart manufacturing: A path to profitable growth
Automation supplier revenues continue slide in Q2 2015
Drop in oil prices, strong dollar had significant impact on growth
Automation suppliers saw their revenues drop by over 3 percent during the second quarter of 2015. The precipitous drop in oil prices and the strong dollar had a significant impact on growth for many process industry suppliers. Based on the corresponding drop in order activity, many suppliers have trimmed their expectations for business in the quarters ahead.
Discrete automation suppliers continued to benefit from stronger investment activity in the electronics and automotive industries in Asia and North America, and Japanese suppliers continued to gain disproportionate benefit from a weaker yen.Compared to the second quarter of 2014, the total combined revenues of automation suppliers to both the process and discrete manufacturing…
Wireless technology gets extreme: Overcoming harsh environments
Wireless leak detection offers continuous monitoring and significant savings
ABB acquires full ownership of CGM
Is IIoT a powerful tool or just another buzzword?
Manufacturer group takes action on recent FCC ruling
Maintenance Close-Up: Tool box, electrical enclosure or filter housing
Maintenance Close-Up: Thermometer, enclosure heater or temperature transmitter
Maintenance Close-Up: Enclosure, switch or lift truck
Robots will steal our jobs, but they'll give us new ones
Will you be working for a robot in the future?
How much do you know about robots?
Running robots mean flowing profits
Direct-drive technology outperforms traditional motion control systems
Control room design and intelligent ergonomic technology enhances leading distributed control system (DCS) offering
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has acquired the remaining shares of CGM AB to become its sole shareholder. Sweden-based CGM provides modern control room design and ergonomic solutions for maximum control room operator effectiveness.The acquisition complements ABB’s portfolio with the latest technology for enhancing the control room environment, from optimized design to ergonomic solutions with advanced functionality and improved safety standards. Optimum control room design increases the efficiency of operations that run continuously.A plant control room and its operators will be increasingly important to boost productivity and increasing safety in the next phase of industrial automation, which will be…
New report challenges government findings, claims U.S. manufacturing still hurting
Dow plummets 1,000 points at open as global selloff deepens
Arne Duncan: Inspire and prepare more students to excel in STEM fields
Training operators and maintenance staff with 3D visualization
Three things you can do to (re-) engage an apathetic workforce
What are the core actions to take in order to reignite your team's competitive fire?
The shortage of skilled workers is already surfacing as a constraint to manufacturing companies for engineers, scientists, skilled trades, electronic techs, certain machine operators with special skills and so on. In contrast, those performing manual labor and running outdated, legacy equipment are finding themselves disadvantaged.
There may be many underlying issues at play, but these three actions can help leadership get beyond worker frustration and disegagement, and reignite your team's competitive fire. (Hint: communicate clearly and consistently, and make sure your actions match your words.)
Read the full article here.
Why a domestic manufacturing renaissance won't be easy to pull off
Do you know what young engineers are looking for?
Is your plant suffering from poor engineering quality? You're not alone.
Are internships the key to closing the skills gap?
Internships can be valuable for both students and the industry.
When I brought my MS to my first engineering job, I thought the biggest adjustment was having to be on the job from 8 am to 5 pm. Management prized the perspective I brought from academic research and applied to production quality improvements, and benefited from the clarity of thought made possible by not knowing very much about how things are done in industry.
In retrospect, there were many occasions when the path to success might have been made more direct by factoring in the exigencies of the industrial environment: There's not enough money; people don't always follow written instructions; raw materials are not research-quality; equipment doesn't always do what it's supposed to do. But instead, I just expected my management to ante up…
Endress+Hauser donates to Indiana schools to support STEM education
IL community college, state university push to boost local engineering workforce
U.S. futures signal big rebound on Wall Street
Randstad: Manufacturing workers' confidence continues to rise
38 percent of manufacturing workers polled believe the economy is getting stronger
News release: The Randstad Manufacturing & Logistics Employee Confidence Index (ECI) rose from 55.9 at year-end 2014 to 60.8 points in mid-year 2015, representing an increase of 4.9 points. This is the second straight wave of growth in the ECI among this group, which was 53.3 one year ago.
The online survey, conducted by Harris Poll among manufacturing and logistics workers on behalf of Randstad US, measures workers' perceptions regarding the overall strength of the economy, availability of jobs and personal employment prospects. Randstad's mid-year 2015 findings indicate confidence levels among workers in this sector continue to trend upward.
Read the full release on prnewswire.com.
Training and Career Center
Study: Share of unauthorized immigrant workers in production jobs falls since 2007
2008 Euromaintenance Conference
A Skill TV Special: Top industry leaders discuss key maintenance issues at the 2008 Euromaintenance Conference.
Advancing Maintenance in Europe
Joel Leonard interviews Hans Klemme Wolff, president of the European Federation of National Maintenance Societies, about the maintenance crisis.
France's Maintenance Angle
Joel Leonard interviews Claude Pichot, president of the French Association of Engineers, about France's approach to maintenance.
Maintenance as a strategic asset
Rockwell Automation's Tom Hetherington talks to Joel Leonard at the PEMAC conference about automation in the maintenance process.
Experiential Education Fills Engineer Pipeline
Experiential education helps to fill the pipeline of future engineers. Watch as pumpkins and trebuchets spark students' excitement about engineering.
Opportunities and Challenges for Maintenance Women
Joel Leonard interviews Susanne Peters from Mainnovation consultancy group about opportunities for women in the maintenance field.
What are Canadian Business Challenges?
Joel Leonard gets to the bottom of the maintenance challenges that Canadian businesses face.
The welder shortfall
Marine Chris Myers used the GI Bill to go to welding school and is now an instructor for Lincoln Electric. He demonstrates that the demand for welders is great even in a down economy.
Craftsmen of the Future
Chuck Kooistra, vice president of General Physics, talks to Joel Leonard about the importance of recruitment in the maintenance field.
Guiding students toward a career in maintenance
Rachel Gilles discusses how ATS is upgrading its current maintenance workers and developing its future workforce through educational efforts.
Moving to a predictive maintenance continuum
Don Johnson from ATS explains how outsourcing production maintenance can help factories run better.
Part 1: Council on Competitiveness
Part 1: Council on Competitiveness Senate workforce briefing
A Big Problem in the Skilled Trades
Bill Thrasher, vice president of PEMAC, talks about the consequences of not feeding the skilled worker pipeline in Canada.
Breaking Down the Stereotypes
Greensboro, N.C. Mayor Yvonne Johnson talks to Joel about skills versus gangs.
Part 4: Council on Competitiveness
Part 4: Council on Competitiveness Senate workforce briefing
Part 5: Council on Competitiveness
Part 5: Council on Competitiveness
Part 2: Council on Competitiveness
Part 2: Council on Competitiveness Senate workforce briefing
Part 3: Council on Competitiveness
Part 3: Council on Competitiveness Senate workforce briefing
Skill Shortfall Challenges Business Takeoff
Joel Leonard discusses with John Cawthron of Timco Aviation Services how the skills shortfall challenges businesses' hiring practices.
The 2008 Business Challenge Forecast
Joel Leonard discusses the 2008 Business Challenge Forecast with Joyce Gioia of the Herman Group.
Insight into the World Congress of Maintenance
Joel Leonard interviews Guido Walt, former president of the Swiss Maintenance Society, about European maintenance challenges.
N.C. rebounds from demise of legacy industries
Joel Leonard talks about the steps North Carolina took to recover economically from the demise of legacy industries that were once the engine of the state's economy.
MBA Education and the Maintenance Crisis
Len Middleton, an engineer and MBA, talks to Joel Leonard about how MBA education contributes to the maintenance crisis.
Many think to advance our society we must break away from the past. However, by preserving and maintaining yesterday's assets, we could be building tomorrow's treasures. Joel Leonard interviews Benjamin Briggs, executive director of Preservation Greensboro, to learn about this process.
The Value of Education
Former Michigan Gov. John Engler, who is now the president of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), shares his perspective on skills challenges at the 2008 National Summit on American Competitiveness in Chicago.
Changing Public Perception
Ted Natt, editor of Sandhills Business Journal, talks about the media bias against maintenance workers and what can be done to change the public's perception of skilled workers.
Not Just a Bunch of "Goobers"
Tim Pettigrew, a Mayberry Tribute Actor, also is a certified school bus mechanic. He reveals the complexities of modern transportation equipment and the growing need for qualified technicians.
World Economy Creates Opportunities for USA
Joel Leonard met with Council on Competitiveness President Deborah L. Wince-Smith at the 2008 National Summit on American Competitiveness. She says that as the world's economy grows, so do the opportunities available for American companies.
South Carolina and the Maintenance Crisis
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford talks about the need for maintenance workers in his home state.
Maintenance Evangelist Meets Tech Evangelist
Maintenance Evangelist Joel Leonard and Technology Evangelist Robert Scoble discuss educational challenges and the need for schools to provide experiential education and hands-on training to fully engage students.
Maintenance at the University Level
Are maintenance and reliability taught at the university level? They are at the University of Tennessee at the Maintenance and Reliability Center under the direction of Tom Byerley.
Ricky Smith at UE World
Hear what advice reliability guru Ricky Smith would give President Obama on how to improve our nation's economic performance.
Skill TV Maintenance Crisis Video
Watch the maintenance crisis unfold before your eyes, to the tune of Joel Leonard's famous "Maintenance Crisis Song."
SkillTV: Saline Water Conversion Corp
A CEO who understands maintenance
Joel Leonard interviews a CEO who understands the value contribution of maintenance.
Business and reliability challenges in Russia?
Are there business and reliability challenges in Russia?
New CEO and the Wily Old Maintenance Manager
Skit: The new CEO encounters the wily old maintenance manager
Maintenance and money
Peter DeCleric illustrates how maintenance can contribute to the shareholder value of a company
Russ Read of the Biotechnology Workforce
New opportunities in biotech: Joel Leonard interviews Russ Read, executive director of the Biotechnology Workforce
SMRP Conference Expert Roundtable
Joel Leonard attends the SMRP Conference and interviews industry experts Terry Wireman, Wayne Vaughn and Kahn Ellis, all who currently work with Vesta Partners.
Welding through history and beyond
Lincoln Electric's Chris Ilcin and Dan Ziemnik give Joel Leonard a tour of their Euclid, Ohio-based headquarters.
Lincoln Electric's Carl Peters talks welding
Lincoln Electric's Carl Peters, director of training and technology, discusses the company's efforts to combat the maintenance crisis and skilled worker shortage
Welding in the virtual world
Lincoln Electric introduces students to welding in virtual reality to help with training
Welding student provides hands-on perspective
Welding student Seth Cogley talks about his experience in the Lincoln Electric welding program and his career prospects once he graduates
Improve operational effectiveness
Hamdan McDar of Saudi Aramco has implemented a variety of strategies to make his company more productive and more profitable.
Thirsty for reliability?
Millions of people in the Middle East live in a desert. Those who run and maintain the water desalination plants deserve praise and support for their efforts. Joel Leonard sat down with leaders of the Saudi Water Commission and Datastream Arabia to learn how they were able to implement EAM in three months.
Preventing inefficiencies and failures
Bart Winters explains how Honeywell is utilizing the Abnormal Situation Management Consortium and simulation training to stamping out failures.
Fighting the economic downturn with optimization
Don Morrison, Profit Suite Product Manager, explains how Honeywell is using real-time technology to optimize plant performance.
Automation services address the maintenance crisis
Jason Urso, Honeywell's VP of Technology, is helping businesses improve process safety, reliability and efficiency.
How to maintain automation performance
Honeywell's Jose Simon helps companies realize profit capabilities with automation.
Address financial challenges with efficiency
Noah Bethel, VP of product development at PdMA, discusses the role of technology in electrical reliability, focusing on cradle-to-grave motor reliability and troubleshooting motors with data analysis support from vendors.
Compressor technologies reduce costs
Patricia Del Buono of Atlas Copco Compressors explains that there are lots of opportunities to leverage compressor technologies to reduce costs and energy.
Preparing for failures with simulation technology
ABB's Shon Isenhour explains how new technology can help curb the skilled labor shortage.
Interacting with technology in the real world
Alan Morris of A3 Technologies brainstorms on possible real-world applications for 3-D technologies in inventory and warehouse management.
Align goals and strategies to improve efficiency
Paul Berberian of Alignment Supplies reveals that close to 50% of all rotating equipment failures can be traced back to misaalignment.
Virtual visualization technology in practice
FLIR's Jeff Dale demonstrates how thermal imagers can help companies uncover serious energy loss and other maintenance problems.
Address financial challenges with efficiency II
Noah Bethel talks about risk reduction and describes today's career opportunities in reliability.
An integrated approach to predictive maintenance
Craig Kelly, maintenance supervisor for Cargill Salt, explains how the company is preventing maintenance breakdowns.
Streamline inventory management control
Frank Murphy of IMS illustrates how a well-organized storeroom can help companies cut costs and save time.
Improving the frequency of plant communications
Ken Pirkle of Broadway Technologies explains how analog two-way radios can improve communication within a facility.
Necessary skills for green-collar jobs
Suri Ganeriwala explains how green-collar jobs and green technologies can be used to develop the future workforce.
Developing advanced training tools
Suri Ganeriwala's machine fault simulator helps students and trainees understand vibration analysis and prevent misdiagnosis.
Listening for costly leaks
Adrian Messer from UE Systems illustrates how ultrasound technology can help companies reduce operational costs.
Challenges, issues and opportunities
Ralph Pete Peters, author of Maintenance Benchmarking and Best Practices, explains how maintenance can contributes to the overall productivity of a facility.
Joel Leonard interviews Suzy Jamieson
Joel Leonard interviews Suzy Jamieson from the International Council for Machinery Lubrication
Hot Technology: Stockton Infrared
Hot Technology: Joel Leonard talks to Greg Stockton, president, Stockton Infrared
How to hear profit loss
How to hear profit loss with UE Systems
The Green Collar Payback: Enpulse Energy
The Green Collar Payback: Joel Leonard interviews Derrick Giles, president, Enpulse Energy, about the opportunities in green-collar jobs
Tour and history of Lincoln Electric
A tour of Lincoln Electric reveals the company's history and major projects it has worked on, including the bridge over the Grand Canyon
The Importance of Best Practices and Training
Bruce Warrick, maintenance manager for Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging, talks about the cultural challenges in his plant, and how best practices and training have helped improve the maintenance process.
The Challenge of Work Process
Think Reliability's Mark Galley discusses the importance of clarifying work process to help the plant achieve smooth work flow.
Keep Out Contamination
Des Case's Trigg Minnick talks filters and filtration systems to make sure your oil is as clean as it can be.
The Godfather of Maintenance
Jack Nicholas, dubbed the "Godfather of Maintenance," talks about condition-based and reliability-centered maintenance in the Navy, and the importance of best practices.
Reliability training in a virtual environment
Andy Ginder explains how ABB's online game, the Reliability Challenge, helps plant professionals explore maintenance and reliability practices.
Preserving compressor longevity with maintenance
Emmett Sills, service trainer for Atlas Copco, takes viewers on a guided tour of a compressed air system.
Performance technologies and training equipment
Emmett Sills from Atlas Copco explains how the Air Academy helps professionals optimize compressed air system performance.
Skill TV uncovers the benefits of YouthBuild USA
Joel Leonard met with Eric Gallegos, Grainger customer service representative. Eric got his job after graduating from YouthBuild's HVAC program.
Skill TV meets with YouthBuild HVAC students
Peter Lamantia, who was formerly homeless, explains why he loves the career opportunities that the YouthBuild program opened up for him.
YouthBuild HVAC student Cartlon Montgomery says he is anxious to get to work.
Julian Durr, who at the time this video was shot was in a work release program, is excited to have the opportunity to do something productive with his HVAC training.
HVAC student Lafayette Curtis shared his enthusiasm about contributing at a higher level and getting off of the streets.
Daniel Wynn works at night, and during the day he takes HVAC classes to learn the skills he needs to break away from past transgressions and to support his family.
Better Welding, Better Career - Part I
Maintenance Evangelist Joel Leonard interviews Ben Kaiser and Adam Ramthun, students at Lincoln Electric Welding School, about their career paths.
Better Welding, Better Career - Part II
Maintenance Evangelist Joel Leonard interviews Ashley Webel, an instructor at Lincoln Electric Welding School, about her career path.
Better Welding, Better Career - Part III
Maintenance Evangelist Joel Leonard interviews Jessica Huffman, student at Lakeland Community College, about her career path.
Lincoln Electric Automation Division integrates robotic arc welding equipment and automated welding systems to help you decrease manufacturing costs, increase weld quality, improve welding productivity and enhance your working environment. See more at www.LincolnElectric.com/automated-solutions.
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