Voices: From the Editor

From the Editor is a monthly opinion of the latest trends and innovations in the world of plant maintenance, reliability, engineering, and production. Look to Plant Services Chief Editor Mike Bacidore for his insights on what really matters to plant managers.


Just how big is your data?

Mike Bacidore says better business decisions come from in-context analytics.

By Mike Bacidore, chief editor

Data don’t help. Left to accumulate, they just become clusters of 0s and 1s that continue to take up storage and provide no business value. They are globs of glowing potential.

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Can 3D printing cure the headache of part obsolescence?

Mike Bacidore says certain types of equipment components are better-suited than others for reverse engineering and manufacturing.


Maintenance and reliability heats up in China

Mike Bacidore says post-industrialization focuses attention on asset healthcare and software upgrades.


Will condition monitoring and analysis ever be the same?

Mike Bacidore says welcome to the Internet of Things, where algorithms rule.


The new digital plant

Mike Bacidore says manufacturing intelligence brings the future in real time.


Mobile-device tools bring connectivity and collaboration

Mike Bacidore says maintenance and reliability apps are invading the plant floor.


Handle fluid with care

Mike Bacidore says motors, pumps, and seals can help to avoid environmental incidents and keep employees safe.


The Internet of Things just got smarter, I hope

Mike Bacidore says heed the warning of the Target network infiltration.


Your plant can run for a while without you

Mike Bacidore says maintenance and reliability conferences offer great learning and networking opportunities.


Hackers commandeer home appliances

Mike Bacidore says a warning shot has been fired across the bow of the Industrial Internet of Things.


Make a stand for reliability in 2014 and eliminate the bad actors from your floor

Mike Bacidore says don't rely on the unreliable.


Start monitoring corrosion. Stop deadly accidents.

Mike Bacidore says non-destructive testing can stop more deadly industrial accidents from happening.


Is manufacturing really new?

Mike Bacidore says material inflation, capacity, and labor rates drive change.


Join Mike Bacidore at the 2013 Annual American Manufacturing Strategies Summit

Mike Bacidore says American manufacturing is on its way up.


Celebrate Manufacturing Day with improved plant efficiency

Mike Bacidore says every day is a good day for rotating machine alignment.


Bring-your-own-device policies put plant data in the palm of your hand

Mike Bacidore explores how to balance data governance with administration.


Building plant camaraderie with mobile equipment monitoring

Mike Bacidore says remote monitoring brings maintenance and operations together.


Made in the U.S.A.: Why American manufacturing is on the rise

Mike Bacidore says innovation and location are leading the U.S. manufacturing resurgence.


Linking inventory management and asset reliability to improve plant productivity

Mike Bacidore says reliability requires the right part in the right place at the right time.


Make indoor air quality part of your plant's health and safety program

Mike Bacidore says indoor air quality is important, even if you can't see it.


Are you prepared to work in an autonomous plant?

Mike Bacidore says information-driven manufacturing requires powerful analytical tools.