Meet Our Authors

Columnists          

David Berger - Asset Manager

David Berger, P.Eng., has been a contributing editor since 1992, providing advice to management from Maintenance, Engineering and Operations on how to manage assets more efficiently and effectively. His monthly column, Asset Manager, covers a broad range of topics including asset management strategy, CMMS/EAM, asset management best practices, and organizational design issues. Read David's column

Peter Garforth - Energy Expert

Energy Expert explores the growing range of energy related opportunities and risks facing today’s Energy Manager. Peter Garforth draws from his considerable track record in establishing successful energy productivity programs that create profitable business solutions and enhanced competitiveness. Read Peter's column

lead tom moriartyTom Moriarty - Human Capital

Human Capital is a monthly column for plant managers, department managers, supervisors and aspiring leaders. This column provides a blend of leadership and organizational development concepts with practical applications and insight. Look for Plant Services Contributing Editor Tom Moriarty for leadership topics to expand your leadership toolkit. Read Tom's column

Doc Palmer - Palmer's Planning Corner

Palmer’s Planning Corner is a monthly column exploring the productivity piece of maintenance. Planning and scheduling allows a plant to complete extra proactive work even when it has its hands full with reactive work. Plant Services Contributing Editor Doc Palmer explains different principles and issues each month to make successful what should be a rewarding endeavor for maintenance. Read Doc's column

Sheila Kennedy - Technology Toolbox

Technology Toolbox highlights new products and technologies designed to improve asset reliability, maintenance productivity, safety, and cost efficiency. Plant Services Contributing Editor Sheila Kennedy focuses on a different functional area each month. Read Sheila's column

Christine LaFave Grace - Big Picture Interview and What Works

Christine LaFave Grace has been managing editor at Plant Services since 2015. Among her writings for the magazine are What Works case-study stories and the Big Picture Interview series, in which industry professionals across a range of sectors, roles, and experience levels share their perspectives on top issues confronting manufacturing today. Read Big Picture Interview or What Works

Thomas Wilk - 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 Thomas Wilk for his insights on what really matters to plant managers. Read Tom's column

 

Bloggers

Chad Larrabee - Air It Out

Chad Larrabee is director of services marketing in North America for the air business of Ingersoll Rand. Chad currently serves as education committee chairman for the Compressed Air and Gas Institute. Read Chad's blog

 

Jeff Shiver - Ask Jeff

“Ask Jeff” is a dialog where Jeff Shiver, CMRP, answers your questions. Topics include planning and scheduling, reliability centered maintenance, best practices implementation, leadership, and much more. Read Jeff's blog

Captain Unreliability

Captain Unreliability is a satire of the state of the manufacturing industry in ’Merica, USA, and is written by an industry professional known for using humor to get the point across. Read the Captain Unreliability blog

Alexis Gajewski - Plant Nexus by Alexis

This blog, authored by Alexis Gajewski, brings you the best of the web with a healthy does of humor, amazement, and DIY wonder. Read Alexis' blog

 

Anne Lucietto - School's in Session

Anne Lucietto, a mechanical engineer by training, worked in industry for the likes of Caterpillar and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory before starting her “second career” as an assistant professor at Purdue University in 2014. She obtained a Ph.D. in engineering education from Purdue in 2014 and has spent the past several years pursuing a passion for helping ensure that today’s engineering students are sufficiently prepared for their careers. Read Anne's blog

Tom Furnival - Super-Skill Me: The Thriver’s Guide to the Next Industrial Revolution

The "Super-Skill Me" blog is an ongoing and interactive exchange between Tom Furnival, director of training services for Marshall Institute, and plant professionals like you. Topics will focus on the skills and technologies necessary to succeed in the new world of smart manufacturing – a world which values adaptability and digital savvy more than ever before. Read Tom's blog

Joe Limbaugh - Supply Chain Joe

From the DC to the blogosphere, industry veteran Joe Limbaugh shares his unique insights and observations of the distribution world, often with a touch of humor. Joe has been with industrial distributor Motion Industries since 1983, and is currently VP of Operations. Read Joe's blog

facilityToday’s Optimized Facility

Advancements in plant and manufacturing facilities offer managers an array of solutions for top performance. Optimizing facility operations requires keeping up with smart storage concepts, productive lift trucks, enhanced data collection, operator proficiency and best practices for material flow. It’s all about how to run better and manage smarter. This blog explores dynamic solutions and unique challenges facing today’s facilities managers. Read the Today’s Optimized Facility blog