Blogs and Columns


chadAir 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.


jeff shiverAsk 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.


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.


lead ron marshallCompressed Air Efficiency
Ron Marshall is a certified engineering technologist in the province of Manitoba and has received certification as an energy manager, demand side management and measurement and verification professional through the Association of Energy Engineers.This blog deals with subjects on how to make compressed air systems operate more efficiently - from the air compressor all the way to the final end use.

bobThe Feedback Loop
When it comes to process manufacturing there’s no hiding from the PID controller. Bob Rice is a recognized expert in the fields of process control and plant optimization, and he is currently Vice President of Engineering at Control Station, Inc. In this blog Bob shares professional experiences, personal insights, and best-practices for maintaining safe, profitable control.

Alexis2Plant 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.


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.

joeSupply 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.


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.

around the worldPlant Services Around The World
There are far too many professional events and user group meetings scheduled each year for any one person to attend them all. Join Plant Services editors Thomas Wilk, Christine LaFave Grace, and guest bloggers as they capture what is being said, done, and talked about at events throughout the year!



David8090.jpgAsset 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.

Peter8090.jpgEnergy 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.

tom2From 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.


lead tom moriartyHuman 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.


doc palmerPalmer'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.

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.


PS1601 Dept Web TacticsTactics and Practices
Back-to-basics column on best practices at the ground level, written by Plant Services editors as well as industry contributors.


PS1601 Dept Web AutoZoneAutomation Zone



PS1601 Dept Web BigPicBig Picture Interview



PS1601 Dept Web WhatWorksWhat Works
What Works is a collection of case histories that provides real-world examples of best practices and how to implement them.


PS1601 Dept Web YourSpaceYour Space
Your Space is a guest column where readers can offer information, perspective, and experience to their fellow readers.