New beginnings, new battles and new technologies

There has been a new addition to the Plant Services family. J. Stanton McGroarty, CMfgE, CMRP, is now senior technical editor. He was formerly consulting manager for Strategic Asset Management International (SAMI), where he focused on project management and training for manufacturing, maintenance and reliability engineering.

He has more than 30 years of manufacturing and maintenance experience in the automotive, defense, consumer products and process manufacturing industries. He holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the Detroit Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in management from Central Michigan University.

Stanton’s monthly column, Strategic Maintenance, was also posted on this week. Read his first Plant Services article, Use maintenance to drive financial success.

On the lighter side, there’s a battle brewing between Big Ass Fans' Powerfoil X2.0 and Schneider Electric's M-Flex Enclosed Drive Controller. Of course, I’m referring to our Maintenance Deathmatch. Big Ass Fans (@BIG_ASS_FANS) has already asked its Twitter followers to lend their support and vote. Will Schneider Electric retaliate? Looks like the gloves are off. Have you voted yet? Time is running out.

Do you need something to do on May 16? Why not attend our webinar on thermography. Daniel Simon of Great Lakes Infrared will explain how thermal imaging can be used for condition monitoring. This webinar will also discuss the use of infrared thermal imaging in various industrial settings, with stress on the cost savings resulting from cutting scrap; increasing throughput; solving quality problems; addressing safety issues; increasing uptime of machinery; and providing "fast-to-market" development times.

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