July 2006 Issue
Change management should involve questioning those closest to the situation to determine the best plan for solving the problem. Then all management has to do is implement the recommendations. Is it really this simple?
Do you feel like youre hard work goes unnoticed? Are you putting in a lot of effort to gain more respect, but you feel ignored? How one man was inspired to revitalize other maintenance departments.
Evaluate material handling systems to eliminate non-value-added costs. Knowing these seven deadly wastes will help you identify the best places in your plant to eliminate waste.
The prevailing notion in modern manufacturing is that China has passed the U.S. in many disciplines, but a recent study reveals the contrary. Managing Editor Ken Schnepf examines why the U.S. is ahead of China in six-sigma and lean practices, as well as a variety of other areas.
Industry experts have for many years pointed to the low productivity levels in maintenance departments of most companies around the world. They cite anywhere from 30% to 50% as an average for wrench time, the productive time technicians spend actually repairing or replacing equipment, as opposed to walking to the job, receiving instructions, waiting for parts and other productive or non-productive activities.
Profibus-PA and Foundation Fieldbus both reduce cabling cost by sharing wiring among several field instruments. They also save money by reducing the number of instrument interface cards required to connect field instruments to the control system. However, they all save money by being able to use the same field transmitter for a wide range of measured variables.
Does your plant abuse its lift trucks? Everyday waste due to breakdowns, damage to equipment, product and facility is not uncommon. Learn how technology, operation and maintenance can crush lift truck costs.
There are numerous technologically advanced products in the plant that increase the safety of our workers. Editor in Chief Paul Studebaker laments the times when patents restrict the use of life-saving technology in his monthly column.
It isn't unusual for plant managers to concentrate their energy savings plans on production processes and major commercial real estate, but it's the transportation energy costs that are probably higher than you think. Peter Garforth, in his monthly Energy Expert column, identifies the energy savings possible from better management of your fleet.
The compressed air industry is taking a step that will clear the air about the performance of its equipment. For the first time, many compressed air equipment manufacturers will submit their 50 hp to 200 hp lubricated rotary-screw compressors and 200 cfm to 1,000 cfm refrigerated air dryers to an independent laboratory for performance testing.
Results from a continuing study by New Yorks Monroe County Water Authority (MCWA) indicate that applying low-friction anti-corrosion coatings can restore pump efficiency to the manufacturers new-pump specifications.
Industry and Mother Nature have both developed highly efficient motors.
After Acme lured away a capable maintenance manager with an overly generous offer, it tries to negotiate the deal half-way thru. When the manager refuses the renegotiation, Acme creates unreasonable goals for him and fires him for not meeting them and are saddled with a lawsuit. Find out what each could have done to avoid such a messy situation. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.
Human error is a built-in feature we share, so lets use something besides punishment to foster improvements. Russ Kratowicz peruses the Web and offers up free resources in his monthly column.
In this Web-exclusive sidebar, Martin Boyd, national product planning manager, Toyota Material Handling U.S.A., answers our questions about the real-world value of his company's patented lift truck stability control systems.
When processes change and manufacturing plants need to install any of several types of ultra-high-purity process gases, its the plant engineer who will be responsible for specifying an appropriate piping system. Learn about a sound system design that maximizes efficiency, purity and safety.