2010

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  • Vendor Focus Podcast: Edgewater Fullscope

    Russell Smith, senior vice president of Edgewater Fullscope, discusses enterprise resource planning (ERP) with Plant Services Chief Editor Mike Bacidore. ERP allows the ability to manage logistics, distribution, inventory, shipping, invoicing, accounting, and HR functions and can have a significant impact on the bottom line.

    12/02/2010
  • Skill TV: Aligning workers with in-demand skills

    John P. Metcalf, senior partner with Strategic Community Planning, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, explores how sector strategies can help build talent pipelines into the demand industries.

    11/08/2010
  • Skill TV: Training through the screen

    Will Hall and Anthony Knotts from VP Marketing explain how video-based technology can help disseminate educational information and fight the skilled labor shortage.

    11/08/2010
  • Quick Start Videos: Compressor energy costs

    Russell Evans, PMP, plant technical services manager at Owensboro Municipal Utilities, talks with Plant Services about controlling the energy costs of the reciprocating compressors at his facility in Kentucky. Because the compressors his plant uses were built in 1964, the cylinders create unique issues. Evans reveals how, despite the maintenance expense of servicing these compressors, the price of a new replacement compressor would far outweigh it. The plant conducts real-time condition monitoring in the form of heat rate studies and checking for abnormal temperature or pressure changes. Evans' relatively new reliability team aspires to create a proactive maintenance environment at the facility

    10/07/2010
  • Quick Start Videos: Compressor reliability

    Doug Husen, mechanical team supervisor at Shell, talks with Plant Services about compressor reliability at his facility in Louisiana. Husen's plant has 14 large reciprocating compressors that are critical to operations. The plant's maintenance and reliability team already uses online temperature measurement and vibration measurement, but ultrasound technology is an efficient and readily available tool they might like to have. Husen also explains how plant maintenance can be a money saver, instead of an expense.

    10/07/2010
  • Skill TV: Innovations in education

    Walter Dalton, lieutenant governor of North Carolina, explains how the Innovative Education Initiatives Act and customized education help students prepare for a 21st century economy.

    09/13/2010
  • Skill TV: Advancing education with technology

    Walter Dalton, lieutenant governor of North Carolina, and Paul Dordal, executive director of the BRAC Regional Task Force, explore how enhanced classrooms and tools can aid in the education process.

    09/13/2010
  • Skill TV: Investing in certification

    Barb Dunlavey and Butch DiMezzo from SMRP explain how partnerships and networking opportunities are uniting maintenance professionals around the world.

    08/09/2010
  • Skill Radio: Get up, stand up - Jam along with this reggae version of the Maintenance Crisis Song

    What is the Maintenance Crisis Song? Joel Leonard, also known as the Maintenance Evangelist, wrote the original version in October of 2002 after attending an Engineering Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. After hearing hundreds of Facilities Engineering executives from major corporations complain about the lack of interest by future generations to enter this career and witnessing thousands of candidates brave 30 degree weather conditions to stand in line to earn a slot on American Idol, Leonard wrote the lyrics for "The Maintenance Crisis Song."

    07/16/2010
  • Skill Radio: The phantom of the plant - Compose your own aria while listening to this operatic version of the Maintenance Crisis Song

    What is the Maintenance Crisis Song? Joel Leonard, also known as the Maintenance Evangelist, wrote the original version in October of 2002 after attending an Engineering Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. After hearing hundreds of Facilities Engineering executives from major corporations complain about the lack of interest by future generations to enter this career and witnessing thousands of candidates brave 30 degree weather conditions to stand in line to earn a slot on American Idol, Leonard wrote the lyrics for "The Maintenance Crisis Song."

    07/15/2010
  • Skill Radio: We want the funk - Get down with this funkified version of the Maintenance Crisis Song

    What is the Maintenance Crisis Song? Joel Leonard, also known as the Maintenance Evangelist, wrote the original version in October of 2002 after attending an Engineering Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. After hearing hundreds of Facilities Engineering executives from major corporations complain about the lack of interest by future generations to enter this career and witnessing thousands of candidates brave 30 degree weather conditions to stand in line to earn a slot on American Idol, Leonard wrote the lyrics for "The Maintenance Crisis Song."

    07/14/2010
  • Skill Radio: Testify about the skilled labor shortage — Sing along with this gospel version of the Maintenance Crisis Song

    What is the Maintenance Crisis Song? Joel Leonard, also known as the Maintenance Evangelist, wrote the original version in October of 2002 after attending an Engineering Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. After hearing hundreds of Facilities Engineering executives from major corporations complain about the lack of interest by future generations to enter this career and witnessing thousands of candidates brave 30 degree weather conditions to stand in line to earn a slot on American Idol, Leonard wrote the lyrics for "The Maintenance Crisis Song."

    07/13/2010
  • Skill Radio: Maintenance professional’s delight – Rap along with this hip hop version of the Maintenance Crisis Song

    What is the Maintenance Crisis Song? Joel Leonard, also known as the Maintenance Evangelist, wrote the original version in October of 2002 after attending an Engineering Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. After hearing hundreds of Facilities Engineering executives from major corporations complain about the lack of interest by future generations to enter this career and witnessing thousands of candidates brave 30 degree weather conditions to stand in line to earn a slot on American Idol, Leonard wrote the lyrics for "The Maintenance Crisis Song."

    07/12/2010
  • Skill TV: Anticipating failures

    Augie Schumacher, reliability engineer from Infralogix, illustrates the importance of implementing predictive technologies.

    07/12/2010
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