Ontario city will monitor energy use, maintenance with Smart City plan | MROs adjust to Boeing, Airbus taking larger piece of maintenance pie | Students enroll in manufacturing academy
February 13, 2018
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Ontario city will monitor energy use, maintenance with Smart City plan
Officials in the city of Kingston, Ontario, are hopeful that a partnership with Bell Canada to deploy smart city technology will help them meet local environmental goals while staying abreast of the city's maintenance needs. The city plans to roll out the initial phase of the program this spring.
CBC News (Canada)/The Canadian Press (2/8) 
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MROs adjust to Boeing, Airbus taking larger piece of maintenance pie
Maintenance, repair and overhaul firms are adjusting business models as Boeing and Airbus seek to take over more maintenance of commercial aircraft. Boeing announced almost $1 billion in maintenance contracts at the Singapore Airshow.
Reuters (2/9) 
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New Online Course: Steam Trap Inspection
UE Systems new online course "Steam Trap Inspection" is ideally suited for inspectors of all skill levels and experiences. The course covers how to plan, test, trend, record and report inspection results. This is the latest in UE Systems professional development series. Learn more and register.
Technology & Trends
Digital plays a role in optimizing chemical manufacturing
Advanced analytics and other digital technology could make it easier for chemical companies to identify hidden bottlenecks and unprofitable areas that may be missed otherwise, according to this McKinsey analysis. One example offered is that of a surfactants producer that made improvements in maintenance costs and production uptime through analytical methods.
McKinsey (2/2018) 
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SaaS options make virtualization, analytics more accessible
Manufacturers can get the benefits of smart machine technology at lower prices by using software-as-a-service options such as code quality management and virtualization, writes Ashish Patwardhan of Schneider Electric. Predictive maintenance is also an analytics service that can be offered, he notes.
Machine Design (2/2) 
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Data-Driven Smart Diagnostics Made Easy
When vehicles are down, so is your business. Learn how you can avoid equipment failures, by implementing a smarter approach to maintenance using IoT adaptive diagnostics to reduce repair costs and improve turn-around. Download the eBook.
Leadership & Management
5 ways to fix problematic leadership traits
Bad bosses can be discouraging for employees who are forced to endure them. Dede Henley spells out several characteristics and practices that define bad managers and recommends five remedies, starting with seeking feedback and listening carefully.
Forbes (2/6) 
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Better leadership through inclusion
The best leaders use an inclusive style that helps employees understand the task at hand and allows them to assume a degree of responsibility and authority, writes David Smith, Ph.D., CFP®. "Through inclusive behavior, the goals get better definition, resources are used correctly, leaders gain valuable time for themselves as they are relieved of some duties through delegation, and the work gets done as desired," Smith writes.
Journal of Financial Planning (2/2018) 
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