Age a major factor in crane safety | FERC commissioners skeptical of administration's grid arguments | IBM acquires MRO specialist Oniqua Holdings
June 19, 2018
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Age a major factor in crane safety
Construction cranes may fail even when basic factors such as load and design life are well within prescribed limits. Such failures, which can be catastrophic, often may be traced to age, and that needn't be a mystery if "everyone in the chain of responsibility performs their role and understands that ... the modern finely engineered crane does not necessarily last for ever," writes Ben Dobbs, technical manager at the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association.
IMPO magazine (6/13) 
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FERC commissioners skeptical of administration's grid arguments
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Kevin McIntyre and other commissioners indicated they did not see an immediate threat to grid reliability from the retiring of nuclear and coal power plants. President Donald Trump on June 1 directed the Department of Energy to aid struggling coal and nuclear plants.
U.S. News & World Report/The Associated Press (6/12) 
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Technology & Trends
Manufacturers use smart tech to predict maintenance needs
Many manufacturers are now using smart technology in their maintenance, operations and repairs units, predicting when spare parts or products will need maintenance. "With the ability of data clouds to ingest large amounts of data at much lower cost, there is a bigger focus on improving the performance, identifying issues and trying to predict failures before they happen," Deloitte's Aaron Parrott said.
Supply Chain Dive (6/12) 
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Predictability is key to IoT adoption, AT&T exec says
Internet of things technology will become more useful once it can predict events, which will boost operational efficiency, AT&T's Chris Penrose says. The telecom is working with Honeywell on connected aircraft services, providing data that could improve maintenance, performance and operations.
Light Reading (6/13) 
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Leadership & Management
Recognize team wins to keep people motivated
Celebrating small wins regularly with your team can encourage them and keep them on track toward goals, writes Jennifer V. Miller. "Leaders who act as 'nourishers' providing respect, encouragement and recognition are those best poised to help their team members capitalize on their daily (or weekly) wins," she writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (6/12) 
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Positive reinforcement pays off for everyone
Recognizing people for good work is proven to improve trust, performance and well-being for everyone involved, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. Offering positive reinforcement doesn't require a lot of time but should be built into your day, she writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (6/14) 
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SMRP News
This Thursday: Webinar on cost-effective method for performing criticality analysis
Don't miss the next Professional Development Webinar on Thursday, June 21, at 12:00 p.m. titled "SOAP: A Cost-Effective Method for Performing Criticality Analysis." In this webinar, JD Solomon, PE, CRE, CMRP, provides an alternate method for conducting asset criticality ranking that can save up to 70 percent of the time it takes with traditional methods. JD is an engineer, consultant and facilitator with many years' experience in decision analysis, reliability, risk, resiliency and asset management. Sign up today!
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New CMRT/CTE booklet
Looking for more information on the CMRT certification or SMRP's work in career and technical education (CTE)? The new downloadable CMRT/CTE booklet offers information to maintenance and reliability technicians about the certification and all of the work SMRP does to promote education and skills development. This will serve as a great resource to technicians and students in technical schools. Visit the CMRT Certification webpage to download or view the digital version.
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