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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.