Choose maintenance planners selectively, observer advises | Report: 24% of US airline maintenance performed overseas | Ohio Turnpike plans $134M in maintenance work this year
April 17, 2018
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Choose maintenance planners selectively, observer advises
Maintenance planners require a specific skillset just like any other craftsman, writes Doc Palmer of Richard Palmer and Associates. "Successful planners must have superior data-organizing and communication skills," he writes.
Plant Services online (4/9) 
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Report: 24% of US airline maintenance performed overseas
A report by the Transport Workers Union says US airlines are sending about 24% of heavy aircraft maintenance work to foreign countries, up from about 7% in 2003.
Forbes (4/6) 
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Technology & Trends
MHI Vestas rolls out suite of digital tools for wind
MHI Vestas has introduced a four-product suite of smart tools designed to help wind firms with the design, operations and maintenance aspects of developing a project. "This product portfolio addresses their most critical business needs and gives them an unprecedented level of visibility and control," said Head of Product Management Henrik Baek Jorgensen.
ReNews (UK) (4/11) 
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Machine learning can help better maintain the nation's pipelines
Pipelines criss-cross the country, often in and near population centers, yet few breaches are revealed by advanced detection techniques, writes Tim Edward with Rob Salkowitz. Machine learning can help industry experts comb through huge amounts of data to analyze results and then detect and mitigate pipeline problems before they occur.
Plant Engineering (4/10) 
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Leadership & Management
Questions to test a job candidate's integrity
Integrity is an essential quality when considering a potential hire, so Leadership From the Core founder Marcel Schwantes suggests several interview questions to help you find candidates who exhibit this trait.
Inc. online (4/11) 
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It's a leader's job to break down silos and build strong teams
Increased demands on teams sometimes move members to retreat into self-preservation mode, so consider team-building activities to improve trust and communication, writes Naphtali Hoff. Cohesive teams won't happen until leadership studies each individual's strengths and provides training where required, so they will succeed as individuals and collectively, he writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (4/11) 
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Early bird registration for the 2018 SMRP Symposium ends next week
Don't miss your chance to save $100 on registration for the 2018 SMRP Symposium taking place June 6 -7, 2018, in Memphis, Tennessee. Early bird registration ends April 25. This year's event features an opening keynote presentation from Fedex Freight SVP of Operations John Smith, 16 track sessions, six hands-on workshops and three facility tours. Check here to register!
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Register for next week's metrics webinar: Emergency Downtime Monitoring
Rich Reeves, a reliability manager at Schreiber Foods, leads the next webinar in the Metrics Webinar Seres covering pillar three of the SMRP Body of Knowledge. His presentation, "Emergency Downtime Monitoring," takes place on April 26, 2018, at 12:00 pm EST, It covers a strategic overview of what qualifies as emergency downtime, what metrics to track, and how to present this information to other departments. Register here.
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CMRT exam now available at computer-based testing locations
Thinking about earning your Certified Maintenance & Reliability Technician (CMRT) certification? You can now take a computer-based exam at a local testing center. This technology was previously only available for the CMRP exam, but SMRP and SMRPCO are thrilled to be able to offer it to technicians throughout the world. Check here to find a testing center near you!
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