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February 12, 2013
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  • Air Canada will appeal to keep maintenance deal with U.S. firm
    The Quebec Superior Court has ruled that Air Canada must keep heavy maintenance operations in Canada after the carrier signed a maintenance agreement with AAR Corp. in Duluth, Minn. "Air Canada will be appealing this Quebec Superior Court decision, given the importance of the matter, and makes no further comment at this time," spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said in an e-mail. Canada.com/The Canadian Press (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Architects apply laser focus to factory performance
    Enhancing factory efficiency and performance from an architectural standpoint is the focus for the U.K.'s Johnson Design Partnership, says Vic Johnson, the firm's founder. JDP uses laser technology that is accurate to within 1 millimeter in performing digital surveys of plants. "This is all about making sure the factory is working at its most effective in terms of the flow of work and ensuring space is fully utilized," Johnson says. Manufacturing Digital (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 GenesisSolutions — Planning & Scheduling Webinar
GenesisSolutions is hosting a webinar on Maintenance Planning & Scheduling: A Best Practices Overview on Weds, February 20, 2013 from 10am - 11am CST. The discussion will focus on establishing a baseline to eliminate non value-add tasks for maintenance staff to improve efficiency, reduce downtime, increase safety, and move up the EAM Maturity Continuum. Register Now
 

  Technology & Trends 
  • Cutting-tool concepts a fit for Industry 4.0
    Some answers to the question of how cutting tools will fit into the world of Industry 4.0, the new manufacturing concept with Web-based networking, became evident at the 10th Tool Conference in Schmalkalden, Germany. One example was a mechatronic tool designed for retrograde machining of large boreholes. GFE unveiled the device, explaining that it uses telemetry to acquire its ongoing status while cutting, incorporating the “Internet of things” in which all participants communicate as they would on the Web. American Machinist (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Modular components pave way for more efficient data centers
    Modular components that improve data centers' efficiency and eliminate maintenance of systems that aren't being used are following in the "just-in-time" manufacturing path pioneered decades ago by the Japanese, writes Kevin Brown of Schneider Electric. Standardized "plug and play" data components allow manufacturers to change their capacity, and new monitoring software can boost efficiency by pointing to future needs. All Things D (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & Management 
  • Achieving sustainable manufacturing
    Important components to attaining sustainable manufacturing include optimizing fossil fuel use, reducing pollution and recycling, writes Jack Rubinger. In order to achieve sustainable manufacturing, you must also promote the practice in the workplace through signs and labels on all containers, equipment and machines, he writes. Manufacturing Digital (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Training, other steps ensure best use of value stream mapping
    Waste and loss within an operation can be visually tracked with value stream mapping. But to take full advantage of what it has to offer, it's important among other measures to select and train an inclusive, cross-functional team and physically track the path of material flow. IndustryWeek (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SMRP News 
  • SMRP call for abstracts and call for workshops now open
    The 2013 Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Annual Conference Committee invites track session abstracts or proposals for workshops for the 2013 SMRP Annual Conference in Indianapolis from Oct. 14 to 16, 2013. Attendees can submit a proposal or workshop to showcase innovative solutions, technical advancements and extensive knowledge. Submit a call for abstract or a call for workshops. Hurry -- all online submissions close Monday, March 4. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Middle Tennessee lunch and learn event
    Join the Middle Tennessee Chapter for a lunch and learn event on Feb. 21 at the University of Tennessee Space Institute Cafeteria in Tullahoma, Tenn., featuring guest speaker Ron Moore, PE, CMRP. Moore will explain the relationship between reliability and safety in a safe plant. Interested? Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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