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December 11, 2012
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  Industry News 
  • "Network manufacturing" coordinates production, planning
    The Siemens Energy turbine plant in Charlotte, N.C., uses more than 10,000 tools to manufacture complex parts. It uses a tool data management system that lets operators store information about various tools and their uses in the form of "work instructions," which lets them stay at their machines instead of scout around for tools. The system provides a bridge for information exchange between production processes and the planning functions. "The central TDM database secures a high, uniform quality standard, and the staff on the machines can rely on the NC programs and work instructions," said Klemens Huch at Siemens. American Machinist (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Investigation finds multiple 9-1-1 outages in D.C. region
    At least 11 outages have occurred since June 2010 in Verizon's 9-1-1 system serving the Washington, D.C., area, according to a Washington Post investigation. The incidents reportedly prompted officials to consider whether there was an underlying problem in the nation’s emergency-response system, and the report traced the causes to equipment maintenance issues, technical problems and unheeded automatic alarms. The outages have spurred a number of investigations, but Verizon officials say that overall the system is reliable. The Washington Post (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends 
  • 3-D vision keeps industrial trucks on track
    Robotic industrial trucks, otherwise known as automated guided vehicles, have typically required costly infrastructure to keep them on track. But new vision-guided AGVs require none of that, using rapidly taken pictures of a given route to provide a kind of 3-D map that orients them and can be changed as often as needed. (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3-D printing's future bright in 2013
    Three-D printing is set to take on new and wider importance in manufacturing in 2013, with big promises for cost savings and efficiency. And the future beyond next year holds even more, with the possibility of products yet to be imagined. Forbes (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Tips to increase asset uptime
    You can boost the availability of your assets if you use proactive maintenance as a strategy, manage operational risk and build reliability into the asset itself, writes Paula Hollywood, an analyst at ARC Advisory Group. In this piece, she explains how to do each. Process and Control Today online (U.K.) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Good bosses don't waste time on distractions
    Bosses need to make sure they don't waste time chasing after stuff that's cool but unimportant, getting sucked into projects with no clear endpoint, or overreacting to minor, one-off problems, writes Terry Starbucker. "It's all a matter of leadership perspective -- that ability to take a step back, and 'see' the bigger picture," he writes. (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SMRP News 
  • Oil, Gas, and Petrochemical Special Interest Group (SIG) relaunches in Houston
    The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals' Oil, Gas, and Petrochemical SIG is hosting a relaunch lunch program, Dec. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Brady’s Landing in Houston. Learn about the SIG and network with peers in the area. Download the registration form and submit to Christine Wang by Dec. 14. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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