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October 30, 2012
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  • NRC closely monitoring Sandy's impact on nuclear plants
    Exelon declared an alert at its Oyster Creek nuclear plant in New Jersey because of rising waters from the superstorm Sandy, and two other facilities in New York were also prompted to stop operations. "Given the breadth and intensity of this historic storm, the NRC is keeping a close watch on all of the nuclear power plants that could be impacted," said Allison Macfarlane, chairwoman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. "Our extra inspectors sent to the potentially affected sites will continue, on an around-the-clock basis, to independently verify that the safety of these plants is maintained until the storm has passed and afterwards." Bloomberg (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ford drops, Toyota rises in vehicle reliability survey
    Ford dropped to 27th of 28 brands ranked in an annual Consumer Reports survey -- seven spots lower than its previous ranking -- due to "flaws" in its small car transmission system and touch-screen navigation device. The company's Lincoln brand also dropped to 26th place. Meanwhile, Toyota Motor Corp. won the top three rankings for its Scion, Toyota and Lexus brands. Reuters (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • US Airways denies FAA charge of improper Boeing jet maintenance
    The Federal Aviation Administration is considering imposing a $354,500 fine on US Airways over a Boeing 757-2S7 jet it believes US Airways performed improper maintenance on. After finding a fuel pump leak in the jet's right engine in August 2010, the airline replaced the pump, but failed to conduct two mandatory tests and a mandatory inspection before flying the jet 916 times after that. US Airways denied the FAA's findings and says it complied with maintenance regulations. CNN (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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 EAM & Reliability Strategy Seminar — Washington, DC
ABS Consulting & GenesisSolutions (An ABS Group Company) are hosting an Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Reliability Strategy Seminar in Arlington, VA on Tuesday, 12/4. This educational seminar focuses on the development of a progressive, multiphase Asset Management Master Plan to leverage CMMS data to support & sustain Reliability Excellence. Learn More
 

  Technology & Trends 
  • Product failure: An inevitability of manufacturing
    Product failure is inevitable in manufacturing and can cost companies millions of dollars, experts say. When Ford and Firestone recalled more than 14 million tires in 2000 because of tread separation, the automaker revamped its testing process, but its products still fail eventually. "Companies come to me and say they want to be 100 percent failure-free after three years. But that's impossible. You can't do it," said Fred Schenkelberg of the firm FMS Reliability. Wired magazine (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research planned for automated vehicle reliability
    The Obama administration plans to initiate research to probe the reliability of automated driving technologies. Volvo recently unveiled a traffic jam detection device for automated cars, and other automakers and industry leaders are also developing automated vehicle systems. The government did not say when it would craft safety standards for these new cars, a task that "would require the government to ... rethink the way it evaluates auto safety," said National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief David Strickland. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & Management 
  • Sandy's lessons for small business survival
    Small businesses hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy can turn for post-storm help to tax relief for regions labeled disaster areas, economic injury loans, and low-interest Small Business Administration loans, writes angel investor Amy Rees Anderson. She explains these and the other tools available to firms affected by the disaster. Forbes (10/30), Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SMRP News 
  • Welcome to the first Executive Meeting of 2013
    Kicking off the 2013 new year, SMRP is hosting its first Executive Meeting in Midlothian, Texas. Save the dates -- Jan. 21-24 -- for an exciting meeting and tour of the Holcim Cement Plant. As a benefit of the SMRP executive membership, executive meetings are a great opportunity to network with your peers at various locations throughout North America, and experience an education session, tour of a local plant, and a networking reception. Upgrade your membership to an executive membership today to attend the upcoming meeting! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CMRP and CMRT certification module has officially launched online!
    SMRPCO is excited to announce the official launch of its online certification module! New applicants for both the CMRP and CMRT exam can NOW fill out an online application through the SMRP website. Coming soon -- Current certificants will also be able to submit and pay for their recertification forms online. Additionally, all certificants will have an online profile where they can view and update their contact information. This module allows applicants an easy, fast, and secure method to register for CMRP and CMRT exams. Interested? Learn more, or register for an exam. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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