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March 19, 2013
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  • Boeing tests multi-layered 787 battery solution
    Multiple layers of protection in what Boeing describes as a comprehensive solution to the 787's battery problem are undergoing tests that the company says should be complete in weeks. One key is an enclosure system designed to prevent, rather than just contain, a fire. "We made changes to avoid propagation from one cell to another, better heat-resistant sealing and added high temperature dielectric isolators above and below the battery cell. We also added dielectric protection in the spaces between them," said 787 Chief Project Engineer Mike Sinnett. (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Smaller manufacturers to feel brunt of U.S. budget sequester
    Smaller manufacturing companies that depend heavily on defense contracts are expected to be most affected as U.S. budget sequester cuts take effect. And the cuts will come after the year started with a sharp month-to-month drop in manufacturing technology orders, albeit after an unusually strong December. IndustryWeek (3/11), IndustryWeek (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends 
  • Siemens upgrades solution for food factory automation
    Siemens says its new Totally Integrated Automation Portal can save as much as 40% of the engineering time normally required to establish an automated production system. Diagnostic, safety and security functions have all been upgraded with an eye to efficiency in automation for food and drink factories, where product lifecycles tend to be brief. (U.K.) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & Management 
  • Need help finding skilled technicians?
    This article offers a variety of ways to recruit qualified technicians to help with your maintenance and reliability operations. It suggests outsourcing for the short term, although that can be costly. It also suggests tapping into the growing pool of military veterans returning from deployment, and working with agencies. Over the longer term, it suggests investing in your own training program. Food Processing (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Technical system integration key to maintaining a firm grip on operations
    Advanced technical systems have made possible hugely improved efficiency for manufacturers in the management of what they make, shipments and tracking, write Steven Brenner and Shannon Klabnik. However, they suggest the more complex problem of integrating different systems holds the potential for providing a telling competitive advantage. IndustryWeek (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SMRP News 
  • SMRP member discount for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical trade show in April
    Attend INTERPHEX, the leading annual pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical trade show. Network and learn about products/services to ensure quality and maximize efficiency, agility and flexibility that solve manufacturing and supply chain problems. SMRP’s Pharma and Biotech Special Interest Group has coordinated a special for SMRP members! With this link, SMRP members will receive VIP status, free admission to the exhibit show floor, and 50% off one-day or two-day conference fees. Sign up today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ontario chapter Technical Seminar: Lubrication Transformation
    Join SMRP’s Ontario chapter for the next meeting May 1, Burlington, Ontario, Canada. The SMRP Ontario Chapter will be hosting a Technical Seminar presented by Des-Case at Bentley Systems’ Burlington Head Office. The speakers for this SMRP seminar have played an important role in the development and application of plant reliability technology and have the ability to communicate knowledge to others. RVSP your interest by sending Sandra DiMatteo an e-mail at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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