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September 25, 2012
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  Industry News 
  • Study predicts rising employment, exports for U.S. manufacturers
    A recent Boston Consulting Group report projects that the U.S. could add between 2.5 million and 5 million manufacturing and support jobs by 2020, as well as increase manufacturing exports by $90 billion. The report cited "low energy prices driven by a surge in [U.S.] shale gas production" and lower factory labor costs as the factors that would give the U.S. an edge over Western European and Japanese competitors, and further raise factory employment numbers -- already up 3.6% since a "2010 post-recession low." Reuters (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Maintenance contract with United adds to NS Aviation's work
    North Carolina-based NS Aviation, an aviation management company which does business as North State Aviation, has secured a multiyear maintenance contract with United Airlines that will bring in at least 40 new workers to Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem, bringing the total number of employees there to 150. The company already has "two lines of maintenance and retrofit work on United's Boeing 737-900 fleet." Winston-Salem Journal (N.C.) (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MRO operations will be key to growing KLM E&M
    Antonius "Ton" Dortmans, executive vice president of KLM Engineering & Maintenance, says the key to growing the company will be its maintenance, repair and overhaul of engines and components. The company will open two repair shops in China: one to focus on avionics, the other on mechanical equipment. (U.K.) (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends 
  • How Harley-Davidson revved up its manufacturing
    Harley-Davidson is embracing a leaner and more flexible manufacturing strategy designed to limit its global exposure. The bike-maker's sprawling factory complex has been consolidated into a single highly automated facility, run by half as many hourly employees as the previous plant, allowing Harley to alter at the drop of a hat. "This is a big bang transformation," said facility manager Ed Magee. The Wall Street Journal (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Turning PdM data from a burden into a saver of time, money
    In an age of digital information overload, "even valuable predictive maintenance (PdM) or condition-based maintenance (CBM) data" can become burdensome and "baffling," writes industry expert J. Stanton McGroarty. There are various ways to simplify data and help it get to the right people more quickly -- including hiring an external PdM service provider; training maintenance employees to directly interpret and act on data; and using mobile devices with "data capture technologies" that automatically organize data, McGroarty writes. Plant Services (9/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Good questions lead to good solutions, expert says
    When problem-solving or developing new products, most companies tend to craft their solutions before they've fully defined their needs -- which can lead to overlooked opportunities, waste, and solutions that don't actually solve things. "Well-defined problems," on the other hand, "lead to breakthrough solutions," writes management expert Dwayne Spradlin. Spradlin cites breakthrough achievements by three organizations -- the Oil Spill Recovery Institute, Prize4Life, and NASA -- to argue that the way you frame your problem heavily influences your ability to solve it. Harvard Business Review online (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SMRP News 
  • Learn, educate and network locally -- Learn more Oct. 16
    SMRP is hosting a Chapter and Special Interest Group (SIG) Meet and Greet Oct. 16 at SMRP’s 20th Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla., 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., Poinsettia/Quince room. All conference attendees interested in joining a Chapter or SIG have the opportunity to network and learn more about joining a local Chapter or a SIG. Representatives from Chapters and SIGs will wear ribbons indicating their role and can answer any questions or provide you with information about joining. Meet up with the representatives and learn more! See the Annual Conference schedule. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Help SMRP certification and win money!
    SMRPCO has two great opportunities for you: One for Chapters and one for individuals. The Chapter Writing Contest is here again, and the Chapter that submits the most CMRP and CMRT questions by Nov. 14 will receive $1,000! For individuals, you can win extra money by submitting at least 3 questions, with the chance to earn $10 per question. Download the form, and win big today! Have questions? Visit the SMRP website, or contact Terry Harris at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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