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January 15, 2013
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  • Boeing says 787 reliability so far similar to that of other models: The sharp scrutiny that Boeing's 787 has been subjected to, the company notes, ignores the fact that the new plane so far has a reliability record quite similar to that of the 777 at the same stage. "When I look at these issues, they’re the same kind of issues we’ve had on other aircraft ... [None of the problems has] raised significant concerns beyond our experience base," said 787 Chief Project Engineer Mike Sinnett. Aviation Week & Space Technology (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pentagon freezes civilian hiring as spending cuts loom
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    The Pentagon will freeze civilian hiring, delay contract awards and limit its maintenance projects in preparation for steep budget cuts that could kick in if Congress fails to reach a comprehensive fiscal deal, says Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. America's military might also place civilian contractors on unpaid furloughs if automatic spending cuts are triggered, Panetta said. "The simple fact is that this fiscal uncertainty has become a serious threat to our national security," he added. "We really have no choice but to prepare for the worst." RealClearPolitics/The Associated Press (1/11), USA Today (1/10) 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 
  • Offshore wind turbines test technology in quality control, maintenance
    Maintaining offshore wind farms is a daunting task, requiring new technologies and dedicated ships to service giant state-of-the-art turbines in often hostile environments. But quality control at the micro-level in producing advanced turbine blades is also critical in eliminating one of the most costly kinds of failure in these machines in remote locations, blade cracking. Forbes (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile technology finds its way to shop floors
    Mobile technology is expanding from its initial roles in transportation management and tracking to the shop floor and management. While the introduction of such devices in these environments poses challenges for IT departments, the potential for improved efficiency and off-hours productivity can justify the cost, according to this piece. B2C Marketing Insider (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
  Leadership & Management 
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  • Participate in the Chapter Writing Question Contest and win $1,000!
    SMRP wants to announce an exciting opportunity for the chance to win $1,000 for chapters! By launching the Chapter Writing Question Contest, SMRPCO wants to add quality questions to the CMRP and CMRT question bank.The chapter that submits the most questions between now and Oct 1, will be awarded a $1,000 prize at the 2013 SMRP Annual Conference and the October issue of Solutions! Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Are you taking advantage of the SMRP Library of Knowledge?
    The purpose of the SMRP Library of Knowledge is to facilitate the dissemination of the tools developed by SMRP's Body of Knowledge Committees. These world class assist-tools focus on the areas of best practices, best-practice metrics, benchmarking and body of knowledge reference material. As a member you can search, view and download all of the documents available in the Conference Proceedings. Guests are welcome to browse the proceedings index; however there will be a fee to purchase full viewing and downloading access of the documents. Become a member and get free access to all of the proceedings. Start browsing the Library of Knowledge. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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