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November 27, 2012
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  • Northrop's optionally piloted vehicle set for production
    Northrop Grumman has won a production go-ahead from an unidentified contractor for its Firebird optionally piloted vehicle. The aircraft is designed for medium-altitude surveillance, and the pilot option will allow it to fly through controlled airspace. Northrop says the Firebird is intended as a "replacement for the aging, inefficient and unsustainable fleet of special-mission aircraft." Aviation Week & Space Technology (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GE Aviation adds additive manufacturing
    Additive manufacturing is the objective with GE Aviation's acquisition of Morris Technologies and its sister company Rapid Quality Manufacturing, both of which GE has under current contract. Additive manufacturing is based on digital design, using horizontal cross sections to gradually build up a component while minimizing waste. The new acquisitions will enable GE to step up its engineering and manufacturing capabilities in anticipation of increased orders for jet engines over the next few years. Air Transport World (11/20) 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 
 
  • New processing virtualization tech likely for cloud service providers
    Cloud service providers' profit margins are highly sensitive to costs associated with hardware acquisition and maintenance. To keep these costs down, providers rely on virtualization software to envision and avoid disasters. Given this, new processing virtualization technology is likely to come along that functions just below the hypervisor and allows hardware problems to be addressed more rapidly, leading to much improved rates of availability. ZDNet (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Texas Instruments tests Flash memory for extreme temperatures
    Flash memory that functions reliably from -55 degrees Centigrade to +210 C is now being sample tested by Texas Instruments. The SM28VLT32-HT has a capacity of 4 MB. It's designed for logging data at extreme temperatures in environments such as those found in oil and gas exploration, heavy industrial applications and avionics. EE Times (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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WEBINAR Reduce Maintenance Costs in a Sustainable Way
December 11, 2012
Mainnovation will be hosting a webinar on cost control. Companies using the approach presented have been able to reduce maintenance spending by 20-50% recurring savings without penalizing equipment uptime or SHE compliance. It is a challenge, but it can be done!
Register here
  Leadership & Management 
  • Getting a handle on operational data a priority
    More data is always good, but managing and making good use of the vast store of data that businesses already have, particularly the data they can glean from their operational systems, should take precedence says Justin Borgman, founder of Hadapt, a data-analysis software vendor. "Big Data is a great opportunity," said Jeanne Johnson, business-intelligence principal at KPMG. "I think it’s changing the way business is going to be done, but it takes time to get the good foundation to harness the data." SupplyChainBrain.com (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lean strategy tips from Tesco's former CEO
      
    Big Think
    Lean business strategies are a smart way for companies to operate more efficiently and wring profitability out of supply chains, says Terry Leahy, former CEO of Tesco, in this Big Think video. "When you conserve things, when you don't waste things, when you're frugal with the use of resources, actually you find that you can produce more for less cost, and that's more profitable," Leahy says. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  SMRP News 
  • 3 great products, one great offer -- Compendium Combo Offer
    The much anticipated 4th edition of the SMRP Best Practices is nearing completion. Enhancements to the metrics documents in this compendium include Best-In-Class Target Values for the Metrics, which allow for improved clarification on the Harmonized Metrics. These new editions will add tremendous value to the Metrics. For the anticipated launch of the 4th edition, SMRP is offering the Compendium Combo Offer, which includes three great products in one bundled offer. Learn more and purchase the offer today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Save-the-date: 2013 conference website launch
    SMRP’s 2012 annual conference in Orlando, Fla. was such a success that we’re already planning for the 2013 annual conference, October 14-16 at the Indiana Convention Center. The website www.smrp.org/conference has been updated and information is soon to come! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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