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October 23, 2012
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  • Exelon ramps up emergency response measures at Ill. nuclear plant
    Exelon's Byron nuclear plant in Illinois has taken additional emergency response measures to prepare for a severe event after last year's Fukushima Daiichi incident in Japan, company spokesmen said. "We did a lot of different walk-downs for equipment to ensure reliability of things we had," said Paul Dempsey, a plant representative. "We also purchased other kinds of equipment that we could move into areas if needed if we have some sort of loss-of-power event to the plant." (Rockford, Ill.) (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lower layoff numbers don't mean security for maintenance pros in Okla.
    American Airlines announced in September that it would lay off 2,700 employees at its maintenance base in Tulsa, Okla. However, negotiations with the Transport Workers Union, along with early retirements and attrition, have brought the real number of layoffs to fewer than 450, union officials said. That means many of the maintenance technicians and other employees at Tulsa have jobs for now, though their future at the airline, which filed for bankruptcy, remains uncertain. USA Today (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Omnicell, Cerner collaborate to link EHR, health IT products
    Cerner and Omnicell will work together to boost interoperability between their technologies, enabling bi-directional linkage of Omnicell's products and Cerner's EHR systems. The partnership focuses on offering new clinical workflows to boost patient safety and efficiency, while also cutting implementation time, costs and maintenance for shared clients, officials said. Healthcare IT News (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends 
  • CEOs need to view lean as a culture, not a tool
    When lean-manufacturing expert Art Byrne asked workers at Wiremold in the 1990s to cut one of their machine setup processes from 14 hours to under 10 minutes, they said it was impossible -- but then cut it to six minutes with a few changes. That kind of improvement happens when CEOs treat lean management as a part of company culture and actively get out and promote it, Byrne said. Dan Ariens, the CEO of lawn and garden equipment producer Ariens Co., said he takes regular "gemba walks" through the company's five plants to monitor and praise employees' lean efforts. "I have to be the guy who holds the stake in place and not let it slip back," Ariens said. IndustryWeek (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & Management 
  • As technologies advance, so should labor shift policies
    North American manufacturers have stayed on the cutting-edge side of inventory management, manufacturing technology and supply chain logistics -- but those advances are being limited by labor policies that have changed little since the Industrial Revolution, notes labor management expert John Frehse. "It's time to retire the eight-hour shift and consider other possibilities for work that can reduce costs and help companies hire and retain the best talent," Frehse writes. Adopting longer shifts, he suggests, could cut back on inefficiency and downtime resulting from shift changes, as well as give workers more schedule flexibility. IndustryWeek (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • To hit your maintenance marks, reach beyond your own team
    Using data to guide you to your facility's biggest maintenance issues and a core team to perform root cause analyses on system failures are crucial steps for good maintenance -- but there's a final step that often gets ignored, writes maintenance expert Stanton McGroarty. The final step requires the core team to identify system failures that can't be solved by maintenance work orders, and to invite representatives of other teams to help address those failures. Plant Services (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Save the date for 2013!
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