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March 12, 2013
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  • Boeing's Tinseth sees proposed fix as "permanent" solution
    Randy Tinseth, Boeing's vice president of marketing, says he's sure that the company's proposed fix to the 787's battery issue is a "permanent" solution.  "It is a solution that we believe provides three levels of protection for the airplane and it's a solution that we're confident will ensure safe and reliable service for the 787 in the future,"  said Tinseth. Meanwhile, the National Transportation Safety Board has scheduled a forum and hearing on the troublesome battery issue for April. Reuters (3/11), (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2 wind turbines broke due to "manufacturing issue," GE says
    The collapse of wind-turbine blades on two towers at separate wind farms in Illinois was a result of an "isolated manufacturing issue," according to General Electric, which made the turbines. "We reviewed the wind farm fleets at both sites to ensure their continued reliability and performance," said Lindsay Theile, spokeswoman for the firm's Renewable Energy business. "We have addressed the manufacturing issue to prevent this from happening in the future." She said both turbines are running and back on line. The News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana, Ill.)/Paxton Record (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Siemens' Ludwig cites Mars mission as sign of manufacturing's future
    The most compelling case for a manufacturing renaissance may not be found on Earth but rather on Mars in the form of the Curiosity rover, says Siemens Industry North America chief Helmuth Ludwig. The technological marvel was made possible only by digital simulation that ensured success for its astoundingly complex mission with no margin for error. "When you look back at the last two decades, when you think of manufacturing, you really talked about reducing costs by outsourcing, by looking at the lowest cost labor. But looking forward, we believe that creating a manufacturing renaissance is all about using the most sophisticated software," Ludwig said at last month's 2013 ARC Forum. IndustryWeek (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 EAM & Reliability Strategy Seminar — Knoxville, Tennessee
GenesisSolutions (An ABS Group Company) is hosting an EAM (Enterprise Asset Management) and Reliability Strategy Seminar in Knoxville, TN on Thursday, April 18, 2013. This educational seminar focuses on the development of a progressive, multiphase Asset Management Master Plan which leverages CMMS data to support & sustain Reliability Excellence. Register

  Technology & Trends 
  • Initial higher cost of efficient electric motors pays off
    A variety of manufacturing factors ranging from the use of neodymium batteries and more copper wiring to better aerodynamic efficiency in cooling fans can produce significant energy savings in industrial electrical motors. These add to the initial cost, but "the motor's purchase price is only about 2% of its life cost based on a 20-year life. When compared to a motor’s purchase price, electricity to run the motor continuously is about 11 times the purchase price," said John Malinowski, senior product manager for AC motors with Baldor Electric. Manufacturing Business Technology (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & Management 
  • Should distribution centers use automatic guided vehicles?
    Companies have been slow to adopt automatic guided vehicles for warehousing and distribution purposes, and there are still potential issues related to reliability, flexibility and scalability, writes Tim Quellhorst, senior vice president at Crown Equipment Corp. The technology is still developing, and, in some situations, "the best decision may be to map out a strategy but delay implementation until the technology matures," he writes. Supply & Demand Chain Executive online (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Take the diaphragm/sanitary gasket replacement survey and get results
    Pharma & Biotech industry professionals: Wrestling with interval analysis related to diaphragm/sanitary gasket replacement? Here is an opportunity to provide input related to current diaphragm/sanitary gasket replacement strategies and see if these vary with materials of construction. Answers will be shared with those who take the survey. Interested? Access the survey. The survey will be open for eight weeks through May 1. Results will be shared during the May 2013 Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Pharma & Biotech Special Interest Group teleconference. For more info, contact John Ganaway at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals 2013 Annual Conference sponsorship program has kicked off! Maximize your company's exposure and make the most of your marketing budget with many sponsorship opportunities. Connect with maintenance and reliability decision makers and influencers from all over North America and abroad. Learn more today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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