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February 5, 2013
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  • What caused the 34-minute blackout at the Super Bowl?
    Entergy New Orleans, the company that supplies power to the Superdome, has issued a statement on the mid-game blackout during Sunday's Superbowl at the stadium. "A piece of equipment that is designed to monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system," the statement said. "Once the issue was detected, the sensing equipment operated as designed and opened a breaker, causing power to be partially cut to the Superdome in order to isolate the issue." However, what caused the abnormality is unclear. "No credit cards, vending machines shut down, everything shut down," said one fan. CBS News (2/4), SB Nation (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Navy to prep for sequestration by canceling ship maintenance
    The U.S. Navy plans to cancel maintenance on 23 warships this month to prepare for sequestration. The ships include two aircraft carriers and 15 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. "We're already riding these ships much harder ... taking them out on deployments three and fourth months longer," said John Daniels, the Navy League's top spokesman. AOL Defense (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NTSB recommends duty-time regulations for maintenance workers
    The National Transportation Safety Board recommended more duty-time regulations for maintenance workers. The recommendation stems from a case where maintenance workers who had worked more than 12 hours were called in to cover another shift. "If the work shifts of the maintenance personnel had been consistent, a major source of their fatigue could have been mitigated," the NTSB says. AviationWeek.com (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. ICE taps DMI for system maintenance
    Support for the operations and maintenance of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency's legacy Alien Criminal Response Information Management System will be supplied by DMI of Bethesda, Md. Under the task order, DMI's duties will include software maintenance and operational support for system interfaces and data sources, and application-level configuration management for all O&M changes. Government Security News (1/31) 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
 

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  • Changing and adapting are continuous processes
    The hard work of managing quality and delivering new products can best be handled by making sure a balanced business structure is in place and then planning for continuous improvement, advises Robert Olszewski, a director at Kreischer Miller in Horsham, Pa. "A structured business improvement process, discipline and accountability lead to the development of systems and strategies that leverage the future and foster the true value of a business. Improvement involves assessing the now, where and how," Olszewski says. Smart Business (2/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SMRP News 
  • IndyCon 2013 registration is now open!
    Mark your calendars for the Annual SMRP Indiana Chapter Maintenance and Reliability Conference on March 19. Highlights include presentations relating to current maintenance and reliability issues, networking, and a variety of maintenance and reliability vendor displays. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Join the Georgia Chapter for the February meeting and workshop
    SMRP’s Georgia Chapter will be hosting its February meeting on Feb. 22. Sponsored by Rockwell Automation, the day will consist of a reliability best practices presentation, lunch, and a chapter meeting. Interested? Learn more! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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