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September 4, 2012
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  Industry News 
  • Chevron's Kazakh venture reports drop in first-half production
    Chevron's TengizChevroil project in Kazakhstan produced less oil in the year's first half because of maintenance related to its Caspian Sea project, according to a report. Production dropped to 100 million barrels from 104 million barrels in the same period last year. TengizChevroil seeks to invest up to $6 billion in the next half decade to maintain production. Bloomberg (8/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • General Motors seeks $120 million to expand Kan. plant
    General Motors is asking for at least $120 million in industrial revenue bonds to fund a 400,000-square-foot addition to its Fairfax assembly plant in Kansas City, Kan. Over the past decade, GM has invested almost $1.9 billion in the plant, which produces the Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Malibu cars. The new expansion, however, "would be the largest physical expansion of the plant since it was built," said Mayor Joe Reardon, and would increase work opportunities for the plant's 3,700 employees in years to come. The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (8/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
 EAM & Reliability Strategy Seminars — September 2012
GenesisSolutions (An ABS Group Company) will be hosting two Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Reliability Strategy Seminars in Durham, NC (9/18) & Iselin, NJ (9/20). These educational seminars focus on the development of a progressive, multiphase Asset Management Master Plan to leverage CMMS data to support & sustain Reliability Excellence. Learn More

  Technology & Trends 
  • CIP systems make cleaning food production equipment easier
    An increasing number of food production plants, including breweries and frozen-food companies, are implementing clean-in-place systems, which use existing pump systems and cleaning fluid to clean equipment without the need to disassemble. Drew Delaney, Gamajet Cleaning Systems executive vice president, said the systems make cleaning the equipment easier and safer. "Manual cleaning can place personnel in a dangerous environment during the cleaning process," Delaney points out. (8/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Manufacturing weakens in parts of U.S., Fed beige book says
    The U.S. grew steadily in July and August, according to the Federal Reserve's beige book, but in some parts of the country, the manufacturing sector started to show signs of weakness. "Many districts reported some softening in manufacturing, either a slowdown in the rate of growth or a decline in the level of sales, output or orders," the central bank said in its anecdotal report on the economy. "Across the districts, few manufacturing firms reported any major hiring or layoffs." Reuters (8/29), Shopfloor blog (8/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • How to identify a good process
    Many manufacturing executives often mistake a sequence of activities for a process, writes Jason Piatt, president of Praestar Technology. He offers six ways to evaluate and improve a process, including determining its complexity, assessing its management and making sure it is communicated to all participants. IndustryWeek (8/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • If you were replaced, would anyone notice?
    Most leaders don't have much real impact on their organizations because they adopt the same strategies that anyone in their position would follow, argues Gautam Mukunda, author of "Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter." The bosses who do make a difference are the slightly crazy ones who do what nobody else would have considered doing. "If you're right, and it shoots through the ceiling, you're a genius. But most of the time when everybody is telling you, 'Gee this is an awful idea,' it is actually an awful idea," Mukunda says. CNNMoney/Fortune (8/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SMRP News 
  • Chicagoland Hosts Lubrication Transformation Seminar
    SMRP’s Chicagoland Chapter will host a Lubrication Transformation Seminar on Sept. 18 at Bass Pro Shops, Bolingbrook, Ill. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn from the two featured speakers, Mark Barnes and Jason Kopchinsky of Des Case. They have played an important role in the development and application of plan reliability technology. View the agenda and learn more. If interested, RSVP to Pete McLiverty at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SMRP Standardized Metrics (KPIs) now available for licensing
    Companies who have 5 or more people who need to access SMRP Metrics can now save money by purchasing a multi-user license. In addition to cost savings, corporate licensees will be the first to receive updates to existing metrics and newly published metrics, thereby ensuring their users have the most updated information available. If you are interested in purchasing a multi-user license or need more information, please contact Laura Keane, Products and Business Development Manager, at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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