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November 20, 2012
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  • Aircraft maintenance engineers note widespread safety lapses
    According to a safety audit by the International Civil Aviation Organization, commercial airline operators have an average safety compliance rate of only 60% and regulators have a manning rate that is only 24% of optimum, noted Aircraft Engineers International officials at AEI's International Congress. "Pressure on aircraft engineers to overlook safety issues has been steadily increasing as the priority for airlines shifts from safety to profit," said AEI President Robert Alway. "Regulators need to do more to protect aircraft engineers who report safety problems. After all, their actions could well prevent an accident and that is most certainly in the public interest." Avionics Intelligence (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • OPPD targets Q1 2013 restart for Neb. nuclear plant
    The restart of Omaha Public Power District's Fort Calhoun nuclear plant in Nebraska has been moved back to the first quarter of 2013 as the utility addresses containment maintenance and other concerns, a spokesman said. "We've gotten the restart checklist and we're looking to be able to heat up the plant in the first quarter of next year. Our goal had been December if there weren't additional areas that needed work. We have areas that need work around the containment," said OPPD spokesman Jeff Hanson. Bloomberg (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Virginia teams public, private sectors in manufacturing research
    Public- and private-sector researchers are coming together under the aegis of Virginia's new Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing. The aim is to help the state develop its manufacturing prowess, including working on ways to make jet engines more efficient and determining how to build more highly calibrated precision machinery. Pointing to CCAM's 16,000-square-foot high bay area, Executive Director Dave Lohr said, "This space is designed exactly the way you would see it if you went to any modern, advanced manufacturing factory." Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bell Helicopter makes dent in Chinese market with new agreements
    Bell Helicopter extended its reach in China, appointing a new managing director for the country and signing an agreement to make H&P General Aviation Service Co. an authorized customer service facility. Additionally, the company announced Guangzhou Civil Aviation College will be the first authorized maintenance-training facility. AIN Online (11/14) 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 
  • Airbus bringing RFID to entire fleet
    Airbus is leading the way in its industry as the first manufacturer to expand permanent tagging of certain parts across its fleet. Beginning in the new year, all seats and life vests on new A320s, A330s and A380s will be tagged with permanent RFID tags, said Carlo Nizam, Airbus' head of value-chain visibility and auto-ID. "RFID [is] a benefit for all involved in managing components during their life cycle: vendor, integrator, airline and MRO [maintenance, repair and operations] service provider," Nizam said. RFID Journal (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Bosch finds putting people on the assembly line pays off
    Bosch's leadership made a strictly business-oriented decision when it decided against automation in favor of skilled workers at the core of its assembly line for the company's CP4 high-pressure diesel pump. As a result, when recession hit, Bosch didn't have so much complex machinery sitting around unused. Meanwhile, the quality of the product is high, and rapid expansion has been easier to achieve. IndustryWeek (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SMRP News 
  • SMRP wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving
    SMRP would like to wish our friends, members, and colleagues in maintenance and reliability a Happy Thanksgiving! We are very thankful and fortunate to work with great people like you every day of the year. As always, we want to thank you for your support in making SMRP what it is today. We hope you have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday surrounded by friends and family. If there is anything we can do to make your experience with SMRP better, please let us know. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Have you been meaning to take the CMRP or CMRT exam but keep putting it off? Don't wait any longer to be part of the 3,000 certificants in the industry! To register for the CMRP and CMRT exam, please fill out our online application. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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