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April 3, 2012
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  • Is U.S. car manufacturing in its "golden age?"
    The reliability of U.S.-manufactured cars is on the upswing, and some experts say we have entered the "golden age of vehicle quality and reliability." Part of this comes from improved plant efficiency and an ability of reliability staff to find potential problems and prevent them. An analyst at TrueCar.com says there are no more "clunkers" being built, and an efficiency expert says the number of cars that need repairs before they can be sent to dealerships has declined dramatically. National Public Radio (4/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRC outlines conditions for restart of Calif. nuclear plant
    Southern California Edison's San Onofre nuclear plant in California won't be allowed to restart until equipment concerns are addressed, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said. "Until we are satisfied that has been done, the plant will not be permitted to restart," said Elmo Collins, the NRC's Region IV administrator. The facility has been offline for two months following a radioactive leak from a steam generator. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Defense industry is concerned about work shifting to public depots
    The defense industry is calling for Congress to revisit a recent change in the law that splits weapons maintenance work 50-50 between public and private depots. Recently Congress widened the definition of weapons maintenance work that falls under the split, raising concerns among contractors that they will lose more work to public depots. Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion Blakey said the code change "could mean that a massive amount of workload will be shifted from the private sector to the public sector at the same time the Department is canceling or delaying modernization programs." NationalDefenseMagazine.org/blog (3/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends 
  • Divers are part of regular maintenance at nuclear plants
    The public doesn't often associate professional divers with nuclear power plants, but the maintenance they perform is important to each facility. They dive in lakes and rivers that supply water to the nuclear plant, as well as in radioactive and nonradioactive water within the plant's boundaries. Safety is a priority when divers work, as welding in both clear and muddy water can present challenges. Popular Science (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why reliability is not enough to sell consumers on the smart grid
    To convince energy consumers that the smart grid will benefit them personally, utilities need to offer something more than a reduction in power outages and increased service reliability, according to a Texas study that found customers already expect those things from their providers. Instead, Texas utilities hosting the statewide Biggest Energy Saver campaign found that home owners are more interested in technologies that cut costs, and appliances and applications that increase home energy efficiency -- which suggests providers should be focusing their marketing efforts on these benefits. AOL Energy (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & Management 
  • Kaizen manufacturing helps cut production time of Aeron chair
    Since 1998, Herman Miller has decreased the time it takes to manufacture an Aeron chair from 600 seconds to about 340 seconds, reduced by four-fifths the labor that goes into each chair and dramatically improved a number of quality and safety metrics, Cliff Kuang writes. Herman Miller's efficiency is attributed to its adoption of Kaizen, a Japanese manufacturing technique that focuses on constantly making minor assembly line improvements over a long period of time. Fast Company online (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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