2014-2013 On-Demand Webcast Series

Energy Efficiency for Small and Mid-Sized Manufacturers

Original Air Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 11 a.m. PT /1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET
One (1) RCEP / ACEC Certified Professional Development Hour (PDH) available for all attendees.

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Combustible Dust Strategies: Meet OSHA Requirements, Maintain Productivity

Original Air Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at 11 a.m. PT /1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET

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Principles of Lean Maintenance

Original Air Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 11 a.m. PT /1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET
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Driving Electrical Safety in Your Plant

Original Air Date: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT/11 a.m. PT
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The proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is a critical component of any electrical safety program, and yet proper PPE use often is overlooked, diminished, or simply disregarded by electrical workers in manufacturing. Plant Engineering will present a Webcast on December 5th at 1 p.m. CT that will discuss the importance of PPE to mitigate arc flash dangers and other electrical safety issues.

Presenter: Hugh Hoagland, Technical Consultant for ArcWear.com and e-Hazard.com

Hugh is one of the foremost trainers and researchers in electric arc protection. His NFPA 70E and OSHA 1910.269 Training Programs are used by many Fortune 500 companies and governmental agencies including Alcoa, GM, Toyota, Bechtel, DOE, and hundreds of electric utilities.

He has trained more than 80,000 people in arc hazards.

Hugh has a BA from Kentucky Wesleyan College and extensive graduate work at the University of Louisville. Hugh is a trained chemist and worked in Safety at LG&E Energy for five years as a Technical Consultant. He is a former R&D Director and Technical Manager in Electric Arc. Hugh now consults with hundreds of companies yearly on the electric arc and clothing.

Moderator: Bob Vavra, Content Manager and Moderator, Plant Engineering

Sponsor: Siemens


Arc Flash University: Safe Use of Electrical Testing Devices

Original Air Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT/11 a.m. PT
One (1) RCEP / ACEC Certified Professional Development Hour (PDH) available for all attendees.
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Electrical safety has become a high priority due to the increasing numbers of electrical injuries, deaths and arc flash/arc blast incidents. One of the most common causes of these incidents is the misuse or use of damaged electrical testing devices.

This Arc Flash University Webcast on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. EDT, will explore the types of testing devices available for electrical testing and the proper precautions to assure electrical safety in the workplace.

Topics include:

Presenter: Bob LoMastro, MS, CSM-WSO, President, LoMastro & Associates, Inc.

Bob LoMastro is a former combat engineer, Green Beret, Navy hospital corpsman and supervisor of the National Safety Council’s Safety Training Institute. He holds a masters degree in safety management and engineering, with bachelor’s degrees in business management, construction engineering and nursing. As President of LoMastro and Associates, Inc., Bob draws upon a career spanning more than 30 years of teaching safety and health related topics for government, general industry and construction companies. He teaches a wide range of safety and health topics, and has developed an exceptional variety of electrical safety demonstration for OSHA & NFPA70-E compliance and awareness.

Moderator: Bob Vavra, Content Manager and Moderator, Plant Engineering

Event Sponsor: Westex


Recruiting & Retaining Young Talent

Original Air Date:Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT/11 a.m. PT
One (1) RCEP / ACEC Certified Professional Development Hour (PDH) available for all attendees.
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As the economy improves, many organizations that have delayed hiring will find themselves in a significant catch-up mode. Even as manufacturers look to expand hiring to meet production and growth needs in an improving economy, there will be a lot of competition to recruit and retain young talent.

This Plant Engineering Webcast will discuss ways that organizations have to re-think their recruiting and retention strategies, such as:

Presenter: Chuck Parke, University of Tennessee

Chuck Parke graduated in 1985 from the University of Tennessee, majoring in industrial engineering. After a career with companies such as TRW, Snapper Power Equipment, Maytag and Whirlpool, Parke returned to the University of Tennessee to earn his MBA, and in 2007, he accepted a faculty position with UT’s Center for Executive Education. In 2010, he accepted the position of Executive Director – Non Degree Programs at the Center for Executive Education.

Parke has been heavily involved in UT’s educational support of the aerospace and defense sectors, is lead faculty for many of the leadership development non-degree courses, and is a leadership coach for numerous executive-level MBA participants. He also supports the strategic planning and problem solving events with the Y-12 nuclear facility via a joint appointment.

Moderator: Bob Vavra, Content Manager and Moderator, Plant Engineering

Event Sponsor: Allied Reliability


Active RFID System Shatters Productivity Problems for a Glass Manufacturer

Original Air Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT/11a.m. PT
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Glass manufacturer Viracon has to keep track of up to 60,000 unique orders through a process that takes up to 30 steps. Its barcode system was contributing to inefficiencies throughout its manufacturing process.

In a Plant Engineering Webcast on Tuesday, Sept. 17, learn how Viracon’s switch to active RFID technology used the plant’s existing Wi-Fi to manage more than 5,000 WIP carriers in a 500,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility.

Among the lessons you’ll learn at the Webcast:

Presenter: Gerald Deml, Production Manager, Viracon

Moderator: Bob Vavra, Content Manager and Moderator, Plant Engineering

Event Sponsor: AeroScout Industrial