If you had the ability to make a change, what specific area of your operations could be improved by achieving temperatures and humidity levels lower than your current systems will allow?
Production levels
60%
  
Equipment performance
14%
  
Personnel comfort and safety
13%
  
Product quality
12%
  

What is your lubrication management strategy?
Calendar-based (regularly, by months)
60%
  
Condition-based (as needed based on monitoring)
16%
  
Time-based (regularly, by machine run time)
13%
  
No set strategy
9%
  

Our biggest manufacturing challenge heading into 2014 is:
Improving operational excellence
45%
  
Incorporating new product lines
24%
  
Finding enough skilled workers
21%
  
Expanding into new markets
8%
  

What is the biggest challenge facing your maintenance department?
Lack of qualified people available to support and maintain my facility
55%
  
Increasing pressure to increase production and productivity
28%
  
Complex, interconnected technologies that make downtime hard to resolve
16%
  

Where can manufacturing facilities reduce fires?
The welding cell
40%
  
The weld fume filter system
30%
  
The assembly line
20%
  
The welding gun
10%
  

What category most helps you select new products?
Recommendation from colleagues
35%
  
Supplier information
33%
  
Trade show visit
25%
  
Product of the Year winners
5%
  

What would it take to develop a maintenance strategy in your plant?
We have a maintenance strategy
84%
  
Different management
7%
  
More money
5%
  
A major breakdown
2%
  

What is the prevailing maintenance strategy in your plant?
Run To Failure
83%
  
Preventive
8%
  
CMMS
5%
  
Predictive
2%
  

How does your plant use machine tooled parts?
We don’t use machine tooled parts
57%
  
We have an in-house tooling system
41%
  
We contract with a third party for parts
0%
  
We use a combination of the two
0%
  

How important is your lift truck dealer’s response time to service calls?
Very unimportant
96%
  
Very important
2%
  
Somewhat important
0%
  
Somewhat unimportant
0%
  

How likely are you to utilize a demo truck from a manufacturer to evaluate their truck in your operation?
Very unlikely
68%
  
Very likely
13%
  
Somewhat likely
13%
  
Somewhat unlikely
5%
  

How do you handle service and repairs for your lift trucks?
In-house technician(s) perform service and/or repairs
78%
  
Use a mix of the above methods
13%
  
Use local dealer for routine service and/or repairs
6%
  
Use local independent technician(s) for service and/or repairs
2%
  

What aspect of lift truck service and support is most important to you?
Relationship with dealer
49%
  
Warranty
41%
  
Speed of service provided
6%
  
Dealer expertise in your industry/business
1%
  
Parts availability
1%
  

On average, how many hours do you put on one of your lift trucks each year?
>500
71%
  
more
27%
  
1,001-2,000
0%
  
3,001-4,000
0%
  
501-1,000
0%
  
2,001-3,000
0%
  

What alternative fuel for lift trucks would you consider using in your facility?
Liquefied Petroleum (LP) Gas or Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
57%
  
Electric Battery (Conventional or Fast Charge)
39%
  
Fuel Cell (Hydrogen or Lithium)
2%
  
Internal Combustion/Electric Hybrid
0%
  

Which lift truck metric do you put the most weight on when evaluating your lift truck options?
Cost of Operations
70%
  
Dependability
16%
  
Serviceability
5%
  
Productivity
3%
  
Ergonomics
3%
  

Which of the following sources of lift truck information is the most influential in your purchase decision?
Recommendations from others in your industry
92%
  
Manufacturer’s website
3%
  
Printed brochures
1%
  
Dealer’s recommendation
1%
  
Advertising (print, online, etc.)
0%
  

Would you travel outside your country to a manufacturing trade show?
No
50%
  
I did and it was valuable
27%
  
Yes
22%
  
I did and it was not valuable
0%
  

Do you plan to upgrade your DCS soon?
No, I don't plan to upgrade
76%
  
Yes, within 6 months
10%
  
Yes, within 24 months
5%
  
Yes, within 12 months
4%
  
Yes, within 18 months
2%
  

Our global manufacturing strategy is:
Make in U.S., ship global.
43%
  
Make and sell only U.S.
36%
  
Make close to end user.
20%
  
Make outside U.S.
0%
  

I feel my overall compensation at my manufacturing plant is:
Making me look elsewhere
35%
  
Just okay
25%
  
Generally fair
23%
  
Way too low
15%
  

If you find a new solution at a trade show that would help improve your plant, how fast can you implement it?
As soon as I can show ROI
48%
  
Not a chance
27%
  
Not until the next budget
14%
  
As soon as possible
8%
  

What is the relationship between plant operations and IT at your facility?
A Family Feud
81%
  
Professional collaboration
10%
  
Cautious cooperation
4%
  
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
2%
  

As we start the new year, what’s your mood about manufacturing?
Terribly pessimistic
77%
  
Optimistic
10%
  
Wait and see
7%
  
Wildly optimistic
3%
  
Pessimistic
1%
  

How would you rate your overall plant performance?
We’re nowhere close to being a Top Plant
40%
  
We need to fix a few things before being a Top Plant
31%
  
We’re a Top Plant
14%
  
We’re working toward becoming a Top Plant
12%
  

What is the first way that you find out about new products that can help your plant?
Magazines
46%
  
Websites
28%
  
Word of mouth
12%
  
Supplier reps
7%
  
Trade shows
5%
  

How is the proper use of PPE in your plant managed?
Full compliance enforced
63%
  
Full compliance expected
20%
  
Compliance left to manager
7%
  
Compliance left to employee
6%
  
No compliance
1%
  

What is the barrier to hiring younger skilled workers for your plant?
We can't find skilled workers
49%
  
We don't have a problem
22%
  
We don't have a need
12%
  
We have a hiring freeze
10%
  
Manufacturing's reputation
5%
  

As we reach the mid-year of 2011, what grade would you give the year so far at your manufacturing plant?
B
28%
  
C
22%
  
Inc.
21%
  
D
12%
  
A
9%
  
F
5%
  

What new Plant Engineering online service would you use?
Video tutorials
44%
  
Animated process tutorials
22%
  
More industry data
14%
  
Audio/video plant tours
11%
  
Online discussion boards
4%
  
None of these would be helpful
1%
  

What is your global manufacturing strategy?
We have plants around the world
40%
  
We actively export
31%
  
We have no interest
15%
  
We are starting to export
6%
  
We don’t know how to start
6%
  

Training for my plant employees is:
A continuing process
67%
  
An occasional event
20%
  
Happens after an incident
8%
  
A monthly process
3%
  

Energy management is:
Something we’re starting to implement
36%
  
Our plant’s top priority
27%
  
Just another cost in our facility
25%
  
Next on our checklist
11%
  

In my manufacturing plant, maintenance is regarded by management as:
A necessary evil
43%
  
The first place to cut money
29%
  
A core principle
17%
  
A constant emphasis
10%
  

What do you need to improve your plant operation?
New technology
40%
  
Less taxes and regulation
28%
  
More staff
13%
  
More time
10%
  
New product line
6%
  

What is your primary source for learning about new products for your manufacturing operation?
Trade Magazines
43%
  
Supplier Websites
22%
  
Google Search
14%
  
Word-of-Mouth
12%
  
Trade Shows
6%
  

What is your top reason for attending a technical conference?
Professional development
39%
  
Technical content relevance
29%
  
Exhibit/product displays/latest technologies
23%
  
Networking
7%
  

What is the biggest plant floor challenge you face today?
Energy management
34%
  
Finding skilled workers
31%
  
Productivity management
23%
  
Safety management
10%