2012 POY Finalists: Productivity Training Software
Finalists in the Productivity Training Software category for the Plant Engineering 2012 Product of the Year competition.
Blended learning solutions
GPAllied’s inspired Blended Learning is designed to allow participants to take control of their learning experience through instructor led-classes, online curriculum, and skill applications within their facility or industrial environment. The training is a three-step process including a learning project kickoff, eLearning, and practical application. GPAllied inspired Blended Learning enables organizations to expand the capabilities of existing maintenance and reliability engineers and develop new maintenance and reliability engineers to meet growing needs. GPAllied employs its Rapid Improvement Process throughout the blended learning experience to ensure retention, alignment, and lasting change.
Test question scrambler
The newly developed Scramblizer by Ramsay Corporation allows online administration of test questions in a randomized order, so each test taker sees a different arrangement of test questions. The scrambling of test questions discourages cheating while allowing the use of computers in close proximity. With each test showing the questions in a different sequence, memorization of answers is discouraged in order to avoid communicating those answers to others. The tests are machine-scored without the possibility of hand-scoring errors. With the answers on each item reported in their original order, test administrators can easily compare test-takers’ results.
Performance and visibility software
FactoryTalk VantagePoint 4.0 Software is designed to simplify the end-user experience, include connectivity to additional Rockwell Automation products, and provide native integration to Microsoft SharePoint 2010. The software lets users expose plant floor data to the enterprise and provides capabilities like business intelligence, collaboration, and communications. The software connects real-time, historical, relational, and transactional data sources to create a single resource that can access, aggregate, and correlate information into a common, unified model. The Web-based dashboards and reports monitor key performance indicators and help empower users at every level of an enterprise to better manage their operation in real time.
System monitoring mobile application
Tango Mobile Rounds Logging software designed for a smartphone or tablet allows reliability information management to take place in real time and in process. Tango Mobile Rounds Logging is an economical way to involve operators and mechanics in a plant's reliability program. Numeric readings can be set for low and high alarm levels. Tango QR codes can be installed on equipment by plant personnel, contractors, or repair vendors. Users can quickly scan a QR code with Tango Mobile and instantly view condition monitoring history, equipment repair history, equipment design details, and linked documents.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.