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2010 Webcasts

Arc Flash University Part 3: NFPA 70E 2009

August 19, 2010 02:00 PM EDT
This session presents an overview of the NFPA 70E 2009 Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace and the requirements of the standards, which are intended to better protect electrical workers from injury when they work on energized electrical equipment. more>>

Changing World of the Plant Engineer

March 25, 2010 1:00pm CDT
It's a time of evolution and revolution in global manufacturing. There are economic, social, cultural and political issues affecting the way manufacturers work in today's expanding, competitive landscape. For the plant manager, it comes down to one word: Change...more>>

Making Safe Electrical Measurements

March 18, 2010 1:00pm CDT
Complying with the new NFPA 70E safety standards could save a lot more than just money. The right electrical measurement tools can prevent accidents from happening and should be considered a vital piece of personal protective equipment. Spend an hour with the experts from Fluke and find out how to use test tools safely when working on live circuits...more>>

NFPA 70E & CSA Z462

February 25, 2010 1:00pm CST
2009 editions of NFPA 70E and the CSA Z462 are the Standards for Electrical Safety in the Workplace for the US and Canada respectively. What do these important documents mean for your electric safety programs, and what are the common questions with regard to compliance? more>>

Turn Manufacturing Risks Around with Better Business Insight

February 16, 2010 11:58am CST
Manufacturing is a complex business. Without the tools to improve real-time visibility across virtually every business function, it can be a risky one. You and your counterparts - in Production, Supply Chain, Purchasing and Service and Support - need to track, analyze and make decisions against a multitude of business factors. Wouldn't it be ideal to understand your customer demand signals, commodity prices, supplier viability, inventory turnover, transport costs and operational performance in real time? more>> 

2009 Webcasts

EAM University

December 17, 2009 1:00pm CST
EAM University, Part 2: December 17, 2009 at 11 a.m. PST/1 p.m. CST/2 p.m. EST
You can't manage your plant's assets unless you measure your assets on a continuing basis. Most manufacturing managers don't manage their assets, so they can't create an asset management plan. In today's challenging manufacturing environment, asset management is critical to operational efficiency and financial survival...more>> 

EAM University

December 10, 2009 1:00pm CST
You can't manage your plant's assets unless you measure your assets on a continuing basis. Most manufacturing managers don't manage their assets, so they can't create an asset management plan. In today's challenging manufacturing environment, asset management is critical to operational efficiency and financial survival...more>>

Demystifying the Smart Grid: Why Energy Should Matter to All Manufacturers

December 3, 2009 1:00pm CST
Everyone's talking about the Smart Grid, but just what is it, and how can it change the way you measure and monitor your plant floor? Smart Grid makes it possible to shed energy load, time slot electric consuming processes, mitigate energy waste, and take advantage of cleaner and more reliable energy at lower prices...more>>

Preventing Arc-Flash through Resistance Grounding: How to modify your electrical system to eliminate 95% of Arc-Flash events
                                                                                                                 December 2, 2009 1:00pm CST
Plant electrical workers and power system designers are taking a new look at different strategies to prevent Arc-Flash. Long used in mines, petrochem, and other heavy industrial plants, resistance grounding is now winning converts in the general industry. This systemic approach is proven to eliminate phase-to-ground Arc-Flash incidents from forming anywhere in the system...more>>

Arc Flash University 2009 Series

November 19, 2009 1:00pm CST
Arc Flash University 2009: New Methods to Face New Challenges  November 19, 2009 at 11 a.m. PST/1 p.m. CST2 p.m. EST more>>

The Bottom Line on Asset Availability

November 12, 2009 1:00pm CST
Keeping your plant assets up and running is crucial to productivity and profit, but most facilities don't really know if they are running at peak efficiency. A 1% improvement in plant availability means 3 1/2 more days of operation per year. How to achieve that kind of improvement in asset availability, and how that improvement can translate into a safer and more efficient plant...more>>

Uncovering Mobile Value: Defining a Solid Business Case for Mobile Solutions

Event Date: October 29, 2009 at 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Energy costs are often the single largest controllable facility operating expense, so having an effective energy management plan is essential if US manufacturers want to remain competitive in global markets. more>>

Four Steps to Effective Energy Management

Event Date: November 03, 2009 at 02:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Plant Engineering editor Bob Vavra will share insights on how successful manufacturers are increasing productivity and maximizing value through the use of new tools and programs. Joe Granda, EVP at Syclo, will discuss metric measurements tools and reporting mechanisms being employed by other Syclo customers to calculate return on investment and the value of their mobile projects. more>>



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