Bob Vavra, Editor, Plant Engineering
Attendance is up and spirits are high at 2009 Hannover Fair.
The first day of this conference saw lower attendance; day two could be key to boosting numbers.
1. Asset performance and reliability: Oh, sure — it’s a great topic to TALK about. But how do you actually get to measuring and acting on asset performance? The latest white paper now available on PlantEngineering.com will point the way.
1. Manufacturing is cool! I know that. You know that.
1. Back and better than ever — with your help! We’re in the process of creating a new PlantEngineering.com Website, which will debut in about 45 days. March 1 seemed to be a good day to get back into the swing of Five Fast Things.
1. Successful warehouse management: A presentation by the Aberdeen Group at the ProMat Show in Chicago Tuesday highlighted the results of their new study that focused on best practices in warehousing. The study’s findings were discussed at a Webcast conducted by our sister publication, Modern Materials Handling, and that Webcast will be available at their Website, www.mmh.com .
1. Welcome back to 2007! The opening show of 2007 is this week’s ProMat Show in Chicago’s McCormick Place. For those of you who spend your year on the road at trade events, you know it’s the start of another busy year on the road.
1. Tools for Tomorrow: We’ve talked a lot about educational challenges into the next two decades, both for America as a whole and manufacturing in particular. Grainger has developed its Tools for Tomorrow program to help students interested in technical careers get the education they need and deserve.
1. Big Bang Theory for jobs: If you remember the TV series Northern Exposure, a Manhattan doctor had his education paid for on the condition that he spent five years in residency in Alaska. Wisconsin, which is not nearly as desolate as Alaska, is proposing a similar plan that’s not part of a sitcom.
1. Top Plant winners: Congratulations to this year’s Top Plant recipients — Toyota , BMW and Square D . The Plant Engineering staff hustled around the country to visit these facilities and get an on-the-ground view of excellence. Our senior editor, Kevin Campbell, got a view of excellence at 140 mph behind the wheel of a BMW.