Richard L. Dunn, Editor


February 10, 2004

Manufacturing needs our support

I'd be willing to bet that as a youngster you spent many happy hours building things. Whether it was an Erector set, Legos, plastic models, or sand castles, you probably — like me — took great pride and satisfaction in the things you made. I'm equally sure that you didn't know at the time you were developing some of the interests and skills that would lead you to a career in manufa...

By Richard L. Dunn, Editor
HMI, OI January 10, 2004

Unresolved resolutions

I'm not really into New Year's resolutions anymore. I decided a number of years ago that I was just setting myself up for failure, since I never really kept any of them. But I am into New Year's reflections a little bit. You know, the annual taking stock of where you are and where you're headed? Anyway, here are some of the more-or-less random thoughts I've contemplated lately that I want to re...

By Richard L. Dunn, Editor
Asset Management December 10, 2003

Asset coverage

One of the hot initiatives these days seems to be asset management. It's about time. Companies are finally coming to the realization that caring for their physical assets and even making them increasingly productive, instead of letting them deteriorate, is good business. Asset management, of course, is what good plant engineering and maintenance have always been about.

By Richard L. Dunn, Editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2003

That illusive innovation

Innovation is one of the key criteria for judging the products that are selected as our 150 Product of the Year Finalists. Each year, our screening judges are asked to evaluate the products submitted primarily on the basis of usefulness in plant engineering work and innovation. The dictionary defines innovation simply as "1.

By Richard L. Dunn, Editor
October 10, 2003

Unseen employment issues

Many plant engineers are looking forward to the day when business conditions improve, and they can hire one or more people to make up for staff reductions over the past couple of years. The prospect of being able to hire again is indeed a pleasant one. Trouble is, you could be headed for some hiring you hadn't planned on — replacements for some of your present, valued employees who sudden...

By Richard L. Dunn, Editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 6, 2003

Story time

The other day, I found myself reminiscing and story telling with a business associate. After he left I thought, "Well, that was fun for me, but he was probably bored silly with all those stories about the old days." But then I decided it wasn't a waste of time, and he most likely did learn something from some of the stories —perhaps some perspective, if nothing else.

By Richard L. Dunn, Editor
Lighting July 14, 2003

I told you so

There's a great deal of satisfaction in being able to say, "I told you so." I learned as a kid that it was seldom a good idea to actually say it out loud. But it still felt good just to think it. I guess it's human nature to feel just a little bit smug when you watch someone get into trouble or fall into a trap after you've warned them about what would happen.

By Richard L. Dunn, Editor
Safety Standards April 28, 2003

Devil is in the execution

Execution is the buzzword for the initiative du jour . When all is said and done, it seems, all of the initiatives of the last several decades don't amount to much without execution. Well, duh! The interesting thing about all the attention to execution is that it's being hailed as some new discovery, some breakthrough in management.

By Richard L. Dunn, Editor
Lighting June 15, 2002

Road to riches

A survey on predictive maintenance (PdM) discussed in the Plant Engineer's Handbook (2001, Butterworth-Heinemann, Woburn, MA. ISBN 0 7506 7328 1) makes PdM sound like a pot of gold. The survey included 500 plants in a wide variety of industries. Here are some of the benefits reported: "In all surveyed cases," the book reports, "the benefits derived from using condition-based management [PdM]...

By Richard L. Dunn, Editor
Energy Efficiency & Management October 1, 2001


On September 11, I was in France with a group of U.S. business magazine editors learning about Square D/Schneider Electric products and manufacturing. The events of that day were as much a shock to the French as to us.At times like this, people seem to expect writers and editors like me to provide profound words and observations.

By Richard L. Dunn, Editor
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