Richard L. Dunn


Lighting November 15, 2007

Where we’ve been, where we’re at and

In the years between World Wars I and II, the power needs of industry changed drastically as electricity and steam usage soared. Much of the needed utilities were generated onsite, and the person responsible for operating and managing these power plants were served by a magazine called Power Plant Engineering, which had been started in 1896 under the name The Practical Engineer.

By Richard L. Dunn
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 10, 2004

Now there are two

For much of my career, I didn't put much stock in awards — especially not journalistic awards. Most awards programs, I argued, were more about impressing a small group of judges than about doing your job, day in and day out, in an exemplary manner. For example, I've seen journalists win awards for articles that were of little or no interest to their readers.

By Richard L. Dunn
Safety Standards March 1, 2000

The people thing

Over the past few years, it has been my privilege to visit a number of plants with excellent plant engineering and maintenance operations. To be sure, they have all made good use of technology. But the thing that impresses most, and always, is the people.

By Richard L. Dunn
Asset Management February 1, 2000

A little spin

Every year, we commit a substantial amount of editorial space to coverage of the National Plant Engineering & Management Show and Conference. There are a number of reasons why we do this. But at the top of the list is our commitment to you, our readers.

By Richard L. Dunn
Power February 1, 2000

Basics of plant radio systems

Wireless communications have become so commonplace in industrial plants that they are often taken for granted. But rapid advances in technologies and capabilities make periodic reviews of radio systems a smart move.

By Richard L. Dunn
Sustainability January 1, 2000

A special trust

Plant engineers are industry's stewards. That may not sound like much of a compliment. But in the truest sense of the title, it is a very high position indeed.

By Richard L. Dunn
Asset Management December 1, 1999

Beyond Y2K

With practically everyone else making their predictions for the turn of the century, the temptation is too great to resist. So, at the risk of going out on a limb, here are some thoughts.... - In general, the Y2K thing will be a big yawn.

By Richard L. Dunn
Lighting November 1, 1999

Awards, awards

With the prominence of our Product of the Year Awards in this issue, it seems appropriate to tell you of some other awards that should be of interest.

By Richard L. Dunn
Energy Efficiency & Management October 1, 1999

A fork in the road

DATELINE: Chicago, August 1999 -- Heat wave. The lights have gone off. Electric power is out. Some areas will be without power for days. Others will have it returned only to have it go out again.

By Richard L. Dunn
Lighting September 1, 1999

Enthusiasm beats logic

The preacher was sermonizing on evangelism. Between squirms to prevent dozing off, I was contemplating the state of the industrial maintenance profession.

By Richard L. Dunn
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