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If Lean had been initiated with the wrong problems in mind, it would only have served to exacerbate the problem, not improve it. Here are ten questions aimed at helping you uncover the true source of causes. Courtesy: CFE Media
Contract Maintenance July 8, 2015

10 questions to help understand efficiency problems

If Lean manufacturing is initiated with the wrong problems in mind, the problem is exacerbated rather than improved. Here are ten questions aimed at helping uncover the true source of causes.

By Shawn Casemore, AME
The strategy and direction provides the organization with a “roadmap” for fulfilling its mission and vision. Courtesy: Daniel Penn Associates
Contract Maintenance June 5, 2015

Developing an improvement-driven plant

Leading indicators not only help predict the lagging results, they also serve as a starting point for continuous improvement because they measure the processes that can be directly managed.

By Jon J. Thorne, Daniel Penn Associates
Contract Maintenance May 4, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 27 to May 3: Smart cement, process safety and security controller, ac motor repair, more

Articles about a revolutionary smart cement, a process safety and security controller, ac motor repair, the age of the control engineer, and the 2015 Plant Engineering maintenance study were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, April 27 to May 3. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Finding a couple of hours to train workers is tough, but the value is great and easy to measure. Courtesy: Plant Engineering
Contract Maintenance April 22, 2015

Time for training: Five core advantages of having well-trained staff

Finding a couple of hours to train workers is tough, but the value is great and easy to measure.

By Sharjeel Nawaz and Ahmed Habib, Intech Process Automation
Contract Maintenance April 20, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 13-19: Achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, Product of the Year winners, India at Hannover Messe, more

Articles about steps to achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, the 2014 Product of the Year winners, India at Hannover Messe, measuring motor efficiency to understand VFD’s value, and the relationship of torque and shaft size were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, April 13-19. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Pressures from oil prices, a weaker dollar and the West Coast dock strike weigh down the Institute for Supply Management's index for the fifth straight month as it fell to 51.5% in March. Courtesy: CFE Media
Contract Maintenance April 1, 2015

Outside forces cause fifth straight drop in PMI index

Pressures from oil prices, a weaker dollar and the West Coast dock strike weigh down index; PMI falls to 51.5% in March. The PMI remained above the 50% growth threshold for the index to extend the streak to almost six years; the 51.5% PMI for March still translates to a 2.6% growth in gross domestic product for the year.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Mark Doman is a professor in Lean studies at Oakland University in the department of organizational leadership. Courtesy: AME
Contract Maintenance February 26, 2015

A beginner’s guide to lean: Lean lessons learned

Now that we have begun a new year, it’s a good time to reflect on lean lessons learned in 2014.

By Mark Doman
The combination of experienced instructors and a need to improve and reinforce skills makes training a valuable investment for manufacturers. Training companies say they have seen an uptick in training in the past 18 months. Courtesy: Trainco
Contract Maintenance February 17, 2015

Maintaining the human machine

In the same way as you maintain your equipment, workers need updates on new strategies and technology. They need to operate efficiently. Above all, they must be part of a safe operation, and that safety must be ingrained in the production process.

By Bob Vavra
Contract Maintenance January 8, 2015

The double-edged sword: Saving without sacrificing

In planning maintenance strategies in 2015, managers will have to balance the demand to save money and resources without sacrificing quality.

By Paul Lachance, Smartware Group
Contract Maintenance January 5, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, December 29 to January 4: Shutdown managers and critical path, PID loop tuning advice, choosing the right PM task frequency, more

Articles about shutdown managers and critical path, PID loop tuning advice, choosing the right PM task frequency, audit costs and benefits, and the 2014 Top Plant winners were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, December 29 to January 4. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra