Workforce Development

Workforce Development January 1, 1999

Managing energy in a deregulated environment: Opportunity or chaos?

Be careful what you wish for. You just may get it! A choice when your plant buys power. A single energy bill from a single source. The potential to reduce energy costs significantly.

By Jeanine Katzel
Workforce Development January 1, 1999

Basic guide to maintenance benchmarking

Benchmarking has become a common practice in all kinds of businesses, but nowhere is it more prevalent than in manufacturing.

By Richard L. Dunn
Workforce Development January 1, 1999

Does management have an unlimited right to select supervisors?

Most arbitrators rule that management has the right to promote workers to supervisory jobs without interference from the union, unless wording in the labor agreement specifies otherwise.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Workforce Development January 1, 1999

Composite maintenance benchmark metrics

Representative Representative GENERAL COST RATIOS best practice range Mtce cost/ERV Process 2.3% 2% - 5% Discrete 2.0% 2.0% - 5.0% Total mtce cost/total sales Process 3.4% 1.5% - 5% Discrete 0.

By Richard L. Dunn
Workforce Development December 1, 1998

Industrial prices remain soft

Although the overall finished goods producer price index (PPI) moved up 0.2% during October, prices for most items used at the manufacturing shop level showed little or no increase.

By Staff
Workforce Development December 1, 1998

Can you change a work category on the basis of confidentiality?

Ellen Marshall had been Plant Engineer Jeff Cochrane's secretary for almost 4 yr. As his circumstances changed, Cochrane increasingly became privy to confidential information of a sensitive nature, particularly in regard to union and personnel issues.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Workforce Development December 1, 1998

Fire protection

Special hazards fire protection products are the subject of a 16-p brochure. The products featured protect areas, processes, equipment, or structures that normal sprinkler systems can't.

By Staff
Workforce Development November 1, 1998

Must you tell a probationary employee why you fired him?

Midway through Jose Pele's 60-day probationary period, it was apparent to Maintenance Foreman Gary Wellman that the electrician wasn't going to make it.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Workforce Development November 1, 1998

Cutting fluid and paste lubricate metalworking operations

Tapmatic TriCut cutting fluid and paste are designed for severe metalworking operations. The two products are suitable for most metals, extend tool life, reduce friction and production costs, and improve surface finish.

By Staff
Workforce Development September 1, 1998

Heat recovery

A series of industrial air-to-air heat recovery systems is presented in an 8-p brochure. The literature explains flow paths and a unique design that enables effective recovery for processes with particulate-laden exhausts.

By Staff