IMPO (Industrial Maintenance and Plant Operation)

IMPO (Industrial Maintenance and Plant Operation)
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Unforeseen equipment failures have always been the bane of any company that depends on maintenance and parts inventories to maximize uptime and minimize unwanted production bottlenecks. That is why it is so important to gain accurate, reliable visibility on inventory systems through a more strategic, technology-enabled approach to Enterprise Asset...

When a Fresno, CA grape farmer purchased the first Toyota forklift ever sold in the U.S., little did he know that he would forever be a part of material handling history.
In August, Toyota Material Handling U.S.A. (TMHU) commemorated the sale of that first forklift with a special event for dealers, associates, dignitaries and media held at its U.S....

Despite losing millions of jobs over the last decade to automation and offshoring, the American manufacturing industry is making a comeback. In fact — according to a new infographic by Cutting Tool Engineering — the U.S. is producing up to 12 percent of the country's gross domestic product. This is about the same as what was produced in 1960,...

LONDON — User error is a more common cause of unplanned downtime in the manufacturing sector than almost any other sector, according to a new Vanson Bourne global study, sponsored by ServiceMax from GE Digital, a provider of field service management solutions. Unplanned downtime triggered by user error is 23 percent compared to as low as 9 percent...

LONDON — User error is a more common cause of unplanned downtime in the manufacturing sector than almost any other sector, according to a new Vanson Bourne global study, sponsored by ServiceMax from GE Digital, a provider of field service management solutions. Unplanned downtime triggered by user error is 23 percent compared to as low as 9 percent...

MILWAUKEE — Rockwell Automation has announced collaboration with Cuyahoga Community College on an industrial training program to help meet the needs of today’s advanced manufacturing jobs. Tri-C’s new Manufacturing Technology Center for Excellence in Cleveland aims to combat the convergence of workforce challenges facing manufacturers, including...

Operator training can be both fun and efficient when done through gamification. Finnish company Neste Jacobs has launched a new game called NAPCON Games Distiller for operator training in the process industry. The game is the first one of a completely new generation of training games. “Although the main target is to train operators, the game is...

While you may not immediately think of printers as a vital productivity-enhancing tool for assembly and manufacturing industries, reframing this concept will reveal the hidden costs incurred when production contends with frequent printing problems: wasted time, squandered materials, documentation errors, disruptions to the office workflow, and...

Risk assessments are there to prevent things from going wrong. In theory, if there is a risk assessment in place, accidents shouldn’t happen but there’s usually still a small degree of potential danger. Every company, big or small, machinery led or office based, should carry out a risk assessment of the environment they’re working in. Someone who...

A hot topic in IMPO’s world is manufacturing jobs — those that are created, retained and even those lost. I’ve heard it more times than I can count — mostly by those not in the manufacturing industry — that all the jobs are being lost through outsourcing. However, the numbers just don’t show that to be the case. In fact, a 2017 study from Ball...