News from PLANT ENGINEERING: Week of May 1



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Manufacturing Approach to Reliability Excellence
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MRO spending: plan for the unplanned


Unplanned maintenance needs can wreak havoc, both on the plant engineer and the bottom line. Plant Engineering senior editor Kevin Campbell talked with W.W. Grainger’s Ken House about solutions for these unplanned events.
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AWWA heads to Phoenix for annual event


Part of the American Water Works Association’s 125thanniversary celebration, the AWWA’s annual DSS Conference and Exposition will be held Sept. 17-20 in Phoenix and promises information and exhibits on the best in water system distribution, engineering, and plant operations issues.
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NAM welcomes strong durable goods orders report


New orders for durable manufactured goods soared by 6.1 percent in March, the biggest monthly rise since last May. “This is very good news and shows that the manufacturing expansion is continuing to gain momentum heading into the second quarter,” said David Huether, Chief Economist of the National Association of Manufacturers.
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Latest poll at


The latest reader poll at asks: What area of your plant operation will receive the least amount of attention this summer: capital improvements, employee training, automation upgrades, energy management or equipment maintenance? Log on and cast your vote.


SME Education Foundation Awards $90,000


The Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation announces winners of their Family Scholarship Award totaling $90,000.Click here:;

Tufco Technologies, Inc. wins Wisconsin Corporate Safety Award


The Wisconsin Council of Safety (WCS) and Department of Workforce Development (DWD) commended Tufco for regarding occupational safety and health in such a strong manner, noting that all too often employers do not realize the human and economic value of strong occupational safety and health efforts.
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TGM completes dual calpine outage


TGM's Steam and Combustion Turbine Services Divisions worked together to perform both a hot gas path inspection on a 7EA machine and a minor inspection on a 40 MW ABB VAX steam unit.
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Brady Corp. to acquire Daewon


Founded in 1997, Daewon had fiscal 2005 sales of approximately $40 million (U.S.) and employs 250 people in South Korea and China.
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Registration Open for BE Conference 2006


Bentley Systems, Inc. announces that registration is now open for BE Conference 2006, to be held at the Charlotte Convention Center in North Carolina, May 21-25. The BE Conference is an annual gathering of Bentley software users and their managers who want to sharpen their skills and expand their knowledge.
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MDM case study on motor efficiency


A rubber manufacturer recently installed a variable frequency drive on a 1,500-horsepower motor used to power an extruder. The drive saves the customer more than $40,000 per year in utility bills and improves extruder operations and the power factor for the entire plant.
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ARC conference to focus on enterprise performance


Top industry visionaries will share their experiences and best practices for driving manufacturer enterprise performance at ARC Advisory Group's Fourteenth Annual Forum, “ Driving Enterprise Performance through Next Generation Manufacturing Concepts ,” to be held June 26 to 28 at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel in Boston.
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Participate in maintenance benchmarking survey


Klaus Blache from General Motors Corporation will conduct a maintenance benchmarking survey modeled after a similar study done several years ago while he was chairman of the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals.
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Matrikon MVP group meeting in Alberta


Matrikon's Most Valued Partners North American user group event will be May 8-10 at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada.
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Nanotechnology and Manufacturing event is August 23-24


The Society of Manufacturing Engineers has moved the Emerging Technology Forum, “The Next Industrial Revolution: Nanotechnology and Manufacturing” to August 23-24 at the PollardTechnologyConferenceCenter in Oak Ridge, TN.
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