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Fuel Cells May Power Subway Trains

Subway systems may one day shed their reliance on the electricity grid if all goes well in a project that aims to turn a 120-ton diesel locomotive into a fuel cell-driven train: Instead of stranding hundreds of thousands of subway riders, a power outage like last month's record-breaker may do little to inconvenience passengers in the future. That's because fuel cells—electrochemical energy...

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Location, Location, Location

So you've decided to relocate, consolidate or expand your facility. But where? Find out how to tackle the complexity of a location project and how to sidestep the mistakes: Figuring out where to locate your next facility—be it a factory, warehouse or your global headquarters—is tough. There are no sure things. Choosing a highly coveted area with attractive incentives can turn out to be...

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Why CMMS Spells Profits

With the latest computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), maintenance operations can start becoming a profit center for your plant. Discover their many benefits: If you're like many facility maintenance professionals, you constantly search for ways to trim expenses and closely scrutinize your plant's equipment, parts and labor costs. Fortunately, maintenance operations don't have to be...

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Taking Solar Energy to a Higher Intensity

The high cost of solar power has precluded widespread use. Now researchers in Israel are figuring out how to boost the amount of available energy, thereby reducing the price per watt: Given the immense size of the sun—its diameter is greater than a hundred earths lined up—you'd think that solar power would be similarly huge in the energy business. But it's the cost of solar energy...

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Shining a Light on Energy Conservation

By cutting back on your plant's energy usage, you can reduce costs, help ease the country's energy problem and benefit the environment. And all it takes is a switch to energy-efficient lighting: Look closely at your plant or factory, and you will find tremendous opportunities to conserve energy and to cut greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, the industrial sector accounts for 70% of U.S....

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The Car Factory of the Future: Lean, Fast & Flexible

GM's new auto plant can assemble five different vehicles at a time, giving the company the ability to respond quickly to market trends. Explore its unique configuration: A century ago, the world's most state-of-the-art automobile assembly plant sat on the banks of the Grand River in Lansing, Michigan. There, with an innovative process called "progressive assembly," Ransom E. Olds and his...

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Is Manufacturing on the Rebound?

Current economic signs suggest a resurgence in the manufacturing sector. But what do these indicators really mean and do they signify long-term economic recovery? In July, business activity in the manufacturing sector grew for the first time in five months while the overall economy expanded for the 21st straight month, according to the latest Manufacturing Report on Business by the Institute for...

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Intelligent Bricks Could Watch Over Facilities

Scientists have built a "smart brick," which could keep track of a building's temperature, vibration and movement. Occupants could look forward to enhanced comfort and safety: Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have built a "smart brick" that could keep tabs on a building's condition and help ensure the safety of occupants. "This innovation could change the face of the...

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3 Ways to Optimize Material Handling Systems

By following three simple concepts, plant managers can realize significant cost savings from material handling systems and equipment. Here's how to increase service life and reduce downtime: Most plant managers grapple with the question—how do you reduce costs without hurting output? One answer lies in optimizing current material handling systems and equipment. By following a few simple...

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A Primer on Small Businesses

Just how many small businesses are in operation and how important are they to the economy? From their share of employment to their success rate, find out some basic facts about small firms: The SBA's Office of Advocacy—which was formed by an act of Congress in 1976 to represent small businesses within the federal government—answers some of the most frequently asked questions: What is a...

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