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The New Generation of Automation

The New Generation of Automation

by Steven Mauss Years ago, when kids still delivered papers on foot via paper routes, I was thrilled to earn the extra money generated by having a job. Back then, things were not so automated; it was all done by hand. Every day, I would roll my allotted newspapers and...

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How Improving Operational Efficiency Saved an Industry

How Improving Operational Efficiency Saved an Industry

by Lee Gliddon As the Millennium arrived nuclear operators in the United States had an average planned plant outage time of 36 days. Every day they were not producing electricity they lost $1.5 million. Under the strain of cheap natural gas, the nuclear industry had...

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No One Likes to Be Retrained

No One Likes to Be Retrained

By Lee Gliddon How many times has a new initiative, software, or solution been rolled out with great hopes to transform your operations and deliver success?  If you are like most businesses the answer is, “many times, and the results were poor”.  All that retraining,...

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Unique Like Everyone Else

Unique Like Everyone Else

By Steven Mauss As I have the opportunity to visit many companies and government agencies, I’m struck by how much pride we all take in the unique ways we attempt to solve problems. Particularly, in the U.S., our focus has traditionally been on individual rights,...

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The Last Ten Percent

The Last Ten Percent

The 90/10 Rule: “90% of the work gets done in 10% of the time” and its corollary: “10% of the work takes 90% of the time.” In computer programming and data migration projects, you also have the humorous aphorism that says: “The first 90 percent of the code accounts...

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Nuclear Fleet Automation and Standardization

Nuclear Fleet Automation and Standardization

With 13 plants and over 20 reactors the largest nuclear operator in North America was formed through multiple acquisitions. Four entities, with different cultures, different data sources, and different processes were joined to create an enormous company with a single...

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I.T.: “We Can Do That” – It’s a Trap!

I.T.: “We Can Do That” – It’s a Trap!

As I walked down the hallway with a very successful Operations Manager (Mike) of a large federal prime contractor, we were interrupted by an I.T. Manager. Our company was engaged to provide data cleansing and conversion on a multi-billion-dollar project. Apparently,...

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Business Laundry: Separate Your Layers

Business Laundry: Separate Your Layers

Normal vs. Best Practice As long as software has existed, it has been normal for a particular tool to perform all functionality involved in the capturing, storage, processing and display of data for a particular purpose. Whether it is schedule, cost or any other data,...

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