Todd Stiefler

Todd joined GE from the world of Washington politics, and in no time at all has moved on to his second assignment, which sees him managing business development for the services GE is increasingly looking to offer to customers, including the Proficy SmartSignal predictive analytics software.

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Transitioning from Reactive Maintenance to Proactive Maintenance

So you’re ready to introduce remote monitoring to your operations. But here’s the catch: Installing new technology or deploying a few algorithms just isn’t enough to realize the full potential of remote monitoring for your assets. Your maintenance operations need a total mindset shift—and to make that happen, says Todd Stiefler, it helps to have an expert on your side. Watch the video to learn more.

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How Do You Avoid Monitoring Headaches? KISS...

OK, so: you’re sold. You’ve got vehicle health monitoring systems widely deployed , because you know all about the significant advantages of predictive maintenance . But that’s not without its headaches, is it? Do you sometimes think that a single, unified monitoring approach might make life a whole lot easier? Todd Stiefler thinks it can. Watch the video to learn more.

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Scaling New Heights

One of your problems is perhaps that the assets you’re tasked with maintaining—or the subsystems that make up those assets—come from a wide variety of vendors. Sure, predictive maintenance looks attractive—but how can you scale that easily when you’re dealing with such bewildering diversity? Todd Stiefler believes that achieving the scalability you’re looking for may be simpler than you think. Watch the video to learn more.

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Me? Nervous?

In his previous video blog , Todd Stiefler talked about the opportunities for greater efficiency and asset uptime that remote monitoring can bring. That raises questions, though—mostly about security. Moving sensitive data across the web sends shudders down the spine of virtually anyone in the military. But, as Todd explains, it doesn’t have to be that way. Watch the video to learn more.

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Don't Get Tied Down: Remote Control and Military Maintenance

Are there times when you feel like you—or your most experienced maintenance guy—need to be everywhere at the same time? That life would be easier if everything you needed to maintain was all together some place? As Todd Stiefler explains, it could be that you don’t need to spend your life traveling. Perhaps you can let your assets come to you rather than you go to them? Watch the video to learn more.

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Military Maintenance: Getting Help from an Unexpected Quarter

Military budgets are shrinking, and platforms are getting older. Worse: the people who really understand those platforms are becoming fewer. Maintaining an aging asset inventory has never been so challenging. But, says Todd Stiefler, help may be at hand from an unexpected quarter—the data you already have that you may not be using effectively. Watch the video to learn more.

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Jetsons

From the Flintstones to the Jetsons?

I’ve spent most of the past year traveling around the country talking to leaders in the military and the defense industry about the potential of predictive analytics to turn their machine data into actionable insight. We’ve seen the amazing things that visionary industrial companies in asset-intensive industries (like power generation, oil and gas, mining and manufacturing) have been able to do when they focus on getting real operational value...

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Catch of the Week

Ready to Solve Problems Before They Happen?

Warning: Faulty Fuel Valve! Warning: Feed Pump Bearing Problem! Warning: Rising Exhaust Gas Temperature! It happens like clockwork. Every Friday afternoon, I get an email warning of a serious and potentially costly impending failure in a mission-critical asset. The kind of failure that could grind operations to a halt. The kind of failure that could cost millions of dollars, create days of lost availability, or even injure or kill someone. The...

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5 for 2015

5 for 2015

Happy 2015 everyone! It’s nice to have gotten through 2014 still alive and intact. The last 12 months of life under sequestration were supposed to have seen the defense industry rocked, the U.S. military rendered toothless and our enemies emboldened. There have been some real challenges, to be sure, but it hasn’t felt as bad as all that. Due to smart moves made in anticipation of this downturn, the Tier 1 prime contractors have actually...

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Modern Military

RM&D: Making “House” Calls in the Modern Military

On the TV show “House,” the brilliant Dr. House attracts patients from all over the world who come to seek out his unique problem-solving and diagnostic capabilities. Only the patients with the most difficult-to-diagnose conditions come through his door, whether it’s a rare genetic disorder or a combination of illnesses that present as one mega-syndrome. But House can use his brilliant mind and decades of experience to solve the mystery. Given...

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A New Kind of Startup

Watching the Super Bowl last weekend, the pinnacle of American football, I reflected back on my own gridiron career. I was one of the biggest—if not the biggest—kids on the field during most of the eight or so years I played organized football. I was strong from lifting weights with my teammates, and I understood the fundamentals of the game as well as anyone from watching countless hours of pro ball with my football fanatic father. I had good...

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