Archive | 1998


4:00 am
December 2, 1998
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Profit or Cost Center Mentality: Is the Difference Important?

About four years ago, Tom Bond and I began developing a series of expositions around the advantages and methods for operating the maintenance function as a profit center instead of the typical cost center. There were many comments on the concept. One individual stated that his corporate management would never accept the idea of maintenance […]


3:58 am
December 2, 1998
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Identifying the primary link

At the recent executive member meeting of the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals, representatives from host Shell Chemical Co. provided some insight into how they do maintenance and ensure reliability. One of their tools is total productive maintenance (TPM), which they renamed Total Productive Equipment Management (TPEM). It was renamed to remove the word […]


6:26 pm
December 1, 1998
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Maintenance Staff Gains Fast Electronic Access To Drawings

Cedar River Paper Co., Cedar Rapids, IA, has piloted a software package that provides the maintenance staff with instant access to all of the drawings and manuals needed to maintain the plant. When fully implemented, the software will also help reduce errors by eliminating the possibility that maintenance staff might use an outdated paper manual […]


5:22 pm
December 1, 1998
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The Central Issue To Centralize or Decentralize Maintenance

Maintenance through the past several decades was a relatively monolithic central function. It was usually staffed for peak activities, and often had excess capacity waiting for a breakdown to occur. With the advent of international competition in the 1980s, many maintenance staffs were cut dramatically, and over several layoffs became smaller than half their original […]


5:20 pm
December 1, 1998
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Outsourcing as a Viable Alternative

With the present-day emphasis on increasing production while lowering overhead, manufacturers and service providers often turn to outside sources for their predictive and preventive maintenance needs. In Alberta, Canada, Yvan A. Lejeune is an example of how these relationships can work. Lejeune’s clients include oil and gas producers, food and beverage processors, distilleries, mining and […]


3:57 am
November 2, 1998
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Failure Finding: Why Bother?

Much of what has been written to date on the subject of maintenance strategy refers to three—and only three—types of maintenance: predictive, preventive, and corrective. Predictive tasks entail checking items or components if something is failing. Preventive maintenance means overhauling items or replacing components at fixed intervals. Corrective maintenance means fixing things either when they […]


3:55 am
November 2, 1998
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Time Warp

You don’t often get an opportunity to travel back in time but I could have sworn that was what happened to me during a recent weekend when I got caught up in Warpstock. As soon as I walked into the event’s exhibit area I was taken back 20 years or more to the early days […]


6:14 pm
November 1, 1998
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Using Handheld Pen-Based Computers for Maintenance

  Although no single portable computer is best for every application, chances are there is or soon will be a lightweight handheld unit that can fully serve any set of maintenance needs better, faster, and at less cost. Pen tablet computers allow the technician to collect vibration data and perform trend analysis based on FFTs […]