Archive | June, 1998

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3:42 am
June 2, 1998
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Magic Circle

Kaizen means continuous improvement. It was one of the few Japanese words I understood, until I had an opportunity to spend some time with Masaaki Imai, chairman of the Kaizen Institute and author of Gemba Kaizen (McGraw-Hill, 1997). I found out there is more to kaizen than I had thought, and I learned a few […]

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3:41 am
June 2, 1998
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The Fuzzy Side Of Equipment Reliability

In nearly all of the 250 or so equipment-intensive plants and facilities I have visited, taught, and worked in over the past 30 years, I have observed the relationship between the skills of employees and the reliability of the equipment. These observations may provide helpful insights for plant and facility managers who are troubled with […]

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7:10 pm
June 1, 1998
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A Management Guide to Balancing

Mass balancing of rotating machinery can reduce noise, allow higher speeds, increase bearing life, and more. Here is an overview of the process and instrumentation. Mass balancing compensates for less-than-perfect manufacturing. There would be no need for balancing if materials had uniform density, if holes could be bored exactly in the center, if perfectly round […]

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5:24 pm
June 1, 1998
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Controlling Maintenance Inventory

Solid management process supported by CMMS can ensure that parts and materials are available and costs are documented. A plant’s maintenance storeroom is set up to provide maintenance personnel with the parts and materials needed to keep the plantîs facilities and production machinery running efficiently. A well-managed inventory system helps alleviate workersî downtime and improve […]

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5:06 pm
June 1, 1998
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Up the Reliability Ladder to World Class

Visual representation of steps necessary to reach top levels of maintenance and reliability performance. One issue that all companies deal with is what steps are needed to achieve world-class performance in their maintenance departments. HSB Reliability Technologies developed the Reliability Ladder to communicate the steps and changes needed to reach this high level of performance […]

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