Archive | November, 1998

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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5:17 pm
November 1, 1998
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Team Empowerment and Benchmarking at Saturn Corp.

Here is how a maintenance assessment process can be used to collect benchmarking data to help improve internal processes. The usual goal of benchmarking with other companies is to compare processes and the costs associated with them and to discover new concepts. When you are competing in a national or global economy, competition to reduce […]

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