Archive | 1999


2:02 am
November 2, 1999
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Maintenance–How Do We Gain Respect?

Insights into critical issues of plant equipment maintenance and reliability management Judging from comments received via e-mail, expressed on maintenance-oriented web sites, and repeated in Bob Baldwin’s Uptime editorials in the July/August and September issues of MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY, there seems to be general agreement in at least one area within the maintenance and reliability community. […]


1:18 am
November 2, 1999
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Strategies for Leak Detection, Repair, and Prevention

Ultrasound equipment can identify compressed air leaks so they can be repaired before they result in unscheduled downtime, affect product quality, pollute the environment, or endanger people’s lives. Photograph courtesy UE Systems, Inc. Leaks cost industry millions of dollars each year. A few small 1/2-in. leaks in a facility using air at 100 psi with […]


12:45 am
October 2, 1999
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Keeping Threaded Fasteners in Their Place

It’s been said that man’s invention of nails, rivets, screws, and other basic fasteners helped pave the road from the Stone Age to the Space Age. If that is true, then fastener loosening has provided quite a few of the speed bumps and pot holes on that road. Keeping fasteners tight, particularly threaded fasteners, seems […]


10:33 pm
October 1, 1999
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RPM Can Work!

Reliable Predictable Manufacturing process eliminates defects in can line at Coors, improving performance and cutting costs. There is universal agreement that improved machine performance can control and reduce manufacturing costs. That was the goal of Coors Brewing Co., Golden, CO, when it commissioned a maintenance benchmarking study of its can and bottle packaging lines and […]


9:48 pm
September 1, 1999
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Strengthening Asset Management at Amoco Chemical

Networking, benchmarking, and TPM comprise three-tier approach for cutting maintenance costs in half and boosting overall asset effectiveness by 25 percent. Maintain Assets Network (MAN) has served as a vehicle to substantially strengthen the culture of maintenance and reliability in Amoco’s chemical businesses over the past two years. It is one of five “networks of […]


1:25 am
June 2, 1999
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They Just Don't Get It… And Neither Do I

Bob Baldwin, Editor Although conference and trade show attendance has been off recently, a couple of user group conferences in which I’ve been able to participate have bucked the trend. Perhaps it is because the condition assessment technology vendors sponsoring these particular events do such a good job facilitating the exchange of information. I heard […]


1:04 am
May 2, 1999
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Infrared Thermography for PPM

With increasing demand to cut costs and remain competitive, many companies are expanding their maintenance programs to include predictive and proactive technologies such as infrared thermography Recent years have seen an increase in the acceptance and use of infrared thermography for preventive and predictive maintenance. While early applications were confined primarily to electrical and structural […]


12:56 am
May 2, 1999
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Portable Infrared Imaging

An overview of cameras, the industry, technological improvements, where to use them, and suppliers. The use of infrared thermography to evaluate the operating condition of electrical, mechanical, and process equipment for early warning signs of impending failure has increased dramatically over the past few years. The industry is forecast to continue growing at unprecedented rates, […]