Archive | 1999


1:12 am
April 2, 1999
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Where Do We Go From Here?

Bob Baldwin, Editor I spent several days last month participating in the Plant Engineering and Management sector of the National Manufacturing Week conference and trade show in Chicago. I liked the new show layout with enterprise resource planning software, automation software and systems, enterprise asset management software, and plant equipment and systems in the same […]


12:10 am
April 2, 1999
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Study Shows Shaft Misalignment Reduces Bearing Life

Relatively small amounts of shaft misalignment can have a significant impact on the operational life of bearings. Summary of Maintenance and Reliability Center research notes that a 5-mil offset misalignment can reduce expected bearing life by as much as 50 percent in some cases. American industry invests significant time and money performing precision alignment of […]


12:58 am
February 2, 1999
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The Last Stupid Customer

Bob Baldwin, Editor I just returned from a trip on the Internet to research some topics for this and future issues. As usual, I came back both delighted and frustrated: Delighted by some of my finds and frustrated by roadblocks put up by well-meaning webmasters. Here are a couple of business finds. As a starter, […]


12:53 am
February 2, 1999
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Applying Wear Particle Analysis to Rotating Machinery

Used oil analysis determines the condition of the lubricant; ferrography determines the condition of the machine. You have a sound preventive maintenance program in place. You have even added some predictive maintenance elements to it, but you are still getting unplanned catastrophic failures. Adding ferrography to the mix can give adequate warning of possible failures […]


11:59 pm
February 1, 1999
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Eat an Elephant-Implement a CMMS

Insight on why companies may not reach their goals when implementing computerized maintenance management systems. How do you eat an elephant? “One bite at a time.” How do you implement a maintenance management system? “One step at a time.” An elephant is a large animal and it is doubtful anyone would want to eat one. […]


9:14 pm
February 1, 1999
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Using Incentive-Based Contract Maintenance

Incentive clauses in maintenance service agreements benefit both owner and contractor when they focus on important goals. Here are some issues to consider. When you buy a service, what do you believe is the contractor’s primary goal? A. Pride; B. To employ people; C. To make you happy; or D. To maximize the difference between […]


12:50 am
January 2, 1999
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Embracing Asset Management

Bob Baldwin Last year was not the best for some of us. Many maintenance and reliability organizations were under increased pressure to conform to the dictum: “Do more with fewer people and less money.” Expect no let up in demands this year. Pressure will continue to rise unless demand is vented or capacity is increased. […]