Archive | 2000


2:39 pm
October 1, 2000
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Asset Reliability Coordinator

The maintenance planner might better be described as asset reliability coordinator. Here’s why. The rush to reliability, fueled by rising global competition, high fixed costs, capital intensity, and the pressure for greater on-stream performance, is providing the planning and scheduling function with an opportunity to add further value to its business objectives. The maintenance planner […]


3:08 am
September 2, 2000
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The Ever-Changing Role of Leadership

Perhaps one of the most over-used and abused phrases we’ve been hearing in the past 2 years is, “the new economy.” This vague, ill-defined reference speaks to the rise of Internet-based companies, fast-paced technology companies that do not concern themselves with concepts like profit but rather focus on development and revenue. Change is not the […]


3:05 am
September 2, 2000
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Flip the Gearheads

Robert C. Baldwin, CMRP, Editor In the last issue, I complained about gearheads, people who have a tendency to focus on tactical gear-oriented solutions to reliability and maintenance issues before dealing with more important strategic issues. I used some sports analogies to suggest that investment in maintenance technologies without a rational reliability strategy is similar […]


10:02 pm
September 1, 2000
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Using Oil Analysis for Machine Condition Monitoring

Oil analysis can go far beyond simply revealing the condition of the lubricant. Advanced oil analysis techniques are being used to monitor equipment condition. Through the use of these advanced techniques, equipment reliability increases and unexpected failures and down time can be minimized. Many types of abnormal wear can exist inside a piece of machinery. […]


9:31 pm
September 1, 2000
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Comparing Maintenance Costs

The popular benchmarking metric of cost/ERV is a valuable tool for setting long-term goals when used correctly in conjunction with targets for plant reliability. Here is how it is calculated. Measures of maintenance cost have contributed to the decline of more than a few reliability professionals’ careers. From a 35-year career in maintenance and reliability, […]


3:02 am
July 2, 2000
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Carrying RCM Tasks to the Plant Floor

We generally think of reliability centered maintenance (RCM) implementation as three separate activities: RCM analysis resulting in recommended RCM-based preventive maintenance (PM) tasks Carrying those RCM-based PM tasks to the plant floor (task packaging) Conducting the Living RCM Program to measure results and fine tune the process. I found (much to my surprise at first) […]


2:59 am
July 2, 2000
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It's Time To Grow Up, Gearhead

Robert C. Baldwin, CMRP, Editor “We find people who want to install software and technology when they should be installing a strategy.” That is a comment from one of the contributors to this issue’s directory of Maintenance Information Systems for Midsize and Larger Organizations. I call this fixation with having the right technology the gearhead […]


2:14 am
July 2, 2000
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Keeping the Gloss on Maintenance at Johnson Polymer

Plant keeps tight rein on spare parts inventory with EAM/CMMS. Equipment history reports help keep reliability and maintenance operations efficient. In enterprise asset management or computerized maintenance management system (EAM/CMMS) is fundamental to running a reliability and maintenance organization in a businesslike manner. Such a system has been keeping us on track since the late […]