Archive | May, 2001

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May 1, 2001
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Continuous Condition Monitoring with Vibration Transmitters and Plant PLCs

Because process monitoring systems are widely used in many plants, vibration channels can be added at a fraction of the cost of dedicated on-line condition monitoring systems. Predictive maintenance techniques have proven to be effective strategies to reduce unexpected machinery failure. Vibration monitoring is by far the most widely used predictive maintenance technology due to […]

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May 1, 2001
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Failing to Plan Negates Maintenance Efficiency

How is maintenance work planned and scheduled at your facility? Is it based on reacting to emergencies and unexpected shutdowns? Is a great deal of time spent searching for spare parts? Are repairs rushed, making it difficult to perform a quality repair? Do maintenance craftspeople lack the skills and tools required to do the job? […]

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May 1, 2001
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Process Mapping in Six Sigma

Most of us in the reliability and maintenance business have either practiced or referred to the discipline of root cause failure analysis. We gather data, evidence, ask why, and use “tools” such as fault trees to understand how to mitigate future similar failure modes. Think of Six Sigma as root cause variation analysis-where a different […]

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May 1, 2001
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Bread And Butter And Self Actualization

Robert C. Baldwin, CMRP, Editor A reliability manager I know socially mentioned that he is now receiving MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY at his new job location where he is responsible for raising the level of maintenance at his new company’s plants. Our conversation escalated to include reliability centered maintenance (RCM), which he fears could duplicate his experience […]

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May 1, 2001
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Protecting Mission Critical Electronics

Using power conditioning, surge protection, and grounding provides a defense against the disruption, degradation, and destruction of mission critical electronic equipment. Today’s new control systems are delivering higher productivity to meet ever-increasing expectations of equipment performance. These systems typically contain more electronics, much of it adopted from non-industrial applications, and almost all of it more […]

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May 1, 2001
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Cost/Benefit Analysis of Infrared Programs

With a large data set, documented losses to production and equipment repair costs can be summarized and industry averages for cost/benefit analysis can be derived, creating a baseline for estimating future losses or savings. How often have we heard that we do not have time to do root cause analysis (RCA)? This is certainly the […]

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