Archive | July, 2001

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July 1, 2001
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The Hidden Cost of Downtime: A Strategy for Improving Return on Assets

What are the hidden costs of downtime? This article explains how to calculate them using company financial information and simple rules of thumb. Industrial assets, from complex manufacturing plants to remote and mobile capital equipment, are subject to an asset availability ceiling. While this ceiling varies by industry, peak system availability is typically 85-95 percent. […]

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July 1, 2001
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Managing Motor Systems

Increase reliability and decrease energy costs by managing the entire motor-driven system. It is a typical day at Acme Manufacturing Corp. as a 200 hp compressor is becoming unreliable and is unable to meet production demands for air. In previous years, Acme would have decided to purchase a new compressor, a larger 250 hp model, […]

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July 1, 2001
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Due Diligence

Robert C. Baldwin, CMRP, Editor Selecting, purchasing, installing, integrating, and using enterprise asset management (EAM) and computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) software is a more daunting task than anyone is willing to admit. Users of successfully and almost successfully installed systems tend to forget their pain in light of whatever increases in productivity or newfound […]

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July 1, 2001
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Leaders and Practitioners: There Really is a Difference

Robert M. Williamson, Strategic Work Systems, Inc. Here is an example. Plant No. 1 has worked for more than two years to implement Total Productive Maintenance (TPM). They have yet to see any real measurable, sustainable results from their efforts. Plant No. 2 started using TPM last fall to address a production bottleneck. They purposely […]

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July 1, 2001
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Avoiding Pitfalls in CMMS Implementation

The root cause of most problems with maintenance information systems can be traced to the early stages of the selection and implementation process. Here are some of the most common pitfalls to avoid. Consider this scenario: Three computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) vendors have been invited into your organization to demonstrate their products. During the […]

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