Archive | December, 2001


4:39 pm
December 1, 2001
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Harmonic Distortion Accelerates Fuse Aging Failures

Often, in the wake of unexpected shutdowns due to costly equipment failures, superficial investigations result in plant engineers assigning fault to mechanical components. In many cases, however, thorough engineering analysis can delve deeper to reveal the causes for malfunctions and prescribe long-term, cost-effective solutions. Such was the case recently at an automotive assembly plant. Premature […]


4:03 pm
December 1, 2001
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From Top to Bottom and Side to Side

Robert C. Baldwin, CMRP, Editor “Plant floor to the top floor” and similar slogans are being used by analysts, pundits, and the larger players in the automation and control system arena to push investment in enterprise information systems and automation and process control systems. To me, their promotional materials invariably conjure up a picture of […]


4:01 pm
December 1, 2001
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Can Six Sigma be applied to Maintenance Efficiency (wrench time)?

We know there are two principal inputs to the maintenance cost equation: Reduce or eliminate the need to do maintenance (reliability of equipment), and improve the effectiveness of the resources needed to accomplish maintenance (people, parts, and outside services). Leadership and crafts both want greater productivity in the execution of work. Leadership definitely wants to […]