Archive | 2001

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7:15 pm
October 1, 2001
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Make Maintenance a Strategic function in Your Organization

Why is maintenance often viewed as being at the bottom of the totem pole in an organization, when in fact it is the most critical function as pertains to product output, quality, safety, and environmental integrity? Is it because many maintenance managers, supervisors, and technical staff fail to recognize the important role they play in […]

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3:53 pm
October 1, 2001
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Possible, Probable, Preferred

Robert C. Baldwin, CMRP, Editor There are three futures—the possible future, the probable future, and the preferred future. That’s what Glen Hiemstra says. He is the futurist I quoted here last month. He dismisses the possible and probable views as interesting, and focuses on the preferred view as very important because your view of the […]

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8:36 pm
September 1, 2001
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Managing Compressed Air Energy Part I: Demand Side Issues

Data from more than 250 plants show how compressed air energy may be distributed among key usage categories. Use this information to help decide where energy management solutions should be applied first.Although compressed air systems generally are the third highest energy user in an industrial plant, they represent the number one opportunity for both energy […]

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3:49 pm
September 1, 2001
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The New World of Six Sigma: Don't get left behind

“Six Sigma for asset dependability reduces the variation in design, procurement, installation, operation, reliability, and maintainability of equipment assets in order to provide predictable performance at optimal cost of ownership.” The intent of these words has long been familiar to the reliability and maintenance community. What has been added are the words “Six Sigma.” Originated […]

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3:47 pm
September 1, 2001
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Back To the Future or Forward Into the Past?

  Robert C. Baldwin, CMRP, Editor When does the future begin? That is what futurist Glen Hiemstra asked the audience as he began his keynote address at Wonderware’s big user conference and trade show in Las Vegas this summer.   Your answer probably mirrors one of those offered by the audience. But the perception Hiemstra […]

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2:22 pm
August 1, 2001
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Managing Compressed Air Energy Part I: Demand Side Issues

Data from more than 250 plants show how compressed air energy may be distributed among key usage categories. Use this information to help decide where energy management solutions should be applied first.Although compressed air systems generally are the third highest energy user in an industrial plant, they represent the number one opportunity for both energy […]

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2:19 pm
August 1, 2001
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Successful CMMS Implementation: Getting Your House In Order

To select a CMMS that is the best fit for functional and business needs, define the business process and IT requirements; then choose a reputable, stable vendor. More CMMS implementations fail than succeed. According to a 1998 study by The Standish Group, West Yarmouth, MA, 74 percent of all information technology (IT) projects fail. Why? […]

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7:04 pm
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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