Archive | 2001


3:01 pm
February 1, 2001
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Six Sigma and Asset Dependability

In case you haven’t noticed, the Six Sigma quality revolution is gaining greater acceptance as the long-term strategy to sustainable productivity. Simply stated, Six Sigma focuses on reducing variation in our business’ internal processes using a rigorously structured, statistical approach that is tied to business results. When senior leadership truly understands this premise, it should […]


6:46 pm
January 1, 2001
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Is Streamlined RCM Worth the Risk?

New regulatory issues are fixing responsibility for equipment failure that results in loss of life. RCM analysis can help mitigate the risk. But streamlined methods fall short. Here is a look at the issues. Reliability-centered maintenance (RCM) is a process used to determine what must be done to ensure that any physical asset or system […]


2:58 pm
January 1, 2001
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Golden Oldies

  Robert C. Baldwin, CMRP, Editor Not long ago, a long-time reader called to ask how to find a certain maintenance management article on our Web site He was unable to find it and told me the search capabilities on our site left a lot to be desired. As it turned out, the article […]


2:56 pm
January 1, 2001
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Maintenance is NOT a Department

Robert M. Williamson, Strategic Work Systems, Inc. Modern business has organized itself into a very noncompetitive position. In most manufacturing plants and facilities, there are numerous “departments” with their own organizations and budgets. A maintenance department is often one of those. Unfortunately, maintenance is not a department. Maintenance means “sustaining; preserving good working order, optimum […]


2:10 pm
January 1, 2001
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Hand-Helds Improve Maintenance Productivity and Data Management

Strong demand for Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) personal computers, printers, high-tech health care instruments, and other products has made the company a leader in the computing industry and one of the country’s most successful corporations. HP’s inkjet manufacturing plant in Corvallis, OR, has played a key role in that growth. The booming demand, however, raised significant challenges […]