Archive | July, 2002


1:33 am
July 2, 2002
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Communication Is the Mortar of Maintenance Excellence

Getting a program to stick requires communication with all affected parties. Identifying the key elements to a maintenance excellence program and putting them together with a little communication mortar will form the foundation of a maintenance improvement effort. To focus on a few elements, planners must be assigned, a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) must […]


10:41 pm
July 1, 2002
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Spot Size Ratio Value Affects Accuracy

Thermographers who traditionally have relied on IFOV values should consider using ratio values instead. As the art and science of infrared thermography has matured, infrared test equipment has evolved. Technological advances during the past 15 years have enabled equipment manufacturers to design infrared imagers capable of providing real-time noncontact temperature measurements. The evolution of modern […]


8:29 pm
July 1, 2002
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The Plan Stage: Aligning Maintenance with Business Goals

In my last Viewpoint (“Maximizing Asset Reliability Requires Reliability Driven Maintenance,” April 2002), I introduced a maintenance business process which I call the Reliability Driven Maintenance Process and identified its four stages: plan, assess, improve, and control. In the plan stage, the maintenance strategy is aligned with the business goals of the organization. The assess […]


7:00 pm
July 1, 2002
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Maintenance Information Systems For Midsize and Larger Organizations

EAM/CMMS software for maintenance and reliability organizations that require powerful and responsive information systems. The information requirements of large plants have traditionally been satisfied by large software programs running on midrange and mainframe computers with terminals distributed throughout the plant. Today, many larger maintenance information systems run on multi-platforms using client/server, thin client, or browser-based […]