Archive | February, 2002

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1:21 am
February 2, 2002
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Maintenance Success Depends on Three Elements of Productivity

Robert M. Williamson, Strategic Work Systems, Inc. Too often, we see maintenance managers and supervisors trying to improve maintenance by focusing on a narrow solution to a bigger problem. They may be focusing on only one of the three productivity elements: people, equipment, and work processes. Here are some familiar examples: It is often assumed […]

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1:13 am
February 2, 2002
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Is the Maintenance Organization Here to Serve?

Moving from customer/supplier relationships to partnerships During the 1980s and 1990s many organizations embraced Total Quality Management (TQM) as a means to improve product quality and ultimately overall business performance. Some of these organizations had success, but many failed for a number of reasons. The reasons they failed are beyond the scope of this article, […]

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12:59 am
February 2, 2002
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Reliability Goes Nonfat With Lean Maintenance

It drove Henry Ford crazy! The automobile-manufacturing pioneer focused on eliminating waste on his automotive assembly lines because he was well aware of the cost associated with waste. Wasted material, wasted motion, and wasted time drastically affected bottom line profitability. Maintenance operations focus on avoiding equipment malfunction and fixing things that have failed to function […]

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9:26 pm
February 1, 2002
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VFDs Can Cut Costs

Variable-frequency drives are beneficial, but you must avoid voltage spikes that can cause winding failure. When you want to control motor speed, you usually choose a clutch or a variable-frequency drive (VFD)—also called an inverter. In most cases, the advantages of VFDs make them the better choice, so much so that industry installs 10,000 to […]

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8:07 pm
February 1, 2002
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The Secret To Life

Robert C. Baldwin, CMRP, Editor While surfing down the cable channels the other day, I clicked on the movie “City Slickers” and stayed long enough to enjoy the “secret to life” scene. That is where city slicker Mitch Robins (Billy Crystal) and tough trail boss Curly (Jack Palance) get to know each other while driving […]

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7:30 pm
February 1, 2002
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Digital Telemetry Monitors Motor Health

The system consists of three physical elements: the rotor collar—a split ring clamped around the motor output shaft, a copper pickup loop surrounding the rotor collar, and a receiver unit. There is a scene in the movie “Hunt for Red October” to which maintenance personnel can relate. In it, the skipper of a Russian attack […]

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7:15 pm
February 1, 2002
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I'll Meet You On The Web

Numerologists report that 2002 is the year of partnership and collaboration. As you begin new initiatives and improvement programs, you may want to ask yourself how you can approach these goals as part of a team rather than alone. There may be many resources available locally; however, there is a world full of useful information […]

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2:09 pm
February 1, 2002
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Process Improvement and Integration

Increasingly, organizations are required to do more with less to stay afloat in today’s difficult economy. This places a heavy burden on maintenance personnel. It is imperative that you implement world-class processes that ensure your assets perform efficiently, and that you implement the appropriate computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) or enterprise asset management (EAM) technologies […]

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