Archive | 2002


10:17 pm
November 1, 2002
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Managing Spare Parts

Proven, controversial, and new approaches are part of an effective asset management program. Proper planning and control of spare parts inventory is a critical component of an effective asset management program. If the right parts are not on hand when needed for routine maintenance or repairs, downtime is prolonged. If too many parts are on […]


8:52 pm
November 1, 2002
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Snooping Around Outside the Fence

Robert C. Baldwin, CMRP, Editor I‘ve never been to a bad conference, one where I came away with nothing of value. Even when the conference is peripheral to maintenance, or completely outside the field, there are usually some ideas that can be adapted to improve your situation or at least trigger ideas about a new […]


8:50 pm
November 1, 2002
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The Dumbing-Down of Vibration Analysis

The dumbing-down of vibration analysis may be described best as “the exploitation of human weakness.” The following examples are not all inclusive, but they may help in understanding the problem: Advertising, education, and living have ingrained in us to get the cheapest. I think almost everyone knows that the cheapest is not always the most […]


1:49 am
October 2, 2002
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Understanding Maintenance Spending

Identify additional costs beyond the expense of keeping equipment operating. Maintenance groups frequently are asked to perform numerous activities in addition to maintaining equipment and facilities. These activities are important to business functions, but often are not recognized by upper management as spending that is in addition to “maintenance spending.” It is important to identify […]


9:42 pm
October 1, 2002
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Maintenance and Reliability Practices Study

What MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY readers are saying about how they measure success, barriers to better maintenance, and outsourcing strategies. What are the most important issues facing maintenance and reliability management? What are the perceived barriers to success? What functions are most likely to be outsourced? To find the answers to these and other questions about the […]


8:39 pm
October 1, 2002
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Just Getting Started

Robert C. Baldwin, CMRP, Editor Interesting thing about anniversaries, the ones that end in zero always seem to trigger more memories than the others. As I look forward to the Tenth Annual SMRP Conference October 27-30, 2002 in Nashville, TN, my thoughts are drawn to the organization’s first conference, as well as the 18 months […]


1:41 am
September 2, 2002
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Outside Resrouces Contribute to Culture Change

Consultants, onsite visits, benchmarking, and conference attendance add fuel to the development of an asset management program. The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) is responsible for providing wholesale water and sewerage services, in whole or in part, to 61 communities and 2.6 million people. In addition to its operating responsibilities, MWRA is responsible for rehabilitating, […]