Archive | December, 2003

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3:05 am
December 2, 2003
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Preparing for a Maintenance System Upgrade

Roles, responsibilities, and policies have to be defined to manage the risks of software installation. A new software installation is one of the most difficult challenges for an organization. There are many considerations in managing the selection-purchase-implementation of a modern system. Buying a new system or developing a program in-house carries several risks that must […]

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December 2, 2003
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Good Vibes on the Web

Using specialized sensing technologies for machinery condition based monitoring (CBM) or predictive maintenance (PdM) has long been documented as a beneficial part of a machinery reliability strategy. According to MaintenanceBenchmarking.com, world class companies often devote up to 50 percent of their entire maintenance resources to condition based monitoring and the planned work that is required […]

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9:03 pm
December 1, 2003
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Extending Pump Motor Life In Liquid Level Applications

Many process systems operate by the storage, transfer, metering, and disposal of liquid materials. The pumps that move the liquid materials represent a point where maintenance failure can halt all other processes. Extending the service life of these critical process components can significantly reduce process as well as maintenance costs. Most often the decision to […]

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7:16 pm
December 1, 2003
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The Medium Matters in Training

While e-learning initiatives abound, traditional methods still form the core of training for maintenance personnel. Training professionals generally agree that different people learn in different ways, and the most effective training matches the delivery method with the needs of each student. But whatever the method, the best technical training encompasses four key factors: interaction, application, […]

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7:15 pm
December 1, 2003
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Professional Development: Alive and Well (or at least Getting Better)

Diagnosis: Among the victims of the economic slowdown over the past few years have been many professional development programs. Companies and individuals alike have been rather reluctant to “invest” (I believe PD is an investment, not an expense) significantly in training or educational opportunities. While many of us would agree that this has often been […]

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6:31 pm
December 1, 2003
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The Reliability Paradox

For the most part, we can describe in fairly exacting detail the functional components of a strong reliability program. Moreover, we are confident that implementing these reliability practices will yield results that benefit virtually every aspect of our business (cost, quality, service, safety and environmental performance, and capital turnover) and provide distinct competitive advantage. However, […]

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6:29 pm
December 1, 2003
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Nearly Seduced by the Dark Side

Robert C. Baldwin, CMRP, Editor Rockwell Automation Fair, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Rockwell’s Allen-Bradley brand, drew more than 14,000 people (customers, speakers, exhibitors, and Rockwell personnel) to Milwaukee in mid-November. Displays of advanced technology covering embedded sensors and adaptive control (including a lubrication sensor for monitoring the health of critical fluids), diagnostics and prognostics […]

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December 1, 2003
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Making a Solid Business Case for a Maintenance Plan

Success factors for a business-based approach While most maintenance professionals understand the untapped value hidden in plant assets, making the case to corporate leadership for maximizing these assets is an ongoing battle. Perhaps the biggest problem with maintenance is its historically negative image that prevents it from getting the respect it deserves. As a result, […]

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