Archive | 2003


3:20 am
February 2, 2003
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Improve Reliability With Mobile, Wireless Workflow Technology

Progressive organizations are using mobile, wireless workflow technology to streamline their process and maximize equipment reliability. It is no secret that each year petroleum refiners are spending less to process a barrel of crude oil into marketable fuel. Corporations realize they have to go beyond working harder to stay competitive. Forward-thinking companies continuously find more […]


7:34 pm
February 1, 2003
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Finding the Elephant in Maintenance

Robert M. Williamson, Strategic Work Systems, Inc. When looking for an elephant many people think they need to know lots of things about the beast. How do we track it? What does it eat? Where does it sleep? Where is it likely to hide on hot, sunny days? Where might it be when it’s cold […]


7:31 pm
February 1, 2003
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How Core Is Your Competency?

Robert C. Baldwin, CMRP, Editor Outsourcing is a business strategy that has been around for a long time, but it seems to be popping up more frequently in business management discussions. In the industrial plant arena, equipment maintenance is a possible candidate for outsourcing—7 percent of plants do it frequently or all the time. Writing […]


3:21 pm
February 1, 2003
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Determining Accurate Alignment Targets

Part three of a four-part series that will cover alignment fundamentals and thermal growth, and highlight the importance of field measurements through two case studies. The previous article in this series, “Understanding Shaft Alignment: Thermal Growth” (MT 1/03, pg. 19), explained thermal growth and its affect on proper equipment alignment. A practical example involves a […]


2:44 am
January 2, 2003
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Resources for Computerized Maintenance Management Systems

You already may have accessed your computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) over the web or rented licenses for an entire CMMS through an Internet application service provider (ASP). This is a fairly new method for software application delivery that simply requires an Internet connection and a browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator. […]


7:50 pm
January 1, 2003
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Understanding Hidden Failures in RCM Analyses

Addressing hidden failure modes is a key aspect for successfully achieving plant reliability. Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) is not new. Airline Maintenance Steering Group (MSG) Logic, the predecessor to RCM, has existed since the early 1960s. F. Stanley Nowlan and Howard Heap of United Airlines introduced formal RCM to the commercial aviation industry in 1978. […]


7:45 pm
January 1, 2003
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Critical Component of the CMMS: The Repair Work Order

The better and more consistently recording of repair activities is done, the greater potential for yielding greater and more specific information about an operation. From the very start, the implementation of a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) is a long and arduous process. One of the largest concerns is how to effectively get the correct […]