Archive | January, 2004

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3:02 am
January 2, 2004
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Evolution of a Maintenance Department

An organization moves from disrespect to world-class status. Over the past eight years, Dunlee, a division of a subsidiary of Philips Medical Systems and a world leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of CT and radiographic x-ray tubes, has made significant changes within its organization to become world-class. The company’s evolution was initiated by […]

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2:39 am
January 2, 2004
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The Powerful Synergy of Multi-Modal PdM Analysis

Fig. 1. Infrared scan of parts washer pump-motor coupler at Consolidated Diesel. The coupler between the motor and the pump is slightly hotter than either of the components it connects. (Thermograph by Richard Harrison) If “one tool fit all,” mechanics’ toolboxes would contain only one wrench, one hammer, and so on. But mechanics must have […]

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2:25 am
January 2, 2004
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Freeware: A Solution For Sites on a Limited Budget That Want CMMS

A few months ago, I wrote a column (“Want to Contribute to an Open Source CMMS?”) about an open source computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) project. The project team invited interested parties to download a version and hopefully join the volunteer developers who would continue to evolve the software to provide greater utility and ease […]

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9:23 pm
January 1, 2004
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Electrical Troubleshooting in Seven Steps

A boiler feed pump being powered by two 3500 hp induction motors appears to be developing a problem. Failure of this pump will result in the loss of a generator currently producing half of the station’s power output. Operators are complaining that a large compressor on several occasions has failed to start. A controller does […]

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6:27 pm
January 1, 2004
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Risk Assessment for Maintenance Work

How often have you had to perform maintenance on equipment in an awkward position, without adequate light, with tools that are not well suited to the job? How often could these problems have been easily corrected if equipment designers better understood how maintenance tasks were performed? Risk assessment is coming to maintenance work. It is […]

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6:22 pm
January 1, 2004
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It's 2004: Time to Plan for MARTS

Robert C. Baldwin, CMRP, Editor “Managers Are Starting To Loosen Budgets As Optimism Grows.” That is the headline on Carol Hymowitz’s column “In the Lead” in a recent issue of the Wall Street Journal. “After a long stretch of gloom, executives at big and small companies are beginning the year with renewed optimism,” she says. […]

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4:44 pm
January 1, 2004
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A Structured Approach to Measuring Maintenance

Linking the function of asset management to achieving competitive advantage. For more than 25 years, there has been a steady increase in the acknowledgement of the strategic importance of maintenance. One of the driving factors has been the continued pressure on costs attributable to maintenance. There has also been a growth in the awareness of […]

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