Archive | February, 2004

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February 2, 2004
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The Dangers of Arc Flash Incidents

Regulations require safety programs and hazard analysist o address expensive and potentially deadly occurrences. The flash is instantaneous, almost too fast for the eye to comprehend. But the end result of this incident could be more than $15 million in direct and indirect costs to a company. So companies cannot afford to ignore the safety […]

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February 2, 2004
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Selecting the Right Maintenance Information System

Using proven guidelines for evaluation and selection, finding a suitable EAM/CMMS need not become an overwhelming or difficult task. The old maintenance system has gasped from sheer exhaustion. There are no more patches or upgrades available or perhaps the company has decided to take the predictive maintenance route. Whatever the reason, it is time for […]

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February 2, 2004
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Maintaining and Troubleshooting Solenoid Valves

Decisions depend on valve design and application. As with any mechanical apparatus, proper and proactive maintenance and care of solenoid valves can extend their lives and ensure predictable operation. This article will address how maintenance of such a small component can be worthwhile and the difference upkeep can make to the system; when to repair […]

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6:19 pm
February 1, 2004
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Don’t Forget Your Team

Robert C. Baldwin, CMRP, Editor I rediscovered The Team Memory Jogger, a book published by Oriel, Inc., as I straightened my bookcase recently. The 3 x 5-in. book, designed as a pocket guide for team members, had fallen behind larger volumes. I thumbed through it before placing it on a stack of other small books […]

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February 1, 2004
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Shopping for Computerized Maintenance Management Systems Online

In the past few months, this column has covered computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) and enterprise asset management (EAM) resources available on the web. We also have covered an open source code CMMS and freeware CMMS. At last count, there were more than 400 CMMS products available. You will need a great deal of time […]

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February 1, 2004
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Why Can’t Maintenance Be a Strategic Initiative, Too?

Maintenance suffers from a deficiency of understanding and respect. It is probably fair to say that most people (even management) think the role of maintenance is to “fix things when they break.” That could hardly be further from the truth. When things break down, maintenance has failed. The maintenance job is to maintain it so […]

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February 1, 2004
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The Discipline of Maintenance Excellence

Management, planners, maintenance, and operations need to know their roles to achieve excellence goal. Many companies have the desire to achieve maintenance excellence but lack the discipline to make it happen. Once the mechanisms are in place for maintenance excellence, maintenance and operations personnel often still do not understand what must happen to achieve the […]

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Achieving Precise Alignment

Without proper preparation, standards and tolerances, and precision procedures, machines may have significant residual misalignment even though the alignment computer is reading zeros. When asked which alignment methods are employed at a plant, the staff will often proudly display the latest laser alignment technology tool. When used properly, laser tools can provide accurate alignments for […]

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