Archive | March, 2004


2:23 am
March 19, 2004
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Top 100 Maintenance and Reliability Web Sites

Ever since the dot com bomb, some companies have been content to simply allow their corporate Web sites to serve as a collection of electronic brochures. Unfortunately for the companies that have not converted to value-based information delivery, the meltdown of hyped up, over-inflated Internet stock prices did nothing to slow the real benefits of […]


2:58 am
March 2, 2004
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Using CMMS for ISO/QS-9000 Documentation

Earning ISO/QS certification gives the right to lose it every six months. Maintaining the rigid quality system standards established by the International Standards Organization (ISO) dictates periodic re-evaluation of a company’s adherence to those standards. Simply stated, the philosophy behind the ISO is: • Say what you do—Document standard operating procedures (SOPs). • Do what […]


7:13 pm
March 1, 2004
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Bridging the Gap Between Training and Knowledge

Characteristics of a successful training program that improves the performance of a workforce. Industrial managers who investigate the full potential of steam as a manufacturing resource are commonly surprised at how underutilized it is within the American industrial sector. A key reason they commonly find through further investigation is the scarcity of knowledge in steam’s […]


7:11 pm
March 1, 2004
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Reliability-Based Maintenance Program Creates New Breed of Technician

Eastman Kodak turns to college for certificate program. Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, NY, knows that being competitive in a global marketplace requires a lean, cost-efficient operation. So finding innovative ways to maximize productivity is a priority. That is why it has one of the most aggressive asset management programs of its kind. A key element […]


6:14 pm
March 1, 2004
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Of Conferences and Professional Development

I recently attended two very different conferences in two distant parts of the United States. However, each of them had elements that caused me to reflect on what lies behind the current status and technological advances in the areas of maintenance and reliability. And each one led me to consider what role such conferences might […]


6:12 pm
March 1, 2004
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The Challenge of Change Revisited

Robert C. Baldwin, CMRP, Editor The Challenge of Change. That was the title of the presentation I was making 5 years ago at various maintenance and reliability events. I was talking about expansive change and my speech was heavily laced with dot-com and e-stuff: eProcurement, eManufacturing, and even eMaintenance (however, I was using e to […]


6:10 pm
March 1, 2004
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Was it the Chicken or Was it the Egg?

In today’s competitive environment, companies are mining every opportunity to increase their profits. They are using information systems to gather data and then convert this data to business intelligence on which to base their decisions. However, in most companies, the maintenance and asset management function is not having a large measure of success in this […]


4:35 pm
March 1, 2004
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Establishing a Solid Foundation for an Asset Management Program

Simply buying a CMMS does not constitute asset management. A solid program requires integration of best practices that meet the needs of all aspects of an organization. Establishing a comprehensive asset management program is not a task that a utility should undertake casually. The process entails integrating new business policies and procedures while simultaneously managing […]