Archive | May, 2004


8:54 pm
May 19, 2004
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Developing and Implementing an Infrared Predictive Maintenance Program

Efforts add value, improve safety and reliability. A comprehensive predictive maintenance (PdM) program can improve plant safety and reliability through early detection of equipment problems. Westar Energy’s management in Topeka, KS, made a decision that predictive maintenance would become an integral part of its day-to-day operations, and thermography would be a key component of this […]


8:49 pm
May 1, 2004
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Handhelds Enhance Operational Excellence Program

Even with 2.5 million customers, KeySpan Energy (KSE), the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast, did not have a serious problem with its liquid natural gas (LNG) storage plants’ maintenance data collection. The company just wanted to make it better because of tough new standards for profitability, plant security, and community safety—and the […]


5:48 pm
May 1, 2004
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A Clever Approach

Robert C. Baldwin, CMRP, Editor A reduction in operating availability is a possible side effect to improving worker productivity, even though the equipment performs as well as it did prior to the improvements. When equipment malfunctions in a loose production environment, there may be enough slack in the work that the failure is of no […]


5:47 pm
May 1, 2004
Print Friendly Launches Search Engine

First, the name itself is too cool. I will bet it cost a pretty penny to buy that domain name. Second, what makes different than Google or Yahoo!? There are several answers to that; however, the most significant is called Search Inside the Book and it allows you to search book contents […]


5:45 pm
May 1, 2004
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When is Technology Not the Answer?

It may seem like heresy to speak of slowing the expansion of technology within a technology magazine. However, sometimes a technology reality check is necessary. All too often manufacturers turn to technology for answers while ignoring simple solutions for quality and quantity improvement. They miss essential clues that could help them in the decision process […]


4:31 pm
May 1, 2004
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Ownership, Accountability Give Employees Power

Craft employees keep postal service machines running. How do maintenance managers, supervisors, engineering specialists, and support employees keep letter and parcel sorting automation equipment running and physical assets in good condition in the United States Postal Service? The simple and hackneyed sounding answer is that managers do not. Craft employees do. There are more than […]


4:23 pm
May 1, 2004
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The Future of Asset Management

Strategic asset management integrates all aspects of an organization into the process, easing the implementation and leading toward financial success. Strategic asset management (SAM) is a broader vision for asset management than previously has been articulated. SAM is an integrated set of processes that systematically derive the highest value from plant assets through a consistent […]