Archive | June, 2004


2:21 am
June 2, 2004
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Online Maintenance Discussion Forums Offer Peer Advice

Unless you work in a maintenance department with a multi-location company, you are left to solve many day-to-day maintenance problems on your own, without much outside advice. You may be alone at your plant, but hundreds of other maintenance professionals have probably faced similar issues. Before the Internet, the knowledge and experience required to solve […]


7:09 pm
June 1, 2004
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Credentialing Has Positive Implications for the Bottom Line

Training, then testing, reaps benefits for employees and companies. Keeping up with the pace of continuously evolving technology is never easy, especially when it comes to automated manufacturing. Over the years, automation technology has grown increasingly sophisticated, helping to improve efficiency and maximize productivity. On the flip side, however, such technological shifts also mean that […]


7:07 pm
June 1, 2004
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Blended Learning Solution Aids Companies

Web-based courses, hands-on evaluations score with employees and employers. Many industrial facilities are challenged with recruiting and retaining an adequate supply of trained maintenance technicians. Most of the people who possess the required skills already have positions. Younger people just coming out of school generally do not seek careers in this field. Now some of […]


6:36 pm
June 1, 2004
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Reduce Downtime with Smart Scheduling

By taking a few extra administrative steps, maintenance managers can implement more preventive maintenance in less time. For years, maintenance managers have successfully been using enterprise asset management (EAM) or computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) software to decrease unscheduled downtime. But managers whose plants are running at maximum capacity face the classic struggle between maintenance […]


5:43 pm
June 1, 2004
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Educating the Executives–And Yourself

Terry Wireman, C.P.M.M., Editorial Director There was considerable information presented at the Maintenance & Reliability Technology Summit (MARTS) last month about all aspects of maintenance and reliability. The presentations were content laden with many case studies and workshops. However, one question was frequently asked: “How do I get my senior managers to an event like […]


5:41 pm
June 1, 2004
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Responsible Leadership

Robert C. Baldwin, CMRP, Editor During a recent visit to the U.S. Postal Service’s Maintenance Technical Support Center, I saw a copy of the “Leadership Principles of Colin Powell” framed and hanging on the wall. As I passed, I caught a glimpse of his first lesson: “Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.” Intrigued, I […]


4:16 pm
June 1, 2004
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Optimize Maintenance/Asset Management Policies

Translate contributions into the language of finance. In the majority of companies today, there is a language barrier. There are at least three different languages spoken internally—financial, operational, and technical. Just as language can be a barrier in communication with others on a personal level, the different languages spoken in a company also create barriers. […]


2:32 pm
June 1, 2004
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Taking Accurate Vibration Measurements

Have you ever talked to a vibration technician who is upset because vibration readings from a new data collector are different from those of an older unit or different brand? On the surface it seems logical that they should agree. An overall velocity reading is an overall velocity reading, right? Not so fast. Filter settings, […]