Archive | October, 2004

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October 1, 2004
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Do You Need 70E?

Questions and answers about this set of guidelines for workplace electrical safety. One of the hot topics in electrical and mechanical training classes is the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E. Students question what 70E is and how it relates to the National Electrical Code (NEC), if 70E is a new regulation and if not […]

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October 1, 2004
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What Is Lean Maintenance?

Elements that need to be in place for success Much has been written about lean manufacturing and the lean enterprise—enough that nearly all readers are familiar with the concepts as well as the phrases themselves. But what about lean maintenance? Is it merely a subset of lean manufacturing? Is it a natural fall-in-behind spinoff result […]

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5:21 pm
October 1, 2004
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The New Disease, And the Vaccine to Treat It

Terry Wireman, C.P.M.M., Editorial Director There is a new disease infecting corporate America that has become an epidemic of momentous proportions. It is called “KPI-itis.” The disease is caused by an obsessive desire to measure business processes. KPI–itis (kA–pE–I–Tis): a management disease where everyone in the company is obsessed with trying to find key performance […]

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5:18 pm
October 1, 2004
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Measure to Manage

Robert C. Baldwin, CMRP, Editor One of the professional highlights of the year for Maintenance Technology staffers is the annual Maintenance Excellence Roundtable, a get-together of representatives from 12 companies for swapping information on best practices. This year’s event was hosted by Honeywell’s Geismar, LA, site, the world’s largest hydrofluoric acid facility. The meeting convened […]

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October 1, 2004
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Reliability Centered Maintenance Online

Reliability centered maintenance (RCM) is one of the most misunderstood processes in the maintenance world. RCM techniques were first developed by Nowlan and Heap to transform aircraft maintenance as the Boeing 747 was being introduced. It was quickly adapted to industrial maintenance by pioneers such as John Moubray and Anthony “Mac” Smith. As time went […]

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October 1, 2004
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Looking into the Future with Total Capital Planning Software

Maintenance managers may be a valuable information source for financial managers involved in total capital planning. Fig. 1. Sample of 20th century building trends (sq ft by year). Maintenance managers are constantly looking for new ways to communicate value propositions to senior managers. Part of the communications gap lies in the fact that senior managers […]

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October 1, 2004
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Reliability Analysis Software

Directory of information management systems for Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) and Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Mature maintenance and reliability programs, ones that have the basics covered, look to reliability analysis as a primary path to improved maintenance practice. The analysis efforts are directed toward physical assets and systems whose failure will produce significant […]

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2:21 pm
October 1, 2004
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Impact Transmitters Stop Damage to Reciprocating Machines

Impact transmitters are a new-old way of protecting reciprocating machines from catastrophic failure and reducing the cost of repairs. Reciprocating machines do not follow the usual rules for condition monitoring of rotating machines. Impact transmitters take advantage of reciprocating machine failure modes and are saving machines, money, and reputations. Anyone listening carefully to operating machines […]

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