Archive | 2004


2:05 pm
December 1, 2004
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Clutch Assembly Aids in Condition Based Monitoring

The installation of a new clutch assembly using a torque monitoring device has saved a General Motors manufacturing facility in Spring Hill, TN, more than $1 million. The first prototype of the clutch was introduced in 2000 and savings are predicted to grow as more units are installed. Currently, equipment in the vehicle systems area […]


3:37 pm
November 19, 2004
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Instituting a Zero-Based Maintenance Budget Based on Equipment Requirements

Process also establishes staffing needs. Currently many maintenance budgets are developed based on previous maintenance budgets or a percentage of the replacement asset value (RAV) of maintained equipment. Sometimes maintenance budgets and staffing decisions are based on negotiations between management and the maintenance department. Often an exacting method of determining the specific number of maintenance […]


12:44 pm
November 11, 2004
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2:17 am
November 2, 2004
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Web-Based Skills Assessment Tool Aids Maintenance Staff

I get bombarded with maintenance product news and seldom get excited about the “innovations” in the maintenance marketplace. This changed the other day when Universal Technologies Interactive sent me news of an online “Skills Accelerator.” OK, I will admit that anything related to the Web and maintenance gets my immediate attention—and this looked very interesting […]


1:06 am
November 2, 2004
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Reduce Maintenance for Spray Systems

Major savings in time and money can be achieved through an aggressive spray system optimization program. Spray nozzles are vital components in many production facilities. Their accuracy, durability, and interchangeability are absolutely essential to maximum uptime. If a spray system is not working optimally, it can drain staggering amounts of money. The cost of wasted […]


8:58 pm
November 1, 2004
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Detecting Broken Rotor Bars Prevents Catastrophic Damage

With advancements in digital electronics and reduced component costs in recent years, monitoring instruments for use in condition-based maintenance programs have become more cost-effective and dependable. Machinery does not need to be taken out of service as many tests are done online, and in many cases very little expertise is required for testing and data […]