Archive | March, 2005

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Warning: Vocational Classes Fall Out of Favor

How can we continue to ignore the decline of one of the fundamentals of our society: Manufacturing generates wealth? Since 1999, the percentage of U. S. gross domestic product attributed to manufacturing has slid from 16 percent to 14 percent. Manufacturing’s share of the national income was 29 percent in 1950 and declined to 15 […]

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Optimizing Bearing Service Life

The “infinite life” theory for rolling bearings holds that under good operating conditions and provided the fatigue load limit is not exceeded, bearing life will not be limited by fatigue and, in fact, can exceed the life of the machine. But in real-world operations, vast differences will exist in bearing life expectancy due to a […]

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Scaleable Maintenance Strategies for Small and Midsize Operations

Adapt proactive maintenance programs from the big guys. As the United States manufacturing industry emerges from one of its most challenging decades in recent memory, many companies still struggle to improve growth and achieve greater profitability with fewer human and capital assets. The downturn taught manufacturers some valuable lessons about operational efficiency—particularly small and midsize […]

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Partnerships bolster training opportunities

News from the education arena. Do you recall an instance when you had to complete a certain task, but were not able to do it by yourself? You enlisted a partner to assist, and the job was completed without trouble. Well, that is what many industrial companies are doing with educational institutions and other groups […]

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Pump it up! Online Pump resources

From time to time I get questions about pump reliability, pump replacement, and other issues surrounding pump maintenance. I turn to my usual and trusted resources for answers; however, I recently discovered some great Web sites related to pumps. Start your online journey at the Hydraulic Institute’s www.pumps.org. This site offers a comprehensive, searchable database […]

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14-Camera Infrared System Monitors Critical Vessels

This process can help move a maintenance department to the next level and better prepare for the future. Operators of high-temperature pressure vessels now can see in vivid color the advantages of new wireless radiometric imaging technology for safety monitoring of shell temperatures. The largest such system, using 14 Mikron infrared cameras and MikroSpec R/T […]

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The Role of Universities in Professional Development

For a number of reasons I have been thinking quite a bit lately about the role of universities in maintenance and reliability professional development. One, our school, The University of Tennessee, is rapidly moving forward with new programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in maintenance and reliability. Two, the Society for Maintenance & Reliability […]

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Generate Corrective Maintenance Tasks

This process can help move a maintenance department to the next level and better prepare for the future. Maintenance cost or maintenance loss? Maintenance in today’s plant is a dynamic function of the ability to adapt to quick changes and to new policies and management techniques. An inherent problem common to many maintenance programs is […]

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