Archive | May, 2005

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The Open Enterprise

Alan T. Johnston, President, MIMOSA The desire to integrate the plant with the rest of the enterprise might, to some, still seem to be a far off dream.Yet, with the combination of evolving software technologies such as Service Oriented Architecture, and the increased deployment of open information standards, the reality of joining traditionally disparate groups […]

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May 1, 2005
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The Biggest Threat to Equipment Reliability: Skills Shortage

Our vocational-technical education infrastructure has been decimated over the past 30 years. The basic skills and knowledge for maintaining our industrial machinery and equipment are in critically short supply. This shortage is having a significant affect on many businesses, large and small. Only those businesses that have nurtured their own skills development infrastructure are safe […]

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2005 Vibration Monitoring and Analysis Guide

Machinery vibration monitoring and analysis are fundamental to predictive maintenance and continuous plant improvement. Here is information to help you with a vibration program. Technician uses laser velocity transducer to take vibration readings on rear side dryer bearings. (Photograph courtesy L&S Electric Inc.) The principles of monitoring the health of plant machinery by checking vibration […]

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Refurbishing Aged MCCs Proves Beneficial

In 1999-2001, the New Jersey International & Bulk Mail Center (NJI&BMC) in Jersey City, one of the largest United States Postal Service facilities, was concerned about its eight 33-year-old motor control centers (MCCs). Events forced a decision to pursue options for replacing or refurbishing the 276 cells that provide power primarily to 58 heating, air […]

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May 1, 2005
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Evangelizing Reliability

Keeping an eye on the Internet is an enjoyable perk of my job as editor. One of the gurus I watch is Jakob Nielsen, an expert in the usability of user interfaces to software applications and Web sites. The title of one of his recent newsletters, “Evangelizing Usability: Change Your Strategy at the Halfway Point,” […]

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Develop Workers To Be Responsible, Motivated

Management within many maintenance organizations views its workforce as “resources” that provide the hands necessary to perform a function or to complete a task. In most instances, the use of these workers as resources has been well planned in order to obtain the maximum results, while little consideration has been given to the needs of […]

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RSS for Maintenance and Reliability

You have probably heard about blogs (weblogs) by now. For example, MaintenanceTalk.com features nine different maintenance-related blogs by various authors, including a terrific motor blog series by Howard Penrose, Ph.D. More than likely you have heard about other more popular political blogs, like the one that uncovered the recent CBS news debacle. This column is […]

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Power Quality Testing Can Reduce Costs

Predictive maintenance (PdM) techniques are commonly used on motors and drives. But how often is the power to the equipment inspected? Adding basic power quality measurements to equipment maintenance procedures can head off unexpected failures in both the equipment and the power system. Cost savings Insurance claims data in the NFPA 70B maintenance standard show […]

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