Archive | November, 2005

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Make Sure Your Message Is Understood

Bonjour! Bongiorno! Buenos dias! Salut! Hola! No matter what language you speak, it all translates to the same thing, right? Well, you might want to rethink that belief. A common challenge across many industries, when it comes to corporate growth, is how to successfully communicate a specific message in another language. While English is the […]

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Can Core Competencies Be Outsourced?

In last month’s column, we presented evidence that if a company uses assets to provide a product or service, maintenance is, indeed, a core competency. Still, there exists a school of thought that you should only outsource non-core business functions. Does this apply to maintenance/asset management? Consider the following reasons to outsource maintenance. The first […]

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Multi-Technology Approach To Motor Diagnostics

No magic bullets here. One instrument can’t possibly provide all the information you need to evaluate the health of an electric motor system. There is a persistent misconception that a “magic bullet,” in the form of a condition-based monitoring (CBM) instrument, will provide all of the information one needs to evaluate the health of an […]

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Extending The Operating Life Of Your Electric Motors

This article is adapted from the U.S. Department of Energy’s tip sheet “Extend the Operating Life of Your Motor,” originally prepared by the Washington State University Energy Program and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. When it comes to the operation of industrial processes, life cycle cost (LCC) analysis is an often-ignored methodology that can lead to […]

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Partnering To Improve Electric Motor Reliability

A company becomes its own customer with outstanding results. In the process, a new motor repair shop certification program is born. Electric motors, whether AC or DC, will vary considerably in construction, operation, and performance. All share a distinction, though, in usually rating high on reliability incident reports. The “bad news” is that this was […]

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Information Management Strategies To Achieve Collaborative Asset Life Cycle Management

Raising the levels of “asset intimacy” among service providers is crucial where maintenance is concerned. Companies typically will embrace a business trend in an effort to move ahead of the competition, achieve long-term savings and, in some cases, improve service levels. Among today’s more noteworthy trends is outsourcing of maintenance. What is often overlooked, however, […]

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Get "Control" Of Your Data Trending

Time is critical when it comes to identifying degrading equipment performance. Progress Energy’s Harris Plant is a 950 MW(e) pressurized water nuclear reactor. In November 2003, operators conducting a surveillance test on a piece of the plant’s emergency service water equipment noticed that the differential pressure (dP) was below the minimum required value. During the […]

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