Archive | July, 2005

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July 2, 2005
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So you think you have the right Maintenance Program?

Many organizations feel that if they can move from reactive to preventive maintenance they are headed on the right path, and that this in turn means they are on the road to proactive maintenance. However, as has been demonstrated by many studies, in excess of 80 percent of all failures are random. Therefore, time-based preventive […]

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July 2, 2005
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Who’s driving?

Bob Baldwin, Editor During a recent visit by an ERP/EAM supplier to our office, the discussion turned to the types of information-rich reports that can be served up and the feature-rich screen interfaces to queries on the databases that are features of modern integrated systems. It was noted that company information networks can now link […]

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July 1, 2005
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A Personal History of the Art and Science of Reliability

Charles J. Latino, Founder, Reliability Center. This article is based on remarks delivered by the author on May 24, 2005, at the Maintenance & Reliability Technology Summit (MARTS) conference in Rosemont, IL. At the concluding Summit Session, Latino received the Summit Award in recognition of his lifetime of outstanding contributions to the maintenance and reliability […]

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July 1, 2005
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Is There a Hydrogen Economy?

As I got back into the driver’s seat having just spent more than $50 to fill up my SUV, I heard an interesting NPR www.npr.org news story on the coming hydrogen economy that made me want to learn more about the viability of hydrogen as a legitimate alternative source of energy in the U.S. Although […]

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July 1, 2005
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Compressor Configuration Supports Maintenance and Reliability Needs

Many manufacturing plants employ compressed air systems in one capacity or another, and, for the most part, these systems provide similar output. While all compressed air might be the same, the engineering of that air is not. The needs of a petrochemical plant are quite different from those of an automobile manufacturing plant. Application-specific engineered […]

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July 1, 2005
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Maintenance Information Systems

Directory of EAM/CMMS software for maintenance and reliability organizations. Enterprise asset management (EAM) and computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) are essential to most maintenance and reliability strategies irrespective of plant size. The software must manage and optimize reliability and performance of plant physical assets and maintenance operations, support a company’s business process, and be tied […]

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Managing an EAM/CMMS Project

Phase three: Instilling a mindset of continuous improvement for system optimization. The biggest payback opportunities in an EAM/CMMS implementation are often never realized. During product selection, goals were set for the application and specific business benefits were targeted, but the project scope was probably scaled back to “must haves” rather than the full scope of […]

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The Misunderstood Orphan of Reliability

Run-to-failure components require proactive corrective maintenance strategy. The concept of run-to-failure (RTF) is widely misunderstood. Most people, engineers included, will provide the automatic response that if a component fails and nothing happens, it is a run-to-failure component. Another prevalent, but totally incorrect, assumption is that having redundant components or redundant systems automatically means the component […]

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