Archive | January, 2006

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January 2, 2006
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Solving Problems Today And Thinking About Tomorrow

Times have been tough on manufacturing facilities lately. Machinery performance demands have never been higher. Critical equipment continues to age. Retiring workforces leave widening gaps in maintenance and engineering expertise. Everywhere, industry, has been forced to streamline and accomplish much more with much less. Today’s maintenance managers, in particular, have a difficult task. For a […]

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The Financial Impact Of Inventory and Procurement

This month, we continue our ongoing discussion on the financial impact of maintenance and reliability by taking into consideration issues related to spare part inventory and purchasing. Maintenance material costs are related to the frequency and size of the repairs made to the company’s equipment. The total number of parts, in addition to the stores’ […]

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January 2, 2006
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Reliability Activities And Their Impact On Weibull Shapes

There’s been a shift in the maintenance and reliability marketplace towards more analytical software that takes predictive maintenance and equipment history data and then provides optimum solutions for a company’s assets. The Weibull distribution is a widely recognized statistical model created by Swedish-born Waloddi Weibull to describe life distributions. Its primary advantage is that it […]

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2:47 am
January 2, 2006
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Recommendations For Survival: Skills Training Approaches For Fast & Sustainable Equipment Reliability

Forecasters have long warned us about a “perfect storm” bearing down on industrial America. Now, it’s upon us and your operations are right in the eye of it. Fueled by a growing underskilled and, inexperienced workforce and little emphasis on skilled trades training, conditions are bad (and due to get worse). What if we train […]

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January 2, 2006
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Energy Management For Electrical Systems

Doing more with less seems to be the order of the day (and the future) for most companies. Technology that helps you kill several birds with one stone is a good way to be getting it done. The cost of doing business is not getting any cheaper, especially for energy-intensive industrial businesses. To remain competitive […]

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January 2, 2006
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What's New?

Tom Madding, Group Publisher Moving into the New Year, just as it was coming out of the last one, among the most critical issues confronting our readers is that “perfect storm” brewing out there in the maintenance field. As contributor Bob Williamson notes in his article beginning on page 20 this month, an ill-prepared workforce […]

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January 2, 2006
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Predictive Maintenance: Ultrasonic Update

Based on a fairly simple principle, this PdM tool has a number of valuable applications. It often can alert you to equipment problems well before other technologies can. Terry Wireman, C.P.M.M. Editorial Director Ultrasonic tools are used primarily in leak detection, in determining the thickness of materials and in inspection of electrical equipment. The principle […]

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