Archive | November, 2006

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2:19 am
November 2, 2006
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Turning Maintenance into a Profit Center

Most large plants invest hundreds of millions of dollars in capital assets. Effective management of these assets has a significant impact on both the balance sheet and income statement. While many organizations today are beginning to realize the massive amount of untapped value hidden in plant assets, until recently, maintenance was often overlooked during the […]

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November 2, 2006
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Uptime

Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Confer (v): Present, talk, give, discuss, consult, put heads together, have a conversation… Conference (n): Symposium, forum, meeting, convention, consultation, summit, alliance… Do you attend conferences? Do you share what you learn with those who can’t attend? Last month, the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP) held its 14th annual […]

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2:08 am
November 2, 2006
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Water System Flows Solution Spotlight: With Automated Scheduling And Mobile Maintenance

Southern Nevada Water System (SNWS), a department of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, currently has 12 technicians running PDAs (Personal Data Assistants) with maintenance scheduling and management software. What’s especially interesting about this situation is the fact that the organization expects to save about $50,000 a year in improved maintenance work order processing and reduced […]

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2:02 am
November 2, 2006
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Achieving World-Class Maintenance Status

What does such a designation really mean, and how do you derive the type of performance standards that let you know when you have arrived? “World-class” performance marks an organization as a leader in its industry and sets it apart as the ultimate achiever. But, what is world class and, how can it be achieved? […]

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1:59 am
November 2, 2006
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Communications: When Maintenance Partners With Production/Operations

Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor Arguably the most important of all manufacturing intracorporate partnerships, the relationship between production/operations and maintenance is often a bittersweet accord, in which both teams continually struggle to define their roles. For those who do manage to do so and build a working relationship, the results are often no less than spectacular, […]

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1:56 am
November 2, 2006
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The Similarities Of Maintenance Planning And Zoo Keeping

This author compares asset management to the care and feeding of, and sometimes keeping endangered species alive. Compelling analogy, isn’t it? When was the last time you visited a zoo and enjoyed a leisurely stroll through the exhibits, during which you interfaced with the various fauna? For the visitor, a zoo can be a quiet, […]

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6:00 am
November 1, 2006
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Lubrication Challenge: Tackling The Skilled Trades Shortage

Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor The next 10 years could be the most critical in North America’s industrial history. If you’ve been to a maintenance conference recently, you know the top concern is the skill trades shortage issue. The previous 15 years have seen the continued shrinking of what was once the world’s largest industrial engine—an […]

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November 1, 2006
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Part I of IV… Justify Your Equipment Reliability Enhancements

You’ve heard it before. It’s important that engineers learn to speak in terms of dollars and cents. They’re often the only things accountants and managers seem to understand. This four-part series is designed to help you improve your “language” skills. True reliability professionals are known to be hard-workingand knowledgeable. But, they sometimes have difficulty quantifying […]

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