Archive | April, 2007

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The Fundamentals: Extending Drive Belt Life

Most end users think OEMs take particular pains to design things that last. That’s true in most cases, but not all. OEMs are in business to sell products. Consequently, countless OEM drive belts are designed with neither the concept of long-term cost savings in mind, nor with the idea that a Maintenance person might need […]

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The Fundamentals: Safe Work Practices For Workplace Disasters

Be careful during “wrench thrown into the works” situations. A Maintenance pro is an investment your company can’t afford to lose. Despite well-established policies, procedures and recordkeeping, unexpected obstacles or snags often cause setbacks during scheduled or routine maintenance. In most cases, we’ve allotted adequate time to overcome these problems, allowing for safe and thorough […]

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Strategic Sourcing Implementation

Too many dollars are being left on the table by U.S. companies because of poor sourcing strategies. How do yours measure up? Estimates show that mid-sized U.S. companies miss the opportunity for supplier savings in excess of $134 billion due to inadequate sourcing competencies [1]. This much money left on the table could mean the […]

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Maintenance Audits Improve Maintenance Business Performance

Knowing the true sources of contamination in compressed air systems and what to do about them can lead to improved operating efficiencies for the equipment and far fewer maintenance headaches for you. What is 1%, 2% or even 5% increase in uptime worth to you? Can it improve your bottom line? Of course it can. […]

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Retrofitting VFDs To Air-Curtain Motors

Upgrades at a critical USPS facility delivered a number of benefits, including enhanced comfort, improved heating, lower energy usage, and reduced operating expenses. Way to go, Uncle Sam! Until recently, ongoing heating issues related to air-curtains had been a big concern at the New Jersey International & Bulk Mail center (NJI&BMC) in Jersey City, NJ. […]

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Solution Spotlight: Advances In Arc-Resistant Motor Control Equipment

Arc flash is responsible for about 80% of electricalrelated injuries. It occurs when an arc fault superheats the air around it, expanding and creating a pressure wave within the enclosure. The resulting arc plasma then vaporizes everything with which it comes in contact. In industrial settings, many things could compromise the air space that acts […]

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The Search For Better Sealing Solutions

Ensuring that your sealing devices work properly and deliver the service life you expect from them begins with where and how you plan to use them. Sealing devices, such as gaskets, O-rings, oil seals, bearing isolators, valve packing, expansion joints and hydraulic components, are all items to consider when it comes to achieving optimal plant […]

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Technology Update

Training has changed radically over the past decade. Nowhere are these changes more evident than in the maturation of training that is based on or utilizes electronic media, including numerous additions to the training lexicon. Here are just a few of the most important terms maintenance professionals need to know as they make their way […]

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