Archive | March, 2007

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DC Step-Voltage And Surge Testing Of Motors

Forget the controversy. These tests clearly are non-destructive in nature. Understanding the advantages these methods have over others can make them mighty powerful tools in your PdM program. Before any company investigates electrical predictive maintenance (PdM) instrumentation, it should know the strengths of its equipment’s insulation, the voltages its motors are exposed to daily, how […]

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Untangling Wireless Systems in Industrial Environments

Wireless offers a wealth of opportunities in moving and managing data across your enterprise. Getting your arms around this technology’s full potential is another thing. From asset management and predictive maintenance to security and equipment assessments, companies are increasingly leveraging the benefi ts of wireless technologies and sensors to automate their controls, processes and costs. […]

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The Value of Reliability-Driven Partnership Work Systems

When Operations, Maintenance and Engineering take this commonsense approach, it’s a win-win-win situation. In poorly performing plants, it is typical for Operations, Maintenance and Engineering organizations to work in silos without much cooperation. The traditional view in these plants is that the Maintenance organization delivers service to its customer-which is Operations. The Engineering organization is […]

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Better Bushings Solve A “Triple-Threat” Paint Line Problem

Midwest metal fastener manufacturer had a serious problem with the bushings in its new high-tech electrostatic painting line. The components were having trouble performing under three extremely difficult conditions: carrying current, surviving caustic solutions and enduring high temperatures. The application in question involved placing batches of small metal parts to be painted into stainless steel […]

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Wireless: The Golden Age Of Asset Management

Peter Zornio, Chief Strategic Officer, Emerson Process Management Companies can now realize the true potential of their process production facilities with the emergence of open standards-based field wireless infrastructure. This new technology supercharges predictive maintenance and overall predictive equipment health capabilities by lowering costs and increasing data collection. It’s important to differentiate between this new […]

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Uptime: Why Should We Care?

  Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Workplace organization and orderliness,”5S,” housekeeping, tardiness, absenteeism, safety, labor shortages, equipment maintenance and reliability… What do these things have in common? For starters, we have seen significant efforts to improve all of these areas of business for years. Sometimes, the results of these efforts go dormant, plateau or stop altogether. […]

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A Guide to Infrared (IR) Thermography

An infrared inspection program can provide users with a quick return on investment-sometimes paying for the equipment on its first use. Estimates of return on investment generally run from a minimum of 4:1 to as high as 20:1, depending on such factors as the cost of downtime for equipment failure, labor, parts and materials. Hurdles […]

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