Archive | September, 2007

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The Best And The Worst

Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor I recently delivered a lubrication fundamentals seminar to a group of maintainers, whose first language was not English. My opening slide depicted a 10-year-old child during the Industrial Revolution, whose job was to ensure all line shafts used to power textile mill machinery were lubricated effectively. The above Dickens quote framed […]

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Data, Data Everywhere!

How do businesses and organizations within a business, including Maintenance, navigate the data continent? We go to great lengths to capture it, store it, organize it and, ultimately, use some of it! Data is all over the place within our organization, whether it exists in electronic or hardcopy format, and we constantly are looking for […]

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Embrace "Firefighting" Maintenance

Comparing the operations of a typical fire department with the operations of a well-run maintenance organization is not a stretch. The parallels go on and on. For example, according to Chief Scott Tegler of the Woodstock Ontario (Canada) Fire Department, fire crews strive to attain a mean time to response target of less than four […]

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Consider Motor Load Requirements & Applications

Ensuring the type of service and efficiency you want from your motors begins with better motor management on your part. That includes knowing how to size them appropriately. Most motors are run continuously with little variation in load. A continuous duty motor is energized and loaded for an extended period of time. When the motor […]

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Non-OEM Pump Rebuild Shops: Guideline Details

The first installment of this series highlighted general guidelines regarding the selection of competent non-OEM pump repair facilities. This month, these guidelines are discussed in more detail. You get what you inspect. That said, a pump user must have a repair specification. It may or may not be identical to the specification used by the […]

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Solution Spotlight: High-level power protection for oil exploration…Wanted: A More Dependable, Rugged Solution

Oil services company, Allis-Chalmers Energy, Inc., knows first hand the time and financial ramifications of not having clean, uninterrupted power. The inherent nature of oil drilling means that all equipment must be able to operate in extremely harsh conditions—that includes equipment that is powering the various oil extraction machines. If these machines aren’t receiving clean, […]

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Electrical monitoring & analysis…Multi-Function Transient Recorders Deliver Over And Over

Want more longer-term data for multiple users from less equipment? The benefits are big. The payback is real. In the never-ending drive to get more from less, electric utility engineers are continually looking for ways to obtain more information from fewer pieces of equipment. To support those needs, innovative vendors are providing utilities and electric […]

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Uptime: Sometimes It’s The Little Things

Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Many businesses, facilities and plants today are involved with (sometimes obsessed with) “improvement programs.” Plenty of these “programs” seem to have come and gone over the decades, only to return with morphed identities or new buzzwords. Each time a “new program” emerges, organizations put considerable time and resources into addressing performance […]

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