Archive | 2008

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Solution Spotlight: New High-Performance Compact VFDs

Upgrading from a winner to a winner… Mitsubishi Electric Automation has introduced the D700, its latest compact variable frequency drive (VFD). Replacing the corporation’s popular S500E VFD, this “new-from-the-ground-up” model offers a host of benefits for users—even for existing S500E customers who will find it easy to move over to the D700. According to the […]

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Viewpoint: Evidence-Based Asset Management

Andrew K.S. Jardine, Director Centre for Maintenance Optimization and Reliability Engineering, University of Toronto Coronary artery disease is a leading cause of death in the world. A substantial amount of effort is spent preventing, diagnosing and treating this disease, with treatments including a variety of drugs and surgeries. Common sense suggests an effective treatment for […]

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December 2, 2008
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Connecting With Safety And Savings In The Pickle Industry

This Wisconsin-based pickle processor has seen significant payback from its new approach to connecting and disconnecting pumps, conveyors and other equipment. Van Holten’s Pickles certainly knows its stuff. Founded in 1898, the company has been producing individually wrapped Pickle-in-a-Pouch products since 1939. Originally based in Milwaukee, Van Holten’s moved to a larger plant in Waterloo, […]

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December 2, 2008
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Solving Electrical Problems with Thermal Imaging

Today’s thermal imagers, which produce live images of the heat emitted from equipment, are rugged, easy to use and much more affordable than just a few years ago. This makes them highly practical and cost-effective solutions for everyday electrical maintenance. To use one, a qualified technician or electrician points the imager at the equipment in […]

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December 2, 2008
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Reliability Business Case: Conversion Costs

Need a better way to show the contributions of a reliability effort to your bottom line? Most people in the reliability profession probably have heard the saying that the maintenance of today is the capacity assurance of tomorrow. Many in our field would agree that business trends already have taken the industry to that day […]

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December 1, 2008
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Turning To Active Balancing To Enhance Fan Reliability

Continuous monitoring for and correction of centrifugal-fan imbalances during operation is an especially cost-effective way of eliminating vibration problems. From the time centrifugal fans first entered the marketplace, they have been subject to vibration-related problems. These problems range from simple unbalance conditions caused by mass variations on the fan rotor to more complex issues related […]

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MT News

News of people and events important to the maintenance and reliability community BLACHE JOINS MRC AS ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Klaus Blache has accepted the position of associate director with the Maintenance and Reliability Center (MRC) at the University of Tennessee. In making the announcement, MRC’s director Tom Byerley noted that Blache is a recently retired GM […]

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