Archive | October, 2008

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What Do Successful Reliability Engineers/Managers Do?

So you’re the reliability engineer? Now what? Corporations large and small have finally realized that if everyone is responsible for reliability, no one is responsible for reliability. The move to put someone “in charge”— with his/her primary responsibility being to assure reliable physical assets and operating systems—has spawned a position in industry that may remind […]

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Pump Statistics Should Shape Strategies

How are your operations doing on pump MTBF? How do you compare with the best of the best? Examining pump repair records and MTBF (mean time between failures) is of great importance to responsible and conscientious pump users. In view of that fact, the preface to the 2006 Pump User’s Handbook (Ref. 1) alludes to […]

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Corrosive Chemical Plant Environment

Proven technology is helping to assure greater production capacity and also making life easier than in the past for the maintenance team at an Arkansas Albermarle facility. If you are a utilities manager at a major chemical plant, the notion that cooling towers corrode should come as no surprise—it’s a fact of life. How you […]

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Uptime: Training Rule #1: Adults Are Not Children

Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Whenever the idea of “training” comes up in most workplaces, some employees tend to think back to some horrible experience they had in school: A nasty teacher, crowded classroom, required and boring subjects, reading and studying and, most of all, TESTS and GRADES! So, when the company announces that they are […]

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Forever Growing!

Henry Peck, President, Geiger Pump & Equipment Company My children, one in high school and one in college, lead extremely busy lives. They take fabulous academic courses and participate in a range of great extracurricular pursuits. Although they probably won’t use all the details of what they learn through their various courses and activities after […]

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MT News

News of people and events important to the maintenance and reliability community EMERSON MAKES NEW EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS John M. Berra, president of Emerson Process Management, has announced a number of leadership changes in the corporation. Effective Oct. 1, 2008, Steven A. Sonnenberg will become executive vice president of Emerson and business leader of Emerson Process […]

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Solution Spotlight: Environmentally Considerate Lubricants

Increased awareness of the environment and tighter legislation have led to increased use of environmentally considerate lubricants. When operating in environmentally sensitive areas such as mines, forests, lakes, rivers, harbors and ski-slopes, equipment may require lubricants that help reduce environmental risks. Environmentally considerate lubricants should combine a number of important properties, including high biodegradability, which […]

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Enhanced Cooling Tower Maintenance Saves Water

Any amount of wasted water is too much. Perhaps it’s time to compare your maintenance procedures to current best practices. Do they measure up? Water is an undervalued utility. Since many consumers essentially view it as a “free” resource, many plants make little effort to conserve water the same way they try to conserve fuels […]

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