Archive | April, 2008

53
6:00 am
April 1, 2008
Print Friendly

The Fundamentals: How To Reduce Storeroom Inventory Painlessly

This article is the fourth in a series dealing with some of the basic “hows” of the Maintenance profession. Ouch! Holding on to Excess, often unwanted and obsolete parts really eats into your bottom line. A storeroom is, by definition, a waste of capital. It is a bucket of money set aside for contingencies associated […]

14
6:00 am
April 1, 2008
Print Friendly

The Fundamentals: The Great Misunderstanding

What’s your definition of maintenance? One of the most frequent remarks we hear from students taking maintenance crafts classes is: “Managers don’t want it done right. They just want to get it running again.” Such comments indicate that the students and their managers don’t truly understand the definitions of maintenance. Even in our current enlightened […]

17
6:00 am
April 1, 2008
Print Friendly

The Fundamentals: Fundamental Solutions

FRP Metal-Parts Wash-Boxes Molded Fiber Glass Tray Company high-strength fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite metalparts wash-boxes cost approximately 1/3 the price of traditional stainless steel models. Designed to handle heavy payloads (150 lb. capacity), they are engineered to withstand small-part washing system chemicals and provide continuous operation at temperatures to 350 F. By minimizing the “dumps” […]

22
6:00 am
April 1, 2008
Print Friendly

Boosting Your Bottom Line: Plug Into Programs

Improving your facility’s energy efficiency is one of the most cost-effective options to address high energy costs, and it’s an option that is itself a growing industry with financial and technical resources to highlight energy savings in your facility. As the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) reports, $3.7 billion was dedicated to energy efficiency programs […]

34
6:00 am
April 1, 2008
Print Friendly

Don’t Look At Your Feet

If you’re aligning equipment using foot value tolerances, you may need all the luck you can get and then some. “Modern” as that approach is, this author says it doesn’t stand up in the real world. My company specializes in laser shaft alignment equipment. Recently, a prospective customer commented that he liked our equipment, but […]

30
6:00 am
April 1, 2008
Print Friendly

What Keeps Customers Rolling? “Five Factors of Excellence”

Sometimes, it’s best to view things from the perspective of an expert. That said, you also should expect your suppliers to be experts in their fields. Providing unfailing operation from ball bearing failure requires looking at the subject the way experts do—with a cold eye on the factors leading to success and failure. Ignore them […]

28
6:00 am
April 1, 2008
Print Friendly

Get Where You Want To Go: Operator-Driven Reliability

ODR is not an overnight trip. Success requires all parties to be using the same road map. For decades, maintenance professionals have advocated and used information management systems, planned maintenance activities, emphasized preventive maintenance and assessed equipment utilization to eliminate non-essential assets (reducing numbers of equipment). These professionals also have been aware of the need […]

31
6:00 am
April 1, 2008
Print Friendly

Addressing The Impact Of "Process Creep"

It’s insidious. Over time, equipment can move out of its original design conditions, greatly eroding performance and reliability. To geologists, the term “creep” defines the slow displacement of earth materials along a down slope. Because the activity is so gradual, it typically can be detected only over a period of several years. For energy industry […]

Navigation