Archive | 2008


2:56 am
December 1, 2008
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Stress-Corrosion Cracking: A Basic Survey

While many questions still surround this widespread and widely studied problem, there are a number of control measures you can take to help minimize losses from it in your operations. Stress-corrosion cracking (SCC) is one of the most prevalent—and one of the most studied—forms of metallic materials failure. This phenomenon is responsible for significant economic […]


2:11 am
November 2, 2008
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Three Keys To Maximized Machine Shop Productivity

Proactive maintenance, streamlined inventory management and high-performance lubricants can help deliver a competitive edge. In today’s increasingly competitive environment, maximizing productivity is a MUST, especially for small- and medium-sized machine shops. Typically, these businesses cannot match the overall production capabilities—in terms of volume—of their larger rivals. Furthermore, larger competitors often have more equipment, more people […]


2:08 am
November 2, 2008
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Viewpoint: Why Are You A Manager?

Randall Noon, P.E., Cooper Nuclear Station There are perhaps a thousand and one ways to make money and earn a living. Why have you chosen your line of work, your particular management position and your specific company? Are you working in your particular field because you think it is the one in which you can […]


2:02 am
November 2, 2008
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Uptime: Pit Crews, Race Teams & Preventive Maintenance

Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Stock car racing as popularized by NASCAR has given us many insights into the world of competitive motorsports and, in some respects, into our day-to-day industrial environments. Some race fans enjoy the sport racing for what it is—drivers and machines pushed to their limits. Others wait for bumping and banging and […]


1:54 am
November 2, 2008
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Solution Spotlight: Latest Addition To A Growing Shaft Seal Family

Strong customer demand for a long-lasting, reliable shaft seal that could be used in applications involving wet or dry particulates, powders and slurries is what led Inpro/Seal to roll out its first shaft seal product, the Air Mizer-PS, almost 10 years ago. Based on extensive R&D, the Air Mizer was a modification of the company’s […]


1:44 am
November 2, 2008
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The Pitfalls of PdM

Learning to identify and avoid these recurring traps in your maintenance program will help you be more effective in the application of both preventative and predictive maintenance techniques. There’s no need to extol the virtues of predictive maintenance (PdM) to any maintenance professional who hasn’t been marooned on a desert island for the past 20 […]


1:36 am
November 2, 2008
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Improving Procedures In Supply and Purchase

Chemical companies spend enormous sums on the serving and maintenance of their assets, as well as on new investments. In daily business, however, staff often lacks the time and experience to optimize the procurement process. Achieving optimal practice here, which not only involves finding the best price but incorporates local and company-specific requirements too, can […]


1:31 am
November 2, 2008
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MT News

News of people and events important to the maintenance and reliability community WITSOE APPOINTED NEW CEO AT LINEAGE POWER CORPORATION Lineage Power Corporation, a Gores Group company known for its energy-efficient AC/DC and DC/DC switching technologies, has named Craig A. Witsoe as its new CEO. Witsoe will be based at the company’s Dallas headquarters and […]