Archive | April, 2009

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Tracing Fan Vibration to Flexible Soil

In this case, the cause of machinery health problems really did start from the ground up. The call came in to Mechanical Solutions, Inc. (MSI) from an electric power gen company. Excessive vibration was plaguing two newly installed Induced Draft (ID) fans at one of the company’s flagship generating stations. The two units, each driven […]

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Capacity Assurance Strategies: CMMS: A Manager's Best Friend

Unlocking the potential… Want a simple record-keeping tool? Get a spreadsheet. Want a key to increased productivity and profitability? Unchain your CMMS. This author lets you in on what’s involved.   A computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) truly can be a manager’s best friend. By enabling technicians to gather and store vital information in its […]

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The Green Edge

What You Need to Know About the Stimulus Package In response to the American Economic Recovery and Investment Act signed into law by President Barack Obama on February 17, ITT Corporation has published a new White Paper, “The Most Important Things You Need To Know About The Stimulus Package,” which focuses on the Federal government’s […]

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For on the Floor: The Skills Scramble

Rick Carter, Executive Editor What do you do with an aging workforce? More to the point, what are you doing with your aging workforce? This is part of the most recent question we asked of our MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY Reader Panelists. We also asked how their maintenance operation deals with the shortage of trained workers. Twenty […]

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Lubrication Checkup: A First Step Toward Wellness

Symptom:“We are a small manufacturing company with a maintenance staff of 8 persons. We currently support a loosely put together lubrication program, but continue to experience many premature bearing failures. We recognize the [lubrication] program is probably not very effective, and would like some suggestions on where to start our improvement efforts.” Diagnosis: Getting the […]

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Viewpoint: Aligning The Right People For Profitability

Jeff Shiver, CMRP, CPMM, Managing Principal, People and Processes, Inc. Studies have shown that many organizations suffer from a self-induced failure rate upwards of 70% in equipment reliability processes and practices. These failures result from sources such as operator error, management, purchasing and maintenance methods, to name a few. More rarely considered as a reason […]

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Uptime: Factory Jobs Anyone?

  Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Imagine that you’re 15 years old. You like new technology. You’re a whiz at strategy games. You built your own computer and set up a wireless network. You’re yearning for your first car. You have fleeting thoughts what you would like to do when you grow up. Earn big bucks! […]

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MT News

News of people and events important to the maintenance and reliability community BOB PAGANO APPOINTED PRESIDENT OF ITT INDUSTRIAL PROCESS BUSINESS Robert J. Pagano, Jr. has been appointed president of Industrial Process (IP), one of the ITT Corporation fluid businesses headquartered in Seneca Falls, NY. He replaces Ken Napolitano, who has been named president of […]

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