Despite great strides in maintenance techniques, management too often views the department as a cost center. That can be a very costly mistake.
Equipment criticality assessment is a key process in the development of any maintenance and reliability process. It provides the basis for determining the value and impact that specific equipment has on the manufacturing or production process, as well as the level of attention that equipment requires in terms of maintenance strategy and tactics.
Advanced materials and innovative technology have transformed a common product into something extraordinary, further raising industry standards.
Maintenance pros pulled unwillingly into the world of Information Technology (or IT) decades ago will probably now admit that without IT (and an on-call IT expert), most industrial operations could not compete in the 21st century.
A fully-redundant, vibration-based monitoring system is taking it to the max.
By Mike Rice, Senior Vice President, Projects and Services, Schneider Electric While safety and reliability remain a key man-agement initiative, I see a shift taking place in our industry. The best industrial organizations are focusing not only on boosting productivity and reducing operating costs, but on improving their systems’ overall efficiency.
By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor A couple of weeks ago, I embarked on my monthly pilgrimage to the local big-box-store alley. The reason: to be voluntarily seduced into surrendering my wallet in exchange for all manner of items I didn’t know I needed.