July’s 25th Anniversary Article comes from our November 2000 issue.
As usual, I waited until the 11th hour to cast about for a good topic of this month’s column. The disappointing employment—or unemplyment/layoff—stats just hitting the wires seemed like a no-brainer. I could have easily jumped back into “how are we going to equip workers to fill what some lists have been referring to as […]
We’ve looked for the “world’s best maintenance tool” for decades. Just about the time we grab on to what might be the best of the best, another tool comes along and steals the limelight. That’s the downside of the technology revolution: It’s a moving target. But that’s another story.
From time to time, equipment failure forces us to choose to repair an old air compressor or select a new one. For a major component failure, the cost of the repair often may exceed 50% of the cost to buy a new compressor. This is when we should carefully consider not only replacement cost, but […]
Symptom: “Dear Dr. Lube, we are looking to implement a lubrication-management program, and our engineering group has recommended the purchase of a specialized lubrication route/work-order software package. As we already have a CMMS work-order system, is there any value in purchasing another software package?” Diagnosis: There are a number of specialized lubrication-management software packages available today. These […]
Continuous uptime was the destination. How a leading jet-engine manufacturer and service provider helped its valued airline customers get there has implications for any maintenance organization.
There can be far more than the loss of mere dollars associated with valve failures. Regular monitoring and analysis can help you maintain these essential plant components the right way: proactively and cost-effectively.