Archive | July, 2012

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July 16, 2012
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My Take: Let Me Say It Again — They Deserve Better

See the picture below? It’s an example of a PSA (public service announcement) ad you may have noticed in the pages of Maintenance Technology from time to time. We carry it on behalf of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.IAVA.org), the nation’s first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing veterans of the wars in […]

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July 16, 2012
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Uptime: Maintenance Work Instructions, Part 1 — A Style Guide

“OK, you got my attention with last month’s Uptime column, ‘The World’s Best Maintenance Tool’ (i.e., detailed work instructions). I see now that our PM work instructions are sorely lacking in details, leaving a lot to the mechanic’s discretion. And, our production departments have used standardized work as part of their lean manufacturing process for […]

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July 16, 2012
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Boosting Your Bottom Line: Plug Into Energy Savings

In this economy, cutting back is common. But have you thought about cutting back on your operation’s energy bill? Cutting back on electricity consumption by boosting efficiency can lead to dramatic savings, reduced exposure to rising energy prices and improved process efficiency and control. Even better, there’s a large (and growing) number of energy-efficiency programs […]

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July 16, 2012
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Failure Analysis Of Machine Shafts

As the industrial arena grows more sophisticated, it seems as though operations are confronting fewer and fewer broken machine shafts. When shafts DO break, however, there are almost always as many theories regarding the suspected culprits as there are people involved. 

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July 16, 2012
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Electrical-Safety Sense: Understanding Your Options

Electrical safety boils down to a single objective: Reduce electrical risks. Consider, for example, the fact that a 120VAC outlet is riskier than 13.8KV power distribution equipment. The reason is because many more people are exposed to 120VAC. The Risk Control Hierarchy instructs us on the most effective ways to reduce the probability and severity of such risks. […]

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6:09 pm
July 16, 2012
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Green Gadget: Save Time & Money Troubleshooting Your Fluorescent Lighting Systems

According to Milwaukee Tool, its recently introduced Milwaukee® Fluorescent Lighting Tester lets electricians and facility maintenance technicians troubleshoot an entire building full of lights in half the time they’ve typically devoted to the task. Until now, the usual approach has been to “replace and hope” (i.e., change out a lamp or ballast and hope that […]

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