Author Archive | Ken Bannister

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7:37 pm
December 1, 2014
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Lubrication Checkup: Grease Delivery Lines

By Dr. Lube, aka Ken Bannister Symptom: “Recent fork-lift damage to one of our machines affected several steel grease-delivery lines connected to one of the Trabon automatic-greasing system’s lube blocks. Can I rely on the lube pump to pre-fill the replacement lines?” Diagnosis: A typical Trabon centralized grease-lubrication system consists of a pump assembly connected […]

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7:45 pm
November 4, 2014
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Don’t Procrastinate…Innovate: Boots on the Ground

By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor Two topics have dominated the news lately, sending shock waves through homes in North America and elsewhere. I refer, of course, to the virulent spread of 1) Ebola; and 2) ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). Remarkably, what makes both of these crises so dangerous to the world […]

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7:14 pm
September 24, 2014
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From Our Perspective: Pushing The Reset Button

By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor Visiting the home of friends recently, I noticed their children watching the 1993 Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day. For readers who aren’t familiar with it, the plot centers around a TV weatherman (played by Murray), who is sent to do a story on Pennsylvania’s “Punxsutawney Phil,” the infamous winter-weather forecasting […]

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4:56 pm
September 23, 2014
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Lubrication Checkup: How to Correct SPL Failures

By Dr. Lube, aka Ken Bannister Symptom: “We use programmable single-point lubricators for our hard-to-reach equipment bearings and regularly perform preventive-maintenance (PM) checks to ensure the units are working properly. Those PM checks recently detected that a number of newly installed units have failed to deliver any grease in weeks, despite a full charge of […]

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8:41 pm
August 28, 2014
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Don’t Procrastinate, Innovate: What Maintenance Controls and What It Manages

By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor Traditionally, maintenance departments have been marked as scapegoats within their respective organizations. As a consequence, they may have found themselves on the receiving end of unsolicited blame for production slowdowns and losses, excess spending of corporate profits, and unfairly referred to as a “necessary evil.” Although there could sometimes be […]

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4:25 pm
August 1, 2014
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Lubrication Checkup: Lube-Program Musts

By Dr. Lube, aka Ken Bannister Symptom: I’m responsible for implementing a formal lubrication program. Our site uses many different lubricants and delivery systems, and has a warehouse full of half-opened lube containers. With almost no documentation and no ID on the reservoirs, I have little to go on regarding what lube goes where. How […]

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1:51 pm
July 1, 2014
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Don’t Procrastinate…Innovate: Invest In Your #1 Asset — Your Master Data

By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor In the world of CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System) and EAM (Enterprise Asset Management) systems, the entire business of asset maintenance management, asset availability, reliability and maintainability hinges on data integrity. And it all starts with accurate closing of work orders against the correct asset at the right level. But […]

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