Author Archive | Ken Bannister

6:37 pm
June 12, 2015
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Lubrication Checkup: Oil “Lumps” Blocking Injectors

By Ken “Dr. Lube” Bannister Symptom We have experienced lubricant-injector failures in a number of our conveyor lubricators. We’ve used the same brand of high-temperature chain oil for the past five years without issue, except for the last drum. In that drum, we discovered coagulated “lumps” floating in the oil. The oil supplier is blaming our […]

1:50 pm
May 1, 2015
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Don’t Procrastinate…Innovate: Maintaining to the Weakest Link, Part 1 — Weakness as a Desired State

By Ken Bannister, CMRP, Contributing Editor Remember the television game show Weakest Link? Its authoritarian host Anne Robinson specialized in shaming failing contestants with the words, “You are the weakest link, goodbye!” Unlike the TV show, which is designed to provoke disharmony among team members and negatively exploit the knowledge gaps of its contestants, the asset-management world […]

6:18 pm
April 1, 2015
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Lubrication Checkup: Managing Change

By Dr. Lube, aka Ken Bannister Symptom: We have a full lubrication program in place with two teams looking after different parts of the plant. All four specialists (two per team) have had the same training and use identical processes and procedures. However, over a six-month period, one side of the plant has seen reduced […]

6:00 pm
March 13, 2015
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Don’t Procrastinate…Innovate: Reducing Driver-Driven Transmission-System Failures

By Ken Bannister, CMRP, Contributing Editor Walk through any modern manufacturing plant or mechanical room and you’re sure to see power transfer from an electric motor or engine-drive pulley to a driven shaft using either a chain and sprocket or v-belt system. When made of high-quality materials, these common systems are, for the most part, very reliable. […]

11:12 pm
February 18, 2015
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Lubrication Checkup: ISO 55001 Certification

By Dr. Lube, aka Ken Bannister Symptom: “Our company wants the maintenance department certified to the new ISO 55001 Maintenance Standard within two years. Should we update our lubrication practices?”  Diagnosis: Any opportunity to review and update your lubrication practices should be embraced. A well-managed lubrication program is an integral part of any asset-management program, […]

2:52 pm
January 13, 2015
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Don’t Procrastinate, Innovate: ‘Data’ Should Not Be A Four-Letter Word

By Ken Bannister, CMRP, Contributing Editor As W. Edwards Deming once admonished us, “In God we trust, all others must bring data!” Today, we have plenty of ways to deliver such data. Thanks to advances in technology, we’ve seen a proliferation of inexpensive, data-hungry smart communication devices (i.e, phones, tablets and cameras) with the ability to […]

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 […]

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 […]