Author Archive | Ken Bannister

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]