Author Archive | Kathy

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May 5, 2009
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Part I… Building Cultures Of Reliability-In-Action

Development of effective decision-making skills and behaviors is the foundation of human reliability. This human element is crucial to your equipment and process reliability. Process-oriented organizations drive value by improving their business processes and equipment performance. At the same time, however, a number of applications, including asset management, work process improvement, defect elimination and preventive […]

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April 29, 2009
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Going Wireless: Wireless Technology Is Ready For Industrial Use

Wireless works in a plant, but you’ll want to be careful regarding which “flavor” you choose Wireless Technology now provides secure, reliable communication for remote field sites and applications where wires cannot be run for practical or economic reasons. For maintenance purposes, wireless can be used to acquire condition monitoring data from pumps and machines, […]

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April 1, 2009
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Tracing Fan Vibration to Flexible Soil

In this case, the cause of machinery health problems really did start from the ground up. The call came in to Mechanical Solutions, Inc. (MSI) from an electric power gen company. Excessive vibration was plaguing two newly installed Induced Draft (ID) fans at one of the company’s flagship generating stations. The two units, each driven […]

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April 1, 2009
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My Take: Cash For Clunkers and Crush For Credit

  Jane Alexander, Editor-In-Chief Tuesday, April 7, as I thought I was putting the finishing touches on this column about some exciting motor news, I took a few minutes to scroll through the online edition of the New York Times. In the Opinion section, an editorial entitled “Cash for Clunkers”* caught my attention. Its focus […]

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April 1, 2009
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MT News

News of people and events important to the maintenance and reliability community BOB PAGANO APPOINTED PRESIDENT OF ITT INDUSTRIAL PROCESS BUSINESS Robert J. Pagano, Jr. has been appointed president of Industrial Process (IP), one of the ITT Corporation fluid businesses headquartered in Seneca Falls, NY. He replaces Ken Napolitano, who has been named president of […]

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April 1, 2009
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Uptime: Factory Jobs Anyone?

  Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Imagine that you’re 15 years old. You like new technology. You’re a whiz at strategy games. You built your own computer and set up a wireless network. You’re yearning for your first car. You have fleeting thoughts what you would like to do when you grow up. Earn big bucks! […]

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April 1, 2009
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Viewpoint: Aligning The Right People For Profitability

Jeff Shiver, CMRP, CPMM, Managing Principal, People and Processes, Inc. Studies have shown that many organizations suffer from a self-induced failure rate upwards of 70% in equipment reliability processes and practices. These failures result from sources such as operator error, management, purchasing and maintenance methods, to name a few. More rarely considered as a reason […]

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April 1, 2009
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Lubrication Checkup: A First Step Toward Wellness

Symptom:“We are a small manufacturing company with a maintenance staff of 8 persons. We currently support a loosely put together lubrication program, but continue to experience many premature bearing failures. We recognize the [lubrication] program is probably not very effective, and would like some suggestions on where to start our improvement efforts.” Diagnosis: Getting the […]

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