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January 12, 2016
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Keeping Old Machines Running Like New

Hydro Inc. incorporates small, continuous improvements with careful maintenance coordination to achieve long life from a diverse collection of machines. By Michelle Segrest,  Contributing Editor If Hydro’s machines stop running, its customers’ businesses stop running. Customers count on Hydro Inc., to get their pumping systems back online. Whether it’s repairing, replacing, or upgrading the pumps and […]

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January 12, 2016
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You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure

Just how much revenue can your process operations afford to lose? Shakopee, MN-based Emerson Process Management (emersonprocess.com) has released an Engineer Insight Report to help industrial end-users better understand where and how energy can be saved in their operations. Entitled Top 5 Measurements for Energy Efficiency, it identifies priorities with equipment systems that “should be […]

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January 12, 2016
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Use Infrared to Detect Underground Leaks

Suspect a buried leak? Thermography can help you find it. By James Seffrin, Director, Infraspection Institute Leaks are a common problem with underground piping systems. Under the correct conditions, infrared thermography can help you detect evidence of leaks from buried systems that carry hot or cold product. This set of images shows a thermal pattern created […]

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8:13 pm
January 12, 2016
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Pitting Reveals Gear Issues

Best-practice maintenance varies based on component type. By Neville Sachs, P.E. Understanding gear and reducer metallurgies is the first step toward effective inspection and maintenance of these components (see “Hardness, Lubrication are Keys to Gear Inspection, p. 41, Maintenance Technology, Dec. 2015). Once that’s accomplished, the next step is to look at the contact pattern of […]

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January 12, 2016
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Maintenance in the Palm of Your Hand

VIP Services is a mobile app and maintenance tool designed to improve efficiency and increase productivity. By Michelle Segrest, Contributing Editor Four years ago, a longtime customer of Wunderlich-Malec (Minnetonka, MN) approached the engineering service provider about the possibility of a paperless solution for its maintenance operations. “Our customer was faced with their labor force retiring […]

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January 12, 2016
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Operational Excellence Is A Competitive Necessity

Here’s a master plan framework for success throughout all plant areas and functions, regardless of industry sector. By John S. Mitchell Operational Excellence (OE) describes the ideal state of an operating enterprise. It has great cachet at the highest executive levels and is being incorporated into their working culture by organizations committed to being the very […]

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January 12, 2016
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Air System Cuts Costs, Maintenance

German plastics manufacturer Scholz uses a compressed-air system/service to cut maintenance and energy costs while improving air delivery. The German town of Kronach is home to a plastics manufacturer with a passion for precision.  Horst Scholz GmbH & Co. KG manufactures a wide range of customized components destined primarily for lifestyle products and the automotive […]

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6:13 pm
January 12, 2016
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What’s Your R&M True North?

By Dr. Klaus M. Blache, Univ. of Tennessee (UTK) Reliability & Maintainability Center My leadership presentation starts with a slide that states, “If you don’t know where you are going, you may get where you are headed.” That’s because I continue to see a cafeteria-style approach to reliability and maintainability (R&M), i.e., just choosing a few things […]

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