Author Archive | Maintenance Technology

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April 1, 2015
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Motor Decisions Matter: Move from Panic to Planning

By Walker Larsen, Program Manager, Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) No one wants to get that 2:00 a.m. call that production has stopped because a critical piece of equipment has a burned-out motor or that the air conditioning has failed in a crowded conference room. Plant and building managers can avoid situations like these and save money by adopting […]

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April 1, 2015
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Arc Flash Solutions Showcase

Switchgear Fault Detector ABB’s TVOC-2 Arc Guard System protects equipment and personnel from dangerous arcs, and prolongs equipment life. A safety device that detects faults in low- and medium-voltage switchgear, the system clears an arc in a short time, reducing the energy in the arc so that personal injury and equipment damage are kept to […]

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April 1, 2015
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Are You Ready? Preparing For Reliability Improvement

Improvement initiatives backed by effective practices and policies can enhance profitability. Careful preparation is key, says this industry veteran. By Wayne Vaughn, CMRP, PCA Consulting It’s a fact of life across industry: Many organizations need to upgrade their basic maintenance practices. Even when good ones are in place—such as preventive and predictive programs, effective planning, scheduling […]

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April 1, 2015
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Continuing Education: Beneficial for Employee and Employer

Investing in the development of equipment-reliability professionals is a win-win proposition and a key element in sustainable operations. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor The late internationally acclaimed self-help guru and best-selling author Stephen Covey listed a compulsion to “sharpen the saw”—meaning a drive to improve oneself—as one of the seven habits of highly effective people. “Sharpening […]

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March 13, 2015
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Compressed Air Challenge: Show Me the Money

By Ron Marshall, CET, CEM for the Compressed Air Challenge (CAC) With compressed air system efficiency, ignorance is not bliss. Conditions can slowly develop over time that erode system efficiency. And because most compressed air systems have little in the way of monitoring instrumentation, key performance indicators that are important to keeping systems running in a cost-effective manner can’t be […]

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March 13, 2015
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Industry Trends: APM — Poster Child for IIoT ROI

By Dan Miklovic, Principal Analyst, LNS Research With bold market-size predictions ranging from $20B to $50B by 2020, it’s perhaps not surprising that the Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the most-talked-about technology topics these days. Carrying the potential promise of the ability to connect every device on earth, it seems, the IoT and, by extension, the […]

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March 12, 2015
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The Business Case For Asset Reliability

Build it by understanding how the many benefits of asset reliability affect everything the operation wants to accomplish. By Al Poling, CMRP Corporate executives and senior managers have historically held a dim view of the maintenance function. Many believe maintenance would be unnecessary if manufacturing operations were better run. Consequently, it is not uncommon to […]

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March 12, 2015
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The Benefits of Detailed Failed-Part Analysis

Analyze your failed parts as a doctor would conduct an autopsy, and you’ll learn much about your operational effectiveness. By Cody Hostick, P.E., CMRP, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory A robust failed-part analysis of field returns is a well-recognized approach for identifying part hardening and design-improvement opportunities. Part and equipment autopsies are analogous to medical autopsies, and seek […]

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