Author Archive | Maintenance Technology

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September 29, 2014
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Workforce Development Issues: Pre-Apprenticeship Leads the Way

By Michael I. Callanan, Executive Director, Electrical Training ALLIANCE In the upcoming weeks, we expect to hear an announcement from the Department of Labor that it is making $100 million in funding available to support the development and implementation of apprenticeship programs. How should that funding be allocated? I believe, for two reasons, that this […]

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September 29, 2014
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A Contrarian View: Decision Makers Need More Than Generalities

By Heinz P. Bloch, P.E. Consultant-conceived generalities rarely add anything to our knowledge. In fact, it has been said the value of generalizations often ranges between low and zero. More than once we’ve seen realistic maintenance and reliability professionals raise eyebrows to such consultant-conceived generalities as “optimize your asset-management system.” The real pros are apt […]

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September 29, 2014
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Save Time and Money with Visual Oil Analysis

Four products from Des-Case simplify the process of obtaining critical oil-level and –quality information, even for hard-to-access equipment.  Time is money. And Des-Case knows that wasting either is not an option. According to the company, its line of Visual Oil Analysis products can save end-users time in monitoring the condition of their oil, as well […]

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September 29, 2014
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Frequently Cited OSHA Safety Violations (And How To Avoid Them)

Several types of violations make Top 10 lists year after year.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other organizations release periodic lists of violations to inform safety and facility managers of the most common violations that put workers at risk of injury or death. Some published lists focus on the previous year’s “Top […]

8:49 pm
September 28, 2014
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Product Spotlight: Training

Online Machinery Training for the Plastics Industry SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and training provider Tooling U-SME have launched an online training program for the plastics industry. PlasticsU will provide formal online training tailored specifically for the industry’s challenges and needs. With levels ranging from basic to highly advanced, courses include Interpreting Blueprints; Creating […]

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September 28, 2014
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Building And Using Effective Visual Management Boards

Leveraging simple communication concepts from everyday life for workplace applications can provide significant value in ever-leaner plant environments. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor with Rick Wheeler, Life Cycle Engineering Visual management has been a normal part of our everyday lives for a long time. Consider your personal driving habits: How do you know it’s safe […]

6:54 pm
September 28, 2014
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Detection Of Cooling-Water Intrusion Into Standby-Power Diesel Engines

This case study discusses pitfalls associated with the condition-monitoring of oil in a generator’s lubrication system. By Randall Noon, P.E. Diesel-engine generators, the stalwart mainstays of standby-power systems, offer several advantages: They efficiently provide electrical power, when needed, with the push of a button or automatically, perhaps, when under-voltage conditions in the grid trip their […]

9:10 pm
September 8, 2014
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Building A Corporate Reliability Program

Here’s how ‘two guys with a passion for reliability’ developed a successful program from scratch for a multi-national company. The details hold value for others. By Joe Park, CMRP, Global Reliability Leader, Novelis, Inc. Novelis is the largest aluminum rolling company in the world and the largest recycler of aluminum globally. Its operations on four […]