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April 24, 2013
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My Take: Job Satisfaction And You

By Jane Alexander, Deputy Editor It was a recent posting on 24/7 Wall St. (“Insightful Analysis and Commentary for U.S. & Global Equity Investors,” at www.247wallst.com) that put my column-writing brain into gear this month. Entitled “The Most (and Least) Satisfied Professions,” it discussed a 2012 telephone survey of 172,286 individuals over the age of 18 […]

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April 24, 2013
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Uptime: Getting The Most From Your Reliability Consultants

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor This month’s column is dedicated both to consultants and their clients (with a bit more emphasis on the clients getting the most out of mutually beneficial client-consultant relationships). Consultants abound. There are plenty of them (us) offering a range of just about any type of assistance and services your business […]

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April 24, 2013
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Compressed Air Challenge: VSD Compressors — Turn On Cruise Control

Accurate control of pressure in compressed air systems is always of primary concern, but there are many ways to achieve it. Some are more efficient than others.  One of the biggest innovations in the field of compressed air efficiency is the invention of VSD-controlled compressors. VSD compressor control can put your air system pressure on […]

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April 24, 2013
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For On The Floor: Is Benchmarking Part Of Your Strategy?

When was the last time someone in your organization suggested a benchmarking study, for maintenance or any other company function? Here’s my guess: A long time, if ever. A chief exception: multi-site operations where cross-site benchmarking is policy. But that’s internal benchmarking, which was not the focus of this month’s questions for our MT Reader […]

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April 24, 2013
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Lubrication Checkup: Sludge Prevention

By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor Symptom:   Dear Dr. Lube: While changing out unreadable sight-gauges on some large gearbox reservoirs, we discovered a wall of sludge in the tank bottoms. Is it preventable? Diagnosis:  Large gearboxes are almost always oil-lubricated, and typically employ a dual system wherein the reservoir is filled with oil to a […]

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