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Fighting Clogs Efficiently at a Wisconsin Wastewater Station

25 March 2014   The growing popularity of single-use towels, baby wipes and other non-woven ‘convenience’ products has become a maintenance nightmare for water-treatment operations. It should scare any operation that requires clean water. The scenic community of Waupaca, WI, is spiritually connected to clean water. Not only is its name a translation of a Native American term […]

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April 22, 2014
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Forward Observations: Shop Goes To College

25 March 2014 Rick Carter, Executive Editor   Matt Crawford’s excellent 2009 book Shop Class as Soulcraft offers an impassioned case for a return to the values once represented by public-school shop class. I read it recently thanks to my wife, who noticed it in the library of the high school where she teaches—a school, like many […]

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April 22, 2014
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Uptime: Hourly Compensation Systems — Does Yours De-motivate?

25 March 2014 Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Money motivates us—or does it? When we receive higher pay, does it compel us to improve our performance, be more productive or become more loyal? Not necessarily. The perception that our pay is sub-par, however, can be a serious de-motivating factor that affects both performance and productivity. In […]

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April 22, 2014
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Don’t Procrastinate…Innovate!: Minute Maintenance, Part 2

25 March 2014 Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor   Let’s recap from Part 1 (pgs. 12-13, MT&AP, Jan. 2014): Minute Maintenance is the pursuit and implementation of innovative proactive maintenance methods, processes, techniques and tools designed to reduce or eliminate non-value-added (waste) maintenance activity to produce an efficient, effective maintenance result measured in minutes, using a lesser skill-set requirement than […]

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April 21, 2014
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The Manufacturing Connection: Reliability and Asset Performance For Profit

25 March 2014 Gary Mintchell, Executive Director   The one point you will hear from me as I set the direction of Maintenance Technology & Asset Performance magazine is that everything we work on—whether through division management, plant management, reliability, engineering, maintenance or operations—adds to the economic value of our company. What we do has strategic value. […]

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April 21, 2014
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For Top Performance, Know Your Critical Equipment

26 March 2014 Jane Alexander, Deputy Editor   Real-world benefits go well beyond easier decision-making. Foreward It’s not possible or necessary for all equipment in a plant to receive equal attention. The key is to focus on the most critical assets—whatever that means to an operation. Applying the principles of asset criticality can facilitate your […]

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April 21, 2014
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Sustaining Operator-Driven Reliability

Research shows that ODR success can be elusive. Here’s how to make it work. By Jane Alexander, Deputy Editor It seemed like a good idea. Everybody appeared to buy in. Big investments in time, resources and technologies were made; considerable thought, communication and hard work were applied. Finally, everything came together: Your site implemented Operator-Driven Reliability […]

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April 21, 2014
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Technology Drives Public-Transit Efficiencies

26 March 2014 Neil Roberts, Yarra Trams An Australian tram operation uses a centralized data system to improve maintenance and performance. Public transportation systems depend on a complex combination of equipment to function, from wheels and axles to power lines and tracks. The infrastructure that makes a transportation system run must be efficiently maintained to […]

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