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February 17, 2015
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Mining Gold From 21st Century Storerooms

Operating your MRO storeroom as a business unit can yield a wealth of cost-saving opportunities. Advanced technologies coupled with today’s best practices play a key role. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor with Wally Wilson, CMRP, CPIM, Life Cycle Engineering Countless storerooms continue to rely on the same types of inventory-management practices, warehouse racking and material-handling systems that were used […]

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February 17, 2015
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‘Sorry: Your Part Is No Longer Available’

How do you respond when you hear that statement? Here are ways to address the unavailability of critical equipment-system components. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor The phrase “no longer available” sends chills down the spine of even the most hardened maintenance pro. A production line goes down, and a crucial part must be replaced to […]

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January 13, 2015
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Why Single-Sourcing is Bad

Responding to feedback from the field, our “Contrarian View” columnist explains why narrowing your supply-chain choices is a surefire way to choke off innovation. By Heinz Bloch, P.E. When a large, West-Coast refinery decided to purchase from a single provider of mechanical seals, it experienced problems because the supplier did not have technical parity in all […]

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January 13, 2015
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Uptime: Asset Management — When the ‘Line of Sight’ is Broken

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Consider this: New equipment was designed and purchased before maintenance and operations had been consulted. Training and documentation for the new equipment had been eliminated in the final stages of the project as a cost-saving measure. Shortly after installation, marketing launched a new product that the plant wasn’t prepared to […]

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November 4, 2014
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Uptime: TPM — A Foundation for Asset Management Systems, Part III

This conclusion of a three-part, special-focus “Uptime” series weaves the five basic TPM Pillars together in ways that can open the eyes and minds of those who are interested in the Asset Management journey—and help you achieve sustainable results along the way. Sadly, as discussed in Parts 1 and 2, many plants have boiled TPM […]

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September 28, 2014
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Uptime: TPM — A Foundation for Asset-Management Systems, Part II

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Last month’s “Uptime” column set the stage for this multi-part series by stating that if you can’t make Total Productive Maintenance work in your plant, you will surely struggle with the ISO-55000 Asset Management Standard. And while there are five basic Pillars of TPM, the most important is Improving Equipment […]

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July 8, 2014
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Yokogawa Corporation of America Appoints Daniel L. Duncan as COO

Yokogawa Corporation of America (YCA) has named Daniel L. Duncan as Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective July 1. Duncan comes to his new position from Siemens, where he had held various management roles since 1997. He had most recently served as Vice President and General Manager of the Oil & Gas Division, with responsibilities for […]

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June 26, 2014
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Easily Configure, Monitor and Troubleshoot FOUNDATION Fieldbus Devices

Emerson Process Management has released Version 3 of the USB Fieldbus Interface, providing users with an easy way to configure, monitor and troubleshoot FOUNDATION fieldbus devices in the field or the instrument shop. The USB Fieldbus Interface provides multiple options for commissioning and configuring FOUNDATION fieldbus devices. The devices can be commissioned, decommissioned and assigned device tags […]

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