A large construction project at Endress+Hauser’s U.S. headquarters operation significantly advances the site’s sustainability factors. By Rick Carter, Executive Editor Because European companies have traveled the sustainability road longer than most of their U.S. counterparts, key green practices like energy efficiency, recycling and others are often the rule for these entities, not the exception. Thus, […]
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 […]
International pump manufacturer Grundfos ably demonstrates its strong commitment to sustainability in a water-saving project at its plant in California. By Rick Carter, Executive Editor Few employees in the Fresno, CA, area can claim they work near a large body of water. This makes Facilities Manager Greg Gorby and his 350 co-workers at Grundfos’ Fresno […]
Mitsubishi Electric Automation’s energy-saving solutions help the diverse Mitsubishi Group—and many of its customers—meet far-reaching sustainability goals. By Rick Carter, Executive Editor Diversification is common among today’s large corporations, but Japan-based Mitsubishi Group ranks among the most diverse. This 42-company conglomerate is involved in more areas—shipbuilding, mining, construction, telecom, electronics and oil & gas for […]
By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor If you cannot make Total Productive Maintenance work in your plant, you will surely struggle with the ISO 55000 Asset Management Standard. Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is an organization-wide process for improving equipment effectiveness that was taken from the heart of what we now know as the “Toyota Production System” […]
Production Process has launched ProductionACE/CMMS, a new entry-level computerized maintenance management system that meters run hours and cycle counts. The company says that although preventive maintenance based on equipment run hours and cycle counts can be more effective than calendar scheduling, equipment meters often don’t exist. When they do, manually entering meter readings into a CMMS can be a labor-intensive, error-prone […]
Storeroom data integrity and state-of-the-art organizing strategies are major contributors to improved maintenance and reliability.