Archive | October


2:30 am
October 2, 2003
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My Life Without Spam

For anyone who reads this column on a regular basis, you know that I rally against spam. I define spam as a commercial e-mail message that did not come from a list that I subscribe to or do business with. The other common element is that the e-mail does not come from the company domain […]


9:51 pm
October 1, 2003
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Project Links VFDs with Data Network

New installation provides information not readily available previously that identifies and rectifies potential problems directly related to VFD components. In installation of 97 variable frequency drives (VFDs) at the New Jersey International & Bulk Mail Center (NJI-BMC), Jersey City, NJ, in 1994-95 had reduced energy usage for the USPS. But a recent revitalization of the […]


9:49 pm
October 1, 2003
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Electric Power and Electric Motor Monitoring and Analysis Guide

Portable instruments for checking electrical systems With facilities dependent on a steady supply of electric power and continuous operation of electric motors, any disruptions in these processes could prove disastrous to a company’s productivity and profitability. Monitoring and analysis can identify problems that could harm equipment performance, result in motor failure, and leave a company […]


9:45 pm
October 1, 2003
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Benefits of Electric Power Monitoring

The blackout of August 14, 2003 was a sharp reminder of the essential nature of electricity and just how dependent we are on its very existence. Much of the electrical equipment in an industrial facility requires high-quality electricity; it will not tolerate sags, swells, transients, or harmonics, and it certainly will not tolerate power outages, […]


9:13 pm
October 1, 2003
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Whose Job Is It Anyway?

A new equipment project that is properly designed, installed, and operated can be efficiently maintained post commissioning. When a project installs new equipment in a plant, mill, or an oilfield, whose job is it to set up the preventive and predictive maintenance activities that ensure the post commissioning equipment life cycle reliability? Whose job is […]


6:39 pm
October 1, 2003
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Using MTBF to Determine Maintenance Interval Frequency Is Wrong

Collecting failure data to calculate mean time between failures (MTBF) in order to determine accurate maintenance task intervals is wrong and should not be done. MTBF is a measure of reliability. It is a measurement of the time between two successive failure events. Failures fall predominantly into two categories—age related and random. Typically, age related […]


6:37 pm
October 1, 2003
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When More Produces Less (Costs)

Robert C. Baldwin, CMRP, Editor Almost every production and maintenance operation I know is under pressure from management to reduce costs. My impression of the pervasiveness of cost cutting was reinforced at the recent Maintenance Excellent Roundtable. Each member shared with the group one significant business challenge (with reliability implications) facing his plant or company […]


4:54 pm
October 1, 2003
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Translating Maintenance Initiatives Into Financial Benefits

Gaining and sustaining management support for MRO strategies As economic conditions continue to redefine manufacturing business strategy, companies are searching for innovative and practical solutions that allow them to reduce costs and boost the bottom line. Increasingly, one of the common targets for these cost savings initiatives is the maintenance department. Today maintenance and asset […]