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3:14 am
September 2, 2003
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Building a Plant Asset Information Database

To gain the full value of a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS), a core foundation of trusted data must be available each and every time the system is used—starting from day one. Striving to have high data integrity from the outset of its CMMS implementation, Alliant Energy, an international energy holding company, determined that it […]

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2:32 am
September 2, 2003
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The Net “Unplugged”

Imagine strolling into a city park for your lunch break. It is a bright, sunny day and the birds are chirping in the background. As you finish your lunch you suddenly remember that you were supposed to send an important e-mail. If you happen to be eating in Central Park in New York, you could […]

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1:29 am
September 2, 2003
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Boiler Feedback System Ensures Safety and Reliability

Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX—a high-tech research facility—has one of the first installations of an updated watertube boiler online feedback system. Previously, the online data reporting system for its boilers fed information to the boiler manufacturer’s headquarters. There, the manufacturer could anticipate maintenance and repair problems from the operation data. In turn, it […]

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7:27 pm
September 1, 2003
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Capturing Valuable Undocumented Knowledge

Research project develops guidelines for dealing with this important issue. Important lessons were learned while developing and testing guidelines that a company might consider as it goes about implementing a new program—or expanding an existing one—to capture valuable undocumented knowledge from departing or other potentially unavailable workers. The guidelines consist of a process to follow […]

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7:17 pm
September 1, 2003
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Troubleshooting Skills Can Be Learned

Here is a standardized process using a systematic approach. The head of a corporate reliability group for a worldwide consumer products company was having difficulty hiring maintenance personnel who possessed the skills the company required. He was adamant that troubleshooting skills cannot be taught. “Troubleshooting industrial equipment is an art more than a learned skill. […]

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6:45 pm
September 1, 2003
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Getting Ready for an Invitation to the Big Table

Why don’t we get invited to the big table very often? Perhaps it is because: We speak a different language. We see things differently (even though we are looking at the same thing). We judge things technically, without the “business point of view.” We fail to explain why maintenance and reliability are crucial to business […]

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6:42 pm
September 1, 2003
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Time Out: An Implicit Training Ingredient

  Robert C. Baldwin, CMRP, Editor The maintenance and reliability workforce is aging and youngsters are choosing other professions. Maintenance personnel from managers to apprentices are in short supply. That means all of us will be putting more energy into training, education, and professional development initiatives. MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY magazine’s Professional Development Quarterly (published in March, […]

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3:03 pm
September 1, 2003
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Understanding the Role of Linearity in Vibration Analysis

Introductory overview illustrates how awareness of the behavior of linear and nonlinear systems provides fuller understanding of machine health when analyzing vibration data. The analysis of a vibration spectrum of a machine in the context of linearity and nonlinearity provides an additional basis for understanding why spectra look as they do and how the appearance […]

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