Archive | November


3:37 pm
November 19, 2004
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Instituting a Zero-Based Maintenance Budget Based on Equipment Requirements

Process also establishes staffing needs. Currently many maintenance budgets are developed based on previous maintenance budgets or a percentage of the replacement asset value (RAV) of maintained equipment. Sometimes maintenance budgets and staffing decisions are based on negotiations between management and the maintenance department. Often an exacting method of determining the specific number of maintenance […]


2:17 am
November 2, 2004
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Web-Based Skills Assessment Tool Aids Maintenance Staff

I get bombarded with maintenance product news and seldom get excited about the “innovations” in the maintenance marketplace. This changed the other day when Universal Technologies Interactive sent me news of an online “Skills Accelerator.” OK, I will admit that anything related to the Web and maintenance gets my immediate attention—and this looked very interesting […]


1:06 am
November 2, 2004
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Reduce Maintenance for Spray Systems

Major savings in time and money can be achieved through an aggressive spray system optimization program. Spray nozzles are vital components in many production facilities. Their accuracy, durability, and interchangeability are absolutely essential to maximum uptime. If a spray system is not working optimally, it can drain staggering amounts of money. The cost of wasted […]


8:58 pm
November 1, 2004
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Detecting Broken Rotor Bars Prevents Catastrophic Damage

With advancements in digital electronics and reduced component costs in recent years, monitoring instruments for use in condition-based maintenance programs have become more cost-effective and dependable. Machinery does not need to be taken out of service as many tests are done online, and in many cases very little expertise is required for testing and data […]


6:34 pm
November 1, 2004
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Delivering an Effective PM Program

Six steps to developing successful preventive and predictive maintenance programs. Many large organizations have highly sophisticated preventive and predictive maintenance departments that are staffed with well-trained technicians. Other companies have their programs embedded in the general maintenance staff with technical and specialized support provided by contract vendors. At other businesses, the PM activities take place […]


5:14 pm
November 1, 2004
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Cost-Cutting Travel

Robert C. Baldwin, CMRP, Editor I’ve been living the road warrior life this fall—out of the office traveling six weeks in the previous two months. And there is more to come. I can’t do my job without traveling. Fortunately, I enjoy it, but when it’s more than one week a month, I start to feel […]


5:12 pm
November 1, 2004
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So, should we cut maintenance or training?

Robert M. Williamson, Strategic Work Systems, Inc. A top manager from one of the largest businesses (I will call it the Company) in the U.S. who is responsible for the procurement and installation of hundreds of millions of dollars of next-generation, new-technology equipment recently asked me: “In order to meet our project and cost goals […]


3:35 pm
November 1, 2004
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Six Sigma Keys to Lean Maintenance

How the Y = f(x) thought process can lead the way to lean maintenance reliability Too many times in lean manufacturing and other lean environments, 10-40 year old equipment is redeployed, moved, and organized into lean cells without adequate concern or attention to maintenance reliability. In a lean cell, unscheduled equipment downtime usually costs 10-20 […]