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Chiller Energy Efficiency Cuts Energy Costs

When Saint Francis Hospital was founded in northeastern Oklahoma in 1960, it was a 275-bed facility. It has grown into a facility licensed for 918 beds. Saint Francis’ traditions of excellent patient care, continuing education, and clinical research have made it stand apart. These traditions of excellence and leadership also hold true for the Saint […]

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Managing an EAM/CMMS Project

Phase one: An unbiased team approach to system selection The latest ARC Advisory Group study of the enterprise asset management (EAM/CMMS) software market profiles more than 80 maintenance application suppliers. This number of choices is enough to make any plant manager shudder. How can you pick the tool that is right for you? Is the […]

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Volunteer As a Maintenance and Reliability Professional

 have been reading a great deal about volunteerism as the U.S. version of National Volunteer Week has just passed. The 2005 theme, “Inspire by Example,” truly reflects the power volunteers have to inspire the people they help, as well as to inspire others to serve. The Points of Light Web site has many good resources […]

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2005 Infrared Thermography Guide

Inspections can detect problems and avoid costly equipment failure. Thermal imaging has evolved into a valuable diagnostic tool for predictive maintenance. By detecting anomalies often invisible to the naked eye, thermography allows corrective actions to be taken before electrical, mechanical, or process equipment fails. The use of palm computers and database software has improved and […]

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Find the Root Cause of Success

Positive deviance can have an effect on reliability and a profit report card. When report cards make their way home from school, some make the trip faster than others depending on their contents. A recent research study tackled the topic of student report cards and how parents handle the not-so-stellar grades that sometimes appear. It […]

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The Paradigm Trap

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein was in the midst of an extraordinary run of paradigm-busting theories. In six months, he published five that would change dramatically what we thought we knew about the universe. Einstein’s accomplishments were reviewed recently by Ronald Kotulak, science writer for the Chicago Tribune, in a special feature. In it, […]

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Direction Is Not Supervision

Too many times, we take a supervisory position and make it unidirectional. I am not aware of any company that assigns job titles and descriptions to supervisors instructing them to just tell people who, what, when, where, how, and why to do something. In fact, most companies have certain descriptions leaning toward quality and improvements. […]

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Winning Top to Bottom Support for Reliability-Based Maintenance

Five practical steps toward gaining a consensus for aggressively pursuing a plant-wide reliability initiative. Whether your firm bleaches pulp for paper, refines petroleum, or manufactures, your company executives are expected to watch the bottom line. They want equipment up and running at full capacity so they can meet their output goals—even if it means pushing […]

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