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5:56 am
July 2, 2006
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World-Class Simplicity (From The 14th Century)

Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor World-Class Simplicity, a term that we coined in 1996 to describe what a top NASCAR Race Team was doing to achieve the highest levels of performance and reliability, is based on the teachings of a 14th century English logician and Franciscan monk, William of Ockham (1285-1349).   Known as “Occam’s razor,” […]


10:15 pm
July 1, 2006
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Viewpoint: Maintenance Outsourcing – New Beginning Or Nightmare?

Stephen Rahr, Vice President, Service Processes, ABB Process Automation The story goes that outsourcing began when a farmer’s ox ended up in a ditch on the way to market. Hopelessly stuck and exhausted from trying other alternatives, the farmer had no choice but to hire someone else to get his produce to market. Once looked […]


10:10 pm
July 1, 2006
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Hendrick Motorsports Leads The Pack With Innovative Asset Management

This article is a follow-up to MARTS 2006, where the emphasis was on the never-ending race for reliability. The Hendrick Motorsports and Invensys/Avantis teams were a very important part of the event’s success. Among other things, they brought in Jeff Gordon’s Car 24 and helped sponsor the keynote and wrap-up sessions featuring Fox Sports’ commentator, […]


10:02 pm
July 1, 2006
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PdM Strategy Helps New Zealand Energy Supplier Maximize Output

Genesis Energy’s operations cover a lot of ground. Ensuring optimal availability is no easy task. The company’s approach to the predictive maintenance of its most critical equipment relies on state-of-the-art solutions for which failure is not an option. With breathtaking terrain ranging from snow-capped mountains to lush lowland plains, New Zealand often is described as […]


9:45 pm
July 1, 2006
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Maintenance Log: Using Regression Analysis To Improve Data Trending Sensitivity

  Fig. 1. One of the plant’s two condensate pumps Trending data to determine the health of equipment can be challenging to say the least. No single technology or equipment performance parameter can tell you everything you need to know about the equipment’s condition. When you are involved in this type of activity, the biggest […]


9:35 pm
July 1, 2006
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Optimizing Radial Shaft Seal Performance Enhances Machine Reliability

Careful evaluation of your application is part of a holistic approach to seal specification. This is no time to take shortcuts. Radial shaft seals retain lubricants in and exclude contaminants from bearing housings, ensuring the reliable operation of mechanical power transmission devices, such as gearboxes, pumps and motors. More than a quarter of mechanical failures […]


9:30 pm
July 1, 2006
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Communications: The Maintenance Partnership

  Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor Does your maintenance department suffer the blame for ALL downtime and equipment failure? Do you find it difficult to schedule and complete a full repair? Is your department perceived as a drain on the corporate finances? Do you feel there is a lack of respect toward the maintenance department? Do […]


9:28 pm
July 1, 2006
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Moving From A Reactive To Predictive State Of Maintenance

New technologies are re-energizing enterprise asset management. Enterprise asset management (EAM) is hardly a new concept. Software solutions have been in play for over two decades with most tools offering similar core functionality. For solution providers, selling better architected, more user-friendly EAM tools to their existing customer bases has become the primary growth driver. Datastream, […]