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Going Wireless: Wireless Technology Is Ready For Industrial Use

Wireless works in a plant, but you’ll want to be careful regarding which “flavor” you choose Wireless Technology now provides secure, reliable communication for remote field sites and applications where wires cannot be run for practical or economic reasons. For maintenance purposes, wireless can be used to acquire condition monitoring data from pumps and machines, […]

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January 1, 2007
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The Most Productive Nation

Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor What should we wish for in 2007? Cutting operating costs has been at the top of the business and industry wishlist for over 30 years… Sometimes the cost-cutting bell gets rung louder than others. It all depends, some say, on Wall Street investors, stockholders, executive decisions, the marketplace, competition, return on […]

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January 1, 2007
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Asset Intelligence Goes Beyond Basic Condition Monitoring

With new and increasingly more powerful on-line equipment diagnostic tools becoming available every year, process manufacturing industries now have the opportunity to integrate this criticalequipment condition information into their asset management strategies. These strategies can support more business- driven approaches aimed at improving overall financial performance. Much work still needs to be done, however. Until […]

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January 1, 2007
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The Maintenance/Production Partnership: Part II

Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor Role definition is crucial if both Maintenance and Production departments are to strike an accord and work in an autonomous, yet cohesive manner to deliver a high-quality product in a waste-free, cost-effective manner. Virtually every major management philosophy and methodology in practice today recognizes and fosters the integral relationship between the […]

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January 1, 2007
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Reducing Hot-Spot Temperatures in Transformers

In this real-world study from the power gen sector, researchers tested external oil coolers and ultra pure mineral oil to determine their effectiveness on hot spots, and, ultimately, equipment reliability Over the past several years, Consumers Energy (“Consumers”) has come to rely strongly on external oil coolers to delay scheduled transformer capacity increases, or to […]

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January 1, 2007
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Leak Detection: The Science And The Art

Fluids are always looking for a way out of a system. Whenever they find one, you end up with a leak. Whether it’s major or minor in scope, it’s sure to be a drain on your efficiencies and profits. There’s both science and art when it comes to leak detection in industry. It’s science because […]

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January 1, 2007
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MT News

News of people and events important to the maintenance and reliability community ZEI MOVES TO ROCKWELL AS NEW VP OF OEM INITIATIVERockwell Automation has named Christopher Zei vice president of its OEM initiative. A 21-year marketing, strategic development, operations and management veteran of technology-related companies, Zei was most recently the president/CEO of the North American […]

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Thermography At Ford's Dearborn Stamping Plant

While Ford’s Dearborn Stamping Plant (DSP) had thermal cameras on site in the past, it had not met the objectives of a successful thermography program. Today, though, the plant’s thermography program is a model for the rest of Ford, and it came on line in just a matter of weeks. Lately, there has been a […]

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