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Viewpoint: Inviting Culture Change Success

Dr. Brian A. Becker It is not unusual to hear sincere executives and managers lament that their major stumbling blocks to better performance are not technical in nature, but rather cultural—whatever that means. “How do we ‘get’ our team to the next performance level?” they ask. They then go on to recount the variety of […]

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A World Without Craftsmen

Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor “Craftsmanship” results when highly trained, skilled and knowledgeable workers use tools and machinery to perform their work or trade, turning out the highest levels of quality and appeal. It’s nothing new. “Craftsmen” actually are descendants of ancient Artisans, the predominant producers of goods prior to the Industrial Revolution. Both Artisans and […]

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Vibration Monitoring Software

Keep the following information in mind as you seek out the best product for your specific needs “Craftsmanship” results when highly trained, skilled and knowledgeable workers use tools and machinery to perform their work or trade, turning out the highest levels of quality and appeal. It’s nothing new. “Craftsmen” actually are descendants of ancient Artisans, […]

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Technology To Manage Predictive Maintenance

Jane Alexander, Editor-In-Chief This online software and its database capabilities can make PdM easier. When Matrix Risk Consultants wanted to offer clients infrared inspections several years ago, the company had a couple of options. It could either purchase equipment and develop its own program management and analytic tools for clients or find a partner with […]

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Non-OEM Pump Rebuild Shops: Facts And Considerations

In light of so many consolidations across the pump industry, is it any wonder that legacy brand experience often is lost? These days, some OEMs may not be able to offer the same engineering competence they once had in the area of pump rebuilding. Trying to rebuild a vintage process pump to original OEM specifications […]

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Publishers Notes: Strategic Partnering

Bill Kiesel, Vice President/Publisher At a time of great challenge and opportunity in the global business environment, tremendous forces are reshaping today’s marketplace. How manufacturing responds to this is critical. The Maintenance and Reliability function of your plants and facilities is crucial to staying competitive. Market intelligence and evidence-based recommendations enable businesses to make better […]

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Careful Planning, Hard Work And Luck

The successful and speedy Comanche Peak steam generator replacement was marked by real teamwork from the get-go. Shattering a world record… Careful Planning, Hard Work And Luck On April 20, 2007, TXU closed Comanche Peak Unit 1’s breaker and ramped up in power, completing a combined steam generator and reactor head replacement outage that began […]

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Factors For Success In Lean Maintenance

With management support and implementation of the right amount of the right technology in the right areas, improving maintenance performance doesn’t have to be an uphill battle. One of the most popular buzzwords in business today is “lean.” This term conveys the idea of fat reduction. In industry, fat reduction includes the elimination of enterprise […]

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