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The Maintenance/Sales Partnership

Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor “ABC Corporation of Smalltown, USA, today announced a manufacturing sales order worth over $100 million…” Such announcements are commonplace in today’s business press, leaving little doubt that the sales and marketing department are still revered as corporate heroes when a large sales order is closed. Getting that order to the customer, […]

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Making Room For Sustainability

Over the past few months we have read with interest how Maintenance Technology has adopted and re-energized the concept of “capacity assurance” as it applies to industry. This underscores the time-proven influences exerted by proactive maintenance approaches, strategic reliability initiatives and improved energy efficiencies in contributing to an operation’s full potential, productivity and profitability. The […]

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Determining Levels of Maintenance Staffing

Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor “What is the formula for determining the optimum maintenance staffing level for our plant?” someone recently asked. I have asked the very same question about optimum maintenance staffing levels for over 20 years. It’s a tough one to answer. Unfortunately, there seems to be no logical or easy answer to this […]

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Maintenance information systems…Going Beyond EAM: Asset Performance Management

Advances in open technologies, fieldbus integration and information technology are extending the reach of enterprise asset management To many plant-level professionals, the term “asset management” is synonymous with equipment maintenance or field device management. But, to business managers responsible for process manufacturing operations, asset management implies the effective deployment of all assets within their operational […]

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Planned Maintenance Activities Revitalize An Aging Plant

Teamwork is truly a key ingredient in the juiced up production and maintenance efforts at this facility. The Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. [OSC] Bordentown, NJ facility was getting a bit “long in the tooth.” Originally constructed in the late 19th century as a Worsted Wool plant and then converted by OSC in 1946, it operated […]

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Success in a High-Pressure Refinery Heat Exchanger Diaphragm Removal/Retrofit

Some creative thinking and willingness to take the initiative helped resolve a significant recurring reliability issue, all during a quick turnaround window. This article describes the successful removal of a tube side cover plate diaphragm (gasket) from a high-pressure heat exchanger. The diaphragm was replaced with a metal pressure-energized seal ring. While the technology has […]

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The Conquest of Breakdowns

How you rally and arm your troops is crucial to the outcome of this ongoing battle. As the well-known civil engineer and author Henry Petroski put it, “Success is foreseeing failure.” It’s only four words, but it defines what every preventive maintenance (PM) program should strive for. Whether you have been working for many years […]

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Going Where Others Can't

As a number of Louisiana refineries are finding, flexible sensor technology can deliver an especially cost-effective way to measure temperatures almost anywhere in a system. As a systems integrator that services refineries and chemical plants in Louisiana, we have found our customers’ biggest maintenance headaches come in the area of temperature sensor replacement. Rigid temperature […]

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