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Viewpoint: Business Improvements Through Partnership

Magnus Pousette, Vice President, ABB Reliability Services North America For many process industry and manufacturing companies, building new plants, investing in productivity improvements and achieving world-class operational status is more of a dream than reality. Numerous organizations simply look to maintain their current profit and revenue levels through outsourcing and cutting costs in unimportant activities. […]

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Uptime: Sustaining Reliability Gains

Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor A Reliability Improvement Policy, as described in the January 2008 installment of this column, along with a Plan developed, supported and administered by company leadership at all levels is essential for fueling positive changes in the maintenance and reliability process. Sustaining improvements in maintenance and reliability should be the next concern […]

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Protecting A Power Plant’s Damper Shafts

Less downtime. More uptime. Protective bellows installed on the damper shafts of the bag house at Xcel Energy’s Sherburne County (Minnesota) Generating Plant (Sherco) are extending shaft life by minimizing corrosion from exposure to condensing flue gas and other contaminants. To fit the plant’s four different shaft lengths, the bellows are made in stock-length modules […]

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Think Electronic: Managing EH&S Data

Ensuring regulatory compliance and processing the vast amounts of information associated with it is never-ending. New tools not only save time, they also can provide benefits well beyond the environmental health and safety function. Choose wisely. Information is central to fulfilling mandated obligations for environmental, health, and safety (EH&S) compliance reporting; quantifying and documenting progress […]

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Can’t We All Get Along?

Coordinating production and maintenance can be a big challenge for an operation, but it doesn’t have to erupt in a range war. Effective peacemakers are out there, including those in the form of advanced software tools. It’s a typical quandary in asset-intensive production environments. Maintenance management is tasked with ensuring that production equipment operates at […]

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Non-OEM Pump ReBuild Shops Part III – Assessment Criteria

Use this assessment tool to evaluate any pump repair shop with which your operations are currently working, or any that you are considering for future work. This article is the third in a series based on a presentation delivered at the 2007 NPRA Reliability & Maintenance Conference in Houston, TX. Here, as with the previous […]

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Solution Spotlight: AAAAH! WHAT A FIT!

This FPU compressor skid feels just right… The latest Sundyne Pinnacle Compressor Skid has been shipped for installation in a state-of-the-art Floating Production Unit (FPU), built by Korean-headquartered Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. for Total S.A. of France. Destined for the Moho-Bilondo oil and gas fields off the Congolese coast in Africa, this compressor package […]

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Technology Update: Oil Analysis Showcase

What’s in your oil? Contaminants unseen by the human eye can significantly affect a plant’s overall output. Thus, oil analysis is a crucial component to oil and machinery health. Regular oil analysis can reduce downtime and extend equipment life—helping save both money and resources. Sampling products for in-house analysis, as well as outside laboratory services […]

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