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Uptime: Where Is The Reliability Improvement Policy?

Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Policy – A deliberate plan of action to guide decisions and achieve rational outcome(s). Policy merely guides actions toward those behaviors that are most likely to achieve a desired outcome. (…From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) Most successful businesses and institutions in the modern world have a number of policies that 1) […]

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Technology Update: Nondestructive Testing Services

Keep the following information in mind as you seek out the best product for your specific needs. Nondestructive testing (NDT) is crucial in ensuring the reliability, integrity and SAFETY of materials, components, equipment, vessels, processes, etc. Some NDT techniques can be used in a time-based program to monitor equipment components. Others can be used for […]

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Publisher's Notes: MT-Online.com – On Target, On The Job, Around The Clock

Bill Kiesel, Publisher/Vice President With this issue, our 240th, we begin our 21st year and are proud to be “Your Source for Capacity Assurance Solutions.” Throughout 2007, we spent very little time looking back. Instead, as always, we tended to focus our attention on going forward—on the issues, strategies and solutions you can leverage to […]

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MOC Best Practices: Improving Productivity And Reducing Costs

While your MOC program may be in compliance with the regs, its processes may not be as efficient as they could be. Over the past 17 years, Management of Change (MOC) has received increased attention at chemical plants and refineries due to the promulgation of new OSHA regulations. Officially designated 29CFR 1910.119 Process Safety Management […]

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Solution Spotlight: Where An Obsession Is Leading To Increased Efficiency

The Operating Engineers Trust Fund Building… If you’re a Union Pension Trust Fund that owns real estate and demands the highest level of operating efficiency for your buildings, you need to continually implement cutting-edge energy conservation measures. This is done by maximizing the long-term financial performance of the investment. Those who work for the Operating […]

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Communications: Partnering With Management

Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor Many of the pyramidal corporate management structures favored up to the 1990s have virtually all been closeted in favor of the lean, flat organizational tree, in which executive and operational management staff often take on symbiotic roles. Within these downsized, ‘flatter’ management organizations, however, there remain hierarchical levels of accountability and […]

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Part II: Collaborative Design – Building Cultures of Reliability-In-Action

Based on the use of a learning exercise over almost two decades, the first article in this series (pgs. 32-37, MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY, December 2007) described how individuals tend to subtly side-step discussing costly errors and mistakes in their organizations. Practice makes perfect when it comes to harnessing the “tools” that help optimize equipment and human […]

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Using Ultrananocrystalline Diamond To Improve Mechanical Seal Performance

Through extensive R&D and the advent of improved equipment and processes, nature’s hardest substance now appears to have a very bright future in the area of seal faces. A mechanical seal is a critical component whose useful life significantly impacts the overall reliability and robustness of pump or centrifugal compressor. Unscheduled or premature failure of […]

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