Archive | Reliability Engineering


5:27 am
April 1, 2015
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Are You Ready? Preparing For Reliability Improvement

Improvement initiatives backed by effective practices and policies can enhance profitability. Careful preparation is key, says this industry veteran. By Wayne Vaughn, CMRP, PCA Consulting It’s a fact of life across industry: Many organizations need to upgrade their basic maintenance practices. Even when good ones are in place—such as preventive and predictive programs, effective planning, scheduling […]


7:29 pm
December 1, 2014
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A Contrarian View: What Being Proactive Really Means

By Heinz Bloch, P.E. A company I choose to call NTBO (“Not-To-Be-Offended”) will long remember a string of expensive pump failures that jeopardized the continuity of boiler feed water supplied to its power generation turbines. When all components were carefully measured, it was determined that the oil-slinger concentricity exceeded maximum allowable by a factor of […]


12:56 pm
November 4, 2014
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The Reliability-Driven Maintenance Organization

Getting there requires taking a close look at weaknesses and taking measurable steps to correct them. Here, a respected industry expert shares tips on how to become a high-performing operation. By Christer Idhammar Any plant maintenance department wants to be known as a cost-effective organization. For our purposes, “cost effective” means maintenance without waste: where […]


3:55 pm
September 1, 2014
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Viewpoint: Reliability Advancements Over a Generation

By Jim Cahill, Emerson Process Management Rotating equipment has always been a source of unplanned downtime within operations. I know that from experience. I began my professional career in the 1980s working as a systems engineer on offshore oil & gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. The rotating equipment we dealt with included turbine […]


2:32 pm
August 1, 2014
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Uptime: Mainstream 2014 — Shared Visions for Reliability

The first-ever Mainstream North America conference was held in Austin, TX, in June. It was organized by the Eventful Group, well known for Mainstream conferences in Australia and New Zealand. They’ll present a Mainstream conference in South Africa later this year. The theme at the North American venue was “Asset Management.” Attracting nearly 300 speakers […]


1:17 pm
June 11, 2014
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Marius Basson Acquires Aladon Network from Bentley Systems

  Bentley Systems, Inc., and the Aladon Network have announced that Marius Basson, a long-time Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM2) practitioner and Aladon Network member, has acquired the Aladon business from Bentley. Bentley Systems will remain a member of the network and continue to be its priority technology partner. The Aladon Network, which became part of Bentley through the company’s […]


7:34 pm
May 26, 2014
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Wireless Machine Condition Sensor for Hazardous Duty

SKF ( has launched a new Wireless Machine Condition Sensor that leverages WirelessHART protocol to deliver dynamic vibration and temperature data for condition monitoring and diagnostics. The product has ATEX Zone 0 certification, which means it is appropriate for use in hazardous environments like those found in petrochemical and oil and gas operations, among others. The product combines both sensor and router node into one […]