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June 24, 2014
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Uptime: Remembering The Father of TPM

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) was first developed in 1969 in Japan at Nippon Denso Co. (now Denso Corp., Kariya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan), part of Toyota Motors, under the leadership of Mr. Seiichi Nakajima of the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance (JIPM), Tokyo. TPM was further developed and refined in Japan during the following decade, and reached America in the mid-1980s.

On April 11, 2015, Mr. Nakajima, the “Father of TPM,” who brought us his passionate vision and methods, died at age 96. This month, I would like to pay tribute to him by sharing some of his life and wisdom as my TPM sensei.

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rick_carter_mugFor On The Floor: Sources of Mentor Wisdom

By Rick Carter, Executive Editor

Career guidance comes in many ways. It can start with parents, then is typically refined on the job as careers develop and professional relationships grow. The mentoring process has long been associated with guidance in the workplace, especially in the industrial trades. It still is, according to our Maintenance Technology Reader Panelists. Most panelists say they are fortunate enough to have been associated with an experienced colleague who was glad to (or tasked to) share that in-depth knowledge and experience. Guidance can also derive from memorable words spoken or written by a leader or thinker. Following is a look at who and what has helped take our panelists to this point in their careers.

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1014janemytakeMy Take: Pursuing Reliability — Time Well Spent

By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor

The theme was innovation. The focus was solutions. Fluke’s 2015 Measure of Innovation Summit attracted a diverse group of interested individuals from around the world to the company’s Everett, WA, headquarters last month. Although invitations had promised “an interactive look at new technologies that capture, trend, and share detailed measurement data to improve performance, minimize downtime, and further research,” the organizers clearly went further. Much of the event was devoted to in-depth discussions and activities related to the pursuit of reliability across today’s industrial landscape. My take? It was time well spent.

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A Contrarian View: Standards, Sensors, Squirrels, Unintended Consequences

heinz_bloch_mugBy Heinz P. Bloch, P.E.

Several months ago, I happened to look at API-618. In the process, I noted that this venerable standard covering reciprocating compressors had grown from 34 pages to 39 (in 1974), to 111 pages (1986), to 166 pages (1995). There’s been at least one edition since—I don’t know how many pages it currently comprises. Standards and edicts will be with us for a while. Adhering to them will be expensive, as will not adhering. Take your pick. Consider the following example.  Click here for more.