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June 24, 2014
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Uptime: Defining ‘Assets’ for ISO 55001

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor

The new Asset Management Standard (ISO 55001:2014) is promoting an interesting array of ideas, concerns and discussions among maintenance and reliability professionals. In conference sessions and workshops over the last year, two themes have arisen. Click here for more.


rick_carter_mugFor On The Floor: Strong Salaries and Benefits Cannot Stem Skills Shortage

By Rick Carter, Executive Editor

In the three years since we last asked our Maintenance Technology Reader Panelists about their salaries and benefits, the economy and the manufacturing sector have both improved. For the most part, our Panelists have been carried upward by this rising tide: They’ve received raises and bonuses along the way, some more regularly than others, and are enjoying good benefits. Virtually all those reporting say they feel fairly compensated for what they do. Click here for more.


1014janemytakeMy Take: Priming The Pump — No Heroics Required

By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor

Our publication is not alone in highlighting innovative solutions to industry’s skilled-worker crisis. In a March 10 New York Times article, Patricia Cohen discussed growing partnerships between companies and community colleges to sate the “insistent hunger” for welders (one of several “disappearing” critical skills) in the Gulf Coast energy industry. She cited the dollars, expertise and cast-off equipment that Fluor and others contribute to various training programs—including Exxon Mobil’s pledge of $1 million to a consortium of nine community colleges.  Click here for more.


heinz_bloch_mugA Contrarian View: Rediscovering And Forgetting Lessons Learned

By Heinz Bloch, P.E.

The term “integrally geared compressor” describes equipment consisting of a large-diameter, direct-driven input gear (the “bull gear”) and one or more (to a maximum of six) driven, smaller-diameter pinions. Because each pinion end can be fitted with a bladed impeller, 12 stages of compression can be obtained. When a reader asked about the feasibility of using variable-speed drives for these integrally geared machines, we advised against it because an infinite number of resonant vibration frequencies could harm one or more of the slender, three-dimensional, contour-machined impeller blades. Click here for more.