April 2012 Issue
Plant Services magazine is an MRO (maintain, repair, replace, retrofit, overhaul and operations) resource that features problem-solving articles and editorials for plant maintenance professionals.
2 steps to determine spare criticality
Manage MRO inventory by measuring significance of equipment failure.
Utility achieves contract transparency and cost control
In this installment of What Works, PNM automates its maintenance contractor management process.
11 steps to ensure PdM success
Vibration analysis and condition monitoring are part of a bigger picture.
Regulate water temperature
Avoid permanent injury, freeze damage and corrosion.
10 steps to control electrical cabinet problems
Beware of interference when control and power circuits reside in one cabinet.
Material handling meets energy efficiency
In this installment of What Works, lift trucks and conveyors combine forces to quadruple production in a LEED Gold-certified facility.
Keep tabs on movable assets
David Berger says real-time asset locating and tracking systems can help to ensure resources are available.
Where education meets jobs
Joel Leonard says Ohio is tackling the Maintenance Crisis with proactive training that meets companies' needs.
New energy technologies can be found outside the corporate status quo
Peter Garforth says defective traditional decisions can tether a plant to higher energy costs.
When to integrate control-system data with maintenance data
Mike Bacidore says data integration improves business decisions.
Engineering and purchasing can work together
Tom Moriarty says trust and collaboration trump finger-pointing.
Connect assets to maintenance systems
Sheila Kennedy says industrial networks transform data into actionable information.
Improve compressor efficiency at the Dirty 30
Reduce wasted inefficiencies at the end of the line.
Improved uptime and visibility drive plants' EAM initiatives
Plant Services and ARC Advisory Group conduct joint survey to plot advancements in asset management software.