Voices: Tactics and Practices

Tactics and Practices is a back-to-basics column written by Plant Services Chief Editor Mike Bacidore with contributing insight from industry experts.


Making the right motor decision: Rewind, repair, or replace

When a motor fails, weigh these factors to make the best choice.

When a motor fails, plant maintenance and engineering teams must decide between rewinding, repairing, or replacing the motor, and the best economic decision for a given asset is not always clear. What factors do industry practitioners evaluate in order to make a well-informed decision on repairing versus replacing?

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Back-to-basics bearing maintenance

Store, lubricate, mount, and dismount properly for better performance.


Compressor selection basics

Positive displacement compression vs. dynamic compression.


Robotic welding requires special approaches to keep fumes and debris under control

Reduce haze and improve air quality.


Reduce steam energy usage with ultrasound

Steam trap testing is just one of many ways to cut steam energy costs.


Is maintenance your core competency?

How to determine whether the responsibility for equipment reliability should be in-house or outsourced.


Corrosion monitoring mitigates safety and financial risks

Should it be part of PdM or supplement it?


Alignment problems cause costly downtime and excess energy consumption

Use condition monitoring to recognize misalignment.


IR technology offers a tool with multiple applications

Mike Bacidore explores the many moods of infrared.


PdM keeps compressed air systems running efficiently

Monitor to keep your compressed air predictable.


Take the first step toward conducting a compressed air audit

Set a baseline if you want to improve your compressed air system efficiency.


Can plant data and contractors coexist?

Learn how to make your CMMS safe with outsourced workers.


How to get control of your control valves

Assessment and performance testing depend on the control and valve technology.


Measure, inspect, and test your way to improved indoor air quality

Take these first steps to improve profitability, productivity, and safety.


Knowing when to contract services can mean the difference between optimization and failure

Begin with an MRO strategy that meets the plant's unique needs.


Back to balance

Unbalanced rotors can damage bearings.


Cost and training impact technology

How automated should a material-handling operation be?