March 2006 Table of Contents

April 13, 2006

 What's new at

Every month, offers a special page ( that not only contains web exclusive material but also extra content specifically related to articles found in the print edition.  Keep an eye out while you’re flipping through the magazine and you’ll see references to articles, white papers, news etc. related to the articles you’re reading. Bookmark and peruse all the extras as well as sift through’s archives.

Get your sneak peak at April

Regular columnist and contributing editor Sheila Kennedy, offers up some new tools for predictive maintenance. She reveals ways to complete condition monitoring that go beyond oil analysis, temperature and vibration. This column that is set to appear in the April 2006 Plant Services is available online today at Take our associated poll that asks which new tools for predictive maintenance are you most likely to use. Read what your peers are planning to do.

What else is coming in April? Here’s the list:

  • Plant Services 2006 CMMS/EAM Software Review
  • Save with a continuous energy efficiency program
  • Don’t get soaked for dry air
  • Green flooring
  • Capital asset management
  • How to control rising energy costs
  • Condition monitoring instrumentation
  • Free Web resources for conflict resolution

New CMMS/EAM columnist

We’ve added an exclusive Web-only columnist at who we identify as Ben Keith, the pen name of an anonymous telemarketer who works for a CMMS/EAM company he prefers not to name. Read his one-of-a-kind take on asset management.

How important is resolution for accurate thermal measurement?

For a lot of plants, it just isn’t in the budget for that $25,000 or more high-resolution infrared imaging camera. Instead, you’re stuck making a choice between a cheap model with low-resolution or getting nothing at all? How much better are those high-resolution cameras and isn’t there something in between? Read this article and get the details.

Exclusive to

Top 10 white paper downloads has aggregated more than 70 white papers across numerous topics. See which white papers have been most often downloaded and find out what your peers are reading.

Energy Expert

As rising prices in the energy sector lead to more pressing issues for plants worldwide, Plant Services has added a monthly energy columnist. Read his tips and insight into the energy landscape.

Polls likes to keep a finger to the pulse of its readership and offers monthly polls centered on hot topics. Participate and review the responses to this month's topic, and peruse our poll archive to see your peers' thoughts.

Plant Services partners with Globalspec

The power of the leading specialized search engine for technical buyers is now at the fingertips of site visitors thanks to a key partnership. You have to see it to appreciate its breadth, depth and comprehensiveness.

Starting in January 2006, digital versions of Plant Services is available on the web. Check back here every month or click on the Current Issue link on the home page to read the full magazine in digital format.

Plant Services magazine extras

Pave the way for plant projects

Chiller starter controls - Choosing a screw chiller for all occasions
Motivation - Building a fire under the staff
Leaders vs. managers - Leaders are from Mars, managers are from Venus

Find the root cause of gear failure

Upgrading power trans equipment - Drive system upgrades
Bearing selection - Selecting the right bearing
Gears and MOC issues - The Barkhausen effect
Troubleshooting drives - Measuring power transmission loads directly
Powder metals - The power of powder

How to test redundant and backup controls

Fuzzy logic for process control - Fuzzy logic
Ultrasonic leak detection - Getting to the source
Decentralized condition monitoringotor repair - The power of decentralization
Electrical test equipment - Testing, testing
Performance monitoring - A new way to think about control loops

Keep bulk materials moving

Economics - Material Handling Economics 101
Safety - Safety: It's a package deal
Bucket elevators - Bucket elevators and other lofty ideas

Forgotten resolutions
Pension security - Empty promises
Entrepreneuraialism - Don't quit your day job
Job hunting - Trading time for money
Researching employers - Researching a company
Assertiveness - Good negotiators aren't shy or aggressive Timeless Resources

 2006 Readers’ Choice Awards

CMMS/EAM Software Review

Maintenance Crisis Resource Center 

Plant Services asked your peers to name the vendors that provide the best value of that combination of performance, reliability, low maintenance and purchase price that adds up to the lowest lifecycle cost -- in each of more than 60 product and service categories. The result is a veritable Who’s Who of qualified suppliers. Our rigorous review of major computerized maintenance management system packages exposes strengths, weaknesses and industry trends. This month, it’s been updated with nine fresh reviews by noted CMMS guru and contributing editor David Berger, P.Eng. has launched the Maintenance Crisis Resource Center. Visit this Web-based community for information, to network and to find support to help mitigate the increasing shortage of qualified professionals.

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