May 2006 Table of Contents

Sept. 15, 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.

A June preview?

Root cause analysis is the latest target of  Web Hunter, our Internet resource analysis column by Executive Editor Russ Kratowicz, P.E., CMRP. Kratowicz explains that while root cause analysis may be easy to grasp on an intellectual level, the economic pressure of a mechanical failure tends to foster unwarranted leaps in logic that can backfire on the plant professional. This column details free Web resources that will assist you in implementing a faithful and effective root cause analysis program at your plant.

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

  • Discover advances in door coating materials
  • Learn how to effectively integrate instrument calibration with your CMMS
  • Read about a dress code policy gone wrong
  • Engineer a flexible facility
  • Optimize HVAC and process systems
  • A step-by-step route to improve motor and drive reliability

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Most asked questions on hand protection

Proper hand protection plays a tremendous role in keeping plant workers safe. A  new article from Ansell answers questions often posed by workers and managers about hand protection products, their applications and limitations.

Get your Plant Services magazine in digital format

Our new digital edition offers many advantages over its print brethren. Delivered via e-mail each month, it allows easy and instaneous article recall and facilitates easy jumps to linked Web sites for additional articles, reference materials and resources.

Ringtones and mp3 downloads at

A new feature at, the initial group of files features blues, reggae and opera versions of Joel Leonard's The Maintenance Crisis Song. Take a listen and don’t hesitate to e-mail us recommendations of other plant-related material you’d like to see available on the site.

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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

Links to reliability, part 2

Additives overview - Slippin' in the additives
Mist lubrication - Keeping high-speed spindles turning
Lube management - Links to reliability, part 1
Automatic lubricators - Taking care of lubrication needs...automatically

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

From breeze to kilowatts

Renewable energy - Renewable energy resources
Solar energy - Where the sun shines
Heat pumps - Almost like free BTUs
Life cycle costing - Life cycle costing
Geothermal-based HVAC - Better than a gold mine 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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