February 2006 Web TOC

Feb. 17, 2006

 What's new at www.plantservices.com/thismonth?

Every month, PlantServices.com offers a special page (www.plantservices.com/thismonth) 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 www.plantservices.com/thismonth and peruse all the extras as well as sift through plantservices.com’s archives.

Get your sneak peak at March

Regular columnist and contributing editor Keith Mobley, CMRP, says that a best practices plan for maintenance must contain a tactical component, but not ignore a strategic one. This column that is set to appear in the March 2006 Plant Services is available online today.  Take our associated poll that asks what types of maintenance actions you typically take.  Read what your peers normally do in these situations.

Sponge ball Square plant

We haven’t launched a cartoon at www.plantservices.com, but we have added an exclusive article on sponge ball cleaning methods. Learn how a small sponge ball cleaning system created in Israel is capable of installation in numerous system applications and can lead in big energy savings through maintenance efficiency.

Maintenance man on TV

Joel Leonard is a regular contributor to www.plantservices.com and PlantServices magazine. The maintenance guru recently appeared on television discussing the changes that lie in store for the maintenance industry in the 21st century. Download the Real Media clip here.

Exclusive to PlantServices.com

Top 10 white paper downloads

PlantServices.com 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.


PlantServices.com 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

Hosing down your losses

Baselining - Baselining the compressed air system
Proper line sizes - The secret is in the pipe
Equivalent annual cost - Repair or replace

Selling your HVAC project

Cogen equipment - Two for the price of one
Steam champion - Don't lose steam
Gas meters - Verifying gas meter accuracy
Repair or replace - Making the fan dance
Fan selection - Optimum fan performance

Going around in circles

Brownouts and power quality - Beware the big bad brownouts
Branch circuit maintenance - Don't go out on a limb
Motor repair - Analyzing premature winding failures - part 1

Put the crowd behind you

Public speaking resources - Ethos, pathos, logos
Time management - Taming of the clock
Firing people - Happy trails to you
Negotiation skills - Hey buddy. Ya' wanna make a deal
Assertiveness and aggression - Good negotiators aren't shy or aggressive
Change management - Managing change and organizational development
Office politics
- Making it look good
Effective meetings
- Make meetings pay
- Networking for fun and profit
People skills
- Turn on the charm
- Load your chess board
Persuasion, idea selling
- The silver-tongued devil
- People helping people
Business writing resources
- Command of the language
Self-determination resources
- Resources for self-determination

PlantServices.com 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. PlantServices.com 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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