November 2006 Issue
Training is an important aspect of developing America as an effective future economy. Learn some of the reasons why training goes awry and how to successfully implement a training program.
Managing maintenance need not be costly or difficult. If you have plant with five or fewer technicians, it's possible to forego a formal CMMS and keep track of everything with good ol' fashioned paper and pencil, says David Berger, P. Eng., in his latest column.
A bearing failure at a South African plant caused an unplanned shutdown lasting several hours. An installed continuous vibration system aided diagnostics and provided fast payback.
You can become a champion for measures that improve your global market share, says R. Keith Mobley in his latest Boiler Room column.
Lower-cost online monitoring systems capable of detecting impending failures have slowly gained acceptance, driven by advances in networks, integration with control and information systems, stronger diagnostic and decision capabilities, innovative sensor technologies, lower costs and above all, powerful pressures for higher plant performance and maintenance productivity.
Measuring energy performance in terms of cost per unit of saleable product or service highlights the facilities and businesses that are vulnerable to fluctuation in energy-related factors. Do you have a game plan for radically improving the energy productivity at these key sites?
A high-performing, well-liked employee is fired after a turnaround firm is brought in to Acme. A lawsuit follows. What could the firm have done to avoid this situation? Only the names are changed to protect the innocent.
You might be paying too much for dumpster hauling if some fraction of what you throw into them has value to somebody elsewhere on the economic food chain. In the ideal world, youll be able to find someone willing to pay you for your trash.
The automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) of yesterday are being upgraded or supplemented with innovative technologies that solve specific operational challenges. New products on the market are faster, more efficient, have additional safety features, and are easier to learn and use.
A critical look at variable-speed-drive air compressors
When plant equipment operates at its design capacity, its ready for prime time reliability. If the equipment cant, then its past time that you did something about reliably maintaining the promised production rates.
Most valves serve harsh lives, either from the fluids handled or the demands of service. Follow these 10 tenets when purchasing new or replacement control units.
Doesnt everybody want smooth-running, reliable, efficient machines with the lowest total life-cycle cost? That's the question Editor in Chief Paul Studebaker, CMRP, poses in his latest column.
Grants and other incentives utility companies offer to their business customers are worth a look, but they might not be as beneficial to each and every company as they seem on the surface.