November 2006 Issue

View the Digital Edition

Subscribe to the Digital Edition


  • Manual CMMS has a place at small plants

    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.

  • Low-cost online monitoring gains acceptance

    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.

  • Understanding and improving energy strategy

    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?

  • In the Trenches: A career-wrecking tornado

    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.

  • Trash can be treasure: don't throw away valuable recyclables

    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, you’ll be able to find someone willing to pay you for your trash.

  • Superior storage and retrieval

    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.

  • Operating machines past capacity destroys reliability

    When plant equipment operates at its design capacity, it’s ready for prime time reliability. If the equipment can’t, then it’s past time that you did something about reliably maintaining the promised production rates.

  • Force reliability on the OEMs

    Doesn’t 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.