March 2007 Issue
As CMMS vendors search for ways to differentiate their products and services in light of increased competition, many have enhanced their offerings to include a variety of powerful failure analysis techniques and risk mitigation strategies. Asset Management Expert David Berger illustrates some of the more basic techniques and simple strategies to mitigate risk and exploit improvement opportunities.
Supporting lean leads to operational excellence.
With American Idol returning to the television air waves, Joel Leonard is reminded of why he started his crusade for awareness for Maintenance Crisis in the first place.
Locating generation much closer to the likely demand reduces lines losses dramatically, and finding meaningful uses for heat improves fuel productivity, says Peter Garforth, in his Energy Expert column.
The electrical distribution system in a plant is a lot like oxygen: You only tend to think about it when its not there. But just like oxygen, the electrical system is vital to your companys life. Applying the same rules to checking an existing system and building a new system ensures that you dont find yourself in trouble in the long run.
If machinery or equipment is to be used in an explosive environment, the design engineer and local fire marshall must use North American HAZ-LOC standards to decide what level of protection is needed.
The conflict between keeping machines running and maintaining a safe working environment alwayswill exist. Fortunately, advances in machine automation and safety systems are like having a guardian angel on your shoulder, minimizing tradeoffs between uptime and safety.
Hydrogen fuel cell-powered forklifts are getting a lift from companies that expect the prospect of reducing total plant floor logistics costs will lead to their widespread use.
Consider some of these ideas to keep your drive belts from revolting
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Heat exchangers are getting increasingly compact and efficient. Enhanced, compact, ultra-compact, microscale and mesoscale variations are on the market or in development. Continuing innovations in nanotechnology and fuel cells promise further advances in heat exchanger miniaturization.
Maintenance, reliability and asset management professionals can't do much about nuclear proliferation, but they sure can do their part to stem global warming, says Paul Studebaker, CMRP, in his latest column. Also, listen to the mp3 version of Studebaker narrating this article.
Lasco Bathware found free fuel as part of MACT compliance in this What Works case study.
A female Acme maintenance technician has no choice but to dress in the men's locker room and then is passed over for a promtion despite her seniority. She quits and files a discrimination suit. Read the details in our monthly In the Trenches (remember, only the names are changed to protect the innocent).
Electrical system safety and regulatory compliance begins with an accurate single-line diagram