April 2007 Issue
Use these advanced failure analysis methodologies, such as failure mode and effects analysis, realibility-centered maintenenance and root cause analysis to manage your risk, says David Berger in his monthly Asset Manager column.
Incremental gains in CMMS features and functions have made many packages better at handling the myriad and specialized requirements of particular industries and facilities. But the big news has been the plethora of vendor mergers and acquisitions, which have left plant professionals concerned about whether and how their current system or future selection will be supported.
Zero-backlog maintenance is in your future. Its the state of optimal reliability in which more than 80% of work is proactive. It identifies and schedules the right work at the right time far into the future.
The European Federation of National Maintenance Societies (EFNMS) is finalizing standardized job classifications for maintenance manager, maintenance supervisor and maintenance technician in 21 European countries. Should the U.S. follow suit?
With the increasing concerns about climate change and the globalization of the energy market, management needs to be more aware of the interacting drivers of energy availability, cost and environmental regulation. Peter Garforth, P. Eng., shares his experiences traveling across the globe in his Energy Expert column.
The goal of a variable-speed drive (VSD) is to modulate motor speed to reduce power demand and generate energy savings. Drive options constantly change, and how you match motor and drive affects system efficiency. Understanding the VSDs effect on speed and resonant frequencies can reduce a motors life-cycle cost.
Peruse these web resources for optimizing your heat tracing systems.
If youve ever wondered just how secure your plant might be or if youve implemented the right level of security measures, then the Web-based infrastructure protection training program offered at no cost by the federal government is for you.
You'll reap the best results if you put yourself and your employees in positions where they can best utilize their strengths, says Editor in Chief Paul Studebaker.
Originally, industrial control systems were physically and electronically-isolated systems that used proprietary operating systems, and obscurity generally provided the cyber security. However, a confluence of technical developments, governmental mandates and productivity requirements have led to the "opening up" of control system infrastructures. Effective plant-floor protection requires cooperation between IT and control.
Users of motor performance montiors from Baker Instrument Co. were intereviewed about the results of their experiences. Read about how these monitors performed.
Acme accuses and eventually fires an employee for engineering a terrorist hoax against the company based on scant evidence. The employee sues. Read about the details and remember, only the names are changed to protect the innocent.
Why its time to move beyond inlet valve modulation for compressor control.
As plant flooring ages and deteriorates, facility managers have traditionally been faced with a tough choice: Interrupt production to resurface potentially hazardous patches, or apply a quick fix and hope for the best. Recent innovations in coatings can help plant managers achieve quality results with minimal to no interruption in production.