April 2007 Issue


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  • Advanced failure analysis methodologies and techniques

    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.

  • 2007 CMMS/EAM Software Review

    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.

  • Set your plant up with zero-backlog maintenance

    Zero-backlog maintenance is in your future. It’s 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.

  • Uniform job descriptions for maintenance finalized in Europe

    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?

  • Energy management tips from overseas

    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.

  • Modern VSDs are more capable than ever

    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 VSD’s effect on speed and resonant frequencies can reduce a motor’s life-cycle cost.

  • How much is U.S. critical infrastructure worth to you?

    If you’ve ever wondered just how secure your plant might be or if you’ve 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.

  • Cyber security needs cooperation between IT and control

    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.

  • Epoxy topping for floors reduces downtime and saves money

    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.