August 2007 Issue
Automated scanning electron microscopy of particles in lubricants can help you zero in on root causes.
In a production environment, you want the lines to meet quality goals and standards with just enough maintenance to sustain reliability. In any environment, an asset must provide that reliability and, thus, must be maintained. There are four basic requirements you must have to be successful in proactively maintaining assets.
Now that sustainability as a strategy is coming into fashion, the push is on to expand and intensify the opportunities to save our planet and to publicize these efforts as a demonstration of good corporate citizenship. But is this just a public relations ploy, or can the tactic actually improve profitability? The case for jumping on sustainability.
Check out these signs of revitalized maintenance.
Motor system reliability considerations that can save you money
No single process or product is the panacea for producing high-quality compressed air, often just referred to as oil-free compressed air. Ultimately, the key factor is whether the technical solution fulfils the requirements of maximum reliability and efficiency.
The importance of effective rewards and recognition in a good energy management program cant be overstated, but theyll only be effective when theyre supported by the basics.
Health monitoring leaves fewer reasons to live with stiction, wrong-sizing and excessive wear.
Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM), Condition-based Monitoring (CBM) and Root Cause Analysis (RCA) can be overwhelming. David Berger offers some tips on how to get the most out of these advanced techniques.
Plant Services adds content focused on getting its readers to contribute. Read about the three new ways to share with us (and everybody) what's going on in your head.
Renewable energy degree programs are cropping up at universities across the country and interest in them is growing like a field of budding flowers. While the programs wont be in full bloom for a few more years, theyre taking root throughout the country and are available for students and practicing engineers alike.
Setting up your funds for retirement is an important issue nearly all of us should be thinking about. Executive Editor Russ Kratowicz offers some free Web resources for you to consider when planning for retirement. Remember, we search the Web so you don't have to.
An Acme employee claims disability leave for an injury that doesn't exist, after her requested vacation time is denied. Why did she do it? To marry a coworker. Find out the details in this month's In the Trenches and remember, only the names are changed to protect the innocent.