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Condition Monitoring Instruments for PdM Program Effectiveness

Do you remember your first cellular phone? It was likely a bulky device that flipped open and only let you make calls. Today, your cell phone looks nothing like your first one. It is thinner, lighter and much, much more powerful. Besides making phone calls, you can text, surf the Web,
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Using Infrared Technology for Reliability-based Maintenance

Nearly every piece of equipment that has any type of power running to, through or around it has one characteristic that is 100-percent guaranteed to present itself. Before the machine, the component, the bearing, the motor, the transformer, the connection, the fuse or anything fails,
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Using Oil Analysis for Lubrication Management

There is no question that an effective oil analysis program lowers maintenance costs on rotating equipment. The trick is knowing how to run an effective oil analysis program. Companies must be proactive so the solution to an oil-related problem is not always an oil change. The real be
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Using a Lean Approach for Greater Machine Reliability

With todays challenges, it is critical to increase efficiency in manufacturing processes to be profitable and sustain profits. A disciplined machine reliability approach involving OEM and vendor personnel can ensure success. In this article, a case study involving a large steel mill w
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Preventive Maintenance Won’t Solve Your Reliability Problems

In an ideal world, rotating machinery would operate efficiently and at full-rated speed without ever failing. There would be no unplanned downtime or planned downtime in order to perform maintenance. There would, of course be no safety or environmental incidents as a result of failure
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How Technology Can Drive Reliability Improvement

This article discusses how technology can be used to drive reliability improvement using condition monitoring techniques for rotating machines. There are no silver bullets when it comes to establishing an effective maintenance program. However, there are ways to simplify the approach
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Using Root Cause Analysis to Break Away from Reactive Maintenance

Today, a world-class manufacturing organization that doesn’t have a good handle on its problems is found. Reliable data in CMMS and distributed control systems provide evidence to support problem analyses to identify and eliminate problems. Most have a root cause analysis program in p
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How to Develop a Corporate Reliability Strategy

Achieving supply chain predictability is a competitive advantage for most manufacturers. Each year, business planning models are filled with assumptions of their manufacturing network’s capability to produce and ship product as promised to their customer base. These assumptions are of
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Optimizing Your Preventive Maintenance and Repair Program

Preventive maintenance and repair optimization is a valuable process. It can be used to improve the efficient use of resources, balance program demand and increase equipment reliability. Preventive maintenance and repair programs are often under- or overdeveloped, resulting in additio
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Reactive to Condition Based-Maintenance

How to Transition from Reactive to Condition-Based Maintenance

It is well-known that performing maintenance on a condition-based maintenance or reliability-centered basis is the preferred method of plant maintenance operation. This method is the most cost-effective, safest and the objective for most organizations. But how does one begin the journ
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