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Culture Change Case Study – Maintenance and Operations

In defining our future, we must first understand our past. When asked how he made such accurate predictions, the late management guru Peter Drucker said, “I don’t forecast; I look out the window and identify what’s visible but not yet seen.” To prepare for the future and to implement
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Preventive Maintenance Tasks for Maintenance Planners

The Upper Occoquan Service Authority is a modern water reclamation facility southwest of Washington D.C., which receives waste flows from five jurisdictions. The plant was constructed in the early 1970s. It is the result of the Occoquan Policy and started with a capacity of 15 million
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Root Cause Analysis Case Study – Ford Motor Company

Production in manufacturing is fraught with breakdowns. The goal of maintenance is to minimize the impacts, which include production losses, poor quality, increased cost and unsafe working conditions, to name a few. Maintenance does this by understanding why breakdowns occur and how b
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Maintenance Planning and Scheduling KPIs

Several simple, but essential key performance indicators (KPIs) help assess and guide proper planning and scheduling practices. Maintenance planning provides the productivity piece of maintenance and literally “increases your workforce without hiring” to complete work. Yet we need to
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8 Steps to Improve Asset Reliability

Many organizations struggle with a high level of reactive uncertainty when it comes to asset reliability. This uncertainty affects the equipment availability to meet the customer demands. The loss of availability results in increased human and monetary costs, and often, safety or envi
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Equipment Reliability Best Practices

The Water Reclamation & Bio-Solids Division for the City of Fort Collins, Colorado, continues to benefit today from extended mean-time between failures with proven equipment reliability best practices, through the diligent use of best practices in machinery lubrication and oil ana
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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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