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Getting to Effective Preventive Maintenance

Even still in today’s world, many plants continue to perform maintenance in a mostly reactive mode where it seems impossible to find time and staff to get essential PM work done. This is the work that would let them move to the more reliable, effective and overall better world of proa
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Simple Ways to Monitor Lubricant Conditions

Let’s say you’re part of the reliability department at the local refinery. You oversee the operations of well over a hundred pumps and motors, and maybe a dozen or so turbines and blowers. Your supervisor just walked into your office in the morning telling you to go check on the asset
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Building the Business Case for Maintenance Planners

Good maintenance planners can have a significant impact on the bottom line, yet many companies don’t pay adequate attention to this role. With 18 percent of a typical maintenance technician’s day spent looking for parts and 24 to 26 percent walking to and from the job site, almost 50
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Why Equipment Maintainability Should Not be an Afterthought

Most organizations have a large installed base of equipment that is the target of their various initiatives such as six sigma, lean, equipment maintainability etc. In most cases these initiatives require training of personnel as well as retrofitting equipment to improve the probabilit
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When Are Mineral Oils Superior to Synthetics?

Let’s get one thing straight: contrary to what the title might suggest, synthetics are in general superior to mineral based oils. But do you know why? Synthetics might be the preferred choice of lubricant, but more often than not mineral oils are chosen instead. The obvious and most p
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Improving Equipment Reliability through Root Cause Failure Analysis

Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) is a very useful tool for improving the reliability of plant process equipment. It is a logical, structured, and deductive technique that can identify the causes behind the failure. This case study will demonstrate how an RCFA was used to uncover the
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Oil Analysis Case Studies: When Routine Tests are not Enough

In order to quickly and accurately determine the “cause and effect” of oil and wear related problems, proper tests and procedures based on the equipment sampled and its application must be utilized. This article details the appropriate test slates for various types of industrial equip
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Lube Manuals Should be More Than Cut Sheets

Historically lube manuals have been little more than compilations of detail sheets covering the primary components contained within the system. While we must acknowledge that often the supplier does not know the conditions under which the equipment will operate, that does not excuse t
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Protecting Machine Surfaces from Chemical Attacks

Lubricants serve a vital role in all tribo-systems.  They reduce friction, reduce heat, transfer contaminants, and they also play a big role in protecting machine surfaces from chemical attacks.  These attacks can come from several different sources.  The mechanism we are most familia
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Maintaining Asset Integrity through Predictive Maintenance and Lubrication Excellence

Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) are two important processes that can be used to maintain asset integrity.  This session will provide an over view of some of the things that Power Partners has implemented to reduce total down time in the fa
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