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Overcoming the Challenges of Lean Manufacturing in the Facilities Maintenance Environment

In today’s competitive manufacturing environment, maintenance professionals are tasked with improving the manpower efficiency of the maintenance operation, while rising to the task of limiting downtime and providing effective maintenance programs. Past solutions have included limiting
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Evolution to a World-Class Preventive Maintenance Facility

What comes to mind when you are asked about a preventive maintenance facility? Do you think of a Lube room where you store and handle lubricants, a service area where you fuel or fill equipment with fluids, or a specific area where PM (preventative maintenance) tasks are preformed? Ar
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Reliability Analysis: Adding Substantial Value to a Predictive Maintenance Program

Most Predictive Maintenance program’s function fairly well identifying impending equipment issues utilizing PdM technology and address them with corrective measures. However, what many programs fail to do well is the extra analysis to identify trends that help reduce or eliminate prob
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Oil Analysis Results from Primary Contamination Types

The primary source of lost revenue due to downtime of equipment is commonly a direct result of some type of contamination, be it dirt, water, product, incorrect lubricant, or some blend of any of these.  Oil analysis results can identify these contaminants, but unless you are aware of
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Maintenance Key Performance Indicators

I’ll admit it.  I am an input junky.  Any time I am looking to make a purchase, I research the potential products or services exhaustively.  User reviews, performance tests and data, specifications, consumer reports, you name it I want to read it.  While the casual observer might sugg
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Oil Monitoring to Optimize Hydraulic and Lubrication System Performance

The detrimental effects of water contamination on fluid service life and on system performance is well recognized. Water can have serious adverse effects on the physical and chemical properties of hydraulic and lubricant fluids.  The loss of crucial fluid properties, central to useful
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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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