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Remote Condition Monitoring for Eliminating Maintenance Inefficiencies

The increased availability of wireless technology for industrial asset remote condition monitoring merits some discussion of the various benefits and challenges of the different types of devices and technologies available. New manufacturing technologies, such as Machine to Machine (M2
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Understanding Oil Filter Debris Analysis

Oil filter debris analysis’ (FDA) origins lay mainly in the aviation industry for many years. A program developed by Air Research in the 1980s claimed a 95-percent success rate of predicting catastrophic failures. It has gained recognition in the last decade in many other industries a
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Downtime Reporting for Reliability Engineering Programs

Reliability engineering departments are placing more focus on improving plant reliability and maintainability in an effort to improve return on investment (ROI). The purpose of this paper is to analyze and suggest a new method of reporting and recording downtime as part of an asset pe
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Preventive Maintenance Optimization Through FMEA

When I think about superheroes, I think about growing up with the television show Batman.  He had some of the greatest equipment and required high reliability.  I think Batman must have had a great PM strategy.  He had lots of assets and good old Alfred back at the cave working on the
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Steps to Audit and Benchmark your Maintenance Planning and Scheduling Culture

Many organizations either have the need for or have implemented the role of the Maintenance Planner Scheduler.  This is an important role in proactive maintenance cultures and properly utilized, can deliver a significant return on investment.  Yet, there are many reasons that we fail
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Taking Predictive Maintenance to the Next Level

Predictive maintenance is a term coined years ago as the means to use technology to identify a component defect in its earliest stage of degradation. Today some also call this same process condition-based maintenance (CBM). Either way it is detecting defects early. The premise behind
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Employee Engagement: Driving Your Own Success

Increasing employee engagement has become an important topic over the last several years. Businesses around the world have recognized that the measure of an employee’s engagement to the company is critical to the success or failure of their profitability. An engaged employee giv
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Managing Risk from Transformer Failures

Getting experts to agree on most things is challenging at best, and often, downright impossible. Getting transformer experts to agree might even be more challenging. Especially when it relates to transformer failures. Despite the fact that transformers have been around for nearly a ce
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Three Keys to Successfully Driving Sustainable Change and Project Success

Have you ever been the leader of a significant business change and not been able to make it stick? Most organizations feel that the key element in any project is sound project management but what about the people it is affecting? So many times two other elements are missed when it com
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Lubrication: An Exercise in Continuous Improvement

When someone ask you about your lubrication program what is your response? Do you explain lubricant selection, storage and handling, lubrication or PM frequencies, execution procedures, personal performing the tasks, documentation, or personal training?  All of these are important pro
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