Reliable Plant February 2023

Featured Article

Eric Whitley

Advancements in communication and information technology are paving the way for unprecedented connectedness between devices. Gadgets are continually becoming more intelligent, and automated interactions between virtual and physical equipment are more common than ever.

John Q. Todd

We think that providing a mobile solution for our field staff will help them in some way. Whether it be through increased efficiency or better communication, we have this idea that adding a smart device to their toolbox is a good thing. It certainly can be, but there are several things to consider.

Breanna Moll, Noria Corporation

Unplanned downtime deteriorates a plant’s productivity and bottom line. To reduce these losses, we need a comprehensive predictive maintenance strategy. Predictive maintenance anticipates when a critical asset will fail so repairs can be made without disrupting production or maintenance activities.

Mark Paradies; Justin Clark

The cost of a failure is never negligible. Not only do we consider the cost of the unplanned downtime, loss of production and spare parts, but also the cost of having to remove plant workers from their necessary scheduled activities to perform an emergency repair. When the expenses are added together, one failure has the potential to cost a company hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Jim Fitch, Noria Corporation

In condition-based maintenance, there are two general philosophies: predictive maintenance and proactive maintenance. While these terms are often used interchangeably, they are not the same. Noria expert Jim Fitch explains the different strategies, methods and goals for each of these maintenance philosophies so you can choose the right one for your plant.

Ryan Chan

Data centers are responsible for so much transfer of information. And, data centers are only continuing to grow and become more complex. Thus, managing maintenance and reliability for these center can provide some unique challenges.

In this ever-evolving industry, teams on the concrete and on the carpet consistently rely on one key component – data. Data is at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make, and if we don’t have the best quality information possible, we can never hope to become top performing facilities.