Reliable Plant May 2007

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Paul V. Arnold, Noria Corporation

"What we've got here is failure to communicate." In the movie "Cool Hand Luke," Captain, played by Strother Martin, delivers that famous line to the chain gang after clubbing prisoner Luke...

Drew Troyer, Noria Corporation

Recently, I enjoyed listening to a podcast presented by Phil McKinney, vice president and chief technical officer of Hewlett-Packard, on building high-performance innovation teams. I think...

Paul V. Arnold, Noria Corporation

Baseball players speak of the Louisville Slugger bat the same way violinists dote over the Stradivarius or pianists praise the Steinway. Ballplayers, however, use more colorful language than...

Tor Idhammar, IDCON INC

For a while, I thought that the whole "wrench time" concept was dead. But, I was wrong. Over the past year, I've worked with two organizations that had to perform a wrench time study. And more than...

Doc Palmer

Why do we need formal scheduling? This is a legitimate question. If we have already established a maintenance planning process, shouldn't we have reduced job delays? Shouldn't we have gradually...

Elmer Deforest

Many are aware of the use of motor circuit analysis and infrared imaging in a predictive maintenance (PdM) program for motors. It is a program that, when performed properly, increases uptime,...

Figure 1 displays readings before the exhauster bearing housing replacement. Vibration analysis is conducted monthly on four Combustion Engineering Raymond Bowl coal pulverizers...

Noria Corporation

The question of who in an organization should be responsible for day-to-day machinery lubrication tasks is common. With organizations down-sizing or right-sizing, all of the time preparing for the...

John Schultz

In the last issue of Reliable Plant magazine, I outlined the five stages of development as condition-based maintenance (CBM) programs grow and mature. Those stages include: Stage 1: The plant does...

John Ha

Most companies use some version of the following process when trying to fill a position: 1) Post job 2) Source candidates 3) Screen candidates 4) Interview candidates 5) Select and make...

Tim Goshert

Many people have heard and/or seen the work of the non- profit organization Reading Is Fundamental. This organization's mission is to develop the love of reading in our youth. According to its Web...

Joe Mikes Sr.

Improving processes has become a fundamental part of running a business for maintenance managers. Multiple mini-process tools have been developed to help managers uncover poor processes performed in...

Mark A. Latino

Most work environments are reactive in nature. There is always more work to be done in a day then there is time to perform work. This is because of unexpected changes in the work environment that...

Proper handling techniques are a necessity in order to maximize bearing life and performance. From shipping and receiving to unpacking, installing, disassembling and rebuilding, a bearing is exposed...

In the Reliability Forum department of Reliable Plant magazine, companies provide their insights to a question posed by editor Paul V. Arnold. This issue, the call went out to manufacturers of safety...

REPLIES TO TOR IDHAMMAR’S COLUMN “LET’S KILL WRENCH TIME STUDIES!” THIS COLUMN APPEARED IN RELIABLE PLANT’S MAY/JUNE 2007 ISSUE