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Paul V. Arnold, Noria Corporation

I like to think of myself as a matchmaker. My job as editor of Reliable Plant is to bring together people who have information and great ideas with other people who are looking for information and...

Drew Troyer

The problems you have in managing the reliability of your manufacturing plant or processes are cross-functional - so, too, must be your solutions. For too long, we've attempted to manage plant...

Paul V. Arnold, Noria Corporation

They came from big plants and small ones, gargantuans to garages, from auto companies and firms that made everything from compressors to carbon, textiles to toilet seats and everything in between....

Tor Idhammar President & CEO, IDCON, INC., IDCON INC

Twelve to 48 months ago, you started a reliability and maintenance improvement initiative, and now the cost crunch is on. We've seen heavy downturns in the housing and banking industries, and the...

Doc Palmer

While working this April in Holland, I saw a plant utilizing a marvelous Dutch phrase: "Ja, maar", which means "Yes, but ..." Seeing it first-hand helps me understand a principle of successful...

Jonathan Trout, Noria Corporation

Preventive maintenance is an established routine of periodically inspecting equipment, noticing small issues and fixing them before they turn into major problems.

Predictive maintenance (PdM) is maintenance that monitors the performance and condition of equipment during normal operation to reduce the likelihood of failures. Also known as condition-based...

John Ha

How critical is your job? Is it viewed as a key position? If you left the company or all of a sudden got hit by that proverbial bus that seems to be going around the world taking people out, would the...

Tim Goshert

Imagine having to deal with a life filled with setbacks and so-called failures. What would you do if your resume read as follows?: "He failed in business in '31. He was defeated for state...

In an ideal world, multiple components could be produced in a single piece, or coupled and installed in perfect alignment. However, in the real world, separate components must be brought together and...

These days, maintenance departments do not need to spend time and money lubricating bearings on the plant floor. Bearing lubrication technology has overtaken traditionally accepted procedures still...