reliable plant May 2006

Featured Article

Doc Palmer

One of the principles of effective planning involves how best to estimate the labor hours for a job plan. It turns out that the simple opinion of a skilled technician is preferred over complex...

Paul V. Arnold, Noria Corporation

Flexible tooling. Standard work boards. Visual controls. Andon systems. A focus on “the seven deadly wastes.” Problem-solving. Empowerment. Work teams. Job rotation. Components of a Toyota...

Robert Holmes

Manufacturing plants use a wide variety of power tools. From electric drills and impact wrenches to reciprocating saws and air chisels, power tools are utilized throughout the facility by...

Kevin G. Bellamy

The CHDA (1,4-cyclohexanedicarboxylic acid) production plant that I work at experienced a significant decrease in conversion efficiency due to oil contamination of a fixed bed reactor catalyst. The...

Paul V. Arnold, Noria Corporation

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

Paul V. Arnold, Noria Corporation

A whopping 94.7 percent of plant maintenance managers feel they are not using their computerized maintenance management software system to its maximum capability, according to the results of a...

Paul V. Arnold, Noria Corporation

Research shows that America’s 350,000-plus manufacturing facilities annually spend nearly $200 billion on indirect materials (also known as maintenance, repair and operations [MRO] products)....

Tor Idhammar, IDCON INC

In parts 1, 2 and 3 of this column series, I outlined the need for developing maintenance leadership (visit the Reliable Plant Web site at www.reliableplant.com to read these articles). This column is...

John Schultz

Why don’t more reliability programs deliver successful results? It’s not for a lack of condition monitoring technologies. In fact, the technologies are often considered to be the easy part....

John Ha

If you’ve read any of my previous articles, you may have noticed a few references to the term “talent management” and may have wondered what that means. It’s just not a commonly used term outside of...

Paul V. Arnold, Noria Corporation

In honor of May’s designation as National Hand Tool Safety Month, Reliable Plant magazine provides the following 30 safety tips created by the Hand Tools Institute. The institute, founded in 1935,...

Drew Troyer, Noria Corporation

We’ve all heard from reliability experts that the “bathtub curve” – the poor, misunderstood bathtub curve – fails to accurately reflect a machine’s failure rate as a function of time. While there...

John Snell

The world of thermography is expanding faster than ever before, with new applications, markets and cameras. More and more maintenance practitioners are putting this remarkable technology to use as...

Paul V. Arnold, Noria Corporation

Maintenance and reliability professionals can make a difference. At most manufacturing plants, that means focused work that allows operations to get more finished product (whether it’s soft drinks,...

Noria Corporation

There appears to be an ongoing shift toward operator involvement in machine relubrication practices. During my last several seminars, I’ve asked the audience to identify themselves if their plants...