• Featured Podcast: Data Transparency and its Impact

    This third podcast in a new Efficient Plant series focuses on issues involved in data collection and management. In this conversation with Kevin Clark, vice president of Fluke Digital Systems, we evaluate how data should be dispersed and to whom. We also discuss the impact of data transparency on empowering floor-level workers and how it […]

  • A ‘Natural’ Business Case For PdM

    Consider the value that predictive maintenance can bring to your operations in terms of safety, reliability, environmental health, and sustainability. By Drew D. Troyer, CRE, Contributing Editor Predictive maintenance (PdM) ticks multiple value-adding boxes for plants, regardless of sector. While this article specifically addresses it in the context of an “all of the above” business […]

  • The Issue of Old Grease

    Aging grease gets no respect in plants, and little or no attention until it fails. By Randall Noon, P.E. Old grease can be a sneaky failure mechanism, especially in infrequently operated equipment. When grease fails to do its intended function, it can mimic other failure modes, such as misalignment, binding, or wear, while the grease […]

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Each month we talk with maintenance and technology professionals about their views and pressing problems on the factory floor.

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  • How Did Deming View Reliability?

    Q: How much is reliability tied to Deming’s 14 Points? A: There isn’t space to review all of the 14 points, but the six I’ve selected, adapted from W. Edward Deming’s book Out of Crisis, (1986, MIT Press), directly address reliability issues in today’s manufacturing operations. Statements in italics, following each point, are mine. 1. […]

  • Optimize Schedules, Maximize Output

    By Dr. Klaus M. Blache and Dr. Javad Seif, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville Reliability and Maintainability Center (RMC) An assumption in traditional production-scheduling practices is that assets will continuously operate and process the jobs. It also is assumed that the information available to planners is complete and certain. However, we all know that the machines […]

  • Balance Asset Management Objectives Wisely

    By Drew D. Troyer, CRE, Contributing Editor In my two most-recent columns (Jan. and Feb. 2019), I discussed the importance of skills, behavior, and knowledge in achieving reliability and asset-management objectives. This month, I focus on the role wisdom plays in managing those objectives. One may have skills to carry out a particular asset-management task. […]

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  • A ‘Natural’ Business Case For PdM

    Consider the value that predictive maintenance can bring to your operations in terms of safety, reliability, environmental health, and sustainability. By Drew D. Troyer, CRE, Contributing Editor Predictive maintenance (PdM) ticks multiple value-adding boxes for plants, regardless of sector. While this article specifically addresses it in the context of an “all of the above” business […]

  • How Did Deming View Reliability?

    Q: How much is reliability tied to Deming’s 14 Points? A: There isn’t space to review all of the 14 points, but the six I’ve selected, adapted from W. Edward Deming’s book Out of Crisis, (1986, MIT Press), directly address reliability issues in today’s manufacturing operations. Statements in italics, following each point, are mine. 1. […]

Featured Posts

  • The Issue of Old Grease

    Aging grease gets no respect in plants, and little or no attention until it fails. By Randall Noon, P.E. Old grease can be a sneaky failure mechanism, especially in infrequently operated equipment. When grease fails to do its intended function, it can mimic other failure modes, such as misalignment, binding, or wear, while the grease […]

  • Take Advantage of Shutdowns

    Shutdowns, turnarounds, and outages are prime times to update and revitalize lubrication programs. Spring is a time when many operations and maintenance departments are busy planning for annual/biannual production shutdown and turnaround events, due to take place during the upcoming summer. Shutdown and turnaround events are often confused and, depending on the type of industry, […]

NEW PRODUCTS

  • Proximity Sensors

    The company’s line of inductive proximity sensors includes harsh-duty sensors and new standard-duty sensors with quadruple sensing ranges. Contrinex DW series 4-mm, 5-mm, 8-mm, and 12-mm-dia. round-body inductive proximity sensors have been added. The 8-mm and 12-mm- dia. models are available with quadruple sensing ranges. The 8-mm M8 sensor has a 4-mm (shielded) sensing distance […]

  • Air Gun for Small Diameters

    Model 1004SS M4 back-blow air nozzle has an array of holes to provide a forceful back-facing 360-deg. airflow to clear out coolant, chips, and light oils from machining processes. The nozzle prevents blowing chips further into a part, tube, or pipe and eliminates safety hazards created by blowing debris out the far end of a […]

  • Two-in-One Current/Voltage Tester

    The CTVT-45 is a two-in-one tester for current transformers (CTs) and voltage transformers (VTs) in the field or at the lab. The lightweight device performs basic and routine maintenance testing to keep instrument transformers operating safely and continuously, avoiding costly and unexpected shutdowns. Capable of testing knee voltages to 45 kV and as many as […]

  • Drain-Cleaning tool

    RIDGID FlexShaft drain-cleaning machine is said to deliver wall-to-wall clean in 1 1/4-in. to 4-in. pipes to 70 ft. The machine uses chain knockers that expand to the size of the pipe to clear the entire circumference. The knockers are connected to a flexible, nylon-sheathed cable housed in a fully enclosed drum and powered by […]

  • HD Handheld OGI Camera

    The GF620 high-definition (HD), handheld optical gas imaging (OGI) camera reportedly sets a new standard for detecting and visualizing invisible leaks of hydrocarbons, such as methane, and common volatile organic compounds (VOCs). With four times the pixels of previous models, the camera helps inspectors survey for fugitive hydrocarbon emissions from further, safer distances than possible […]

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