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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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  • Doing The Right Work Right

    By Drew D. Troyer, CRE, Contributing Editor Many debate what’s more important: knowledge or skills; theory or application; and learning inputs or outcome. These pairings, though, are often considered dichotomous, i.e., mortal enemies. This couldn’t be further from the truth. I often think back to the early 2000s, when I worked extensively with Cargill Inc., Minneapolis […]

  • Manage Pump-System Vibration With Sensors

    Fluid-handling pumping systems are deployed everywhere in industry. Unfortunately, these workhorses have always been subject to some degree of vibration during operation. In a recent blog post, John Bernet of Fluke Corp., Everett, WA (fluke.com), noted that one of the easiest ways to identify vibration issues in rotating equipment, i.e., pumps, motors, compressors, fans, blowers, […]

  • Reliability And Safety Inseparable

    Q: How much is reliability tied to safety? A: The quick answer is that a reliable plant is a safe plant. Reduced reactive maintenance (emergency repair) is the best leading indicator of the impact safety will have on an operation.

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  • Reliability Determines Reporting Structure

    Q: To whom should maintenance departments report? A : The answer is typically engineering or operations, but usually because it’s always been done that way. Ideally, maintenance-organization structure and reporting should be based on individual department needs and how those needs drive overall organizational output. This requires considering needed activities, available predictive technologies, trades/technicians knowledge and skills, group […]

  • Doing The Right Work Right

    By Drew D. Troyer, CRE, Contributing Editor Many debate what’s more important: knowledge or skills; theory or application; and learning inputs or outcome. These pairings, though, are often considered dichotomous, i.e., mortal enemies. This couldn’t be further from the truth. I often think back to the early 2000s, when I worked extensively with Cargill Inc., Minneapolis […]

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