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parrmugWhat’s Stuck In My Head

By Gary Parr, Editorial Director

When an issue of Maintenance Technology goes in the mail, we send it with every confidence that, upon receipt, you’ll cancel all activities for an afternoon, go home to your favorite reading spot with your favorite beverage, and devour every word. We also sleep well at night knowing that the things you learn from the issue are shared with your colleagues the next day.

Hey, I’m entitled to dream!

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1014janemytakeOn The Floor: Real-World Lube Programs — Big Differences Still

By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor

Lubrication strategies are an ongoing focus in our pages, thanks, in large part to contributing editor Ken Bannister and other experts in the field. This month, we wanted to dive a little deeper into actual lube practices at MT Reader Panelists’ sites.

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bobmugnewUptime: Fuel Continuous Improvement with Data

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor

Making decisions about what to improve and how to measure the rate of improvement requires a systematic use of data. But, more than raw data, data bases, or spreadsheets, it’s important to use the right data. Many organizations today are already awash in data, anticipating a tsunami of numbers, thanks to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and, as some are forecasting, the Internet of Everything. Professor Patrick Wolfe, executive director of the University College of London’s Big Data Institute noted, “The rate at which we’re generating data is rapidly outpacing our ability to analyze it.”

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Cklaus01Final Thought: What’s Your Elevator Pitch?

By Dr. Klaus M. Blache, Univ. of Tennessee (UTK) Reliability & Maintainability Center

The terms “elevator talk” or “elevator pitch” refer to a brief presentation or explanation delivered in the time it typically takes to ride an elevator from one floor to another, i.e., anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes. Savvy people in all walks of life have them ready on key topics to efficiently and effectively get their points across to others. So how do we explain reliability engineering in an “elevator talk?”

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