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Sustainability Through Ultrasonic Energy Conservation

by Allan Rienstra

In 2008, there arose a broad selection of solution providers specializing in helping the community of maintenance and reliability professionals to 'Go Green'. It is unlikely that the original mandate of most of these companies was to "help save the environment", but it does show how nimble entrepreneurialism adjusts to accommodate the demands of corporate social responsibility.


Energy Savings Through Task-Specific Lubrication Reliability

Streamlining Lubrication by Eric Rasmusson

With most plants today facing increased pressure of competition - and some even fighting for survival- the advantages of a task specific lubrication reliability system are too great to be ignored any longer. Along with several other reasons, energy savings is one major benefit of unlocking untapped potential in a large number of facilities through better lubrication practices.


Vibration Analysis of Wind Turbines

by Jason Tranter

Wind turbines are dotted across the countryside, seaside, and even offshore. Many believe they are the answer to global warming and stopping the reduction of fossil fuel reserves. Whether you enjoy seeing them on the horizon, majestically spinning in the breeze, or believe they disturb the previously unspoiled landscape, for all of us in the reliability and condition monitoring fields, they pose a new challenge - we have to keep them turning!


Do Not Be Misled by O.E.E.

Measure of Equipment Effectiveness Often Misused

By Robert M. Williamson, president of Strategic Work Systems

Overall equipment effectiveness (O.E.E.) has been used as one of the more important "maintenance metrics" since Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) came to the U.S. in the late 1980s. O.E.E. is the primary measure used in TPM to identify and quantify the major equipment-related losses and a metric for rating "equipment effectiveness." O.E.E. has become widely used in many plants with or without the elements of TPM in place since the early years of TPM to quantify equipment effectiveness losses. This usage has also caused some confusion and has led to many misuses of the O.E.E. percentage calculation.



Understanding and Implementing Predictive Maintenance Excellence

By Kenneth D. Peoples Lubrication Champion / Maintenance Manager IDS-Boeing Wichita Wichita, Kansas Shared Services Group /Site Services

Implementing a PdM program can be tough in today's world of corporate business thinking. In order to pursue an effective program you will need to have a basic plan with real world goals and objectives. This overview will show the very basics of implementing a program strategy that will lead to success. The examples will be real and the results will be real as well. Understanding where to start and where to focus in the future is critical. This paper and presentation will give some insight to starting up and sustaining an effective program.


Detective Maintenance

When we think about maintenance strategies, the words predictive, preventive, corrective, and breakdown spring to mind. There is however an important class of tasks that we do to ensure that our equipment and Plant remains safe and productive. These tasks are based on a Detective Maintenance strategy. They help us win our licence-to-operate and ensure long term viability. With machinery and Plants becoming increasingly more complex, the proportion of such tasks in the total maintenance program is growing.

Managing a business efficiently means that we have to manage risks well. In turn, this requires that our safety devices and systems work on demand. It is possible to arrive logically at the required availability of the items in question and find suitable detective maintenance strategies. While analysis is relatively easy, there are several hurdles in implementing their results. These challenges can be met by a range of solutions. They are not universal and need to be tailored to each situation.

The word pro-active is very popular, especially in the maintenance context. Detective Maintenance strategies are pro-active. More importantly, they are essential to long term success.