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  • CMMS: Step By Step

    David Berger, P.Eng., Plant Services contributing editor, explains how to get more from your CMMS through process mapping.

    David Berger, P.Eng., Plant Services contributing editor
    07/20/2009
  • Pump Purchasing 201

    Not-so-common tips you should know before making a pump decision.

    Craig Redmond, P.E.
    07/03/2009
  • The Good and Bad of OEE

    David Berger, P.Eng., contributing editor, says overall equipment effectiveness is a powerful, meaningful metric if you're aware of what it excludes.

    David Berger, P.Eng., Contributing Editor to Plant Services
    04/06/2009
  • Keep Maintenance Up in a Down Economy

    Contributing Editor David Berger, P.Eng., says these techniques can help you avoid getting hurt by a sharp budget cut.

    David Berger, P.Eng., Contributing Editor, for Plant Services
    03/12/2009
  • Inside, Outside

    Contracting strategies for a new economy.

    Bob Sperber, editor at large, Plant Services
    02/10/2009
  • Ensure Good Coverage

    Follow these strategies for maintaining coatings of exposed equipment.

    By Thomas W. Burker
    12/21/2008
  • Lean on Reliability

    Reliability excellence is the foundation of Lean manufacturing.

    Darrin Wikoff, CMRP
    11/26/2008
  • Change Management

    In Part 2 of this article, David Berger, P.Eng., contributing editor, reminds you not to forget the human factor when designing a CMMS implementation process.

    David Berger, P.Eng., contributing editor
    10/29/2008
  • Predicting Motor Failure

    Power signatures reveal potential problems with performance and reliability.

    Sheila Kennedy, contributing editor
    08/25/2008
  • Build reliability in during design

    Instrumentation that promises to improve reliability may not always be what they seem. You have to consider whether a site can properly maintain sophisticated instruments.

    Dirk Willard
    12/19/2007
  • Plants get help in boosting reliability

    More and more companies are placing greater emphasis on maintenance and seeking help from vendors to boost the effectiveness of their efforts, as some recent major investment decisions demonstrate. Many automation companies now are benefiting by building up asset management services alongside process control capabilities.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    02/26/2007
  • pH sensor stands up to tough conditions

    Design provides improved reliability in a polymer-precursor batch reactor. Sensors must respond quickly and survive a harsh environment. Poor probe reliability can make the difference between a process that makes money and one that doesn’t.

    Kyle Becker, Polychemie
    01/08/2007
  • Check for human errors

    You may be making an error if you don’t find time to double-check your own and other’s work. Making time to check human work can prevent costly mistakes and save time.

    Trevor A. Kletz, Loughborough University
    10/31/2006
  • Maintenance diagnostics get a makeover

    Plants increasingly are outsourcing these vital services, lured by larger vendors and broader capabilities.

    Alan S. Brown, contributing editor
    12/12/2005
  • Use operators to boost pump reliability

    Preventing pump problems before they happen is the best way to save costs, and it is the operators who are the key to your pump maintenance.

    Ross Mackay
    06/15/2005
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