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M-News Edition 58
Edition 58, October 2007
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This edition of the newsletter is supported by Euromaintenance 2008
My sincere apologies for yet another long delay between newsletters. But we are on track for normal monthly service to be resumed.
Four more high quality articles for you this time, plus announcement of the opening of our 2007 Annual Maintenance Salary Survey.
As usual, comments and contributions are more than welcome (as are enquiries from potential sponsors!)
Alexander (Sandy) Dunn
Feature Article - Who Needs an Asset Performance Improvement Strategy?
Asset performance is the efficiency by which a company converts its investment in plant, equipment and inventories, into sales and profits. In today’s rapidly changing business climate, challenged by global competition, reaching the maximum level of asset performance is essential and should be among a company’s strategic objectives. Therefore, Asset Performance Improvement initiatives are vital to enhancing or maintaining a company’s competitive position. However, as this article from Herbert Lichtenberg of Strategic Asset Management Inc. shows, the majority of operational improvement initiatives fall short of expectations.
You can read this article by visiting http://www.plant-maintenance.com/articles/asset_performance_improvement_strategy.shtml.
Feature Article - TPM Implementation through Small Groups for Zero Defect Production of Parts
This paper, contributed by Vinod Kumar Singh describes the journey of implementing TPM in an Indian manufacturing plant and the transformation of the working environment to a new environment full of confidence and with an enabling culture. You can read it at http://www.plant-maintenance.com/articles/TPM_implementation.shtml.
Feature Article - Motor Predictive Maintenance
Motor PDM is essential for plant reliability and only by developing a comprehensive plan to make sure all possible failure modes are checked on a routine basis will improved reliability be obtained. This articleargues that the first step is to determine the Reliability Basis for each motor and what technologies are going to be applied. Once the Reliability Basis is determined all the tasks defined must be applied by qualified personnel and acted upon accordingly. You can read this article at http://www.plant-maintenance.com/articles/Motor_PDM.pdf. You will require the free Adobe Acrobat reader to be able to view this file.
Feature Article - When You're the Establishment
Another article from Mark Goldstein. It was easy to whine and complain about prejudice and injustice when we were the impatient youngsters trying to survive in this profession. But what are your responsibilities to the impatient and embattled plant engineering youngsters of today, now that you are the establishment?. Read more at http://www.plant-maintenance.com/articles/Establishment.pdf. You will require the free Adobe Acrobat reader to be able to view this file.
This edition of the newsletter is supported by marcus evans
2007 Maintenance Salary Survey
This year's salary survey is NOW OPEN. You may complete the survey and view results to date at http://www.plant-maintenance.com/survey.shtml. Please let all your colleagues and friends who work in Maintenance know about this - the more people that respond to the survey, the more meaningful the results will be. The survey will remain open until December 31, after which time, detailed analysis of the results will be presented in this newsletter.
Upcoming Maintenance Events
The Plant Maintenance Resource Center is pleased to support the following Maintenance events:
If you plan on attending, let them know that you heard about the event from us! To view even more Maintenance Conferences and Training Events, browse our comprehensive listing here .
Book Review - Predictive Maintenance of Pumps using Condition Monitoring
This compact book is densely packed with valuable information for those wishing to establish a Condition and Performance Monitoring program for pumps. Ray Beebe is the coordinator of Postgraduate programs in Maintenance and Reliability Engineering at Australia's Monash University - but he has a background in the Power Generation industry before his entry into academia, and the results of this combination are on show in this book. Although well-researched and referenced, the book has an overwhelmingly practical flavour to it, and would be an ideal reference for any pump specialist, or any reliability engineer who is responsible for monitoring and maintaining pumps in their workplace.
To read a full review of this book, visit http://www.plant-maintenance.com/books/1856174085.shtml. To purchase this book from amazon.com, visit http://www.amazon.com/dp/1856174085?tag=themaintenanreso
Get more information on other Maintenance-related books at http://www.plant-maintenance.com/maintenance_books.shtml.
Here are the top ten most popular Maintenance-related books, according to our sales statistics through amazon.com:
Get more information on these and other books at http://www.plant-maintenance.com/maintenance_books.shtml.
On the Lighter Side - Engineering Humor
An Accountant, a Laywer, and an Engineer were supervising construction work on the 20th floor of a building. They were eating lunch and the Accountant said, "Corned beef and cabbage! If I get corned beef and cabbage one more time for lunch I'm going to jump off this building."
The Lawyer opened his lunch box and exclaimed, "Burritos again! If I get burritos one more time I'm going to jump off, too."
The Engineer opened his lunch and said, "Bologna again. If I get a bologna sandwich one more time I'm jumping too."
Next day - the Accountant opens his lunch box, sees corned beef and cabbage and jumps to his death. The Lawyer open his lunch, sees a burrito and jumps too. The Engineer opens his lunch, sees the bologna and jumps to his death also.
At the funeral - The Accountant's wife is weeping. She says, "If I'd known how really tired he was of corned beef and cabbage I never would have given it to him again!" The Lawyer's wife also weeps and says "I could have given him tacos or enchiladas! I didn't realize he hated burritos so much." Everyone turned and stared at the Engineer's wife. "Hey, don't look at me," she said, "He makes his own lunch!"
I hope you have enjoyed this newsletter. All feedback, comments and contributions to future editions are very welcome (as are enquiries about contributions to, and sponsorship of, this newsletter).
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