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M-News - the Maintenance Newsletter

Edition 59, November 2007

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In this edition...
Feature Article - Who Needs an Asset Performance Improvement Strategy?
Feature Article - TPM Implementation through Small Groups for Zero Defect Production of Parts
Feature Article - Motor Predictive Maintenance
Feature Article - When You're the Establishment
2007 Maintenance Salary Survey
Upcoming Maintenance Events
Book Review - Lubrication for Industry
Top-Selling Books
On the Lighter Side - Engineering Humor

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Euromaintenance 2008

This edition of the newsletter is supported by Euromaintenance 2008

Euromaintenance is an initiative from EFNMS, the European Federation of National Maintenance Societies) and has, since its inception in 1972, become the most important biennial European maintenance conference. Find out why Euromaintenance will welcome more than 500 maintenance managers and other maintenance professionals to Brussels, Belgium by visiting


Four more high quality articles for you this time, together with the opportunity to obtain a 10% discount on some high quality Maintenance training seminars to be held in Singapore.

As usual, comments and contributions are more than welcome (as are enquiries from potential sponsors!)

Alexander (Sandy) Dunn
Webmaster, Plant Maintenance Resource Center

Feature Article - Measure Behavior – Measure Success!

This article from David A. Army of Strategic Asset Management Inc. puts forward the proposition that human beings have a natural aversion to being measured and held accountable for performance. So while most traditional Maintenance Performance indicators track the apparent success of the process, they donít tell the whole story. The key to achieving results and sustaining the process is to combine process indicators with behavioral indicators.

You can read this article by visiting

Feature Article - Identifying Failure Modes Retrospectively Using RCM Data

This paper, contributed by Jo Sikorska, shows that it is possible to retrospectively improve the quality of failure histories stored in computerised maintenance management systems (CMMS). In this case study examination, a tool was developed to help reliability professionals assign the most appropriate failure mode to a particular work order. Case-based reasoning is used to contextualise the data and reduce the number of possible options to a list of most likely candidates; the case-bank is developed from FMEA based studies such as RCM.

This paper was originally presented at ICOMS 2007. ICOMS 2008 will be held in Perth, AUSTRALIA. Visit for more information. You can read the article at You will require the free Adobe Acrobat reader to be able to view this file.

Feature Article - Aerial Infrared -  An Asset Management Tool for District Heating System Operators

This article from Greg Stockton of Stockton Infrared Thermographic Services shows that the imagery (IR) from aerial infrared thermal surveys of facilities, complexes, campuses, military bases and cities can be used for many purposes, including the provision of thermal data for asset management planning and predictive maintenance (PdM). By using this technology, energy usage can be reduced with all the related benefits. You can read this article at You will require the free Adobe Acrobat reader to be able to view this file.

Feature Article - When You’re The Establishment II

A follow up to last month's article from Mark Goldstein. Mark argues that the plant maintenance establishment has many responsibilities. The most prominent of them is protection, guidance and fellowship. That we of the establishment are a kind of regulatory agency for younger professionals in this business, and we are bound by the duties of regulators: Orderliness, and Protection. Read more at You will require the free Adobe Acrobat reader to be able to view this file.

Cost-Centered Reliability Maintenance

This edition of the newsletter is supported by marcus evans
Marcus Evans is offering Plant Maintenance Resource Center subscribers a 10% discount on the conference fee for their Cost-Centered Reliability Maintenance Conference to be held in Bangkok, Thailand from 26th-27th Nov 2007.
Visit for more information.

2007 Maintenance Salary Survey

This year's salary survey continues, and will remain open until the end of the year. This allows you to see how your salary compares with others. To date, responses have been received from 147 individuals, but we need a lot more in order to provide statistically significant results. If you have not already done so, you may complete the survey and view results to date at Please let all your colleagues and friends who work in Maintenance know about this. Detailed analysis of the results will be presented in this newsletter early in 2008.

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 - Lubrication for Industry

This is a great little book which provides a concise, and informative introduction to Lubrication principles, lubricants and lubrication systems for those who may not be familiar with this area. The preface to this book explains that this book is written for "oilers, lubricators, millwrights, mecahnics, electricians, reliability professionals, planners, maintenance supervisors, maintenance managers, production supervisors, production managers, facility managers, purchasing professionals, operations managers, plant managers, and any person interested in improving availability, reliability and life cycle management of their plant equipment." This is a pretty wide audience, but there is something valuable in this book for all of these people.

To read a full review of this book, visit To purchase this book from, visit

Get more information on other Maintenance-related books at

Top-Selling Books

Here are the top ten most popular Maintenance-related books, according to our sales statistics through

Get more information on these and other books at

On the Lighter Side - Engineering Humor

The proud father brought home a backyard swing set for his children and immediately started to assemble it with all the neighborhood children anxiously waiting to play on it. After several hours of reading the directions, attempting to fit bolt A into slot B, etc., he finally gave up and called upon an old handyman working in a neighboring yard.

The old-timer came over, threw the directions away, and in a short while had the set completely assembled.

"It's beyond me," said the father, "how you got it together without even reading instructions."

"To tell the truth," replied the old-timer, "I can't read, and when you can't read, you've got to think."

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).

Alexander (Sandy) Dunn
Plant Maintenance Resource Center

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