10 Components of a Successful Vibration Program

by Alan Friedman

Understanding the 10 components of a condition monitoring (CM) program is the first step in making them work to support you and your organization’s goals. The 10 main components comprising a condition monitoring program are shown in Figure 1. Each of the components relates to and affects all of the others. Like the supports of a structure, they all must be balanced for the structure to stand. This is the introduction to a 10-part series covering each of the 10 components of a successful program. A more in-depth handling of the subject matter can be found in the book, Audit It. Improve It! Getting the Most from Your Vibration Monitoring Program by Alan Friedman, available at the MRO-Zone Bookstore.

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Developing leaders: To train or not to train?

by Shawn M. Galloway

Improving the capabilities of those in a leadership position is viewed as a top initiative in many organizations. More and more companies are moving their focus in management from compliance cop to performance coach, due to the realization that if there isn’t an understood correlation between what performance obtained the results, the outcomes are due more to luck than purposeful effort.

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The Skills Gap? More Like the Grand Canyon

by IndustryWeek

These days, getting accepted into Harvard University is slightly easier than finding an industrial maintenance technologist to troubleshoot a complex machine communication problem.

In 2013, according to U.S. News and World Report, Harvard had an acceptance rate of 5.7 %. But if you put to work all recent industrial technology maintenance grads, you’d only fill 5.5 % of the available jobs in five of the leading manufacturing states, says James Wall, executive director of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). Continue reading

How a Photoelectric Sensor Saved My Job

by Larry Bush

photoelectric sensor

In 1996 I was employed as maintenance supervisor at an olive cannery in the heart of California’s fertile San Joaquin valley. We were restarting the cannery after an extended shutdown while the cannery changed owners. This was my first opportunity to work in the food industry and a cannery. There were issues for me to learn and learn fast. The new harvest season’s olives were due to start arriving just four weeks after I was hired.

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Contamination Control Can Reduce Costs

by www.Dingo.com

Today’s mining industry is facing a new set of challenges. Commodity price projections for the future remain uncertain, global demand remains high and there is a global labor shortage. While the mining industry remains highly competitive and essential to continued global economic growth, mining companies continue to search for ways to sustain growth and profitability. Continue reading

What is Reliability?

by Tor Idhammar


Reliability is often used by plants to define future improvement efforts and set expectations for employees and managers. Understanding how it’s defined and how to measure it can often be confusing to your organization.

This video shows how IDCON defines reliability in a partnership relationship between Operations and Maintenance

Certification & Job Performance

by Heinz P. Bloch

Soon after the BP offshore oil spill in April 2010, quite a bit of soul-searching was done by industry. As you may recall, 11 people lost their lives in the fiery explosion that preceded the release of millions of gallons of crude oil into the U.S. portion of the Gulf coastline. Some sources called it the greatest spill ever and, if nothing else, we can agree that it changed many lives.

Risk taking was then reexamined and job functions and accountabilities were being scrutinized at some corporations. In line with these commendable endeavors, a major oil producer’s corporate maintenance reliability (CMR) team asked me to respond to some interesting questions. They expressed the hope that I might provide some insight.

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Abstract: Major Problem With Protective Coatings When Product Life Exceeds Coating Life

by Jim Deardorff, Superior Coatings Company

Published reports place the total cost of corrosion in the United States at $552 billion. Direct costs account for 50% or $276 billion which include corrosion related repairs or replacements. Indirect costs account for the other 50% and include: loss of production, environmental damage, transportation disruptions, injuries and fatalities.

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