In EBAM, theory and practice are joined to produce accurate outputs from statistical data and/or tacit knowledge through a process that includes state-of-the-art mathematical and statistical techniques that analyze, clean and process data. With data and knowing how to use it, maintenance managers can improve their standard maintenance practices.
Technical visionaries often invoke terms like the Internet of Things, smart machines and machine to machine (M2M) to ease our fears about managing the upcoming brain drain that accompanies the graying American industrial workforce. The theory goes that one day, self-learning machines and massively parallel computing may replace the operator. Perhaps, but not in the foreseeable future. That’s because smart machines are very good at keeping us from doing dumb things, like stalling a commercial airliner, or pushing a gas compressor beyond safe tolerances. In the realm of black and white, the value of artificial intelligence is unassailable. But what about the rest of the time?
by Fred J. Weber
Picture this: It’s Monday morning and you’re the maintenance manager of an industrial plant. On your desk is a printout of 432 open work orders and the operations manager is screaming because air compressor #2 just tripped for the third time this month. To make matters worse, you just remembered two of your technicians went fishing for the week. The question is: “What can this maintenance manager do to improve this situation?” The obvious answer is to go fishing with the two technicians. Maybe a better question to ask is: “What can be done to improve plant performance?” Continue reading
by Jeffrey L. Gadd
- The infrared inspection: The reason for performing this type of survey is to find electrical problems so maintenance personnel can repair them before failure and/or damage to the component and the resulting downtime. Many times, critical problems are obvious and other times they are not so obvious without some due diligence.
- The visual inspection: Visual inspection can be just as important as infrared. There are many things visually that can’t be detected with infrared as the examples in this article demonstrate.
by Jim Deardorff
Turning Corporate Lemons Into Painting Contractor Lemonade
If your business doesn’t offer corrosion prevention, repair and maintenance, you are missing a massive segment of the painting and coatings marketplace. Corrosion is such a massive problem; some estimates put it past $1 trillion in damage to the U.S. economy each year.
Part 2 of this series on the components of a successful vibration program describes the skill sets and attitudes that are most appropriate for those who want to run successful vibration monitoring or condition monitoring (CM) programs.
Six Questions to Consider Before Answering:
- Is there a Compliance Standard/Organization for your industry?
- Is Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) a factor in your success?
- Are Competitive Pressures growing in your industry?
- Is this pressure squeezing Operating Budgets?
- Are you being challenged to find and retain competent Skilled Personnel?
- Is protecting your investment in assets/personnel important to your Continued Success?
by Torbjorn Idhammar
Transcribed from the video “Definition of Maintenance”
The way we see maintenance being done, meaning maintenance work, you have preventive maintenance in which preventive maintenance that is done is to prevent a failure or to detected a failure early. We have the prevent part and the inspection part. Continuous improvement, you may have some those, those are the things to be done from redesigns. If you redesign a piece of equipment. I can see you doing that in two cases…one is if you have a root cause and you see whatever you whatever you have a problem on you have a piece of equipment that is not working right…you may have to redesign it.