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Lubrication related bearing failures account for 60% to 80% of premature bearing failures.  These  bearing failures are due to either lack of lubrication, under lubrication,   or using the wrong lubrication for a specific application.

Using an ultrasound instrument  to listen to the bearing while applying lubricant and watching the decibel level, one […]

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“Tired of Fighting Hydraulic System Failures?”

Lack of maintenance of hydraulic systems is the leading cause of component and system failure yet most maintenance personnel don’t understand proper maintenance techniques of a hydraulic system. The basic foundation to perform proper maintenance on a hydraulic system […]

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“The  best way to predict the future is to create it”
–  Peter  Drucker

How does an organization evolve to the next level of Maintenance and/or Reliability Maturity? This question has been asked by Maintenance and Reliability Managers for as long as I can remember. Over the years I have […]

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by Ron Thomas

(Excerpt taken from Chapter 5.3, Rules of Thumb for Maintenance and Reliability Engineers)

Performance measurement is a fundamental principle of management. The measurement of performance is important because it identifies current performance gaps between current and desired performance and provides indication of progress towards closing the gaps. […]

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Proactive Maintenance Foundational Requirement # 1 –  “Striking the Right Balance Between PM and PdM”

Having the right balance between PM and PdM is key to successful identification of proactive work. Identify how the PF Curve works with Proactive Maintenance vs Reactive Maintenance . The early detection of a defect on […]

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 By John Day, PE – Engineering and Maintenance Manager for Alumax Mt Holly 1979-1998

 

INTRODUCTION

Alumax of South Carolina is an aluminum smelter that produces in excess of 180,000 MT of primary aluminum each year.  It began operation in 1980 after a 2-year construction phase.  The plant is the last greenfield aluminum […]

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MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT PHILOSOPHY  -1979

Alumax Mt Holly

by John Day PE, Maintenance and Engineering Manager

(1 of 3 plants worldwide ever to be certified as ”World Class Maintenance”)

Alumax of SC began development of the maintenance management concept with […]

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Failure Reporting Process Map for MTBF – Just my thoughts

How good is your organization at identifying failures? Of course you see failures when they occur, but can you identify when recurring failures are creating serious equipment reliability issues? Most companies begin applying RCA or RCFA to […]

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 Look at this Picture Closely

I am sure many of you are having problems with your Lubrication Program however it may not be apparent to you.  Take a tour of your facility and look for these signs of a problem.

– Open Oil Containers which are used to fill gearboxes, hydraulic […]

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What does this graph tell you? Does this organization have an effective PM Program? NO

To be honest with you I see this type of data all the time and the owners of this data think there PM program is working. This graph just came from an unnamed plant. This graph […]

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