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Practices Based in Reality
In our previous issue, we looked at characteristics of
maintenance fads. Their counterpart, maintenance practices based in
reality, generally have these characteristics:
- They stress the importance of fundamentals, such as proper
- New terminology, rather than being a smokescreen for dubious
concepts, helps take traditional concepts to the next level. New words
or phrases tie new concepts to traditional ones. For example, power
quality analysis is based on measuring.
- New practices arise from multiple sources. For example, an industry
group such as NETA or the IEEE issues a paper or standard based on
- The new technique or practice solves specific issues (rather than
being a "new paradigm" with no focus). Thermal imaging is one of the
best examples from the past half century.
- Key people behind the practice are knee-deep in
An operator has been complaining about erratic
of a robotic stamping machine that runs on first shift only. The repair
techs respond to the trouble calls, but can't replicate the problem to
troubleshoot it. Where should you begin?
Visit EC&M's Web
site to see the answer.
How does your team respond to downtime incidents? One
plant required operators to fill out a form and drop it off at the
maintenance office. Random people would handle these on either a
first-come first-serve basis or on the "what’s easiest to do" basis,
depending on which way the wind was blowing.
Critical equipment response times were measured in hours and even
days. During the long wait, operators were idle, orders were shipped
and revenue was lost forever. Because there was no coordination, no
single tech was ever on any equipment long enough to build depth of
experience and expertise with it. A new plant engineer changed the
system to address these issues.
To learn what he did, visit EC&M's Web
NEC in the
If you have flammables on site, you must follow the
relevant requirements of the first few Articles in Chapter 5 of the
If you apply Art. 505 as an alternative to the division classification
system (covered in Art. 500 for Class I, Zone 0, 1, and 2), you could
easily get confused about Material Groups [505.6].
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