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June 9, 2009 A Penton Media Publication Vol. V No. 11

Cast Your Vote for the EC&M Product of the Year!

Maintenance Practices Based in Reality

Electrical Troubleshooting Quiz

Downtime Response Latency

NEC in the Facility


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    Product of the Year Competition
    Cast Your Vote for the EC&M Product of the Year!
    Would you like to help pick the prestigious EC&M Product of the Year winner and qualify for a chance to win $100? If you’re an EC&M subscriber, make your vote count by visiting the 2009 EC&M Product of the Year Poll. To review the products, click on the links for each of the 29 category winners to read a brief description and view a photo. Once you're finished with your review, enter your contact information, choose your favorite product from the drop-down menu, and click submit.

    Your selection will help us identify the 2009 EC&M Product of the Year Platinum, Gold, and Silver award winners. As an added incentive, three lucky voters will be randomly selected to receive a $100 gift check.

    The voting poll will remain open through 5 p.m. on June 19, 2009. Only one vote per EC&M subscriber, please. Any votes received from manufacturers, PR firms, or non-EC&M readers will be discarded.

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    Maintenance 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 measurement.
    • 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 consensus.
    • 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 maintenance.

    Electrical Troubleshooting Quiz
    An operator has been complaining about erratic operation 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.

    Downtime Response Latency
    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 late, 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 site.

    NEC in the Facility
    If you have flammables on site, you must follow the relevant requirements of the first few Articles in Chapter 5 of the NEC. 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].

    To read more on this story, visit EC&M's Web site.

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