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M-News - the Maintenance Newsletter

Edition 25, May 2002


In this edition...
A Note from the Editor
Feature Article - Developing Your CMMS/EAM as a True Maintenance Business Management System
Feature Article - The Future of CMMS
Feature Article - Sharing Engineering Information
Feature Article - Using Performance Measures to Drive Maintenance Improvement
Final Chance - FREE Three Months Trial Subscription to Uptime
Survey Results - Condition Monitoring and NDT Practices
Current Survey - TPM Implementation
Book Review - Maintenance Planning , Scheduling and Coordination
Recommended Books
On the Lighter Side - Engineering Humor

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A Note from the Editor

I was fortunate to have recently attended, for the first time, the International Conference of Maintenance Societies (ICOMS), coordinated by the Maintenance Engineering Society of Australia (MESA).

It was pleasing to meet so many people who are regular users of the Plant Maintenance Resource Center website, many of whom subscribe to this newsletter, and to hear of the value that they have obtained from the site.

At ICOMS 2002, a number of high quality papers were presented, which included everything from the highly academic, to the intensely practical. Presenters included John Moubray of Aladon, Ben Blanchard from , Andrew Jardine from the University of Toronto, and many more. I believe that a number of the presentations given will be made available via streaming video, over the internet, and will let subscribers know the details, once I know them myself. Conference Proceedings, for both this conference, and previous years' conferences are also available through MESA, for those that are interested. In the meantime, I have included in this issue, the paper that I presented at this conference, on the topic of Using Performance Measures to Drive Maintenance Improvement.

ICOMS 2003 will be held in my home town of Perth, Western Australia in May 2003, and I hope that even more of you will be able to attend, enjoy our hospitality, and present, learn about, and discuss maintenance and reliability performance improvement. Keep an eye on for more details about ICOMS 2003 as they come to hand.

Feature Article - Developing Your CMMS/EAM as a True Maintenance Business Management System

This article is the third in a series of five offered by Pete Peeters of the Maintenance Excellence Institute which presents a strategic approach to Maintenance and Reliability Improvement. An introduction to the entire series can be read at The first article was featured in Edition 23 of this newsletter, and the second article, titled "The Scoreboard for Maintenance Excellence" was featured in Edition 24. This third article is entitled "Developing Your CMMS/EAM as a True Maintenance Business Management System", and introduces the second benchmarking tool and the improvement process for your current information technology The CMMS Benchmarking System. This tool is introduced as a means to evaluate the effective of the current CMMS, to define functional gaps and to define how to enhance current use, to help upgrade functional gaps. It is also a methodology to help develop and justify a replacement strategy. The full article can be read at Note that you will need to have the free Adobe Acrobat reader installed to be able to view this file. We will be featuring the fourth and fifth articles in this series in future issues of this newsletter, but if, in the meantime, you would like to receive the entire series, we would suggest that you contact Pete Peeters via email at

Feature Article - The Future of CMMS

This article was offered by Daryl Mather, and discusses the future of CMMS systems, and how far down the road to the optimal state of maintenance management they can take us. It argues that the future of CMMS lies within three key areas of development:

  • Adaptability to maintenance Management Processes and Increased Functionality
  • Software Operating and Delivery Platforms
  • Interoperability with standard office software and process systems

This article is available at

Feature Article - Sharing Engineering Information

This article has been contributed by Steve Pearson, a senior consultant with Pearson-Harper, an engineering information management company. This paper describes the life cycle process associated with the selection of an item of equipment through to the support of the item during the operating and maintenance phase. The paper then describes the related international standards, which have been, or are being, developed to help all industries describe engineering terms to a common language. Finally and most importantly, the paper highlights the areas where information can be shared to accelerate your performance improvement initiatives. You can read this article at Once again, you will need to have the free Adobe Acrobat reader installed to be able to view this file.

Feature Article - Using Performance Measures to Drive Maintenance Improvement

This article is based on a paper that I presented at ICOMS 2002, in Brisbane, Qld, Australia, and discusses eight essential elements necessary for a successful performance measurement system. In doing so it outlines some practical tips that could be used to redefine, and refocus, performance reporting in order to motivate your organisation towards higher levels of Maintenance performance. You can read the full article at Note that you will need to have the free Adobe Acrobat reader installed to be able to view this file.

Final Chance - FREE Three Months Trial Subscription to Uptime

We are pleased to offer to M-News newsletter readers and subscribers a three month FREE trial subscription to the Process Plant & Equipment UP-TIME newsletter produced by Feed Forward Publications. This is a limited time offer, and will only be available to those who register for the trial subscription before June 15, 2002. If you were to purchase these three issues individually, then this would cost you A$45 (about US$25) - so this is an excellent value-for-money offer.

To our knowledge, there is no other newsletter available which is specifically targeted at improving shop-floor level knowledge and skills, allowing them to proactively engage in maintenance and reliability improvement. We think that once you have started receiving and sharing the newsletter with your Plant Operators and Maintenance workforce, you will soon discover the value that it can bring to your organization. We are sure that you will then choose to subscribe to the newsletter on a more permanent basis.

Survey Results - Condition Monitoring and NDT Practices

This survey was conducted between March 15 and May 25 this year, with responses received from around 85 participants. Results are currently being compiled, and full analysis will be included in next month's issue of M-News. Thank you to all who contributed.

Current Survey - TPM Implementation

Is your organization implementing (or has it implemented) Total Productive Maintenance? Has it been successful? What factors have led to your success (or failure)? Let us know in this survey which will remain open until July 15, 2002. You can complete the survey, or view the results to date at

Book Review - Maintenance Planning, Scheduling and Coordination

There are essentially two major titles available on the market at present which deal with Maintenance Planning and Scheduling - this one, and Doc Palmer's Maintenance Planning and Scheduling Handbook. Of the two, this book is more concise, clearer in its description of the principles of Maintenance Planning and Scheduling, and, therefore, more highly recommended. Don Nyman and Joel Levitt are both highly experienced maintenance trainers, and their communication credentials show in this book - simply, it is very easy to understand, and the concepts are well communicated. This should be essential reading for all newly appointed Maintenance Planners, as well as anybody wishing to establish, or refine their Maintenance Planning, Scheduling and Coordination processes within their organisation. To read a full review of this book, visit, or to order this book through, go to

Recommended Books

View our current Top 5 recommended books, and the current Top Ten Best Selling Maintenance Books at

On the Lighter Side - Engineering Humor

Why Engineers Don't Write Cook Books

Chocolate Chip Cookies:


  1. 532.35 cm3 gluten
  2. 4.9 cm3 NaHCO3
  3. 4.9 cm3 refined halite
  4. 236.6 cm3 partially hydrogenated tallow triglyceride
  5. 177.45 cm3 crystalline C12H22O11
  6. 177.45 cm3 unrefined C12H22O11
  7. 4.9 cm3 methyl ether of protocatechuic aldehyde
  8. Two calcium carbonate-encapsulated avian albumen-coated protein
  9. 473.2 cm3 theobroma cacao
  10. 236.6 cm3 de-encapsulated legume meats (sieve size #10)

To a 2-L jacketed round reactor vessel (reactor #1) with an overall heat transfer coefficient of about 100 Btu/F-ft2-hr, add ingredients one, two and three with constant agitation. In a second 2-L reactor vessel with a radial flow impeller operating at 100 rpm, add ingredients four, five, six, and seven until the mixture is homogenous. To reactor #2, add ingredient eight, followed by three equal volumes of the homogenous mixture in reactor #1. Additionally, add ingredient nine and ten slowly, with constant agitation. Care must be taken at this point in the reaction to control any temperature rise that may be the result of an exothermic reaction.

Using a screw extrude attached to a #4 nodulizer, place the mixture piece-meal on a 316SS sheet (300 x 600 mm). Heat in a 460K oven for a period of time that is in agreement with Frank & Johnston's first order rate expression (see JACOS, 21, 55), or until golden brown. Once the reaction is complete, place the sheet on a 25C heat-transfer table, allowing the product to come to equilibrium.

I hope you have enjoyed this newsletter. All feedback, comments and contributions to future editions are very welcome (as are enquiries about contributions to, and sponsorship of, this newsletter).

Alexander (Sandy) Dunn
Plant Maintenance Resource Center

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