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M-News - the Maintenance Newsletter

Edition 38, September 2003

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In this edition...
Feature Article - Your Maintenance Costs are too High
Feature Article - Hydraulic Lifters / Pushrods: are they worth it?
Feature Article - Testing Performance Measures within Maintenance
Feature Article - Implementation of a Quality Management System for Coal Handling Plant of Thermal Power Station
Featured Maintenance Conferences
Recommended Books
On the Lighter Side - Engineering Humor

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Feature Article - Your Maintenance Costs are too High

I am quite sure that every maintenance manager has heard this statement many times during his career. This paper from Herman Ellis of Qualitech Management Services explores some eight key principles behind this statement. You will find the article at Note that you will require the free Adobe Acrobat reader to be able to view this file.

Feature Article - Hydraulic Lifters / Pushrods: are they worth it?

The "hype" describes those features and benefits that are typically touted by sales persons to describe the basic theory, design, and manufacturing concept of hydraulic lifters and pushrods. The "facts" represent the field application and real-life experiences of operators using the equipment. This article, written by Charles G. Ely II, of Anderson Consulting, Training & Testing, and based on a survey of five oil and gas companies, compares the touted features against field experience. You can read the article at Once again, you will require the free Adobe Acrobat reader to be able to view this file.

Feature Article - Testing Performance Measures within Maintenance

A lean manufacturer operating in the automotive sector is currently participating in research that aims to measure performance of the Maintenance function. This paper discusses this research, which has identified a set of performance measures that can be used to analyse the impact of lean thinking within the Maintenance function. Based on Ph.D. research by Chris Davies and R.M Greenough, this article can be read at Note that you will require the free Adobe Acrobat reader to be able to view this file.

Feature Article - Application Of Belt Winder For Conveyor Replacements In Coal Handling Plants Of Thermal Power Stations

This paper focuses on the application of belt winders for conveyor replacement. A belt winder, which is proposed in this paper, should be designed with proper accessories for replacement of conveyors. The system which is introduced in this paper minimizes time and manpower by developing a system to remove old conveyor and inserting new belting with less time and manpower. Yet another paper, from our regular contributor, Makarand Joshi, it can be read at Yet again, you will require the free Adobe Acrobat reader installed to be able to view this file.

Featured Maintenance Conferences

It's conference time! There seems to be a lot of Maintenance Conferences and Training events about at the moment. The following are a few of the more significant ones that we have come across that will be held in the next couple of months:

  • First up, not a conference, but a series of training events in South East Asia - Managing Maintenance Shutdowns, Turnarounds and Outages, led by Joel D. Levitt, a top-notch trainer of maintenance professionals and author of "The Handbook of Maintenance Management". This course, accredited by the Professional Engineers Board in Singapore as a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme with 14 Professional Development Units (PDUs) is specially relevant for heavy maintenance environments. There are sessions running at three Venues:
    • 6 - 7 October 2003, Grand Hyatt SINGAPORE
    • 9 - 10 October 2003, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, THAILAND
    • 13 - 14 October 2003, JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
    Members of Plant Maintenance Resource Center will get 10% discount off the course fees of US$999. For enquiries / registrations, please contact Partners Conference and Event Management Pte Ltd at: Tel: 65-6786 7363 or Fax: 65-6786 3282
  • Process Industry Maintenance 2003 is being held in Brussels, Belgium from 13th - 15th October 2003. With the current manufacturing climate forcing Maintenance Managers to achieve higher levels of efficiency across their asset- intensive plants, never before has the need for an open forum of discussion been more apparent. With 29 hard-hitting case studies from leading process industries, you will have unprecedented access to an overwhelming fountain of knowledge. And with four days of presentations that are directly relevant to your daily operations, Process Industry Maintenance 2003 tackles the most pressing challenges faced by you and your peers.
  • The Preventative Maintenance and Shutdown Planning 2003 conference in Melbourne, Australia will be running between 27 - 29 October, 2003. Featuring 16 case study presentations from leading maintenance and shutdown professionals who have tackled the challenges, processes and strategies with a view to process improvement and cost effectiveness, you will walk away with a practical understanding of how to improve your preventative maintenance and shutdown planning processes. Visit for more information, and quote priority booking code C*PMRC when registering.

Recommended Books

Here are ten Maintenance-related books that we have reviewed recently, and strongly recommend:

Get more information on these and other books at

On the Lighter Side - Engineering Humor

Q: How do you drive an engineer completely insane?

A: Tie him to a chair, stand in front of him, and fold up a road map the wrong way.

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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