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M-News - the Maintenance Newsletter

Edition 50, November 2004

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In this edition...
Feature Article - The Future of Asset Management
Feature Article - Predictive Maintenance of Underground Heating Lines
Feature Article - Symbiosis of Maintenance and Safety in process industry
Feature Article - Automated Bearing Wear Detection
2004 CMMS Implementation Benchmarking Survey Results - update
Maintenance Survey Survey
Book Review - Managing Maintenance Shutdowns and Outages by Joel Levitt
Recommended Books
On the Lighter Side - Engineering Humor

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Feature Article - The Future of Asset Management

This article explores a broad vision for asset management and brands this vision Strategic Asset Management (SAM). SAM is an integrated set of processes that systematically derive the highest value from plant assets, through a consistent philosophy, plans and objectives, and cooperative involvement by everyone in the plant. Read more in this article, from Bradley Peterson of Strategic Asset Management Inc. at Note that you will require the free Adobe Acrobat reader to be able to view this file.

Feature Article - Predictive Maintenance of Underground Heating Lines

Based on experience with the underground heating networks of Russian cities, this paper suggests that remote inspection of underground heat supplying systems on the basis of aerial infrared thermography (AIT) is able to find latent leaks of hot water and other imperfections (malfunctions). Moreover, it argues that AIT data allows forecasting the places of future leaks and efficiently choosing the zones of heating lines for high-prior reconstruction, according to their actual technical condition, rather than their age.

This article was contributed by Andrew V. Shishkin and Oleg M. Vahitov and can be read at

Feature Article - Symbiosis of Maintenance and Safety in process industry

This article highlights the mutual relationship between maintenance and safety. Process industry is generally based on the cascading effect of various unit operations. In order to maintain these operations proactive maintenance practices should be adopted. Planned Maintenance and Autonomous maintenance should be adopted and integrated with safety aspects. Contributed by Samir R. Kale of Grasim Indstries, Ltd., it can be viewed at

Feature Article - Automated Bearing Wear Detection

This article written by Alan Friedman of DLI Engineering describes a methodology for automatically detecting and diagnosing rolling element bearing wear. The techniques involved have been proven in over 15 years of use in a huge variety of environments, machine types and applications. The techniques involved in diagnosing bearing wear are described in detail and supported by a set of example graphs and an annotated diagnostic report.. The article can be read at You will require the free Adobe Acrobat reader to be able to view this file.

2004 CMMS Implementation Benchmarking Survey - update

In the last issue of M-News we gave you a summary of the findings of our recent CMMS implementation survey. However I forgot to include the link to the detailed results - these can be viewed at

Maintenance Survey Survey!

This is our simplest survey yet. It consists of one question - what topic would you like covered in our next survey?

You still have a few days to contribute to the survey, and view the results to date, at The survey will remain open until November 15, 2004, and we will announce the topic for our next survey in the next issue of M-News.

Book Review - Managing Maintenance Shutdowns and Outages by Joel Levitt

Joel Levitt is a well respected trainer and author on Maintenance Management topics, and this book is a valuable contribution to the field. It contains plenty of practical, commonsense advice for managing maintenance shutdowns, turnarounds and overhauls, and this is neatly summarised in the form of checklists contained in the "Master Schedule" chapters - Chapters 7, 19, 24 and 27. For those who have learned how to effectively plan and manage from the "school of hard knocks" this book will more than likely induce a wry grin of recognition, and a wisely nodding head. You can read our full review at

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

A New Element Discovered!

A major research institution has recently announced the discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science. This new element has been tentatively named "Administratium."

Administratium has 1 neutron, 12 assistant neutrons, 75 deputy neutrons, and 111 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 particles are held together by a force called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.

Since Administratium has no electrons, it is inert.However, it can be detected as it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. A minute amount of Administratium causes one reaction to take over four days to complete when it would normally take less than a second.

Administratium has a normal half-life of three years; it does not decay but instead undergoes reorganization. In fact, Administratium's mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization causes some morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes. This characteristic of moron-promotion leads some scientists to speculate that Administratium is formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity in concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as "critical morass." You will know it when you see it...

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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