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M-News Edition 53
Edition 53, May 2005
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As promised, things are now back on track to resume our normal monthly frequency. Four more excellent articles this month, and we have several more lined up for coming months, but more article contributions are always welcome. If you have something you would like to share with our readership of over 5,000 opt-in subscribers, just let me know.
Alexander (Sandy) Dunn
One of the greatest challenges to turnaround managers is realizing that turnarounds are different from EPC projects. They have their own unique characteristics and demands. They require a specialized project management methodology. This article, contributed by Bernard Ertl of InterPlan Systems Inc. is intended to spark a dialogue for developing a turnaround specific management methodology. You can read this article by visiting http://www.plant-maintenance.com/articles/ApplyingPMBOKtoShutdowns.shtml.
The difference between a "minor disruption" and a "catastrophe" is often times determined by the assessments and decisions (or lack of) made within the first 48 hours following a fire incident. Understanding the vulnerability of facilities and equipment assets exposed to the perils of fire and the resources to combat them, is often overlooked during the critical stages of the recovery effort. One thing is certain, the first 48 hours are critical and irreplaceable. The purpose of this article is to provide a general guide to uncovering the unique hazards of equipment damage due to fire and then maximizing the recovery efforts of those assets. It is contributed by Michael Mies of Interstate Restoration Group, Inc. and can be read at http://www.plant-maintenance.com/articles/TheRealLossOccurs.pdf. You will require the free Adobe Acrobat reader to be able to view this file.
The maintenance of wind turbines is always a concern - not only because of their growing remote locations, but the high cost and degree of difficulty in reaching the nacelle. This article describes how Balanced Charge Purificationtm (BCP) can be used for these turbines to extend lubricating oil and gearbox life. It was contributed by Gerald Munson of ISOPur Fluid Technologies, Inc.and can be viewed at http://www.plant-maintenance.com/articles/ISOPur-smallparticles.pdf. You will require the free Adobe Acrobat reader to be able to view this file.
Infrared predictive/preventive maintenance techniques are not limited to annual infrared surveys of electrical switchgear. For instance, infrared thermography can be a very effective tool for roof asset management. This article, from Gregory R. Stockton of Stockton Infrared explains how. It can be read at http://www.plant-maintenance.com/articles/AerialInfraredRoofMoistureSurveys.pdf. You will require the free Adobe Acrobat reader to be able to view this file.
This edition of the newsletter is supported by IQPC Singapore
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Our sixth annual Maintenance Salary Survey commenced in late February, and will remain open until the end of May, so y't long to contribute, if you have not yet done so Please visit www.plant-maintenance.com/survey.shtml to share your salary details, and view the results to-date. All submissions are fully confidential. Full analysis of the results will be posted in a next month's issue of this newsletter
In his introduction to this book, Norman Bodek states:
You may know most of the tools and techniques discussed in this book but my goal here is to deliver this information in a way that will give you a fresh perspective on the importance of implementing a total system of continuous improvement
He succeeds admirably in achieving this aim. This is not a "how to" book that will tell you, in detail, how to go about implementing the various Lean Manufacturing techniques that are discussed in this book - there are other books that will give you that detail. Rather, this is part-autobiographical (for Norman Bodek is best known as the founder of Productivity Press, and the one person most responsible for bringing these techniques from Japan to the Western World), and part motivational (aimed specifically at managers and decision makers in manufacturing plants).
To read our full review, visit http://www.plant-maintenance.com/books/0971243662.shtml.
Here are ten Maintenance-related books that we have reviewed recently, and strongly recommend:
Get more information on these and other books at http://www.plant-maintenance.com/maintenance_books.shtml.
A group of Sales and Marketing experts were given the assignment of measuring the height of a flagpole. Wearing suits and ties, they marched out to the flagpole with their ladders and tape measures, falling all over themselves to get an accurate reading.
An Engineer comes along and sees what they're trying to do. He walks over, pulls the flagpole out of the ground, lays it flat on the ground, measures it from end to end, gives the measurement to one of the so-called experts, puts the pole back vertically into its slot in the ground and walks away.
After the Engineer has gone, the sales guy turns to a marketing guy and laughs. "Isn't that just like an Engineer?" he says. "We're looking for the height, and he gives us the length!"
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