Planning to succeed

April 29, 2014

Most facilities have a planning and scheduling process for maintenance work activities. The goal of the planning process should be to determine and prepare the parts,  tools, permits, steps, etc. that are required to perform the maintenance activities at the scheduled times. The planning process could fail if the total number of equipment issues overwhelms the […]






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Equipping a Field Service Team to Do Shaft Alignment: 15 Must Have Items

April 24, 2014

I am often asked, What tools and equipment does a millwright team need to do shaft alignment? Beyond the obvious safety equipment, such as hearing protection, steel-toe shoes, work gloves, hard hat, safety glasses and fire retardant clothing, some of the other essential equipment is not so obvious. So here’s a little list, with commentary, based […]






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What contributes most to a reliable plant or the lack thereof?

April 22, 2014

Most of the time focus for reliability issues or improvements is placed on maintenance. Good equipment reliability requires that detailed attention be placed on several factors beyond your maintenance department and efforts. Good reliability processes and sustainability requires that focus be placed upon design,  purchasing,  stores (warehouse), installation, startup, operation and finally the maintenance of the […]






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Checking the Flatness of a Milling Machine Bed

April 17, 2014

Milling machines are an essential tool in any machine shop and their calibration is equally important.  The quality of the parts made by a mill depend of two factors: one,  the skill of the machinist,  and two, the condition of the equipment used. The bed of the mill can sometimes be overlooked, and imperfections in it […]






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Testimonial: VIBXPERT II Balancer saves fan rotor replacement in 3 shots

April 15, 2014

I have been using the VIBXPERT II Balancer for a year. I have balanced fans ranging in size from 10, 000 to 1 HP, mostly within 3 shots. My last customer had a contractor quoting a fan rotor replacement. Using the VIBXPERT II, the fan was balanced to 2 mils from 25 mils in 3 shots. […]






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