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Lessons in Handling Asset Management Information

by Claire Gowson Asset Management Consultant at eAsset Management So, when was the last time you made a decision based on gut feel? That is, a choice based on what your intuition told you, rather than weighing up more obviously tangible or robust evidence. Was it choosing breakfast (yes – that is the most literal example of gut feel I could think of!)? Deciding whether you wanted a second date? Or was it hiring a new employee? There are some decisions in life where gut feel plays an...

Why Train for Machinery Lubrication?

Des-Case, a global manufacturer of specialty filtration products, has released new whitepaper “Why Train for Machinery Lubrication?” The eBook can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/1t6iUsb . “Like most improvement initiatives, education is an investment,” said Product and Educational Services Manager Jarrod Potteiger. “To ensure the greatest measure of success, it is essential that all individuals involved with the maintenance or operation of lubricated equipment be educated to some extent on...

San Francisco’s $1.3 billion maintenance backlog a “slow motion train wreck,”

A new report is calling San Francisco’s $1.3 billion maintenance backlog a “slow motion train wreck,” but city officials say the numbers in the report don’t tell the whole story of how the work is managed. A civil grand jury report released this week warns that a failure to make maintaining city assets a priority will drive maintenance costs up by more than $800 million unless addressed. The report notes that this year, $11.3 million — or 0.2 percent of the city’s general fund — will go to...

Collision-tolerant Drones and UAVs

In another industry first, DJI has partnered with Swiss aerial technology company Flyability to integrate the Lightbridge 2, an ultra-reliable image transmission system, with the collision-tolerant Elios aircraft. Elios is the first UAV designed for inspection and exploration of inaccessible or confined spaces. With a robust enclosure giving the system the ability to withstand impact, the Elios leverages Lightbridge 2 technology to reliably navigate complex structures and metallic...

Things to Think About and Do (2016)

The team at Reliabilityweb.com and Uptime Magazine has a mission to discover and deliver information that makes you safer and more successful. We hope the work done through the magazine, website, e-mail, events and Uptime Elements Reliability Framework serve that purpose. This project is designed to prepare you for the future, the one that is knocking on your door at this very moment. We asked some of our respected friends whom we consider to be thought leaders to look into the future, share...

Asset monitoring - a new approach

Mention the phrase ‘asset data collection’, or even the more modern activity of ‘remote condition monitoring’, and you tend to see a blank look and eyes glaze over. Somehow the whole business of monitoring and recording assets is a ‘turn off’ when compared to other elements of railway engineering. It’s so much more exciting to be designing things at the forefront of technology, or project engineering the installation and commissioning of a new system. Being given the job of asset recording...

Video: Leadership Principles of Dr. W. Edwards Deming

Source: The RELIABILITY Conference - Keynote Presentation - 59:00 Joyce Orsini - Author, The Essential Deming: Leadership Principles Fordham University professor and Deming expert Joyce Orsini draws on a wealth of previously unavailable material to present the legendary thinker's most important management principles in one indispensable keynote. This keynote reveals Deming's unique insight about: How poor management infects an entire organization The critical importance of management on...

Deciphering the myths of reliability and operational excellence

It’s not easy trying to convince people to use a more comprehensive approach to achieve reliability and operational excellence objectives. Managers need to focus less on maintenance and more on operations, design and procurement. Eliminating the defects in these areas will naturally result in fewer failures, lower costs, higher production and, not surprisingly, a far more efficient and effective maintenance organization. If you focus mainly on maintenance, you will only do work that you...

The Pyramids showing signs of heat anomoly

What is hiding in the last wonder of the world? Scans using 'cosmic particles' to reveal secrets of the Great Pyramid of Giza Scientists are using muons to peer through the stone of the Great Pyramid Infrared scans showed a heat anomaly within the 480 feet tall pyramid Experts say this could be a hidden chamber within the famous structure Last month scans of the Bent Pyramid revealed its interal structure A group of researchers who have been using cosmic particles known as muons to scan the...

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) offers exciting possibilities for transforming industrial automation

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) offers exciting possibilities for transforming industrial automation. Having the ability to capture data at the industrial edge—from the manufacturing shop floor to natural gas compression stations in the field—offers the ability to leverage Big Data analytics to optimize operations, streamline efficiency and generate insights that increase profitability and competitive advantage. So why aren’t we seeing more IIoT implementations?

Cutting corners and rushing through maintenance jobs is counter-productive and potentially costly.

In more routine maintenance situations, the drill is like this. The maintenance department has undergone staffing and budget cuts, but must maintain the same equipment. Meanwhile, a reliability task force has increased the amount of work to be done on each maintenance work order. Generally invoking the “kitchen sink” theory, they’ve bloated out your PMs, but there’s not extra time allotted for doing all that extra work. The pressure to get these done has resulted in a piecework mentality, so...

VFD Security Risk

Vendors include this setting intentionally in the device’s registry so operators will always know the top speed-limit for motors. But the devices reveal this critical speed to anyone who queries them. They use the Modbus protocol to communicate, and a hacker can send a simple query to the drive’s control board to obtain this critical information then use it against the device.

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