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24/6/2016
Book - Industrial and Manufacturing Wellness
When humans are “well,” they are in a state where body, mind, and spirit are holistically integrated, and, as a result, are healthy, happy, and resilient. The same can be said for a thriving business. Industrial and Manufacturing Wellness: The Complete Guide to Successful Enterprise Asset Management explains how to use reliability engineering principles to design and build companies that are robust, reliable, self-improving, integrated business systems best suited for achieving optimal results. More...
1/4/2015
Book - Lean TPM, 2nd edition
A guide to the main approaches to world-class manufacturing, lean and TPM, illustrated by real-life case studies, advice and data to help you increase manufacturing efficiency through continuous improvement More...
1/4/2015
Book - Reliable Maintenance Planning, Estimating & Scheduling
Build a safe and efficient maintenance program that will save money and prevent costly facility shutdowns More...
22/10/2013
Book - Steam turbine performance and condition monitoring
Written by a thoroughly practical engineer and university lecturer who also knows and elaborates on underlying theories as needed, it is truly connected to reality. More...
17/10/2013
Book - Designing Food Safety and Equipment Reliability Through Maintenance Engineering
Existing maintenance engineering techniques pursue equipment reliability with a focus on minimal costs, but in the food industry, food safety is the most critical issue. This book identifies how to ensure food product safety through maintenance engineering in a way that produces added value and generates real profits for your organization. More...
22/2/2010
Book - Asset Management whole-life management of physical assets
For the foreseeable future, organisations, industries and whole economies which depend on the availability and condition of physical assets are going to succeed or rail on their ability to manage them efficiently and sustainably with limited or insufficient resources. More...
27/9/2007
Book - Lean Maintenance
What is "Lean?" Whether referring to manufacturing operations or maintenance, lean is about doing more with less: less effort, less space, fewer defects, less throughput time, lower volume requirements, less capital for a given level of output, etc. More...
27/9/2007
Book - TPM A Route to World Class Performance
Total productive maintenance (TPM), a Japanese management protocol developed to alleviate production losses caused by machine breakdowns has moved on. More...

Video

30/3/2017
VIDEO - The Lockout/Tagout & Industrial ID printer - SMS TAG-ID
The SMS TAG-ID printer is designed to improve LO/TO programmes and is perfect for; HSE signs, ID-labels, Machine Plates, Wire-Wraps, Cable Sleeves, GHS-labels, Raised-Profile-Labels and many more! More...
24/2/2017
VIDEO - TOTAL is focused on servicing all industrial markets
Total’s Industrial Lubricants Division is a world class organisation focused on servicing all industrial markets and applications with a focus to bring total cost of ownership value to our customers and their stakeholders More...
7/2/2017
VIDEO - See The New CP1114R05 Industrial Drill Perform
Designed for operator comfort the new range of Industrial drills with ‘CP Ergo Wing’ provides improved ergonomic posture aligning the operator’s wrist and the tool to optimize the transmission force More...
3/2/2017
VIDEO - Pneumaster Coolant Pump from Filtermist
Powered by compressed air, the Pneumaster Coolant Pump from Filtermist offers safe, clean and efficient coolant handling. More...
2/2/2017
VIDEO - BONDERITE M-NT 1455-W - Metal Pre-Treatment
The conversion coating from the BONDERITE range is perfect to treat bare metal surfaces before coating processes. The ready to use wipes are fast and easy. More...
2/2/2017
VIDEO - How To Use LOCTITE SI 5075 – Emergency Repair Sealing Wrap
Self-fusing silicone rubber wrap for temporary repairs on flexible hoses and pipes. Resistant to UV light, salt water, fuels and acids. More...
2/2/2017
VIDEO - LOCTITE 55 - Thread Sealing Cord
LOCTITE 55 seals metal and plastic pipes and fittings. No cure time for an immediate, full pressure seal. Approved for gas and potable water. More...
2/2/2017
VIDEO - How To Use LOCTITE 3090 – The Fast Curing Instant Adhesive
LOCTITE 3090 is a fast curing, gap filling adhesive. Suitable for a variety of substrates incl. plastics, rubbers and metals. More...
18/10/2016
VIDEO - Tinytag Energy Logger: Power Usage Monitoring
The Tinytag Energy Logger is a portable and non-invasive device for monitoring single and three phase power usage. It is used to monitor individual equipment and to help build consumption profiles. More...
18/10/2016
VIDEO - Tinytag Data Loggers: Robust Environmental Monitoring Solutions
Tinytag data loggers are used across many applications and industries to monitor temperature, relative humidity, power usage, carbon dioxide, voltage, current and count, enabling conditions to be measured, verified and documented. More...
19/7/2016
VIDEO - E-Spool Stage Equipment
Theatres and stages rely on lifts to raise and lower lighting, sound and other equipment. Traditional theatre cable reeling drums will generally only handle one cable type, and with the demand for ever more technology and cables, multiple drums have to be used... More...
31/5/2016
VIDEO - Low Dew Point Measurement Explained by ROTRONIC
When air is saturated and cooled excess vapour condenses forming dew; this is the dew point. There is a phase change. At low dew point there are very few water molecules present. More...
31/5/2016
VIDEO - ROTRONIC: CO2 and How it is Measured
Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, present in air at 400 ppm. Rotronic uses the NDIR technique in various devices. A high concentration causes fatigue, room air quality is important. More...
31/5/2016
VIDEO - Relative Humidity Measurement Explained by ROTRONIC
Air can only absorb a certain amount of water vapour, this depends on temperature. Relative humidity states the percentage that the air is saturated. Rotronic precision sensors use capacitive technology. More...
27/5/2016
VIDEO - ROTRONIC HygroClip2 Humidity and Temperature Probe
The Rotronic versatile HygroClip2 precision temperature and humidity probe has wide measurement ranges, long term stability with digital & analogue outputs. Connects with handhelds, loggers and transmitters, no adjustment necessary. More...
27/5/2016
VIDEO - ProtectoXtracTop - Downdraft Extraction
The ProtectoXtracTop is an affordable combination of working table and a welding fume extraction filter unit. The large work surface allows for effective work during welding and grinding applications. More...
27/5/2016
VIDEO - Training the welders of tomorrow
The Weldability Sif Foundation aims to provide first class welding training facilities, by working in partnership with industry certification bodies and educational establishments More...
27/5/2016
VIDEO - SifGun - Extraction at source
On-torch extraction uses high-vacuum technology, i.e. high speed extraction and low air volumes to extract the fumes. More...
10/5/2016
VIDEO - Dairy Plant Reduces OPEX and passes returns back to farmers
First Milk chose Byworth Boilers Ltd to complete a delivery programme to ensure they received the benefits of two new fuel efficient boilers and associated plant to replace their old boiler plant which they deemed no longer economical to operate. More...
10/5/2016
VIDEO - Centralised Extraction Systems from Filtermist
Filtermist’s comprehensive Centralised Extraction Systems service effectively removes oil mist, smoke, dust and fume from workshop air - protecting people from health, slip and fire hazards. More...
10/5/2016
VIDEO - Filtermist oil mist collectors - Protecting people
UK made Filtermist oil mist filters have efficiently removed oil mist in thousands of manufacturing operations around the world since 1969 - protecting people by ensuring cleaner, safer, more productive workshops. More...
10/5/2016
VIDEO - The importance of effective process fluid filtration
Effective filter media is vital in many process fluid filtration applications. This short film highlights why it's always best to ask an expert for their advice to help you avoid issues associated with inferior products. More...
22/4/2016
VIDEO - WiFi Sound Meters – The new Castle dBAir
The new Benchmark in Sound Measurement, Castle's WiFi dBAir Sound Meters have been innovated through technology, are 100% Castle, adopt Castle's New and Unique Cloud Software and are all available at a fantastically competitive price. More...
25/2/2016
VIDEO - ACI JetBlack Cleaning Stations
ACI’s JetBlack is an innovative, safe and effective tool for personnel-clean down and de-dusting operations, particularly useful in industrial environments. It’s a safer, quieter and more cost effective method of removing dust particularly when compared to compressed air nozzles and air guns. More...
15/2/2016
VIDEO - Caskforce 300 Series Caskwasher in Action
An overview of our Caskforce Caskwashers showing it being manufactured in our Acle factory and the benefits in relation to time and money savings that can be made by installing one. More...
15/2/2016
VIDEO - Dave Austin Presents Complete Solutions For Safe Isolation
Dave Austin presents complete solutions for safe isolation. Martindale VIPDLOK138 & VIPDLOK150 kits with voltage indicators, proving units, lock off kits & tags. More...
22/12/2015
VIDEO - Borger Rotary Lobe Pumps - Unrivalled low maintenance
Boerger has been making rotary lobe pumps for more than 35 years. With a range of pump sizes, Boerger can build rotary lobe pumps which are suited to every application. More...
22/12/2015
VIDEO - The Borger Multicrusher - Easy to maintain
Boerger has been making macerating equipment for more than 35 years. With a range of sizes, Boerger can build macerating equipment that is suited to every application. More...
22/12/2015
VIDEO - The Replacement of Rotors with Lobe Tips
Rotors are selected for each application and can be customized with a diverse selection of materials. The sophisticated modular system allows for nearly all Borger rotor types to be interchangeable. More...
22/12/2015
VIDEO - Mobile Rotary Lobe Pump Made By Borger
Each mobile unit is something special, especially manufactured in our own plant according to customer requirements. Requirements for Boerger mobile units are as varied as all the design options available. More...
7/12/2015
VIDEO - Corporate Video – Contact Attachments Ltd
With over four decades of experience, Contact Attachments have the enviable reputation as the quality leader in forklift attachments within the UK More...
7/12/2015
VIDEO - Blue Diamond Technologies - Taking Measurement Seriously
This video demonstrates how Blue Diamond’s Baty Venture CNC vision system ensures that measurements of components manufactured by the company match the dimensions and tolerances of the original engineering drawing. More...
7/12/2015
VIDEO - Forklift Tipping Skips & Bins
With over four decades of industry experience, we manufacture a quality range of forklift tipping skips and tipping bins, designed to meet the rigours of everyday usage. More...
9/10/2015
VIDEO - BOHS combat mesothelioma with Breathe Freely initiative
The BOHS, Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, are striving to prevent construction industry workers from contracting lung disease as a result of the environments that they work in More...
15/9/2015
VIDEO - Penny Hydraulics Goods Lifts
Penny Hydraulics has been manufacturing bespoke lifting solutions for over 30 years. We design, manufacture, install and service a wide range of goods lift solutions in the UK including including mezzanine floor goods lifts More...
15/9/2015
VIDEO - Penny Hydraulics PH Hydraulic Crane Range
The PH Maxilift Hydraulic Crane range is lightweight, user-friendly and innovative; the ideal solution for light commercial vehicles More...
15/9/2015
VIDEO - Penny Hydraulics Cellar Lift
The CellarLift range provides a robust, reliable and cost effective solution to problems associated with deliveries. They can also be of great benefit when used as a crate hoist for moving cases, boxed goods, kitchen deliveries or for restocking the bar More...
15/9/2015
VIDEO - 60 Per Cent Savings for Flowplant Thanks to Invend
Brammer, the UK’s leading distributor of industrial maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) products and services, has helped Flowplant save 60 per cent on its consumable spend through industrial vending service, Invend More...
15/9/2015
VIDEO - Brammer Invend - Industrial Vending Made Simple
From increasing productivity to providing greater visibility over which items are used and by whom, Invend is proven to reduce usage of consumables by between 25 and 40 per cent More...
15/9/2015
VIDEO - Penny Hydraulics Crane Range
Designed, developed and manufactured in the UK, our wide range of award winning vehicle mounted cranes are market leading products More...
1/9/2015
VIDEO - 929 IPS Hyperion Mid-Range Pulsed DC Ionising Bar
An introductory guide to the features and benefits Meech’s 929 IPS Hyperion anti-static bar. More...
21/7/2015
VIDEO - What should operators look for in a lubricant?
The video highlights how selecting the correct lubricant for each application can maximise productivity and increase safety. More...
5/5/2015
VIDEO - Meech International CyClean Non Contact Web Cleaning System
An introductory guide to the features and benefits of Meech International’s latest non-contact web cleaner. More...
16/3/2015
VIDEO - Goodlight GX1 LED High Bay
The new Goodlight GX1 LED High Bay takes performance and design to another level. More...
9/3/2015
VIDEO - 929 IPS Hyperion Mid-Range Pulsed DC Ionising Bar
An introductory guide to the features and benefits of Meech International’s latest anti-static bar. More...
16/2/2015
VIDEO - KSB Ltd
The KSB Group is one of the leading producers of pumps, valves and related systems. Annual sales revenue is almost 2300 million euro. More...
30/1/2015
VIDEO - Spirax Sarco EasiHeat™
Cut your hot water bill by up to 20% with Spirax Sarco's EasiHeat™ steam-to-water heat exchange package with SIMS™ (Spirax Intelligent Monitoring System). More...
30/1/2015
VIDEO - Spirax Sarco Capability Animation
Our energy saving products annually cut 4.9m tonnes of CO2 emissions globally More...
30/1/2015
VIDEO - Spirax Sarco's Fly-Through Healthcare Animation
Journey from the boiler house to various steam applications in a typical hospital to discover how UK hospitals are reducing energy consumption, lowering emissions, minimising risk and ensuring compliance with industry guidelines and standards. More...
13/1/2015
VIDEO - Meech Air Technology
An introductory guide to the features and benefits of some of Meech International’s MAT products. More...
11/12/2014
VIDEO - In-House Training Courses for Health & Safety
The benefits of in-house health and safety training can be extensive. Training can be tailored to your company, the timing can be made to suit your needs, you get to keep your staff on-site and you can train many people at one go! More...
11/12/2014
VIDEO - Vibration Tool Timer Overview
Occupational exposure to hazardous levels of hand arm vibration and whole-body vibration is associated with a range of adverse health outcomes. This affects workers today and long into retirement. Costs are significant to employers and workers alike. Recently individual organisations have paid out in excess of £1m in single settlements. More...
11/12/2014
VIDEO - Castle Vexo H Vibration Meter
Measure vibration levels with the Vexo H Tri-Axial Vibration meter and reduce your risk of hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). This powerful meter is capable of accurate measurements while remaining simple to use. More...
11/12/2014
VIDEO - Castle Mirus Noise at Work & Environmental Noise Meter
Harness the power and technology in a noise meter kit for more accurate noise measurement. More...
20/11/2014
Video - An exciting year with Red Bull Racing and FLIR
It’s been an exciting year with Red Bull Racing and FLIR – with the Formula 1 season coming to a close this weekend, Al Peasland, head of technical partnership talks about the thermal imaging technology. More...
19/9/2014
VIDEO - Heavy Machinery Tandem Lift
The machine being moved, is 33ton and valued at £750,000. The equipment used in the tandem lift are a 'Demag 50ton crane', a 'Demag 35ton crane' and Movetech UK, Hovair 40ton Air Skates. More...
19/9/2014
VIDEO - Movetech UK - Industrial Products
Movetech UK industrial movement solutions. Materials handling solutions for commerce and industry. More...
19/9/2014
VIDEO - 6m Revolving Turntable with Scissor Lift, Tilt & Lighting
A 6m revolving turntable with a scissor lift and tilt feature, designed and manufactured by Movetech UK. Also includes a high spec tiled finish platform with an array of computer generated LED lighting, to display prestige vehicles. More...
19/9/2014
VIDEO - Hovair® Air Film Technology
Industrial Hovair Air Film Technology Transporter capable of lifting 36 tonnes, measuring 5m x 2m in size. Designed & Manufactured by Movetech UK, Bolton, United Kingdom More...
3/9/2014
Video - An introduction to Denso
Summary of Denso products and applications. More...
2/6/2014
Video - Fluke Connect
All Facts, Right in the Field. More...
6/5/2014
VIDEO - UK demo at ‘Internet of Things’ Conference
Jim Mills, Managing Director of Envirologger, a developer of machine to machine (M2M) technology, was recently invited to speak at the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) in Dallas, USA More...
31/3/2014
VIDEO - Makita Heat Gun Range
Makita Heat Guns perform admirably in a number of applications More...
31/3/2014
VIDEO - Makita Nemesis Drill Bit System
The unique core structure of the Makita Nemesis Drill Bit means that you will find your self-drilling deeper and easier than you've ever drilled before. More...
31/3/2014
VIDEO - Makita BHR243 18v LXT Brushless Rotary Hammer
Alan Holtham demonstrates the major features of the BHR243, as well as it's attachment the DX01 Dust Extraction System More...
31/3/2014
VIDEO - Makita Cosmos Blade System
Unique diamond blade technology means the Makita Cosmos Blades keep on cutting where others fail. More...
4/2/2014
VIDEO - Recycled plastic used to construct durable footbridges
Over the years footbridges over streams and rivers have evolved from wooden construction to concrete and steel to provide a longer lifespan, but concrete can be ugly in some surroundings and a coated steel contact surface will succumb to corrosion fairly quickly and needs to be maintained regularly in order to ensure continued safe service. More...
24/1/2014
VIDEO - Apprentice talks about health and safety and learning new skills
As more and more apprentices are taken on by British industry, it is vital that young people are provided with information to keep them healthy and safe at work. More...
5/12/2013
Video - Thermocouple Connector Manufacturing
Video demonstrating the production of Thermocouple Connectors as the UK’s largest manufacturer. IEC, ANSI and JIS calibrations produced for global sales at our Bognor Regis site, West Sussex. More...
5/12/2013
Video - Thermocouple & PRT Sensor Manufacturing
Video demonstrating the Sensor production process as the UK’s largest manufacturer at our Dinnington site, South Yorkshire. More...
5/12/2013
Video - L60 Thermocouple & Fine Wire Welder
Video demonstrating the popular L60 Thermocouple & Fine Wire Welder manufactured by Labfacility. Compact, simple to use instrument used to produce commercial grade thermocouple junctions. More...
20/11/2013
Video - Cochran Ltd - Ancillaries on a Boiler
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20/11/2013
Video - Cochran - Boiler Manufacturing Processes
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23/10/2013
Video - Aerzen Machines, blower, compressors, vacuum boosters and maintenance
Aerzen Machine Ltd are market leaders supplying Roots type blowers, screw compressors and high efficiency Hybrids for Pneumatic Conveying and Water Treatment applications. Nationwide Service, Installation, Repair and Hire services available. More...
4/10/2013
Video - SALVO - Strategic Assets: Life-cycle value optimisation
SALVO (Strategic Assets: Lifecycle Value Optimization) is a multi-sector collaboration programme that has been researching, developing and defining best practices in the asset management More...
12/9/2013
Video - High Speed Roller Shutter Doors
saraLBS 'Sprint' doors offer market-leading operating speeds. High speed roller shutter doors are ideal for most industrial applications and specialist products are available for machine protection, food processing and cleanrooms. More...
29/7/2013
VIDEO - Save 90% on your Energy Cooling Costs
EcoCooling explain how Evaporative Cooling works and why it is so effective in the UK when compared to Air Conditioning. More...
29/7/2013
VIDEO - On/Off V. Proportional Control
Ian Parnell, European Technical Support Manager at West Control Solutions describes the differences between on/off and proportional control and the typical applications when each temperature control type should be used. More...
17/7/2013
VIDEO - Shell Lubricants
Independent power producer Odaş Elektrik and gas engine manufacturer Wärtsilä choose Shell Mysella S5 N gas engine oil to create a state-of-the-art power plant in South Eastern Turkey More...
17/7/2013
VIDEO - Introduction to the Beamex Integrated Calibration Solution
This video is an introduction to the paperless calibration system comprising Beamex CMX calibration software and the Beamex MC6 advanced field calibrator and communicator. More...
16/7/2013
VIDEO - Certuss manufacture and supply steam generators
TUSS manfacture and suppy steam generators for various applications in many industries. They are the most efficient steam raising plant within their market, having effciency of up to 98.5%. More...
9/7/2013
VIDEO - RTITB Operator of the Year 2013
RTITB is very excited to present to you the highlights of the RTITB Operator of the Year 2013 Final heats video that took place at the IMHX. From this we gained 10 finalists which will be competing to discover a Operator of the Year 2013 Champion on the 20th September 2013. More...
9/7/2013
VIDEO - Lanemark Ltd - UKTI West Midlands export case study
Lanemark Ltd - export case study of West Midlands based UK Trade & Investment supported company. Manufacturer of industrial process gas fired burners and heating systems. More...
14/5/2013
Video - OptiMaint, Make Your Maintenance More Efficient
Our computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) aims at optimizing breakdown maintenance, planning preventive maintenance, managing stocks and controlling budgets in a user friendly and customizable environment. More...
30/4/2013
Video - Introduction to a paperless calibration system
This animated video introduces the Beamex Integrated Calibration Solution made of the Beamex MC6 Advanced Field Calibrator and Communicator and the Beamex CMX Calibration Software More...
30/4/2013
Video - Beamex MC6 - Introduction to Calibrator Mode
This video gives a brief introduction of the Calibrator mode of the Beamex MC6 Advanced Field Calibrator and Communicator More...
30/4/2013
Video - How to calibrate and trim a Foundation Fieldbus transmitter
A short overview of how to calibrate and trim a Foundation Fieldbus transmitter in the Documenting Calibrator modewith a Beamex MC6 advanced field calibrator and communicator More...
30/4/2013
Video - How to calibrate and trim a HART transmitter
A short overview of how to calibrate and trim a HART transmitter in the Documenting Calibrator mode with a Beamex MC6 advanced field calibrator and communicator More...
30/4/2013
Video - Beamex MC6 - General Introduction
This video gives a short general introduction of the Beamex MC6 Advanced Field Calibrator and Communicator. More...
30/4/2013
Video - How often should instruments be calibrated
Most process manufacturing plants have some sort of maintenance plan in place, which ensures that all instruments used across the site are calibrated at the appropriate times. More...
24/4/2013
Video - Bowser/Mobile Safety Shower from Showers & Eyebaths Services
Showers & Eyebaths Services has launched a series of safety, training and product videos - helping you to keep your workforce safe and ensuring your safety drenching equipment works first time every time. This video gives you information on the Bowser/Mobile Safety Shower More...
24/4/2013
Video - How to use a chain wear guide
This video from Renold demonstrates how easy it is to use the company's chain wear guide to measure elongation and determine when a chain is ready to be replaced. More...
24/4/2013
Video - Portable Safety Shower from Showers & Eyebaths Services
Showers & Eyebaths Services has launched a series of safety, training and product videos - helping you to keep your workforce safe and ensuring your safety drenching equipment works first time every time. This video gives you information on the Portable Safety Shower. More...
24/4/2013
Video - Emergency Mains Fed Shower from Showers & Eyebaths Services
Showers & Eyebaths Services has launched a series of safety, training and product videos - helping you to keep your workforce safe and ensuring your safety drenching equipment works first time every time. This video gives you information on the Mains Fed Safety Shower. More...
24/4/2013
Video - Emergency Tank Shower from Showers & Eyebaths Services
Showers & Eyebaths Services has launched a series of safety, training and product videos - helping you to keep your workforce safe and ensuring your safety drenching equipment works first time every time. This video gives you information on the Bowser/Mobile Safety Shower. More...
24/4/2013
Video - Vibconnect RF Wireless Condition Monitoring
VIBCONNECT RF wireless condition monitoring opens up new possibilities - high plant availability, low maintenance costs and greater safety. Vibration analysis and machine diagnosis with VIBCONNECT RF by PRÜFTECHNIK. http://www.pruftechnik.com/vibconnect... More...
24/4/2013
Video - Rotaling Ultra iS
The next Generation of Alignment Systems with a new sensor -technology offers highest precision in laser shaft alignment. Measurement and alignment of plant and machinery ROTALIGN Ultra iS. http://www.pruftechnik.com/rotalign-ultra-is.html More...
24/4/2013
Video - Vibxpert II Data collection & Vibration Analysis
This system VIBXPERT II offers a great variety of benefits for your optimum plant and increased machine availability. Data collector and vibration analyzer - intuitive, fast, ergonomic, powerful and long-lived Further information: http://www.pruftechnik.com/?id=2758 More...
21/4/2013
Video - Safety & Training Video
Working in hazardous environments or when working in an environment where there is a potential to come into contact with harmful substances, health & safety standards include the requirement to install an effective drenching device whether this is for the eye, face or whole body. More...
21/4/2013
Video - How to easily cut transmission chain
This short video from Renold demonstrates how easy it is to cut a strand of its standard and Synergy chain using a Renold Pin Extractor More...
21/4/2013
Video - Bürkert valves - 360 degree swing
Popular BBC science show Bang Goes the Theory is designed to stimulate interest in technology and engineering, the show’s tag line is to ‘Discover and challenge the scientific principles that shape your world’. More...
21/4/2013
Video - Replacing polymer blocks by hand
This video from Renold shows how easy it is to replace the polymer blocks on Klik-Top chain by hand. More...
10/4/2013
Video - Automated Monitoring of Interceptors / Separators
Alarm systems with three sensors is installed within the separator automatically monitoring the levels of oil, silt and liquid within and warning if excessive levels are reached. www.darcy.co.uk More...
10/4/2013
Video - Compliant Removal Of Oil & Water From Bunds
Low cost automatic pumping systems that monitor the contents of the bund and automatically pump rainwater containing less than 1ppm maintaining bund capacity. www.darcy.co.uk More...
10/4/2013
Video - Contain Spills And Firewater Run-Off On Site
Operated manually or triggered by means of automatic sensors Draintector isolates part or the whole of a site ensuring the retention of spillages or fire-fighting run-off on site. www.darcy.co.uk More...
20/3/2013
VIDEO - T Cards
The Proven Management Tool to help keep track, allocate and improve efficiency. Visual Planning for planned & preventative; unscheduled & reactive. Communicate between departments in a clear “at a glance” way. More...
11/2/2013
VIDEO - Labfacility Labcal PRO Digital Temperature Indicator
High precision digital thermometer for laboratory applications More...
11/2/2013
VIDEO - Labfacility L200 8 Channel Digital Thermometer/Logger
Accurate, versatile 8 -channel Digital thermometer for thermocouple & PRT sensors. USB PC interface More...
11/2/2013
VIDEO - The Right Steam Trap for the Job
5 questions to an expert: Paul Mayoh, Spirax Sarco's UK Product Marketing Manager, is quizzed on why it's necessary to fit the right steam trap for your application More...
11/2/2013
VIDEO - Labfacility L60 Fine Wire Thermocouple Welder
Low cost, simple to use, benchtop welder for the manufacture of thermocouple junctions More...
31/1/2013
VIDEO - Circuit Breaker Lock Instruction Video
The Telemechanique GV2ME16 has a built-in lockout facility which is sometimes overlooked. This video shows how to use the lockout facility for single or dual worker isolation during maintence. More...
10/1/2013
VIDEO - VDM Control Panel Demo
Maintenance managers across industries are forced to improve their business. In the increasingly competitive market the maintenance department needs to add more value to the overall company results. Fortunately, many maintenance organizations contain a value potential that has not yet been realised. But where is this value treasure hidden and how can it be revealed? More...
10/1/2013
VIDEO - VDM Control Panel for SAP EAM Demo
Maintenance managers across industries are forced to improve their business. In the increasingly competitive market the maintenance department needs to add more value to the overall company results. Fortunately, many maintenance organizations contain a value potential that has not yet been realised. But where is this value treasure hidden and how can it be revealed? Should you focus on uptime or on cost reduction? More...
10/1/2013
VIDEO - Value Driven Maintenance
There is value hidden in every maintenance organization. All companies have the potential to further improve, either by reducing costs or by smart maintenance solutions that improves uptime. The question is where maintenance managers should be looking to find these areas of improvement and where they need to start. You will find the answer to this question at Mainnovation. With Value Driven Maintenance® and the matching tools like the VDM Control Panel, we will help you to discover the hidden treasure in your company. More...
10/1/2013
VIDEO - VDM Control Panel for IBM Maximo Demo
Maintenance managers across industries are forced to improve their business. In the increasingly competitive market the maintenance department needs to add more value to the overall company results. Fortunately, many maintenance organizations contain a value potential that has not yet been realised. But where is this value treasure hidden and how can it be revealed? Should you focus on uptime or on cost reduction? More...
20/12/2012
VIDEO - How to commission a ACS800 Drive
Welcome to Quantum Controls series of ABB Video Guides. This tutorial is a basic start up guide for the ACS800 range More...
20/12/2012
VIDEO - How to commission a ACH550 Drive
Welcome to Quantum Controls series of ABB Video Guides. This tutorial is a basic start up guide for the ACH550 range More...
20/12/2012
VIDEO - How to commission a ACQ810 Drive
Quantum Controls demonstrates the commissioning of a ACQ810 Drive More...
20/12/2012
VIDEO - How to commission a ACS550 Drive
Quantum Controls demonstrates the commissioning of a ACS550 Drive More...
20/11/2012
VIDEO - 'How to make it in industry' with Siemens
In EAL's ‘How to make it in industry’ series, Siemens engineering apprentice Peter Usher shares what it's like building large gas turbines that generate electricity. More...
20/11/2012
VIDEO - 'How to make it in industry' with Nestle
In EAL's ‘How to make it in industry’ series, Nestle's Ed Wilson reveals what it's like being an engineering apprentice in the UK's only KitKat factory! More...
20/11/2012
VIDEO - 'How to make it in industry' with KMF
In EAL's ‘How to make it in industry’ series, KMF's Sam Dutton explains his role as a fabrication and welding engineering apprentice, using specialist machinery to produce everything from medical equipment to aerospace components. More...
20/11/2012
VIDEO - 'How To Make It In Industry' with Caunton Engineering
In EAL's 'How to make it in industry' series, Caunton Engineering’s Natalie Harris explains what it's like working as an engineering apprentice and creating huge steel structures for construction projects. More...
13/11/2012
VIDEO - Steel Transfer Technology - Electrode Welding
A rugged and reliable partner with easy operation that is digitally controlled and primed with the expert knowledge package, "Steel Transfer Technology", specifically put together for the steel market, ensuring the very greatest precision in the welding process. More...
13/11/2012
VIDEO - Fronius transSteel Robotics
Main benefits: - Steel Transfer Technology - FSC (Fronius System Connector) - Seamless integration with hollow-arm robots - Small wire-feed unit (movable for changing liners and hosepacks) - Same components for conventional and PAP robots - EasyJob -save power, dynamic and correction at the push of a button More...
13/11/2012
VIDEO - OptiMaint CMMS
Based on year's of experience, Apisoft International says it understands the needs of maintenance deprtments and has developed the CMMS OptiMaint adapted to any sector of activity and any size of company. More...
13/11/2012
VIDEO - Fronius Contec
The constant contact relationship between Contec and the filler material means that the geometry of the resulting weld seam also remains constant and the quality issues otherwise associated with the contact tube disappear. The striking increase in service life increases the system availability and productivity of the whole process, reducing both energy and production costs at the same time. More...
10/10/2012
VIDEO - Air Control Industries (ACI) - Company Overview
Since its inception in 1969, Air Control Industries has been supplying most industries throughout the World with its range of industrial air movement products which includes centrifugal, radial and axial fans; airknife drying systems and personnel de-dusting equipment. More...
10/10/2012
VIDEO - CompAir Quantima Compressor in action at Jaguar
CompAir helps Jaguar drive through energy savings with Quantima compressors More...
10/10/2012
VIDEO - Who Is Already Using Lobo System? by Robert Bokros
The LOBO System is a new approach to platform technology that is modular in design and doesn't require a single specialist tool to assemble, due to its patented clamp design. The system is truly unique. More...
10/10/2012
VIDEO - How LOBO System Is Different to Regular Platforms and Scaffolding? by Robert Bokros
The LOBO System is a new approach to platform technology that is modular in design and doesn't require a single specialist tool to assemble, due to its patented clamp design. The system is truly unique. More...
10/10/2012
VIDEO - What is LOBO SYSTEM? by Robert Bokros
The LOBO System is a new approach to platform technology that is modular in design and doesn't require a single specialist tool to assemble, due to its patented clamp design. The system is truly unique. More...
10/10/2012
VIDEO - NEW: Fluke Ti100 Series Thermal Cameras!
We Introduced 5 NEW models - Fluke Ti100, Fluke Ti110, Fluke TiR110, Fluke TiR125, Fluke Ti125 NEW Thermal Camera Features IR-OptiFlex focus system, IR-Fusion technology, Multi-mode video recording, Streaming video output, Electronic compass, IR-PhotoNotes annotation system, Built rugged, Voice annotation, Laser pointer/torch, One-hand operation More...
10/10/2012
VIDEO - LOBO System and Health and Safety Concerns by Robert Bokros
The LOBO System is a new approach to platform technology that is modular in design and doesn't require a single specialist tool to assemble, due to its patented clamp design. The system is truly unique. More...
10/10/2012
VIDEO - What Are LOBO System's Applications? by Robert Bokros
The LOBO System is a new approach to platform technology that is modular in design and doesn't require a single specialist tool to assemble, due to its patented clamp design. The system is truly unique. More...
10/10/2012
VIDEO - CompAir compressors in action at Astrum
The new compressed air system will reduce Astrum's compressed air energy demand by 1,255,000 kWh and save it over £80,000 per annum. Two variable speed compressors from CompAir have helped Astrum to cut its compressed air energy costs by more than a half and increase productivity. More...
10/10/2012
VIDEO - CorDEX Instruments - UT5000 Key Features
UT5000 Ultrasonic thickness gauge Key Features More...
10/10/2012
VIDEO - Miller Oils Research
The new Research and Development lab is now fully operational and is speeding up the launch of new and innovative oils for industrial applications, passenger cars, motorsport, commercial vehicles. The fully equipped lab offers customers an oil analysis service – helping keep their cutting fluids in good condition. More...
10/10/2012
VIDEO - CorDEX Instruments - ToughPIX 2300XP Series - Explosion Proof Digital Camera
ToughPIX 2300XP Series explosion proof digital camera informational video. More...
10/10/2012
VIDEO - CorDEX Instruments - IR Windows, Intelligent Infrared Windows
The New IR Windows IW Series Infrared Window is the latest generation of Intelligent IR Windows from CorDEX Instruments. The IR Windows IW Series Infrared Windows are NFPA 70E safety compliant. More...
10/10/2012
VIDEO - How Does LOBO System Work? by Robert Bokros
The LOBO System is a new approach to platform technology that is modular in design and doesn't require a single specialist tool to assemble, due to its patented clamp design. The system is truly unique. More...

Editorial

30/4/2013
Value Driven Maintenance®
’What is actually the added value of maintenance?’ is a frequently heard question in boardrooms the world over. Even though maintenance is often critically important, few maintenance managers are able to answer the question convincingly, especially when they are asked to express the benefits in terms of economic value added or shareholder value - the language increasingly being spoken in boardrooms all over the world. More...
11/1/2013
OBL Plunger and Diaphragm Metering Pumps Introduced by AxFlow
AxFlow has announced that it is to start distributing the OBL range of metering pumps from January 2013. The OBL range consists of spring and full motion, positive return mechanisms, with wet ends available in plunger, mechanical diaphragm, single and double hydraulic diaphragm designs. More...
11/1/2013
T-Cards System Now On-Line - Gives Global Multi-User Access
T-Cards Direct has taken the concept of its renowned manual work-flow monitoring system and developed an OnLine version that provides an opportunity to manage workflow in real-time using the simple drag-and-drop technique, moving cards around the board to reflect current status. More...
10/1/2013
Materials Handling at the Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology
Consultants at The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology have been dealing with materials handling problems since 1973, when the group was set up to research problems associated with pneumatic conveying of powders and granular solid material in pipelines. More...
21/12/2012
Reduce Wear, Extend Machinery Life with Molylube Open Gear Lubricants and Mill Gear Grease
New Ultra Heavy and Extra Heavy grade offerings round out the Molylube SF100 Semi-Synthetic Open Gear Lubricant line, meeting open gear and multiservice lubricant requirements in temperatures as low as 50 below zero 58 below zero F More...
21/12/2012
New Pump Application Report: Handling Malt Mash in the Brewing Industry
The Document examines the process issues that Brewmasters and plant engineers must consider when handling malt mash and the pumping solution: A Verderhus screw-channel pump. More...
21/12/2012
New Multi-Purpose Dry Film Lubricant Approved for Use in "Clean Industry" Applications
Bel-Ray No-Tox Food Grade Dry PTFE Spray - a new multi-purpose, dry film lubricant in a convenient aerosol form -has been NSF-H1 approved for use in "clean industry" applications. More...
21/12/2012
Bel-Ray New and Reinstated Industrial and Mining Products to Launch in January 2013
With these new and reinstated products, Bel-Ray provides additional opportunities to optimize performance, reduce maintenance and increase equipment and component life. More...
21/12/2012
Play the Verder Ski Challenge Online Game to win fantastic prizes!
Do you have nerves of steel? Can you defy death? Put your skills to the test on the Ski-Run Challenge and win up to 150 Pounds for any online sports shop! More...
20/12/2012
Hospital Makes Emergency Call To King's Boiler Hire
When Addenbrookes Hospital Cambridge recently had a major failure on one of their main 35,000lb/hr steam boilers they contacted King's Boiler Hire Ltd. King's, whose Mildenhall branch is close to Cambridge, were asked to urgently provide a temporary boiler to help cover the hospital's steam demand. More...
9/10/2012
If I remember correctly it was a sunny afternoon when the phone rang and a worried voice asked...
If I remember correctly it was a sunny afternoon when the phone rang and a worried voice asked for some advice. This would have been as at least 25 years ago but I remember the unfortunate chain of events with embarrassing clarity. More...
4/10/2012
British Public Invited to See the Sites at Construction's First Ever Open Doors Weekend
This autumn, the public is being offered an exclusive opportunity to have a look behind the scenes at some of Britain's most exciting construction sites. More...
31/5/2012
Latest Analytical Technology Ensures Biogas Efficiency
Anaerobic Digestion (AD) relies on the ability of specific micro-organisms to convert organic material into a gas that can be used to generate electricity. More...
31/5/2012
Expansion of UTCs a Step in the Right Direction
The Institution of Engineering and Technology has welcomed the announcement that 15 new University Technical Colleges (UTCs) will be created to train 20,000 young people as the engineers and scientists of the future. More...
4/5/2012
Webtec announces facelift for range of 700 bar hydraulic control valves
Webtec Products Ltd, of St Ives, Cambridgeshire, UK has updated the design of the 180 series of high pressure oil-hydraulic directional control valves, due to be available from June 2012. More...
9/2/2012
Sterling-SIHI Demonstrates Energy Saving Potential at Tate & Lyle Sugars
Sterling-SIHI performed an energy audit at Tate & Lyle Sugars, London, which demonstrated the potential to save 90% of energy costs associated with the assessed pumping system. More...
4/10/2011
Reliability and Ruggedness Are Their Hallmarks
Andy Anthony, Managing Director of Monitran, outlines why the popularity of Linear Variable Differential Transformers (LVDTs) for displacement and position measurement remains so strong. More...
4/10/2011
Setting The Right Standards in Asset Management
The continuing growth of international interest, debate and activity in the subject of asset management is very encouraging. However, there is still plenty of confusion around. More...
26/8/2011
Karcher Announces the Professional Cleaning Roadshow in September 2011
Kärcher, the world leader in the design and manufacture of cleaning machines, has announced a series of roadshow events to take place at various UK locations in September. The Kärcher Professional Cleaning Roadshow will be used as a launch pad for several new Kärcher products from its pressure washer, vacuum, floorcare, sweeper and industrial ranges. More...
1/4/2011
News - Compact, low cost In-line Particle Monitor available from MP Filtri
The ICM automatically measures and displays particulate contamination, moisture and temperature levels in various hydraulic fluids. More...
30/9/2010
Talking Shop
Like many of us, I woke up shocked to hear about the imminent collapse of social housing maintenance company Connaught earlier this month and the inevitable confirmation that the company had been placed into administration. Once again the largely ‘out of sight, out of mind’ world of maintenance was thrust into the mainstream media. More...
26/5/2010
New Spiral Welder launched
Dr Robert John, Director of The Welding Institute, Cambridge, recently officiated at the launch of Rewinds & J Windsor’s new purpose built spiral welder for the reclamation of shafts and other components. February 17th saw the company welcoming members of the local press, engineering media, customers, staff and friends to their Regent Road facility in Liverpool. More...
26/5/2010
What if you could predict sudden asset failure?
As soon as you plug in a piece of equipment, it starts using energy. If an asset begins to consume more energy than necessary to operate, it is a clear indicator that there is a problem More...
25/5/2010
ABB launches drives and motors swappage scheme by offering to pay your VAT
ABB launches its drives and motors swappage scheme, allowing companies to trade in their old products from any manufacturer for new ABB drives and motors More...
22/5/2010
Latest European counterfeit spares seizure prompts warning to UK industry from Brammer
Brammer, the UK’s leading supplier of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) products and services, has issued a stark warning to UK manufacturers about the dangers of buying through unauthorised sources following a further major discovery of counterfeit parts in Europe. More...
22/5/2010
Dyson doubles number of UK engineers
Dyson is doubling its UK engineering team from 350 to 700. Bucking the trend, Dyson is increasing research and development investment and recruiting during recession. The new engineers, many from university, will work at Dyson’s Wiltshire laboratories, where machines are conceived, researched and designed. New positions include graduate design engineers, mechanical engineers and acoustic engineers. More...
22/5/2010
Energy now as big a risk as health and safety, say businesses
Energy now presents the same level of risk to businesses as health and safety and security. This is among the findings of npower’s Business Energy Index (nBEI), an annual survey tracking business opinion on energy use and carbon emissions, released today. More...
22/5/2010
Global survey investigates the future of measurement technology
HBM is giving engineers from around the world a chance to air their views on the future of measurement technology in an on-line survey. The survey comprises 15 technical questions, including questions about acquired physical parameters, interfaces used and the importance of expandability in a measurement data acquisition system. The questionnaire is available in both English and German. More...
22/5/2010
AMBASSADOR PROGRAMME IS REALLY HIP, SAY STUDENTS!
Students at Ridgewood School – a Specialist Engineering School in Doncaster - were given a completely different take on the engineering industry when they were introduced to Sheffield-based JRI, through the AEM (Advanced Engineering Manufacturing) Ambassador Programme, run by NAMTEC (National Metals Technology Centre), based in Rotherham. More...
27/4/2010
SNCF Information and Telecommunication Systems Department (DSIT)
The SNCF Group is France’s biggest transport group after Air France-KLM, and the fourth largest group in Europe after Deutsche Post, Die Bahn and Air France-KLM, employing 238,000 people grouped around 4 enterprise divisions: Freight, France Europe Travellers, Public Transport and Infrastructure. Infrastructure, which accounts for over one third of employees and over 60 professional fields, maintains and manages the network, while also pro-actively developing it. More...
10/12/2008
Two International Companies benefit from innovative Spi-VR cost effective CM system
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1/12/2008
PAS 55:2008 - the standard for integrated, life cycle optimised asset management
There is, at last, a consensus-developed, clear definition of good asset management and what needs to be done to maximize asset life cycle value-for-money. More...
1/10/2008
Delivering Year-on-Year Performance Improvement
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29/9/2008
The Alarming Truth About Fire Prevention
According to the latest Government Fire Statistics for the UK published in May 2008 which relate to 2006, retail distribution saw 4,200 fires with industrial premises outside of construction seeing 2,400 fires. More...
29/9/2008
Getting Lean
Many companies are adopting ‘Lean Manufacturing’ techniques in order to successfully compete in the global economy, but what is ‘getting lean’ and how does it affect maintenance operations? More...
29/9/2008
Chip tuning for pumps
Software can change the performance curves of pumps, aiming them at specific tasks with greater precision than ever. More...
29/9/2008
Vibration Accelerometers - Sheer vs Compression Designs
The implementation of industrial vibration monitoring sensors and associated signal conditioning as an integral part of industrial predictive maintenance programs has proven to be an effective strategy for reducing downtime and improving machinery health. More...
29/9/2008
easyFairs MAINTEC Broadens Industry Appeal
And next year’s expo (17-19 March 2009 at Birmingham’s NEC) is expected to break visitor attendance records as the show reaches out to new audiences and introduces innovative show elements. More...
29/9/2008
Volvo Cars has high expectations of Value Driven Maintenance (VDM)
Volvo makes cars and engines at production centres in Belgium (one site) and Sweden (four sites). More...
29/9/2008
Hazardous Waste from your Compressed Air System: regulations and compliance
“Of course I comply I have a licence” or “what registration to get rid of waste?” are two of the typical responses we hear when we ask companies how they handle the removal and disposal of Hazardous Waste from their Compressed Air system - but the plain fact is that ignorance of the law is no defence. More...
29/9/2008
Machines talk and it pays to listen
Modern acoustic emission technology is a very versatile, non-invasive way to gather information about a material or structure and was originally developed as a means of non-destructive testing and quality control. More...
29/9/2008
Fit for Purpose
Morgan Advanced Ceramics (MAC), a subsidiary of the Morgan Crucible Company that supplies world-class technical ceramics products to the medical, aerospace and laser industries faced just this problem. More...
29/9/2008
Putting Energy Firmly On The Agenda
"Since the inception of the CCL (Climate Change Levy) in 2001, the UK Government has kept a brisk pace on developing the UK’s long term strategy for reducing carbon emissions. As such the recent draft Climate Change Bill put forward in March 2007 is well on its way to receiving Royal Assent by summer 2008. More...
29/9/2008
Invaluable or Worthless - are power protection warranties worth the paper they are written on?
A key weapon in the armoury of many companies selling power protection equipment is the so-called ‘protection guarantee’. More...
26/9/2008
First Steps in Moving from Fire-Fighting to a More Planned Environment
Maintenance departments have historically embraced a “fire-fighting” or reactive management style. In some facilities, Operations was to blame for their reluctance to give up equipment capacity in order to keep product moving out the door. Furthermore, Marketing made constant changes to schedules as a knee-jerk reaction to fluctuating customer demand, resulting in delays to delivery schedules and production inefficiencies. This cycle fuelled a fire-fighting mentality on the shop floor. More...
26/9/2008
The Business IMPACT of Enterprise Asset Management
We are continuing the serialisation of the new Enterprise Asset Management book from IBM. More...
26/9/2008
Viewing Assets from an ROI perspective
While most of us have been taking more notice of our energy bills over the past year, Grahame Done has been doing it for years. As Infor’s EMEA Director for Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and with 15 years experience in Asset Management, he’s been helping engineering and manufacturing companies take more notice of theirs. More importantly, he’s been helping them to reduce their energy consumption as part of an integrated Asset Management strategy making use of the latest EAM software solutions. His starting point is that you can’t save what you don’t measure and his industry experience suggests that savings of 20% on utilities are typical when companies practice continuous monitoring and auditing. With energy costs soaring, he’s clearly a man worth listening to. More...
14/7/2008
The world of work is changing and the bar is being raised
Few can argue with the impact and importance of training when it comes to succeeding in the workplace. Michelle Roberts has 20 years experience not just in training, but in ensuring people are getting the right training. This path has led her to becoming the Director of the Skills Development Network for the Learning Skills Council (LSC). More...
3/7/2008
EAM Strategies: Creating social and financial value by going Green
What is Green? Thousands of years ago, Egyptian farmers understood the business value of optimizing their key processes and making the most of their resources. By controlling the Nile’s floodwaters and reclaiming the fertile silt left behind, for example, these agriculturalists were able to extend their growing season and increase their crop production and wealth, even in one of the most arid climates on Earth. More...

Ezine

25/4/2017
Calibration Uncertainty for Dummies by Beamex
Being aware of the uncertainty related to the measurement is a very fundamental concept and you should not really make any measurements unless you are aware of the related uncertainty. More...
24/4/2017
First World Congress on Condition Monitoring 2017
The First World Congress on Condition Monitoring 2017 (WCCM2017) will take place from 13 to 16 June 2017 at the ILEC Conference Centre, London, UK More...
24/4/2017
Enhanced Handheld Communicator Reduces Maintenance Time
Emerson’s power the loop functionality for the AMS Trex Device Communicator makes it easier to power a field measurement device. More...
24/4/2017
Getting Beyond Numerical Results for Testing Electric and Hybrid Drive Trains
Evaluating motor efficiency has become extremely important since significant efforts are focused on more efficient electrical machines and drives. The main issue is how to implement an accelerated procedure that obtains the motor or drive efficiency for all operating points safely, accurately and rapidly. More...
24/4/2017
Fulton Celebrates as 1000th Trainee Gains City & Guilds Certification
Just three-and-a-half-years after their introduction, Fulton Limited – the leading heat transfer specialist – is celebrating having welcomed its 1,000th trainee onto its City & Guilds Accredited training course. More...
24/4/2017
AUTOAgility; Working Behind The Scenes
Agility, the market leading Asset and Maintenance management software solution from SoftSols Group, allows work to be intelligently managed and automatically deployed with AUTOagility. More...
24/4/2017
The Importance of Ensuring Correct Specification
Industrial hose, in general, is capable of many uses. They convey air, steam, water, chemicals and an almost unlimited assortment of other products from A to B. More...
30/3/2017
Quorn Food Upgrades to Hassle-Free LED Lighting
LED Eco Lights today announced that Quorn Foods, a leader in meat alternative produce, has replaced the fluorescent tubes at its 13,000 sq. ft. Stokesley, North Yorkshire manufacturing site with high-performance, energy efficient T8 LED tubes from the Goodlight™ range. More...
28/3/2017
Emerson Machinery Protection System Earns SIL 2 Rating
Emerson’s AMS 6500 Machinery Health™ Monitor is now certified for Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 2, providing users greater confidence against asset and process failures. More...
28/3/2017
NDT Conference and Materials Testing Exhibition 2017
BINDT’s annual conference will take place from 5-7 September at The International Centre in Telford. More...
28/3/2017
Reduce Costs and Simplify Maintenance Management with RAM’s CMMS!
Is maintenance management expensive and complex at your organisation? If so, Real Asset Management’s Computerised Maintenance Management System offers the perfect remedy. More...
28/3/2017
New! PFM75 On-line Portable Fluid Monitor
Designed as a mobile on-line laboratory to measure particulate, water, and overall oil health, the PFM75 is an easy and cost effective way to track oil condition and optimize your hydraulic and lube assets. More...
28/3/2017
Idhammar REPORTS = Greater Control On Asset Performance
Easy to use, browser based reporting module that delivers visually attractive and accurate real-time reporting on asset performance. More...
6/3/2017
AUTOAgility; Work Management Without The Guess Work and Administration
Agility, the market-leading Asset and Maintenance management software solution from SoftSols Group, seamlessly manages work with the new ‘end to end’ solution, AUTOAgility. More...
6/3/2017
Where Maintenance Engineering Matters
Maintec 2017 will deliver one of the most impressive speaker and seminar line-ups in its history to-date, with the show floor also featuring some of the world's most pioneering engineering equipment and technology suppliers who provide the most cost and energy efficient solutions. More...
6/3/2017
Idhammar REPORTS = Greater control on asset performance
Easy to use, browser based reporting module that delivers visually attractive and accurate real-time reporting on asset performance. More...
6/3/2017
Drive Reliability Goals With The Newest Handheld Communicator
Emerson’s latest handheld – AMS Trex Device Communicator - delivers a modern user experience in a rugged, intrinsically safe package, More...
6/3/2017
Chicago Pneumatic - The Leading Super Duty 1-1/2” Impact Wrench!
The CP6120 Series with its special 2-Jaw clutch is available in two models More...
6/3/2017
Best Maintenance KPIs - New Software Solution
If you want to extend asset life, cut costs, meet compliance and move towards your sustainability goals, look no further. More...
2/2/2017
Short Courses for the Engineering Maintenance Brigade
The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology specialises in helping industry solve its powder and particulate handling problems through consultancy and training. More...
2/2/2017
Reduce Costs While Improving Efficiency & Transparency
Idhammar Systems develop and deliver manufacturing efficiency software that helps customers achieve the ideal balance of productivity and efficiency for world class lean manufacturing. More...
2/2/2017
Create a Paperless Maintenance Management Process with a Specialist CMMS!
Are you struggling to keep track of endless work order sheets involved with a paper-based maintenance process? More...
20/12/2016
Boiler Tube Cleaning Made Easier
Putzmaus® is a powerful but gentle system that achieves a high polish with no material damage, helping increase boiler efficiency whilst reducing fuel-consumption and maintenance costs More...
20/12/2016
Quickly Lock Out Electrical Circuits – Watch Video!
The unique TAGLOCK™ lockout solution enables operators, mechanical engineers, maintenance and safety personnel to quickly and easily lock out electrical circuits in order to prevent accidental engagement while maintenance is ongoing. More...
20/12/2016
Registration Now Open for Maintec 2017
Maintec is the UK's established event for the maintenance engineering and asset management community. More...
20/12/2016
Five Reasons To Consider Refurbishing Your Valves
Frank Milloy, Spirax Sarco’s Valve and Control Engineering Operations Director, explains why regular servicing and proactive refurbishment are key to optimising performance. More...
20/12/2016
Cutting Costs with New Maintenance KPIs
If you want to extend asset life, cut costs, meet compliance and move towards your sustainability goals, look no further. More...
2/12/2016
Trescal Opens £2 million Measurement and Calibration facility in the East Midlands
Trescal, the specialist provider of global calibration and measurement solutions, has officially opened the doors to its brand new facility in Derby – the UK’s only UKAS accredited rotary table Measurement Testing facility. More...
1/12/2016
Drax Opens Apprenticeship Opportunity for 2017
Drax Power, which operates the UK’s largest power station – and now the country’s biggest single site renewable power generator – is looking to recruit a further six apprentices to join its training programme beginning in 2017. More...
1/12/2016
Cutting Down Harmful Chemicals in Coatings and Repair Composites
Polymeric repair composites and protective coatings were almost unheard of when they entered the industrial repair and maintenance market, yet now industries have reached a point where the use of these materials is preferred to other traditional industrial practices. More...
1/12/2016
Healthy Assets, Healthy Mind
We all know that if equipment goes down, it can significantly disrupt production and our businesses. So, what’s emerging is a set of cloud-based solutions known as Asset Performance Management (APM). More...
1/12/2016
Make Machine Intervention Safer with Lockout/Tagout!
15-20% of workplace accidents can be avoided with Lockout/Tagout. More...
1/12/2016
Best Maintenance KPIs - New Software Solution
If you want to extend asset life, cut costs, meet compliance and move towards your sustainability goals, look no further. More...
1/12/2016
UK-Wide Valve Refurbishment Service
Spirax Sarco is launching a UK-wide valve refurbishment service for industrial valve-users. More...
4/11/2016
Reduce Equipment Downtime With a Specialist Computerised Maintenance Management System
Real Asset Management provides a CMMS that manages all processes in the maintenance cycle of an asset. More...
4/11/2016
The Asset Management Conference 2016
Network and learn from other maintenance professionals at the Asset Management Conference. More...
4/11/2016
New Campaign Launched In Parliament To Tackle Shortage of UK Engineers
A campaign aimed at children and written by student engineers will be launched in the Houses of Parliament aimed at encouraging more young people to study engineering. More...
3/11/2016
Optimum Group Services
Optimum specializes in stress-free building services management, but found clients asking for more transparency to put their minds at rest regarding statutory compliance and maintenance activities undertaken across the clients premises. More...
3/11/2016
Best Practice: Quickly Respond To Safety Risks
Support your Go for zero programme by immediately adding safety signs or warnings whenever risks emerge in your workplace. Use a professional printer and safety sign software to quickly create the right signs that clearly communicate any risk or danger to your co-workers. More...
3/11/2016
Develop the Right Skills for Manufacturing Success
EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, is the representative voice of UK manufacturing, everything we do is designed to help the industry and your business thrive, innovate and compete More...
3/11/2016
Premium Triple Offset Isolation Valve – ZETRIX
With zero leakage/emissions the ZETRIX provides guaranteed isolation (conforming to leakage rate A in accordance with DIN EN12266-1) and is suitable for liquids, gases and vapours. More...
27/9/2016
Customer Case Studies on Asset Management with SAP
The International SAP Conference on Asset Management is designed to spotlight business-focused case studies, complimented by strategic solution and road map updates from the SAP solution management. More...
27/9/2016
City & Guilds NVQ 3 Electrical Nationwide
XS Training Limited deliver the City & Guilds 2356-99 NVQ Level 3 in Electrical Maintenance, Electrical Installation, Panel Building, Instrumentation, Public Lighting and Motor Rewind and Repair. More...
23/9/2016
Effective Contractor Management
Effective Contractor Management in Maintenance and Technical Projects Seminar in Birmingham More...
23/9/2016
5 Reasons to Consider SaaS for Your Maintenance Applications
The most successful asset-intensive organisations have identified Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) as a key opportunity for improving efficiency, reducing downtime and gaining a competitive advantage. More...
23/9/2016
Ezine - Do You Need To Maximise Production Uptime & Get The Best Performance From Your Assets?
This free download gives you the ‘Top 10 Questions to ask in your CMMS search’, to help guide you through the 4 stages of the CMMS/EAM system selection process and towards the right system choice. More...
23/9/2016
Full Colour Safety Signs & Labels in a Few Seconds
The new BradyJet J5000 Colour Label Printer quickly prints safety signs, lean labels and pipe markers at location and on demand. More...
23/9/2016
Developing The Perfect Tools for Manufacturing Success
EEF’s Technology Training Centre has become known as the UK’s premier facility for training and development for apprentices and professionals in manufacturing and engineering. In Autumn 2016, we are opening a brand new facility, the EEF Technology Hub. More...
23/9/2016
Folding Low Level Access Platform for Maintenance Works
The Sigmadeck folding low level access platform assembles and dismantles in minutes to provide a safe working platform More...
7/9/2016
Effective Contractor Management
Intensive two day seminar More...
5/9/2016
Bulk Materials Handling Short Course
Improve your bulk materials handling knowledge this winter by attending one of our short courses. More...
2/9/2016
New Relative Humidity Probe
The new HygroSmart HS3 advanced interchangeable relative humidity and temperature probe from Michell Instruments is 100% configurable to allow maximum flexibility to the user. More...
2/9/2016
Digital Transformation in Asset Management
At the International SAP Conference on Asset Management, customers will show how they are achieving operational excellence, enhancing quality and compliance, and ultimately maximizing return on assets. More...
1/9/2016
Computerised Maintenance Management System with an Integrated Work Order App
Real Asset Management provides a CMMS with an integrated multi-platform mobile app to ensure that work orders are viewable on the move by priority, status or overdue date More...
1/7/2016
One-Piece Access Platform for Maintenance Works
Deltadeck low level work platform designed and manufactured by Turner Access, is one complete unit that assembles and dismantles in less than a minute, allowing easy transportation and storage. More...
1/7/2016
Rittal’s 185mm Ri4Power Busbar System
Rittal’s popular 185mm Ri4Power busbar provides trusted, safe and compact power distribution within enclosures. More...
1/7/2016
An Affordable CMMS Solution
Real Asset Management (RAM) provides a CMMS with an integrated multi-platform mobile app to ensure that work orders are viewable on the move by priority, status or overdue date. More...
1/7/2016
MaxiCloud – Powered by the World’s Leading EAM Software
The most successful asset-intensive organisations have identified Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) as a key opportunity for improving efficiency, reducing downtime and gaining a competitive advantage. More...
1/6/2016
New Fluke 438-II Power Quality and Motor Analyser
The new Fluke® 438-II Power Quality and Motor Analyser uses innovative algorithms to analyse not only three-phase power quality but also torque, efficiency and speed, to determine system performance and detect overloaded conditions, eliminating the need for motor load sensors. More...
1/6/2016
Ezine - Do You Need To Maximise Production Uptime & Get The Best Performance From Your Assets?
This free download gives you the ‘Top 10 Questions to ask in your CMMS search’, to help guide you through the 4 stages of the CMMS/EAM system selection process and towards the right system choice. More...
1/6/2016
Why Cloud-Based Asset Management is Good for Business
If you want your business to work smarter and simpler, cloud-based asset management software like MaxiCloud is a no-brainer. Working in the cloud will give you a better overview of your assets, and keep them running efficiently, reliably and safely. When the data is smarter, your business is smarter. More...
9/5/2016
An Affordable CMMS Solution
Real Asset Management provides a multi-platform mobile app (available on iOS and Android) to ensure that work orders can be viewed on the move by priority, status or overdue date. More...
6/5/2016
Print Lean & Safety Signs On-Site
Reduce workplace accidents and increase productivity with well placed visual workplace signage. Brady’s complete sign & label printer range offers the potential to print every visual workplace sign on-site when needed. Discover printers and get the 5S Plus Guide! More...
6/5/2016
Simple, Smarter Asset Management for your Industry
If physical assets are critical to your business, it is essential that they are well maintained and performing efficiently. With BPD Zenith’s new cloud-based asset management solution, small businesses are able increase asset performance and profitability, support safety initiatives and ensure regulatory compliance. Get your head start to smart with MaxiCloud. More...
6/5/2016
Fluke Thermal Imagers with Free Smart Phone or Tablet – On Limited Time Offer
Until 15th June 2016 and while stocks last, Fluke is offering further money-saving thermal imager packages. More...
1/4/2016
Ezine - Free download ‘Top 10 CMMS Search Questions’
This free download gives you the ‘Top 10 Questions to ask in your CMMS search’, to help guide you through the 4 stages of the CMMS/EAM system selection process and towards the right system choice. More...
31/3/2016
Go-for-Zero with Lockout/Tagout
Maintenance professionals today are more likely to be involved in an accident than firemen. Time to reduce and manage risk during machine interventions. Lockout/Tagout isolates machines from their energy supply during interventions and can prevent accidents related to prematurely activated machinery. More...
31/3/2016
Cloud Computing - Perceptions from Oil & Gas Professionals
Faith in cloud computing is on the rise in many ways. Our recent survey showed that nine in 10 oil and gas IT professionals believe that their business needs the cloud and almost 70% were supportive of running business applications in the cloud. More...
29/3/2016
Uphill Battle As Three Quarters of UK Manufacturers Struggle To Recruit Skilled Staff
Productivity and the UK’s ability to be a power player in the digital industrial revolution are at risk because the Government has failed to get to grips with the skills crunch affecting manufacturers, warns a new report. More...
25/2/2016
Keep Outdoor Equipment Identified For 10+ Years
Brady has developed a top quality identification label that resists UV-light, weathering, fluids and abrasion for more than 10 years. The toughest outdoor identification label in the market to date keeps equipment, vehicles, components and facilities clearly identified for more than a decade. More...
25/2/2016
Smarter Operations in a Low Oil Price World
With a global reliance on energy and a sustained period of low oil prices, BPD Zenith’s cloud-based asset management solution comes at a critical time for the oil and gas industry. MaxiCloud, based on IBM Maximo Asset Management, is a key opportunity for improving operational efficiency and cutting cost. More...
25/2/2016
Integrated CMMS & OEE Systems
Whether it’s making every second count on your production shop floor, reducing waste or enhancing your maintenance capability, our OEE, CMMS and WCM Systems will help you achieve operational excellence More...
28/1/2016
Smarter Operations for Ports and Container Terminals
Exciting shifts in the global IT industry are changing the way that ports do business. With BPD Zenith’s new cloud-based solution – MaxiCloud – we are enabling you to completely rethink what asset management platforms could be capable of. Learn how to get a head start on your Smarter Operations journey today. More...
28/1/2016
FlexMaint™ - designed to work the way you want
The flexibility of FlexMaint CMMS gives you the functionality to manage the information on your screen, so together we can take a step-by-step implementation path to design your ultimate CMMS system. More...
4/1/2016
Cloud-Based Asset Management for YOUR Industry
Businesses are increasingly using Cloud Computing to lower costs and set themselves apart from the competition. With BPD Zenith’s new cloud-based asset management solution – MaxiCloud – we are enabling you to get a head start on your asset management and smarter operations journey. More...
4/1/2016
Choosing The Best Sample Port Location
Fluid sampling and preventative maintenance are no longer optional, they’re a necessity. But where you take your sample from can be just as if not more important if you want to get a true reading of your fluid conditions. More...
4/1/2016
Rotary Valves – Selection, Installation & Troubleshooting
Rotary valves are found in many processes where air lock and/or metering functions are required. More...
4/1/2016
New Online Guide
Following 16 years of intensive planning and development, RICS unveiled the third instalment of its New Rules of Measurement in spring, 2014. More...
26/11/2015
Ezine - Fluke Top 50 Multimeter Test Kits from the Test Tools Shop
The Test Tools Shop have pulled together some great multimeter test kits covering the complete Fluke range, over 50 different combinations to choose from. More...
30/10/2015
Ezine - Fluke TiS Thermal Imaging Camera Range
The New Fluke TiS Thermal Imaging Camera Range simplifies thermography, they are so simple to use you just point and shoot! Great for quick, easy, and accurate problem identification and troubleshooting. More...
30/10/2015
Ezine - An Affordable CMMS
Real Asset Management provides a CMMS and a mobile app (available on iOS and Android) to ensure that you can view work orders on the move by priority, status or overdue date. More...
30/10/2015
Ezine - Control Costs to CUT Costs
The UK’s No 1 provider of Computerised Maintenance Management Systems, Shire Systems have released a significant new module to the extremely popular and affordable suite of Pirana software products. More...
16/10/2015
Ezine - Colour Your Way To An Improved Workplace
Brady’s new BBP37 Multicolour and Cut Sign & Label Printer offers outstanding colour and cutting capabilities to quickly create a safer, more productive facility. The printer’s simple, automatic label setup and intuitive touchscreen enable you to make signs on demand and on-site in any colour and shape More...
1/10/2015
Ezine - New PUWER Assessment Service
Pilz have launched a new PUWER Assessment service that aims to provide customers with a cost effective, efficient, yet detailed assessment of their machinery to PUWER. More...
1/10/2015
Ezine - Become An Expert at Implementing Effective Maintenance Programmes
The IET’s new Guide to Electrical Maintenance will give you confidence in the operational safety of your electrical equipment by providing good practice maintenance techniques. More...
1/10/2015
Ezine - New! The Fluke TiS Thermal Imaging Camera Range
The New Fluke TiS Thermal Imaging Camera Range simplifies thermography, they are so simple to use you just point and shoot More...
7/9/2015
Ezine - A Simple and Reliable CMMS
Real Asset Management provides a CMMS to manage all processes in the maintenance cycle of an asset. More...
7/9/2015
Ezine - The Master Solution To Staying Safe
Master Abrasives has been offering solutions for industry over many years, through its experience and knowledge of abrasives and tools. More...
7/9/2015
Ezine - Star GB Reveal Details on Open House for Autumn 2015
Star’s upcoming Open House promises to showcase the latest innovations in sliding head technology. The Star team will share their knowledge with users new and old. More...
7/9/2015
Which of your process motors are likely to fail?
A motor running hot could be due to the mains power supply, the motor itself, or its load. Sometimes the problem is not apparent and it is often difficult to find the cause, as many motors are tucked away in hard-to-access areas. More...
4/9/2015
Ezine - Create A Safe and Efficient Workplace Now!
With so many people being away on holiday, this period presents the perfect opportunity to identify the safety challenges of your facility. Ensuring that once the full workforce is back everyone can power ahead. Find out how we can help you solve your challenges. More...
16/7/2015
Ezine - Important Things to Know About Solid Contaminants
MP Filtri UK answers some commonly asked questions surrounding solid contaminants and how to keep your hydraulic fluid as clean and efficient as possible. More...
14/7/2015
Ezine - How Efficient Are Your Motors Really?
Around the world, legislation relating to electric motor efficiency is tightening in an attempt to reduce carbon emissions and damage to the environment. However, far less attention is paid to some of the practicalities. More...
10/7/2015
Ezine - Design & Maintenance Crucial to Avoiding Water Hammer in Steam Systems
Steam is a very versatile and efficient carrier of energy and it is used in a wide range of industrial processes. It is intrinsically safe and frequently used in food and pharmaceutical production; however, it must be treated with respect. More...
7/7/2015
Ezine - Award Winning Knee Pads Save Injury, Time and Money
An award winning, non-foam based, pocketed safety kneepad which maintains its maximum cushioning effect throughout consecutive or prolonged use, can help prevent down time and subsequent loss of earnings through knee injury. More...
29/6/2015
Ezine - A Simple and Reliable CMMS
Real Asset Management provides a CMMS to manage all processes in the maintenance cycle of an asset. More...
4/6/2015
Ezine - Comprehensive Maintenance Checklists and Mobile Solutions from Shire Systems
Pirana CMMS supports the easy creation of uniform ‘checklists’, eliminating the need to input the same information multiple times. This is extremely useful for routes, projects, installations, setups and upgrades. The checklists (checks, instructions and / or readings) can be pulled directly into work orders and scheduled maintenance. More...
2/6/2015
Ezine - FLUKE team up with the Test Tools Shop!
Fluke continue to design the very best 'Test Tools' making it easy and safe for electrical maintenance engineers to carry out their inspection procedures. More...
29/5/2015
Ezine - Measure Humidity in Extreme Conditions
The Vaisala HUMICAP Humidity and Temperature Transmitter Series HMT330 is built for stable measurement in various environments. More...
7/5/2015
Ezine - FREE 30 Day CMMS Trial
See how Real Asset Management's computerised maintenance management software can enable your company to improve equipment performance... More...
7/5/2015
Ezine - All Chemicals Labelled? Get The CLP/GHS Guide and Attend Webinar!
After June 2015, all dangerous chemical substances and mixtures need to carry a predefined CLP-label. In June 2015, the transition period ends for mandatory CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) chemicals labelling in the European Union. Now is the time to act! Download our free CLP/GHS Solutions Guide & attend the Webinar! More...
7/5/2015
Ezine - Effective Contractor Management in Maintenance and Technical Projects
This two day, interactive, seminar has been built to give you the right mix of topics and discussion points to better manage the complete process of contractor engagement and management. More...
7/5/2015
Ezine - Proven Best Practices on Process Safety Management
During the ProSafe Europe conference, industry representatives from BASF, Centrica, E.ON, Maersk Drilling, Nestlè, Sanofi and more will share their own approaches on how to ensure process safety management is fully integrated. More...
13/4/2015
Top Ten Rules for Condition Monitoring
Effective maintenance management depends on the accurate forecasting and diagnosis of problems with plant and machinery, and condition monitoring (CM) is an increasingly common method of preventing the failure of critical equipment and maximising uptime. More...
9/4/2015
Ezine - Spirax Sarco Helps Blackpool Victoria Hospital
Spirax Sarco is helping Blackpool Victoria Hospital to substantially reduce its energy and maintenance costs and lower its carbon emissions. More...
9/4/2015
Ezine - Free CMMS System Review, Book Yours Now
Frustrated with your existing CMMS system? With a free system review we can help put you in control of your Maintenance. More...
13/3/2015
New Legionnaires' Disease Risk Assessment Guide
Legionella bacteria are ubiquitous in nature but it is water systems within the modern built environment that provide ideal conditions for them to multiply to hazardous concentrations. More...
12/3/2015
Reliability, Resilience and Damage
There is currently research being carried out that is being funded by the US Navy to try and quantify reliability in scientific terms. More...
5/3/2015
Condition Monitoring
Effective condition monitoring involves extensive assessment of equipment such as fans, electric motors and pumps which enables clients to be assisted in the prediction of plant failures. More...
2/3/2015
Ezine - UK Engineering - A Success Story That Needs Sustaining
The report, assessing the economic returns of engineering research and postgraduate training in the UK, has been compiled by the Technopolis group. It highlights the remarkable contribution of engineering to the nation’s economy and the everyday lives of UK citizens More...
2/3/2015
Ezine - Asset Tracking Is Not a One Off Process
From cameras to monitors, assets are on the move. It may sound like a scene from Dr Who, but the reality is that from hospitals providing patients with in-home equipment to schools allocating video cameras for art projects and even delivery drivers with parcel scanners, the assets owned by organisations are increasingly deployed not only within the physical boundaries of a building but also outside More...
26/2/2015
Ezine - Risk Assessment - The Key to Safe Machinery
Precise knowledge of what is technically feasible and what is permitted from a legal perspective is a prerequisite for designing safety technology that will offer the greatest possible potential for productive machine operation. More...
9/2/2015
Ezine - Oil Price Fluctuation and its effect on the Chemical Process Sector
In October when writing for another process industry magazine I said that “The Petrochemical Industry globally is undergoing change at an ever increasing rate. Middle Eastern oil which has controlled the sector’s raw material pricing for decades has even seen its dominance challenged by the development of shale gas production in North America.” More...
9/2/2015
Ezine - Effective Contractor Management in Maintenance and Technical Projects
T.A. Cook is delighted to announce that due to its success, the Effective Contractor Management in Maintenance and Technical Projects seminar will be returning to Birmingham in 2015, from 24-25 March. More...
9/1/2015
EDF Energy Explains The Importance of Pure Water
EDF Energy owns and operates 15 nuclear plants at eight nuclear power stations in the UK. These stations have a combined capacity of just under 8,800MW – about 10% of the UK’s total installed electricity generation capacity from all energy sources, which comes to about 85,000MW. More...
8/1/2015
Ezine - New Structural Acrylic Adhesives from Permabond
Permabond’s development chemists at our new laboratory and manufacturing plant in Hampshire UK, have been busy formulating an impressive selection of new acrylic-based adhesives. More...
6/1/2015
Ezine - Selection and Maintenance of Powder Processing Equipment
If keeping processes running efficiently is your responsibility or you are involved in the modification of bulk materials handling plant – then we may have just the course for you. Our courses incorporate the latest knowledge and developments for a wide range of equipment types commonly used in industry. More...
1/12/2014
Ezine - FREE CMMS Review Pack
Improve your maintenance management & comply with ISO 55000 More...
1/12/2014
Maintenance at your fingertips: Cloud based CMMS
Get control of your PM schedules, condition monitoring, spares and much more. More...
3/11/2014
Ezine - Michell Instruments Celebrates 40 Years of Innovation
Precision sensor and instrumentation manufacturer, Michell Instruments, is celebrating 40 years of business this year. Established in 1974 in Cambridge, UK, the company started off in a small building with just a couple of employees but now has three manufacturing locations and offices in ten countries. More...
31/10/2014
Ezine - Improve Your Bulk Materials Handling Knowledge
Short Courses at the Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology More...
30/10/2014
Ezine - FREE CMMS Review Pack
Improve your maintenance management & comply with ISO 55000 More...
30/9/2014
Ezine - FREE CMMS Review Pack
Improve your maintenance management & comply with ISO 55000 More...
30/9/2014
Ezine - ‘Get More with Agility CMMS’ Webinar Program
Join our brand new webinar program to see how easy to use, powerful and flexible Agility is. More...
30/9/2014
Ezine - Optimize Enterprise Asset Management with Mobile
Why are more and more asset intensive companies adopting mobile? What is required to develop a successful mobile strategy? More...
30/9/2014
Ezine - Dew Point in Compressed Air
Download a document and learn about topics More...
30/9/2014
Ezine - High Integrity Monitoring For Your Critical Plant
Sentry G3 from condition monitoring specialists Sensonics offers unrivalled measurement integrity for your critical rotating plant. More...
4/9/2014
Ezine - New Engineering Manager Course & Open Days
Our new Engineering Manager Course is perfect for developing the key skills to become a successful, senior leader. It is aimed at personnel new to the role of Engineering Manager More...
4/9/2014
Ezine - FREE CMMS Review Pack
Improve your maintenance management & comply with ISO 55000 More...
4/9/2014
Ezine - Free e-book - Ultimate Calibration, 2nd edition
Why calibrate and what are the risks of not calibrating? What is paperless calibration and how can it be managed? How can the total uncertainty of temperature calibration be calculated? Why must smart instruments be calibrated and how can this be done? How calibrate safely in hazardous environments? More...
4/9/2014
Ezine - Simple One Push Button Control For Valves
The Series 3730 electro pneumatic control valve positioner with PROFIBUS-PA communication from SAMSON CONTROLS provides high quality air output capacity combined with optimum functionality and ease-of-operation. More...
4/9/2014
Ezine - sara LBS provides shelter for refurbished food distribution centre
A vacant food distribution centre in Leicestershire has been undergoing a process of refurbishment and modernisation in order to bring it back up to an operational standard. Part of the work involved renovating the 40+ loading bays to make sure that they provide efficient loading / unloading, whilst helping to protect the thermal efficiency of the building. sara LBS was contracted to retro-fit new, high quality dock shelters to each of the building’s loading bays. More...
4/9/2014
Ezine - Spirax Sarco introduces delivery within 48 hours for Spira-trol™ control valves
Spirax Sarco has introduced guaranteed 48-hour delivery for its Spira-trol™ modular control valves. Actual delivery times since the service’s launch are proving to be much shorter with over 90% of valves reaching their destination within 24 hours of ordering. More...
4/8/2014
Ezine - Sense and Sensitivity…
Investing in industrial doors with sensing technology can increase site safety and productivity, whilst improving integration with the rest of the Loading Bay. More...
25/7/2014
Ezine - FREE 30 day CMMS Trial
See how Real Asset Management's computerised maintenance management software can enable your company to improve equipment performance and asset reliability through its maintenance scheduling More...
25/7/2014
Ezine - MCP Road Shows
Find out about this important new course at our roadshows in Derby, Reading or Solihull MCP is launching a brand new Course for Engineering Managers this Autumn. More...
25/7/2014
Ezine - Providing You With a Comprehensive Maintenance Contract
The roots of Clemas have always been in service, as this was the basis on which the company was originally established. With this as their heritage you can be confident that Clemas are well equipped to service and maintain any new industrial cleaning machine, as well as maintaining any existing industrial cleaning machine. More...
27/6/2014
Ezine - MCP Road Shows
Find out about this important new course at our roadshows in Derby, Reading or Solihull MCP is launching a brand new Course for Engineering Managers this Autumn. More...
27/6/2014
Ezine - Protect Your Equipment, Maximise Your Investment
Compressed air systems are at risk of damage from excess moisture building up. However, regular spot checks of moisture are proven to prolong the life of the system, allowing early action to prevent corrosion damage More...
3/6/2014
Ezine - Learn How to Manage Your Reactive/Planned Maintenance
Learn how Real Asset Management's computerised maintenance management solution can enable your company to improve its equipment performance and asset reliability through its maintenance scheduling More...
3/6/2014
Ezine - Protecting Smaller Critical Rotating Plant
The new DN26 G3 Machinery Protection Monitor from Sensonics provides cost-effective machinery protection in a compact and affordable unit More...
3/6/2014
Ezine - Valve Positioners Designed For Toughest Challenges
Where industrial applications demand the highest levels of safety and reliability process control systems need to be able to withstand the effects of the most challenging potential threats. More...
3/6/2014
Ezine - Storage Tank Vent Breathers Protect Sensitive Fluids
Brownell has extended its range of storage tank vent breathers and adsorbers to prevent the contamination of valuable products from the harmful effects of moisture. More...
3/6/2014
Ezine - Is It Worth The Risk?
To protect facilities, assets & people, venting violent overpressures is critical. For areas where potentially explosive atmospheres, materials, and processes exist, a testable, resettable and factory calibrated pressure-venting system is essential. More...
8/5/2014
Ezine - Give Your Hydraulic and Electrical Systems a Health Check
Electrical and Hydraulic Systems need regular check-ups in order to maintain peak operational performance. Paul Hickman, an expert in drive technology at Bosch Rexroth, says that all-too-often end -users neglect to give these vital pieces of equipment the TLC they deserve. More...
6/5/2014
Ezine - Turbidity Monitor Protects Boilers and Saves Energy
Spirax Sarco‘s new Turbidity Monitoring System for detecting non-conductive contaminants such as fats, oils and greases in condensate, enables steam system operators to recover substantial amounts of energy that would otherwise be lost. More...
6/5/2014
Ezine - Are You Ready For The Field?
Being a field calibration technician is toug More...
1/4/2014
A Reliable Plant is a Safe Plant, is a Cost Effective Plant
There can’t be many manufacturing companies in the western world that don’t recognise the importance of safety; legislation and reputation underpinning natural concern for employee welfare. More...
27/3/2014
Ezine - Are Your Maintenance Processes Geared Up To Meet ISO 55000 Requirements?
ISO 55000 provides a framework to enable organisations to use asset insight to improve operational effectiveness More...
25/3/2014
Ezine - Samson Gets Even Smarter With New Valve Positioner
A new, high specification, yet competitively priced valve positioner has been introduced by SAMSON CONTROLS for use on their diaphragm operated valves. More...
7/3/2014
Ezine - Save 90% on Cooling Costs with EcoCooling Evaporative Cooling
EcoCooling direct evaporative cooling is an alternative to air conditioning used in both industrial buildings and datacentres, providing 90% energy savings at a fraction of the capital cost of traditional air conditioning or ventilation systems. More...
4/3/2014
Ezine - Spirax Sarco Delivers Energy-Saving Steam Project for €340m New-Build Hospital
Spirax Sarco has delivered a project to provide the steam for heating, hot water, humidification and laundry services at a brand new, €340 million, acute hospital for the Enniskillen Trust in Northern Ireland. More...
3/3/2014
Ezine - Simple One Push Button Control For Valves
The Series 3730 electro pneumatic control valve positioner with PROFIBUS-PA communication from SAMSON CONTROLS provides high quality air output capacity combined with optimum functionality and ease-of-operation. More...
3/3/2014
Ezine - Protecting Smaller Critical Rotating Plant
The new DN26 G3 Machinery Protection Monitor from Sensonics provides cost-effective machinery protection in a compact and affordable unit More...
3/3/2014
Ezine - NOV Mono Helps Solve Sewage Handling Problem for Historic Vessel
An historic British ship is now benefitting from efficient and reliable sewage handling thanks to the installation of new equipment from NOV Mono. More...
28/2/2014
Ezine - Learn How to Manage Your Reactive/Planned Maintenance
Learn how Real Asset Management’s computerised maintenance management solution can enable your company to improve its equipment performance and asset reliability through its maintenance scheduling More...
6/1/2014
Ezine - AB World Foods will save 708 tonnes of CO2 with Spirax Sarco
A Spirax Sarco steam trap management contract is projected to save AB World Foods 236 tonnes of CO2 a year, for the next three years. More...
3/1/2014
Ezine - Webinar: Maximising the Benefit of your CMMS
Why is it that 70% of CMMS implementations fail to meet ROI goals? More...
3/12/2013
Ezine - Valve Positioners Designed For Toughest Challenges
Where industrial applications demand the highest levels of safety and reliability process control systems need to be able to withstand the effects of the most challenging potential threats. More...
12/11/2013
Ezine - Coatings Prolong Bearing Life in Harsh Environments
Often, operating conditions exist that are beyond the limits of standard bearings. However, by applying a coating or combination of coatings to the base material of bearing components, the operating life of the bearings can be extended significantly. More...
11/11/2013
Ezine - How to Protect your Employees Hearing
Long-term and repeated exposure to harmful levels of noise can result in chronic health effects, known as noise induced hearing loss (NIHL). Providing employees with protection from potential noise hazards in the workplace is a legal requirement. More...
7/11/2013
Ezine - Westons Cider saves £42,000 p/y with Spirax Sarco RO
Westons Cider is saving around £42,000 per year in fuel and water costs following the installation of a Reverse Osmosis (RO) water treatment unit from Spirax Sarco. More...
5/11/2013
Ezine - Simple One Push Button Control For Valves
The Series 3730 electro pneumatic control valve positioner with PROFIBUS-PA communication from SAMSON CONTROLS provides high quality air output capacity combined with optimum functionality and ease-of-operation. More...
5/11/2013
Ezine - Evaluation, Selection and Justification of a CMMS - Free Guide
Tasked with evaluating and selecting a new CMMS but don't know where to start? More...
5/11/2013
Ezine - Beamex Introduces New Calibration Pumps
To complement our integrated calibration solutions we have extended our range of calibration pumps, with precision and performance in mind, interchangeable across our range of pressure calibrators ranging from -0.95 to 700 bar the Beamex PG range are a fast and reliable way to generate pressure. More...
8/10/2013
Ezine - Maintaining HVAC Equipment With Air Intake Filters
Airborne debris, such as domestic waste, leaves, pollen, insects and even plastic carrier bags is the leading cause of fouling and clogging of cooling towers, heat exchangers, air cooled chillers and other HVAC systems, according to Richard Betts, managing director of Newbury-based RAB Specialist Engineers. More...
8/10/2013
Ezine - Awards Engineering Skills For Future
The Best of British Engineering, which is leading the country out of recession, is to be celebrated at the inaugural Semta Skills Awards. More...
7/10/2013
Ezine - Energy Logger – Single/Three Phase Power Monitoring
The Tinytag Energy Logger from Gemini Data Loggers is a safe and non-invasive tool for accurately monitoring power usage of entire premises or individual high-consumption equipment. This portable, self-configuring device can be used for spot-checks or for longer term recording of single or three phase power supplies. More...
7/10/2013
Ezine - Free on-site survey can reduce factory and warehouse carbon footprints
Recently published results found that factories and warehouses are responsible for 10.2 million tonnes of CO2 each year and that this figure could be reduced by 16% through investing in technologies such as adequately insulated doors. More...
7/10/2013
Ezine - New Fronius MIG/MAG Welding-Appliance Platform Takes a Quantum Leap
With its radically new modular MIG/MAG welding-appliance platform TPS/i, Fronius is leading the welding sector into a new era: users benefit from working with individually customisable and upgradeable appliances that stand out for their high intelligence and extensive communications functions. More...
12/9/2013
Ezine - The IET Asset Management Series
Asset Management is the management of (primarily) physical assets that are fundamental to business operation. Asset Management considers their selection, maintenance, inspection and renewal. It plays a key role in determining the operational performance and profitability of industries that operate assets as part of their core business and the IET Asset Management series of events can help you gather the knowledge, contacts, tools and techniques for effectively managing your business critical assets. More...
12/9/2013
Ezine - Highly Reliable Switching from New Weidmüller Single-Phase Power Solid-State Relays
Developed specifically for the diverse requirements of the process industry, railway applications and machine and plant manufacture, the new Weidmüller single-phase Power Solid-State Relays (PSSR) modules stand out from electromagnetic relays due to highly reliable switching throughout their long lifecycle, a compact design, low drive power, and short response times. More...
12/9/2013
Ezine - The Future of Welding Begins Today with Revolutionary New Technology from Fronius
At the Northern Manufacturing Exhibition, Fronius will be unveiling for the first time in the UK two world firsts: The modular welding-appliance platform TPS/i and AccuPocket, the world’s first-ever MMA welding system with a high-performing lithium-ion rechargeable battery. More...
8/8/2013
Ezine - LED Lighting for Hazardous Areas
When it comes to specifying lighting for use in hazardous offshore oil and gas environments, users should consider the technical and cost advantages of installing the latest LED lamps over the more traditional fluorescent alternatives, says Willi Steckel, product line manager lighting at Cooper Crouse-Hinds. More...
8/8/2013
Ezine - WD-40 Offers a Full Range of Solutions
Everyone remembers the famous blue and yellow can, that could help solve a multitude of problems from a squeaky hinge to removing dirt and grime from machinery. WD-40 Multi-Use Product celebrates its 60th birthday this year and for the first time ever has launched a range of 7 products under the renowned shield. This new range is known as WD-40 Specialist and has been designed to meet the needs of a tough industrial working environment, outperforming other leading competitor brands. More...
8/8/2013
Ezine - Save up to 20% More Energy with New Spirax EasiHeat™
Spirax EasiHeat™ Engineered Systems for delivering hot water and heating on-demand have been enhanced to deliver up to 20% energy savings compared to conventional steam-to-water heating systems. More...
15/7/2013
Ezine - Evaluation, Selection and Justification of a CMMS - Free Guide
Tasked with evaluating and selecting a new CMMS but don't know where to start? More...
15/7/2013
Ezine - Free e-book - Ultimate Calibration, 2nd edition
Why calibrate and what are the risks of not calibrating? What is paperless calibration and how can it be managed? How can the total uncertainty of temperature calibration be calculated? Why must smart instruments be calibrated and how can this be done? How calibrate safely in hazardous environments? More...
15/7/2013
Ezine - Ultracompact Wirefeeder For Greater Mobility When Welding
Fronius has launched an exceptionally rugged and compact – briefcase-format wirefeeder. The portable VR 5000 Case has been developed specifically for use in dusty, damp and salty environments. More...
3/6/2013
Ezine - The Skills Show Calls For Volunteers From The Engineering Industry
The Skills Show, the UK's largest skills and careers event, is calling for businesses within the engineering sector to encourage their employees to volunteer at its 2013 event, which will be held in Birmingham at the NEC from the 14-16 November 2013. More...
31/5/2013
Ezine - New Verderflex Peristaltic Pump Brochure
Verderflex peristaltic pumps are highly engineered units designed to pump media through a tube or hose using a rotary mechanism to ‘push’ the media through. More...
31/5/2013
Ezine - Clear and compact displays with 25% off
Endress+Hauser’s display indicators RIA15 and RIA45 offer clear information at a glance. More...
31/5/2013
Ezine - Asset Management Call for Papers Conference UK
The IET/ IAM Asset Management conference is annually attended by over 250 asset management professionals from around the world representing a wide range of asset intensive industry, public and academic sectors. More...
31/5/2013
Ezine - New White Paper...
A new White Paper from Spirax Sarco shows how steam users can save money and prevent a wide range of potential problems with an effective water treatment regime. More...
31/5/2013
Ezine - Smooth 'Crevice-Free' Valves
Eliminating areas which might increase the potential for bacteria growth such as traps and crevices is an important design requirement for control valves used in aseptic applications, such as food processing and pharmaceutical production. More...
31/5/2013
Ezine - The Ultimate Machinery Protection System
Sentry G3 from Sensonics is a high-performance sensor conditioning and monitoring system which offers market leading functions and features. More...
30/4/2013
Ezine - Web-Based CMMS – Free Review Pack
RAM’s flexible and easy to use asset maintenance software controls all aspects of planned and reactive maintenance. More...
30/4/2013
Ezine - Five Facts Manufacturers Need to Know about Renewable Energy
We are seeing a surge of interest in renewable energy by manufacturers. Progressive, innovative companies are realising that energy is a security issue hitting the bottom line and beyond. With incentives delivering short payback times, great quality products, and prices at a record low level, now is the time to build extra income streams into your business as an insurance against rising fuel costs. More...
29/4/2013
Ezine - With Moog Servo Valve Repair, The Difference Is Clear
When you trust your machine performance to Moog Servo Valve repair experts, you gain a competitive advantage in productivity and uptime. More...
29/4/2013
Ezine - Saving Waste in the Boiler House
Energy costs today are the highest in recent history. Today’s economic and environmental demands dictate that we get the greatest practical efficiencies from our plants. To do this we must have a basic understanding of what those efficiencies are and how we may implement them. More...
29/4/2013
Ezine - Pumping Food Waste Slurry in AD & Biogas Production
Reducing the cost of food waste disposal into landfill is a key performance indicator for manufacturers today. Mike Heap, director of Verder UK and Paul Smith, north east sales representative, explain how processing food waste by removing solids and water allows manufacturers and their recycling partners to extract bio fuel. More...
11/4/2013
Ezine - Seven Keys to Understanding Reliability
Richard Kelly, Managing Director of EMS Cognito, and a dedicated advocate of combining lean practices with reliability improvements, addresses some common misconceptions about reliability. More...
11/4/2013
Ezine - Do You Know Your Arc-Seconds From Your Gradians?
Angle sensors are generally rated and, just as importantly, priced according to their measurement performance. But performance is stated in a variety of ways and some manufacturers confuse matters by using crafty ‘spec-manship’. More...
11/4/2013
Ezine - The Ultimate Machinery Protection System
Sentry G3 from Sensonics is a high-performance sensor conditioning and monitoring system which offers market leading functions and features. More...
11/4/2013
Ezine - A Bearing Solution Achieves in Excess of 1,000 Hours Use
Bearing manufacturer, NSK, has improved the competitiveness of an OEM manufacturer of concrete head vibrators, by providing a bearing substitution and lubrication programme that is delivering operating cost savings of €306 pa on each vibrator, plus improving operating life and reducing maintenance requirements, mainly for replacement bearings. More...
11/4/2013
Ezine - Clean Oil Concept Can Save Money
As modern machinery has evolved so have the lubricants and lubrication systems improved to ensure it runs smoothly. Today, more than ever, an increasing demand is put upon lubricants in terms of operating temperatures, loads and performance. More...
11/4/2013
Ezine - White Paper Highlights Cost Savings of Water Treatment
A new White Paper from Spirax Sarco shows how steam users can save money and prevent a wide range of potential problems with an effective water treatment regime. More...
11/4/2013
Ezine - Smooth ‘Crevice-Free’ Valves For Critical Aseptic Control
Eliminating areas which might increase the potential for bacteria growth such as traps and crevices is an important design requirement for control valves used in aseptic applications, such as food processing and pharmaceutical production. More...
11/4/2013
Ezine - Compressed Air and Vacuum Users, Read On......
Just visiting our website could considerably reduce your maintenance costs, easily and quickly. Our on-line shop lists over 4000 part numbers for consumable items used in the majority of compressed air and vacuum systems. Just type in the number and compare the price. More...
13/3/2013
Ezine - A Guide to Material Selection for Rolling Bearings
By offering a wide choice of materials and heat treatments for rolling bearings, performance and operating life can be optimised, even for the most demanding industrial applications, says Dr Steve Lacey, engineering manager at Schaeffler UK. More...
13/3/2013
Ezine - Ex d Enclosures: Understanding the Standards
When specifying explosion-proof (Ex d) enclosures to house electrical apparatus for use in explosive atmospheres, engineers must ensure they fully understand the implications of modifying the enclosure as part of the certified equipment prior to and after installation More...
11/3/2013
Ezine - Fluke Launches Preventive Maintenance Platform
Fluke, the global leader in portable electronic test and measurement technology, has launched a Preventive Maintenance platform on its web site to help industrial maintenance personnel to maximise plant uptime and minimise downtime. More...
11/3/2013
Ezine - Surface Engineering Combats Bearing Friction and Wear
Working together with recognised leaders in advanced coatings and surface treatments has enabled Barden to provide specialised Surface Engineering Technology in support of the most demanding applications for precision bearings. Gary Hughes, product engineering manager at The Barden Corporation, outlines the latest developments. More...
11/3/2013
Ezine - A Change for All Seasons
Tightening of European energy efficiency legislation for air conditioning may be seen by some as more red tape but new rules introduced in January could enable building services engineers help their clients make substantial energy savings, says Graham Wright, Legislation Specialist at Daikin UK. More...
8/3/2013
Ezine - Electrical Maintenance NVQ Level 3 From £550 Online
XS Training are one of the UK's leading training providers for the City & Guilds 2356 NVQ Level 3 in Electrical Maintenance. More...
8/3/2013
Ezine - Chemical dosing – Case Studies and Practises
A short article discussing chemical dosing with good examples of installations around the UK. More...
8/3/2013
Ezine - Test Tools Shop
The Test Tools Shop brings together a NEW range of professional test & measurement products that are simply not available from other UK suppliers. More...
8/3/2013
Ezine - Beamex MC6 – Production of a New Industry Standard Calibrator
Beamex launched the MC6 advanced field calibrator and communicator in February 2012. This article takes a closer look at the production of this revolutionary product. More...
8/2/2013
Ezine - The Plant & Asset Management Exhibition, 8-10 April 2014
Following the successful inaugural Plant & Asset Management Exhibition in April 2012, this bi-annual event will take place again in April 2014. More...
7/2/2013
Ezine - Thermal Oils in Your Process? Read this....
If you are using thermal oils in your process it would be of great benefit for you to read out pumping solutions application report. More...
7/2/2013
Ezine - Samson Gets Even Smarter With New Valve Positioner
A new, high specification, yet competitively priced valve positioner has been introduced by SAMSON CONTROLS for use on their diaphragm operated valves. More...
7/2/2013
Ezine - More Features, More Flexibility With Sentry G3
Condition monitoring specialists SENSONICS have introduced the Sentry G3 machinery protection monitor, a high performance signal conditioning unit. More...
7/2/2013
Ezine - Combining the Advantages of Steel and Aluminium
When comparing steel and aluminium as structural materials, weight, strength, rigidity and workability should be taken into account as well as resource availability and costs. More...
5/2/2013
Ezine - Web-Based CMMS – Free Review Pack
RAM’s flexible and easy to use asset maintenance software controls all aspects of planned and reactive maintenance. More...
17/1/2013
Ezine - Top Ten Training Tips
John Saysell, a dedicated engineering training advocate and business development manager with MCP Consulting and Training, reveals the secrets to the successful implementation of industrial training programmes through his ten point strategy. More...
17/1/2013
Ezine - Mechanical Steam Trap Failure
Condensate traps are commonly employed to remove condensed water from steam utilising plant and equipment. In this context they are normally referred to as steam traps. There are many different designs of steam traps to suit a variety of circumstances. More...
15/1/2013
Ezine - Hygienic, Decorative, Slip-Resistance Resin Flooring
John Lord is acknowledged as the leading manufacturer and contractor of specialist resin flooring and ceramic vibration tiling for industrial and commercial applications with a track record of highly successful projects. More...
10/1/2013
Ezine - Web-based Asset Maintenance Software - Free Review Pack
RAM's flexible and easy to use maintenance management software controls all aspects of planned and reactive maintenance. More...
10/1/2013
Ezine - Improve Your Materials Handling Knowledge
The ability of experts at The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology to identify subject material tailored to industry for which there is little existing provision is one of the hallmarks of the courses that we deliver. More...
3/1/2013
Ezine - The First Choice for Pump Servicing: Verder UK Ltd
Verder UK Ltd offer pump services More...
7/12/2012
Ezine - New SFG20: The World of Building Maintenance Just Got Simpler
New SFG20 standard maintenance specification for building and engineering services drives down costs for clients, consultants and contractors. More...
7/12/2012
Ezine - New Rotor Insertion Flowmeter Can Be Installed 'Hot' into Live Pipework
Spirax Sarco has launched its RIM10 rotor insertion flowmeter for steam, gas and liquids that features rapid installation in live pipework. The RIM10 can be fitted directly into operational pipework using standard hot-tapping techniques, eliminating the need to disrupt production for installation. More...
7/12/2012
Ezine - Are You Prepared for Auto-Enrolment?
Auto-enrolment into workplace pension schemes has begun and employers need to prepare for 11 million people over the next five years claiming the free contributions from bosses and the Government. Do not underestimate the administrative burden of complying with the pension reforms and employees opting to stay in, says Mike Jenkins, Business Development Manager at Welplan Pensions. More...
7/12/2012
Ezine - Beko Technologies Provides Solution For Car Manufacturer
BEKO TECHNOLOGIES has helped one of the largest car manufacturing plants in the UK, based in the North East of England. The customer approached BEKO TECHNOLOGIES following a supplier recommendation as they were looking to replace the existing dryers which were also due an overhaul. More...
2/12/2012
Ezine - New VPU Surge Voltage Protection Devices from Weidmuller
Weidmuller's new comprehensive lightning and surge protection VPU series fulfils requirements for protection levels 1, 2 and 3 for power networks. This means full compliance with the current IEC 61643-11 and the future EN 61643-11 standard being introduced in 2013. More...
26/11/2012
Ezine - Smurfit Kappa Reports Significant Energy Efficiency Benefits with Mobil SHC 600
Smurfit Kappa, one the world's leading producers of paper-based packaging, has reported a gearbox energy efficiency saving of approximately 6.5 percent following a field trial using the new Mobil SHC 600 Series. These high-performance synthetic gear circulating and bearing oils have been engineered to help pulp and paper companies increase productivity, reduce costs and deliver sustainability-related benefits. More...
7/11/2012
Ezine - Condition Monitoring Service Prevents Costly Shut Down of Oil Pump Line
BP in Azerbaijan is remotely monitoring its rotating machinery (in this case using GE's Bently Nevada System 1 condition monitoring and diagnostics platform) to help prevent the unnecessary shut down of their main oil pumps, flash gas compressors and other critical units by predicting and notifying early deterioration and unit condition changes. A shut down could have led to production losses of $25,000 - $50,000 per hour. More...
7/11/2012
Ezine - UK Company Announces Zero Waste to Direct Landfill
Wolseley UK's entire Leamington Spa site is now zero waste to direct landfill, after the Wolseley Center, National Distribution Center (NDC) and Sustainable Building Center (SBC) all reached industry-leading waste targets. More...
7/11/2012
Ezine - Final Season Announced For Last Flying Vulcan
Vulcan to the Sky Trust, the charity that operates the last flying Vulcan bomber, today told its supporters that it is planning for 2013 to be the much-loved aircraft's final flying season, but 400,000 Pounds needs to be raised within months to fund her winter service. More...
7/11/2012
Ezine - Addressing the Skills Shortage to stop the Lights going out
It is now becoming well documented that the UK's power sector is facing unprecedented requirements for new skills and is facing two major structural challenges; the reinforcement of existing electrical infrastructure and the demand for new technologies that will further reduce carbon emission rates to meet the UK's renewable energy obligations. More...
2/11/2012
Ezine - In-Process Control for Fast and Reliable Inspection
Using the right weighing technology is key for achieving the required accuracy. As a machine and instrument manufacturer you need weighing components that are both reliable and easy to integrate. More...
2/11/2012
Ezine - Now You Can Connect SCADA with IBM Maximo
As enterprises seek new ways of using mobile technology to maintain their assets, EXTEND7000 offers IBM Maximo users the ultimate mobile solution for maintenance of automated equipment. EXTEND7000 for Maximo allows engineering teams to significantly improve response times to faults and minimise downtime. More...
2/11/2012
Ezine - Fulton Boilers At The Heart of DGI's Process
Fulton Limited, a leading British manufacturer of steam, hot water and thermal fluid solutions, has supplied three dual-fuel-fired, skid-mounted boiler systems - a 30J and two 40J - to cavity wall insulation specialist Domestic & General Insulation (DGI) and its wholly-owned processing subsidiary Thermabead. More...
2/11/2012
Ezine - Robust Proximity Probes Perfect For OEM Machinery
When you need to monitor shaft expansion, relative vibration and speed on turbines, pumps, compressors, gearboxes or other rotating machinery in your OEM application, the Sensonics range of robust eddy current proximity probes are the perfect solution. More...
2/11/2012
Ezine - Pension Auto-Enrolment - Money for Nothing
Employers should not underestimate the administrative burden of complying with the pension reforms and employees opting to stay in, says Mike Jenkins, Business Development Manager at Welplan Pensions. More...
8/10/2012
Ezine - Do You Require a Maintenance Management Solution but Struggling to Secure the Budget?
Request a free review pack from Real Asset Management More...
8/10/2012
Ezine - Cost-Effective & Flexible Machine Monitoring
Condition monitoring specialist SENSONICS has introduced a vibration data collection and analysis service for the benefit of all industrial plant users More...
8/10/2012
Ezine - Free White Paper Analyses Cost Benefits of Condensate Recovery in Steam Systems
A new White Paper from Spirax Sarco shows how steam users can save tens of thousands of pounds by improving their condensate recovery systems. More...
4/10/2012
Ezine - Who Monitors the Monitoring System?
Dirk Schulzer, service manager for Industrial Aftermarket Marine at Schaeffler, discusses a marine condition monitoring solution that could have wider industrial applications. More...
4/10/2012
Ezine - Driving Process Engineering Through Optimized Design and Operations
John Taylor, VP of sales operations and business consulting at software specialist AspenTech, describes how investment in process industry software will enable process industry companies to drive engineering efficiencies and be timelier to market, increase project margins and become significantly more competitive. More...
4/10/2012
Ezine - Customers Left Waiting by Poor Service Standards
Ninety-two per cent of British consumers have suffered tradesmen and delivery firms turning up late for appointments, independent research has revealed. More...
4/10/2012
Ezine - Doncaster-Based Maintenance Assistant is One of Six to Face Judging Panel
UK Worker of the Year 2012 Finalists Announced More...
1/10/2012
Ezine - Webinar: VDM KPI Dashboard for Maximo
Maintenance Managers across industries are forced to improve their performance. Fortunately many maintenance organizations contain a hidden value potential. More...
28/9/2012
Experienced Engineers
Make the most of your technical expertise by driving the productivity and efficiency of EDF Energy's thermal generation power assets. More...
17/9/2012
Ezine - Accuracy, Resolution and Repeatability: the Critical Selection Factors...
Despite their frequent use, the terms accuracy, resolution and repeatability are often misunderstood. As critical factors in the selection of position and speed sensors, engineers must ensure they fully understand the terminology, says Mark Howard, General Manager at Zettlex Ltd. More...
17/9/2012
Ezine - Plastic and Printed Electronics Technology in Aerospace
Steven Bowns of Technology Futures examines the potential impact of plastic and printed technologies in aerospace electrical and electronic systems. More...
17/9/2012
Ezine - From Crusher Belts to Eco-belts
The designers of drive belts have faced many challenges over the decades, from the ever-increasing demand for power to the growing need for end users to source more environmentally-friendly products. More...
10/9/2012
Ezine - Ingenious, Innovative, In-Stock. Lee Spring New Series 19 Catalogue
Packed with high quality springs* from a world leading manufacturer, the Lee Spring series 19 catalogue is released in September. More...
6/9/2012
Ezine - Do You Have Problems Pumping Fluids and Slurries With High Solid Content?
For engineering managers in the wastewater, anaerobic digestion, food processing and other industries, pumping fluids containing solids, debris and abrasive materials can cause many problems. More...
4/9/2012
Ezine - Shire Systems is Celebrating 30 Years in Maintenance Software
Back in 1982 Shire Systems began designing and delivering low cost management software solutions and as a result over 10 000 organisations worldwide now rely on a Shire solution. More...
4/9/2012
Ezine - Samson Gets Even Smarter With New Valve Positioner
A new, high specification, yet competitively priced valve positioner has been introduced by SAMSON CONTROLS for use on their diaphragm operated valves. More...
1/8/2012
Ezine - Outsourcing Building Services Maintenance for Pump Systems
Water is a critical resource within buildings; we need it for drinking, washing, heating and sanitation. Then there is cleaning and cooking. It is, therefore, essential that all pump systems associated with water services operate at all times - 100%availability is required. It is a tall order, but one that many facilities and building services managers have to deal with. More...
27/7/2012
Ezine - High Integrity Monitoring For Your Critical Plant
Sentry G3 from condition monitoring specialists Sensonics offers unrivalled measurement integrity for your critical rotating plant. More...
27/7/2012
Ezine - Workplace Pension Schemes and Pension Reforms - Choose Wisely
A qualifying pension scheme may solve the administrative burden of complying with the impending Pension Reforms, but only if employers choose wisely and act now, says Mike Jenkins, Business Development Manager at Welplan Pensions. More...
26/7/2012
Ezine - Farnell Element14 Launches Next Generation Component Catalogues
Farnell element14 is pioneering a new generation of component catalogue designed to make the buying process easier. It has developed a new online catalogue, named MROCAT, in Beta, to engage customers in finalising the design of what essentially will be their very own dynamic catalogue. More...
20/7/2012
Ezine - Accurate, Simple Batch Control Systems
Minimise material wastage, ensure legislative compliance and increase batch quality and profitability by reducing under and overfilling. More...
10/7/2012
Ezine - Identifying and Correcting the Causes of Bearing Failure
Identifying and analysing the root cause of a bearing failure is critical in order to prevent similar failures from occurring again. Brian Williams, Quality Director at The Barden Corporation, urges companies to introduce a regime that enables the symptoms of bearing damage to be recognised early, as well as putting a systematic procedure in place for securing damaged bearings. More...
10/7/2012
Ezine - Energy from Waste Boom
There is currently an accelerated development of affordable, clean and secure energy from waste (EfW) facilities to help the UK meet its legally binding 2050 climate change targets. As specialist recruiters within this market, Allen & York have explored this growth, looking at new projects across the UK and the associated career opportunities that are being created. More...
10/7/2012
Ezine - Responding to Global Challenges
Selda Gunsel, vice president of Lubricant Technology at Shell, discusses the forces shaping today's lubricant market More...
29/6/2012
Ezine - One Company, One Guarantee, One Responsibility
John Lord specialist flooring is a company committed to delivering the best possible industrial resin flooring solutions. More...
29/6/2012
Ezine - Boost Performance: EXTEND7000 mobile SCADA and Maintenance
EXTEND7000 is a mobile SCADA and maintenance (MSM) application used for monitoring automation and managing planned or unplanned maintenance. More...
29/6/2012
Ezine - Infrared window transmission – Crystal vs. Polymer Mesh
The IW Series is the latest generation of Intelligent IR Windows from CorDEX Instruments. More...
28/6/2012
Ezine - Seeking a Web Based Asset Maintenance Solution?
Discover how RAM's intuitive, web based maintenance management system provides users with a complete solution to their business activities More...
28/6/2012
Ezine - Eurovib (Acoustic Products) Ltd
Eurovib (Acoustic Products) Ltd is a Surrey based Noise and Vibration Control specialist. We were established in 1971 and although we are based within the UK many of our products are exported throughout the world. More...
28/6/2012
Ezine - Accurate, Simple Energy Monitoring
The Tinytag Energy Logger from Gemini Data Loggers is a safe and non-invasive tool for testing and monitoring power usage of both single devices and complete premises. More...
12/6/2012
Ezine - New!! Next generation Intelligent IR Windows
The IW Series is the latest generation of Intelligent IR Windows from CorDEX Instruments. More...
12/6/2012
Ezine - Technip Reduce Costs and Vessel Downtime
Technip is a leader in engineering, technologies and project management for the oil and gas industry. More...
12/6/2012
Ezine - Selecting Position Sensors in High Vibration Environments - The Do's and Don'ts
Machines that are subject to harsh or prolonged vibration present challenges for many components - none more so than position and speed sensors. More...
12/6/2012
Ezine - Dust in the Factory - Still an Explosive Topic
Gordon Low, marketing segment manager at COOPER Crouse-Hinds, discusses how factories can reduce the risk of dust explosions occurring in the workplace and the latest standards relating to explosion-proof electrical equipment installed in these areas. More...
8/6/2012
Ezine - BG01 boiler safety guidance: How to comply
With the publication of the new "Guidance on Safe Operation of Boilers" (BG01), now is the time to ensure boiler house operations are compliant in the eyes of regulators and insurers. More...
1/6/2012
Ezine - DYMO Industrial
Designed based on input from professional installers, DYMO Industrial label printers and labels are tough, affordable and long-lasting. More...
1/6/2012
Ezine - Buying Or Installing Pumps?
All you need to know about the technical and practical issues of pumping can be found on our website. More...
1/6/2012
Ezine - The Ultimate Machinery Protection System
Sentry G3 from Sensonics is a high-performance sensor conditioning and monitoring system which offers market leading functions and features. More...
1/6/2012
Ezine - Technical Training Courses
MCP's technical training specialises in practical learning programmes for upskilling technicians and operators. More...
11/5/2012
Ezine - Tomorrows Technology
One of the world's most sought-after keynote speakers at corporate events, futurist Dr Patrick Dixon, gives his take on tomorrow's technology trends. More...
10/5/2012
Ezine - Last call for businesses to take part in the programme to find the UK's top manufacturer
The Manufacturing Excellence 2012 programme, from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), offers 20,000 pounds worth of free consultancy to all businesses that enter. More...
10/5/2012
Ezine - Using Android Devices to Manage Safety Inspections
Over the past couple of years, the explosive penetration of Android-based mobile phones and tablets has changed the marketplace with an estimated 6 million weekly activations of Android devices at the beginning of 2012. More...
10/5/2012
Ezine - Resolvers, Optical Encoders and Inductive Encoders
Resolvers are good. Encoders are good. But which is the best? There's only one way to find out...Mark Howard of Zettlex examines the strengths and weaknesses of each and also offers some alternatives. More...
10/5/2012
Ezine - The 16 Billion Sterling Profit Pot
Rod Ellsworth, Vice President for Global Asset Sustainability at Infor, looks at some of the biggest culprits of energy waste in manufacturing plants, and highlights the colossal opportunity to turn waste into profit. More...
4/5/2012
Ezine - DYMO Industrial
Designed based on input from professional installers, DYMO Industrial label printers and labels are tough, affordable and long-lasting. More...
3/5/2012
Ezine - New, Specialist Website Offers Affordable Range of World-Class Motors, Drives & Inverters...
Industry OEMs and plant managers now have a new online, direct source of AC motors and inverters at some of the best prices available online in the UK. More...
2/5/2012
Ezine - Order your comprehensive guide to industrial weighing components
If you are responsible for selecting and integrating weighing and measuring equipment into industrial applications and solutions then METTLER TOLEDO's Weighing Components catalogue could be beneficial in your operations. More...
1/5/2012
Ezine - Samson Gets Even Smarter With New Valve Positioner
A new, high specification, yet competitively priced valve positioner has been introduced by SAMSON CONTROLS for use on their diaphragm operated valves. More...
10/4/2012
Ezine - The Road to Operational Efficiencies
Managers of process plants strive for operational efficiencies. Maximising throughput, availability and product quality, while minimising operating, maintenance and energy costs, lie behind getting the most from your plant. More...
10/4/2012
Ezine - 'Bearing' the Strain
Bearings are crucial to the operation of a wide range of production machinery. Yet many experience reduced service life and premature failure, creating additional and unnecessary costs in terms of production downtime and expenditure on spare parts. More...
10/4/2012
Ezine - Weidmuller two-pole voltage testers exceed Standards requirements
Weidmuller has introduced six new versions of two-pole voltage testers that more than fulfil the revised standard for these types of testers ie. DIN VDE 0682-401:2011 and DIN EN-61243-3:2010). More...
3/4/2012
Ezine - Operator Asset Care, the key to Continuous Improvement
An Operator Asset Care programme is based on the principle that the people operating your production equipment, on a daily/regular basis, are the ones most capable of improving equipment reliability and performance. More...
3/4/2012
Ezine - DYMO Industrial
Designed based on input from professional installers, DYMO Industrial label printers and labels are tough, affordable and long-lasting. More...
3/4/2012
Ezine - VIBRATION PROBLEMS?
Vibcheck from Sensonics is a pocket-sized vibration meter that can help you avoid costly breakdowns. More...
3/4/2012
Ezine - BG01 boiler safety guidance: How to comply
With the publication of the new "Guidance on Safe Operation of Boilers" (BG01), now is the time to ensure boiler house operations are compliant in the eyes of regulators and insurers. More...
20/3/2012
Ezine - Optimising pipe fit-up and logistics improves welding productivity
For oil and gas companies, pipeline welding is a high precision task that cannot afford any delays. If pipes fit together poorly due to geometrical defects, this can lead to repairs and rework, which impacts tight production schedules. More...
20/3/2012
Ezine - Managing Diesel Fuel Quality in a Stored Environment
Tim Brady, of ALGAE-X International, discusses the importance of having a fuel maintenance programme in place for critical items of plant, for example standby generators. More...
20/3/2012
Ezine - Tandem Encoders
'Tandem Encoder' is a new term but one which is increasingly being used by mechanical and electrical designers. Mark Howard of Zettlex explains what a Tandem Encoder is; how they work; their technical features and where they are best utilised. More...
10/3/2012
Ezine - The best pump services from Verder UK
For over 50 years, the Verder group has offered a range of pump services for all Verder pump ranges and 3rd party brands. More...
21/2/2012
Ezine - BEST PRACTICES FOR MOTOR ASSET MANAGEMENT
ISE Predictive Industrial Service Engineering and PdMA Corporation will attend Plant & Asset Management Exhibition 2012 17-19 APRIL,Hall 3,NEC BIRMINGHAM More...
21/2/2012
Ezine - ROBUST PROXIMITY PROBES PERFECT FOR OEM MACHINERY
When you need to monitor shaft expansion, relative vibration and speed on turbines, pumps, compressors, gearboxes or other rotating machinery in your OEM application, the Sensonics range of robust eddy current proximity probes are the perfect solution. More...
20/2/2012
Ezine - Advanced Accuracy and Reliability in Tank Weighing
A well designed and properly installed Tank Weighing System ensures accurate and reliable production, batch after batch. Such systems avoid loss of materials, maximising cost efficiencies. More...
15/2/2012
Ezine - POLISHED PERFORMERS MEET CRITICAL ASEPTIC CONTROL DEMANDS
Among the key design requirements for control valves used in aseptic applications, such as food processing, is a cavity-free body design without crevices or 'traps' to ensure that the potential for bacteria growth is eliminated, the ability for effective CIP and SIP (Clean or Sterilised In Place) and to be self-draining. More...
26/1/2012
Ezine - Spirax Sarco Opens UK Steam Technology Centre
The centre is the only training facility in the UK to offer a fully-operational steam system with SCADA control. This enables it to enhance the quality of training across Spirax Sarco’s array of steam engineering courses, as well as supporting live technology demonstrations. More...
26/1/2012
Ezine - HIGH INTEGRITY MONITORING FOR YOUR CRITICAL PLANT
Sentry G3 from condition monitoring specialists Sensonics offers unrivalled measurement integrity for your critical rotating plant. More...
23/1/2012
Ezine - The Economic Benefit of Hiring
Ever considered hiring Variable Speed Drives? What about electric motors, transformers, generators or even switchgear? Buying products outright is the way industry have always done things. But it may be time to think again hiring from Quantum Controls could be the most cost-effective business decision you make all year. More...
13/1/2012
Ezine - Dirty Oil Causes Breakdowns
Is your oil as clean as it should be? Are you analysing your oil to prove it? Dirty oil leads to component wear and ultimately failure. You've got to do something about it... More...
21/12/2011
Ezine - New Transmitter Combines Dewpoint and Pressure Measurements
Dew point measurement combined with process pressure measurement offers further unique advantages. More...
21/12/2011
Ezine - The advantages of using AeroGo Air Skates
AeroGo's Load Module System allows loads to be literally floated to their destination on a thin film of air. Load movement is easy, exceptionally smooth and omni-directional and the System can be used anywhere there is an adequate floor surface. AeroGo Load Modules distribute the load weight over More...
22/11/2011
Ezine - Spring Web Site Provides Improved Navigation and Content
The Lee Spring UK website has been reconfigured with the customer in mind. Offering faster access to the 'request a quote' function, specification information, cad downloads and enhanced learning content. More...
15/11/2011
Ezine - Increase Performance by Choose the Right Scale
No matter what you buy, there are always different levels of quality and price. That goes for scales too. More...
8/11/2011
Ezine - ROBUST PROXIMITY PROBES PERFECT FOR OEM MACHINERY
When you need to monitor shaft expansion, relative vibration and speed on turbines, pumps, compressors, gearboxes or other rotating machinery in your OEM application, the Sensonics range of robust eddy current proximity probes are the perfect solution. More...
3/11/2011
Ezine - Seeking an operational maintenance solution?
Discover how RAM’s computerised maintenance management system provides users with a complete solution to their business activities; streamlining maintenance processes by reducing equipment downtime, increasing productivity and actively managing both planned and unplanned maintenance scenarios. More...
26/10/2011
Ezine - Bearing lubrication: essential for the reliable operation of modern plant and machinery
The performance of modern plant and machinery depends on the reliability of rolling bearings. Nick Dowding, Applications Engineering Manager at The Barden Corporation, discusses the importance of bearing lubrication, including the correct selection, application and maintenance of rolling bearing lubricants and greases. More...
26/10/2011
Ezine - Energy Analysis - How it Saved Jobs at Austin Energy
Austin Energy Company owned and operated by the city of Austin, Texas, provides electric and natural gas service to 388,000 customers and a population exceeding 900,000 in the Lone Star State’s capital city and surrounding area. More...
26/10/2011
Ezine - Why Servicing Turbocor is a Job for Experts
The principles behind the Turbocor compressor are completely different to conventional compression systems. The high performance technology has proved to be exceptionally reliable, however when units do need servicing it is vital to use trained specialists who know what they are doing, or it can result in very serious problems. More...
20/10/2011
Ezine - Next-generation steam flow meter offers unprecedented accuracy...
Spirax Sarco brings unrivalled accuracy to steam metering with the launch of its TVA steam flow meter, a next-generation spring-loaded inline variable area meter. More...
11/10/2011
Ezine - Wycombe District Council Enjoys the Multiple Benefits of Thermal Imaging
Wycombe District Council is a true testament to the multiple benefits and the overall quality of the Testo 875 Thermal Imaging Camera. The newly acquired camera allows the Council to be pro-active and totally efficient across all aspects of buildings and domestic housings management by means of identifying and preventing any serious problems or anomalies before they can cause damage, resulting in high costs. More...
10/10/2011
Ezine - Nissan Forklift launches RG Reach series with superior operator safety
The engineering industry is full of buzzwords: carbon neutral, cost-effective and high-performance, but the one word that outranks every other when it comes to choosing equipment is safety. More...
4/10/2011
Ezine - The Importance of Glove Grip: Increase Productivity & Reduce Accidents
Good glove grip is essential to avoid potential accidents and serious injury in the workplace from loss of secure control. Individuals working in oily, greasy, wet, soapy and dry conditions need gloves that grip properly, to protect them from injury, reduce hand fatigue and enable them to work efficiently. More...
4/10/2011
Ezine - Consider the True Cost of Compressed Air
Richard Moore, Marketing Services Manager at Parker Hannifin’s domnick hunter Industrial Division, explains how cost effective and environmentally friendly compressed air purification products can provide the highest quality compressed air while achieving considerable energy savings. More...
4/10/2011
Ezine - EAL launches Level 2 Certificate in Preparation for Working ...
Specialist industry awarding organisation, EAL, has launched a unique Level 2 Certificate in Preparation for Working in the Engineering Manufacturing Industry. More...
9/9/2011
Ezine - NEW! UT5000 Intrinsically Safe Thickness Gauge
The quality hand held tool with its Intrinsically safe design, has been tested for both ATEX and IECEx Zone 1 IIC T4 hazardous (explosive) areas, making it the perfect device for hazardous area personnel, who currently have to obtain special ‘hot work permits’ to use standard electronic measuring devices. More...
9/9/2011
Ezine - ExxonMobil Lubricants and Petroleum Specialties Showcases its Range...
ExxonMobil Lubricants and Petroleum Specialties, a division of Exxon Mobil Corporation, has continued to develop its offer for the oil and gas industry through the introduction of its new, fully-synthetic, Mobil SHC Gear series. More...
6/9/2011
Ezine - Nissan Forklift getting greener every day
Until recently, the term ‘green credentials’ meant very little to manufacturers. Now, it’s something a business regularly has to demonstrate to win, and retain, customers. More...
2/9/2011
Ezine - De.Solv.It Keeps Wind Turbines Turning
Mykal were approached by a major supplier and maintenance engineer of energy-generating wind turbines with an application to degrease the exterior and interior walls of a turbine tower after an oil spillage 80 metres above ground. More...
26/8/2011
Ezine - Lease Drives and Motors
Almost all industries can benefit from the installation of Variable Speed Drives and energy efficient motors to reduce their carbon footprint and reduce their ever increasing energy costs. More...
25/8/2011
Ezine - High Quality, Affordable Thermal Imaging Cameras from Testo
Testo offer a wide range of high quality Thermal Imaging Camera’s with an extensive range of features, essential to everyday use; the ideal preventative maintenance tool for industrial applications, including electrical and mechanical thermal surveys, to highlight thermal anomalies and reduce costs. More...
15/8/2011
Ezine - Hazardous Area Weighing Explained
METTLER TOLEDO invites you to access its FREE online seminar which explains hazardous area weighing. More...
26/7/2011
Ezine - Testing Critical Motors is Vital for Industry
When a motor is new the dielectric strength of the insulation is high. Overtime this slowly deteriorates with potential for problems. Operating environment and process variables can also adversely affect the motor’s life. Periodic motor monitoring will detect problems prior to likely failure, with all that implies for the process or operation. More...
26/7/2011
Ezine - Reducing the Risk
Start-up, shutdown and transition actions are often the most dangerous periods of operation in the process industries. Safety Instrumented Systems are commonly used during steady, continuous production but often bypassed during important dynamic phases of operation such as start-up. More...
26/7/2011
Ezine - WORKSHOP SAVES WORKSHOP TIME
Henkel, maker of Loctite brand products, has developed an initiative that helps companies with their maintenance management programmes. More...
22/7/2011
Ezine - New engineering jobs announced at Nissan Sunderland Plant
Nissan has launched a major new recruitment campaign for engineers and maintenance technicians to join its record-breaking Sunderland Plant. More...
15/7/2011
Ezine - MANUFACTURING ADVISORY SERVICE URGES BUSINESSES TO TAKE THE RED TAPE CHALLENGE
MAS is urging manufacturers to seize a unique opportunity to tell the Government what they really think about the rules and regulations that affect them. More...
12/7/2011
Ezine - Connect with Shire CMMS
SHIRE PIRANA CMMS shows you how to take advantage of the latest browser-based technology to provide software that works for you, when and where you need it. More...
12/7/2011
Ezine - Online condition monitoring with ERIKS Machine Webwatch
The first challenge with condition monitoring is not, 'what's the best method of monitoring vibration?' but 'what's the best method of selecting the best method?' More...
12/7/2011
Ezine - Nissan Forklift announces three-year growth strategy
Nissan Forklift (GB) is entering a new era as it announces new products, a new headquarters, and a new structure to better serve its customer base and develop its dealer network. The business has announced an ambitious growth plan that aims to treble its sales by 2014. More...
12/7/2011
Ezine - Online Seminar - Build Tank, Vessel and Hopper Weighing Systems
Discover all there is to know about planning and installing tank, silo, vessel and hopper weighing systems. METTER TOLEDO invites you to access its FREE on demand online seminar which covers the fundamentals of designing, building and installing such solutions. More...
5/7/2011
Ezine - 24x7 Thermal Monitoring for Mission Critical Equipment
EXERTHERM is a 24x7 Continuous Thermal Monitoring system developed by QHi-Group for the monitoring of mission critical mechanical & electrical equipment. Exertherm™ is the new ‘Best Practice’ form of IR inspection & is the Next Technology Step on from Thermography. More...
30/6/2011
Ezine - Harmonising Productivity with Machine Safety
Safety gates, protective covers and machine guards prevent hazards associated with moving parts. However, the correct functioning of a safeguard can only be guaranteed by using the appropriate sensor technology. Alex Bryce, Sales Manager at Pilz Automation Technology, considers the sensor systems currently available and the selection criteria that designers should consider. More...
30/6/2011
Ezine - Shell UK sentenced over Norfolk gas blast
Energy giant Shell UK Limited has been ordered by Ipswich Crown Court to pay a total of £1.24million in fines and costs over the explosion and fire at its Bacton gas terminal in Norfolk in 2008. More...
30/6/2011
Ezine - Engineers respond to rise in take-up of apprenticeships, more needs to be done
While the rise in the take-up of apprenticeships is welcome, Skills Minister John Hayes is right to say there is still more to do. More...
28/6/2011
Ezine - High Quality, Affordable Thermal Imaging Cameras from Testo
Testo offer a wide range of high quality Thermal Imaging Camera’s with an extensive range of features, essential to everyday use; the ideal preventative maintenance tool for industrial applications, including electrical and mechanical thermal surveys, to highlight thermal anomalies and reduce costs. More...
23/6/2011
Ezine - Testing Critical Motors is Vital for Industry
When a motor is new the dielectric strength of the insulation is high. Overtime this slowly deteriorates with potential for problems. Operating environment and process variables can also adversely affect the motor’s life. Periodic motor monitoring will detect problems prior to likely failure, with all that implies for the process or operation. More...
23/6/2011
Ezine - Four Reasons Why Outsourcing Steam System Maintenance Produces Efficiency Savings
Steam system users can find it hard to dedicate the time and in-house resources to establish comprehensive planned maintenance of specialised steam heating plant. More...
23/6/2011
Ezine - Baker Condition Monitoring Aids Testing on Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
In recent years, the hybrid / electric vehicle market has been growing rapidly, and with this, numerous R & D projects within the UK. More...
22/6/2011
Ezine - Going beyond the repairable asset
The value and economics of plant reliability on a macro basis is something that is being missed by production/maintenance seniors, site principals and financial personnel. More...
22/6/2011
Ezine - Seeking new planned and breakdown maintenance software?
Maintenance4000, a computerised maintenance management system from Real Asset Management (RAM) provides users with a complete solution to their business activities More...
16/6/2011
Ezine - HIGH INTEGRITY MONITORING FOR YOUR CRITICAL PLANT
Sentry G3 from condition monitoring specialists Sensonics offers unrivalled measurement integrity for your critical rotating plant. More...
16/6/2011
Ezine - SIMPLE ONE PUSH BUTTON CONTROL FOR VALVES
The Series 3730 electro pneumatic control valve positioner with PROFIBUS-PA communication from SAMSON CONTROLS provides high quality air output capacity combined with optimum functionality and ease-of-operation. More...
25/5/2011
Ezine - Incremental versus Absolute Sensors
Most engineers still specify incremental position sensors because they think absolute versions are too costly. But the market has changed in recent years. Mark Howard, General Manager of Zettlex Ltd provides an up-to-date review of the relative merits of incremental versus absolute approaches. More...
24/5/2011
Ezine - Chain jumping its sprockets - here's the solution
Have you ever had problems with transmission chain jumping or climbing its sprockets? In this article, David Turner of Renold Chain, looks at the causes and discusses how the problem can be overcome. More...
20/5/2011
Ezine - A Comprehensive Back-Up Service from Byworth Boilers
As a leading manufacturer of industrial steam and hot water boilers Byworth Boilers understands that continuity and reliability of production is of paramount importance to its customers. That’s why Byworth offers a comprehensive back-up service covering Servicing, Spares and Parts, Boiler Hire and Training. More...
19/5/2011
Ezine - Karcher One Hundred Pound cashback incentive
Karcher the world leader in design and manufacture of cleaning machines, has launched a spring cashback incentive when purchasing a new Karcher HDS hot water pressure washer. More...
17/5/2011
Ezine - 24x7 Thermal Monitoring for Mission Critical Equipment
EXERTHERM is a 24x7 Continuous Thermal Monitoring system developed by QHi-Group for the monitoring of mission critical mechanical & electrical equipment. Exertherm™ is the new ‘Best Practice’ form of IR inspection & is the Next Technology Step on from Thermography. More...
11/5/2011
Ezine - An Invitation to SoftSols Group’s free Regional Road shows
Come along to see examples of the latest technology, the benefits of our award winning maintenance management software and to hear, first hand, how our customers are realising big business gains with our class leading maintenance management software – Agility. More...
11/5/2011
Ezine - Precision Weighing
With 366 measurements per second: The IND131 and IND331 industrial process terminals compensate for disturbances such as vibrations from production equipment in an instant. More...
20/4/2011
Ezine - The Fluke 810 Vibration Tester: A new and better way to troubleshoot machine problems
To the savvy maintenance professional, industrial machinery almost 'talks' to reveal its condition. The key to success is in understanding what the machine is saying. More...
15/4/2011
Ezine - Calibration: supporting accuracy supports the bottom line
In this article Trevor Dunger, of ABB Measurement Products, explains the growing importance of calibration in promoting good practice and profitability. More...
14/4/2011
Ezine - New Scale Terminals Offer Easy Integration
METTLER TOLEDO is pleased to introduce the IND131/331 terminals – a new family of industrial process weighing terminals that provides maximum connectivity with smaller footprints. More...
6/4/2011
Ezine - Boost your bottom line with maintenance support
Steam users can find it hard to dedicate the time and in-house resources to establish comprehensive planned maintenance. More...
5/4/2011
Ezine - HIGH INTEGRITY MONITORING FOR YOUR CRITICAL PLANT
Sentry G3 from condition monitoring specialists Sensonics offers unrivalled measurement integrity for your critical rotating plant. More...
5/4/2011
Ezine - SIMPLE ONE PUSH BUTTON CONTROL FOR VALVES
The Series 3730 electro pneumatic control valve positioner with PROFIBUS-PA communication from SAMSON CONTROLS provides high quality air output capacity combined with optimum functionality and ease-of-operation. More...
22/3/2011
Ezine - Technology comes full circle - History of the gearbox
The advanced gearbox of today has reverted to what it was back in 1928 – three-speed and non-synchromesh. At least that is the way it is for Volvo Trucks. The development span between that first gearbox and the very latest – the I-Shift – encompasses a huge amount of work and many landmark accomplishments. More...
21/3/2011
Ezine - Boiler Maintenance: Why Is It So Important?
Fulton's sales and marketing manager Carl Knight looks at why regular maintenance of a steam boiler is so important. More...
21/3/2011
Ezine - NEW! ATEX Certified handheld laser measure from CorDEX Instruments
The highly accurate LaserMETER 3000XP with its robust flameproof design is both ATEX and IECEx certified for use in Zone 1 IIC T4 hazardous (explosive) areas, making it the perfect distance measurement tool for hazardous area personnel. More...
21/3/2011
Ezine - Norgren launches the new Pneufit S stainless steel fitting...
Norgren has extended its proven, reliable and durable range of push-in fittings with the introduction of the all-new Pneufit S series. Providing a perfect complement to its existing Pneufit range the new fittings feature quick and easy connection without the need for tools thus saving on valuable installation times. More...
10/3/2011
Ezine - Build Tank, Vessel and Hopper Weighing Systems
METTLER TOLEDO offers an online seminar which discusses the planning and installation of tank, silo, vessel and hopper weighing systems. The online seminar covers the fundamentals of designing, building and installing such solutions. It addresses engineers, designers and service people. More...
7/3/2011
Ezine - Adhesives are made for Maintenance
Colin Chapman of Henkel, manufacturer of Loctite branded adhesives, says that the right adhesive is vital for the best results. More...
7/3/2011
Ezine - Online condition monitoring system prevents failure of a power generation turbine
At the beginning of 2010, an online vibration monitoring system prevented the failure of a steam turbine and the Tata Steel (then Corus) production plant at Scunthorpe, which could have cost the company many thousands of pounds in lost power generation. More...
28/2/2011
Ezine - ASEPTIC CONTROL VALVES FOR HIGH PURITY PROCESSES
Control valves with smooth, cavity-free internals which help to promote effective CIP and SIP (Clean or Sterilised in Place) and which are also self-draining, are the preferred choice in many food processing and pharmaceutical applications. More...
28/2/2011
Ezine - Operator Asset Care..See Our 10 Top Tips to Improve Equipment Reliability
An Operator Asset Care programme is based on the principle that the people operating production equipment on a daily basis are the ones most capable of improving equipment reliability and performance. More...
24/2/2011
Ezine - NEW! ToughPIX 2300XP Series, ATEX and CSA certified explosion proof digital camera
The quality hand held camera with its robust IP54 flameproof design is both ATEX certified Zone 1 IIC T4 and CSA certified Class I Div.1 Groups B, C, D for hazardous (explosive) areas. More...
24/2/2011
Ezine - Seeking new planned and breakdown maintenance software?
Maintenance4000, a computerised maintenance management system from Real Asset Management (RAM) provides users with a complete solution to their business activities More...
24/2/2011
Ezine - Complete Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) - Free Review Pack
If seeking a maintenance software package to manage everything from simple work control to activities such as planned maintenance... More...
24/2/2011
Ezine - SENTRY G3 - ONLINE MACHINE MONITORING WITH ROBUSTNESS
The established Sentry G3 machinery protection monitor is a high performance signal conditioning unit with a universal sensor interface developed by condition monitoring specialists SENSONICS. More...
7/2/2011
Ezine - The Restoration of the Medway Queen
The paddle steamer 'Medway Queen' is the last estuary pleasure steamer surviving in the United Kingdom. More...
7/2/2011
Ezine - Life means Life - Protecting your future for the long-term
Simon Ellam from Siemens Industry Automation pinpoints a growing trend that is seeing companies base their control system plans around long-term lifecycle asset knowledge. More...
7/2/2011
Ezine - SISTEMA - The software utility for the evaluation of safety-related parts of control systems
Safety expert, Leuze electronic, is running a FREE one-day workshop on March 21 (repeated on March 23), on how to use SISTEMA, the freely available safety software tool for evaluating safety-related parts in control systems. More...
7/2/2011
Ezine - Why do engineers dislike potentiometers?
Potentiometers have been around for a long time and are still, by far, the most commonly used position sensor. So why does every design engineer seem to be looking for a non-contact alternative? More...
27/1/2011
Ezine - Michell Instruments offer solutions for easy maintenance on compressed air systems...
Michell Instruments’ range of dew-point transmitters, relative humidity instruments and their oxygen analyzers are designed to make many routine maintenance and monitoring tasks quick and simple. More...
20/1/2011
Ezine - Unique Calibration Service Without Weights for Large Weighing Systems
METTLER TOLEDO has developed a unique service for calibrating large capacity weighing systems without reference weights or material substitution. More...
18/1/2011
Ezine - NEW! ATEX Certified handheld laser measure from CorDEX Instruments
The highly accurate LaserMETER 3000XP with its robust flameproof design is both ATEX and IECEx certified for use in Zone 1 IIC T4 hazardous (explosive) areas, making it the perfect distance measurement tool for hazardous area personnel. More...
10/12/2010
Ezine - HOSPITAL WASTING ENERGY THROUGH STEAM LOSS
The European Union Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings, which relates to all member nations of the European Union, are obliged to set limits on greenhouse gas emissions, particularly from buildings. More...
6/12/2010
Ezine - Definitive "O" ring guide gives technical data for all applications
The new issue of James Walker’s "0" Ring Guide is now freely available to all industrial users and specifiers of "0" ring sealing systems. More...
17/11/2010
Ezine - Planning to automate your maintenance management processes in 2011?
Maintenance4000, a computerised maintenance management system from Real Asset Management (RAM) provides users with a complete solution to their business activities; streamlining maintenance processes by reducing equipment downtime, increasing productivity and actively managing both planned and unplanned maintenance scenarios. More...
27/10/2010
Ezine - Hansford Sensors highlight benefits of On-line monitoring using HS-423 Dual Output Sensors
In the world of industry, pressure to deliver high productivity whilst keeping costs down has over the last two decades led to a rise in the implementation of machinery vibration monitoring programs with great success. More...
26/10/2010
Ezine - Unique A to V condition monitoring package covers all maintenance scenarios
Companies that need to monitor the condition of both slow and fast rotating plant and machinery can now benefit from a unique combination of vibration and acoustic emission monitoring products, available from a single source in the UK. More...
26/10/2010
Ezine - Struggling to manage planned and unplanned maintenance?
Struggling to manage planned and unplanned maintenance? Maintenance4000 from Real Asset Management (RAM) provides users with a complete solution to their business activities More...
21/10/2010
Ezine - Innovative Solutions In Condition-Based Asset Management
EA Technology is a world-leading innovator in power engineering solutions, designed to make the management and operation of electricity assets more efficient, reliable and safe, at lower cost. More...
18/10/2010
Ezine - Baker/SKF motor testing equipment used worldwide
Offline equipment tests the entire insulation system of motors and will highlight any issues that may affect the motor’s future reliability. More...
4/10/2010
Ezine - Infor
Whether you're in manufacturing, distribution, service management, transportation or the public sector, you need enterprise asset management software that helps you More...
29/9/2010
Ezine - IMHX Set To Buoy Up The UK’s Handling Industry
As the green shoots begin to appear in the UK economy, the storage and handling sector is gearing up for its flagship exhibition – IMHX 2010 – which open for four days at the NEC in Birmingham from 16-19 November. More...
24/9/2010
Ezine - Sira issues worlds first IECEx Competence Certificate to Petroplus’s Steve Worldley
The IECEx Certification of Personnel Competence (CoPC) Scheme provides global Ex industries with a single system for the assessment and qualification of persons meeting the competence prerequisites needed to properly implement the safety requirements when working in potentially explosive atmospheres. More...
23/9/2010
Ezine - Complete support from Endress+Hauser – what else could you need?
The service you receive from Endress+Hauser doesn’t end with the sale. We’re there for our customers to provide full support throughout their plant’s life cycle with top quality service solutions. Whether it’s troubleshooting, emergency spares, calibration or straightforward advice - choose what you want and get exactly what you need! More...
23/9/2010
Ezine - Introduction To PCMS Engineering
PCMS Engineering provide advanced Maintenance solutions for industry, particularly for those companies that operate within a secure, sensitive or potentially hazardous environment. More...
14/9/2010
Ezine - Karcher HDS 5/11 U - bringing portability to high-pressure cleaning
Karcher - the inventor of the hot water pressure cleaner – has introduced its first portable model, revolutionising professional hot water high pressure cleaning. More...
14/9/2010
Ezine - Developing and delivering a maintenance plan: the basics
So how do you go about setting up all of the maintenance requirements for several thousand discretely maintainable assets? This was the challenge facing us when we needed to set up the maintenance requirements package for a baggage handling system in a new airport terminal in a major international airport. More...
14/9/2010
Ezine - ABAC UK Introduces Alup Energy Box
Leading compressed air specialist ABAC have developed a new system which can be used to recover the waste heat generated by compressed air systems. Called Alup Energy Box, it converts the heat generated by most air compressors into hot water up to 70ºC for industrial processes, as well as domestic applications such as hot water for washrooms, replacing the energy normally used to fuel boilers or heaters. More...
2/9/2010
Ezine - High-performance pyrometer including precision laser sight (CS laser)
The company Optris deals with the development, production and sales of the following products: infrared thermometers, infrared sensors and infrared cameras. Additionally Optris offers calibration services for non-contact temperature measurement for industrial applications. More...
2/9/2010
Ezine - The Missing Link : How Electronic Tags Make the Maintenance Management Connection
Most businesses accept the importance of managing maintenance for their industrial plant, vehicles and other critical equipment. More...
20/7/2010
Ezine - Invest in your compressed air system to save money!
David Burton, General Manager at Boge identifies the key areas within a compressed air system where investment can, in most cases, pay for itself through sustainable reductions in energy costs. More...
20/7/2010
Ezine - EAL responds to Vince Cable's plans for a Graduate Tax
Ann Watson, Managing Director of leading awarding organisation EAL (EMTA Awards Limited), today highlighted how Vince Cable’s proposed “Graduate Tax” could benefit the vocational sector. She highlighted how proposals to tax graduates could encourage students to pursue advanced level vocational training instead of going to university. More...
20/7/2010
Ezine - Overcoming The Challenges Facing The Materials Handling Industry
The materials handling industry, not just here in the UK but right across Europe, has never faced such a crisis as the one it faces today. Here John Meale, Vice President of FEM (Fédération Européenne de la Manutention) - the European Federation of Materials Handling which represents the materials handling industry in Europe - and Managing Director of Thorworld Industries, talks about the challenges facing the industry and what action FEM is taking. More...
20/7/2010
Ezine - Control and Optimisation of Maintenance Processes via a CMMS
A Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS) serves as a tool to efficiently control, plan and optimise maintenance processes. For this, however, it is essential that the system be integrated properly into maintenance activities. More...
19/7/2010
Ezine - METTLER TOLEDO Sets new standards in raisable floor scales
Regardless of the environment, nothing stands in the way of the scale's operation. More...
19/7/2010
Ezine - Introduction to Vibration
In simplest terms, vibration in motorised equipment is merely the back and forth movement or oscillation of machines and components, such as drive motors, driven devices (pumps, compressors and so on) and the bearings, shafts, gears, belts and other elements that make up mechanical systems. More...
19/7/2010
Ezine - Working At Height Limited
Working At Height Limited having spent much of the last six months promoting their latest product and are convinced that it will be the must have platform in offices, educational institutions, also engineering and maintenance industries in general and not in the to distant future, solving not only the very real dangers associated with accessing high level over desks but also offering a multi purpose platform for all low level work. More...
9/7/2010
Ezine - Hy-Pro Filtration's Total Systems Cleanliness Approach: Saw Mill Hydraulic...
The Problem – Saw mills operate multiple pieces of large equipment with hydraulic systems. When this equipment faces unplanned downtime due to important components becoming fouled from contaminated fluid, profits decrease while production costs increase. More...
9/7/2010
Ezine - Volume Production Allows Even Keener Pricing
Once the preserve of the few, thermal imaging is now the technology of many. And the good news is that it has never been more affordable. Technology leader FLIR has actively driven this trend. More...
8/7/2010
Ezine - Computerised Maintenance Management Software
Struggling to manage planned and unplanned maintenance? Maintenance4000 from Real Asset Management (RAM) provides users with a complete solution to their business activities More...
25/6/2010
Ezine - Lack of Funds and IT Resource Are No Barriers To CMMS Adoption and Use
Pirana On-Tap(TM) is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). It’s the ultimately affordable, zero-hassle solution to your computerised maintenance management needs More...
25/6/2010
Ezine - Workplaces Shouldn't Ignore The Signs
MANY BUSINESSES and other organisations throughout the UK are risking prosecution by not having sufficient safety signs in place despite them being one of the cheapest and easiest ways of preventing workplace accidents. More...
25/6/2010
Ezine - Custom Service & Maintenance Equipment for Hazardous Areas Improves Efficiency....
The servicing and maintenance of electrical equipment in hazardous areas can be time-consuming and costly, particularly if engineers are not provided with the right tools to carry out the job quickly and safely. Custom designed equipment is now available to assist, says Gordon Low of Cooper Crouse-Hinds. More...
25/6/2010
Ezine - £2.4 Billion Capital Trapped in UK Manufacturing Industry
Alternative financing tools to improve competitiveness and accelerate efficiency A new report from Siemens Financial Services (SFS) has identified £2.4bn (€2.7bn) of capital currently ‘frozen’ (inefficiently deployed or untapped liquidity potential that could be freed up) in the UK industry. More...
25/6/2010
Ezine - Frazer-Nash Supports Students On Engineering Education Scheme
Engineering consultancy Frazer-Nash has teamed up with sixth form students from Beacon Community College in East Sussex to design and manufacture a mechanical kayak stroke simulator, which could help improve the performance of the UK’s sprint kayaking athletes. More...
25/6/2010
Ezine - Schaeffler Successfully Replaces 26-tonne Main Reel Bearings On Pipelay Vessel
Schaeffler (UK) Ltd has successfully completed the replacement of two, six-tonne main pipe reel bearings on one of Technip’s longest-serving pipelay vessels, the Apache. More...
24/6/2010
Ezine - PVL Launches Corrosion-Resistant, 'All-Plastic' Level and Flow Switches
NEW to the UK, and exclusively available from Pressure Vacuum Level is a comprehensive and unique range of ‘all-plastic’ level and flow switches. More...
24/6/2010
Ezine - EcoCooling Provides 90% Energy Savings Compared To Traditional Air Conditioning
EcoCooling Ltd is the UKs leading provider of evaporative coolers. Specially designed for the UK and European market EcoCoolers can offer energy savings of over 90% compared to traditional air conditioning systems with comparable if not cheaper installation costs. More...

Journal

31/5/2017
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal - Editor's Foreword
In this issue's first paper Assetivity's Scott Yates gives guidelines on the creation of a plan, for managing the assets of an organisation, which is fully strategic (i.e. identifies a 'strategy' in the proper meaning of the word), and is compliant with the requirements in this respect of ISO 55000. He stresses that this must start by identifying the basic organisational objectives (typically part of the corporate or business plan) More...
25/4/2017
What Does a Good Strategic Asset Management Plan Look Like?
In view of the lower levels of prescription (and hence increased uncertainty) given in ISO 55000 regarding the construction of a Strategic Asset Management Plan, advice is offered regarding constructing and disseminating this important document - its definition, purpose, role in the asset management documentation hierarchy, compliance with ISO requirements, generation and alignment of objectives and strategic initiatives, its customers and its presentation More...
24/4/2017
Analytical Ferrography: A Powerful Diagnostic Tool
It is explained that, of the many diagnostic tools - some qualitative, others quantitative - available for analysing the condition of oils used in machinery, one of the most powerful, but often excluded on grounds of cost (and also due to a general misunderstanding of its value), is Analytical Ferrography. More...
30/3/2017
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal Guest Editor's Foreword
There is a business process continuum. At the start is no process,where all outcomes are random, like kindergarten children playing together. At the other end is absolute control and accuracy, as in a robotic production line. More...
30/3/2017
How a Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) Calculation Becomes a Trap
It is explained that calculating a Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) as a measure of the reliability of a plant is by no means a straightforward exercise and may be misleading. More...
30/3/2017
Phase Analysis: The Missing Weapon in The Fight Against Machine Downtime (Part II)
Part I (in Issue 17.1) explained that analysing the frequency spectrum is not the only way of monitoring machine vibration, and that measurement and analysis of phase, which is neither difficult to do nor to understand, can enhance the ability to correctly diagnose machine faults. More...
30/1/2017
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal Guest Editor's Foreword
There is no doubt that technology can help in the path to improved maintenance and reliability. Condition monitoring technologies provide an early warning that enable maintenance to be efficiently planned and scheduled, spares inventory to be reduced, and maintenance costs to be minimized More...
30/1/2017
Phase Analysis: The Missing Weapon in The Fight Against Machine Downtime (Part 1)
It is explained that analysing the frequency spectrum is not the only way of monitoring machine vibration, and that measurement and analysis of phase, which is neither difficult to do nor to understand, can enhance the ability to correctly diagnose faults. More...
30/1/2017
Maintenance Criticality Re-Assessment (MCR)
The development and implementation, within Nuon Productie (part of Vattenfall), of the Maintenance Criticality Reassessment (MCR) method - based on the FMECA concept - is described. More...
15/11/2016
Experiences Solving Field Problems On Large Fans
Large fans of centrifugal or axial flow type are key items of auxiliary plant in fossil-fired power stations and in mining, process plant and other industries for moving gas and for ventilation. Experiences are described where condition monitoring of such fans was, and was not, successful. More...
15/11/2016
Five Key Requirements For Effective Linear Asset Management
Most enterprise asset management (EAM) systems do not address the complex demands of managing linear assets such as railroads or pipelines. The key requirements needed in such systems, for linear asset management (LAM) that is both technically and financially effective, are discussed and described. More...
15/11/2016
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal Guest Editor's Foreword
“This is like cleaning fingernails when our hands are covered in grease” responded my plant manager when I proposed initiatives in condition monitoring. More...
15/9/2016
Power Monitoring: The Extra Mile
In addition to the well-known application, in various industries, of power consumption monitoring for the detection of faults associated with electric drives, experimental observations have indicated that it is also possible to detect and classify rotor-related faults by examining the energy patterns, under different operating conditions, of the studied rotating machine More...
15/9/2016
Understanding Power Failures with Forensic Investigations
It is explained how identification of the causes of failure in high voltage and medium voltage electrical assets, and of the means of preventing such failures, can be aided by forensic science investigations. More...
15/9/2016
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal Guest Editor's Foreword
In recent years there has been a drive to collect condition data on assets across a multitude of industries. More...
15/7/2016
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal Guest Editor's Foreword
Big data, IOT, Cloud Computing, Wireless Sensors, Predictive Analytics are advances that are unavoidable in industry. In fact, it is essential that we embrace these technologies to compete and provide value to our customers and our businesses. More...
15/7/2016
An Asset-Centric Approach Targets Business Challenges at Nova Scotia Power
In the face of a rapidly changing energy environment Nova Scotia Power Inc. (NSPI) has opted to adopt a comprehensive asset management approach across its fleet of generating stations. This approach, inspired by PAS-55 and the subsequent ISO55000 series of asset management standards, has an asset-centric focus. More...
15/7/2016
Avoiding Unplanned Shutdown by Simple Vibration-based Condition Monitoring
It is often observed an emergency unplanned plant shutdown due to failure of a machine may not only cause production loss but may also affect plant safety. A case study shows that simple on-line vibration measurement can predict the presence of a fault at early stage so that maintenance activity can be planned before failure. More...
31/5/2016
Deriving Quantitative Requirements For The Reliability of the On-Board ETCS
The method is developed around an operational scenario that involves the removal of an immobilised train from an area controlled by a signalman. A value for the mean time between immobilising failures (MTBIF) of the on-board ETCS is estimated on the basis of a proposed set of operational parameters and its sensitivity to parameter changes is analysed using a spider diagram. More...
27/5/2016
Condition Improvement Instead of Just Condition Monitoring
The avoidance of serious machine failures through the detection of incipient faults is only the first part of the benefits deliverable by a condition monitoring programme. Better still is to avoid the faults in the first place, by correct installation and operation. More...
26/5/2016
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal Editor's Foreword
Disquieting, albeit somewhat anecdotal, is the report (see, for example, February's Professional Engineering) that under the pressure of drastically reduced operating returns and profits the offshore sector is, among other cost-cutting measures, 'postponing or shelving some maintenance activities'. More...
29/3/2016
Vibration Monitoring of Rolling Bearings To Maximise Asset Reliability (Part II)
Rolling bearings are used extensively in many types of plant, and their unexpected failure can result in high repair and replacement costs. Consequently, vibration based condition monitoring has been used for many years to detect and diagnose the onset of such faults and form the basis of a predictive maintenance strategy More...
15/3/2016
A Non-Return Valve: A Possible Source for Pump Failure
Frequent failure of pumps due to the presence of a non-return valve in the discharge line is a common problem which can be avoided by proper trials and inspection during commissioning. A case study on an industrial centrifugal pump illustrates this. More...
29/1/2016
Vibration Monitoring of Rolling Bearings To Maximise Asset Reliability (Part I)
Rolling bearings are critical components used extensively in many types of plant and equipment, and if they fail unexpectedly can result in catastrophic failure with associated high repair and replacement costs. Consequently, vibration based condition monitoring has been used for many years to detect and diagnose machine faults and form the basis of a predictive maintenance strategy. More...
29/1/2016
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal Guest Editor's Foreword
Condition Monitoring (CM) has been used for many years as an integral part of a Predictive Maintenance (PM) strategy. The measurement of vibration, for example, is one of the most widely used CM techniques for detecting and diagnosing faults in the roller bearings used in many types of plant, bearings, which, if they fail unexpectedly, can result in high repair and replacement costs. More...
27/11/2015
Reducing Energy Costs in Compressed Air Systems
The costs of compressed air generation and leakage and the identification of opportunities for energy savings in compressed air systems are reviewed. The practical implementation of such measures is then discussed in some detail, and the subsequent rapid return on investment illustrated by a short case study. More...
27/11/2015
Why Industry Needs to Redefine Solids Filtration and Biological Control in Process Water
The authors discuss why industry is still prepared to accept a poor quality of process water filtration, the risks of doing so and why advanced media filtration technology is the answer. More...
27/11/2015
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal Guest Editor's Foreword
Maintenance has never been any more important than it is now, for a number of reasons. Firstly, safety and health must be at the top of our agendas for sound moral and business reasons, and sadly many disasters have occurred during maintenance periods. Therefore we must have robust, safe systems of work and must stress the importance of safety-first behaviours from everyone. More...
1/10/2015
Re-Assembly Impacting Machine Performance: A Case Study
A case study is presented of the measures adopted when a primary air fan in a coal-fired power plant exhibited, after maintenance, high vibration which led to failure of the motor bearing and eventual stoppage of power production. The measurement of the vibration, the solution of the problem and the message for the maintenance team are discussed. More...
28/9/2015
Effective Management of Critical Control Points (CCPs) in the Food Industry
This paper deals with the principles and techniques that need to be applied to the food industry for an effective management of each critical control point (CCP) found in the process or in the equipment under examination. More...
28/9/2015
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal Guest Editor's Foreword
Maintenance is traditionally perceived as an activity intended to increase the reliability and thus the availability of a plant for production activity. The equipment reliability is commonly measured with the MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure), which measures the average time that elapses between two machine stops. More...
20/7/2015
Reliability, Resilience and Damage
Current research is being carried out by the US Navy to quantify reliability in scientific terms, where the terms of reference are ‘The present study relies on a science-based explanation of damage as the source of material failure, and develops an alternative approach to reliability assessment based on the second law of thermodynamics’. More...
20/7/2015
Achieving Top-Quartile Reliability Returns
The Reliability Value Chain provides a systematic approach to optimizing asset reliability in top-performing enterprises. Global businesses should strive for consistent, standards-based reliability practices throughout their plants. More...
20/7/2015
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal Guest Editor's Foreword
The traditional world view of asset management is changing. Game changers will be a shortage of engineering skills globally, increasing complexity of equipment and the reduction in cost of sensors, with a proliferation in monitoring systems that can be applied to equipment coupled with the raft of data that they will provide. More...
28/5/2015
A Quantified Approach For A Reliability-Based Maintenance Model
To satisfy demand the power industry, being highly competitive, is required to assure the reliable delivery of energy. This can be achieved by maintaining the integrity of the plant at a reasonable cost, enabled by the optimisation of the asset management process. Decision support tools are utilised for selecting the most appropriate maintenance tasks and times at which they are required to be performed. More...
28/5/2015
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal Guest Editor's Foreword
There is a persistent belief among many in the maintenance community that the best way to reduce spare parts holdings is to improve maintenance systems. This belief results in little being done to improve spare parts management, while everyone waits for maintenance system changes to take effect. More...
28/5/2015
Condition Monitoring Is Not Enough
Condition monitoring is a powerful technique used to detect incipient failures in rotating machinery and other plant assets. By accurately diagnosing fault conditions at an early stage, the risk of failure can be reduced, and the cost of corrective action can be minimized. However, in the majority of cases, condition monitoring techniques are used to detect fault conditions that should not exist More...
26/3/2015
Is It Safe To Use Bleach On Concrete?
At a sea defence study site on the Fylde coast, in the North West of England, dairy hypochlorite is used to eradicate bio-fouling from municipal steps and walkways. This article investigates the use of sodium hypochlorite (NaClO) and describes the effects of this destructive chemical upon the innovative use of polypropylene fibres within a marine concrete matrix. More...
26/3/2015
Asset Management PAS 55/ISO 55000
It is explained that the new ISO55000 series of standards for the management of physical assets, based on the earlier PAS 55 specification developed by the IAM, are not about managing assets, but about delivering business value. More...
26/3/2015
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal Editor's Foreword
Both the papers in this issue deal with topics that, as far as I have been able to recall or determine, have not before featured in the M & AMJ. More...
30/1/2015
Maintenance Plan Development - Template At Your Peril
The problems, and benefits, are reviewed of using ’templates’ (standard lists of tasks identified for common asset categories) to assist in maintenance plan development. The reasons why problems occur are discussed, and a set of ‘Do's and Don'ts’, to ensure that templating is employed in a positive, value-adding, way is proposed. More...
30/1/2015
Offshore Installation Life Assessment and Extension
This paper describes, in detail, how a structured asset life review, covering all the relevant factors, is one means of developing such an approach – while additionally delivering significant potential financial benefits. Also presented is a short case study of asset life extension assessment for a North Sea installation. More...
30/1/2015
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal Editor's Foreword
A basic, and much referenced, factor in the planning of major engineering projects, of all kinds, is the assumed ‘design-life’. For an offshore oil and gas extraction platform this - as Brian Hudson explains in our first paper for this year - is typically some twenty five years or so. More...
8/1/2015
Upgraded Online Protection and Prediction Systems Improve Machinery Health Monitoring
As part of a programme to use the latest technologies and then optimise their use to deliver significant improvements, Shell has upgraded the protection and prediction systems on the Shell Draugen oil and gas platform in the North Sea. These new systems, have been installed to monitor and protect key platform equipment, helping to improve maintenance efficiency and increase production. More...
29/11/2014
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal Guest Editor's Foreword
Have you heard the story of the king who had to pick a new driver for his regal limousine? More...
29/11/2014
How To See The Future of Your Business, Plant and Equipment
Looking at your run charts and distribution curves - measures of your operational and maintenance performance - can enable you to fully understand the future implications for the reliability of your plant and equipment. The author’s company provide distribution curves of your failure data and uptime as part of a maintenance audit. These curves reflect your business future, unless you change operational and maintenance management policies and practices to those that produce more successful outcomes. Read how simple, fast and easy it is to predict your future operating and business performance. More...
30/9/2014
The Vibration Analyst Checklist - Do You Pass?
Practical advice is given on getting the most the most meaningful and the most accurate information from machine vibration analysis, viz. on identifying the appropriate measurement locations and axes, the optimal data collection settings and the best analysis techniques. Also stressed are the importance of good reporting practices and the desirability of root cause analysis and acceptance testing. More...
30/9/2014
Risk Intuition - Blurring The Lines Between Procedure and Practice
Asset management is inherently a risk based decision making process. Practitioners in asset management are more inclined to consider uncertainty relating to a course of action than perhaps many other professionals, normally because their training and experience biases them towards structured approaches and avoidance of an unplanned outcome. More...
29/9/2014
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal Guest Editor's Foreword
Reliability improvement should be high on every senior manager’s agenda. Reduced operating costs, increased production, reduced environmental and safety incidents are just some of the benefits. But the big question is - how do you do it? More...
18/7/2014
How To Monitor Food Equipment Critical Parts to Design Reliable Maintenance Tasks
Compliance with EEC directives and international standards on product safety is mandatory for those who operate in the food industry. Current legislation on food packaging calls for the producers to identify the equipment critical control points in order to put them under control during the different production phases. A maintenance process, intended to maintain the equipment criticalities under control, is mandatory to insure equipment reliability, and necessary if negative interactions between equipment and food product are to be avoided. More...
18/7/2014
Maintenance Engineering and Engineering Economics
It is argued that engineering and economics are not as integrated as they should be, even though the one needs the other, that the maintenance function is an outstanding example of this undesirable separation, and that engineering economics would benefit from the knowledge, practice and ideas of engineering asset management, in general, and of maintenance engineering in particular. More...
18/7/2014
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal Editor's Foreword
Ever since its introduction in the mid-1970s our Manchester post-graduate programme in Maintenance Engineering and Asset Management (one of the first of its kind anywhere, if not the first) has always included a substantial module on the analysis of plant Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS for short) – reflecting our belief that as good a definition of maintenance as any is that it is the process of ensuring that those very qualities are sustained at the levels required throughout the life of an asset. More...
9/6/2014
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal Guest Editor's Foreword
During an asset management conference I attended recently an engineer from the audience asked why there wasn’t a greater emphasis on risk within the new international standard for asset management, ISO 55000. More...
6/6/2014
A New Approach to Process Improvement
A very brief insight is given into a value improvement model (VIM) for repetitive processes applicable to any business improvement project where people and/or plant provide a service to support the overall business objective. More...
6/6/2014
Implementation of Energy Optimisation Programmes to Improve Cost Effectiveness
In this economic downturn many businesses are struggling to survive and have a healthy bottom line. A cost reduction programme for their facilities, to offset increased manufacturing costs, may therefore be essential. More...
25/3/2014
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal Guest Editor's Foreword
One of the great British engineers of the 19th century, Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-59) is regarded as a true polymath, whose career embraced civil, structural, mechanical and marine engineering, architecture, art and design. More...
25/3/2014
Life Cycle Costing - Art or Science?
The element of risk in whole life cost estimating - an essential part of financial modelling in public finance initiatives and public private partnerships - is explored. More...
25/3/2014
Balancing By The Components Method
In his third note on machine balancing (see Issues 3 and 6 of Volume 13) Ray explains the ‘components method’, describing its application to the rotor of a constant speed, Induced Draft, centrifugal Fan on a power station boiler. More...
25/3/2014
First Aid Treatment for Machine Vibration Problems
Excessive vibration in industrial machines often leads to reduced output and eventual loss of overall plant effectiveness. Simple vibration measurement, even with a limited in-house capability, can often significantly enhance machine performance - and reduce the impact of lost production - prior to the engagement of the services of a vibration expert. More...
29/1/2014
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal Guest Editor's Foreword
Why is it that companies that can readily manage and control their inventories have so much trouble with their MRO and spare parts inventory? Here, they either stock out of critical items, creating unnecessary and excessive downtime, or they overstock to an extent that if repeated elsewhere in their business would send them broke. The worst companies do both! More...
29/1/2014
Spare Parts Inventory: An Exercise in Risk Management
It is explained that the economical management of the inventory of spare parts is a form of insurance policy, mitigating the risks – to production, business reputation, safety and the environment - of spares stock-out, i.e. of the lack of spares when they are needed. The reasons for holding spares, the consequences of their unavailability in the event of plant breakdown and the determination of spares holding and acquisition policy (in particular via a stock-out probability-consequence decision matrix) are discussed in detail. More...
29/1/2014
Vibration Monitoring: A Case Study
An earlier article by the same authors, published in the July 2013 issue, described the development of a condition monitoring system for the machinery in a coal workshop of a typical cement plant. Here, the application is outlined of a simplified and systematic vibration-based diagnosis for enabling the early detection of faults in that machinery, an application which is expected to enhance the safety and availability of the plant concerned. More...
29/11/2013
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal Guest Editor's Foreword
Pracademic Ray Beebe takes us ahead to walk around Plant X: More...
26/11/2013
Balancing Using Relative Phase
In our May/June issue Ray explained how unbalance in rotating machinery – one of the commonest cause of vibration in rotors large and small – can be eliminated with the aid of the stopwatch feature of a mobile phone. In this second article, he explains more from his experiences in balancing. More...
25/11/2013
Lubrication Reliability
It is explained that although industrial lubrication can be an operation of considerable scale and complexity, as well as importance to efficiency and profitability, too many organizations, world-wide, remain unaware that its effective management requires specialized software, too often leaving it, in full or in part, to human memory, spreadsheets and/or unsuitable CMMS/EAM systems. More...
24/11/2013
Laser Cladding: A Versatile Pro-Active and Reactive Technology
Laser cladding is an additive process wherein a laser source is used to melt metal-based powder or wire on to a metal substrate. The result is a thick metal or metal matrix composite coating (of about 1 mm thickness) of a high quality; it has an excellent bonding to the substrate and is completely dense. The laser cladding process enables the treatment of heat sensitive materials and deformation sensitive components, which cannot be processed by conventional techniques like surface welding. More...
30/9/2013
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal Guest Editor's Foreword
I encounter the following attitudes in maintenance over and again and I am always perplexed by them. More...
30/9/2013
Maintenance Key Performance Indicators
A summary is provided of important considerations when designing key performance indicators as part of any performance management system. Technical, behavioural and psychological aspects are all touched upon. More...
30/9/2013
Proving That Asset Management Delivers
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., stated: - “I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity”. We have an opportunity to structure and then simplify our Asset Management endeavours and manage such complexity More...
26/7/2013
Testing, Diagnostics and Monitoring of High Voltage Plant and Equipment
How much do you know about the condition of your electrical assets? And do you use that information to prioritise maintenance and replacements, so you can reduce outages, increase reliability and safety – and even lower your operating costs? More...
26/7/2013
Demonstration of Condition Monitoring Through A Case Study
The success of the maintenance department of a company will be mainly judged by how much it contributes towards smooth operations, which should eventually lead to higher turnover, and this is no different for the cement industry. More...
29/5/2013
Balancing - Using Your Mobile Phone
Unbalance is one of the most common causes of high vibration in machines. If the largest vibration component in the spectrum is at 1× (i.e. at the frequency corresponding to rotation speed) then unbalance is the likely cause. Balancing is therefore a regular maintenance activity in many workplaces. Ray Beebe explains a method that has been successfully used on rotors large and small, with the only instrumentation required for balancing being the stopwatch feature of a mobile phone. More...
29/5/2013
Risk and Accountability in Utility Network Contracts
The gas, water and electricity utilities have remained consistent since privatisation about their approach to outsourcing. In general, operation and maintenance of process facilities has remained a core activity. However, maintenance and repair of infrastructure networks has been contracted out. More...
29/5/2013
Risk and Accountability in Utility Network Contracts - A Case Study in the Water Industry
This case study will examine the practicalities of applying NEC contracts to water supply networks, including a structured approach to identifying activities, development of resource and financial plans, and the application of key performance indicators (KPIs). More...
28/5/2013
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal Editor's Foreword
If there is one thing, more than any other, that we would like to see in these pages it is case studies, accounts of the application of managerial principles and engineering techniques to improving the maintenance (or some significant aspect of it), and hence the performance, of an industrial operation. More...
28/3/2013
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal Editor's Foreword
Without doubt, one of the hot issues in the UK and the rest of Europe at the present time is the integrity and quality (and, by implication, the safety) of food: in particular, of the greater part of it which, these days, arrives on our tables via long and complex chains of processing , packaging and transport. More...
25/3/2013
FMEHA: A Useful Technique For Designing Food Safety and Equipment Reliability
In food packaging, the original quality of the food needs to be maintained during its shelf life. If the process of pasteurizing or sterilizing the initial product, and then packing and transporting it, is not reliable, food safety can be heavily compromised. More...
5/3/2013
Glass: Low Maintenance Fit and Forget?
The inexorable processes of weathering and air pollution eventually diminish the sparkle and translucency of new glass. The author explains how this occurs and discusses the effectiveness, in preventing it, firstly of recent (and so-called) ‘self-cleaning’ nano-technological treatments, and then of polymer coatings, which have been in use for over thirty years. More...
28/1/2013
Back to Basics: How To Save More Money With Condition Monitoring
Some dramatic claims have been made about the level of expected returns from Condition Based Maintenance, with figures ranging from 5:1 to 20:1. In reality the experience is less dramatic, with many organisations making returns of less than 2:1. Nevertheless some organisations do achieve the significantly higher levels of savings promised. This paper will examine the key strategies that distinguish the best from the rest and serves as a checklist for the busy maintenance manager wanting to get the most out of the squeezed maintenance budget. More...
28/1/2013
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal Editor's Foreword
It is an unusual issue of our Journal which doesn’t contain a piece on one or another of the many techniques, long established or up and coming, of plant Condition Monitoring and on their corollary, Predictive Maintenance. And this issue is no exception... More...
28/1/2013
Top Five Maintenance & Reliability Enablers For Improved Operational Performance
Surrounding yourself, your projects, and your initiatives with positive enablers leads to success. However, many improvement initiatives focus on the benefits they can provide, such as cost savings and improved productivity, but overlook the importance of discussing and identifying the enablers that must be in place to achieve the projected benefits. More...
28/11/2012
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal Editor's Foreword
I have said before (I think) that it was Rudyard Kipling, he of Mowgli and 'The Jungle Book', who suggested (poetically, in one of his 'Just So' stories for the young) that to solve most of life's problems we should address his 'six honest serving men' whose names 'are WHAT and WHY and WHEN, and HOW and WHERE and WHO' - and that this is as good a starting point as any for unravelling the complexities of developing a strategy for managing maintenance in any enterprise. More...
28/11/2012
Are You Being Ruined By Best Efforts?
Many companies find that the efforts put into adopting maintenance and asset management best practices do not necessarily deliver against expectations. In the light of an illustrative case study some of the reasons for this are identified and discussed - in particular those arising from the adoption of condition based maintenance strategies, from work identification, from work management and from defect elimination. More...
28/11/2012
The Partnering Transition From Projects To Operations
Partnering has been used for the past two decades to describe collaborative working arrangements between clients and suppliers. It was originally established in the early 1990s when Sir Michael Latham was commissioned by the then Tory Government to improve the contractual arrangements of the UK construction industry, following high profile capital contract difficulties with projects such as the Channel Tunnel. More...
24/9/2012
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
There is surely no doubt that the proper provision of spare parts and materials - their correct identification, ordering, adequacy of stocking , etc. - is a key function of maintenance management, but looking back over more than twenty years of editing our journal, I can recall running hardly any material on this topic. More...
24/9/2012
Six Tips to Improve Spare Parts Management
Spare parts are the lifeblood of operational reliability and plant capacity. No plant can operate at a high level of output without a reliable supply of functional spare parts. Spare parts form the bedrock on which operational reliability is built and this requires appropriate storage, treatment of, and timely access to the required parts. Yet, spare parts are also the most overlooked contributor to reliability outcomes. More...
24/9/2012
Spur Gear Pump Vibration Assessment
Over many years working in the fields of rotating machinery and analysing Noise and Vibration issues it is still surprising to see that the issue of gear pump vibration comes up over and over again. More...
20/7/2012
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
This month, our two articles have a theme in common: tasks and problems in the maintenance of electrical plant - heavy electrical, that is (to use an old fashioned term, for power and distribution plant and the like). More...
20/7/2012
The Heat of the Moment! The Complex Hazard of Electric Arc Flash Explained
Electric arc flash and the considerable hazard it presents to personnel working on, or near to, live electrical equipment, are explained, as are the recommended measures that need to be taken to eliminate or minimize this risk and hence to ensure safety and compliance with the law. More...
10/7/2012
Effective Condition Assessment Of Medium Voltage Switchgear
There is a general trend within electricity distribution companies and operators of large private electricity networks to extend maintenance periods for medium voltage (MV) switchgear. More...
29/5/2012
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
If there is one topic that has been aired more often than any other in these pages, ever since our journal was launched some twenty six years ago, it must surely be the detection, measurement, analysis and interpretation of plant vibration. More...
28/5/2012
The Bhopal Disaster - Learning From Failures And Evaluating Risk
The economic, technological and organizational errors attributable to the root causes of the Bhopal disaster of the 2nd and 3rd of December 1984 are identified. In particular, the technical causes of the failure from a design and operational perspective are highlighted. An investigation is then carried out to determine the major consequences of the failure. More...
28/5/2012
Control Of Building Vibration With Dynamic Absorber
High beating vibration was evident in the structure of a large (350MWe lignite) boiler structure and the associated buildings. Although the amplitude was well below that considered to be unacceptable for machines for their integrity, the level increased to became high enough to be annoying to workers in the vicinity. More...
29/3/2012
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
Two contrasting items this month: (i) an engineering case study in which Hamid Malaki describes why torsional vibration was the principal cause of repeated failures of a generator drive shaft and how a combination of analytical prediction and careful monitoring indicated the actions which prevented recurrence of the problem; (ii) a definitive review by Sauro Ricetti (a sequel to his January 2011 paper) of the managerial framework for designing, implementing and controlling an equipment maintenance programme of the necessary effectiveness if - in the food industry - vital product safety and quality are to be achieved. More...
29/3/2012
Investigation of the Failure of an Alternator Rotor Shaft Driven by a Reciprocating Gas Engine
An investigation of repeated failures of an alternator rotor drive shaft is reported. Among other things it is shown that torsional vibration was the major factor in the cause of these breakdowns and that comparison of analytical prediction of such vibration with its careful monitoring can be a valuable aid in deciding how to prevent recurrence of the problem. More...
29/3/2012
Designing Food Product Safety Through an Effective Implementation of Maintenance Engineering
Too often, long life food products show quality or safety problems that are a function of equipment reliability. In the food industry, the raw product must be sterilized and then packed in a sterile environment if quality and contamination problems are to be avoided throughout its whole shelf life. The equipment used to sterilize food products, and to form, seal, cut, and transport the packages or containers must be subjected to regular maintenance activities determined by the criticalities identified in the maintenance design phase. More...
25/1/2012
Energy Analysis: How it saved jobs at Austin Energy
It is explained how the application of an Energy Analysis Module to a study of the factors affecting the efficiency and choice of options for upgrading the motors essential to the operations of a city-owned power utility resulted not only in significant reduction in costs but also a reduction in energy consumption and in the utility's carbon footprint, an important contribution to the city's green energy programme. More...
25/1/2012
The Reliability of Protective Systems
Within the home and across a broad range of industries, society has become increasingly dependent on protective systems. These range from simple smoke detectors at home to complex systems on industrial plant which will shut down the equipment if there is a serious malfunction. The authors examine how these systems can fail to protect, the causes and prevention of such failures, and ways in which their reliability can be optimised. More...
25/1/2012
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
In this issue, Michael Dixey and John Gallimore review the purpose, failure modes, and management of those ubiquitous features of the modern world, protective systems. More...
30/11/2011
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
The historical development of best maintenance practice can be simplistically described as an overlapping sequence of four principal phases, viz. corrective (pre-1960), planned preventive (1950-1970), predictive (1960-) and strategic (1970-) – the quoted dates being necessarily very approximate. More...
25/11/2011
Reliability-Centred Maintenance and HAZOP - Is There a Need for Both?
Hazard and operability (HAZOP) analysis is a widely used procedure for the systematic evaluation of industrial hazards, particularly those of the process industries, where it originated. More...
25/11/2011
Electric Motor Testing...The Missing Link of Condition Monitoring?
It is argued that condition monitoring of electric motors should involve not only testing for such things as bearing failure - via vibration analysis, oil analysis and so forth - but also a structured testing regime for electrical faults and the monitoring of motor efficiency. More...
3/11/2011
The Strategic Importance of Asset Management
Attention is drawn firstly to some of the dramatic incidents that have occurred in the field of asset management during the last eighteen months, then to some of their more immediate consequences, and finally to the ramifications of changing societal attitudes towards the failure of physical assets. More...
2/11/2011
Condition Monitoring of Fossil-Fuelled Boilers
Condition monitoring is often seen as applicable only to rotating plant. Stationary plant gets relatively little attention, yet the monitoring of their condition is a vital part of managing these assets More...
4/10/2011
Can I Be Bothered With Taking On An Apprentice?
The companies, both big and small, that choose to take on an apprentice do so in partnership with a College or Group Training Association so as to manage the government funding and the administration, as well as to teach, train and assess the competence of the candidates, and thus take away a huge amount of the complication. More...
4/10/2011
Managing Risk in Device Engineering
Traditionally, maintenance services for medical equipment have concentrated on Planned Preventive (PPM) and Corrective Action (CA) policies. Here, the rationale is presented for adopting, instead, a risk-management-based support programme - one that incorporates the best elements of industrial maintenance practice. Illustrations are presented of its application to devices of various degrees of complexity and criticality. More...
30/9/2011
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
The summer has now come and with its usual staff shortages at a time when the world economic out look is still poor. Businesses need to keep their production up and downtime down, to maximise profits whilst the exchange rates are favourable. The longer term outlook however is better, and in a very few years most sectors of industry will start to recover and grow. More...
30/6/2011
Production Data Analysis for Plant Performance Improvement
It is shown how daily production data for industrial process plant can be used as an aid in making improvements in plant performance. A spreadsheet based analysis is presented in which a frequency distribution plot is created and performance indicators for the plant are calculated. The indicators include values for the percentage of days with normal, low and zero output, values for the maximum, average overall and average normal-day production and a measure of the variability of production. These indicators help management to focus on suitable approaches to the improvement of performance in operations, maintenance and reliability. The results also form a basis for comparing different plants in terms of production performance. More...
30/6/2011
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
Debate about the role of universities is rarely out of the headlines just now. There has been no end of a fuss, for example, over the arrival of the New College of the Humanities. Its merits and demerits have been picked apart elsewhere, but I will say one thing: More...
30/6/2011
There's Something In The Air - Part 2: Hear More With Contact Ultrasound
The use of ultrasound as a predictive tool has been with us for over thirty five years, but the use – and indeed the understanding – of this technology is still not widespread. This Part 2 article follows on from the exploration of airborne ultrasound applications published in the previous, May/June, issue and explores how, just by changing from an airborne sensor to a contact probe, ultrasonic inspection can be used in mechanical applications such as blockage, leaking or cavitation in valves, internal leaks in cylinders, failure of steam traps, various bearing problems ‒‒ and inspection of electrical equipment. More...
27/5/2011
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
In mid-April I attended the 19th AR2TS meeting, held this year in Stratford-on-Avon. Held biennially, and originally born out of the activities of the Safety and Reliability Directorate of the old Atomic Energy Authority, the ‘Advances in Risk and Reliability Technology Symposium’ has been promoted since the early 1990s by the IMechE‘s Safety and Reliability Group and the Safety and Reliability Society, and held under the auspices firstly of The University of Manchester and now of The Universities of Loughborough and Nottingham. More...
20/5/2011
There's Something In The Air - Understanding Ultrasound
The use of ultrasound as a predictive tool has been with us for over 35 years, but its use - and, indeed, the understanding of it - is still not widespread. Its basic ideas are explained and a wide range of applications of airborne ultrasound technology described, from gas leak and vacuum leak detection, via electric equipment inspection, to monitoring the condition of belt and chain drives, and bearings. More...
20/5/2011
Realising The Benefits of Condition Monitoring
A predictive and proactive maintenance strategy, centred on vibration monitoring, has effectively eliminated unplanned outages of the rotational machinery in a coking plant. More...
10/3/2011
Lifecycle FMECA
Lifecycle FMECA is introduced and its application and value discussed. An enhanced version of FMECA that focuses on forward-looking risk-based analysis it develops robust operational and financial profiles of assets as they live through their operate-and-maintain phase. Its real benefit is that it is fundamentally simple and can be automated for all assets with relative ease More...
10/3/2011
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
If there is one sort of article that, more than any other, we like to publish in these pages it is a good case study, an account of some maintenance-related work, describing the industry involved, the particular problem, its investigation, its solution (usually!), the benefits resulting and the wider lessons to be learned − and reported by the toiler at the coal face himself, the asset manager or engineer. More...
10/3/2011
Lessons Learnt in 45 Years of Condition Monitoring
A series of short case studies in monitoring the condition of power generation plant (pumps, steam turbines, boilers, heat exchangers, etc.) is presented. The examples are drawn from the author’s extensive and authoritative experience in this area, and are intended to entertain, inform and even inspire. The lessons learnt stand forever, but not all are well-known. More...
25/1/2011
A Maintenance Managers Guide to Vibration Analysis and Assoc Techniques in Condition Monitoring - 3
In this the third and final part of this series we shall look at using monitoring information, some of the ‘yardsticks’ available for establishing vibration operating envelopes and a case study that demonstrates vibration analysis in action. More...
25/1/2011
Product Safety and Equipment Reliability in the Food Industry Through Maintenance Engineering
The demands of increasing regulation of food safety are leading the food industry to design and implement maintenance procedures that can bring under control critical variables linked to food safety and equipment reliability. More...
25/1/2011
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
A love poem by one of the 20th century’s foremost English wordsmiths may seem like a strange place to find a consummate definition of our trade. More...
18/1/2011
Field Information Systems for Maintenance Management
A summary is presented of the findings of the DTI-sponsored ‘Freestyle’ collaborative research project. Up-to-date practical information is provided on the benefits to be gained by using pen-based computers, Field Information Systems (FIS) and Maintenance Management Systems (MMIS). Even if the reader has not yet started on the path to MMIS the information presented should help him to plan with greater insight. More...
18/1/2011
The Development of a Data Collector for Low-speed Machinery
The problems of measuring, in an industrial environment, the low frequency vibration that is generated by low speed machinery are reviewed in some detail. More...
1/12/2010
Strategic Maintenance
Not until senior managers come to regard maintenance as a ‘profit centre’ rather than a ‘cost centre’ will they be able to enjoy the increased profitability that is to be derived from maximising the reliability of their plant. More...
1/12/2010
An Integrated Maintenance Management Information System for Manufacturing
The author believes that the Maintenance Management Information System (MMIS) of the future will be an integral part of the Production Control System within the framework of the Business Integrated System. The thinking behind the outline design of a proposed MMIS for a manufacturing environment is explained. More...
20/11/2010
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
September saw the sad passing of Bob Moss, founder and former MD of RM Consultants. More...
20/11/2010
A Maintenance Managers Guide to Vibration Analysis and Assoc Techniques in Condition Monitoring - 2
Part 1, published in the previous issue, of this three-part series (aimed at assisting the maintenance manager to become an ‘informed buyer’ of CM techniques supporting a CBM strategy) dealt with the basics of vibration and then explained how the understanding of machine vibration can help us ascertain machine condition. It then described some common frequency-related faults that can help to identify deterioration. More...
20/11/2010
TPM - The 'Pinch-Point' Solution For Lean Manufacturing
As we emerge from the recession, and its likely decimating effects on the maintenance function, we need to reflect on our current maintenance strategy now, post the streamlining. Is this an opportunity to (finally) get it right? More...
30/9/2010
A Maintenance Managers Guide to Vibration Analysis and Assoc Techniques in Condition Monitoring - 1
In the late 70s I remember ground running a training aircraft (a Jet Provost Mk 3), with an oscilloscope perched precariously on my knee, taking notes on a range of vibration readings across a range of rpm. It was a scheduled performance check and, as I recall, the procedure called for analysis of the frequency chart generated – with particular attention to gearbox frequencies. More...
30/9/2010
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
As usual, two topics in this issue, namely Condition Motoring (CM) – in particular, via the measurement of machine vibration – and Risk Based Inspection (RBI), each presented as a primary determinant of maintenance policy. More...
30/9/2010
Mechanical Integrity Assessment of a Large Horizontal NGL Pressure Vessel: Case Study
A methodology for assessing the structural integrity of a large horizontal NGL (Natural Gas Liquid) vessel has been developed. The general analysis procedure, stress analysis and remaining useful life evaluation are described. Recommendations for dealing with anomalies detected during assessment are also presented. The methodology employed can be applied to other, similar, pressurised vessels in the oil and gas, chemical and petrochemical plants. More...
16/7/2010
Reliability-Centred Maintenance Applied To Military Structures
Reliability-centred Maintenance (RCM) has been widely applied in the UK within the Royal Navy and British Army. However, the Defence Standard Def Stan 02-45 used on those military studies does not adequately address monocoque structure where no alternative load paths exist. More...
16/7/2010
The Emerging Problem of Lubricant Varnish
Lubricating oils are undergoing more changes today than at any time in recent memory. This has been driven by the switch to more advanced base stocks which require new additive chemistries, along with increased equipment performance duties and extreme lubricant operating conditions. More...
15/7/2010
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
Two topics in this issue that, if our memory is correct, we have never previously touched on, viz. (a) the problem of lubricant varnish, the deposition – in performance-critical parts of machinery – of the products of oil degradation, which can cause reduced performance or even failure, and (b) the application of Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM), not to plant, processes and systems – about which we have published any number of reviews, case studies and critiques (probably more, in fact, than on any other matter) – but to structures. More...
28/5/2010
Locomotive Diesel Engine Stress Wave Analysis
Stress Wave Analysis has been introduced for monitoring impact-like events and has proved effective for identifying bearing and gear defects. Here, after briefly explaining the basic concept, the author demonstrates the use of the technique for investigating typical defects encountered with diesel engines. More...
28/5/2010
Maintenance Outsourcing: A Step Towards Product Service Systems
Intense competition in the current global business environment and the need to increase profit have caused companies to seek competitive advantage through the provision of services. In this new service-oriented world companies are providing integrated 'Product-Service Systems' instead of selling only tangible products. More...
25/5/2010
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
In his Just So Stories, a collection of tales for children, Rudyard Kipling (poet of Empire, author of The Jungle Books,the first English language winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and, incidentally, an enthusiast for engineers and their works) wrote ... More...
31/3/2010
CAFM Technology
Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM) evolved in the late 1980s and has become an essential business tool, relied on by many Facilities and Estates departments. CAFM Solutions offer distinct benefits in the management of day-to-day operations and performance monitoring. With its reach now extending to Hospitality, IT departments and beyond, the role of CAFM becomes a much more prominent business solution and raises the profile and value of Facilities and Estates departments. More...
26/3/2010
Performance Indicators - What You Need To Know....
Business-led, results-orientated maintenance management is driven by Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), also known as measures or metrics. There are two types of indicators – lagging and leading. Success as an engineering manager depends on understanding the basic nature and use of each type - together with a resolute bias for action. More...
26/3/2010
The Role of Vibration Monitoring In Predictive Maintenance Part 2: Some Illustrative Examples
In the first part (published in the previous issue of M&AM) of this comprehensive review of the role of vibration monitoring in maintenance, the author discussed the importance of identifying asset criticality and justifying the economics of a CM programme, and also the basic principles and techniques of monitoring the vibration of bearings in rotating machinery. In this second and concluding part he presents examples of the successful application of these techniques to a wide range of industrial plant. More...
26/3/2010
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
More years ago than I care to think about, when sophisticated maintenance meant using Time and Motion Study and Kalamazoo card index systems, I helped to run what was probably the first maintenance management course presented under the aegis of a UK university More...
30/1/2010
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
No matter what strategic philosophy is adopted in the quest for more cost-effective maintenance there would seem to be one outcome – the introduction of more condition monitoring (CM) – that is all but inevitable. More...
30/1/2010
The Role of Vibration Monitoring In Predictive Maintenance
Unexpected equipment failures can be expensive and potentially catastrophic, resulting in unplanned production downtime, costly replacement of parts and safety and environmental concerns. More...
30/1/2010
Going Back To Basics - Using Vibration Time Waveform Data
'The most difficult function for any routine CBM programme – is finding a fault!' More...
30/11/2009
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
We are about to enter the last year of the decade known as the ‘noughties’, a change that, as usual, will be rung in by one of Britain’s true icons: Big Ben, the bell of the towering timepiece, the Great Clock at Westminster, that features in everything from the HP sauce logo to the opening titles of ‘News at Ten’. More...
30/11/2009
Diagnosing Machine Bearing Faults
Several of the techniques employed in vibration-based condition monitoring of bearings are discussed, and the differences between them explained. Some observations on their relative usefulness, and on their implementation, are also included. More...
30/11/2009
The Restoration Work On The Great Clock at Westminster
Heritage items need special consideration when maintenance is involved, and none more so than Big Ben (or the Great Clock at Westminster to give its proper name), the icon of the British Nation. More...
28/9/2009
Benchmarking Best Practice: Towards A Total Reliability & Maintenance Management Award
Evidence is provided of the importance of maintenance and reliability, and the current status of reliability and maintenance (R&M) practice is reviewed, in terms of the gaps between the advances in technology and the evolution of the R&M techniques. More...
28/9/2009
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
Over more years than I care to think about the reliability engineering community has debated how it might raise the status of its subject, how it might increase the awareness, in industry in particular and in society in general, of the critical contribution that the discipline could make to a successful economy and a clean, safe, environment. More...
28/9/2009
Condition Monitoring of Steam Turbines By Performance Analysis
Many power generation steam turbine generators today are required in service well beyond their intended lifetimes. Dismantling for inspection is expensive, and owners need to consider all relevant information in making the decision. More...
10/7/2009
Case Study: Protection Of Hydraulic Equipment and Potential Extension of Unit Life......
Hydraulic equipment is ubiquitous in both manufacturing industry and construction. Indeed, as staff numbers em––ployed in engineering have declined numbers of hydraulic power packs and hydraulically operated equipment seem to have increased. More...
10/7/2009
Turning Maintenance Into An Asset
Bonar Floors, soon to be re-branded to Forbo Flooring following its acquisition in 2008, has been manufacturing Flotex flooring products for over thirty years at its site in Ripley, Derbyshire. More...
10/7/2009
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
Most accounts of thve progress of ideas in maintenance management suggest that ‘best practice’ in this field has evolved through something like four overlapping historical phases, the nature of each determined by the technology and work culture of its time. More...
20/5/2009
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
It has been my long held view that no matter which approach is pursued – Reliability Centred, Risk Based Inspection, Total Productive, Lean, Business Centred, Value Driven, even good old Trial and Error – in order to determine a maintenance strategy, it is mostly the case that sooner or later (sooner with the more analytical approaches, later with the more pragmatic ones, which need more time) much , if not most, of the work must become condition-driven, i.e. ‘If it ain’t broke, or nearly broke, don’t fix it’. More...
20/5/2009
What Is DFE (Dynamic Filter Efficiency)?
All hydraulic and lube systems have a critical contamination tolerance level that is often defined by, but not limited to, the most sensitive system components such as servo valves or high speed journal bearings. More...
20/5/2009
On-Line Motor Current Signature Analysis Prevents Premature Failure of Large.....
Motor Current Signature Analysis (MCSA) is a condition monitoring technique used to diagnose problems in three- phase induction motors that drive pumps and compressors in the North Sea oil and gas industry. More...
30/3/2009
Motivating maintenance craftsmen - do we know what we're doing?
Do we really understand what makes maintenance craftsmen tick? After spending over thirty years working with them in a variety of industries and market sectors I have come to the conclusion that the answer is ‘No, not really’. More...
30/3/2009
Managing and supporting ship availability
The method used within the authors’ company involved linking together basic functional design tasks to create a process that could be applied by each ship engineering department in a controlled, repeatable and consistent manner. More...
30/3/2009
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
Our last two issues – the first of this year and the last of 2008 – were devoted almost solely to condition monitoring techniques (particularly as applied to rotating machinery). More...
28/1/2009
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
Call it by a high-sounding name if you must – Terotechnology, Physical Asset Management – but there is no doubt that there are few more down-to-earth tasks than Maintenance. Coping with ‘the tyranny of things’ *, their fragilities, complexities, uncertainties and sometimes downright cussedness (not to mention the vagaries of the people involved), it usually calls for knowledge and judgement that can only be acquired through service in the workplace and not through the textbook or lecture room. More...
28/1/2009
Turbo-Machinery Tip-Timing Comes of Age
The complexity of a gas turbine makes its maintenance something of a black art. However, the advent of non-contact tip-timing systems has made it possible to assess turbine blade health and implement condition-based predictive maintenance routines. More...
28/1/2009
Healthcare & Maintenance
There are many similarities between the prevention of illness in humans, and the prevention of failures in equipment. The history of healthcare is examined through the prism of the maintenance engineer, and commonalities are identified which provide some food for thought. More...
1/12/2008
Measuring Shock Pulse, Another approach to front line condition monitoring
Condition monitoring should always start with a list of machine faults, specific for each machine. More...
1/12/2008
An Overview of Bearing Vibration Analysis
Rolling contact bearings are used in almost every type of rotating machinery whose successful and reliable operation is very dependent on the type of bearing selected as well as the precision of all associated components, i.e. shaft, housing, spacers, nuts etc. Bearing engineers generally use fatigue as the normal failure mode, on the assumption that the bearings are properly installed, operated and maintained. Today, because of improvements in manufacturing technology and materials, it is generally the case that bearing fatigue life, which is related to sub-surface stresses, is not the limiting factor and probably accounts for less than 3% of failures in service. Unfortunately though, many bearings fail prematurely in service because of contamination, poor lubrication, temperature extremes, poor fitting/fits, unbalance and misalignment. More...
1/12/2008
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
This end-of-year issue focuses on one particular maintenance support technique: the monitoring of rolling bearing condition by measuring and analysing vibration. More...
29/9/2008
Developing a Maintenance Strategy and Setting Performance Targets
Cost Effective Maintenance Management is a goal for many companies. More...
29/9/2008
Experience with Education in Maintenance and Reliability Engineering by off Campus Learning
Physical plant assets are tending to remain in service for beyond their design lifetime. More...
29/9/2008
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
As a general rule our aim with M&AM is to speak directly to the problems and needs of those who, day in and day out, actually organise and carry out the maintenance of physical assets of all kinds. More...
14/7/2008
Budgeting for Reliable Operations
Setting maintenance budgets for new plant and equipment is a challenge often met by using past experience. The mining company, which is the subject of this study, purchased an existing plant from a contract service provider. However, the existing budgets were not useful as a guide because the new owners wanted to use a different asset management philosophy. Historically, the plant had been maintained when a problem was reported. More...
14/7/2008
What is Predictive Maintenance?
A case study is presented of the benefits to be derived from the implementation of a ‘functional predictive maintenance programme’. Many examples of its application in practice at the author’s coal-fired power plant are presented. More...
14/7/2008
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
For more years than I care to remember I have been presenting courses, to graduate level engineers working in every sort of production and service industry, on the ideas and techniques of what has come to be known as Reliability Engineering, and on their application to the problems of maintenance management. More...
31/5/2008
Slow Speed Bearing Analysis Monitoring in the Grey Zone
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31/5/2008
Experiences in Pump Condition Monitoring by Performance Analysis
Predicting maintenance requirements of pumps by condition monitoring to detect internal wear is a well-established procedure. More...
31/5/2008
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
There can be very few in the industrial maintenance fraternity who would not agree that pro-active maintenance of plant, or its dominant sub-set, condition based maintenance, will nearly always turn out to be the economically optimum policy – an RCM analysis, for example, has a built-in tendency to preferentially direct the planner towards such an approach. More...
7/4/2008
A Mobile Maintenance Decision Support System
The development is reported of an e-maintenance system, ie a mobile maintenance decision support system based on web and mobile technologies. The problem of the lack of experts to troubleshoot a fault in a machine is a long-standing one. It has led to the application of artificial intelligence and, later, distributed artificial intelligence for machine condition monitoring and diagnosis. More...
7/4/2008
Predictive Maintenance by Performance Monitoring of Plant
Much is written about the condition monitoring methods of vibration analysis, oil analysis, NDT methods, and electrical plant tests, but very little about performance analysis, i.e. the analysis and monitoring of the physical performance of both rotating and non-rotating plant items as an indicator of their condition. Performance analysis also often enables the optimum time to be found to schedule maintenance to restore lost performance. Based on his many years of experience in fossil fired steam power generation, the author demonstrates – via case studies on pumps, air compressors, steam turbines, mechanical control system components, boilers and heat exchangers – the application of this methodology. More...
7/4/2008
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
There can be very few in the industrial maintenance fraternity who would not agree that pro-active maintenance of plant, or its dominant sub-set, condition based maintenance, will nearly always turn out to be the economically optimum policy – an RCM analysis, for example, has a built-in tendency to preferentially direct the planner towards such an approach. More...
28/1/2008
Maintenance & Asset Management - Editor's Foreword
It is with no small sense of loss that we have to record the passing, in its quarterly, standalone format at least, of our specialist, subscription Journal, Maintenance and Asset Management. After twenty two years of waving the flag for what we have hoped has been a more thoughtful (but not too analytical) approach to reporting new ideas, techniques and achievements in the activities indicated by its title we have decided that a change in format is called for. More...
28/1/2008
Improving the reliability of a Coal Fired Power Plant using a SAP - REWOP Interface
In the search for improved performance of the management of its physical assets, a major Canadian-based power generation company sought to exploit the benefits of good reliability and maintenance information practices. Specifically, they wished to increase the value derived from the investment made in their SAP PM (Systems, Applications and Products: Plant Maintenance) system. By interfacing REWOP (Reliability Engineering Workbench Optimiser) with their SAP work order module, maintenance engineers and technicians can now accurately and easily analyse historical data. This, plus the adoption of a common language for potential and functional failures, is leading to greatly improved maintenance, inspection and decision-making techniques. In turn this is resulting in increased reliability, fewer failures and reduced maintenance costs. More...
28/1/2008
Performance Benchmarking Update: Expectations and Reality
The authors draw on their extensive experience in the benchmarking of significant aspects of the performance of companies – large and small and world-wide – to highlight not only the striking differences that they have observed in reliability achievement and in maintenance organisation but also the reasons for the clear relationship between these two factors. They conclude that ‘best-of-class companies’ share a large number of sound work practices, reliability engineering implementation concepts, and organisational alignments and list what they see to be the most significant of the reliability and maintenance attributes that are shared by such companies. More...
13/12/2007
Applying PMBOK to Shutdowns, Turnarounds and Outages
Turnarounds have a distinctive character of their own and cannot be managed as if they were just another sort of ‘Engineering, Procurement and Construction’ (EPC) project; a ‘turnaround-specific’ methodology of management is needed. Drawing on the philosophy of the Project Management Institute’s Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) the author reviews the special problems presented by process plant turnarounds and also their particular management needs. More...
10/12/2007
Benchmarking Art or Science?
Benchmarking is one of today’s hot topics. Governments encourage companies to be benchmarked, consultants sell the service and universities offer courses on the subject. But what exactly is benchmarking? Why do companies use it and what are the benefits? How does the benchmarking process look and how are conclusions drawn? These and related issues are explained, discussed and fully illustrated with real examples drawn from diverse industries. More...
5/11/2007
An Introduction t the US Naval Air System Command RCM Process and Integrated RCM Software
This paper is an update to ‘RCM in the Public Domain: An Overview of the US Naval Air System’ presented at RCM-2005. It provides an overview of the NAVAIR RCM process along with an indepth demonstration of the Integrated RCM Systems (IRCMS) software. More...
5/11/2007
An Approach to World Class Asset Management
A comprehensive review is presented of the development concepts and practice of ‘World Class Asset Management’, the modern approach in which maintenance is seen not, as formerly, as a hygiene function but as a source of competitive advantage to be exploited via the application of IT-dependent business metrics. More...
5/11/2007
Asset Management - An Insurance Perspective
The global insurance industry is vitally interested in the asset management systems that are implemented at industrial sites. While these systems are usually implemented to protect and manage plant and equipment, often the impact of these systems on the corporate financial model is overlooked. More...
5/11/2007
Thinkers and Doers: A Case Study in Changing a Maintenance and Engineering Organisation
A large process plant was organised into three separate departments, viz. maintenance, engineering and production. Roles and responsibilities were unclear, with increasing potential for overlap. A major programme of plant modifications had been justified and, when two new members joined the management team, became the catalyst for change More...
20/9/2007
Is your control room data telling you what you think it is?
The investigation and diagnosis of plant problems is a central part of the maintenance engineering function. The techniques used often relate closely to those used in condition monitoring and can similarly require dedicated instruments or special instrument arrangements. More...
20/9/2007
Maintenance Management: Past, Present and Future - Part 2
In Part 1 of this paper an overview of the traditional maintenance systems was provided and the concepts of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and World-class Maintenance Systems (WMS) were introduced. But due importance was not given for either TPM or WMS. Hence in this part of our paper emphasis is given to TPM as it is currently being pursued in many industries worldwide. More...
20/9/2007
The Partnership Organisation
The differences between service focused organisations and those based on partnership work systems are reviewed and the superior benefits of the latter are outlined. It is advised that the first step in creating a partnership system is to get Operations and Maintenance to agree on a joint mission statement for the production organisation. More...
5/9/2007
Cost-Effective Condition-Based Maintenance
It is emphasised that evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of any condition-based maintenance programme must take into account all the relevant constraints and strategic opportunities. More...
12/7/2007
Some thougts on Maintenance Budgeting
To be successful, any maintenance organisation worthy of the name will function via a number of necessary and inter-related managerial and control systems. In his new book 'Maintenance Systems and Documentation' Tony Kelly identifies those systems, (performance control, work control, documentation, budgeting, costing etc) that are key, showing how each can be mapped and modelled and its function and operating principles explained. As with his other books, the analysis is illustrated throughout by case studies drawn from his wealth of experience, and readers can test their understanding of the lessons to be derived by addressing various review questions. More...
5/6/2007
Maintenance Management: Past, Present and Future - Part 1
In the past, the field of maintenance was often neglected, many organisations not giving due importance to it, the function or department being pushed to the backyard of the factory. Top management too often viewed maintenance as a cost centre, while the operations department viewed it as a function that hindered their productivity More...
5/6/2007
TPM Implementation: The P5 Critical Success Factors for Sustaining Improvement
A case study is presented of the implementation of TPM activities at an iron foundry. More...
5/6/2007
Utilising Benchmark Metrics to Build and Manage a Strategy for Maintenance Improvement
The benefits and challenges of using benchmark indices and metrics for monitoring maintenance performance are discussed, with particular reference to prEN 15341, the recently drafted European standard on maintenance key performance indicators. More...
5/6/2007
Infrastructure Management: Have Asset Management Models Compromised Effective Asset Management?
Different asset management philosophies and models were developed in the 1990s, but the basic approach to their application has been the same in different market sectors. This approach may provide a long-term focus for managing assets. However, it often fails to recognise the crucial relationship between capital investment associated with maintenance on the one hand, and operational maintenance costs on the other. More...
5/6/2007
Maintenance Education for Professionals
Recently, the maintenance community has seen huge steps in standardisation and recognition of technician-level training. More...
10/3/2007
The Effective Management of Contract Maintenance
The effective management, within the author’s paper products company, of internal and external maintenance resources, is described – management which is seen as an essential aid to reducing cost. More...
4/3/2007
What is the Secret of Successful Outsourcing
Outsourcing does not always yield the economic benefits originally anticipated. Merely attempting to off-load management problems (reactive outsourcing) can only backfire. More...
4/3/2007
Maintenance Development Based on the Cost-effectiveness Analysis of Tasks
Optimised decision making in maintenance programme development can lead to higher profitability. Within a VTT project, procedures have been developed for maintenance programme development and cost-effectiveness evaluation. More...
4/3/2007
Delivering Maintenance Through People
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4/3/2007
Maintenance, In-House or Outsource? But is that the question?
A new business model, applicable to the operation and maintenance of the aboveground assets of the UK’s water industry, is proposed. It takes a wider approach than merely reducing operating costs, focusing more on delivering both operational and capital expenditure efficiency More...
4/11/2006
Some Thoughts on Maintenance Budgeting
The central importance of budgeting to the formulation of maintenance strategy is stressed and it is explained, by reference to real case examples, that the maintenance budget should be an expression of the forecasted short term and long term workloads in terms of cost of internal labour, contract labour and the materials needed to deal with them. More...
4/11/2006
Generating Failure Codes for CMMS Implementation
One of the most important parts of Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS) implementation is the generation of failure codes for the craftsmen to record. Picking good codes means that you will have information that is useful for continuous improvement activities. More...
4/11/2006
Achieving World Class Asset Management Performance
The author has developed an asset management methodology based on his own experience and knowledge gained from implementing maintenance improvement programmes. More...
4/11/2006
Reliability Tools That Can Deliver Improved Plant or Equipment Performances
The need for good data collection is emphasised, and examples are provided of the types of analysis that can be carried out beneficially using low cost software tools for (a) Life Data Weibull Analysis, (b) Systems Reliability Assessment using Reliability Block or Fault Tree Diagrams, and (c) Reliability Growth Analysis. More...
4/11/2006
Maintenance Training using CAD and a Virtual Reality Environment
An investigate has been undertaken of the effectiveness, for maintenance training, of Computer Aided Design and Virtual Reality environments. Three sets of young engineers were trained to undertake a prescribed maintenance task, one set was trained using CAD, one with VR and the third using written instruction manuals. More...
20/9/2006
Improved Maintenance Reliability
It is emphasised that monitoring the condition of a machine is not untaken to reveal interesting problems but to determine whether it continues to be fit for purpose, and that progress in this area is to use methods that will foster cooperation between operations and Maintenance. More...
11/9/2006
Live Condition Based Monitoring
An aggregates company was experiencing premature failure of the bearings of its vibratory plant. More...
10/9/2006
MCM: An inexpensive condition monitoring technology, simple-to-use and model-based
An award-winning product – Motor Condition Monitor (MCM) –is described More...
3/9/2006
Getting root cause analysis to work for you
Advice is provided about making the most of Root Cause Analysis (RCA) in order to progressively eliminate failures. More...
3/9/2006
The Do's and Don'ts of Maintenance Teams
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1/6/2006
21st Century Maintenance Management using Finite Capacity Planning
The day-to-day implementation is described of Maintenance Finite Capacity Planning, a combination of procedures – daily scheduling and comprehensive planning based on engineered standards – aimed at achieving full utilisation of the maintenance work force and continuous skill development. More...
1/6/2006
What is the Service Level of your CMMS Supplier? (Part 2)
Here, in Part 2, the complexity of the Service Level Agreement architecture is explained, as wellas the process that needs to be in place for a successful implementation of an SLA. More...
1/6/2006
An Audit of the Maintenance Strategy at an Agri-chemical Plant
An audit is described of the maintenance strategy at an ammonia plant, an exercise which was just one part of a comprehensive audit of the maintenance management as a whole – of the organisation and systems as well as the strategy, and of all the other process plants on the same site. More...
1/6/2006
The RCM Analyst – beyond RCM
It is explained that, built on SAE-compliant RCM, the author's RCM analyst method is centred on the role of its analysts who, when the approach is fully implemented, can induce a focus on knowledge transfer which can transform the way in which a company thinks about, and manages, its physical assets. More...
1/6/2006
Royal Mail Engineering incorporating maintenance
In 2003 Royal Mail (RM) and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) secured a national agreement committing both parties to a review of processing engineer terms and conditions and working practices by March 2005. More...
1/1/2006
Reduce the energy use in your compressed air system through better maintenance
Guidance is given onthose actions that are key to the good reliabilityof compressed air systems. More...
1/1/2006
Rethinking Reliability Centred Maintenance
The author discusses how we might reconsider our approach to developing equipment operations and maintenance plans - so that we do so in a way that takes account a broader range of concepts, including lean and systems thinking, while strengthening team ownership and implementation of the resulting actions. More...
1/1/2006
Reliability Analysis Methods for Mechanical Assemblies during Conceptual Design using CAD
A method for the analysis of the reliability of mechanical assemblies during the conceptual design is proposed More...
1/1/2006
Spend Limits and Asset Management
As equipment ages the amount of money that is reasonable to spend on one-off events, such as repair, refurbishment or relocation decreases. More...
1/1/2006
What is the Service Level of your CMMS Supplier? (Part 1)
In this first part of this paper – on obtaining better service levels from CMMS suppliers – help is offered in identifying Service Level Agreement conditions which will push CMMS suppliers (whether in-house or under contract) to be more responsive when a failure occurs in their software More...
21/12/2005
Lean TPM Implementation
Pursued correctly, Lean TPM can enable the maintenance function within a manufacturing organisation to achieve greater effectiveness and efficiency – and also a more flexible operation better able to respond to growth and technological change. Practical advice is offered on implementing the two initial steps, Stabilisation and Optimisation, of a lean TPM programme. More...
3/12/2005
The Age of the RCM Analyst
The publication of the SAE standard resolved much of the debate about the precise nature of RCM. However, the widely adopted team approach to RCM implementation has been subject to criticism on the grounds of its heavy demand on resources and time, leading to the growth of non-compliant, ‘streamlined’, variants of the method, and also of the employment of the ‘sole analyst’ (which introduces its own difficulties). The RCM approach must therefore evolve still further if it is to meet the changing nature of today’s workforce and the impact of information technology. This has created the need for a new category of RCM expert, the RCM Analyst, a highly skilled professional who is part of the leading edge of asset management and who can work across all areas of an implementation to ensure its short-term success as well as its long-term viability. The skills requirement and the role of such an analyst are reviewed. More...
2/12/2005
The case for more comprehensive data collection and how it might be achieved: Part 2
This paper is about possible methods for the practical application of Terotechnology. It is explained that data analysis is prerequisite to formulating, and later updating, optimal maintenance and plant renewal policies. The nature of optimal maintenance policies in the context of the Life Cycle Profit (LCP) method of Hans Ahlmann is discussed, as are the requirements for applying this method, the most important of which are (i) a better database than most managers of companies are used to, and (ii) better software to analyse the data. More...
2/12/2005
Managing Human Error in Maintenance
Numerous research studies have shown that over fifty percent of all equipment fails prematurely after maintenance work has been performed on it. In the most embarrassing cases, the maintenance work performed was intended to prevent the very failures that occurred. Building on the latest academic research, and based on practical experience, this paper outlines the key things that maintenance managers can do to reduce or eliminate the impact of human error in maintenance. More...
2/12/2005
Constructing an Effective Maintenance Plan
Creating a maintenance plan is generally not difficult. But creating a comprehensive maintenance programme that is effective poses some interesting challenges. It would be difficult to appreciate the subtleties of what makes a maintenance plan effective without understanding how the plan forms part of the total maintenance environment. This paper explains some of the key concepts – the maintenance information loop, RCM analysis, workload smoothing, long and short term scheduling, etc. – that make the difference between an ordinary maintenance plan and a good, effective, maintenance programme. More...
3/10/2005
What Else Can I Inspect?
It is shown that infrared thermography offers an exceptionally useful tool for diagnosing operating problems over a very wide range of plant and equipment in many very different industries – and that today’s thermographic tools are not only highly portable and easy mto use, but are also of remarkably high accuracy and optical resolution. It is also stressed that their ability to offer early warning of impending problems offers a rapid return on investment. More...
3/10/2005
Benchmarking with the VDM Control Centre
With the introduction of the VDM Control Centre, Mark Haarman of Mainnovation recently launched an easy-access tool for effective application of Value Driven Maintenance (VDM). This on-line platform allows maintenance managers, in a company of any size, great or small, to measure and benchmark their maintenance performance against that of anonymous companies in the same industry. It also provides a transparent picture of the contribution that their maintenance organisation is making to creating value for their company. This article looks at these developments. More...
3/10/2005
The case for more comprehensive data collection and how it might be achieved: Part 1
This paper is about possible methods for the practical application of Terotechnology. It is explained that data analysis is prerequisite to formulating, and later updating, optimal maintenance and plant renewal policies. The nature of optimal maintenance policies in the context of the Life Cycle Profit (LCP) method of Hans Ahlmann is discussed, as are the requirements for applying this method, the most important of which are (i) a better database than most managers of companies are used to, and (ii) better software to analyse the data. It is explained that, for productive systems, the long-term costs involved in data collection to permit full realisation of LCP are unlikely to exceed the long-term benefits of a management policy based upon Total Quality Manufacturing and LCP rather than Management by Objectives and Reliability Centred Maintenance, this being particularly so if data requirements for the firm are integrated. More...
2/10/2005
Maintenance at Hydro Polymers Ltd
The aim of this paper is to show how we, at Hydro Polymers, reviewed our maintenance systems to reduce costs, but at the same time maintained plant availability and safety.We identified a need to benchmark our existing performance against that of similar industries, not only as regards costs but also as regards maintenance Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) – but we did not have any ‘Maintenance KPIs’, only costs, and these were at a very high level. The decision to review our maintenance areas coincided with a major cost benchmarking exercise carried out across the PVC industry, and we had also just installed a new Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS). More...
3/6/2005
Automated Trouble Shooting
Automated trouble shooting of problems with plant or products, using diagnostic software that may be on site or may be accessed remotely via the internet, can be highly cost-effective. It is explained that while many diagnostic engines are case-based, relying on learning from prior case history, which carries inherent limitations, a more sophisticated system – which also employs model-based reasoning (as developed and marketed by the author’s company) and in which the integrated method of diagnostic decision-making closely resembles the human thinking process – can be much more efficient. The logic of such a system, its capabilities, the benefits it can bring and the extent of its current industrial application are reviewed. More...
3/6/2005
Lean TPM: A bluepint for change
One of the fundamental principles of continuous improvement is that it is continuous. Is this really necessary? Surely when something broken is fixed, or bottlenecks are removed, that’s the end to it! Not so, say the authors of the new book, ‘Lean TPM’. More...
2/6/2005
Improved CMMS and Asset Management Systems - But do they lead to success?
The benefits of implementing a Computerised Maintenance Management System or Enterprise Asset Management System and the reasons for their success or failure in practice More...
2/6/2005
Three into One does go
To speed up its response to sales demands a company making office equipment concentrated all its operations on a single site, having previously had its activities distributed over three locations. It also decided that, in parallel with this move, it would replaced its outdated and inadequate paperwork systems for controlling maintenance with a Computerised Maintenance Management System. The author describes how he brought this change about, stressing the value of careful preparation for the transition and the benefits that are now being achieved. More...
2/6/2005
What do you need to know about software maintenance?
Software now accounts for an increasing share of the content of modern plant and equipment, and, like these last, must be maintained to ensure its continued operational efficiency. Although the maintenance of plant is discussed extensively, very little is published about software maintenance and how it affects us. This paper presents an overview of key topics of software engineering maintenance. More...
2/6/2005
An empirical study of the utilisation, in troubleshooting, of failure records Part II
In Part I of this paper (see Issue 20.1) a support documentation system (SDS) was proposed – a system which, by optimising the management of maintenance documentation, could provide a better aid to maintenance teachnicians during troubleshooting. Here, in Part II, the results are presented of a survey of the current state of utilisation of maintenance information systems – involving a multi-case study of their use by maintenance practitioners and interviews with both equipment vendors and maintenance experts. This has demonstrated the feasibility of creating and implementing such a system, the case study results showing that current maintenance information systems are not efficiently assisting troubleshooting. In addition, some practitioners’ suggestions are presented, for optimising the management of maintenance documentation. More...
10/3/2005
Too small for a CMMS? Think again
Many smaller companies feel that, for them, the acquisition of maintenance management software would be overkill. The author explains (a) why he believes that nothing could be further from the truth and (b) the basic steps to be taken, by a small company, for the beneficial implementation of a CMMS. More...
10/3/2005
An empirical study of the utilisation, in troubleshooting, of failure records Part I
Existing studies of downtime reduction have usually been based on the idea of preventing failures. These studies have undoubtedly made a significant contribution towards downtime reduction, although it is impossible to predict and prevent all failures. In this first instalment of a two-part paper it is suggested that an approach to minimising downtime – by reducing troubleshooting time via the analysis of failure records – can be founded on evidence from published literature, evidence which suggests that providing maintainers with easy access to detailed information about previous failure experiences should make troubleshooting quicker. More...
2/3/2005
Manage your motor systems for increased reliability and decreased cost
THE SYSTEMS APPROACH It is a typical day at Acme Manufacturing Corporation, as a 200 horsepower compressor is becoming unreliable and is unable to meet production demands for air. In previous years, Acme would have decided to buy a new compressor, and being a ‘smart’ company they would have decide that, to meet demand, this should be a larger 250 hp unit ! They would purchase the lowest cost compressor to meet their hp needs! This approach is typically known as the ‘first-cost-driven’ approach. Life cycle costs or actual process requirements are not evaluated with this type of approach. Typically, no energy savings are achieved. This time, Acme has done something different. Acme started an active Motor System Management programme, and they now look at optimising the entire motor system when replacing a component of that system. Before deciding how to meet the demand for air, Acme performs an audit of the entire system. More...
2/3/2005
Equipment readiness and visibility using Honeycomb maps
A new tool, MERIT, that is receiving wide interest both inside and outside the military community, is described. It provides managers with a ‘honeycomb’ visual representation of maintenance performance – along several different performance characteristics, and within several different data hierarchies – and links a visual display with underlying repair cycle detail, indicating equipment level and part number level status, information which can be used to follow-up and focus on particular problems, identify potential solutions, monitor ongoing efforts, and identify responsible persons or organisations. More...
4/2/2005
Lean TPM, a game of two halves
Delivering long-term improvement in business performance is, in the words of the old football cliché, a game of two halves, viz (I) stabilisation or breaking out of firefighting, and (ii) optimisation, or securing the recipe for long-term growth. More...
4/2/2005
Methods for in-service diagnostics of motor-operated valves
A portable system for non-invasive, in-service monitoring of motor operated valves has been built, tested and then demonstrated in plant environments. More...
3/2/2005
Downtime priorities, jack-knife diagrams and the business cycle
Pareto histograms are commonly used to determine maintenance priorities by ranking equipment failure codes according to their relative downtime contribution. More...
2/2/2005
Strategic Advantages: Responsible Outsourcing in the New Asset Management Environment
Outsourcing, by reducing direct costs and accessing specialist services, has enabled companies to become more competitive More...
2/2/2005
Ahead of the Game
A very full account is given of the measures adopted to transform the maintenance culture at a manufacturing plant, from one which was largely reactive – dominated by corrective work – to one which is largely proactive and FMECA-driven, in which the workload is well-controlled via a rationalised planned maintenance programme. More...
1/10/2004
The New Centre for Advanced Maintenance
Training industrial personnel in maintenance techniques, practices and equipment is not an easy task. More...
1/10/2004
Value Driven Maintenance
What is actually the added value of maintenance? is a frequently heard question in boardrooms the world over. More...
1/10/2004
Risk based Inspections
Reducing downtime was a necessity for the competitive profitability of an innovative process plant. More...
1/10/2004
Productive Maintenance
The implementation of a ‘World Class’ TPM programme is being reviewed More...
1/10/2004
Sound Lubrication Practices
According to most bearing manufacturers over-lubrication is a major cause of bearing failure. More...
1/10/2004
Maintenance Management
The author, writing in the light of over forty years experience as a maintenance engineer, both here in the UK and overseas, emphasises the importance of the Maintenance Department and the need for its status – alongside the other departments in the company or organisation – to be fully acknowledged, the latter being achieve via full communication with those departments and good presentation of the Maintenance Department’s activities. More...
1/7/2004
Integrated Maintenance Management Systems Applied to Industrial Plant
The number of technical papers written on the subject of Integrated Maintenance Systems (IMS) in the last decade alone would fill several libraries. However, the realisation of a truly integrated IMS has only been very recent. Many so called integrated packages involve the ability to measure some plant data and use basic alarms to set the status of an asset, providing a low level condition trigger for work orders. More...
1/7/2004
CMMS Best Practices
The results are reported (and some conclusions are drawn) from a website-based independent survey of Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) benchmarking. More...
1/7/2004
From Chaos to World Class
Practical advise is given, to plant engineers and maintenance management professionals, on the measures they should take when charged with the complex task of turning around the performance of an Engineering Department, away from the run-of-the-mill (or worse) and towards the excellent. More...
1/7/2004
The Benefits of CBM within a Multiple Line Tissue Mill
Running a busy paper mill with limited resources, a limited budget and increasing production pressures is difficult at best, and on some occasions impossible. More...
1/4/2004
Lean Maintenance Eliminates Waste in Maintenance Programmes
It is explained that Lean Manufacturing philosophy focuses on the elimination of waste, ie of 'anything that does not add value to the product, process or service" and that this philosophy is equally beneficially applicable to Maintenance, 'Lean Maintenance' being the term that has been used by many companies who are beginning to blend the techniques of Lean Manufacturing with maintenance experience. More...
1/4/2004
Rolling Element Bearng Condition Assessment - Enveloping
Bearing problems are responsible for more than fifty percent of rotating-machine-related failures. The methods used for bearing fault detection are many and varied, this application note deals with the method preferred by the vast majority of vibration analysts, namely Enveloping. More...
1/4/2004
RCM - can it deliver performance?
Reliability Centred Maintenance has its advocates and detractors in fairly balanced numbers. This article shows how the industrial context is all-important and that it is not a case of one methodology being good and others bad. More...
1/4/2004
Performance Measure to Identify the Effectiveness of Lean Thinking within Maintenance
This paper discusses the combined issues of lean thinking, maintenance, and measure of performance - in particular, performance measures to identify the impact of lean thinking within maintenance. More...
1/4/2004
The Business End of Maintenance
Many organisations fail to see the maintenance function as part of their competitive advantage. Maintenance is more often regarded as a mystery to many decision makers and its frequently seen as an easy target for budget cuts More...
1/11/2003
An Industrial Application of RCM: Methodology and Critical Analysis
At a time when new and increasingly more complex equipment is being developed and companies are subject to economic and environmental pressures, maintenance faces new challenges. This paper describes the development of a defining methodology for forming the maintenance strategy to be applied to one of the industrial plants of CIRES (Industrial Company of Synthetic Resins) in Portugal. To this end, the principles set out in Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) were followed. More...
1/11/2003
Production Line and Maintenance Performance Evaluation in some Nigerian Manufacturing Industries
The different methods of evaluating production and maintenance performance in eight industrial companies in South Western Nigeria have been investigated. More...
1/11/2003
Electrical Safety Testing - Eliminating the Dangers Through Preventive Maintenance
The importance of ensuring the safety of electrical equipment used in the workplace, and the framework of UK and EC safety regulations underpinning this, are briefly reviewed, and the need to match any safety-testing programme to the nature and size of the enterprise using such equipment emphasised. More...
1/11/2003
The Introduction and Implementation of TPM Using a Conceptual Model Developed In-House - Phase 1
A case study is presented of a two-phase implementation of TPM at an iron foundry. Part 1 of this study begins by outlining the nature of the plant and its previous PM regime. More...
1/11/2003
Towards an Intelligent Holonic Maintenance System
A model is proposed that provides a decision analysis capability often missing in existing CMMSs. More...
1/11/2003
The Introduction and Implementation of TPM Using a Conceptual Model Developed In-House - Phase 2
The second part is presented of a case study of the implementation of TPM at an iron foundry. After outlining the nature of the plant and its previous PM regime, Part 1 of this study describes the initial development of the TPM programme, ie the measurement of plant performance, the identification of areas of high maintenance cost, the introduction of CM and of Autonomous Maintenance, and the improvement of maintenance facilities More...
1/11/2003
How to Construct a Good Maintenance Plan
The relationship between short-term maintenance scheduling and long-term planning is a subject frequently misunderstood. The efficient maintenance organisation recognises the importance and value of embracing both of these concepts in order to ensure the effective and streamlined implementation of the site's maintenance routines. More...
1/11/2003
Calculating Critical Stockholding for Spares
It is shown that the scientific treatment of spares inventory and purchasing decisions (ie applying statistical and Queuing Theory methods, using software tools such as APT-Spares and APT-Stock, developed within the MACRO project) holds great scope for cost and performance improvement. More...
1/11/2003
The Total EAM Vision - Strategic Advantages in Asset Management
Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems provide a combination of asset, materials, human resource and financial management that offers great strategic advantage to the capital-intensive industries (mining, public utilities, transport, etc) dependent on large numbers of physical assets More...
1/7/2003
The Errors of Availability
As a means of indicating maintenance effectiveness the monitoring of plant availability may reveal only a partial picture, and a possibly misleading one at that. Data on failure rates, and on the plant’s capacity to perform vital secondary functions, such as containment (vital for the safety of personnel or the protection of the environment) are also needed. More...
1/7/2003
Computerised Maintenance Management Systems: A Black Hole or a Black Box?
The characteristics of Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) are reviewed in order to highlight the industrial need for such systems and to identify their current deficiencies More...
1/7/2003
Electric Signature Analysis
Electric Signature Analysis (ESA) is a diagnostic and analytic technique that is being used to analyse motors, generators, alternators, transformers, and other electric equipment. More...
1/7/2003
The Need to Attract and the Need for Competence
The paper describes how the UK offshore oil and gas industry has come increasingly to adopt national vocational standards over the last ten years. More...
1/4/2003
CMMS: Templates for Effective Implementations, A Position Paper
The burden of providing maintenance services is heavier than ever, but the supporting technologies are also more advanced than they ever were – we now have a much wider technical and methodological knowledge base at our disposal. More...
1/4/2003
Reducing the Cost of Preventive Maintenance
Lean Manufacturing and Lean Maintenance target the identification and elimination of waste through continuous improvement. More...
1/4/2003
Classification and Coding System for Machine Tool Failres: Part II
The accessibility of machine tool failure information organised in a proper format is of great importance if such maintenance objectives as reliability and availability improvement are to be achieved. More...
1/4/2003
Reducing the Impact of the Climate Change Levy through better maintenance
The Climate Change Levy was implemented in April 2001 as part of the UK Government’s response to the threat of climate change. Under the Kyoto Protocol due to be ratified later this year, the UK has a legally binding agreement to reduce greenhouse gases. More...
1/4/2003
Energy Efficient Maintenance Practices - Making Best Use of Company Assets and the Earth's Resources
Maintenance approaches and techniques such as TPM, RCM, PPM and Condition Monitoring have traditionally concentrated upon the improvement of the uptime and performance of company assets and their effectiveness has been measured accordingly More...
1/4/2003
The Use of Environmental Management Systems for Implementing an Effective Maintenance Strategy
This paper considers how ISO 14001 has been introduced within a company and how it works in practice. It addresses the issues of implementing a policy of life cycle environmental management and discusses managing the relationships amongst the discipline engineers and technicians and the way in which the company culture is developed to educate, train and encourage a positive attitude to introducing environmental practices into maintenance. More...
1/4/2003
Service Desk Comes of Age
In a rapidly changing industry aspiring to put the customer at the centre of its focus the use of a Service Desk to co-ordinate the wide variety of diverse services is becoming more common place. Key to this drive have been the rapid improvements in technology performance, compatibility and pricing, leading to otherwise cost-prohibitive opportunities being exploited to maximise the commercial benefits of streamlined operational structures and service delivery chains. More...
1/12/2002
Synthetic Processing of Pulsed Thermographic Data for Inspection of Turbine Components
In recent years, the potential of thermographic methods for non-destructive evaluation of turbine engine components has been widely acknowledged. The wide area, non-contact and curvature-tolerant aspects of thermography make it an appealing alternative to point detection inspection methods. More...
1/12/2002
Development and Application of Improved Methods for the Examination of Registered Pressure Equipment
Maintenance of pressure vessels has traditionally been based on periodic visual inspection in support of continued safe operation. This method is effective, because in-service failures are rare, but it is expensive in maintenance and plant outage costs. More...
1/10/2002
Managing Availability for Improved Bottom Line Results: Part II
In Part II the author discusses - (a) the use of the availability model to find plant bottlenecks and increase throughput, (b) the impact on the maintenance and engineering organisation created by the need for such modelling and analysis, (c) practical measures for closing the natural gaps between the three types of availability. More...
1/10/2002
An Integrated Approach to Asset Performance Improvement
The ability to realise maximum return on investment in assets in affected by the range of inter-related technical and business factors. Understanding how factors such as maintenance strategy, asset integrity and business performance interact is essential in order to ensure that assets are operated so as to provide the best return on investment More...
1/10/2002
Integrating Inspection Based and Reliability Based Information
There are many sources of information on machinery health and production availability available to an organisation’s maintenance and operations staff. Two of the most commonly used sources of information are scheduled inspection of machinery and condition monitoring. In most cases, scheduled inspection has been managed via a plant’s maintenance management system (CMMS), and in many cases is carried out by the operational staff. More...
1/10/2002
Classification and Coding Systems for Machine Tool Failures (Part I)
The reasons for the creation of a common format for characterising and identifying machine failure are presented and the current maintenance situation with regard to machine downtime, data management, and communication and information technology is reviewed More...
2/7/2002
Calculating the Savings from the Implementation of a CMMS
A brief review is given of the origins and general characteristics of the two basic species of Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS), viz Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems More...
1/7/2002
Using OEE to Drive Improvements
Some short case studies show how the TPM approach, in particular the application of the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) concept and the creation of inter-disciplinary and inter-hierarchical project teams, has produced substantial and cost-effective improvements in bakery plant performance. More...
1/7/2002
The Long and Winding Road
Ten years ago, following twenty fives years’ experience of traditional UK practice, the author joined the engineering department of a Japanese-owned and managed company manufacturing automotive equipment and committed to Total Productive Maintenance (TPM). More...
1/7/2002
Managing Availability for Improved Bottom-Line Results: Part I
During the past five to eight years, the role of maintenance manager has evolved from merely keeping equipment running to that of physical asset manager – whose goal is to maximise profits by managing such assets in a way that provides the optimum level of physical availability. Part 1 of this paper (Part 11 will be presented in the next issue) provides a framework for managing availability goals to help meet the financial goals of an organisation. More...
1/7/2002
An Approach to Practical Reliability Improvement
At a Slovenian ironworks it was observed that breakdowns of certain machinery occurred very frequently and that one of the main reasons for poor levels of production was the very low operational reliability of these machines. More...
1/7/2002
E-Collaborative Systems in Facilities Asset Management
Organisations need no reminding that the business environment is changing radically, and with ever- greater volumes of data being gathered the need to provide the resulting information in more concise form has increased More...
2/4/2002
Condition Based Maintenance in Building Services
The potential benefits of incorporating CBM into mainstream building services maintenance regimes are reviewed, as also are the problems which can hinder such developments (eg the difficulty of identifying the true costs of services plant failure). More...
2/4/2002
Modern Types of Contract and Best Practice in the Management & Maintenance of Property Assets
It is explained that although there is nothing special about a maintenance contract (as compared with, say, an installation project contract) its key aspects are that it deals with the provision of a service, which is not easily measurable and will probably be on-going beyond the duration of the particular agreement – aspects which the contractual framework must deal with. More...
1/4/2002
Developing People's Involvement in Asset Management Through TPM
The principles and practices of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) are reviewed, and it is explained that although it was originally developed for manufacturing industry it can also be applied in non-manufacturing organisations. More...
2/2/2002
Spare Parts Decision Analysis - The Missing Link in CMMS's (Part II)
Building upon a concept first put forward by Lenard and Roy {1}, it is proposed that, rather than adapt one policy to suit all spare parts inventory, maintenance inventories should be segmented and controlled using a number of different policies. To facilitate this, a multi-criterion technique has been used, and developed into a proposed software package. More...
1/2/2002
Maintenance Management and Delay Reduction
‘Its Monday morning; the line is down – what do I do?’ The core activity of industrial maintenance is the effective and efficient delivery of machinery up-time to production. A machine breakdown is generally a failure on the part of the maintenance department to deliver this. More...
1/12/2001
Creating a Model of Excellence for Plant Shutdowns
Plant shutdowns have a major impact on business, so it is surprising how few companies fully appreciate the basic principles of shutdown management and the costs involved; costs that can spiral out of control without effective management More...
1/12/2001
Spare Parts Decision Analysis - The Missing Link in CMMSs (part 1)
The management of the spare parts inventory is recognised as offering considerable scope for the development of a Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS) module More...
1/12/2001
Identifying Current Needs Using Root Cause Analysis
Only when investigators are able to determine why an incident or failure occurred can effective preventive measures be taken. More...
1/11/2001
Maintenance Co-operative Agreements to Reflect Technical Change and the Need for Flexibility Skills
A pilot research project, conducted under the EU’s Leonardo da Vinci programme, has been aimed at developing and certificating (via linked national and European arrangements) work-based training modules for advancing flexible working in small to medium enterprises, and developing the criteria necessary for formulating successful co-operative agreements in this area. More...
1/11/2001
Uptime at Minimum Cost: RCM Experience in Some Continuous Process Industries
Many articles have been written about Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) and the need to rigidly follow its analytical approach – developed by Nowlan and Heap of Eastern Airlines to safeguard the essential functions of new commercial aircraft until sufficient operating data to maintain them correctly became available More...
1/11/2001
Condition Monitoring in the Steel Industry: Hopes and Disillusions
Examples are given of the successful application, in the iron and steel industries, of plant condition monitoring techniques involving, for instance, simple statistical analysis of vibration in applications which were aimed at improving product quality and operational safety, and also at achieving more accurate fatigue-life prediction and hence longer useful life of plant. Also discussed are the organisational requirements for ensuring the success of such implementations. More...
1/11/2001
Optimal Maintenance: RCM LITE and a PPMS for manufacturing and process plants
From a senior manger’s point of view there would be much to gain by having a comprehensive strategy for maintenance that would provide a defined path to improvement, with the means to monitor that improvement and the impact it is having on overall efficiency. Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) is recognised as the most comprehensive strategy and operating a planned preventive maintenance system (a PPMS) as the best way of measuring progress More...
1/9/2001
A Comparative Review of Major Manufacturing Improvement Methods
A comparative review is given of several currently popular methods for improving the performance of manufacturing and processing systems, viz Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Supply Chain Principles, Reliability Centred Maintenance and Total Productive Maintenance More...
1/9/2001
Failure Modes Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA), its Application at a Phamaceutical Facility
Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) will deliver an audit trail of maintenance policy, decisions and actions More...
1/6/2001
AMIS Maintenance Management Trends 1988-2000
In 1988, in order to improve the productivity of plant assets, the DTI sponsored the development of the Asset Management Information Service (AMIS). More...
1/6/2001
The Case Against Streamlined RCM
It is explained that the growing popularity of RCM has led to the development of numerous derivatives, some of which are refinements and enhancements of Nowlan and Heap’s original RCM process while others are less rigorous spin-offs, most of which are attempts to ‘streamline’ the maintenance strategy formation process. More...
1/6/2001
Maintenance Co-operative Agreements to Reflect Technical Change & the Need for Flexibility Skills
A pilot research project is reported, conducted under the EU’s Leonardo da Vinci programme and aimed at developing work-based training modules for advancing flexible working in small to medium enterprises, exploring the possibility of certification of such training via linked national and European arrangements, and developing the criteria necessary for formulating successful co-operative agreements in this area. More...
1/3/2001
A Critical Element in Maintenance
An introduction, for those contemplating – perhaps for the first time – applying condition monitoring (CM) to the mitigation of some of their maintenance problems, but who are in need of some basic advice and re-assurance. More...
1/3/2001
An adaptive performance measurement system using the Balanced Scorecard
Seeking an adaptable solution to the recurrent needs of maintenance management in today’s knowledge economy, we presume that the role of maintenance will invariably be that of a value driver. More...
1/3/2001
The Acoustic Emission of Grease Lubricated Rolling Bearings
In the acoustic emission (AE) method of condition monitoring a high frequency vibration from the surface of the object concerned is studied. More...
1/1/2001
Taking the Risk Out of Maintenance
Selecting the right equipment to inspect and overhaul at the right time, with the right scope of work, is fundamental to maximising plant performance and integrity in an environment of ever increasing competitive and regulatory pressures. More...
1/1/2001
A Risk-Based Maintenance Case Study
A Risk-based maintenance strategy can be used to optimise and prioritise equipment maintenance and upgrade decisions More...
1/1/2001
Re-Defining the Strategic Significance of Asset Management from a Cost Centre to a Value Driver
In the context of industrial asset management maintenance is traditionally treated as a cost centre. This view has not yielded any significant impact on the current assessment of what, realistically, maintenance can be expected to deliver to achieve core-business objectives. More...
1/12/2000
The Human Factor - Auditing Human Factors in Maintenance Management
The often dominant influence of human relations on the way in which maintenance is carried out, and on the effectiveness and efficiency of that work, is reviewed, and also touched on is the author’s experience in auditing such human factors in the industrial situation More...
1/12/2000
TPM/RCM Combining TPM and RCM: A Case Study
A recent experience at a large automotive manufacturing facility has demonstrated how to combine Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM). More...
1/12/2000
Power RCM: A Survey of Reliability Centred Maintenance Applications in Power Plants
Ten years ago Electricité De France (EDF) launched a Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) project to optimise the preventive maintenance of its nuclear power plants. More...
1/9/2000
Maintenance USA - The State of the Art of Maintenance in North America
A qualitative overview is presented of maintenance practices in North America. Its findings are based on a survey among member of the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals, on organisation based in the United States More...
1/9/2000
Effective AM - The Road to Effective Asset Management is Paved With .....
The authors discuss, from the view point of public utility management, the likely development of some aspects of asset management (AM), in particular the exploitation of information systems as a key component of enabling technology (ET). More...
1/9/2000
AM Latest Asset Management - Latest Thinking
A wide-ranging review is presented of the current state of the rapidly developing art of asset management. More...
1/7/2000
Benchmarking - Using Benchmarking Data Effectively - Sustainable maintenance performance targets
In the previous issue of Maintenance the author described a questionnaire-based statistical survey of reliability performance and maintenance practice – in the petrochemical and refining sector in over sixty different companies in five countries – the aim of which was to develop a system of cost-indices for use in performance benchmarking. In this follow-up paper he outlines his views, developed over twenty years of such work, on how its full potential can be realised More...
1/7/2000
Enterprising Maintenance
The author describes how his company, a well known manufacturer of technical and food-related chemicals, is achieving a strategy for maintenance which not only draws on the ideas of RCM, TPM, Asset Management and Manufacturing Resource Planning, but also aims to integrate the Maintenance, Production and Business functions of the organisation. Analysis using the Asset Management Flowchart is particularly stressed. More...
1/5/2000
Thermography - Infrared Thermography: A Valuable Weapon in the Condition Monitoring Armoury
Using infrared thermography as an integral part of a plant condition monitoring programme noticeably improves equipment reliability, directly impacting on process availability while avoiding unnecessary costs. It provides short and long term economic benefits. More...
1/5/2000
Software Systems - Implementing New Software Systems - A Risky Business
An overview is presented of some of the likely pitfalls, risks and benefits of a major investment in new software systems More...
1/5/2000
Benchmarking - Plant Reliability and Maintenance Benchmarking
A questionnaire-based survey is described of reliability performance and maintenance practice in over sixty chemical companies in five different countries. More...
1/5/2000
Diagnostics - An On-Line Integrated Diagnostic System for FMS's
In order to maintain the productivity of a Flexible Manufacturing System (FMS) it is crucial to react quickly when a fault occurs. More...
1/3/2000
RCM Standard - SAE's New Standard for RCM
In August 1999 the International Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) published a standard for Reliability-Centred Maintenance (RCM), for use by anyone who wishes to apply RCM to physical assets. More...
1/3/2000
Concrete CMMS - Building & Implementing a Computerised Maintenance Management System
A two-year duration project is reported, aimed at building a complete PC-based Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS). More...
1/3/2000
RCM Case Study - Getting Results from RCM (Part 2)
This second part of the authors’ paper on performance improvement via RCM describes a typical industrial application using developments in RCM methodology that have been recently introduced by GGR Associates. More...
1/3/2000
Fast Track RCM - Getting Results from RCM (Part 1)
Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) has had a chequered history. Part 1 of this paper traces its emergence, in the sixties and seventies, as the saviour of airline industry maintenance and then follows it through its mixed reception in industry to its successful evolution, during the past decade, into an effective performance improvement tool. More...
1/12/1999
RCM2 in Hyder- How easy has it proved to be?
For some while, the Welsh utility company, Hyder, has had a plan for the long-term deployment of the RCM2™ methodology throughout its water, sewage and electricity operations. More...
1/12/1999
Integrated Maintenance Work Control
Traditionally, maintenance management systems treat each maintenance policy separately; with separate functions for projects, time-based, condition-based, breakdown and condition monitoring tasks. Benefits can arise from dealing with tasks from these functions together, using a fully integrated system for controlling maintenance work from inception through to completion More...
1/12/1999
Breaking the Chains of Preventive Maintenance: The Royal Navy Experience
In the early 1980s the Royal Navy revised its maintenance policy away from the calendar-based preventive activities and towards condition-based procedures. More...
1/10/1999
Is this the Biggest Maintenance Project Ever? Responsive Prioritisation for the Year 2000 Problem
The author believes that the imminence and global implications of the Y2K problem render it the biggest maintenance challenge currently confronting us. It is argued that prioritisation of Y2K preparations is essential and that, with little time left, only well-developed and thoroughly validated techniques adapted from appropriate disciplines should be brought to bear More...
1/10/1999
Turnarounds: Context and Strategy An Overview
It is argued that – for most process, power and manufacturing plant – turnarounds (shutdowns for major refurbishment) will remain, for the foreseeable future, a periodically occurring necessity. More...
1/10/1999
Full Life Cycle Asset Management . Its Role in Enterprise Wide Change: Part II
In Part II they examine the reasons why this type of change programme is becoming increasingly prone to failure, and explain how to avoid the common pitfalls on the road to successful implementation. More...
1/7/1999
Full Life-Cycle Asset Management - its role in enterprise wide change: Part 1
Any new approach to business with the potential enterprise-wide impact of Full Life Cycle Asset Management (FLAM) has a natural gestation period More...
1/7/1999
Case Study - Auditing the Central Engineering Service of a Multi-Plant Site
Seeking major improvements in all-round productivity, the senior management of a long-established, multi-plant, chemicals and textile manufacturing complex were particularly concerned about the manning levels and productivity of the centralised engineering and maintenance services – which retained many structural and organisational features inherited from a much earlier production regime. More...
1/7/1999
Case Study - Controlling Maintenance in a Chemical Processing Plant, Part II
Any activity requiring a management process must include a check step or control system. More...
1/5/1999
The Maintenance and Millennium Problems - A Salutary Comparison?
Features of the maintenance problem are compared to those of the Year 2000 (Y2K) problem. Similarities found suggest that lessons learned from one can be applied to the other. Aspects of responsibility, communication, decision making and prioritisation are addressed. More...
1/5/1999
Automated Work Scheduling
Development of information systems for improved maintenance management has, over the years, focused upon improved means for optimising maintenance. More...
1/5/1999
A Case Study - Controlling Maintenance in a Chemical Processing Plant: Part 1
Any activity requiring a management process must include check steps and control systems. In maintenance, one such check would be to ensure that the maintenance objective was being met, the control systems then adjusting and directing the maintenance resource if it were not More...
1/1/1999
Maintenance of Robots in Automated Production. Part 2
This is the second part of a report on the study of failures in industrial robots and of the maintenance methods used. The first part, published in the last issue (Volume 13, Number 5, December 1998) described the plant, and presented a critical review of existing maintenance and collection methods were analysed, and the limitations of such systems were discussed. The paper concluded with a brief resume of the results. More...
1/1/1999
Streamlined RCM in the Nuclear Industry
The Maintenance Optimisation Tool (MOT) is the streamlined version of RCM that has been developed by British Energy and used in their power stations to optimise the maintenance of plant systems. More...
1/1/1999
Web Warehousing - Next Generation Integrated Supply
Over the last fifteen years, streamlining supply channels has yielded significant cost savings for larger production-based companies. Typically, significant investment is made in developing sophisticated infra-structures for reducing the “no added value” content of business transactions – which is commercially justifiable when economies of scale are present More...
1/1/1999
Health Service Estates Management Policies for the next Millennium
Faced with the twin challenges of improving performance and reducing budgets, in 1996 Guy’s hospital embarked on a project to achieve a major turn-around of its estates management operation. More...
1/1/1999
The CMMS Technology Revolution - Why 'Best of Breed' will still be best
New component-based architectures, particularly those following the “three-tier” (or “n-tier”) model, is set to revolutionise how “best-of-breed” CMMS software will function in an environment that increasingly craves integration, customisation and Internet connectivity More...
1/1/1999
Asset Management and Maintenance Strategy
Asset maintenance policies should offer various options in line with the plans for the future of the organisation two years or more ahead. More...
1/12/1998
Maintenance of Robots in Automated Production. Part 1 - a survey of plant and data collection
Robot failures are costly and difficult to diagnose. Advanced diagnostics and condition monitoring can reduce breakdowns and downtime, but it is important to have a complete picture of the problem. Breakdown data is hard to obtain, so this study has first focused on collection and analysis of robot failure information. More...
1/12/1998
The Maintenance Benefits of Smart Technology
The field of machinery maintenance is facing a revolution. The continued evolution of computing power and technology is facilitating the embodiment of intelligent tools on to the desktop. These tools are no longer the toys of researchers and academics with super-computers, but find important applications in business and in the improvement of product quality and design. More...
1/12/1998
The Maintenance Theory Jungle
An increasing amount of attention has been paid to the subject of maintenance over the past twenty years More...
1/10/1998
Vehicle Maintenance - Reducing Vehicle Maintenance by Improving Vehicle Design & Specification
Parcelforce operates a fleet of eight thousand vehicles, ranging from light vans to 38-tonne motive units and semi trailers. After briefly outlining important aspects of its maintenance management – outsourcing policy, implementation of information systems, purchasing – the author reviews the various changes that have been made, successfully, to vehicle design in order to reduce whole life maintenance costs. More...
1/10/1998
Responsible Custodianship
By likening the development of maintenance strategy to the building of a house it is demonstrated that success depends first and foremost on the laying of sound foundations in the form of correctly identified maintenance needs, a process which can be expedited via the application of Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM). More...
1/10/1998
Lubricants & WDA - A Pragmatic Approach to Lubricant and Wear Debris Analysis
A lubricant may be considered as much an integral part of a machine as any of its mechanical components and it must perform many vital functions over extended periods of operation. More...
1/7/1998
Criticality - Criticality Analysis Revisited
Criticality analysis is applied in risk and reliability studies to rank decisions on system design and operation More...
1/7/1998
Facilities Management - How Can Municipal Facilities be run at a Profit and Maintained (part 2)
Communal facilities must be properly maintained but, with today’s tight constraints on public funding, must also be run at a profit. In co-operation with eleven German municipalities, the Institute of Maintenance Engineering (IFIN) has developed a set of approaches for coping with this problem. More...
1/7/1998
Maintenance Strategy - A Business Centred Approach
A systematic procedure, for the formulation of optimal maintenance strategy for industrial plant, is explained in some detail. It is driven throughout by the identification of primary business objectives and their translation into maintenance objectives, and is therefore termed Business-Centred Maintenance (BCM). More...
1/5/1998
Facilities Management - How can municipal facilities be run at a profit and maintained?
Communal facilities must be properly maintained but, with today’s tight constraints on public funding, must also be run at a profit. In co-operation with eleven German municipalities, the Institute of Maintenance Engineering (IFIN) has developed a set of approaches for coping with this problem. More...
1/5/1998
Msc in Mtce - Why we're studying maintenance
A group of working engineers, just embarked on a part-time MSc programme in Maintenance Engineering, tell all to John Harris. More...
1/5/1998
Reliability of Quality - Impact of an Emerging Empirical Model on Asset Management
In the past four decades much has been done to highlight the importance of customers, those most critical of assets is the customer-supplier chain. It is now globally accepted that satisfying their needs and requirements is going to become more important than ever before. More...
1/5/1998
MACRO - Maintenance Strategy - the MACRO view
The International Eureka MAINE MACRO project has been busily collating the experiences of collaborating organisations in many industries. In addition to the development of innovative technical methods, MACRO is generating procedural guidance and training programmes to implement risk-based management techniques. More...
1/1/1998
Establishing the True Cost of Downtime
This paper begins with a discussion of downtime and its effects, from the point of view of directors and managers. A consideration of the effects of downtime on the organisation then highlights the need for change, the catalyst for which is provided through ideas for auditing the organisation, and which sets the platform on which to improve. More...
1/1/1998
Asset Management - The Maintenance Perspective
The relationship between asset management and maintenance is discussed and maintenance is identified as being an aspect of asset management that impacts all phases of the asset life cycle More...
1/1/1998
Challenges for the Year 2000 in the new and Changing South Africa
The new South Africa, which emerged in April 1994 from its first elections based on universal suffrage, faces formidable economic and political tasks, outlined in the government’s Reconstruction and Development Programme More...
1/12/1997
BMS for CBM Utilising existing systems (BMS) as condiiton based maintenance tools
Building Management Systems are installed in most new buildings and have been retrofitted in many older ones. The authors show that data currently being used to obtain effective control of a building’s environment can also be used as ‘free’ data for condition monitoring. More...
1/12/1997
What is Asset Management?
An ‘Asset’ at its most basic, anything of value or worth. So we are all ‘asset managers’ because we look after our houses, cars money, families, friends, reputations and so on. More...
1/12/1997
ORGANISATION - A Case Study Exercise in Maintenance Organisation
A case study exercise is presented, in the organisation of maintenance in a food processing plant it is taken from the author’s just-published textbook on maintenance organisation and systems. The aim of the exercise is to give the reader the opportunity to test his knowledge of the organisational principles developed and discussed in his book. More...
1/12/1997
PEOPLE - Aligning Strategy with People
It is recognised that the maintenance function plays a vital role in supporting the changing needs of a modern manufacturing business. This in turn brings the need to develop a coherent integrated strategy for aligning maintenance effectively with the company and its production goals. More...
1/9/1997
Maintenance in Eastern European Mining
An EU consultancy project - to install a ‘best-in-class’ maintenance system for the lignite mines of Romania - is described. Funded by PHARE, the project undertook a critical analysis of the systems for maintaining and repairing equipment in both the open pit and underground mines operated by the Lignite Regia Autonoma Oltenia (RALO). More...
1/9/1997
How to Measure Maintenance Effectiveness
The control of maintenance requires the design, implementation and use of a number of performance indicators by means of which its effectiveness can be continuously monitored. In most operations it will be found that such indicators already exist More...
1/9/1997
An Advanced Approach to the Bending Fatigue in Spur Gears
The testing and use is described of an advanced signal processing technique, called the continuous wavelet transform, for the detection and location of defects in gear teeth caused by bending fatigue. Defects of this kind were simulated on a real spur gear which was then tested on a back-to-back- gear rig, the resulting vibration signals being detected by accelerometers located around the bearing housing closest to the faulty gear. More...
1/9/1997
Two Case Studies in the Setting of Maintenance Strategy
Two case studies in the formulation of maintenance strategy are presented, one dealing with problems at a petroleum refinery, the other with problems at an open cast coal mine. Both taken from the author’s recently published textbook on maintenance strategy. More...
1/7/1997
Maintenance Decision Analysis - its a capital mistake to theorise before one has data?
With the increased size and complexity of modern process plant the cost of maintenance and consequential lost-production downtime become important parameters in the overall profitability equations. Maintenance decisions can have a material effect on minimising losses but must be based on sound, relevant and timely data. More...
1/7/1997
Maintenance Education, The Thermo King Europe Experience
Increasing industrial competitiveness has seen the demise of the ‘oily-rag’ maintenance craftsmen. High technology production machinery demands highly educated craftsmen to maintain it at its optimum efficiency. More...
1/7/1997
The Basic Principles of Maintenance Engineering
The following paper presents a set of principles of maintenance engineering which have been formulated by the Institut fur Instandhaltung GmbH (IFIN, the German Institute of Maintenance Engineering) with the aim of describing a paradigm change within maintenance More...
1/5/1997
Engineered Maintenance of Civil Port Structures
Civil port structures are usually located in a notoriously aggressive environment. In the past, the common approach to maintenance has been to act when problems are visible, or when serviceability or structural capacity is affected. More...
1/5/1997
Maintenance on a Mountain
The objectives, problems and achievements of the Isaac Newton Group (ING), in managing the maintainable assets at the observatory on La Palma, one of the Canary Islands, are reviewed. The observatory is located at over 2400 metres (8000 feet) above sea level. More...
1/5/1997
Systematic Functional Analysis of Plant and Equipment - Why is it there?
A prerequisite for rational planning of the maintenance of industrial plant is the identification of clear definitions of - (I) the functions provided by the plant and its component sub-systems, (ii) the standard of performance required from the plant and sub-systems. More...
1/5/1997
Concrete Durability Problems Structural Aspects, Life Cycle Analysis and Case Studies
Concrete is an amazingly versatile, low cost, durable construction material which is very forgiving and tolerant of much abuse. When properly specified, mixed and placed - and provided its partner, steel reinforcement, is correctly positioned - there is no reason why the final product should not last indefinitely in non-aggressive environments with minimal maintenance and repair More...
1/1/1997
A Decision Support System Prototype for Maintenance Management
A concept for a next generation Decision Support System (DSS) for maintenance management is presented. Such a system will integrate information from other systems dedicated to process control, condition monitoring, diagnosis, maintenance planning, and production planning. More...
1/1/1997
The Management of Assets: Stackers and Reclaimers at BHP, Newcastle, Australia
Large bulk material handling machines (such as stackers and reclaimers), which are exposed to external environments, deteriorate structurally as they age. The application of an asset management plan has provided the framework to review the condition and design of seven such machines in the sinter plant at BHP Newcastle. Anticipated in the business plan is the need to provide a safe working environment and to maintain the primary assets of the business. More...
1/1/1997
Maintenance Management Systems: Objectives and Solutions
This paper examines many of the topics which must be addressed in the selection process leading up to the installation of maintenance management systems More...
1/1/1997
Assessing the Effectiveness of a Maintenance Programme
A model has been developed for aiding evaluation of the effectiveness of existing test and maintenance programmes of industrial plant. It combines analysis of the historical data on faults and repairs with analysis of the history of functional testing and preventive maintenance programmes. More...
1/11/1996
Improving the Maintenance of Power Plants, a Key Factor for Developing Countries
A very fast growth is being reported in the demand for electrical power in the developing countries More...
1/11/1996
The Application of Neural Networks for Product Quality and Machine Condition Monitoring ....
A collaborative venture is described, involving suppliers of vibration monitoring equipment and of neural network software, a major high volume manufacturer of DIY goods and a university More...
1/11/1996
FieldBus: The Basis for an Open Architecture Condition Monitoring Revolution
Over the last twelve months, a predominant subject of conversation in control systems circles has been the potential offered by open architecture automation systems based upon the Fieldbus concept More...
1/11/1996
Diagnosis of Centrifugal Pumps
The maintenance and downtime costs of pumps, in Finland, have been studied and seal leakage was found to be the fault that causes the highest such costs. More...
1/9/1996
Improved Maintenance Planning, Scheduling and Work Control Using Integrated, Paperless ...
The concept that direct maintenance costs can be reduced by making use of highly integrated, paperless, maintenance task information is examined More...
1/9/1996
Reducing System Downtime Using a Maintenance Information System
The research described in this paper was undertaken to investigate the problems of devising a Maintenance Information System (MIS) with the express purpose of reducing downtime and also to assist a particular manufacturing company which was experiencing acute downtime More...
1/9/1996
A Machine Health Index Based on Artificial Intelligence Techniques
In the implementation of condition based maintenance (CBM) within complex industrial processes a measure of machine health based on condition monitoring data is beneficial to indicate operational state and highlight maintenance requirements. More...