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Was it Really the Motor that Failed?

Was it Really the Motor that Failed?

Motors are essential to modern manufacturing. When one stops unexpectedly and the subsequent investigation shows it’s damaged, we say the motor failed. Maybe it has a spun bearing or an insulation failure that resulted in a phase to case short. But was this really the motor that failed? Let’s consider a spun bearing. How does […]

Are You Really Saving Money?

Are You Really Saving Money?

Many plants have some odd ways of saving money on maintenance. Consider these: “Deferring” scheduled maintenance. Reality: This merely accelerates equipment failure and the corresponding costs of downtime. Buying the entry level model of test equipment rather than the one needed for the particular circumstances. Reality: Intervention that would have prevented downtime doesn’t occur, but […]

Do You Keep Your Maintenance People Busy?

Do You Keep Your Maintenance People Busy?

We often hear the phrase “maintenance activity.” Is that how you think of maintenance? As just some activities? If maintenance techs aren’t scurrying about, do you see that as a good thing or a bad thing? If you’re a maintenance supervisor or manager, do you try to keep maintenance people busy with activities? Or do […]