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03/11/2011
The Strategic Importance of Asset Management (Journal Article, Vol 19, No 2, July 2004)
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...
02/11/2011
Condition Monitoring of Fossil-Fuelled Boilers (Journal Article, Vol 17, No 2, December 2002)
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...
18/01/2011
Field Information Systems for Maintenance Management (Journal Article, Vol 7, No 4, December 1992)
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...
18/01/2011
The Development of a Data Collector for Low-speed Machinery (Journal Article, Vol 8, No 2, May 1993)
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...
01/12/2010
Strategic Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 5, No 1, March 1990)
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...
01/12/2010
An Integrated Maintenance Management Information System for Manufacturing (Journal Article, Vol 3, No 4, December 1988)
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...
05/11/2007
An Approach to World Class Asset Management (Journal, Vol 22, No 4, Winter 2007)
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...
05/11/2007
Asset Management - An Insurance Perspective (Journal, Vol 22, No 4, Winter 2007)
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...
05/11/2007
An Introduction t the US Naval Air System Command RCM Process and Integrated RCM Software (Journal, Vol 22, No 4, Winter 2007)
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...
20/09/2007
Is your control room data telling you what you think it is? (Journal Article, Vol 22, No 3, Autumn 2007)
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...
20/09/2007
The Partnership Organisation (Journal Article, Vol 22, No 3, Autumn 2007)
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...
20/09/2007
Maintenance Management: Past, Present and Future - Part 2 (Journal Article, Vol 22, No 3, Autumn 2007)
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...
05/09/2007
Cost-Effective Condition-Based Maintenance (Journal Article Vol 22, No 3, Autumn 2007)
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...
05/06/2007
Maintenance Education for Professionals (Journal Article, Vol 22, No 2, Summer 2007)
Recently, the maintenance community has seen huge steps in standardisation and recognition of technician-level training. More...
05/06/2007
TPM Implementation: The P5 Critical Success Factors for Sustaining Improvement (Journal Article, Vol 22, No 2, Summer 2007)
A case study is presented of the implementation of TPM activities at an iron foundry. More...
05/06/2007
Utilising Benchmark Metrics to Build and Manage a Strategy for Maintenance Improvement (Journal, Vol 22, No 2, Summer 2007)
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...
05/06/2007
Maintenance Management: Past, Present and Future - Part 1 (Journal, Vol 22, No 2, Summer 2007)
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...
04/03/2007
Maintenance, In-House or Outsource? But is that the question? (Journal Article, Vol 22, No 1, Spring 2007)
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...
04/03/2007
Maintenance Development Based on the Cost-effectiveness Analysis of Tasks (Journal Article, Vol 22, No 1, Spring 2007)
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...
04/03/2007
Delivering Maintenance Through People (Journal Article, Vol 22, No 1, Spring 2007)
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04/11/2006
Generating Failure Codes for CMMS Implementation (Journal Article, Vol 21, No 4, Winter 2006)
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...
04/11/2006
Reliability Tools That Can Deliver Improved Plant or Equipment Performances (Journal Article, Vol 21, No 4, Winter 2006)
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...
04/11/2006
Maintenance Training using CAD and a Virtual Reality Environment (Journal Article, Vol 21, No 4, Winter 2006)
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...
04/11/2006
Some Thoughts on Maintenance Budgeting (Journal Article, Vol 21, No 4, Winter 2006)
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...
04/11/2006
Achieving World Class Asset Management Performance (Journal Article, Vol 21, No 4, Winter 2006)
The author has developed an asset management methodology based on his own experience and knowledge gained from implementing maintenance improvement programmes. More...
20/09/2006
Improved Maintenance Reliability (Journal Article, Vol 21, No 3, Autumn 2006)
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...
11/09/2006
Live Condition Based Monitoring (Journal Article, Vol 21, No 3, Winter 2006)
An aggregates company was experiencing premature failure of the bearings of its vibratory plant. More...
10/09/2006
MCM: An inexpensive condition monitoring technology, simple-to-use and model-based (Journal Article, Vol 21, No 3, Autumn 2006)
An award-winning product – Motor Condition Monitor (MCM) –is described More...
03/09/2006
The Do's and Don'ts of Maintenance Teams (Journal Article, Vol 21, No 3, Autumn 2006)
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03/09/2006
Getting root cause analysis to work for you (Journal Article, Vol 21, No 3, Autumn 2006)
Advice is provided about making the most of Root Cause Analysis (RCA) in order to progressively eliminate failures. More...
01/06/2006
Royal Mail Engineering incorporating maintenance (Journal, Vol 21, No 2, Summer 2006)
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...
01/06/2006
21st Century Maintenance Management using Finite Capacity Planning (Journal, Vol 21, No 2, Summer 2006)
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...
01/06/2006
An Audit of the Maintenance Strategy at an Agri-chemical Plant (Journal, Vol 21, No 2, Summer 2006)
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...
01/06/2006
What is the Service Level of your CMMS Supplier? (Part 2) (Journal, Vol 21, No 2, Summer 2006)
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...
01/06/2006
The RCM Analyst – beyond RCM (Journal, Vol 21, No 2, Summer 2006)
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...
01/01/2006
Spend Limits and Asset Management (Journal, Vol 21, No 1, Spring 2006)
As equipment ages the amount of money that is reasonable to spend on one-off events, such as repair, refurbishment or relocation decreases. More...
01/01/2006
Reliability Analysis Methods for Mechanical Assemblies during Conceptual Design using CAD (Journal, Vol 21, No 1, Spring 2006)
A method for the analysis of the reliability of mechanical assemblies during the conceptual design is proposed More...
01/01/2006
Rethinking Reliability Centred Maintenance (Journal, Vol 21, No 1, Spring 2006)
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...
01/01/2006
What is the Service Level of your CMMS Supplier? (Part 1) (Journal, Vol 21, No 1, Spring 2006)
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...
01/01/2006
Reduce the energy use in your compressed air system through better maintenance (Journal, Vol 21, No 1, Spring 2006)
Guidance is given onthose actions that are key to the good reliabilityof compressed air systems. More...
04/02/2005
Methods for in-service diagnostics of motor-operated valves (Journal Article, Vol 19, No 4, February 2005)
A portable system for non-invasive, in-service monitoring of motor operated valves has been built, tested and then demonstrated in plant environments. More...
04/02/2005
Lean TPM, a game of two halves (Journal Article, Vol 19, No 4, Februry 2005)
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...
03/02/2005
Downtime priorities, jack-knife diagrams and the business cycle (Journal Article, Vol 19, No 4, February 2005)
Pareto histograms are commonly used to determine maintenance priorities by ranking equipment failure codes according to their relative downtime contribution. More...
02/02/2005
Strategic Advantages: Responsible Outsourcing in the New Asset Management Environment (Journal Article, Vol 19, No 4, February 2005)
Outsourcing, by reducing direct costs and accessing specialist services, has enabled companies to become more competitive More...
02/02/2005
Ahead of the Game (Journal Article, Vol 19, No 4, February 2005)
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...
01/10/2004
The New Centre for Advanced Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 19, No 3, Autumn 2003)
Training industrial personnel in maintenance techniques, practices and equipment is not an easy task. More...
01/10/2004
Sound Lubrication Practices (Journal Article, Vol 19, No 3, Autumn 2004)
According to most bearing manufacturers over-lubrication is a major cause of bearing failure. More...
01/10/2004
Value Driven Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 19, No 3, Autumn 2004)
What is actually the added value of maintenance? is a frequently heard question in boardrooms the world over. More...
01/10/2004
Productive Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 19, No 3, Autumn 2004)
The implementation of a ‘World Class’ TPM programme is being reviewed More...
01/10/2004
Risk based Inspections (Journal Article, Vol 19, No 3, Autumn 2004)
Reducing downtime was a necessity for the competitive profitability of an innovative process plant. More...
01/10/2004
Maintenance Management (Journal Article, Vol 19, No 3, Autumn 2004)
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...
01/07/2004
The Benefits of CBM within a Multiple Line Tissue Mill (Journal Article, Vol 19, No 2, July 2004)
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...
01/07/2004
Integrated Maintenance Management Systems Applied to Industrial Plant (Journal Article, Vol 19, No 2, July 2004)
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...
01/07/2004
From Chaos to World Class (Journal Article, Vol 19, No 2, July 2004)
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...
01/07/2004
CMMS Best Practices (Journal Article, Vol 19, No 2, July 2004)
The results are reported (and some conclusions are drawn) from a website-based independent survey of Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) benchmarking. More...
01/04/2004
Rolling Element Bearng Condition Assessment - Enveloping (Journal Article, Vol 19, No 1, April 2004)
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...
01/04/2004
Lean Maintenance Eliminates Waste in Maintenance Programmes (Journal Article, Vol 19, No 1, April 2004)
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...
01/04/2004
Performance Measure to Identify the Effectiveness of Lean Thinking within Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 19, No 1, April 2004)
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...
01/04/2004
The Business End of Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 19, No 1, April 2004)
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...
01/04/2004
RCM - can it deliver performance? (Journal Article, Vol 19, No 1, April 2004)
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...
01/11/2003
Electrical Safety Testing - Eliminating the Dangers Through Preventive Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 18, Nos 5/6, November 2003)
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...
01/11/2003
The Introduction and Implementation of TPM Using a Conceptual Model Developed In-House - Phase 1 (Journal Article, Vol 18, Nos 5/6, November 2003)
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...
01/11/2003
How to Construct a Good Maintenance Plan (Journal Article, Vol 18, Nos 5/6, November 2003)
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...
01/11/2003
Production Line and Maintenance Performance Evaluation in some Nigerian Manufacturing Industries (Journal Article, Vol 18, No 4, November 2003)
The different methods of evaluating production and maintenance performance in eight industrial companies in South Western Nigeria have been investigated. More...
01/11/2003
An Industrial Application of RCM: Methodology and Critical Analysis (Journal Article, Vol 18, No 4, November 2003)
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...
01/11/2003
The Total EAM Vision - Strategic Advantages in Asset Management (Journal Article, Vol 18, Nos 5/6, December 2003)
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...
01/11/2003
Calculating Critical Stockholding for Spares (Journal Article, Vol 18, Nos 5/6 November 2003)
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...
01/11/2003
The Introduction and Implementation of TPM Using a Conceptual Model Developed In-House - Phase 2 (Journal Article, Vol 18, Nos 5/6, November 2003)
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...
01/11/2003
Towards an Intelligent Holonic Maintenance System (Journal Article, Vol 18, No 4, November 2003)
A model is proposed that provides a decision analysis capability often missing in existing CMMSs. More...
01/07/2003
The Errors of Availability (Journal Article, Vol 18, No 3, July 2003)
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...
01/07/2003
Computerised Maintenance Management Systems: A Black Hole or a Black Box? (Journal Article, Vol 18, No 3, July 2003)
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...
01/07/2003
Electric Signature Analysis (Journal Article, Vol 18, No 3, July 2003)
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...
01/07/2003
The Need to Attract and the Need for Competence (Journal, Vol 18, No 3, July 2003)
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...
01/04/2003
Energy Efficient Maintenance Practices - Making Best Use of Company Assets and the Earth's Resources (Journal Article, Vol 18, Nos 1/2, Spring 2003)
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...
01/04/2003
The Use of Environmental Management Systems for Implementing an Effective Maintenance Strategy (Journal Article, Vol 18, No 1/2, Spring 2003)
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...
01/04/2003
Reducing the Impact of the Climate Change Levy through better maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 18, Nos 1/2, Spring 2003)
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...
01/04/2003
Classification and Coding System for Machine Tool Failres: Part II (Journal Article, Vol 18, Nos 1/2, Spring 2003)
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...
01/04/2003
Reducing the Cost of Preventive Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 18, Nos 1/2, Spring 2003)
Lean Manufacturing and Lean Maintenance target the identification and elimination of waste through continuous improvement. More...
01/04/2003
CMMS: Templates for Effective Implementations, A Position Paper (Journal Article, Vol 18, Nos 1/2, Spring 2003)
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...
01/04/2003
Service Desk Comes of Age (Journal Article, Vol 18, Nos 1/2, Spring 2003)
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...
01/12/2002
Synthetic Processing of Pulsed Thermographic Data for Inspection of Turbine Components (Journal Article, Vol 17, No 6, December 2002)
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...
01/12/2002
Development and Application of Improved Methods for the Examination of Registered Pressure Equipment (Journal Article, Vol 17, No 2, December 2002)
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...
01/10/2002
Managing Availability for Improved Bottom Line Results: Part II (Journal Article, Vol 17, No 5, October 2002)
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...
01/10/2002
An Integrated Approach to Asset Performance Improvement (Journal Article, Vol 17, No 5, October 2002)
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...
01/10/2002
Classification and Coding Systems for Machine Tool Failures (Part I) (Journal Article, Vol 17, No 5, October 2002)
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...
01/10/2002
Integrating Inspection Based and Reliability Based Information (Journal Article, Vol 17, No 5, October 2002)
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...
02/07/2002
Calculating the Savings from the Implementation of a CMMS (Journal Article, Vol 17, No 3, Summer 2002)
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...
01/07/2002
Using OEE to Drive Improvements (Journal Article, Vol 17, Nos 3/4, Summer 2002)
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...
01/07/2002
The Long and Winding Road (Journal Article, Vol 17, Nos 3/4, Summer 2002)
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...
01/07/2002
E-Collaborative Systems in Facilities Asset Management (Journal Article, Vol 17, Nos 3/4, Summer 2002)
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...
01/07/2002
Managing Availability for Improved Bottom-Line Results: Part I (Journal Article, Vol 17, Nos 3/4, Summer 2002)
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...
01/07/2002
An Approach to Practical Reliability Improvement (Journal Article, Vol 17, Nos 3/4 Summer 2002)
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...
02/04/2002
Condition Based Maintenance in Building Services (Journal Article, Vol 17, No 2, April 2002)
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...
02/04/2002
Modern Types of Contract and Best Practice in the Management & Maintenance of Property Assets (Journal Article, Vol 17, No 2, April 2002)
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...
01/04/2002
Developing People's Involvement in Asset Management Through TPM (Journal Article, Vol 17, No 2, April 2002)
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...
02/02/2002
Spare Parts Decision Analysis - The Missing Link in CMMS's (Part II) (Journal Article, Vol 17, No 1, February 2002)
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...
01/02/2002
Maintenance Management and Delay Reduction (Journal Article, Vol 17, No 1, February 2002)
‘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...
01/12/2001
Creating a Model of Excellence for Plant Shutdowns (Journal Article, Vol 16, No 6, December 2001)
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...
01/12/2001
Spare Parts Decision Analysis - The Missing Link in CMMSs (part 1) (Journal Article, Vol 16, No 6, December 2001)
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...
01/12/2001
Identifying Current Needs Using Root Cause Analysis (Journal Article, Vol 16, No 6, December 2001)
Only when investigators are able to determine why an incident or failure occurred can effective preventive measures be taken. More...
01/11/2001
Maintenance Co-operative Agreements to Reflect Technical Change and the Need for Flexibility Skills (Journal Article, Vol 16, No 4, September 2001)
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...
01/11/2001
Condition Monitoring in the Steel Industry: Hopes and Disillusions (Journal Article, Vol 16, No 5, November 2001)
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...
01/11/2001
Optimal Maintenance: RCM LITE and a PPMS for manufacturing and process plants (Journal Article, Vol 16, No 5, November 2001)
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...
01/11/2001
Uptime at Minimum Cost: RCM Experience in Some Continuous Process Industries (Journal Article, Vol 16, No 5, November 2001)
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...
01/09/2001
Failure Modes Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA), its Application at a Phamaceutical Facility (Journal Article, Vol 16, No 4, September 2001)
Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) will deliver an audit trail of maintenance policy, decisions and actions More...
01/09/2001
A Comparative Review of Major Manufacturing Improvement Methods (Journal Article, Vol 16, No 4, September 2001)
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...
01/06/2001
The Case Against Streamlined RCM (Journal, Vol 16, No 3, June 2001)
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...
01/06/2001
Maintenance Co-operative Agreements to Reflect Technical Change & the Need for Flexibility Skills (Journal Article, Vol 16, No 3, June 2001)
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...
01/06/2001
AMIS Maintenance Management Trends 1988-2000 (Journal Article, Vol 16, No 3, June 2001)
In 1988, in order to improve the productivity of plant assets, the DTI sponsored the development of the Asset Management Information Service (AMIS). More...
01/03/2001
An adaptive performance measurement system using the Balanced Scorecard (Journal Article, Vol 16, No 2, March 2001)
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...
01/03/2001
A Critical Element in Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 16, No 2, March 2001)
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...
01/03/2001
The Acoustic Emission of Grease Lubricated Rolling Bearings (Journal Article, Vol 16, No 2, March 2001)
In the acoustic emission (AE) method of condition monitoring a high frequency vibration from the surface of the object concerned is studied. More...
01/01/2001
Re-Defining the Strategic Significance of Asset Management from a Cost Centre to a Value Driver (Journal Article, Vol 16, No 1, January 2001)
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...
01/01/2001
Taking the Risk Out of Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 16, No 1, January 2001)
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...
01/01/2001
A Risk-Based Maintenance Case Study (Journal Article, Vol 16, No 1, January 2001)
A Risk-based maintenance strategy can be used to optimise and prioritise equipment maintenance and upgrade decisions More...
01/12/2000
The Human Factor - Auditing Human Factors in Maintenance Management (Journal Article, Vol 15, No 5, December 2000)
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...
01/12/2000
TPM/RCM Combining TPM and RCM: A Case Study (Journal Article, Vol 15, No 5, December 2000)
A recent experience at a large automotive manufacturing facility has demonstrated how to combine Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM). More...
01/12/2000
Power RCM: A Survey of Reliability Centred Maintenance Applications in Power Plants (Journal Article, Vol 15, No 5, December 2000)
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...
01/09/2000
AM Latest Asset Management - Latest Thinking (Journal Article, Vol 15, No 4, September 2000)
A wide-ranging review is presented of the current state of the rapidly developing art of asset management. More...
01/09/2000
Effective AM - The Road to Effective Asset Management is Paved With ..... (Journal Article, Vol 15, No 4, Sepember 2000)
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...
01/09/2000
Maintenance USA - The State of the Art of Maintenance in North America (Journal Article, Vol 15, No 4, September 2000)
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...
01/07/2000
Enterprising Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 15, No 3, July 2000)
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...
01/07/2000
Benchmarking - Using Benchmarking Data Effectively - Sustainable maintenance performance targets (Journal Article, Vol 15, No 3, July 2000)
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...
01/05/2000
Diagnostics - An On-Line Integrated Diagnostic System for FMS's (Journal Article, Vol 15, No 2, May 2000)
In order to maintain the productivity of a Flexible Manufacturing System (FMS) it is crucial to react quickly when a fault occurs. More...
01/05/2000
Software Systems - Implementing New Software Systems - A Risky Business (Journal Article, Vol 15, No 3, July 2000)
An overview is presented of some of the likely pitfalls, risks and benefits of a major investment in new software systems More...
01/05/2000
Thermography - Infrared Thermography: A Valuable Weapon in the Condition Monitoring Armoury (Journal Article, Vol 15, No 2, May 2000)
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...
01/05/2000
Benchmarking - Plant Reliability and Maintenance Benchmarking (Journal Article, Vol 15, No 2, May 2000)
A questionnaire-based survey is described of reliability performance and maintenance practice in over sixty chemical companies in five different countries. More...
01/03/2000
RCM Case Study - Getting Results from RCM (Part 2) (Journal Article, Vol 15, No 1, March 2000)
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...
01/03/2000
Fast Track RCM - Getting Results from RCM (Part 1) (Journal Article, Vol 15, No 1, March 2000)
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...
01/03/2000
Concrete CMMS - Building & Implementing a Computerised Maintenance Management System (Journal Article, Vol 15, No 1, March 2000)
A two-year duration project is reported, aimed at building a complete PC-based Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS). More...
01/03/2000
RCM Standard - SAE's New Standard for RCM (Journal Article, Vol 15, No 1, March 2000)
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...
01/12/1999
RCM2 in Hyder- How easy has it proved to be? (Journal Article, Vol 14, No 5, December 1999)
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...
01/12/1999
Breaking the Chains of Preventive Maintenance: The Royal Navy Experience (Journal Article, Vol 14, No 5, December 1999)
In the early 1980s the Royal Navy revised its maintenance policy away from the calendar-based preventive activities and towards condition-based procedures. More...
01/12/1999
Integrated Maintenance Work Control (Journal Article, Vol 14, No 5, December 1999)
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...
01/10/1999
Full Life Cycle Asset Management . Its Role in Enterprise Wide Change: Part II (Journal Article, Vol 14, No 4, October 1999)
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...
01/10/1999
Turnarounds: Context and Strategy An Overview (Journal Article, Vol 14, No 4, October 1999)
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...
01/10/1999
Is this the Biggest Maintenance Project Ever? Responsive Prioritisation for the Year 2000 Problem (Journal Article, Vol 14, No 4, October 1999)
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...
01/07/1999
Case Study - Controlling Maintenance in a Chemical Processing Plant, Part II (Journal Article, Vol 14, No 3, July 1999)
Any activity requiring a management process must include a check step or control system. More...
01/07/1999
Case Study - Auditing the Central Engineering Service of a Multi-Plant Site (Journal Article, Vol 14, No 3, July 1999)
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...
01/07/1999
Full Life-Cycle Asset Management - its role in enterprise wide change: Part 1 (Journal Article, Vol 14, No 3, July 1999)
Any new approach to business with the potential enterprise-wide impact of Full Life Cycle Asset Management (FLAM) has a natural gestation period More...
01/05/1999
The Maintenance and Millennium Problems - A Salutary Comparison? (Journal Article, Vol 14, No 2, May 1999)
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...
01/05/1999
Automated Work Scheduling (Journal Article, Vol 14, No 2, May 1999)
Development of information systems for improved maintenance management has, over the years, focused upon improved means for optimising maintenance. More...
01/05/1999
A Case Study - Controlling Maintenance in a Chemical Processing Plant: Part 1 (Journal Article, Vol 14, No 2, May 1999)
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...
01/01/1999
Asset Management and Maintenance Strategy (Journal Article Vol 14, No 1, February 1999)
Asset maintenance policies should offer various options in line with the plans for the future of the organisation two years or more ahead. More...
01/01/1999
Health Service Estates Management Policies for the next Millennium (Journal Article, Vol 14, No 1, February 1999)
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...
01/01/1999
The CMMS Technology Revolution - Why 'Best of Breed' will still be best (Journal Article, Vol 14, No 1, February 1999)
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...
01/01/1999
Maintenance of Robots in Automated Production. Part 2 (Journal Article, Vol 14, No 1, February 1999)
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...
01/01/1999
Streamlined RCM in the Nuclear Industry (Journal Article, Vol 14, No 1, February 1999)
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...
01/01/1999
Web Warehousing - Next Generation Integrated Supply (Journal Article, Vol 14, No 1, February 1999)
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...
01/12/1998
The Maintenance Benefits of Smart Technology (Journal Article, Vol 13, No 5, December 1998)
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...
01/12/1998
The Maintenance Theory Jungle (Journal Article, Vol 13, No 5, December 1998)
An increasing amount of attention has been paid to the subject of maintenance over the past twenty years More...
01/12/1998
Maintenance of Robots in Automated Production. Part 1 - a survey of plant and data collection (Journal Article, Vol 13, No 5, December 1998)
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...
01/10/1998
Vehicle Maintenance - Reducing Vehicle Maintenance by Improving Vehicle Design & Specification (Journal, Vol 13, No 4, October 1998)
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...
01/10/1998
Responsible Custodianship (Journal Article Vol 13, No 4, October 1998)
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...
01/10/1998
Lubricants & WDA - A Pragmatic Approach to Lubricant and Wear Debris Analysis (Journal Article, Vol 13, No 4, October 1998)
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...
01/07/1998
Maintenance Strategy - A Business Centred Approach (Journal Article, Vol 13, No 3, July 1998)
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...
01/07/1998
Facilities Management - How Can Municipal Facilities be run at a Profit and Maintained (part 2) (Journal Article, Vol 13, No 3, July 1998)
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...
01/07/1998
Criticality - Criticality Analysis Revisited (Journal Article, Vol 13, No 3, July 1998)
Criticality analysis is applied in risk and reliability studies to rank decisions on system design and operation More...
01/05/1998
MACRO - Maintenance Strategy - the MACRO view (Journal Article, Vol 13, No 2, May 1998)
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...
01/05/1998
Reliability of Quality - Impact of an Emerging Empirical Model on Asset Management (Journal Article, Vol 13, No 2, May 1998)
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...
01/05/1998
Facilities Management - How can municipal facilities be run at a profit and maintained? (Journal Article, Vol 13, No 2, May 1998)
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...
01/05/1998
Msc in Mtce - Why we're studying maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 13, No 2, May 1998)
A group of working engineers, just embarked on a part-time MSc programme in Maintenance Engineering, tell all to John Harris. More...
01/01/1998
Establishing the True Cost of Downtime (Journal Article, Vol 13, No 1, March 1998)
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...
01/01/1998
Asset Management - The Maintenance Perspective (Journal Article, Vol 13, No 1, March 1998)
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...
01/01/1998
Challenges for the Year 2000 in the new and Changing South Africa (Journal Article, Vol 13, No 1, March 1998)
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...
01/12/1997
What is Asset Management? (Journal Article, Vol 12, No 5, December 1997)
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...
01/12/1997
PEOPLE - Aligning Strategy with People (Journal Article, Vol 12, No 5, December 1997)
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...
01/12/1997
BMS for CBM Utilising existing systems (BMS) as condiiton based maintenance tools (Journal Article, Vol 12, No 5, December 1997)
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...
01/12/1997
ORGANISATION - A Case Study Exercise in Maintenance Organisation (Journal Article, Vol 12, No 5, December 1997)
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...
01/09/1997
Maintenance in Eastern European Mining (Journal Article, Vol 12, No 4, September 1997)
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...
01/09/1997
How to Measure Maintenance Effectiveness (Journal Article, Vol 12, No 4, September 1997)
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...
01/09/1997
An Advanced Approach to the Bending Fatigue in Spur Gears (Journal Article, Vol 12, No 4, September 1997)
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...
01/09/1997
Two Case Studies in the Setting of Maintenance Strategy (Journal Article, Vol 12, No 4, September 1997)
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...
01/07/1997
Maintenance Education, The Thermo King Europe Experience (Journal Article, Vol 12, No 3, July 1997)
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...
01/07/1997
The Basic Principles of Maintenance Engineering (Journal Article, Vol 12, No 2, May 1997)
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...
01/07/1997
Maintenance Decision Analysis - its a capital mistake to theorise before one has data? (Journal Article, Vol 12, No 3, July 1997)
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...
01/05/1997
Systematic Functional Analysis of Plant and Equipment - Why is it there? (Journal Article, Vol 12, No 2, May 1997)
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...
01/05/1997
Maintenance on a Mountain (Journal Article, Vol 12, No 2, May 1997)
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...
01/05/1997
Concrete Durability Problems Structural Aspects, Life Cycle Analysis and Case Studies (Journal Article, Vol 12, No 2, May 1997)
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...
01/05/1997
Engineered Maintenance of Civil Port Structures (Journal Article, Vol 12, No 2, May 1997)
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...
01/01/1997
Maintenance Management Systems: Objectives and Solutions (Journal Article, Vol 12, No 1, January 1997)
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...
01/01/1997
A Decision Support System Prototype for Maintenance Management (Journal Article, Vol 12, No 1, January 1997)
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...
01/01/1997
The Management of Assets: Stackers and Reclaimers at BHP, Newcastle, Australia (Journal Article, Vol 12, No 1, January 1997)
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...
01/01/1997
Assessing the Effectiveness of a Maintenance Programme (Journal Article Vol 12, No 1, January 1997)
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...
01/11/1996
Diagnosis of Centrifugal Pumps (Journal Article, Vol 11, No 5, December 1996)
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...
01/11/1996
Improving the Maintenance of Power Plants, a Key Factor for Developing Countries (Journal Article, Vol 11, No 5, November 1996)
A very fast growth is being reported in the demand for electrical power in the developing countries More...
01/11/1996
The Application of Neural Networks for Product Quality and Machine Condition Monitoring .... (Journal Article, Vol 11, No 5 November 1996)
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...
01/11/1996
FieldBus: The Basis for an Open Architecture Condition Monitoring Revolution (Journal Article, Vol 11, No 5, November 1996)
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...
01/09/1996
Reducing System Downtime Using a Maintenance Information System (Journal Article, Vol 11, No 4, September 1996)
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...
01/09/1996
A Machine Health Index Based on Artificial Intelligence Techniques (Journal Article, Vol 11, No 4 September 1996)
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...
01/09/1996
Improved Maintenance Planning, Scheduling and Work Control Using Integrated, Paperless ... (Journal Article, Vol 11, No 4 September 1996)
The concept that direct maintenance costs can be reduced by making use of highly integrated, paperless, maintenance task information is examined More...
01/05/1996
Integral Management of Production Assets (Journal Article, Vol 11, No 3 May 1996)
Observing the significant costs of maintenance activities and the economic benefit to be gained from higher process availability, captains of industry increasingly show great interest in effective production asset management techniques. More...
01/05/1996
The Maintenance of Protective Systems (Part 1) (Journal Article, Vol 11, No 3, May 1996)
Within the home, and across a broad spread of industries, society has become increasingly dependent on protective systems and devices. More...
01/05/1996
Automating the Diagnosis of Valve Faults in Reciprocating Compressors (Journal Article, Vol 11, No 3, May 1996)
In the previous issue of Maintenance the authors showed that analysis of the Smoothed Pseudo Wigner Ville Distribution (SPWVD) can provide an interpretation of compressor valve vibration response and thus form a basis for valve fault diagnosis More...
01/05/1996
The Application of Reliability-Centred Maintenance Structures Methods to Ships and Submarines (Journal Article, Vol 11, No 3, May 1996)
Reliability-Centred Maintenance (RCM) has now been in use for over thirty years from its early beginnings in Maintenance Steering Group planning documents for the Boeing 747 and Concorde More...
01/03/1996
A Preliminary Investigation of Valve Fault Diagnosis in Reciprocating Compressors (Journal Article, Vol 11, No 2, March 1996)
University of Manchester, and T A Henry, WM Engineering Ltd More...
01/03/1996
Managing the Utility Physical Asset Base (Journal Article, Vol 11, No 2 March 1996)
The author draws on his consulting experience in the utilities sector to argue that effective management of the physical asset base should be a key business strategy for every utility organisation in the coming decade More...
01/03/1996
Formulation of an Appropriate Productive Maintenance Strategy Using Multiple Criteria Decison Making (Journal Article, Vol 11, No 2 ,March 1996)
Experience gained in leading manufacturing companies by the authors has shown that formulating a maintenance strategy is a difficult process with many problems More...
01/03/1996
The Successful Implementation of a Vibration-Based Condition Monitoring Programme (Journal Article, Vol 11 No 2, March 1996)
A successful predictive maintenance programme relies very heavily on its correct set-up and implementation, and on long-term commitment and support - both by the user and the supplier of the system. More...
01/01/1996
Maintenance Management - a New Paradigm (Journal Article Vol 11, No 1, January 1996)
This paper attempts to summarise fifteen of the most important areas of change which have occurred in the field of physical asset management over the past fifteen years. More...
01/01/1996
Reliability Centred Maintenance and its implications for Asset Management Systems (Journal Article, Vol 11, No 1 January 1996)
It is suggested that Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) cannot be fully implemented in major industrial plant unless an effective computerised support system is in place More...
01/01/1996
Achieving Cost Effective Maintenance through the integration of Condition Monitoring (Journal Article, Vol 11, No 1 January 1996)
British industry now seems partially convinced of the central role that asset care plays in the achievement of world class performance More...
01/01/1996
Applying the RCM Method to High Voltage Sub-Stations (Journal Article, Vol 11, No 1 January 1996)
Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) has been extensively used in the military, aeronautical and nuclear power generation sectors. More...
01/11/1995
Benchmarking the Human Side of Management (Journal Article, Vol 10, No 5, November 1995)
Benchmarking is now a well-established aspect of the philosophies of Total Quality and Continuous Improvement More...
01/11/1995
Diagnosing Turbo Generator Faults with a Rule Based Expert System (Journal Article, Vol 10, No 5, November 1995)
Expert systems (ES) have emerged as one of the prominent application areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology. The use of knowledge-based expert systems is being explored for many potential tasks, one of these being the diagnosis of faults in machinery More...
01/11/1995
Vibration Monitoring of Rotordynamic Pumping Machinery - A Case Study` (Journal Article, Vol 10, No 5, November 1995)
The potential benefits from pump vibration monitoring within UK industry are often not realised due to poor system design and inadequate management consideration. With the cost of pumping within the UK industrial sector estimated at £1000 million per year, the potential for savings, estimated to be between 10% and 15% of that figure, is enormous More...
01/09/1995
Maintenance Information Systems an Assessment of General Requirements (Journal Article, Vol 10, No 4, September 1995)
The author draws upon his considerable experience in the design and provision of maintenance management and asset care systems. More...
01/09/1995
Asset Management at the BBC World Service (Journal Article, Vol 10, No 4, September 1995)
Between late 1993 and early 1994 the BBC World Service recognised that there was a need to move from a series of stand-alone PCs and card index systems, each handling differing aspects of asset management, to a single integrated system capable of performing the role of the stand-alone PCs. More...
01/09/1995
Time is Money (Journal Article, Vol 10, No 4, September 1995)
Maintenance downtimes and maintenance activity elapsed-times are extremely important factors contributing to two major yardsticks of airline and civil aircraft performance, viz Dispatch Reliability and Direct Maintenance Costs, both of which have important cost implications More...
01/05/1995
Application Management in a Distributed, Object Oriented Condition Monitoring System (Journal Article, Vol 10, No 3, May 1995)
This paper describes some aspects of a software development toolkit for industrial condition monitoring and maintenance planning applications More...
01/05/1995
Implementation of an Integrated Condition Based Maintenance Programme (Journal Article, Vol 10, No 3, May 1995)
A case study is presented of the planning and implementation of a comprehensive programme of condition based maintenance for a large onshore oilfield. More...
01/05/1995
Overcoming the Difficulties of Implementing TPM in Europe (Journal Article, Vol 10, No 3, May 1995)
In European enterprises the implementation of overall, company-wide, philosophies like Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) has proved to be rather difficult. Managers, consultants and researchers, however, tend to focus on the success stories More...
01/05/1995
Integration of TPM Concepts in the Design of a New Plant (Journal Article, Vol 10, No 3, May 1995)
A review is given of an approach to integrating TPM concepts into the design of new, technologically advanced, plant - a very large electrical direct-current-operated, double vat, furnace. The use of Failure Mode Effect and Criticality Analysis, Functional Analysis, experience transfer via Benchmarking, and other techniques, is discussed and design to facilitate operator self-maintenance is emphasised. More...
01/05/1995
Moving from Maintenance Management to Asset Management (Journal Article, Vol 10, No 3, May 1995)
The range of methodologies, software tools and visionary concepts continues to multiply. This paper scans the areas of development and comments on their penetration and degrees of impact. In many cases, the readiness to adopt a more ‘Asset Management’ professionalism is a matter of overcoming interdepartmental barriers rather than just adopting some clever new technology. More...
01/03/1995
A Basis for the Vibration Monitoring of Diesel Fuel Injectors (Journal Article, Vol 10, No 2, March 1995)
This paper presents the analytical and experimental procedures used in the estimation of key fuel injection parameters from monitored vibration data. More...
01/03/1995
Bearings, Condition Monitoring, Condition Measurement & Condition Control (Journal Article, Vol 10, No 2, March 1995)
This paper briefly outlines, and aims to objectively compare, the vibration measurement method for monitoring the condition of rolling element bearings and the shock pulse method for doing so. More...
01/03/1995
Inspection Methods in Condition Monitoring (Journal Article, Vol 10, No 2, March 1995)
Despite the development of condition measurement techniques - employing data collectors for efficient administration, inspections based on qualitative assessment of plant condition predominate as a tool in maintenance. This paper examines simple inspection procedures and explains how they have been combined with numerical measurements in condition monitoring More...
01/03/1995
Use of the Smoothed Pseudo-Wigner-Ville Distribution (Journal Article, Vol 10, No 2, March 1995)
Of the range of time-frequency methods of analysis, the Wigner-Ville Distribution (WVD) is probably the most popular. This paper explores the capabilities of the WVD, the pseudo-WVD and the smoothed-pseudo-WVD in the analysis of short duration transients embedded in noisy data More...
01/01/1995
The Truth about Computer Systems and Performance Indicators in Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 10, No 1, January 1995)
For a number of years computerised maintenance management systems (CMMS) have been the focus for companies wishing to improve their asset management strategy. During this period much has been promised but only a little has been learned, and even less has been delivered in terms of improved plant performance More...
01/01/1995
A Systematic Approach to Managing Risk - Reliability Centred Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 10, No 1, January 1995)
Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) is a systematic way of managing the risk of equipment failure More...
01/01/1995
Creating a Pro Active Maintenance Regime - Selecting and Implementing a Maintenance Review Programme (Journal Article, Vol 10, No 1, January 1995)
The authors explain that a Review of Equipment Maintenance (REM) - an approach to the formulation of industrial maintenance strategy which incorporates elements of RCM and some of the ideas behind TPM - can address both the human-resource-related problems of maintenance and the technical ones. More...
01/01/1995
Experience-Based Reliability Centred Maintenance - Case Study (Journal Article, Vol 10, No 1, January 1995)
The analysis of operating experience - e.g. of failure and corrective maintenance reports - gives valuable information on equipment behaviour in its operational and maintenance environment More...
01/12/1994
Trends in Maintenance Management in Europe (Journal Article, Vol 9, No 5, December 1994)
Over the past three decades maintenance management techniques have been subject to a continuous search for efficiency. In particular, the move towards ‘maintenance as a profit centre’ has been one of the most remarkable developments. Various factors influenced this in a positive way. More...
01/12/1994
The Supply of Spare Parts: A Growing Problem for the Maintenance Engineer (Journal Article, Vol 9, No 5, December 1994)
One of today’s major problems is the supply of spare parts. It is one of the main causes of the difficulties met by the economies of developing countries; it is also a growing concern of maintenance engineers in Europe itself. This paper reviews the main difficulties encountered in the national and international spare parts business and suggests some approaches to the easing of these problems. Also outlined are the principal underlying causes of the increasing tendency towards the internationalism of the spare parts business - the rapid pace of change, throughout the World, in manufacturing industry and the resultant acceleration in the obsolescence of components. More...
01/12/1994
The Development of Diagnostic Application from Flowcharts, without the use of Rule Sets (Journal Article, Vol 9, No 5, December 1994)
The need to construct sets of rules has been a major obstacle to the development of pc-based diagnostic systems. Software is described which simplifies the development of such applications by dispensing with the need for rules, using instead the flowcharts prepared in the normal course of obtaining and documenting the expert knowledge More...
01/12/1994
We are too small to worry about maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 9, No 5, December 1994)
Optimising the maintenance of plant has long been uppermost in the minds of engineers responsible for the effective management of assets. The introduction of new maintenance technology and practice has been readily adopted by maintenance engineers in the progressive, and usually large, national or multinational organisations. More...
01/09/1994
Evaluating the Intangible Benefits of Reliability Centred Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 9, No 4, September 1992)
Although major benefits are claimed from the introduction of Reliability-Centred Maintenance (RCM), severe difficulties have been encountered during its implementation, with the result that many applications have been delayed, or even abandoned. More...
01/09/1994
Total Productive Maintenance and Reliability Centred Maintenance, Competing or Complementary? (Journal article, Vol 9, No 4, September 1994)
The author explains that Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is essentially an operating philosophy aimed - in pursuit of the business objectives of quality and delivery at low cost - at minimising the hidden costs of impaired operation, whereas Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) is a maintenance management strategy aimed at improving the efficiency of maintenance by identifying the type and quantity which is appropriate to the consequences of failure. More...
01/09/1994
Practical RCM Analysis and its Information Requirements (Journal Article, Vol 9, No 4, September 1994)
Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) was conceived and developed by airlines in the USA. Over the past ten years its application elsewhere has evolved rather slowly even though there are obvious financial benefits to be obtained. In part this has been due to the significant difference between aircraft maintenance and power, process and manufacturing (PP&M) system maintenance which makes the first steps towards RCM in these latter industries quite daunting. More...
01/09/1994
Maintenance Strategies using RCM (Journal article, Vol 9, No 4, September 1994)
It is explained that Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) is a method for formulating an effective and economic maintenance strategy - an appropriate mix of the available techniques - that address the potentially conflicting profitability, safety and environmental requirements. More...
01/06/1994
Mathematical Models for the Optimisation of Maintenance and their Application in Practice (Journal article, Vol 9, No 3, September 1994)
It is explained that although there has been much development, during the last twenty years of mathematical models for the optimisation of maintenance procedures, most of this has been academic and only a small part of it has found its way to the maintenance manager. More...
01/06/1994
Business Centred Maintenance (Journal article, Vol 9, No 3, September 1994)
The authors provide some thoughts on: The roles of assets in relation to business objectives; Asset criticality; Appropriate maintenance strategies; Planning for asset availability related to business need; Strategy change mechanisms, and; Measuring effectiveness. More...
01/06/1994
Cost/Benefit Analysis Methods for Condition Monitoring (Journal article, Vol 9, No 3, September 1994)
The traditional maintenance strategies of ‘Run to Failure’ and ‘Scheduled Maintenance’ are increasingly unacceptable in many process and manufacturing operations. The alternative, to use Condition Monitoring (CM) systems with predictive capabilities, provides early detection of machinery problems based on collection of machine data. More...
01/06/1994
The Integration of Machinery Condition Monitoring into an Overall Maintenance Programme (Journal article, Vol 9, No 3, September 1994)
It is emphasised that, although a condition-based policy might be the best form of maintenance for some machines, on a total plant scale a combination of this and other policies (such as time-based maintenance) will always be the most cost-effective approach. More...
01/03/1994
Computer Aided Maintenance Management Systems (Journal article, Vol 9, No 2, May 1994)
Drawing on his company's experience in providing AMIS, the DTI-supported benchmarking service in maintenance management, the author concludes that, in general, the application of Computer Aided Maintenance Management (CAMM) Systems has not been as successful as it might have been. More...
01/03/1994
Bespoke Facilities Management (Journal article, Vol 9, No 2, May 1994)
In the context of the property portfolio of a major bank, this paper discusses the importance of business aims and objectives in the selection of an appropriate operation and maintenance strategy, and highlights the benefits to be gained from the use of Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) techniques in large, technically complex, buildings. More...
01/03/1994
Inspection, Rehabilitation and Maintenance of Concrete Structures (Journal article, Vol 9, No 2, May 1994)
After outlining the chemistry of the corrosive deterioration of steel reinforcement in concrete structures the authors review the principle methods - carbonation testing, chloride concentration testing, covermeter testing etc - of investigating such deterioration. More...
01/03/1994
Integrated Health Assessment of Aerospace Propulsion and Transmission Systems (Journal article, Vol 9, No 2, May 1994)
This article explains in general terms the concept of integrated health assessment. It then draws upon experience gained with the Royal Air Force Allison T56A-15 Turboprop engine in order to highlight some of the issues involved and to provide an insight into the benefits that can be achieved by adopting such an approach. More...
01/01/1994
Multi-Skilling in UK Industry: A Discussion Paper (Journal Article, Vol 9, No 1, March 1994)
It is explained (a) why multi-skilling has become a necessity for many industries, especially those involved with ‘high-tech’ applications such as micro-processor control or IT, (b) what multi-skilling means, (c) how it should be implemented and (d) how the necessary training should be organised. More...
01/01/1994
Manufacturing Maintenance – A Survey of Current UK Practice (Journal Article, Vol 9, No 1, March 1994)
Data has been collected from a small but carefully selected sample of manufacturing companies with the intention of providing a representative snapshot of the current position, procedures and practice of maintenance within this sector of UK industry. More...
01/01/1994
Thoughts on Multi-Skilling Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 9, No 1, March 1994)
Drawing on twenty years experience in industrial management, primarily with the Ford Motor Company where, among other posts held, he was Manager of Plant engineering for Ford Britain and Chief Engineer Asset Preservation for Ford Europe, the author stresses that, to be successful, the implementation of multi-skilling must be a carefully managed, evolutionary, step-by-step programme taking at least five years. More...
01/01/1994
Plant Monitoring and Diagnostics in a B. Eng. Degree Course (Journal Article, Vol 9, No 1, March 1994)
The design, development and implementation are described of a final year degree-course module entitled ‘Plant Monitoring and Diagnostics’. This optional module forms an integrated part of the Mechanical Engineering degree course at Manchester University, and attempts to complete the range of a graduate’s knowledge, ability and skill that is demanded by modern industry. More...
01/12/1993
A Self Learning Diagnostic System (Journal Article, Vol 8, No 4, December 1993)
In 1989 Schiphol Airport was about to install an advanced, fully automated, baggage handling unit and it was felt that a large problem could occur, because no experience with this new type of installation was then available. It was decided that a self-learning diagnostic expert system, ie one that would be capable of continually learning from the eventual experience of running the installation, might be beneficial in supporting its maintenance. More...
01/12/1993
Major Evaluation Criteria for Real Life Maint Expert Systems. The AITEST Experience (Journal Article, Vol 8, No 4, December 1993)
The authors have acquired several years' experience of developing and applying an expert system tool for equipment diagnosis and maintenance support. More...
01/12/1993
Health Assessment of Royal Naval Diesel Engines Using Expert Systems (Journal Article, Vol 8, No 4, December 1993)
The first year’s experience is reported of a three year trial of an Expert Decision Support system for handling oil data-acquired at sea - on the health of naval diesel engines. More...
01/12/1993
Improving the Quality of Condition Based Maintenance-The Way Ahead (Journal Article, Vol 8, No 4, December 1993)
It is argued that CBM is of greatest financial benefit when it is applied to problems of complex plant, and that the consequent high quality diagnosis and recommendation needs, in addition to the sensory data from the condition monitoring itself, a considerable body of information on operating specifications, maintenance history, regulations etc. More...
01/09/1993
Computers as a Basis for Maintenance Information (Journal Article, Vol 8, No 3, September 1993)
Drawing upon his long experience, both as a manager of computerised maintenance management information systems (MMIS’s) and as an independent IT consultant, the author spells out the basic requirements for such systems and the practical benefits that can be derived from their application. More...
01/09/1993
Applying a Maintenance Management System Offshore (Journal Article, Vol 8, No 3, September 1993)
This paper describes the selection, and development for offshore use by BP Exploration, of an ‘off the shelf’ MMS package. The reasons for this choice are reviewed and the current state of its application briefly outlined. More...
01/09/1993
SEDIMAHE: An Expert System to Help the Maintenance of Machine Tools (Journal Article, Vol 8, No 3, September 1993)
The current state of development is described of an Expert System for the detection and diagnosis of abnormal conditions and incipient failures in machine tools. More...
01/09/1993
The Implementation and Development of a Computer Aided (Journal Article, Vol 8, No 3, September 1993)
This paper describes the experiences of the Resources Recovery Board, a department of the States of Jersey administration, during the selection, implementation and development of a computer assisted maintenance system. The detailed functionality of the system is not discussed but pitfalls and areas requiring careful consideration are highlighted. More...
01/06/1993
Total Plant Performance Management (Journal Article, Vol 8, No 2, May 1993)
Total Plant Performance Management (TPPM), a holistic approach to this task, addresses the design, purchase, installation, operation and maintenance phases of the plant life cycle. TPPM methodology is outlined and some of its achieved benefits reported, illustrated examples being mainly drawn from experience in the US steel industry. More...
01/06/1993
Searching for the Optimum Plant Maintenance Through Application of Maint Concepts (Journal Article, Vol 8, No 2, May 1993)
A very full discussion is presented of the problems and challenges involved in working towards an optimal plant maintenance strategy. More...
01/06/1993
Optimum Maintenance and RCM (Journal Article, Vol 8, No 2, May 1993)
The principles of Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) are reviewed and the various problems in its practical application discussed in some detail. More...
01/06/1993
Pen-&-Paper vs Pen-Based Computer-A Comparison of Methods used for Asset Data Collection (Journal Article, Vol 8, No 2, May 1993)
Data collection and updating data to maintain its accuracy and reliability is an important and potentially costly business. More...
01/03/1993
National Maintenance Strategies: Way Out for Developing Countries (Journal Article, Vol 8, No 1, March 1993)
It is claimed that the under-performance of many industries in the developing countries is very largely attributable to inefficient maintenance of plant and equipment. More...
01/03/1993
Maintenance Cost Estimation in Mechanical Design and Modification (Journal Article, Vol 8, No 1, March 1993)
Maintenance cost is usually a significant proportion of the life cycle cost of mechanical items, such as machines, or vehicles. Choosing the right construction at the design and procurement stage is therefore of utmost importance and should not only allow for purchase cost, but also for future maintenance cost. More...
01/03/1993
How Planned ‘Protective Maintenance’ Improves Plant Productivity (Journal Article, Vol 8, No 1, March 1993)
Planned ‘Protective Maintenance’ - The repair of wear surfaces by means of specialised welding and other metal deposition techniques - is shown to be highly cost effective, reducing overall maintenance costs and greatly prolonging plant life. More...
01/03/1993
Vibration Monitoring of Low Speed Hydrogenerators: Some Technical Aspects (Journal Article, Vol 8, No 1, March 1993)
The use of expert systems in vibration monitoring of rotating machinery, for incipient failure detection and diagnosis, is a procedure adopted in various branches of industry. More...
01/12/1992
Optimising Preventive Maintenance Using RCM (Journal Article, Vol 7, No 4, December 1992)
The step-by-step process of introducing an RCM regime - one which consists of the least, but most effective, maintenance that needs to be done in order to achieve design levels of reliability - is described. More...
01/12/1992
Reliability Audits of Existing Plant (Journal Article, Vol 7, No 4, December 1992)
Reliability assessments of already operating plant are generally referred to as reliability audits. A feature of such audits is that analysis of the plant’s maintenance experience can provide plant-specific input to the assessment. More...
01/12/1992
The Maintenance Organisation Fingerprint (Journal Article, Vol 7, No 4, December 1992)
A worldwide comparison of power station maintenance has been undertaken by the author, who, in the June issue of ‘MAINTENANCE’, reviewed the resulting survey of the literature on this topic. More...
01/12/1992
Getting Started in RCM (Journal Article, Vol 7, No 4, December 1992)
The implementation, and preliminary results, of an introductory series of pilot studies of the application of RCM to power station plant are reviewed. More...
01/09/1992
A Maintenance Information Resource (Journal Article, Vol 7, No 3, September 1992)
This article examines the basis for the implementation of maintenance information systems, considering why they are required, how they are selected, and the general results that they achieve. More...
01/09/1992
How to Choose between the Wide Range of Computer Packages for Maintenance Management (Journal Article, Vol 7, No 3, September 1992)
The problems of choosing a suitable off-the-peg computerised maintenance management system are fully discussed. A systematic selection procedure, used quantitatively weighted criteria, is then carefully explained and comprehensively illustrated. More...
01/09/1992
Human Aspects of Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 7, No 3, September 1992)
A previous paper (by the present authors in the June issue) described how plant and machinery maintenance could be made easier, safer and more reliable through better machine maintainability features. In particular, the Bretby Maintainability Index was described as a method which has been successfully used by designers and buyers/users alike to assess the maintainability of a full machine and to identify where improvements are likely to be the most cost-effective. This paper builds upon this work and describes how human error can further reduce the quality, reliability and safety of maintenance operations. More...
01/09/1992
The Uses and Limitations of Total Productive Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 7, No 3, September 1992)
In this paper he presents what he has perceived to be its essential characteristics (as deduced from his observations in both its country of origin, Japan, and in Japanese owned companies elsewhere, such as Nissan UK and also reviews experience of applying the methodology in various European Manufacturing Companies. More...
01/06/1992
Maintenance Management - Building the Bridge to Excellence (Journal Article, Vol 7, No 2, May 1992)
This paper uses the experience of nearly 700 AMIS audits, conducted over the past three years, to identify how a well structured self-appraisal can make a major contribution to achievement of genuine short and long term improvements in maintenance management. More...
01/06/1992
Power Station Maintenance - A Survey of the Literature (Journal Article, Vol 7, No 2, May 1992)
A worldwide comparative study of power station maintenance techniques has been carried out. More...
01/06/1992
European Federation of National Maintenance Soc, Maintenance & Availability in Norwegian Industry (Journal Article, Vol 7, No 2, May 1992)
This paper briefly summarises the results of an investigation into maintenance and availability in Norwegian industry. The project was initiated by the Norwegian Society of Maintenance Engineers (NFV), and was carried out by NTH/SINTEF between May and December 1991. More...
01/06/1992
The Bretby Maintainability Index (Journal Article, Vol 7, No 2, May 1992)
The paper opens by addressing the general problems of equipment maintainability in terms of the high cost to industry in both financial and health and safety terms. The paper then outlines the limitations of the information currently available to the designer and purchaser and develops the need for a comprehensive method of assessment and evaluation. More...
01/06/1992
The Reduction of Plant Maintenance Costs Through Design (Journal Article, Vol 7, No 2, May 1992)
The objective of this paper is to describe specific ways by which professional design engineers may reduce process plant maintenance costs. More...
01/03/1992
Bridging the Production-Maintenance Gap (Journal Article, Vol 7, No 1, March 1992)
In many UK companies production and maintenance have traditionally worked against, rather than with, each other. More...
01/03/1992
Maintenance Excellence - A Comparative Survey of Leading European Plants (Journal Article, Vol 7, No 1, March 1992)
The results of a survey, comparing maintenance performance in a number of leading European plants (especially in the process section) are reviewed. More...
01/03/1992
Maintenance Aspects of a Production Employee Programme (Journal Article, Vol 7, No 1, March 1992)
This case study illustrates how, in a carefully phased programme involving a substantial scheme of on-site and off-site training, many of the responsibilities and tasks which were formerly the preserve of the specialised engineering and maintenance functions can be successfully cascaded down to the manufacturing function. More...
01/03/1992
Condition Monitoring - A New Approach (Journal Article, Vol 7, No 1, March 1992)
Although there are many types of commercial bearing condition monitoring equipment none has been successful over the wide range of applications met within practice. A new technique for the detection of bearing defects, a High Frequency Acoustic Emission (HF-AE) method, has therefore been developed at the SKF Engineering and Research Centre (ERC). More...
01/12/1991
Computerised Maintenance Management Systems - The End of the Line (Journal Article, Vol 6, No 4, December 1991)
Although there are some sixty computerised maintenance packages to choose from, few are true maintenance management information systems (MMIA). More...
01/12/1991
Terotechnology (Journal Article, Vol 6, No 4, December 1991)
The development, from its inception, of the management philosophy of terotechnology is described. Although the term ‘terotechnology’ is seldom used and little understood today, the associated practice remains highly relevant to today’s organisations and projects. More...
01/12/1991
In Search of Maintenance Organisation Excellence (Journal Article, Vol 6, No 4, December 1991)
Current UK trends, in design and development of strategies for organising industrial maintenance, have been studied. Information gathering was aided by applying the author’s maintenance management audit methodology. More...
01/12/1991
The Manchester Maintenance Management Examination, 1991 (Journal Article, Vol 6, No 4, December 1991)
Once again we offer for your seasonal entertainment and enlightenment the latest end-of-course examination taken by those candidates for Manchester degree in Engineering Manufacture and Management (most of them, in fact) who opted to take its Maintenance management module More...
01/09/1991
Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) at Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd (Journal Article, Vol 6, No 3, September 1991)
TPM is explained via a case study, which also shows how TPM has been modified by a UK based Japanese company for use in the UK environment. More...
01/09/1991
Just-In-Time (Journal Article, Vol 6, No 3, September 1991)
The JIT concept, its principal aims and the benefits that it can confer, are explained. It is then illustrated via a description of its implementation in a small manufacturing company. More...
01/09/1991
The Total Cost of Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 6, No 3, September 1991)
Maintenance is viewed from the financial angle and the paper focuses on the value of identifying its ‘Total Cost’ which is seen as the sum of the direct costs of carrying it out and the indirect or hidden costs, of downtime, scrap, poor running etc and also of intangibles such as inability to implement advances, and hence more profitable, manufacturing techniques. More...
01/09/1991
Priority Based Budgeting (Journal Article, Vol 6, No 3, September 1991)
Priority Based Budgeting is a technique applicable to all business activities. More...
01/06/1991
New Thinking and Methods in Maintenance Management (Journal Article, Vol 6, No 2, June 1991)
New tolls and techniques to assist maintenance managers are constantly emerging. More...
01/03/1991
Automatic Malfunction Diagnosis by On-Line Expert System for... (Journal Article, Vol 6, No 1, March 1991)
In many underground workings, either for mineral production or for creating lines of communication, mobile machines have to operate under conditions that are very difficult for personnel and equipment. More...
01/03/1991
Which ‘Cure’ will make me better? (Journal Article, Vol 6, No 1, March 1991)
Technical and managerial strategy for maintenance are reviewed in outline. More...
01/03/1991
Maintenance Management in Saudi Arabia (Journal Article, Vol 6, No 2, June 1991)
Saudi Arabia has amassed a large capital-intensive infrastructure. Operation of this infrastructure is a continuing financial and economic commitment. More...
01/03/1991
RCM Closing the Loop Between Reliability & Operational Reliability (Journal Article, Vol 6, No 1, March 1991)
Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) is a method for maintenance planning developed within the aircraft industry and later adapted to several other industries and military branches. More...
01/03/1991
OREDA as a Tool for Maintenance Optimisation (Journal Article, Vol 6, No 1, March 1991)
The OREDA project, founded in 1981, has become one of the main sources of reliability data for Oil and Gas exploration and production activities. In its first phase, OREDA produced the Handbook of Offshore Reliability Data. More...
01/03/1991
On the Ship Crew Maintenance Organisation (Journal Article, Vol 6, No 2, June 1991)
This paper analyses the organisational aspects of a ship’s crew. In particular, crew size and task structure are analysed in the perspective of ship maintenance. The goal of this exercise was to diminish ship operational costs. This analysis domain has been constrained to merchant vessels, but it can be extended if needed to other units. More...
01/03/1991
A Maintenance Management Tool (Journal Article, Vol 6, No 2, June 1991)
This paper presents a structured Maintenance Management Tool (MMT). There is a great need for such tools although very few integrated efforts were made in the past. More...
01/12/1990
A Maintenance Management Examination (Journal Article, Vol 5, No 4, December 1990)
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01/12/1990
Industrial Maintenance in Developing Countries (Journal Article, Vol 5, No 4, December 1990)
Operating industrial plant in the conditions prevailing in most developing countries, is a technical challenge. More...
01/12/1990
Effective Use of the Computer in Managing Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 5, No 4, December 1990)
Through operating AMIS, the national maintenance management audit service, MCP has been able to obtain a broad feel for the general state of maintenance management in the UK. More...
01/12/1990
Analysis of Surface Fatigues in Rolling Bearings by Analytical Ferrography (Journal Article, Vol 5, No 4, December 1990)
This work is concerned with the prediction of surface fatigue failures in rolling bearings by analytical ferrography. More...
01/09/1990
Controlling the Maintenance Effort (Journal Article, Vol 5, No 3, September 1990)
Over the last twenty years numerous authors have proposed indices for measuring the effectiveness of industrial maintenance departments. More...
01/09/1990
Maintenance Improvement Programmes (Part 3 of a three part series) (Journal Article, Vol 5, No 3, September 1990)
In this, the last of a series of three articles, the author outlines the Terms of Reference for a Maintenance Improvement Programme based on an initial short, sharp audit identifying basis strengths and weaknesses. More...
01/09/1990
The Challenge of Change for Building Maintenance Organisations in the Public Sector in UK (Journal Article, Vol 5, No 3, September 1990)
Public sector building maintenance organisation, in the UK, are having to adjust to such major reforms as Local Management of Schools, the Community Charge and new Capital Expenditure Controls. More...
01/09/1990
Reliability Centred Maintenance - A Tool for Higher Profitability (Journal Article, Vol 5, No 3, September 1990)
The operating costs over the life time of a plant or equipment can be significantly influenced by the effectiveness of the preventive maintenance that is performed. More...
01/09/1990
Expert Systems for Diagnosis and Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 5, No 3, September 1990)
Problem diagnosis and maintenance prescription for new generations of mechanical systems is a very complex engineering task. More...
01/09/1990
Developing & implementing a Maintenance Strategy for Heavy Industrial Process (Journal Article, Vol 5, No 4, December 1990)
A case study is presented of the application at a heavy industrial plant, viz a Continuous Slab Caster, of Kelly’s ‘Top Down, Bottom UP’ approach to strategy development. More...
01/06/1990
Management of Major Turnarounds (Journal Article, Vol 5, No 2, June 1990)
Management of a major turnarounds is a complex project which require a very systematic disciplined approach. This paper indicates the methodology adopted by ICI to ensure that key objectives regarding duration, cost, quality and safety are met. More...
01/06/1990
Expert Systems for Service in ABB (Journal Article, Vol 5, No 2, June 1990)
After describing expert systems, and knowledge - based systems, developed by the author’s own company for specific trouble-shooting applications, a generally applicable logic for structuring expert systems to aid fault finding in technical plants or processes is advanced. More...
01/06/1990
Use of Health Indices for Condition Monitoring of Machine Tools (Journal Article, Vol 5, No 2, June 1990)
An overview is presented of modern techniques being applied to condition monitoring and fault diagnosis of machine tools. More...
01/03/1990
Maintenance & Profitability - (Part 1 of a three part series) (Journal Article, Vol 5, No 1, March 1990)
The Manufacturing and Information Technology Division of the Department of Trade and Industry commissioned March Consulting Group to undertake a study of maintenance within manufacturing industry. More...
01/03/1990
Maintenance Policy and Management (Part 2 of the three part series) (Journal Article, Vol 5, No 2, June 1990)
After discussing the relationships between company policy, manufacturing strategy, production planning, equipment reliability characteristics and maintenance policy, the author (leader of the recent DTI survey of UK maintenance practice) examines the need for, and benefits of, maintenance management information systems, planned preventive maintenance, and condition monitoring. More...
01/03/1990
Key Factors in Improving Maintenance Skills (Journal Article, Vol 5, No 1, March 1990)
After outlining the origin of the traditional maintenance specialist the author explains that maintenance, although trade and profession related, is not actually a trade or profession in itself. More...
01/03/1990
Automation Concepts in Maintenance Execution (Journal Article Vol 5, No 1, March 1990)
The development, over the last thirty years, of maintenance philosophy in general, and of maintenance automation systems in particular, is reviewed. More...
01/03/1990
Changing the Culture - Before and After (Journal Articles Vol 5, No 1, March 1990)
Prior to 1988 the author’s company operated ‘fire-fighting’ maintenance. In that year, and as part of a drive to improve quality, productivity and motivation, the company commissioned an AMIS audit of the effectiveness of their maintenance function. More...
01/12/1989
Project Control, System and Implementation (Journal Article, Vol 4, No 4, December 1989)
An explanation is given of how the techniques of project control system selection and system implementation were used to achieve a successful, within budget, 'crashed timescale' implementation of an effective work planning and cost control system. More...
01/12/1989
Engineers in Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 4, No 4, December 1989)
This paper discusses the introduction of sophisticated technology into industry and how this has affected the maintenance organisation, citing BHP Steel, Port Kembla, as an example. More...
01/12/1989
Enhanced Maintenance Management Through Increased Knowledge (Journal Article, Vol 4, No 4, December 1989)
A case study is presented of the implementation of a computerised maintenance management system for a large, geographically dispersed, company based in the Middle East and which already operates on ICL Mainframe computer. More...
01/12/1989
Maintenance Engineering in Europe - The Scope for Collaborative Technology Transfer & Joint Venture (Journal Article, Vol 4, No 4, December 1989)
The March Consulting Group, who are shortly to report on a DTI-sponsored study of UK maintenance practice, are engaged on an EEC sponsored study of the scope for collaborative R and D initiatives aimed at improving maintenance effectiveness throughout the EEC. More...
01/09/1989
Monitoring Materials in Electric Power Installations (Journal Article, Vol 4, No 3, September 1989)
The increase in the unit power of hydro and thermal turbine installations in the electric power system of Yugoslavia has made it necessary to introduce a modern, economical, approach to equipment maintenance. More...
01/09/1989
Human Factors in Maintenance: A Case Study (Journal Article, Vol 4, No 3, September 1989)
The benefits resulting from a wide range of measures for improving maintenance resources, organisation, control and manpower utilisation had appeared to reach a plateau. More...
01/09/1989
The Skills Crisis - How Continuing Education and Training Can Help (Journal Article, Vol 4, No 3, September 1989)
Long term trends indicate a decline in recruitment to initial technical education and training programmes while, at the same time, the demand for technically skilled manpower is expected to grow. More...
01/09/1989
The Predictive and Preventive Maintenance of Electrical Machinery (Journal Article, Vol 4, No 3, September 1989)
The frequencies, causes and characteristics of the most commonly occurring faults in electrical motors and power electronic components, and the various methods available for effective condition monitoring of electrical motors, are reviewed. More...
01/09/1989
The Skills Crisis - An Answer (Journal Article, Vol 4, No 3, September 1989)
Technical advance, increased international competition and demographic trends are creating the potential for crippling skills shortages in the UK in the years immediately ahead. More...
01/06/1989
Towards Better Maintenance Management (Journal Article, Vol 4, No 2, June 1989)
The right strategy for maintaining and replacing the assets used to generate profits is of vital importance to every manufacturing company’s future competitiveness in European and world markets. More...
01/06/1989
The life Cycle Cost Process and its Application (Journal Article, Vol 4, No 2, June 1989)
Financial decisions are often taken with incomplete data or inadequate analysis. Life Cycle Costing (LCC) provides an opportunity to make rational financial decisions based on the best available data. More...
01/06/1989
Case Studies in Energy Efficiency Improvement (Journal Article, Vol 4, No 2, June 1989)
Three case histories are given to illustrate the application of an important principle in practical energy efficiency improvement. More...
01/06/1989
A Predictive Maintenance Success with an Air Turbo Compressor (Journal Article, Vol 4, No 2, June 1989)
A case study is presented of the successful use of vibration spectrum analysis, firstly to anticipate the onset of a serious mechanical problem with the speed control and oil pump drive of a turbo compressor, and secondly to diagnose the source of the problem as being in either the gear teeth or supporting bearings of a gear shaft. More...
01/06/1989
The Specification & Justification of a Computerised Maintenance Management System (Journal Article, Vol 4, No 2, June 1989)
Detailed advice, based on the experience of the author’s company, is given regarding the specification, justification, selection and implementation of a computerised maintenance management system. More...
01/06/1989
Introducing Philosophy of PC Network Based Maintenance to a Slab & Plate Steelworks (Journal Article, Vol 4, No 2, June 1989)
A case study is presented of the successful development and implementation, at a large steelworks of a maintenance management system based on networked PCs. Flexibility and speed of development are stressed. A case study is presented of the successful development and implementation, at a large steelworks of a maintenance management system based on networked PCs. More...
01/03/1989
How to Win Budget Approval for your Maintenance Management System (Journal Article, Vol 4, No 1, March 1989)
The demand for increased productivity is requiring the maintenance function to adopt ever more sophisticated management techniques. Effective implementation of one of these, computerisation, requires a level of business understanding hitherto absent from most maintenance departments. More...
01/03/1989
Condition Monitoring of Machine Tools (Journal Article, Vol 4, No 1, March 1989)
Techniques suitable for various aspects of machine tool condition monitoring are discussed. More...
01/03/1989
Vibration-based Predictive Maintenance Systems for Rotating Machinery (Journal Article, Vol 4, No 1, March 1989)
Introducing a vibration based predictive maintenance system for monitoring the condition of rotating machinery gives both production and maintenance personnel lead time to avoid unscheduled plant outage. More...
01/03/1989
Costing Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 4, No 1, March 1989)
The maintenance manager should be seen as being the asset manager, who can make major contribution to the achievement of company profit if he has access to relevant, appropriately structured, job-costing information. More...
01/03/1989
Condition Monitoring in the FMMS Environment (Journal Article, Vol 4, No 1, March 1989)
A number of existing milling and routing machines have been converted into a Flexible Milling Manufacturing facility aimed at unmanned, round-the-clock, operation of maximum reliability and availability. This full case study focuses on the design of an effective maintenance regime, based around anticipated failure modes and using a mix of preventive and condition-based maintenance. More...
01/12/1988
Effective Maintenance Management: Hallmarks for Success (Journal Article, Vol 3, No 4, December 1988)
Maintenance should be considered as a value added contribution to corporate profit, not as an operating overhead. The paper reviews the various ways in which this contribution may be achieved and the broad areas - organisation character, physical asset suitability and operation, maintenance strategy - in which improvement plans need to be developed. More...
01/12/1988
The Design, Development and Installation of Paperless Planned Maintenance System - A Case Study (Journal Article, Vol 3, No 4, December 1988)
A case study of the introduction of a computerised planned maintenance system is presented. More...
01/12/1988
The Corrosion, Protection & Maintenance of Structural Steelwork (Journal Article, Vol 3, No 4, December 1988)
The corrosion of steel structures is influenced by their environment (where time of wetness and level of atmospheric pollution are the critical factors), their design, their protective systems and their maintenance. A survey of this problem is followed by an outline of the effective approaches to maintaining such structures in different situations. More...
01/09/1988
Vibration Monitoring of Bore Centreless Grinding Machines (Journal Article, Vol 3, No 3, September 1988)
Monitoring vibration can help to diagnose faults which affect the work quality of bore centreless grinding machines. More...
01/09/1988
Condition-based maintenance - The way ahead (Journal Article, Vol 3, No 3, September 1988)
The widespread adoption of maintenance based on condition has been held back by administrative and technical problems associated with the Condition Monitoring. More...
01/09/1988
Multi-skilling - Optimising skills in the work place (Journal Article, Vol 3, No 3, September 1988)
The two terms 'multiskilling' and 'flexible working' have become fashionable management jargon in recent years, but in many people's heads they are synonymous with cost reduction and potential conflict. More...
01/09/1988
Maintenance Systems Auditing - An aid to effective maintenance management (Journal Article, Vol 3, No 3, September 1988)
A procedure is outlined for auditing the management systems of an industrial maintenance department. Models are shown which can be used to analyse and map the key elements of such a department. More...
01/09/1988
Building management - Computers, a help or a hindrance? (Journal Article, Vol 3, No 3, September 1988)
This paper briefly explores the uses of computers in building management/maintenance, the historical developments, and the dilemmas facing 'facilities managers' and their advisors. More...
01/06/1988
Managing Successful Change (Journal Article, Vol 3, No 2, June 1988)
The pace of technological change is accelerating and manpower management plays a key role in coping with this. More...
01/03/1988
Coping with Technological Change? (Journal Article, Vol 3, No 2, June 1988)
This paper reviews how engineering companies are meeting the changing skill requirements of maintenance staff caused by technological change. More...
01/03/1988
Computerised Maintenance Applied to the Power and Building Engineering Services Plant at BT (Journal Article, Vol 3, No 1, March 1988)
This paper discusses the introduction of a computer-based maintenance package and its use in the maintenance management of power and building engineering services plant in British Telecom. More...
01/03/1988
Engineering Cost Optimisation Justifying Engineering Expenditure in the Anbsence of Good Data (Journal Article, Vol 3, No 1, March 1988)
The identification of maintenance policies (e.g. selecting periodicities for cleaning, repair or replacement) which are likely to minimise overall costs need not always wait upon the collection and analysis of plant performance history. More...
01/03/1988
The Approaching Crisis (Journal Article, Vol 3, No 2, June 1988)
In those industries falling within the scope of the EITB both the total numbers employed, and the proportion of craft employment, have fallen steadily. Factors influencing the wide divergence between companies, in the proportion of the workforce engaged in maintenance, are identified. More...
01/03/1988
Multi-skilling - It's Development and Impact on Industry (Journal Article, Vol 3, No 2, June 1988)
A trade union view is presented. It is explained why the introduction of microprocessor technology is forcing the drive towards multi-skilling, especially in maintenance. More...
01/03/1988
Asset Care - Maintenance Plus Corporate Responsibility (Journal Article, Vol 3, No 1, March 1988)
In an earlier paper ('Maintenance, June 1987) on the role of CAMM systems the author touched upon the current and potential role of maintenance management in the corporate structure, and the effect of computer technology on this role. This topic is now developed further, emphasis being placed on the impact on this role of the access to information provided by new computer hardware and software tools. More...
01/03/1988
Engineering Maintenance Organisation Performance - an Assessment (Journal Article, Vol 3, No 2, June 1988)
This paper reviews quantative evidence, drawn from the first six years of a ten-year programme of research into the costs and benefits of changes in the organisation and job content of engineering maintenance. More...
01/03/1988
Introducing Database Management Systems into Logistics Support (Journal Article, Vol 3, No 1, March 1988)
Despite the increasing use of computers since the 1950's, costs and complexities of hardware and software have tended to limit their utilisation. Improvements in the last decade have transformed the situation for logistics support. More...
01/12/1987
Energy and Maintenance Management in a Manufacturing Industry (Journal Article, Vol 2, No 4, December 1987)
A case study is presented of the installation of a computerised energy management system for a large works manufacturing electrical power generation plant. More...
01/12/1987
Energy and Maintenance Management in the Process Industries - Controlling and Improving Energy Usage (Journal Article, Vol 2, No 4, December 1987)
Via plant modification and process change, informed by and accompanying and comprehensive energy, audit, a mineral extractive industry has achieved not only considerable savings in energy usage but also maintenance benefits (eg in reduced plant cool-down times). More...
01/12/1987
Practical Lessons in Use of Energy Management Systems for Improving Overall Management of Bldg Srvcs (Journal Article, Vol 2, No 4, December 1987)
The principal areas of building services cost reduction available with advanced control systems are reviewed and also the UK experience with such systems. More...
01/12/1987
Practical Aspects of Integrated Energy and Maintenance Management Systems - Refrigeration Systems (Journal Article, Vol 2, No 4, December 1987)
Two cases studies involving refrigeration plant illustrate that it is only thought the understanding of the basic technical principles underlying the design of plant, combined with careful measurement of appropriate parameters of performance, that the most effective maintenance policies and procedures can be identified More...
01/09/1987
Data as an asset (Journal Article, Vol 2, No 3, September 1987)
It is explained that data should be viewed as an asset that has most, if not all, of the attributes we assign to physical assets such as items of plant, and that older paperwork systems for handling maintenance data 'imprisoned' this asset ie rendered it difficult to access for plant - wide managerial analysis. More...
01/09/1987
Unifying the application of expert systems and conventional software in maintenance manaement (Journal Article, Vol 2, No 3, September 1987)
This paper summarises some personal impressions of applying Expert Systems techniques in aircraft maintenance engineering in the Royal Air Force. More...
01/09/1987
Expert Systems for Building Services (Journal Article, Vol 2, No 3, September 1987)
Expert Systems are briefly explained and the background to their development outlined. More...
01/09/1987
Expert Monitoring Systems in Nuclear Power Stations (Journal Article, Vol 2, No 3, September 1987)
This paper discusses the application of simple expert system techniques to monitoring and fault diagnosis on the Active Maintenance Facility (AMF) of Hunterston B Nuclear Power Station. More...
01/09/1987
Case Study: Maintenance Expert Systems for a Casing Complex (Journal Article, Vol 2, No 3, September 1987)
Expert Systems are briefly explained and the background to their development outlined. More...
01/06/1987
The Changing Role of Computer Based Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 2, No 2, June 1987)
The background to the formation of the CAMM users group is described and the group's initial objectives and findings reviewed. The author identifies the outstanding problem in this area as being that of accommodating the very divergent needs (as regards function, software and hardware) of the potential users of computer systems. More...
01/06/1987
Expert Systems for Maintenance Engineering (Journal Article, Vol 2, No 3, September 1987)
Expert Systems (ES) are a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) technique which promises enormous advantages to manufacturing industry. Many people interested in ES now have the same goal. How can expert systems be applied to 'real life' problems? More...
01/06/1987
Maintenance in Today's Car Body Manufacturing (Journal Article, Vol 2, No 2, June 1987)
This paper gives a brief insight into what maintenance was like prior to the introduction of new technology, what was felt necessary to maintain the new facilities and equipment and what changes were required to improve maintenance in the light of three years experience of Sierra production More...
01/06/1987
Factory Engineering Purchasing Control with your own Micro for less than £3500 (Journal Article, Vol 2, No 2, June 1987)
A short case study is presented of the benefits that were achieved by replacing a manual purchase order control system by a simple micro- computer based operation. More...
01/06/1987
CAD/Database Developments in Inspection, Repair and Maintenance (IRM) (Journal Article, Vol 2, No 2, June 1987)
Some of the problems of transferring data from the design and engineering phases of offshore plant to its operating and maintenance phase are examined. More...
01/06/1987
The Implementation of, and Operational Experience with, a Large Maintenance Management System (Journal Article, Vol 2, No 2, June 1987)
A commercially - supplied computer system in support of maintenance management has been successfully implemented in seven Shell Operating Companies. It is an option for several others. More...
01/06/1987
PMS 857 - A Computer Application for the Management of Maintenance in Generating Stations (Journal Article, Vol 2, No 2, June 1987)
The Electricity Supply Board, Ireland, is at present commissioning a 900MW coal-fired station at Moneypoint on the Shannon estuary. The ESB has developed its own computerised Maintenance management system, PMS 857, to assist in optimising the safety, reliability and efficiency of the new station. More...
01/03/1987
Building and Estates Maintenance Objectives (Journal Article, Vol 2, No 1, March 1987)
The reasoning leading to the decision to reorganise the maintenance function for the very large building stock owned by Surrey County Council is explained. More...
01/03/1987
Project Management of Repair and Refurbishment Work (Journal Article, Vol 2, No 1, March 1987)
This paper discusses the additional skills and facilities required for a modern project management approach to repair and refurbishment work. The practical advantages of such an approach are also reviewed. More...
01/03/1987
Tendering for Maintenance - the Consultant's Role (Journal Article, Vol 2, No 1, March 1987)
The role of the consulting engineer in providing information and advice on the operation and maintenance of buildings is highlighted More...
01/03/1987
Building Component Durability and Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 2, No 1, March 1987)
The information needed for meaningful prediction of the durability of building materials and components is outlined and the difficulties of achieving such a prediction explained. More...
01/03/1987
Renewal of a Heating System at British Aerospace Bristol (Journal Article, Vol 2, No 1, March 1987)
The renewal of the heating system for an aircraft assembly shop of very large volume is described. More...
01/03/1987
New materials and new technologies - their effect on building design and maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 2, No 1, March 1987)
Attention is drawn to the lack, in the UK, of a systematically collected and carefully appraised database on the long-term behaviour of new materials and building techniques More...
01/12/1986
Acoustic Emission as A Simple Sensor (Journal Article, Vol 1, No 4, December 1986)
Acoustic Emission (AE) the generation of transient stress waves by material in distress, is explained and the technology of its monitoring (in order to provide the basis of a simple sensor with diverse applications) is proposed and discussed in considerable practical detail. More...
01/12/1986
Advanced Maintenance on Ships (Journal Article, Vol 1, No 4, December 1986)
This paper describes the development of a maintenance and management system using condition and performance monitoring as the main influence in determining when maintenance should be done. A summary of fifteen years operating experience of this system is given. More...
01/12/1986
Condition Monitoring Methods and Economics (Journal Article, Vol 1, No 4, December 1986)
The economics of the decision as to whether or not to introduce condition monitoring are reviewed and a strategy is outlined for selecting the equipment which is to be monitored and the techniques which will be the most appropriate. More...
01/12/1986
Optimising Operating Conditions of Rolling Element Bearings using SPM (Journal Article, Vol 1, No 4, December 1986)
This paper describes how the use of the SPM method can be taken one step further than merely the avoidance of unexpected failure or premature replacement. More...
01/12/1986
On-Condition Information Management System (Journal Article, Vol 1, No 4, December 1986)
The last twenty years have seen an explosion in machinery monitory techniques. New sensors and new data logging and analysis systems mean that almost any physical attribute of a machine can be instrumented and monitored. More...
01/12/1986
How to use Maintenance Information to Cut Costs (Journal Article, Vol 1, No 4, December 1986)
Collecting information on maintenance does not in itself improve performance or reduce downtime. This paper explains how to choose the appropriate information and to use it to identify problems and initiate improvement More...
01/09/1986
Comparing Management Performance (Journal Article, Vol 1, No 3, September 1986)
'Management Ratios’ are defined and their use as a measure of business success, and as indices for management control, explained. More...
01/09/1986
What Should Maintenance Cost (Journal Article, Vol 1, No 3, September 1986)
Maintenance problems are reviewed and principles established for deriving a practical strategy for bringing maintenance costs (direct and in-direct) under control. A successful implementation of strategy is described. More...
01/09/1986
Using Indices to Monitor Maintenance Performance (Journal Article, Vol 1, No 3, September 1986)
The 'state of the art' of Performance Indicators is reviewed, and their application in both profit-making and non-profit making organisations discussed. Their use in maintenance management is described by a full practical example. More...
01/09/1986
Controlling Maintenance Costs (Journal Article, Vol 1, No 3, September 1986)
The objectives, principles and problems of maintenance budgeting are reviewed. More...
01/09/1986
Establishing a Maintenance Plan, Organisation Schedule and Control System (Journal Article, Vol 1, No 3, September 1986)
A case study is presented of the introduction of a rationalised system of maintenance management for a clay mining company operating at a number of geographically distributed sites. More...
01/06/1986
A Developing System for Maintenance Management (Journal Article, Vol 1, No 2, June 1986)
The development, introduction, utilisation and benefits of a mini-computer based maintenance management system, at a large paper mill in the North of England, are described. More...
01/06/1986
Expert Systems in Plant Engineering (Journal Article, Vol 1, No 2, June 1986)
The next decade is likely to see significant changes in the methods of use of computers in all field of industry. Some of the new techniques will involve artificial intelligence and one such form is currently described under the heading of ’Expert computing systems’ and describes how they can benefit fault-finding in complex plant engineering situations. More...
01/06/1986
On-Line Maintenance Management Maintenance Planning and Scheduling with a Relational Database (Journal Article, Vol 1, No 2, June 1986)
A case study of the computerisation of the planning and control of offshore plant shutdowns shows the considerable benefits derived from a very flexible methodology. More...
01/06/1986
Computer Aided Information Retrieval and Plant Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 1, No 2, June 1986)
A case-study illustrates how the diagnosis of, and prescription of correction action for, recurrent faults in a complex-engineering plant may be facilitated by the adoption of a CAR (Computer-Aide Retrieval from micro-film) system for storing and accessing failure information. More...
01/06/1986
The Application of Computer Systems in Manufacturing Maintenance and Process Information and Control (Journal Article, Vol 1, No 2, June 1986)
Specific computer systems applications, principally in the areas of plant-breakdown repairs and production-operation in manufacturing plants within the Mars Group, are described and points of interest highlighted. The benefits derived, and the problems of system development, are stressed More...
01/03/1986
Developments in Computer Applications for Maintenance Management (Journal Article Vol 1, No 1, March 1986)
The increasing importance of engineering maintenance and the resultant major requirements of the maintenance control function in general, and of computerised systems in particular, are highlighted. More...
01/03/1986
Computer Applications for Condition Based Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 1, No 1, March 1986)
For certain items of plant, condition based maintenance (CBM) is now widely accepted as a more appropriate strategy than fixed time maintenance. Computers are now involved in all aspects of CBM More...
01/03/1986
The Computer aided Maintenance Management (CAMM) Group (Journal Article, Vol 1, No 1, March 1986)
The CAMM Group, first formed in 1977, has regularly surveyed the needs of maintenance managers with regard to the computerisation of maintenance operations. More...
01/03/1986
Development and future of Computer-based Systems for Maintenance Control (Journal Article, Vol 1, No 1, March 1986)
Computers were introduced in the process industries only a couple of decades ago. More...
01/03/1986
Maintenance Management through Effective Information Systems (Journal Article, Vol 1, No 1, March 1986)
The practice of maintenance is evolving from black art to precise science. To achieve this latter status reliable, concise and easily accessible data is essential. More...
01/03/1986
Systems in Maintenance (Journal Article, Vol 1, No 1, March 1986)
Expert systems are defined and explained. More...