Reliability and Maintenance

What NOT to Do as a Maintenance Planner

by Torbjörn Idhammar Every organization needs to provide planners with a clear job description. That description may differ among companies due to the size of the organization. Some companies combine the roles of planner and supervisor. Others have dedicated planners for shutdowns/turnarounds. Many have staff members with the title of “planner” who do not do any actual planning. So, how ...

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When Operations Runs Maintenance

Are you thinking about reorganizing by having maintenance report to operations? My advice to you is: “Bad idea.” Consider, instead, keeping your central maintenance organization and putting some of the hourly workers in specific work areas.

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Do You Need to Improve Your Mill’s Preventive Maintenance/Essential Care and Condition Monitoring Process?

PM/ECCM programs are poor and mill leaders are not fixing them, according to Tor Idhammar, of IDCON, Inc. Mills have often inherited a poor PM/ECCM program due to past cost reductions or just complacency, but even if the current mill staff didn’t create the situation, the situation still needs to be fixed. Idhammar explains how to identify whether your mill needs to improve its PM/ECCM and, if it does, where to begin that process.

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Simplifying Moisture Measurement

JOHN BOGART When manufacturing pulp, paper, and corrugated materials, measuring and controlling moisture content can impact product quality, production throughput, and processing efficiency. It can also affect the purchase price of wood chips, pulp, and converted paper products, not to mention shipping costs. Until recently, conducting frequent moisture content tests throughout the process or in the field has been difficult. ...

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Improving Reliability of Circuit Breakers by Predictive Maintenance

Circuit breakers are an integral part of the electrical systems and their application differs with respect to the scenario. They are also used for planned electrical isolation of a system or equipment. By definition, “circuit breakers are protective construction electrical products that operate automatically”. Certain fault conditions can actuate a circuit breaker resulting in a discontinuation of power supply to ...

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