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M-News Edition 56
Edition 56, February 2006
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This edition of the newsletter is sponsored by Maintenance Experts
A belated Happy New Year to you all!
Four more high quality articles for you this time, plus we open our 2006 Annual Maintenance Salary Survey.
Alexander (Sandy) Dunn
Feature Article - The Age of the RCM Analyst
One response to the perceived resource heavy nature of implementing Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM) has been the increased use of sole analysts to conduct the analysis work. Sole analysts are generally people with a high level of technical expertise coupled with a high degree of knowledge regarding the RCM process and its application. This article, contributed by Daryl Mather of Strategic Advantages. argues that while the use of sole analysts in the RCM does allow for easier and more rapid implementation, it also has inherent problems.Of particular note is the lack of ability of one person to have all of the information that is required to perform analyses to an adequate level. However other issues involve the lack of auditing processes and abilities, the lack of knowledge transfer to the organization as a whole, and the vulnerability of the organiza-tion if this one person should decide to leave.
You can read this article by visiting http://www.plant-maintenance.com/articles/RCMAnalyst.pdf. You will require the free Adobe Acrobat reader to be able to view this file.
Feature Article - CMMS Software - Selecting the Right CMMS
With the explosion of the maintenance software industry in recent years, selecting your software has become a complex task. This article, from Erin Ouellette of COGZ Systems, LLC explains that some of the most important issues to consider when deciding which CMMS is right for you are cost, stability of the vendor, program features, fast implementation, support availability, and last but not least availability of a demonstration program.You can read the full article at http://www.plant-maintenance.com/articles/CMMS_selection.shtml.
Feature Article - Alarm Management Blunders – Avoiding 12 Costly Mistakes
Ineffective alarm systems pose a serious risk to safety, the environment, and plant profitability. Alarm systems are the primary tool for identifying abnormal situations and helping plant personnel take timely, appropriate action to move the process back to operational targets. As alarm management solutions become more common, our understanding of the factors that impede their success has grown. This article, contributed by Michael Marvan of Matrikon discusses these factors, and can be viewed at http://www.plant-maintenance.com/articles/AlarmManagement.pdf. You will require the free Adobe Acrobat reader to be able to view this file.
Feature Article - Suppose
Another thought-provoking article from Mark Goldstein. "The subject of this meeting is something that these people sarcastically refer to as Bean Counting. This isn't a nightclub act; we don't need these comedians in this room?" The treasurer agreed, and excused them from the meeting. Those dismissed from the meeting had made light of the solution to a problem, one both advanced and pervasive. They had made light of quite a bit of plant maintenance's serious business, in and out of GM. Now they were no longer part of the improvement process. They had been put out in the hall, where they belonged. Read more at http://www.plant-maintenance.com/articles/IDreamt.pdf. You will require the free Adobe Acrobat reader to be able to view this file.
This edition of the newsletter is supported by Assetivity
2006 Maintenance Salary Survey
Once again, we open our annual Maintenance Salary Survey. This aims to be the most comprehensive survey of Maintenance Salaries. All responses are completely confidential. You can submit your details, and view the results to date, at http://www.plant-maintenance.com/survey.shtml. Please pass this on to all your colleagues and friends who work in Maintenance. The more people that respond to the survey, the more meaningful the results will be. The survey will remain open until May 30, 2006, after which time, detailed analysis of the results will be presented in this newsletter.
Upcoming Maintenance Events
The Plant Maintenance Resource Center is pleased to be the media partner for the following Maintenance conferences in coming months:
If you plan on attending, let them know that you heard about the event from us! To view even more Maintenance Conferences and Training Events, browse our comprehensive listing here .
Here are the top ten most popular Maintenance-related books, according to our sales statistics through amazon.com:
Get more information on these and other books at http://www.plant-maintenance.com/maintenance_books.shtml.
On the Lighter Side - Engineering Humor
A tourist walked into a pet shop and was looking at the animals on display. While he was there, another customer walked in and said to the shopkeeper, "I'll have a CAD monkey please." The shopkeeper nodded, went over to a cage at the side of the shop and took out a monkey. He fit a collar and leash, handed it to the customer, saying, "That'll be $5000." The customer paid and walked out with his monkey.
Startled, the tourist went over to the shopkeeper and said, "That was a very expensive monkey. Most of them are only a few hundred pounds. Why did it cost so much?" The shopkeeper answered, "Ah, that monkey can draw on CAD very fast, clear layout, no mistakes, well worth the money."
The tourist looked at the monkey in another cage. "That one's even more expensive! $10,000! What does it do?" "Oh, that one's a Design monkey; it can design structures, lay out projects from scratch, mark-up drawings, write specifications, even do some calculations. All the difficult, really useful stuff," said the shopkeeper.
The tourist looked around for a little longer and saw a third monkey in a cage of its own. The price tag around its neck read $50,000. He gasped to the shopkeeper, "That one costs more than all the others put together! What on earth does it do?" The shopkeeper replied, "Well, I haven't actually seen it do anything yet, but it says it's a project manager.
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