September 2000

Maintenance and Reliability

The best machinery reliability tool you can buy

Don’t overlook your most important data source

Cummings, J., Consulting Engineer

Many operating companies are striving to reduce maintenance costs and, at the same time, increase machinery reliability. To accomplish such lofty goals, many plants have tried several different tools, including old methods such as vibration analysis, lube oil sampling, thermography and laser alignment, along with some new methods such as "total productive maintenance" (TPM) or "reliability centered maintenance" (RCM). Often, these new systems use computerized maintenance management systems. Some companies have been successful in applying this technology, but it is also safe to say that others have not been so lucky and have actuall

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