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Category: Operations & Maintenance

Operations & Maintenance


Maintaining Modular Conveyor Systems in Flexible Manufacturing Systems

Maintenance Technology, Mar. 2015, by Paul Zielbauer.
http://www.maintenancetechnology.com/2015/03/maintaining-modular-conveyor-systems-in-flexible-manufacturing-operations/

"Pallet-based modular conveyors used in flexible manufacturing provide a wealth of benefits in just about any assembly operation. Suitable for applications ranging from small electronic parts assembly to large appliance manufacturing, automotive drivetrain and even medical-device assembly, these conveyors help improve production, achieve higher product quality and enhance manufacturing flexibility. Regularly scheduled maintenance and attention to detail are crucial for ensuring the longevity and efficiency of these systems."

Four Tips on LEED O+M Can Ease Way to Certification

Building Operating Management, Dec. 2014, by Pete Choquette.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/Four-Tips-on-LEED-OM-Can-Ease-Way-to-Certification--15523

"Certification under programs like the LEED Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M) rating system has become important as designers, owners and facility managers have begun focusing more closely on the energy and environmental impacts of their buildings. Four tips, including a look at the LEED O+M credits structure, can ease the way to LEED certification."

Question Everything When Replacing Commercial Boilers

Engineered Systems, Jan. 2015, by Ray Wohlfarth.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96929-question-everything-when-replacing-commercial-boilers

"Although the majority of the boilers have been installed properly, there have been many that were not. Those boilers that were not installed correctly would have been very costly to fix had we not seen the issues prior to installing the new ones. Any issues with the heating system become your issues once the new boiler is installed."

7 Fundamentals of Green O&M

Buildings, Oct. 2014, by Jennie Morton.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18020/title/7-fundamentals-of-green-o-m.aspx

"Opportunities to run your facility in an environmentally conscious manner abound. Everything from product procurement, cleaning, and waste management to water efficiency, landscaping, and daylighting can and should be driven by sustainability. But with tight budgets and competing interests, keeping green at the heart of your operations is challenging. And no matter how eco-friendly your building’s design is, there’s always room for continuous improvement on the O&M side. We’ve found seven key areas that should be part of any green operations plan."

Prepare Your Renewable Plant for Cold Weather Operations

Power Magazine, Oct. 2014, by Sonal Patel and Thomas W. Overton.
http://www.powermag.com/prepare-your-renewable-plant-for-cold-weather-operations/

"Although renewable generation is typically less affected by winter weather than gas- and coal-fired plants, it is far from weatherproof. Understanding the risks and preparing properly for them can avoid most problems."

Compressed Air Challenge: Maintaining Peak Compressed Air Efficiency

Maintenance Technology, Sept. 2014, by Ron Marshall.
http://www.maintenancetechnology.com/2014/09/compressed-air-challenge-maintaining-peak-compressed-air-efficiency/

"A well-maintained [compressed air] system will provide an uninterrupted supply of cool, clean and dry compressed air at a stable and appropriate pressure in the most efficient manner possible. Poorly maintained systems have frequent system shutdowns, heat or moisture problems, exhibit system pressures that fluctuate wildly at levels that are too high to produce efficiently, and typically waste air due to leakage.  ...here are several key maintenance-related points to consider for trouble-free compressed air system operation."

What Owners Need to Know About ... School Fall/Winter HVAC Maintenance

Heating/Piping/Air Conditioning, Sept. 2014, by James G. MacMillan. [Free registration required to view full-text.]
http://hpac.com/heating/what-owners-need-know-about-school-fallwinter-hvac-maintenance

"In this installment, we take a look at HVAC preventive maintenance performed by K-12 schools during fall and winter."


Dealing With Motor Failures: Common Causes and Solutions

Maintenance Technology, Aug. 2014, by Thomas H. Bishop.
http://www.maintenancetechnology.com/2014/08/dealing-motor-failures-common-causes-solutions/

"If you want to make a plant manager’s day, just say: “Production’s down because a motor failed.” Fortunately, such situations can usually be overcome with some relatively simple techniques and straightforward solutions to protect the bearings and stator windings. These two vulnerable components are root causes of the vast majority of motor failures."

4 Things to Consider Before Predictive Maintenance Programs

ThomasNet.com, July 30, 2014, by Paul Leavoy.
http://news.thomasnet.com/IMT/2014/07/30/4-things-to-consider-before-predictive-maintenance-programs/

"Industrial companies have realized that it pays to be sustainable, literally. It is not just a noble act; we want to do it because mitigating energy and water waste is mitigating costs and improving profit. Here, LNS Research describes how predictive maintenance equals to sustainable manufacturing."

10 Easy Maintenance Tips To Save Cooling-Tower Energy

Maintenance Technology, July 2014, by Baltimore Aircoil Co.
http://www.maintenancetechnology.com/2014/07/10-easy-maintenance-tips-save-cooling-tower-energy/

"Did you know that simple cooling-tower maintenance techniques could help your facility save up to 15% on its electricity costs? Routine preventive maintenance also can help conserve water and extend the operating life of your cooling equipment."
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