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Maintenance tech tip
TOP TEN TIPS FOR MAINTENANCE ENGINEERS AND MANAGERS TO IMPLEMENT.

1) Remember - safety and the environment first, quality second, production third.

2) Insure operators and maintainers have all the information they need to care for equipment 'as if it was their own'.

3) Insure that the people using and working on equipment know how the equipment works by adequate training.

4) Teach operators and maintainers the chemistry of the process so they will ‘have a trained eye’.

5) Develop a way to insure and encourage operators and maintainers teach each other what they know.

6) Develop a way to insure and encourage operators and maintainers teach engineers and managers new details they learn about the equipment and process.

7) Provide specifications and accurate information so equipment can be rebuilt back to design quality.

8) Insure that people develop and follow plans that work and deliver the right results.

9) Provide the best tools and training available to do the job correctly while keeping current with the progress of their technologies.

10) Stay alert and keep your mind on the job - eat healthy and get plenty of rest for the next day.

Regards,

Mike S

 

Reader Feedback
Subject: kind words

Down here in the Bayou Country your news letter is about as good as Hot Apple Pie and a cup of coffee. Sure do enjoy the news letter and have used some of the articles from before to pass out to the
maintenance mechanics. Very good reviews and hope to do this more. I do thank you for including us on your mail list. Keep up the hard work and am looking forward to seeing results from the application from our folks.

Thanks again,
Jim Gray


Subject:  Configuring PCMCIA cards for Allen Bradley software.

What's up? Could you email me the procedures for configuring the pmck card slot so AI software will recognize it? We have the same problem here at (compressors oem name with held from public view). We're getting an error "pmck card in use or wrong slot". Thanks.

Zeke

Don F. :

Although we still have the old AI - ICOM ™ configuration software as a free download on our main company website, I strongly urge you to upgrade your Allen Bradley software to RsLogix ™. With the old (DOS) configuration you try slot 1 if that does not work, you try slot 2.

With RsLogix ™ you select communications-configure drivers in RsLinx ™ for the driver you installed and insure the following ...

  1. Try only one driver installed (and insure it is running without errors)
  2. Device type, PCMK
  3. Network, DH485 (DH+ for PLC5s)
  4. Station number is default of zero. (try another number in case of conflict, 12, 16, etc.)
  5. PC Card Socket will detect automatically. but try the other slot if all else fails.
  6. Speed, 19.2k, but can try 9600

With AI - ICOM ™ most common problems was lap top bios/hardware memory conflicts then what slot was selected. With RsLogix ™ most common problem is driver configuration (station, comm speed.)

Also note PCMK cards can run very hot. Limit exposures of your lap top to temperatures over 100 deg. We have found the PCMK card to have a short life expectancy with our service technicians out on the road all year.

Featured Articles :

Lean maintenance using six sigma DMAIC - by Howard C. Cooper

Writing the Perfect PM - by Ralph Hackle

Technical Writing and Writing for Business - by Tash Hughes


World Industry News:

March 22, 2004

Business Industrial Network has teamed up with Industrial Training Inc. to bring you the most value added PLC training seminar offer. 

Troubleshooting PLC 5® and SLC 500® with Allen-Bradley RSLogix®

I (Don) will be conducting this seminar in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. So if you where too late for January's, please sign up now for March while seats are still available. I look forward to meeting you all. :>)


ARCwire for the Week Ending February 06,2004, reaching over 60,000 professionals worldwide.


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Vol-8, Six Sigma
Vol-7, Safety and Reliability
Vol-6 Reliability
Vol-5 Criticality
Vol-4, Human Resources
Vol-3, PLC Programs
Vol-2, managing people
Vol- 1, maintenance advice

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February 2004:

Welcome: BACK to current newsletter

Please select "subscribe to newsletter" on our contact form.

RE: Six Sigma and more

This month we have added many new resources for you to profit from. As you share this information with your associates, be sure and let them know www.feedforward.com.au was the first to release it!

Welcome to February's issue of our Feed Forward Newsletter! My name is Don Fitchett, the author of "The Maintenance War Newsletter". This first area of the newsletter is for introductions and commentary. We have added so much to the website, it all can not be covered in the newsletter. So please browse around and find your gold nugget. 

If a friend has given you this copy of the newsletter, you can find an online version on our website www.feedforward.com.au Every month we add new book titles for you to download, free articles and other resources.

For those of you waiting for Mike Sondalini's Second Edition to 'Belt Bucket Elevator Design, Use and Care' It is now available by clicking here... 'Belt Bucket Elevator Design - SECOND EDITION'. 

This second edition of the very popular and rare title 'Belt and Bucket Elevator Design' consists of even more details to use in the industrial design engineering, fabrication and care of belt and bucket elevators.

Critical information and engineering decision detail has been added on bearing selection, shaft seal, belt tension, dust extraction, hazardous applications, drive selection and more on proper use and care for operators and maintainers.


We have had record CD sales last month for which our affiliates deserve much of the credit. Our affiliate, Reliability Center, Inc, was the largest contributor to last month's success by telling their newsletter readers about our CDs. We want to give them a special thanks and ask you to review their website and newsletter.

In line with our mission statement to always give the customer more than they expect, we have worked extra hard to bring you the resources and discounts mentioned below.

Also this month we are running a sale on  The CMMS Insider's Guide ebook, Process Hazards Analysis and Process Safety Audit Protocols ebook

 We have added many new downloads in our download area. Of special interest might be the links to DOE training manuals. All at no cost to you.

Hope you find something of value.


Management Help:

Lean Maintenance™

You can not have truly lean manufacturing without also having Lean Maintenance™. When learning and implementing Lean Maintenance™, my advice is to get some good advice. 

I cannot think of anyone better than Howard Cooper to recommend to you in this pursuit. Who better than someone who has stuck to one concept and just kept making it better and better, for 25 years? Howard is so dedicated he even trade marked the term Lean Maintenance™ :>)

But seriously, in working with Howard, I have seen a lot of areas emphasized which I have also identified as major causes for implementation failure. The first two that come to mind is the realization of true downtime cost and preparation for skilled trade knowledge lost by employee retirement and turn over rates.

Howard Cooper has provided us with a great article to share this knowledge with you, Lean maintenance using six sigma DMAIC


Human Resource:

Technical Writing AND Writing for Business

 Owner and writer of Word Constructions Tash Hughes, donated an article about business writing. I recommend you print and post this article in your office as a guide line for your business.

Technical Writing and Writing for Business

In reviewing this article, I wanted to add my advice from a marketing point of view. Today is the day of the internet and in your writings you should take this into account . The rule of thumb should be any document you are writing that may help sales, should be written first as internet friendly copy.

By 'internet friendly', I am referring to 'easy to be found on the internet by potential customers'. What made me think of this was Tash's statement in the article "Your choice of language is also important." With the internet, that advice is even more important.

In traditional sales copy and news releases it was  a great move to use eye popping, heart stopping and catchy phrase for your title. In today's world, the title of your document is the most important aspect if your article is ever to be found by potential customers on the internet.

You may use "the latest slang and street language" or power words in a title like "Lean Maintenance", "Crisis!", or "machine life cycle" ... but if few to none ever search the internet using those phrases, your article will not be found. You need to do a little research to find out how your potential customers will search for your product on the internet.

Then when you discover the most common search terms are phrases like "lean manufacturing" and "reliability engineering", for example, you use these phrases in your title and your text. Then you can convert the internet copy to brochures, a book or other media content.

So the lesson here: pay attention to the words you use from a marketing point of view too.


The World Wide Web:

The Alexa.com web ranking system:

www.Alexa.com is one of my favorite search engine and directory because before you ever go to the website found in your search results, you can evaluate the website with a mass amount of information about each website.

You can see how they rank out of all websites on the internet, how their traffic to the website is, links to them, contact info and much more. Try one category and see who's who. :>)

Subjects > Business > Industrial Goods and Services > Engineering > Industrial


A Good Laugh!

Two individuals received prizes for answering last month's quiz below. The first answer won because it was so close and first. The second winner was the one who answered the question correctly (Rob's #2 answer), word for word! Congratulations ! 

You are placed in a room (a cube with 6 sides), made of steel. There are no doors or windows, all that is in the room with you is a mirror and a table. How do you get out?

Daniel writes:

Firstly, good job with the newsletter. It's the most worthwhile item to reach my inbox each month.

Secondly...

There are two ways of obtaining a saw in this situation. You could bang your head on the steel walls until you got a sore, but this is painful, and not spelled correctly. However, if one looked around and saw the table until it fell in two, one would have two halves. Then, if one looked in the mirror and saw the table in reverse, it would of course form a whole, which can be handy thing. If the hole was put against the wall it could be climbed through to glorious freedom.

Regards,

Daniel Prendergast.

________________________________

Rob writes:

1. Break off the leg of table, break the mirror in half. Two halves make a whole. Crawl out through the whole (hole).

2. Look in the mirror, when you look into the mirror, you see what you saw. Take the saw, cut the table in half. Again, two halves make a whole. Crawl out through the whole.

Rob Anderson


Best regards and thanks for being a subscriber to this newsletter,

Don Fitchett
Managing Editor
Feed Forward Publications
http://www.feedforward.com.au
Tel : (573) 547-5630

www.feedforward.com.au teaches your maintenance crew engineering and asset care knowledge so that they can solve more problems, become more knowledgeable, make better decisions and your plant runs more reliably!

Please select "subscribe to newsletter" on our contact form.

February 2004:

Welcome: BACK to current newsletter

Please select "subscribe to newsletter" on our contact form.

RE: Six Sigma and more

This month we have added many new resources for you to profit from. As you share this information with your associates, be sure and let them know www.feedforward.com.au was the first to release it!

Welcome to February's issue of our Feed Forward Newsletter! My name is Don Fitchett, the author of "The Maintenance War Newsletter". This first area of the newsletter is for introductions and commentary. We have added so much to the website, it all can not be covered in the newsletter. So please browse around and find your gold nugget. 

If a friend has given you this copy of the newsletter, you can find an online version on our website www.feedforward.com.au Every month we add new book titles for you to download, free articles and other resources.

For those of you waiting for Mike Sondalini's Second Edition to 'Belt Bucket Elevator Design, Use and Care' It is now available by clicking here... 'Belt Bucket Elevator Design - SECOND EDITION'. 

This second edition of the very popular and rare title 'Belt and Bucket Elevator Design' consists of even more details to use in the industrial design engineering, fabrication and care of belt and bucket elevators.

Critical information and engineering decision detail has been added on bearing selection, shaft seal, belt tension, dust extraction, hazardous applications, drive selection and more on proper use and care for operators and maintainers.


We have had record CD sales last month for which our affiliates deserve much of the credit. Our affiliate, Reliability Center, Inc, was the largest contributor to last month's success by telling their newsletter readers about our CDs. We want to give them a special thanks and ask you to review their website and newsletter.

In line with our mission statement to always give the customer more than they expect, we have worked extra hard to bring you the resources and discounts mentioned below.

Also this month we are running a sale on  The CMMS Insider's Guide ebook, Process Hazards Analysis and Process Safety Audit Protocols ebook

 We have added many new downloads in our download area. Of special interest might be the links to DOE training manuals. All at no cost to you.

Hope you find something of value.


Management Help:

Lean Maintenance™

You can not have truly lean manufacturing without also having Lean Maintenance™. When learning and implementing Lean Maintenance™, my advice is to get some good advice. 

I cannot think of anyone better than Howard Cooper to recommend to you in this pursuit. Who better than someone who has stuck to one concept and just kept making it better and better, for 25 years? Howard is so dedicated he even trade marked the term Lean Maintenance™ :>)

But seriously, in working with Howard, I have seen a lot of areas emphasized which I have also identified as major causes for implementation failure. The first two that come to mind is the realization of true downtime cost and preparation for skilled trade knowledge lost by employee retirement and turn over rates.

Howard Cooper has provided us with a great article to share this knowledge with you, Lean maintenance using six sigma DMAIC


Human Resource:

Technical Writing AND Writing for Business

 Owner and writer of Word Constructions Tash Hughes, donated an article about business writing. I recommend you print and post this article in your office as a guide line for your business.

Technical Writing and Writing for Business

In reviewing this article, I wanted to add my advice from a marketing point of view. Today is the day of the internet and in your writings you should take this into account . The rule of thumb should be any document you are writing that may help sales, should be written first as internet friendly copy.

By 'internet friendly', I am referring to 'easy to be found on the internet by potential customers'. What made me think of this was Tash's statement in the article "Your choice of language is also important." With the internet, that advice is even more important.

In traditional sales copy and news releases it was  a great move to use eye popping, heart stopping and catchy phrase for your title. In today's world, the title of your document is the most important aspect if your article is ever to be found by potential customers on the internet.

You may use "the latest slang and street language" or power words in a title like "Lean Maintenance", "Crisis!", or "machine life cycle" ... but if few to none ever search the internet using those phrases, your article will not be found. You need to do a little research to find out how your potential customers will search for your product on the internet.

Then when you discover the most common search terms are phrases like "lean manufacturing" and "reliability engineering", for example, you use these phrases in your title and your text. Then you can convert the internet copy to brochures, a book or other media content.

So the lesson here: pay attention to the words you use from a marketing point of view too.


The World Wide Web:

The Alexa.com web ranking system:

www.Alexa.com is one of my favorite search engine and directory because before you ever go to the website found in your search results, you can evaluate the website with a mass amount of information about each website.

You can see how they rank out of all websites on the internet, how their traffic to the website is, links to them, contact info and much more. Try one category and see who's who. :>)

Subjects > Business > Industrial Goods and Services > Engineering > Industrial


A Good Laugh!

Two individuals received prizes for answering last month's quiz below. The first answer won because it was so close and first. The second winner was the one who answered the question correctly (Rob's #2 answer), word for word! Congratulations ! 

You are placed in a room (a cube with 6 sides), made of steel. There are no doors or windows, all that is in the room with you is a mirror and a table. How do you get out?

Daniel writes:

Firstly, good job with the newsletter. It's the most worthwhile item to reach my inbox each month.

Secondly...

There are two ways of obtaining a saw in this situation. You could bang your head on the steel walls until you got a sore, but this is painful, and not spelled correctly. However, if one looked around and saw the table until it fell in two, one would have two halves. Then, if one looked in the mirror and saw the table in reverse, it would of course form a whole, which can be handy thing. If the hole was put against the wall it could be climbed through to glorious freedom.

Regards,

Daniel Prendergast.

________________________________

Rob writes:

1. Break off the leg of table, break the mirror in half. Two halves make a whole. Crawl out through the whole (hole).

2. Look in the mirror, when you look into the mirror, you see what you saw. Take the saw, cut the table in half. Again, two halves make a whole. Crawl out through the whole.

Rob Anderson


Best regards and thanks for being a subscriber to this newsletter,

Don Fitchett
Managing Editor
Feed Forward Publications
http://www.feedforward.com.au
Tel : (573) 547-5630

www.feedforward.com.au teaches your maintenance crew engineering and asset care knowledge so that they can solve more problems, become more knowledgeable, make better decisions and your plant runs more reliably!

Please select "subscribe to newsletter" on our contact form.

Maintenance tech tip
TOP TEN TIPS FOR MAINTENANCE ENGINEERS AND MANAGERS TO IMPLEMENT.

1) Remember - safety and the environment first, quality second, production third.

2) Insure operators and maintainers have all the information they need to care for equipment 'as if it was their own'.

3) Insure that the people using and working on equipment know how the equipment works by adequate training.

4) Teach operators and maintainers the chemistry of the process so they will ‘have a trained eye’.

5) Develop a way to insure and encourage operators and maintainers teach each other what they know.

6) Develop a way to insure and encourage operators and maintainers teach engineers and managers new details they learn about the equipment and process.

7) Provide specifications and accurate information so equipment can be rebuilt back to design quality.

8) Insure that people develop and follow plans that work and deliver the right results.

9) Provide the best tools and training available to do the job correctly while keeping current with the progress of their technologies.

10) Stay alert and keep your mind on the job - eat healthy and get plenty of rest for the next day.

Regards,

Mike S

 

Reader Feedback
Subject: kind words

Down here in the Bayou Country your news letter is about as good as Hot Apple Pie and a cup of coffee. Sure do enjoy the news letter and have used some of the articles from before to pass out to the
maintenance mechanics. Very good reviews and hope to do this more. I do thank you for including us on your mail list. Keep up the hard work and am looking forward to seeing results from the application from our folks.

Thanks again,
Jim Gray


Subject:  Configuring PCMCIA cards for Allen Bradley software.

What's up? Could you email me the procedures for configuring the pmck card slot so AI software will recognize it? We have the same problem here at (compressors oem name with held from public view). We're getting an error "pmck card in use or wrong slot". Thanks.

Zeke

Don F. :

Although we still have the old AI - ICOM ™ configuration software as a free download on our main company website, I strongly urge you to upgrade your Allen Bradley software to RsLogix ™. With the old (DOS) configuration you try slot 1 if that does not work, you try slot 2.

With RsLogix ™ you select communications-configure drivers in RsLinx ™ for the driver you installed and insure the following ...

  1. Try only one driver installed (and insure it is running without errors)
  2. Device type, PCMK
  3. Network, DH485 (DH+ for PLC5s)
  4. Station number is default of zero. (try another number in case of conflict, 12, 16, etc.)
  5. PC Card Socket will detect automatically. but try the other slot if all else fails.
  6. Speed, 19.2k, but can try 9600

With AI - ICOM ™ most common problems was lap top bios/hardware memory conflicts then what slot was selected. With RsLogix ™ most common problem is driver configuration (station, comm speed.)

Also note PCMK cards can run very hot. Limit exposures of your lap top to temperatures over 100 deg. We have found the PCMK card to have a short life expectancy with our service technicians out on the road all year.

Featured Articles :

Lean maintenance using six sigma DMAIC - by Howard C. Cooper

Writing the Perfect PM - by Ralph Hackle

Technical Writing and Writing for Business - by Tash Hughes


World Industry News:

March 22, 2004

Business Industrial Network has teamed up with Industrial Training Inc. to bring you the most value added PLC training seminar offer. 

Troubleshooting PLC 5® and SLC 500® with Allen-Bradley RSLogix®

I (Don) will be conducting this seminar in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. So if you where too late for January's, please sign up now for March while seats are still available. I look forward to meeting you all. :>)


ARCwire for the Week Ending February 06,2004, reaching over 60,000 professionals worldwide.


Archives ...

Up
Vol-14, Lubrication Engineer
Vol 13 - Power Management
Vol-12, Change Management
Vol 10 -Electrical Troubleshooting
Vol-9, PLC Training
Vol-8, Six Sigma
Vol-7, Safety and Reliability
Vol-6 Reliability
Vol-5 Criticality
Vol-4, Human Resources
Vol-3, PLC Programs
Vol-2, managing people
Vol- 1, maintenance advice

Click Newsletter to return to current news letter.

 

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