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|September 18, 2012|
TVA notes progress in recovery programs for nuclear plants
The Tennessee Valley Authority noted progress in recovery programs for its nuclear plants, including the Browns Ferry facility in Alabama, which received a poor safety finding from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission last year. Preventive maintenance and more training are part of TVA's recovery program. "When you get to turning around a fleet, there's things you have to do, and it takes time to do them," said Preston Swafford, the utility's executive vice president and chief nuclear officer. The Huntsville Times (Ala.) (9/12)
USAF concerned Texas site lacks personnel to maintain Air Force One
As Boeing moves its military aircraft maintenance operations from Kansas to Texas, the Air Force has voiced concerns that the new site does not have enough employees qualified to maintain the two 747s used as Air Force One. Boeing said at the beginning of the year that "as many as 400 jobs could be added in San Antonio, some through transfers." But Air Force contracting officer Margaret Wright was unconvinced and wrote Boeing a letter in July asking it to submit "a detailed plan by mid-August on how it would retain and train personnel" for maintenance of the special jets. Bloomberg Businessweek (9/14)
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Military looks into CBM for equipment, weapons systems
Researchers from the Air Force, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Office of Naval Research are providing the Army Research Laboratory with data to investigate condition-based maintenance of equipment and weapons systems. CBM is a method of predicting maintenance needs in real time, as opposed to setting benchmarks for maintenance that may or may not be needed when those benchmarks come up. Through CBM, usage of equipment and weapons is tracked to help researchers determine when parts will need to be serviced or replaced. Defense News (9/5)
Predictive maintenance through vibration monitoring
Recent technology innovations combined with lower purchasing costs have allowed more manufacturers to replace manual processes with automation. To get the most operating life and machine uptime -- and prevent breakdowns -- many are turning to vibration monitoring, a process that uses vibration sensors called accelerometers to measure and analyze vibrations in rotating equipment. Manufacturing Digital (9/13)
5 factors you should consider in your asset management plan
Lost or misplaced assets are often the result of "error and miscalculation" in a company's asset records -- and they cost businesses an average of $437,000 annually, according to this piece. Well-planned asset management, on the other hand, can save a business of 500 employees up to $1 million annually. To craft an asset management solution that minimizes maintenance costs and saves your employees valuable time, there are five questions you need to ask yourself. Plant Engineering (9/17)
Picture a perfect day, and you might just have one
Visualization is the key to success, writes Jason Womack. Bosses should spend time imagining their "Ideal Day," in which every meeting goes smoothly and every deal goes according to plan, to help achieve their goals. "When you adopt this practice and begin to see portions of imagined Ideal Days come to pass, I assure you, the benefits become evident," Womack writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (9/13)
New! SMRP Job Board accepts credit card payments
SMRP has announced that its SMRP Job Board now accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card for Job Postings on the SMRP Job Board website. The SMRP Job Board, www.smrpjobboard.com is now utilizing Square Technology and can also receive these payments over the phone. Changes will be made to the SMRP Job Board website showing the new options for customers. Check it out now!
Hamilton Chapter general meeting and elections
Calling all Canadians! Join the Hamilton Chapter Oct. 3, 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Ivara Office for a full chapter meeting program. Two topics of interest will be presented at this General Meeting: Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) Electrical Safety Program and Implementing Uptime. You will not want to miss out on these presentations and the chance to be a part of the SMRP Hamilton Chapter! Need more information? Contact SMRP Hamilton Chair Liane Harris.
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