Sharing maintenance tips & tricks

Countless time-conserving, money-saving, aggravation-avoiding ideas for solving typical plant maintenance problems are used by Plant Engineering readers.

03/01/2000


Countless time-conserving, money-saving, aggravation-avoiding ideas for solving typical plant maintenance problems are used by Plant Engineering readers. Unfortunately, all too often the knowledge base of these inexpensive, easy-to-implement problem- solvers is not universal.

Sharing simple, shortcut maintenance methods or procedures with others in the profession is the basic intent of Plant Engineering magazine's annual "Tips & Tricks" article. Reader- submitted maintenance suggestions selected by our review committee will appear in the August issue. Those not picked for that article will be considered for use in our monthly "Simple Solutions" department.

In addition to submitting the maintenance ideas, we want our readers to pick the "best" tip of the year 2000 from among those published. A reader service number will be assigned to each entry so that you can vote for the five you think are the most appropriate or practical for solving your plant engineering maintenance problems.

The highest vote getter will reward the submitter with $1000. The two runners-up will each receive $250. All items published in "Tips & Tricks" or "Simple Solutions" will earn the submitter $35.

Entering the contest

Look around the plant, or call on past experiences. Do you see a short-cut method for handling a maintenance problem, or recall a technique that worked well in the past? The ideas do not have to be a big deal, or even original. What is common knowledge or routine in one plant, industry, or area might be "new" elsewhere.

If you come up with a good idea, send us a detailed explanation. State the problem that existed, and then present the solution provided by your tip. Drawings or color photographs visually depicting the ideas are extremely important to the impact and understanding of the idea. Also include a professional biography, company mail and/or e-mail address, and daytime phone number.

Send your submittals to Ron Holzhauer, Plant Engineering magazine, 2000 Clearwater Dr., Oak Brook, IL 60523. Ideas can be e-mailed to rholzhauer@cahners.com or faxed to 630-320-7145.

Entries must be received by April 17 for consideration.





No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
IIoT grows up; Six ways to lower IIoT costs; Six mobile safety strategies; 2017 Salary Survey
2016 Top Plant; 2016 Best Practices on manufacturing progress, efficiency, safety
2016 Product of the Year; Diagnose bearing failures; Asset performance management; Testing dust collector performance measures
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Big Data and bigger solutions; Tablet technologies; SCADA developments
SCADA at the junction, Managing risk through maintenance, Moving at the speed of data
What controller fits your application; Permanent magnet motors; Chemical manufacturer tames alarm management; Taking steps in a new direction
Tying a microgrid to the smart grid; Paralleling generator systems; Previewing NEC 2017 changes
Package boilers; Natural gas infrared heating; Thermal treasure; Standby generation; Natural gas supports green efforts

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
Motion control advances and solutions can help with machine control, automated control on assembly lines, integration of robotics and automation, and machine safety.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role of plant safety and offers advice on best practices.
This article collection contains several articles on preventing compressed air leaks and centrifugal air compressor basics and best practices for the "fifth utility" in manufacturing plants.
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
click me