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The Elk River Chemical Spill: A Preventive Maintenance Cautionary Tale

Drinking Water Contaminated, a Company Bankrupted, a Federal Emergency Declared: All Because of One Leaky Tank Last January, when it was discovered that a single leaky tank had poured some 10,000 gallons of an industrial chemical into the Elk River … Continue reading

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How Industrial Refrigerators Illustrate the Case for Preventive Maintenance Software

For many companies in the food processing, food service, medical, and logistics industries, refrigerators are the most important type of asset that they must maintain. In addition to the typical disruptions associated with asset downtime, refrigerator problems can cause product … Continue reading

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Is Your Power ‘Leaking’? Fix It with Preventive Maintenance Software

Spotting leaks in most types of equipment is typically easy: fluid can be seen pooling on the ground or accumulating on other components. When it comes to power usage, however, many companies may not think in terms of the potential … Continue reading

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Preventing Machine Malfunction Injuries with Training and Maintenance

A basic Google search on injuries stemming from malfunctioning equipment will tell you almost everything you need to know about them without having to click a single link: most of the results are for law firms that specialize in  extracting … Continue reading

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2 Ways to Minimize IT Outage Costs with CMMS Software

Exponential growth in technology has made IT uptime mission critical for facilities managers, and not just those who work in traditionally data-intensive industries like finance, telecommunications, and e-commerce. A recent survey revealed that growth has been strongest in industries like … Continue reading

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The What, Why, and How of Barcoding

Barcodes have only been around since the 1960s, yet it would be hard to imagine a world without them. Over the past several decades, barcodes have become an everyday part of life. Everyone is familiar with the little black and … Continue reading

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Plant Engineering Publishes Machine Safety Article by ManagerPlus

Plant Engineering, a leading publication specializing in plant operations, maintenance, technology, and news, has posted a letter to the editor by ManagerPlus on the subject of machine guarding safety. The article begins: “At first glance, OSHA’s list of the Top … Continue reading

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Recycling ROI: What’s Good for the Environment is Good for Business

As the “green” movement has risen to prominence over the past decade, its mission of environmental consciousness-raising has helped to refine and expand recycling practices. Blue waste bins with the triangle arrow symbol, and the rules governing how trash must … Continue reading

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Companies Spend Billions on Safety But Many Accidents Remain Intractable: Here’s Why

Sales of safety equipment and supplies totaled $11 billion in 2012 in the U.S.—an amount greater than the GDP of Nicaragua. Personal protective equipment, or PPE, is a $33.3 billion industry globally. Suffice it to say, businesses around the world … Continue reading

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Prevent High Temperatures from Melting Productivity

Are your facilities’ HVAC systems functioning properly? If not, heat could be reducing productivity at a rate of 2% percent for every 1.8 degrees increase in temperature. At this pace, a difference of just 5 or 10 degrees could have … Continue reading

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