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ON THE FLOOR

An outlet for the views of
today's maintenance
& reliability professionals

Continuing Storms
Ahead for Industry

Jane Alexander
Managing Editor

T

his month's MT Reader Panel question
was sparked by Bob Williamson's June
2017 "Uptime" column (p. 6). In it, he
recounted asking an audience of approximately 90 maintenance pros at an Oklahoma
Predictive Maintenance User's Group event to
list the top three maintenance challenges they
expected to see in the next three, to five, to 10
years. They came up with 117 challenges, which
Bob discussed in detail. We wondered if our
Panelists shared similar concerns. For purposes of
this unscientific survey, we asked them to discuss
a single "top" challenge-the most critical one in
their respective views.

Q 

From their perspectives as end users,
consultants, or suppliers, what was the
top maintenance challenge they would
expect to continue nagging sites or emerge
as another fact of life in industrial
operations in the near future (over the
next decade)?

The answers we received point to several
storms rolling across the industrial landscape.
Here, edited for brevity and clarity, are some of
our Panelists' thoughts.

Plant Engineer, Institutional
Facilities, Midwest. . .

More testing is now tied to computers and
maintenance departments use them to not only
operate equipment, but to track maintenance
and repairs. That means the average maintenance
employee will need classroom training and
hands-on experience in these technologies. On a
related note, years ago, new equipment came with
a user's manual of about 20 to 50 pages. These
manuals are now complete books, with as many as
500 pages (including 100 pages just on troubleshooting). Going forward, industrial maintenance
or operations personnel will probably require at
least a two-year associates degree. Those who used
to be able to learn on the job may be left behind.

CBM Specialist,
Power Generation, South. . .

The biggest challenge I see coming for maintenance and reliability across all industries is
impending inexperience within the craft. It
takes about three years for a reliability technician to become proficient in collecting good
data, downloading it, analyzing it, and making
good, solid recommendations. I don't see any

Several storms that
are currently roiling
industry are expected
to continue wreaking
havoc in the future.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maintenance Technology July 2017

Editorial
Uptime
On The Floor
Powering Auto Production
Following The North Star
Flying Inspections
Untangle Compressed Air Misconceptions
Change Your Lubrication Mindset
HMI-Design Essentials For Today's SCADA Systems
SAP: Tips and Tricks
Cybersecurity Best Practices
Bearing Storage
Interpreting IP Code
Noisy Pumps
Move From Time- to Condition-Based Lubrication
CMMS Energizes Maintenance Efforts
Products
Ad Index
Showcase
Final Thought
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 1
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Cover1
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Cover2
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 1
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 2
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 3
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Editorial
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 5
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Uptime
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 7
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - On The Floor
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 9
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Powering Auto Production
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 11
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 13
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 14
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Following The North Star
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 16
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 17
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Flying Inspections
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 19
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 20
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 21
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Untangle Compressed Air Misconceptions
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 23
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 24
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Change Your Lubrication Mindset
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 26
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - HMI-Design Essentials For Today's SCADA Systems
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 28
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 29
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - SAP: Tips and Tricks
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Cybersecurity Best Practices
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Bearing Storage
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Interpreting IP Code
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Noisy Pumps
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Move From Time- to Condition-Based Lubrication
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 37
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 38
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - CMMS Energizes Maintenance Efforts
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Products
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 43
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Ad Index
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Showcase
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Final Thought
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