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Improving Equipment Effectiveness
TPM has devolved into not much more than operator care. However, itís not too late to learn from TPM. Given the shortages of skilled people, the demand for significantly improved equipment performance and reliability, and dependence on new technologies, true TPM will be the answer whether labeled TPM or not.

What Michael Phelps Can Teach Us About Training and Talent Management
Achieving your personal best is about aptitude, interest, willingness, and a passion to succeed under the guidance of dedicated coaches and mentors. How can we instill our youth with a vision to succeed and a passion for a career that aligns with our business goals?

When Maintenance Best Practices Aren't Enough
Cutting costs is not a goal. It is an action taken in the hopes of achieving a short-term business goal--quite often a short-lived goal. While the executives may be preparing for another round of cost-cutting, there may be an even more powerful alternative.

Don't Overlook Spare Parts Reliability
Paying attention to spare parts makes sound business sense. Proactive storeroom management practices coupled with supply chain management can eliminate most of the causes of spare parts failures.


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New Products for 2012

We are pleased to announce an expansion to our line of visual systems supplies that deliver results ... fast! These items will be added to our online order form in April 2012.


Torque Check (Item†062)

Nuts and bolts very rarely vibrate tight. They almost always vibrate loose Ö and that can cause serious damage. This unique product helps you spot nuts and bolts that may be vibrating loose. Torque Check is a highly visible, highly durable, generally reusable, visual system that snaps on the hex heads of threaded fasteners. Use inside or outside, in any weather conditions, on fixed or mobile equipment.

Save time and money and prevent failures and leaks the easy way with Torque Check. Just tighten and properly torque your threaded fasteners and snap a Torque Check on each bolt or nut. Align them pointing to each other or all pointing to the center and walk away. When making rounds, anyone (even visitors) can see if the fasteners have started vibrating loose without the use of a wrench. Couldnít be easier! Available in the 12 sizes.


Cooling Fan Indicators (Item 057)

Many equipment computers, PLCs and control cabinets rely on cooling fans to exhaust heat or circulate cooling air. Are the fans working? Are they moving air in the proper direction? Our Cooling Fan indicators provide an easy-to-see method to verify proper fan operation. These indicators feature a stainless steel wire for mounting and durable Mylar/polyester strands that indicate airflow. To mount, the wire can be slipped behind a fan mount screw or frame, attached to an alligator clip or epoxied to a magnet for ease of relocation. Bend the wire to position the indicator strands in the path of airflow. Airflow is then indicated by the fine strands. Sold individually.

Preventive Maintenance Labels (Item 058)

Leave a reminder after preventive maintenance (PM) was performed on your equipment and machinery: who did the PM, and when is the next PM due. You can write on these 1-1/2" x 2-1/4" polyester vinyl labels with a fine point marker or pen, peel off the backing and apply to the equipment. Lasts a year or more in most weather conditions. Comes in packs of 90 labels.

Limited time only! Seiichi Nakajima's two-book set: Introduction to TPM and TPM Development Program (Item 060)

We have a few sets of the best books on what Total Productive Maintenance was intended to be. Written and edited by Seiichi Nakajima, the father of TPM in the late 1980s, Introduction to TPM and TPM Development Program are a must-have for the TPM purist! $150 for the set while supplies last