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Health care reform, college basketball, spring training and wild weather. It is enough to keep anyone occupied and away from reading the latest EAM news. Although we hope everyone had the opportunity to read our blogs and check out our website, just in case you did not have the time to see our blogs and voter links as they were published, we have summarized them for you here. Please enjoy them and be sure to check back for new articles during the week. You can find a complete listing on the Mintek Blog.

This week’s articles took a look at the impending knowledge gap occurring as aging maintenance workers get set for retirement without having passed on their knowledge to others. We also took a look at the importance of making sure EAM /CMMS systems are implemented correctly. When setup correctly, an EAM becomes an excellent tool for recording knowledge to help prevent the knowledge drain.

1. Can Knowledge Transfer Via EAM Be The Next Soylent Green?

Author: Stuart Smith

All across the globe, industry after industry are facing a loss of intellectual capital as a result of aging workers leaving the workforce. The result is a huge drop in a company’s knowledge base. The impact is particularly harsh for maintenance management because people who cared for assets for years have not yet passed on that knowledge to others. The article discusses some of the ways to keep know-how and increase efficiencies at the same time.

Key Point: It is never too late to begin data collection. Data collection begins with a complete detailed inventory of all assets.

2. Capital Budget Planning With an EAM

Author: Stuart Smith

There has been a lot of discussion as to the best methods facility management should use to collect maintenance data in order to construct realistic capital budgets. This article discusses a reliability based approach versus a preventive and predictive hybrid approach.

Key Point: The key to any data collection is making sure the system at use (EAMCMMS etc.) is implemented correctly. This means detailed asset information as well as reporting detailed information on work orders. Garbage for input equals garbage for output.

3. Energy Plant Utopia

Author: Stuart Smith

Wouldn’t it be nice for power plants if they could operate in a world with an even energy demand, superior efficiency and lower carbon footprint? Unfortunately not all these can be done at once. The article discusses how Earth Hour 2010 may affect power loads as well as ways an EAM can help energy producers optimal efficiencies.

Key Point: An energy plant without an EAM can not achieve its intended productivity goals as there are just too many factors to manage manually.

Read Relevant Articles That We Found Last Week

But wait there is more. We have found several more articles that you might find to be interesting and even put them on our website for you to vote on. The 5 best this week are:

1. Reserves, Roommates, Rental Rate, Red Flags, Relationship

Author: Kathleen Richards

Katleen gives a brief discussion on the importance of reserves for property management. Her discussion on operating reserves is a natural tie-in to the need to have a Reserve Study performed. More on Reserve Studies can be found on the Mintek Blog.

Key Point: Reserves help protect your investment from unexpected expenses which may include missing rents or repairs.

2. Next Generation Nuclear Plant Will Be Safer, Greener, More Efficient

Author: Stephen Heiser

Stephen’s article discusses how new nuclear energy plants can be modularized, scaled and easier to finance. The new systems would make use of a Nuclear Steam Supply System with coolant and steam pressure at around 50% of a typical power plant.

Key Point: Modular plants have the potential to be a more economical investment than traditional plants and more greater efficiencies.

3.A New Low Cost & Clean Process for BioFuel Production

Author: Dr. Albin Czernichowski

The article looks at a new type of refrigerator size reactor that is designed to clean dirty gases produced by a low-tech gasification of locally available wastes, biomass, or other resources to produce clean mix of carbon monoxide and hydrogen gas to synthesize biofuels.

Key Point: This new technology is coming to Florida soon.

4. Computerized Maintenance Management and Enterprise Asset Management Best Practices

Authors: Terrence O’Hanlon

This is a whitepaper that takes a look at some of the Best Practices for Computer Maintenance Management and Enterprise Asset Management. Included are a look at ROI, collection of data and the need to have a plan when implementing a system.

Key Point: The best ROI and use is obtained by making sure the implementation of the system is done correctly.

5. Whole of Life

Authors: Daryl Mather

In this article Daryl attempts to rationalize the need for predictive technologies as a replacement for traditional preventive maintenance methods to accurately collect data that can be used for capital planning of assets. The author is correct in stating many current systems are inadequate for capturing the necessary data however, this is a result of poor implementation rather than inadequacy.

Key Point: Without proper data collection, capital budgeting is difficult and knowledge transfer almost impossible.

What We Learned This Week

This week we learned that new societal issues such as the retirement of an aging workforce will present maintenance managers across the globe the challenge of finding a way to replace the know-how that will be lost. It turns out one of the most suitable solutions has been around for a few years. The solution is to either implement an EAM system or correct the shortfalls of the one in place. EAMsystems track schedule and track all maintenance and work orders. By collecting an accurate record of the history of each asset, maintenance professionals will be able to pass along their knowledge to others. The key to collecting viable data is proper collection of asset detail combined with detailed work order and results descriptions.