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The bad news is that the USA lost in the first knockout round of the 2010 World Cup. The good news is that this weekend is July 4th and time to kick off the hot summer with good food, family, friends and fireworks. Whatever you choose to do this weekend, please be safe. It was the thought of the family that prompted our most popular article of the week titled 12 Reasons Raising Children is Just Like Using an EAM. Much of what we do in our personal lives spills is the foundation of modern business practices and tools like an EAM.

We hope everyone had the opportunity to read 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.

1. 12 Reasons Raising Children is Just Like Using an EAM

Author: Stuart Smith

An offbeat post written from a parental perspective looking at the similarities between raising children and managing assets over a period of time. Key similarities are the planning, preventive maintenance, inspections, budgeting and sharing your knowledge base. Wouldn’t it be great if we had some of the EAM tools to help us track our personal things?

Key Point: An EAM system is a computerized extension of many of the things we do in our personal lives. The difference is in the volume of tasks to be managed and how they are organized.

2. July 4th Weekend Preventive Maintenance Safety Tips

Author: Stuart Smith

The July 4th weekend is always a good time for BBQs and other outdoor activities. It is also a good time to take stock of a few preventive maintenance tips offered for your safety. The post includes tips for cleaning coolers, preventive maintenance for roofs (against the stray bottle rocket or spark) and how to avoid foot burns from hot surfaces.

Key Point: Holiday weekends are much more fun when common sense is applied.

3. 15 Questions For Every Maintenance Manager

Author: Stuart Smith

This post looks at maintenance management through the eyes of a consultant who is performing an analysis. The questions put forward are something every maintenance manager or executive should be asking of their own facility operations. Only after a need has been determined does it make sense to research maintenance solutions like a CMMS.

Key Point: Change is good, it leads to the revitalization of maintenance operations and staff that are engaged in MRO.

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 on. The 4 best this week are:

1. Take the stress factor out of the heat equation

Author: Posted on PlantServices.com

A good article discussing how to manage heat in the workplace during summertime months. The post takes a brief look at how humidity, air speed, radiant heat and metabolic heat can be impacted by adjusting A/C and engineering controls, the heat load as well as adjusting work practices.

Key Point: Without proper controls heat will adversely affect the health of employees in the workplace. The fixes are not complicated nor expensive.

2. A New Efficient Air Conditioner

Author: Posted on New Energy and Fuel

This article announces a new invented new air conditioning process for the 21st century. The new innovation has the potential of using 50 percent to 90 percent less energy than today’s top-of-the-line units. The science behind this is the replacement of the refrigeration cycle with an absorption cycle that is thermally activated. It can be powered by natural gas or solar energy and uses very little electricity.

Key Point: This breakthrough from government researches can change the face of A/C products.

3. New 2010 ASHRAE Ventilation Standard Passed

Author: Shared by Heidi

Heidi shares an overview of the new 2010 ASHRAE Ventilation Standard that facilities managers need to meet. Changes include a new natural ventilation rate procedure as well as new exhaust system requirements.

Key Point: “The 2010 standard furthers ASHRAE’s work in ensuring acceptable indoor air quality, while also heeding the need for energy efficiency as we strive to find ways to help designers tailor ventilation system designs to each particular application.”

4. Is Your Maintenance Management Distressed? Is Your Maintenance Management Distressed?

Author: Leon King

Leon’s article talks about some of the ways maintenance managers can tell if there operational procedures need to upgraded. Key areas include workflow analysis, how to identify what areas need improvement and then establishing a course of action.

Key Point: Maintenance operations like the core business of an organization need to be continually examined to remain competitive and efficient.

What We Learned This Week

Keys to this weeks theme is an understanding the maintenance management is dynamic and should never be allowed to become stagnant. To remain competitive maintenance managers and executives should review their operations to seek out opportunities for improvement like using and EAM/CMMS. Sometimes this can be done by examining how you manage your personal life as compared to your business. Find the strengths and move forward.