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For the first time in twelve years, there three are simultaneous hurricanes at the same time in the Atlantic and Caribbean. The last time this happened was 1998. With almost a month to go for the peak hurricane conditions, it is in everyone’s best interest to be ready to inspect, repair and secure assets that could be affected by a big storm.

This weeks top article Hotel Preventive Maintenance for the Heart of the Hurricane Season touched on this very point by posing a series of questions that Hotels, Resorts and Lodge asset managers should be asking. The most important of these questions were; do you know where all your assets are and how quickly can you inspect assets using your checklists? We hope everyone had the opportunity to read our blogs and check out our website, but 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.

1. Hotel Preventive Maintenance for the Heart of the Hurricane Season

Author: Stuart Smith

This post discusses how Hotels, Resorts and Lodges can still prepare for the heart of the Hurricane season by making sure they have the appropriate inspection checklist ready to be acted upon. Developing inspection checklists are just a small part of the asset planning that Hotels and Resorts should do to prepare for storms. Other key areas include making sure asset documentation such shutdown/start up procedures or vendor information is computerized and accessible

Key Point: An EAM system will you know where your hotel assets are, what condition they are in and help plan to quickly identify problems before, during and after a hurricane.

2. Can an EAM System Stop the Kaboom

Author: Stuart Smith

A recent explosion of a 62 year old underground gas line in San Bruno, CA highlights the problems likely to occur with increasing frequency within our nation’s aging pipeline infrastructure. Research has shown that of 2.3 million miles of pipelines in use, only 7% are required to be inspected.

Key Point: Although excavation remains the number one cause of gas pipeline explosions, corrosion and ignitable leaks will continue to be growing issues. Gas utilities can benefit from using a quality EAM to help plan maintenance and capital budget needs.

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. Get Predictive with CMMS: What software can do when it comes to PdM

Author: Kris Bagadia and Brett E. Smith

The authors discuss how a CMMS can be used to set up both predictive and preventive maintenance routines. Predictive maintenance as part of a larger preventive maintenance umbrella can help facilities by tracking a variety of predictive technologies such as vibration analysis, infrared thermography and ultrasound,

Key Point: Good Predictive and preventive maintenance practices as part of a CMMS will increase productivity by improving work process flow, lower MRO and assist going from a reactive to proactive maintenance plan.

2. Coil coatings can halt leaks and corrosion

Author: Joshua D. Sole, Ph.D., and Alan H. Brothers, Ph.D

Dr. Sole’s article points out the impact corrosion is having on HVAC coils. His article talks about the leading causes and types of corrosion. Corrosion prevention is dependent on a number of factors such as geographic location and the most common are pitting and formicary corrosion. Dr. Sole goes on to give a good, short explanation of the 4 types of corrosion coating that can be used for prevention.

Key Point: Choosing the right coating coils is important not only increase a HVAC units life but also to make heat transfer is as efficient as possible.

3.How Can I Automate or Eliminate FAQ for Commercial Property and Facility Managers

Author: Linda Day Harrison CPM CCIM

Linda’s blog post echoed an article we did recently about document handling. The focus of her post was to review your property and facilities operations to either eliminate or automate paperwork as this is one of the most despised tasks of managers.

Key Point: Stop using copiers and start using scanners to store important documents in a PDF format. Eliminate what you do not need, file cabinets cost money and use up valuable space.

4.The quick guide to PM development and execution

Author: Jeff Shiver

Jeff’s guide to better preventive maintenance development zeroes in on the need to plan and prioritize maintenance tasks long before valuable resources are used for tasks that add no value. His article goes onto list 15 key points for the planning of a preventive maintenance program.

Key Point: The plan dictates the action not the other way around. Planning is the first step to taking back proactive control of maintenance operations.

What We Learned This Week

The theme this week was the importance of preventive maintenance for any facility or property. Planning preventive maintenance means that you have well documented asset detail and the necessary operating procedures in place to maximize their useful lifecycle. A preventive maintenance program without a plan is like playing a team sport with only one player showing up for the game.