Condition Monitoring/Predictive Maintenance

Feeling (and acting) like a fish out of water: Numerical minority status, gendered work and citizenship behavior in mixed gender work teams : Table of Contents

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine how the proportional representation of men and women in a group, along with the gender-orientation of the group's task, can impact member displays of helping behavior. Design/methodology/approach – The paper draws on the gender role socialization approach, the structural approach to gender differences, as well as the social psychology-based perspective embedded in status characteristics or expectation states theory. Elements taken from each of these models permits assessment of the impact of gender, group gender composition and the gender orientation of the task on helping behavior in a group context. Findings – There is ample evidence to confirm the critical importance of member citizenship behavior in contributing to overall team performance. Practical implications – Given the presence of increasingly demographically diverse teams, it is vital to understand those factors that may enhance or inhibit helping behavior in the group context. This theory paper presents a model which examines how the gender composition of a team, as well as the gendered nature of the team's work, can influence citizenship behavior among team members who are in the numerical minority. Originality/value – This paper offers a unique and novel approach to understanding the dynamics behind helping behavior in mixed gender teams.

Interactive and collaborative behaviour of software product-development teams : Table of Contents

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Purpose – This paper aims to describe a study of interactive and collaborative behaviours of software product development teams across horizontal, geographical and value chain boundaries. The objective is to understand the influence of boundary on these behaviours. Design/methodology/approach – This paper is a questionnaire-based study of 63 software product-development teams. Findings – The study shows, that interactive behaviour is used more by teams as compared to collaborative behaviour while developing software products. The interactive behaviour is not influenced by the boundary crossed, while collaborative behaviour is influenced by the boundaries crossed. Originality/value – The study is relevant for practitioners and researchers. Collaboration is considered important for product development, but the study shows that it is not used extensively. Researchers can look into why low level of collaborative behaviour has been exhibited.

Obstacles to successful management of projects and decision and tips for coping with them : Table of Contents

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Purpose – The purpose of the paper is to classify the full scope of hazards in the way to effective project- and decision-management in teams, and to present team leaders with a practical set of guidelines for coping with those obstacles, towards successful achievements. Design/methodology/approach – The paper provides a classification of the full spectrum of possible factors responsible for mishaps, faults and failures which regularly tend to occur within managerial and organizational activities at all levels. It goes on to present a set of two tools that, jointly applied, can provide managers with the necessary control to lead more team processes and projects towards successful terminations: the “revised decision square model” and the “capi” model. Findings – The paper provides evidence in the form of quotes from testimonies of managers who have adopted the proposed strategy for their every-day use within their teams. Practical implications – The paper offers a practical step-by-step set of guidelines to lead managers towards a relatively high level of control in the management of effective and efficient team decision making and implementation processes, ensuring their route towards successful achievements. Originality/value – Limited attention has been given in the literature to the studying of practical and applicable managerial techniques to successful decision-implementation in teams. This paper focuses on this neglected domain, proposing a solution, in the form of an integrative strategy.

Self-managed teams in the auto components industry: Construction of a theoretical model : Table of Contents

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Purpose – The overall purpose of this paper is to explain theoretically the autonomy phenomenon of teams working within the auto manufacturing context and its implications for the technical and social aspects of group work. Design/methodology/approach – Three auto component companies were studied. The procedures of a qualitative methodology were followed, adopting naturalistic observation techniques of work teams, and unstructured and semi-structured interviews conducted with operators, supervisors and middle managers. To analyse and interpret the qualitative data obtained, the grounded theory technique was used. Findings – In this paper 33 concepts were obtained, which resulted from the constant comparative method applied to data. The relationships between those concepts allowed the construction of a theoretical model that is settled in the “bridge” concept. This “bridge” is a metaphor that translates the process which binds operational work group goals to the needs of external clients. This process is supported by social aspects – team decision making, participation, mutual helpfulness, and social and emotional relationships, and by technical aspects – operations and information. The bridge has four pillars that are critical to the effective functioning of self-directed teams: team facilitation, hierarchical relationships established within the teams, quality of manufactured components, and productivity achieved. Research limitations/implications – The present investigation was carried out in a specific industry, which does not allow for the generalization of the model to other industries. Furthermore, it may be questioned whether the same results be obtained if the operators of the teams observed were interviewed, not individually, but in a group situation. Other kinds of research design and other industries organized on the basis of autonomous work groups must be studied, applying the grounded theory technique, in order to compare diverse theoretical models. Practical implications – The organization of the industrial automotive production based on self-directed teams, which

The demographic antecedents and performance consequences of the social-network structure in work teams : Table of Contents

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Purpose – Businesses are increasingly using teams as their fundamental organisational unit. This paper aims to explore the impact of demographic antecedents and the social-network structure, measured in terms of task-related advice-network density, centralisation and fragmentation, on work-team performance. The paper seeks to examine: the impact of the social-network structure (dense, fragmented or centralised) on work-team performance and the origins of the social structure. It also tests whether team diversity (in terms of variety with regard to gender and separation with regard to age and education) has an impact on team performance. Design/methodology/approach – A survey was conducted on 76 work teams (499 employees) representing 48 different organisations. Findings – With regard to the first question, density was positively related to team performance. The impact of advice-network fragmentation was also positive, and this is in line with the results of other studies focusing on teams conducting standard tasks. In addressing the second question the paper explored whether diversity as variety (age) and diversity as separation (age and education) had an effect on the work team's social-network structure. Age and education had no effect, but gender diversity was related negatively to density and positively to fragmentation. It was also related negatively to team performance. Originality/value – The contribution of this research is twofold in that it explores social-structure effects on team performance and examines the possible antecedents of the team's social structure. The results of the investigation strengthen the rationale behind integrating the literature on social-network analysis and teams.

Protor Vibration Condition Monitoring System Installed in Three Thermal Power Plants in Spain for Iberdrola

IBERDROLA has launched a renewal plan for the existing condition monitoring systems in their plants in Spain. This plan will be implemented gradually and PROSIG was selected to install their PROTOR Vibration Condition Monitoring System in three IBERDROLA power stations. The contract was awarded to PROSIG in partnership with Aries Ingeniería y Sistemas, who are PROSIG’s representative in Spain.

Triple Breakdown Prevented

Monition’s reliability service has convinced many organisations that condition monitoring is the most viable method to maintain machinery uptime, and has illustrated that even machinery repairs and component renewals can be no guarantee for troublefree running.

Monition’s Multi-Technology Condition Monitoring at a food processing plant identified a loose rotor bar on a critical watercooling pump motor. The engineering manager scheduled an immediate
replacement, expecting the problem to be cured.

However, immediately following the work, Monition discovered that the unit was still at risk.

Monitoring indicated that the coupling had been incorrectly refitted and was being
subjected to accelerated wear.

Realignment work was promptly undertaken, but further monitoring again revealed problems. The pump support bearing had been damaged during the realignment process and now required urgent attention.

Monition assisted the client to prevent a plant breakdown on 3 occasions and also highlighted an important need to troubleshoot repair processes.

Faulty Bearing Threatened Entire Production Process

Monition was able to quickly assist a new client to prevent a potential major production breakdown when Multi-
Technology Condition Monitoring of a continuous-operation industrial cooker detected the severe deterioration of a motor drive-end bearing.

Although the sealed-for-life bearing wasn’t displaying any outward sign of defect, Monition’s diagnosis convinced
engineers that urgent investigation was required.

Dismantling of the equipment confirmed that the bearing fault had reached a near-critical state – a sudden breakdown of this unit would have shut the line down and
cost the manufacturer thousands of pounds in lost production and consequential losses.

Unique ‘A to V’ condition monitoring package covers all maintenance scenarios

Companies that need to monitor the condition of both slow and fast rotating plant and machinery can now benefit from a unique combination of vibration and acoustic emission monitoring products, available from a single source in the UK.

Schaeffler (UK) Ltd has now extended its condition monitoring range of products and services to offer customers a complete ‘A to V’ of Acoustic emission and Vibration monitoring products.

Whilst most suppliers of condition monitoring equipment and services offer either vibration or acoustic emission monitoring, Schaeffler’s condition monitoring range now includes both systems. This means customers can select the most suitable condition monitoring solution from a comprehensive range of acoustic and vibration monitoring products and services – all from a single supplier. These products cater for every maintenance scenario and all types of rotating equipment, from high speed rotating components or machines, down to slower moving (0.25rpm) mechanical systems with fluctuating loads.

Whitelegg Supports Anstee & Ware in Winning new Rail Traction Motor Contract

For over 60 years The Anstee & Ware Group have provided electrical and mechanical engineering services to UK industry. From their 7 sites they are well placed to service the needs of industries as diverse as steel, aerospace, oil and gas, utilities, paper and quarrying.

In addition, the company identified an important market opportunity to become leaders in the servicing and repair of traction motors for the expanding rail and mass transit industry. The Company agreed to commit £300,000 to the latest technology to enable rapid and high quality repairs to traction motors, with the focus of the investment to be at their Castle Donnington site adjacent to the famous motor racing circuit.
The company prepared specification documents for open tendering and based on their very long association with Whitelegg Machines and a competitive quote, Whitelegg were asked to supply key pieces of equipment to realise the project.

Advanced Rail Motor Testing at BRUSH Traction Loughborough

The Heritage of Brush Traction at its 70 acre site in Loughborough stretches back to 1864, when the Henry Hughes Locomotive Works was established to service the rapidly growing need of the Victorian railway age for locomotives. Through various company acquisitions and mergers Brush Traction is now an autonomous part of the Brush Group which also includes Brush Electric Motors and Brush Transformers.

Brush Traction is now positioned as a one stop shop for the servicing and repair of all aspects of locomotive electric traction motors, this also includes diesel electric generator sets both DC/AC, alternators and auxiliary motors; in addition bogie frames and wheels sets are built and serviced at their Falkirk plant.

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