Condition Monitoring/Predictive Maintenance

Maintenance Benefits from Production Data

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A much underused source of data for Maintenance management in facilities with live production monitoring capabilities is the wealth of information, both live and historic; such systems are capable of delivering. This may be because the decision to install such monitoring is by definition a Production commitment. One of the most efficient ways of running planned maintenance is on an hours run or cyclic basis where production data is the obvious monitoring source. Many production monitoring systems have advance notification capabilities that programmed appropriately can provide maintenance planning the necessary notice of impending scheduled work. This requires (limited) Maintenance access to production monitoring ‘live’ data initially to pick up notifications, but additionally to enable them to re-forecast completed works. From the maintenance planning viewpoint a printout or viewing access to hours consumed on a weekly or monthly basis assists in JIT provision of any maintenance spares required for scheduled works. From a Condition Monitoring and energy efficiency angle production monitoring systems are invaluable and again seldom used to their full potential. Certainly on ‘critical’ equipment current consumption can be recorded and trended (over time and with production loading and rpm). In the simplified example above one would expect to see current drawn having a direct relationship to increased loading or RPM. However, in section ‘X’ the relationship alters and there is a gradual increase in current drawn against a steady state of production conditions; such a pattern serves as an indication that the motors condition is deteriorating. The key to any Condition Based Maintenance strategy is the trending of information and production monitoring systems have that capability and whilst the example may not be particularly sophisticated measure it nonetheless provides a potentially valuable tool in establishing and monitoring deterioration in performance. Parameters that can potentially indicate machine

Do religious differences matter? An analysis in India : Table of Contents

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Purpose – This paper aims to analyze the relationship between religious differences (i.e. religious diversity and tolerance diversity), on the one hand, and dysfunctional intergroup conflicts, on the other. Design/methodology/approach – A quantitative research design is used, through which the paper examines 47 public schools in India. Findings – Religious diversity, that is, the distribution of heterogeneous religious affiliations in an organization, is unrelated to dysfunctional intergroup conflicts. By contrast, tolerance diversity, that is, the heterogeneity of organizational members' beliefs regarding the question of how strictly religious commandments should be followed, is positively related to dysfunctional conflicts. Research limitations/implications – The results of this study are limited to public organizations in the Indian context. Practical implications – Since religious diversity is not connected to intergroup conflicts, fostering religious diversity in organizations could render the societal norm “unity in diversity” more authentic and attractive. This in turn would enhance the ability of different religions to cooperate in Indian organizations. In contrast with religious diversity, the heterogeneity of religious tolerance is significantly related to intergroup conflicts; a possible remedy could be the use of a transformational leadership style. Originality/value – This study is the first to investigate both religious diversity and tolerance diversity in their effects on the emergence of intergroup conflicts, that is, apparent emotional tensions between organizational subgroups.

Competitive approaches to new product development: A comparison of successful organizations in an unstable economic environment : Table of Contents

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide practitioners of management with a sense of how collaborative team integration processes and new product development (NPD) processes were required in order to be reasonably successful in the current economic recession. Design/methodology/approach – The four relatively large Pittsburgh-based general service and/or manufacturing-oriented companies, most with global operations and reach capabilities, were selected and reviewed for the principles of the strategic, financial, informational, and operational viewpoints. Findings – Even conservative companies found that more radical approaches to NPD, such as product newness and uncertainty in new product innovation/production, may remove, not increase, barriers to incremental and/or radical manufacturability. This is especially true in firms that make proper use of the managerial connectivity provided by proper use of limited resources, which are enhanced by the timeliness of good strategies. Practical implications – The roles of uncertainty, supplier influences, team integration processes, as well as technology, may act as change agents, especially under the current economic recession. These factors may result in leveling the playing field for incremental and radical innovators as they integrate processes associated with NPD. Originality/value – The executive teams involved recognized the need for more radical product offerings by turning their focus to meeting customer needs instead of making risky investments. Through successful product implementation, the companies studied found stability in a very turbulent financial and service-oriented marketplace.

Managing and training for virtual teams in India : Table of Contents

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Purpose – The purpose of this study is to investigate the current and potential use of virtual teams in the Indian context. Design/methodology/approach – The use of virtual styles and strategies was assessed through a series of questionnaires, focusing on managerial aspects. The sample consisted of companies and individuals from Europe, who work on virtual assignments. The results were analysed, paying particular attention to the actual usage and potential future usage of virtual assignments. Findings – It was found that a disparity between the actual and the potential use of virtual delegates exists. Furthermore, the increasing use of virtual delegates requires tailored intercultural training, which meets the specific demands of these delegates and the requirements of virtual teamwork. The paper goes on to discuss how traditional training can be adapted for the training of virtual assignees. Originality/value – The findings have implications for both academics and practitioners, as they indicate that there is significant potential for further growth in the use of virtual assignments. In particular, the paper highlights the need for specific, dedicated training in virtual assignments, as this has a substantial impact on their success.

Coaching and family: the beneficial effects of multiple role membership : Table of Contents

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Purpose – Athletic coaches are responsible for team relationships and a team's performance, yet many may leave the coaching profession or withdraw from team management because of work-family issues. The purpose of this study is to use ecological theory as a guide to theorize on the relationships between work-factors and work-family outcomes for team leaders. Design/methodology/approach – Participants were 601 college coaches. Using an online questionnaire, participants evaluated their supervisory support, autonomy in their job, and various work-family factors. Specifically, the effects of the work-factors of autonomy and supervisory support were examined on work-family variables. Data were analyzed using structural equation modeling (SEM). Findings – Confirmatory factor analysis results suggested that the fit for coaches and their work-family interface is best explained by four work-family dimensions – two directional conflict dimensions and two directional enrichment dimensions. Results suggest that supervisory support correlates with lower conflict and greater enrichment. Additionally, coaches reported that an autonomous workplace correlated with lower conflict and greater work enrichment with family. Practical implications – Results suggest that it is beneficial to help the coach/team leader to improve fit, even though conflict is inevitable. Previously mentioned, and found throughout the results, was the effectiveness of the supervisor at alleviating conflict and amplifying enrichment. Social implications – A reason for the disparate number of women in team leadership positions has been family pressure. This research is expected to lay a foundation for future research on the beneficial aspects of multiple role participation. Originality/value – This research builds on past work on the work-family fit, which originally focused heavily on conflict, but has just recently started looking at the beneficial aspects of multiple role participation.

Soft factors affecting the performance of software development teams : Table of Contents

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to classify the factors affecting the performance of software development teams and stress the soft (non-technical) factors affecting the performance of software development teams. Design/methodology/approach – This paper is based on the thorough secondary research and literature review of the past empirical studies published in reputed journals. The methodology followed is the secondary research based on extensive literature review of empirical studies done and analysis of the findings of those studies and categorization of the factors affecting the software development team performance. Literature review and analysis were carried out between March 2010 and March 2011. Findings – It was found that the soft factors such as team climate, team diversity, team innovation, team member competencies and characteristics, top management support and team leader behavior, have an effect on software development team performance. Mutual trust and communication effectiveness are found to be the prioritized factors affecting the software development team performance. Research limitations/implications – The conclusions made are based on the past empirical studies found in the literature. A primary research can be done by taking these soft factors into consideration and implications or observations can be found on the software development team's performance. Originality/value – The original contribution of this paper is the classification of factors affecting the performance of software development teams. This contribution also highlights the soft factors such as team climate, which was not discussed much in the literature. It also highlights trust and communication, for example, as leading factors affecting the software development team performance.

Adaptive, generative, and transformative learning in project teams : Table of Contents

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Purpose – The aim of this study is to analyze a framework of team learning that includes three learning processes (adaptive, generative, and transformative), factors that stimulate these processes, and consequences of them. The variables provided a field study of the model. Design/methodology/approach – In the field study, 69 project teams of 3 to 11 students and their instructors responded to surveys. Findings – Positive learning stimuli were related to adaptive and generative learning processes, while negative stimuli were related to transformative learning processes. Learning processes were related to individual student learning outcomes. In addition, adaptive and generative learning processes were positively related to team and instructor ratings of outcome quality, while transformative learning was negatively related to team ratings of outcome quality. Research limitations/implications – The results were subject to the following limitations: cross-sectional design, mostly self-report measures, and the lack of control endemic to field research. As such, this study is viewed as an initial test of the team-learning model in a field setting. Additional research, including longitudinal designs and experimental designs, are called for. Practical implications – This study adds to the growing literature on group learning. Educators and managers need to be aware that there are different kinds of learning processes in which groups can engage and that these are stimulated to occur differently and have a different impact on outcomes. Originality/value – Team learning is rarely assessed directly as a construct in its own right and there is a lack of empirical support delineating causes and consequences of team learning. This field study is a first step in this direction.

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The art of maintaining assets has been around for many years, whether it was the ancient farmer cleaning the weeds out of his field to get a better crop, or the hunter checking his bow and sharpening his arrows.


Fixturlaser XA Pro – Redefines the Standard for Laser Based Shaft Alignment


At its launch a few years ago, the Fixturlaser XA definitely set a new standard for laser based shaft alignment products. With the introduction of new technology in both hardware and software, this alignment tool took a huge innovative technology leap forward with regards to its user friendliness and the once so time consuming task of performing shaft alignment. The Fixturlaser XA Pro is a new and improved successor to the Fixturlaser XA with more new features and more content that will make your every day maintenance job a lot easier.

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RMS Reliability Training Institute Condition Monitoring Training:

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Condition monitoring has a very important role to play.  In a day at your site we can provide an overview of vibration analysis, oil analysis, wear particle analysis, ultrasound, motor testing technologies and other technologies listed below.  If you are have an in-house program or use consultants, this seminar will provide a great overview to everyone associated with maintenance and production.

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