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Long-Term or Short-Term Results: Where Should Reliability and Maintenance Managers Focus their Efforts?
I recently visited a plant in South America for an assessment. They had done some really good things in the plant over the past 2-3
Common reasons why your reliability and maintenance improvement initiatives might not generate the achievable results (Part II)
There are many reasons why many reliability and maintenance management improvement initiatives do not generate the return of investment they can deliver. From my 58
Work Management / Planning & Scheduling
How is an annual shutdown like a family vacation? Without a clear strategy and plan, they can both be a nightmare!
How do you plan your family vacation? In most cases you have to check when you can take off from work, decide where to go,
When all work requests are high priority (1 or 2) the result is a reactive work environment. This is a common occurrence for organizations that
My personal free time has radically increased over the past six months. Our three sons, ages 12, 14 and 16, all played icehockey until very
Part of your work management after a plant shutdown is to do a team evaluation so you can improve your plant shutdown turnaround maintenance process.
Most maintenance departments profess to be convinced of the need for maintenance planning and scheduling and condition based maintenance. However, the benefit of using them
We commonly work with clients with a high amount of “Reactive” maintenance. In the worst-case scenarios, this translates into unscheduled downtime and lost production. The
Pre-operational checklists are not “new”, “sexy” or exciting. What they are is the leading foundation of a safe, highly efficient, reliable and cost effective mining
Is your Preventive Maintenance Program on a summer break or does your team perform the critical essential care tasks year-round? An effective Preventive Maintenance program must
Recently, I saw a sign in a plant that read – “MAINTENANCE – TO MAINTAIN, KEEP, PRESERVE, PROTECT”
Many reactive organizations conclude that Root Cause Analysis is the first agenda item for improving reliability. But after completing a few root cause activities, it’s
An effective root cause analysis process can improve production reliability significantly. But, few organizations have a functioning root cause analysis process in place. This article
Technical / Equipment
Why does silicone cause carbon brush wear in DC motors? It is known that the presence of silicone will cause very rapid wear of carbon
Before discussing smart corrective maintenance methods, I would like to say that I appreciate feedback from readers. If you have any new or old tricks
Bolts and screws are not something that occupies a lot of our reliability thoughts. After, the life of an appropriate bolt in a non-aggressive environment
Our storeroom and spare parts organization are usually the area with more opportunities regarding reliability operation. What does good look like? What elements are needed?
Svar på fråga Kritikalitet av utrustning har inget med inspektionsintervall att göra. Det är felutvecklingstiden som bestämmer hur ofta en komponent bör inspekteras. Om kostnaden
I denna och följande krönikor kommer jag att beskriva de steg en organisation bör ta för att framgångsrikt åstadkomma en bestående förbättring av driftsäkerheten och
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