Focus on Reliability

Partnerships – The Key to Success

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‘What idiot decided to put that valve up there?’

“And how exactly are we supposed to get that pump out of there?’

‘How come you’ve got to fix it again – you fixed it last week?’

‘Well if you would just operate properly then it wouldn’t be broken all of the time’

How many times have you heard statements like these? I know I have heard them many times no matter what industry or what organization. Are they fair comments or are the prejudiced or biased – are they simply people making excuses or are they symptoms of a very common problem? This common problem occurs when the design engineers get the equipment installed without consulting operations and maintenance and then simply hand over the keys. Or when you have a culture where operations owns it when it’s running but maintenance owns it when it’s failed – no matter the reason for the failure.

Topics: Maintenance Management

CMMS Friend or Foe (Part 2)

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We left off  the last post talking about the value of measuring PM Compliance in our CMMS. Many organizations use the +/- 10 % rule, whereby if they complete the PM within 10% of the frequency it is considered to be compliant. Now this is a good measure if you are looking to determine whether you get the PMs issued and completed on time but what else does it tell you about the PM – what does it tell you about how the PM was completed or whether we have prevented or mitigated a failure (the purpose of PMs)? The answer is – next to nothing and over the years I have seen many a PM completed from the comfort of the lunchroom and PMs that don’t really explain what it is they are there for.

Topics: Maintenance Management CMMS/ EAM

CMMS Software - Friend or foe

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Most organizations these days have some form of CMMS – Computerized Maintenance Management System – whether it’s a home based Access system or it’s a full blown EAM – Enterprise Asset Management System – and many stops in between. Now I think it’s fair to assume that people have got at least part of the idea of a CMMS right. Unfortunately it’s only the Computerized and System that has been implemented. Most have forgotten the Maintenance Management part of the acronym! I visit many sites and talk with many people and to be honest, I am no longer surprised to see that people use their CMMS to manage their work orders – and only that.

Focus on Reliability | Reactive Maintenance | The Human Cost

In the industrial world, the corporate and site leadership is focused on creating shareholder value and profit. They accomplish this by managing people, the human capital within the organization. These concepts are by-products of the MBA curriculum  taught at many business schools. But are we missing something?

Topics: Maintenance Management

Focus on Reliability | Change Management | Words of a Maintenance Guru

There once was a maintenance maintenance-pm-preventive-maintenance-People-and-Processesguru who tried to help explain the challenges of improving the performance of maintenance departments and the need for change to achieve it.

To set the scene he said that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing every day and to expect different results. He had obviously seen those organizations that continue to do the same PMs each week even though they experience failures! I wonder if he saw that the backlog list was getting longer and longer even though they planned and scheduled their work only to have the schedule blown apart by breakdowns and those ‘emotional’ jobs that take precedence – just because. What about the repeat failures that we just keep repairing without figuring out why they keep happening? Insanity – well if not completely then very close to it.

Topics: Maintenance Management Leadership and Supervision

Focus on Reliability | Maintenance Planning and Scheduling | One, Both, Either

I was involved in a discussion on Linkedin recently when the question was asked It is believed that you can plan without scheduling but cannot schedule without planning – the discussion took some twists and turns until I thought I’d post my experiences with this question – this is what I wrote!

Topics: Planning and Scheduling

Focus on Reliability | Best Practices | Continuous Improvement

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Another guest post from Trent Phillips.

Topics: Maintenance Management Training Organization Leadership and Supervision

Keep your Maintenance Outages Running Smoothly

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Welcome to another guest post by our friend, Trent Phillips.

Topics: Planning and Scheduling Shutdowns and Turnarounds Maintenance Planning Scheduling

It's that time of year!

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Yes it's that time of year - no I don't mean Thanksgiving or Macy's Parade - not even Christmas or New Years ! What I'm talking about is getting the maintenance plan and budget ready for next year. What are you going to base the plan and budget on? Will it be last year plus 2% or what you think you can get past the finance department?

Topics: Training

Focus on Reliability | Maintenance Backlog | The Goldilocks Principle

understanding maintenance backlog conceptsWelcome to another guest post from our friend, Trent Phillips.

Topics: Planning and Scheduling Maintenance Management CMMS/ EAM Maintenance Planning Scheduling