Whenever an organization has a major failure of any sort, the top priority is to recover from the immediate damage or problems. From there, the next step is to keep it from ever happening again. Root cause analysis is a vital corrective step, allowing you to identify where losses are taking place and how they can be mitigated to improve equipment reliability and performance. Root cause analysis is a maintenance troubleshooting method that helps organizationsRead More
Wouldn’t it be useful to know precisely how much time and resource should be applied to each of your assets? With Asset Criticality, organizations are able to rate assets to determine how critical each piece of equipment is to areas such as safety, product quality, customer issues, environmental issues, and production. During this 40 minute recorded session, guest speaker Terry Harris from Reliable Process Solutions LLC provides an overview of Asset Criticality and Risk RankingRead More
You can watch this happy dude dancing all day long at the top right corner of this blog. Sure, it can be puzzling to see him rockin’ that tool belt. Does such a creature actually exist? Is there anything besides the lunch buzzer or breaking away from work that really makes a maintenance technician happy? And what about their supervisors and managers? Ever see them smile (let alone dance)?
You and I feel it at the gas pump and in our heating bills. The skyrocketing costs of fuel and energy have all of us looking for ways to cut back on these expenses. And it’s hitting industry just as hard as it is our families. Many organizations are starting to take measures to reduce their energy consumption, but in many cases these attempts are often limited in what they can achieve. Most companies startRead More
What person is responsible for managing the costs and communications associated with your company’s energy consumption? Most likely it’s a number of departments: purchasing, responsible for securing energy and initiating tax rebates; HR, which manages internal communications to current and new employees; and investor relations, involved in CO2 emissions disclosers to investors and other external organizations. It’s also very likely that all of these departments report to your company’s CFO. But a current survey conductedRead More
I’ve worked in the plant maintenance industry for years. How did KPI’s look in those days? Here is an example KPI in 1988: “Keep the machines running”. Fresh out of engineering school and thrown into the corporate engine, my life was all about keeping the conveyor belts running. That was the priority (and still is, but said differently) at United Parcel Service so that little Jimmy would get his red wagon in time for Christmas. Although we had noRead More