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Introduction

As I talk to people, especially when we are having discussions around EAM issues, there seems to be a fair amount of confusion surrounding the way that individual parts are identified in such software.

I thought I would take some time to try and clarify the terminology and give some advice on what I […]

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If you have had some level of classic reliability or maintenance-related training, then you may have likely at least had an exposure to some of the more commonly used metrics such as OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) and MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure). Both of these metrics can be very informative and drive some specific behaviors […]

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Introduction

Let’s face it. Often times, our proactive maintenance strategies are a mess (I decided to just get that out there in the first sentence and not try to dance around the issue). Show of virtual hands, Thumbs Up if you feel that your proactive maintenance plan is the right one for you – one […]

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When I think back on the shutdowns that I participated early on in my career, I wonder sometimes if we were really trying to excel at our performance, or if we were merely trying to survive?

Some of my fondest memories in my professional life are thinking back to those 2:00 AM stops at […]

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Sometimes as the Maintenance Planner we feel responsible for everything and capable of nothing.  It can be a very frustrating and thankless job at times.   I believe that a good portion of this frustration comes from the lack of clarity around expectations.  Where do I fit in? What do they want from me? What can I […]

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What better way to waste an afternoon than to debate which came first the chicken or the egg?

One thing that can not be debated however is the fact that abnormalities come before failures.
This is a fact.

What we notice:
We are conditioned early on to react to failures; the […]

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“My maintenance staff are highly trained and do not like using procedures.”

                                                                                         –     Unnamed Maintenance Supervisor

 If the statement above is valid, and the cost of asset failure is not important to our operation, then your staff must have an unlimited and infallible memory – congratulations! 

Human error rate […]

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If an organization is in reactive maintenance and management decided they need to move to proactive maintenance, one must ask themselves the question, “How hard is it to move from Reactive to Proactive Maintenance?”.  Changing from reactive to proactive maintenance requires a total different way of thinking, executing, and managing asset […]

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