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Introduction

I had a recent conversation regarding the management of a shutdown. The question on the table was something to the effect of:

“If we have a job overrun on the critical path at the beginning of the shutdown, then we should immediately adjust our entire schedule and announce that we will bring […]

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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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It may be hard to believe, but the success or failure of your shutdown (outage, turnaround) is determined long before you shut down the equipment and begin the event. While many treat the shutdown as a marathon event that must be survived, the insightful among us know that it is the actions that occur in […]

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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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If I were to offer you a single piece of paper, how much would you be willing to pay me?  How about a single idea?  How about a single idea that would help you solve the most important problem that you faced yesterday, and that would spread like wildfire throughout your organization?  Now I think we might have […]

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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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Prior to the beginning of the maintenance day shift:

The maintenance planner’s day starts before the regular maintenance day shift in order to review the work orders that came in over night.  The planner will make an estimate of the man-hours, number of personnel and craft types needed for any emergency work orders […]

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If you are executing Preventive Maintenance on equipment that continues to break down or your maintenance cost continues to increase I recommend you read this article on the 10% Rule of Preventive Maintenance. This short explanation of the 10% Rule of PM may be what you need to take that next step […]

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“Leave a Legacy”

Respect and Humility are attributes the Best Maintenance and Reliability Managers in the world all have in common. This has been my observation of hundreds of maintenance and reliability organizations around the world. I am not saying these maintenance or reliability organizations are the best in the world. All I can say […]

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Companies are always struggling to find the nonexistent “silver bullet” for increasing reliability and equipment performance while reducing costs. Short-term and long-term solutions can increase reliability, asset availability, utilization, quality and capacity, but they’re not easy or simple. Look at the barriers that hold a plant back.

First is the belief […]

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