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Great Article on How to Make all of Your Maintenance Employees Stay! Close with a quote like this and you have both my curiosity and my attention.  Great read!   “Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase it, we can catch excellence.” Vince Lombardi

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Lets get one thing out on the table before we get started; perfection is unobtainable.
No matter how much we try, there will always be an unlimited capacity for personal improvement, for team improvement…so much more out there.   When we can accept this idea, the future becomes pretty exciting.

What does any of this […]

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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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Repeatable, effective maintenance procedures are seen as “not required” by most maintenance organizations however this couldn’t be further from the truth.  Over my career I have seen thousands of examples of human variation creating equipment failure at the wrong time. We as humans are built to produce variation in almost everything we do. Most people […]

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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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“PM Procedures are not Built to Stand Alone – Without Effective Replacement / Restoration Procedures Failures will Continue”

In the field of maintenance the traditional approach has been to rely upon the intuitive knowledge and skill of the crafts-persons who conduct it. There is a great deal of pride of workmanship and, […]

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You must read this email I received recently, it is a wonderful incite into the problems most Maintenance Managers Face based on Maintenance Technician Feedback

Ricky,

I received some positive feedback from the two maintenance fitters sitting in with myself on your session on maintenance of hydraulic systems.

It was interesting afterwards, the comment was, “we know […]

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