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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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We sit down for our weekly maintenance scheduling meeting and present our operations counterparts with a schedule that requires 4 hours of downtime in the middle of the week. They immediately start horse-trading and ask questions like “can you do it in 3 hours?” or “can’t we just skip it this week?” Why do they […]

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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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Why do people not understand the P-F Curve? At a recent maintenance function, I asked 70 maintenance and reliability professionals how many of them had heard of the P-F Curve and only about 10% stated they had. From that 10%, only 1% felt like they truly understood it. This […]

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The P-F Interval Made Simple

As explained by: Ricky Smith, CMRP

The Conversation Begins!

In the world of Maintenance and Reliability one may read information which sometimes becomes a little confusing. I wanted to provide a simple understanding of the P-F Curve and how […]

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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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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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