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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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Shutdowns (Turnarounds, Outages) seem to be a big topic in my life lately.  We as a maintenance and reliability community are starting to realize that these necessary events are an opportunity for returning value to the organization.  It makes me wonder if there are other examples of these types of activities out there that we […]

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Stay Classy!

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I have just left a small roundtable discussion in Brussels where the topic was overcoming our MRO issues.   In attendance were leaders working in industries as varied as pharmaceutical, discreet manufacturing, marine, as well as food and beverage.  So much insightful discussion, but here is what I left the table with:

Takeaway No. 1:  We […]

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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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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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by Ron Thomas

(Excerpt taken from Chapter 5.3, Rules of Thumb for Maintenance and Reliability Engineers)

Performance measurement is a fundamental principle of management. The measurement of performance is important because it identifies current performance gaps between current and desired performance and provides indication of progress towards closing the gaps. […]

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MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT PHILOSOPHY  -1979

Alumax Mt Holly

by John Day PE, Maintenance and Engineering Manager

(1 of 3 plants worldwide ever to be certified as ”World Class Maintenance”)

Alumax of SC began development of the maintenance management concept with […]

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Failure Reporting Process Map for MTBF – Just my thoughts

How good is your organization at identifying failures? Of course you see failures when they occur, but can you identify when recurring failures are creating serious equipment reliability issues? Most companies begin applying RCA or RCFA to […]

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