Does it seem like every day it is the same old thing and even though you try your best to make improvements in equipment reliability, they never seem to stick? I know the feeling, and it is frustrating. What if you could improve equipment reliability in seven days? I know what you are [...]

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Why do people not understand the PF Curve? I guess we could say it is because ”you don’t know, what you don’t know” however I believe people just do not truly understand the value of it.

The number one questions I receive all the time is: “What is Proactive and what is Reactive Work?”, [...]

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Do you want stop failures? MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) is the best known metric for measuring and managing equipment failures worldwide however most organizations never use this metric. In the illustration above a Reliability Manager for a large mill began measure MTBF for all electric motors (900) in her mill. The output was reduced motor rebuild cost and [...]

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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 [...]

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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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You must read this email I received recently, it is a wonderful insite into the problems most Maintenance Managers Face -Maintenance Techs just being honest.

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, [...]

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Lubrication related bearing failures account for 60% to 80% of premature bearing failures.  These bearing failures are due to either  a lack of lubrication, under lubrication, or using the wrong lubricant for the wrong application.

Using an ultrasound instrument  to listen to the bearing while [...]

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“Tired of Fighting Hydraulic System Failures?”

Lack of maintenance of hydraulic systems is the leading cause of component and system failure yet most maintenance personnel don’t understand proper maintenance techniques of a hydraulic system. The basic foundation to perform proper maintenance on a hydraulic system [...]

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“The  best way to predict the future is to create it”
-  Peter  Drucker

How does an organization evolve to the next level of Maintenance and/or Reliability Maturity? This question has been asked by Maintenance and Reliability Managers for as long as I can [...]

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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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