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RCM should be a living program

If this is true, how does the CMMS community (easily) capture failure history in a format conducive to updating the failure mode and maintenance tactic? And if these RCM Analysis results are stored in external system (or Excel) then this adds a lot of extra clicking .... which means the odds are greatly reduced if any update or analysis will ever be made. And even more to the point, lets be real. If the CMMS community had 15,000 sites, and there were at best 500 sites that performed RCM...

One operator can wreck a machine faster than 10 maintenance technicians can repair it

This is an Uptime Magazine article (Aug/Sept 2016) titled " Maintenance Is Really Not the Problem " written by R. Keith Mobley Fifty years ago, many were convinced that maintenance was at the center, if not the entirety, of the problems that plagued industry. Because of this belief, the focus was on building world-class maintenance organizations. Success followed success and the number of companies able to achieve and sustain world-class maintenance grew significantly. The problem was, and...

Lessons learned from Reliabilityweb.com’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Summit

Lessons learned from Reliabilityweb.com’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Summit held at the Reliability Leadership Institute Fort Myers August 2-3, 2016 (Thanks to our friends at ThingWorx by PTC for supporting this event) 1) The Industrial Internet of Things is here now and the pace of adoption is increasing rapidly 2) Many Reliabilityweb.com solution providers do not have a strategy to leverage innovation resulting from new technology capabilities 3) Literally all business is at risk...

Many complain about lack of Leadership support. But ... what if we do? Then what?

Leadership for Reliability is one of the verticals within Uptime Elements. You may be CRL or CMRP certified, but when back at the plant, it is often a struggle to get upper management to listen. After all, you're just a supervisor. Yes, they let you attend the conference, but they didn't intend to really pursue any of those initiatives. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ But what if the exact opposite happened? Would you be prepared? And, would you know what to say?

Predictive analytics: Does it really matter?

A lot has been said and written about predictive analytics. Most of the attention focuses on applying forecasting techniques to the domains of marketing and security. More recently, however, the rise of machine generated data (e.g., M2M, Industrial Internet of Things, Industries 4.0, etc.) has opened a new playground for data scientists. Read more here

How our perception shapes our experience of reality, and how that can be a source of power

“Reality is what we take to be true,” pioneering physicist David Bohm asserted in 1977 . “What we take to be true is what we believe. What we believe is based upon our perceptions. What we perceive depends on what we look for. What we look for depends on what we think. What we think depends on what we perceive. What we perceive determines what we believe. What we believe determines what we take to be true. What we take to be true is our reality.” How do you think this relates to Reliability ...

Losing Predictive Maintenance (PdM) techs to service companies

I recently got a message from a Maintenance Manager friend of mine. He said he just lost his third Predictive Maintenance Technician to a Predictive Maintenance service company who hired them at slightly higher salaries. To make matters worse, the Maintenance Manager had previously gone to bat to get approval for the company to sponsor and pay for training classes and certification including Vibration Analysis, Ultrasound and Infrared. Now he has nothing to show for the time, money and...

Lessons in Handling Asset Management Information

by Claire Gowson Asset Management Consultant at eAsset Management So, when was the last time you made a decision based on gut feel? That is, a choice based on what your intuition told you, rather than weighing up more obviously tangible or robust evidence. Was it choosing breakfast (yes – that is the most literal example of gut feel I could think of!)? Deciding whether you wanted a second date? Or was it hiring a new employee? There are some decisions in life where gut feel plays an...

Why Train for Machinery Lubrication?

Des-Case, a global manufacturer of specialty filtration products, has released new whitepaper “Why Train for Machinery Lubrication?” The eBook can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/1t6iUsb . “Like most improvement initiatives, education is an investment,” said Product and Educational Services Manager Jarrod Potteiger. “To ensure the greatest measure of success, it is essential that all individuals involved with the maintenance or operation of lubricated equipment be educated to some extent on...

San Francisco’s $1.3 billion maintenance backlog a “slow motion train wreck,”

A new report is calling San Francisco’s $1.3 billion maintenance backlog a “slow motion train wreck,” but city officials say the numbers in the report don’t tell the whole story of how the work is managed. A civil grand jury report released this week warns that a failure to make maintaining city assets a priority will drive maintenance costs up by more than $800 million unless addressed. The report notes that this year, $11.3 million — or 0.2 percent of the city’s general fund — will go to...

Collision-tolerant Drones and UAVs

In another industry first, DJI has partnered with Swiss aerial technology company Flyability to integrate the Lightbridge 2, an ultra-reliable image transmission system, with the collision-tolerant Elios aircraft. Elios is the first UAV designed for inspection and exploration of inaccessible or confined spaces. With a robust enclosure giving the system the ability to withstand impact, the Elios leverages Lightbridge 2 technology to reliably navigate complex structures and metallic...

Things to Think About and Do (2016)

The team at Reliabilityweb.com and Uptime Magazine has a mission to discover and deliver information that makes you safer and more successful. We hope the work done through the magazine, website, e-mail, events and Uptime Elements Reliability Framework serve that purpose. This project is designed to prepare you for the future, the one that is knocking on your door at this very moment. We asked some of our respected friends whom we consider to be thought leaders to look into the future, share...

Asset monitoring - a new approach

Mention the phrase ‘asset data collection’, or even the more modern activity of ‘remote condition monitoring’, and you tend to see a blank look and eyes glaze over. Somehow the whole business of monitoring and recording assets is a ‘turn off’ when compared to other elements of railway engineering. It’s so much more exciting to be designing things at the forefront of technology, or project engineering the installation and commissioning of a new system. Being given the job of asset recording...

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