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Get the most from attending conferences!

Hi everyone! With reliability, maintenance and asset management conferences there are a few things you can do to get the most from your time. Review the schedule and marking up a few "must go to see this" presentations Attend a few presentations that stretch you and challenge your thinking - be open to new ideas Meet and talk to at least 10 people per day that you have never met before Be prepared to share your own knowledge Have fun, get some fresh air, go for a walk! Looking forward to...

The Penalty of Leadership

In every field of human endeavor, he that is first must perpetually live in the white light of publicity. Whether the leadership is vested in man or a manufactured product, emulation and envy are ever at work. In art, in literature, in music, in industry, the reward and the punishment are always the same. The reward is widespread recognition; the punishment, the fierce denial and detraction. When a man’s work becomes the standard for the whole world, it also becomes a target for the shafts...

Plan or "hope for the best" when managing change?

Hi: I'd be interested to hear how people in the asset management / reliability community handle change. Do you plan or just put a plan for change out there and hope for the best? Do you use any change management tools / models? There are some fairly simple, quick tools out there and I'd be happy to share if anyone has interest.

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’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Summit

Lessons learned from’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 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...