Why the End of the Maintenance & Reliability Journey Is Never Over
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I am often asked, what is the benchmark for a particular KPI. At first, I would quickly answer the target from the SMRP Best Practices Guide. Depending on the organization and the maturity, I would either see their faces light up or see them shut down. If they shut down, what momentum was present, quickly vanished. If they were meeting the target (and the KPI and supporting data checked out), […]
Preventing Contamination During Lubrication
I can remember the first time I was told to grease a bearing. I ask the millwright “How do I know when there is enough grease?”. He responded, ” When you see it come out of the sides of the bearing”… How many of you had this same experience?
During this brief instruction, there was no mention of selecting the right grease, preventing contamination, etc. So, with this experience in mind, I wanted to provide what I believe […]
Understanding the Key Components of an Effective Lubrication Program
Lubrication is often overlooked in organizations. Why it is overlooked, I am unsure. Maybe it is because it is considered to be a basic job, given to the apprentice, or it is just too simple to not to do it correctly.
However, with a focus on lubrication, many failure mechanisms can be reduced and the equipment life prolonged. But implementing an effective and world-class lubrication program is not simple. It requires a dedicated focus to implement […]
Why maintenance performance alone will not deliver sustainable performance
More than once or twice, I have heard, if we just got the maintenance department sorted out, our OEE would increase. I have heard this coming from not only operations and management, but also maintenance staff. While it is true that how effective and efficient the maintenance department is will have a direct impact on the operation’s performance, it is not maintenance alone that will enable success.
How to ensure your assets are on a solid foundation
Installing an asset is a critical step that can impact reliability short term and long term. Often times assets are installed without much thought. They are thrown on the machine base, anchors drilled and away the operation goes.
But while focusing on the Installation – Potential Failure – Failure curve, it becomes obvious that time and precision during the installation point can greatly extend the life of the […]
How to use an FMECA or RCM Analysis to Determine What Spares to Stock
Determining which parts of stock can be a very overwhelming process. As such, many choose to blindly accept the OEM or Manufacturer’s recommendations. And why shouldn’t they? The OEM has many years of experience in building these types of assets and supplying spares, right?
One of the common issues with following the OEM recommended spare part lists, is that there are often there are parts that may not be used, […]
How to use FMECA to drive reliability improvements in your organization
An important part of the Reliability Centered Maintenance process, or used as a standalone approach for less critical assets; the Failure Mode Effect Criticality Analysis is vital reliability tool. However, a large percentage of organizations do not take advantage of the tool during the design phase of the asset, or to develop the maintenance strategy once the asset is installed.
Why this tool is not used often, I […]
Some Insights into the Current Status of Maintenance & Reliability Fundamentals
Let’s face it, we as engineers, maintenance staff, etc. all love technology and the newest gadget. Our industry is never short of these new and shiny techniques, tools, sensors, etc. Now, this new tech can lead to significant improvements in availability, OEE, or uptime. But these are not the silver bullets many claim them to be… especially if the foundational elements are not in place.
I had […]
Understanding who owns the storeroom processes and stocking strategy
There are two different perspectives on the maintenance storeroom. These perspectives are on who owns the operation of the storeroom. Some believe that Maintenance owns the storeroom and the operation of it. Others believe it is Procurement, or potentially Logistics or Warehousing. Some organizations require the storerooms to be operated by a consistent group, while others leave it up to the site.
How to Balance the Cost of Maintenance
There is not a single maintenance department that I am aware of that has an unlimited budget. If you are aware of one, please let me know as I would love to see if it is successful or not.
Since most of us do not have an unlimited maintenance budget, we need to be smart about how we spend our maintenance money. Therefore there needs to be a balance and well […]