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10 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Next Maintenance Assessment

Assessments are a key tool for driving sustainable improvements in you Maintenance, Reliability, or Asset Management program.

When you hear the work assessment or audit, does it send shivers down your spine?  Do you envision a week or two of some “expert” digging through your data, processes, and performance, looking to get you in trouble for something you did or didn’t do?

While some audits may be to find issues or wrongdoing, most assessments should be viewed as a key activity to improving your […]

Plant Hexcellence™ – Proactive Maintenance

“Ensuring our Assets are managed in the most cost effective manner”

Proactive maintenance is key to successful organizations’ long-term strategies for managing costs and equipment.  Using modeling, analyses and audits in conjunction with proactive maintenance measures can ensure smoother operations, resulting in less downtime and money saved.

Proactive maintenance is usually reserved for those organizations who have worked their way up from being reactive and fire fighting. […]

Plant Hexcellence™ – Performance

“If we don’t measure it, it does not really exist.” 

I am not sure where the quote originated. Maybe it was derived from other very similar quotes that I have found through my research, but I did not create it and do not remember where I heard it and do not take credit for it. Nonetheless, it is a very true statement.

This article is the continuing efforts to uncover the ever-elusive gem called Asset Management. I did not choose the reference of a “gem” […]

By | 2017-10-29T20:51:10+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Asset Management, Business R&M Strategy|0 Comments

Plant Hexcellence™ – Policy & Procedures

Meeting all of the regulatory and compliance requirements

This article is the 4th in a series of articles. The series documents the continuing journey and quest for a guide to Manufacturing Excellence. The frame we are using to guide or lead us through this journey is the proprietary model called Plant Hexcellence™.  As we were discussing in the last issue, the Processes Cell is used to visually map out the flow through a procedure or methodology. We also discussed the connection between the Processes cell and the Policy and Procedures cell.

Turning to the P&P […]

By | 2017-10-22T19:05:51+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Asset Management, Business R&M Strategy|0 Comments

Plant Hexcellence™ – Processes

Plant Hexcellence™ – Processes

This is the third installment of six in the Plant Hexcellence exploration journey. The first two articles addressing both the “People” and the “Plant” cells with the corresponding facets.

All of the cells are interrelated and that is what brings the Asset Management strategy full circle, but there are some facets that need to be discussed specifically and how they interrelate.  We will be talking about Policy & Procedure in the next issue, but Processes have so much inter-dependency with that cell that it requires a brief discussion now. […]

By | 2017-10-22T18:36:57+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Asset Management, Business R&M Strategy|0 Comments

Plant Hexcellence™ – Plant

Plant Hexcellence™ – Plant

In the previous article describing the Plant Hexcellence™ model, we started with people and just as we said that all change starts with the people, the purpose of that change revolves around the plant or assets themselves. Inherent with having a manufacturing company has a manufacturing site and equipment to create the widget or product you are selling. Without the plant, there is no need for the people or any change.

The Plant Cell encompasses more than just physical assets–it also includes the methods, risk evaluation and mitigation strategies you’ll employ […]

Plant Hexcellence™ – People

Plant Hexcellence™ drives culture change.  People drive sustainability.

We as employers, hire employees but what shows up every morning are people. They carry with them baggage, but the same things that create the imperfect person, also are the same things that give them strength, integrity, loyalty, and ingenuity.

It was not an accident that the top and most prominent position of the model is People. Success or failure of your company/organization all starts with your people (if you haven’t read the book by Cliff Williams, titled “People – A Reliability Success Story,” you […]

The Plant Hexcellence™ Model

An Asset Management Model that Drives Operational Excellence

Many strive to achieve Operational Excellence (OpEx) but never quite reach their goals. You have to ask yourself why? There are many reasons, and that alone could be a whole series of articles, but most prominent is that they do not have a vision or model of Operational Excellence that meets their business needs or is “Fit for Purpose”. Most really don’t understand operational excellence and what it truly means. They attach themselves to one specific component like LEAN or Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) and […]

By | 2017-10-01T19:11:07+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Asset Management, Business R&M Strategy|0 Comments

9 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Next Maintenance Conference

How to Ensure Your Attendance at A Conference Delivers An ROI

As the kids go back to school, maintenance, reliability, and asset management professional resume their professional learning.  This learning usually takes place at one of the numerous world-class conferences available across North America and internationally.  These conferences allow professionals to observe and connect with the latest tools, technology, and techniques in our amazing professional.

Sometimes it is difficult for the maintenance, reliability, and asset management professionals to get […]

By | 2017-09-25T04:57:42+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Capability, Capability, Knowledge, People, Competency|0 Comments

Ensuring Equipment Doesn’t Grow Out of Alignment

Understanding & Compensating for Thermal Growth

A major asset is being installed, and the asset is vital to the success of a brand new, high-profit product being introduced to the site.  This product is enough to keep the site operational for many years to come.  The installation of the asset is critical, and there is extensive prep work to eliminate soft foot, ensuring the base is flat (using geometric measurement) and that the asset is aligned properly.

Shortly after the installation is […]