Voices: Big Picture Interview

Big Picture Interview is a Q&A series featuring industy thought leaders.

Pass-along knowledge for the next generation of engineers and operators

In this Big Picture Interview, Robert Perez explores the role of the machinery reliability engineer.

Robert X. Perez is a machinery reliability engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the petrochemical industry. He earned a BSME degree from Texas A&M University, College Station, and an MSME degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and he’s a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas. He has written extensively about machinery reliability and served on the Turbomachinery Symposium Advisory Committee for 10 years.

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Mentoring the next generation of maintenance and reliability leaders

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North American Maintenance Excellence

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The financial impact of equipment reliability

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Predict and manage materials by analyzing data

Tim Meyer discusses how Toyota uses information to make its supply, assembly, and delivery processes better.


Manage data in its continuous flow through your organization

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Material handling and the Baby Boom generation

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Engineering is a team sport

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How do you make sense of so much information from supply to demand?

John Hayes talks about Big Data, supply chain, and material handling.


Finger on the pulse of manufacturing

In this Big Picture Interview, Rick Drumm talks about energy management, lean manufacturing, reshoring, and site selection.


Qualified workers at the ready

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The rhythm of industry

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Lubrication plays a major role in Turkey’s energy production

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In this Big Picture Interview, Chuck Armbruster explores the past, present, and future of maintenance and reliability.


4 stages of an asset's life

In this Big Picture Interview, Stan Moore says design, installation, operation, and maintenance emulate the legs on a stool.


Take a proactive approach to asset management and maintenance

In this Big Picture Interview, Tim Goshert says proactive asset management could see advances similar to those in safety and environmental performance.


Maintenance and reliability to the fore

Former SMRP Chair Fred Dunbrack speaks about the state of the maintenance profession.