Get your reliability game running: Know where you are and where you're going

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This is part 1 of the Plant Services' August cover story. My company, Lucite International, is a global player in acrylics manufacturing, and we pride ourselves on always setting our standards high. However, in 2015, our reliability program was not meeting our high organizational standards. Over the years, Lucite invested a good deal of money in smart control valves, monitoring software, and other new technologies, but these improvements were never fully integrated into a comprehensive reliability program.Our reliability team operated with two main strategies. The most-critical assets were designated as “stop to fix”: When vibration monitoring consultants detected a…

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    By George Simonoff and Bob Kazar, The Wonderful Co.

    Editor’s note: George Simonoff, CMRP, and Bob Kazar, CMRP, serve as director of reliability and director of reliability systems, respectively, at Los Angeles-based The Wonderful Co. Kazar additionally was chairman of SMRP from 2015–2016. At a reliability conference in Las Vegas last spring,…

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  • Applying reliability principles at the plant and at home

    By Thomas Wilk, editor in chief

    This month marks the first anniversary of my wife and I becoming homeowners for the first time.It took a little longer than expected to hit this milestone – for example, my little sister bought her first home nearly 25 years ago – but at least the delay gave me a lot of time listen and learn…

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  • Get your reliability game running: Know where you are and where you're going

    By Victor Foster, CMRP, Lucite International

    This is part 1 of the Plant Services' August cover story. My company, Lucite International, is a global player in acrylics manufacturing, and we pride ourselves on always setting our standards high. However, in 2015, our reliability program was not meeting our high organizational standards. Over…

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  • Get your reliability game running: Plan for the future

    By Victor Foster, CMRP, Lucite International

    This is part 2 of the Plant Services' August cover story. My company, Lucite International, is a global player in acrylics manufacturing, and we pride ourselves on always setting our standards high. However, in 2015, our reliability program was not meeting our high organizational standards. Over…

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  • How mobility is reshaping asset management best practices

    By Sheila Kennedy, CMRP, contributing editor

    Plant professionals are most productive when they are up and about – not tethered to a workstation. Mobility is a natural element of Industry 4.0 and asset performance management (APM) 4.0 because it fosters proactive activity through constant connection to information. Mobile enterprise asset…

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  • Lessons in manufacturing workforce management from 'Thomas and Friends'

    By Christine LaFave Grace, managing editor

    I have an almost 2-year-old son at home, and this sweet kid has a passion for trains unlike anything I could have imagined for a kid not old enough for preschool yet. We live a few blocks from a rail line, and he and I walk down the block, up the next street and down a big hill almost daily to…

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