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.

Tim Goshert was the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals’ (SMRP) chair from November 2007 to October 2008. He has a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and was worldwide reliability and maintenance manager at Cargill (www.cargill.com) from 2000 to 2010 and was in that role the entire time he served on the SMRP board of directors. Goshert retired from Cargill in March 2012 and became a principal for Allied Reliability Group (www.alliedreliability.com) in Charleston, South Carolina. He is level-2-certified in many condition-based technologies and became a certified maintenance and reliability professions (CMRP) in 2001.

With more than 30 years of experience working in the food processing industry, Goshert has extensive experience in plant operations management, project engineering, construction management, and maintenance and reliability management. During his tenure with Cargill, one of the world’s largest food and agricultural processing companies with more than 1,200 processing facilities and 139,000 employees globally, Goshert was involved in and led the reliability improvement processes for 20 years. In his worldwide reliability and maintenance manager role, Goshert was responsible for the company’s reliability and maintenance initiatives and served as chairman of the company’s reliability and maintenance steering committee. The steering committee members educated Cargill’s business units in the company’s reliability and maintenance vision, strategies, and tactics.

Goshert has served on the SMRP board of directors for the past eight years and also served as SMRPCO chairman in 2005. He has represented SMRP on the establishment of Global Forum on Maintenance and Asset Management (GFMAM) and has served on the executive committee as vice chair and treasurer. He now resides in Minneapolis with his wife, Anne, and two daughters, Abby and Maggie. He is an avid baseball fan and enjoys travelling and reading in his leisure time.

PS: What are the big changes you've seen in maintenance and reliability from when you were SMRP chair to now?

Tim Goshert was the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals’ (SMRP) chair from November 2007 to October 2008. TG: Since 2009, I believe several key developments have been taking place globally. The formation of the Global Forum on Maintenance and Asset Management (www.gfmam.org) began an era of cooperation between maintenance and asset management organizations in many countries. The Global Forum vision is to be the worldwide community of organizations providing leadership for asset management and maintenance communities. Another key development to the field of asset management domain was the introduction of PAS 55 by the United Kingdom’s Institute of Asset Management (IAM, www.theiam.org). The PAS 55 effort has led to the evolution of an ISO standard for asset management, ISO 55000, 55001, and 55002. The ISO development work has been underway for the past three years. The first version of the ISO standard will be introduced in the fall of 2013. These efforts will advance our field significantly over the next decade.

PS: What is the one accomplishment under your leadership that you're most proud of?

TG: I was part of the SMRP board of directors for eight years, including one year as chair in 2008. I am proud of the growth of SMRP during the past decade. Membership has grown to 4,000+ members, quadrupling in size. Also the CMRP and CMRT certification processes were developed during these years. These certifications have been a great asset to the maintenance, reliability, and asset management community over the past decade. The development of SMRP’s Body of Knowledge and Metrics products has brought significant value to the industry. I believe the hard work of many SMRP volunteers have resulted in many member benefits and have fueled the growth and status of SMRP globally. I am honored to just be a part of SMRP’s effort.

PS: Who in the SMRP organization had the biggest influence on you and your career?

TG: I want to thank Fred Dunbrack and Bruce Winkler for allowing me to join board meetings from early on with the board of directors when I first got involved with the SMRP certification effort in 2000. Fred and Bruce encouraged me to get involved and not to be shy about giving ideas and having input. I also want to thank Larry Cote, Chuck Armbruster, and Tom Byerley for being great mentors to me while serving on the board. I am also proud to have served on eight board of director leadership teams of SMRP in the past and appreciate all the hard work and dedication of those volunteers on the boards, as well as the host of committee members and staff. I would like to thank the many individuals that have helped me in many ways during my tenure of the board.

PS: Where is the maintenance and reliability profession headed, and where would you like to see it go?

TG: I see increasing awareness from business leaders that there are fantastic business opportunities of reliability, asset management, and maintenance improvement. Several high-profile failures in industry over the past few years have awakened the industry board of directors and C-level members. They are realizing the need to have a proactive approach to asset management and maintenance. This business environment is full of opportunities for maintenance and reliability practitioners. The time is now to capitalize on the awareness and enlightenment. I foresee that in the next decade we will see major acceptance of these principles within companies. I hope it will rival the advances to safety and environmental performance decades ago.

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