Voices: Boiler Room
If you’ve been around the business world for a while, chances are you’ve been burned at least once by used equipment. Or, you’ve tried to restart an old, mothballed system that simply no longer functioned. In the early days, this was a frequent occurrence, an accepted cost of doing business. We took our chances and hoped that the equipment would, or could be made to, operate reliability. In those days, we had little choice - there was no way to measure the equipment’s operating condition. Fortunately, things have changed. Predictive maintenance technologies provide a cost-effective means of verifying the operating condition before we buy or install.Read More
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- Oct 3, 2007Plant managers need a KPI dashboard to show them, in clear terms, the current status of every system under their control.
- Sep 12, 2007Educating the workforce, from the CEO to the newest plant-floor employee, is critical to change. Regardless of source, education must be followed with comprehensive training that exposes the organization's critical core to available possibilities. Such training begins the culture change process and produces a core group that can continue the transformation.
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- Jul 2, 2007True asset management isn't a system you can buy. Instead, it's a business discipline that is enabled by the people, processes, data and technology involved. If you want an optimum outcome, apply risk management during the project's entire duration.
- Jun 4, 2007Many plant managers aren't aware of the four ways they can help optimize asset reliability to reduce cost, maximize asset utilization and increase plant capacity. It's about time they became engaged in the reliability process.
- May 17, 2007There seems to be a universal sense of denial amongst decision-makers, says Keith Mobley in this month's Boiler Room. Find out how to admit what you don't know, and how to improve your plant in the process.
- Jan 18, 2007Companies invest substantial amounts of money and time in developing risk management plans that are designed primarily as reactive response procedures for events that happen and little in plans or actions specifically designed to prevent the disasters.
- Dec 17, 2006Use reliability to protect you from being caught off-guard by environmental incidents.
- Oct 5, 2006Short-term and long-term solutions can increase reliability, asset availability, utilization, quality and capacity, but they're not easy or simple. Look at the barriers that hold a plant back.
- Aug 7, 2006The dilemma that American companies face and will continue to face during the next five to 10 years is having a poorly educated, unmotivated workforce when something else is needed to operate and maintain ever more complex production and information management systems.
- Jul 24, 2006It seems that preventive maintenance (PM) is now a misguided and misused term, says Ricky Smith in this month's Boiler Room. A little deeper thinking can lead to more effective preventive maintenance.
- Jun 19, 2006Change management should involve questioning those closest to the situation to determine the best plan for solving the problem. Then all management has to do is implement the recommendations. Is it really this simple?
- Jun 7, 2006Engineered coatings provide new levels of maintenance efficiency, energy savings and safety. Advances in materials science are opening new doors for industrial coatings, says Sheila Kennedy in her monthly Technology Toolbox column.
- May 17, 2006Statistical analysis and time-based preventive maintenance don't really address the ability to perform. It's time to get familiar with the definition of reliability.
- Apr 17, 2006Leaders need to create and sustain continuous path without upsetting his employees. Learn how to clear a solid path and have the workforce follow you to great heights.
- Mar 29, 2006Is your maintenance crew in a reactive mindset? Check out a list of qualifiers to find out and then learn how to change it.
- Feb 21, 2006Regular columnist and contributing editor Keith Mobley, CMRP, says that a best practices plan for maintenance must contain a tactical component, but not ignore a strategic one.
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