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The Cultural Shift That Can Save Lives

An interesting statistic reveals that 65 percent of the American population feels certain they are better at math than half the general population. While both ironic and funny, it is also quite telling of how people naturally tend to overestimate the likelihood of positive outcomes compared to less desirable results. It is simply human nature to hope for the best outcome. For the most part, there is no real harm in believing one’s math skills are better than they really are. But, when you overestimate the reliability of equipment that you count on every day to perform your various jobs, the results are not just surprising – they can be dangerous.


Do We Really Want to Be Proactive? (Part1)

As we struggle to move from reactive to proactive maintenance, maybe at some point we just need to stop and ask ourselves the basic question:

"Do we really want to be proactive in maintenance? Really? Honestly?"


REACTIVE MAINTENANCE is dealing with loss issues due to equipment malfunction that show up unexpectedly and repairs have to be done immediately, on a crisis basis, in a very inefficient, unplanned, unscheduled way.

PROACTIVE MAINTENANCE is monitoring equipment for signs of deterioration and performing the necessary repairs and adjustments, when needed, in an efficient, planned, scheduled way, before a loss issue actually happens.

Who wouldn’t want to operate in the Proactive Mode?


Using Digital Technology to Revolutionize Turnarounds

When industrial companies have to take facilities off-line for essential maintenance or upgrades, careful management of the process is key. These turnarounds, or TARs, can be complex and require meticulous planning and solid execution because delays only mean more lost production and higher costs.


Truth in Adoption: How Far in the Future Is IoT for ACM Applications?

Judging from the independent perspectives of three very different industry observers, the Internet of Things (IoT) for asset condition monitoring (ACM) applications is quite far into the future. Plant Services, a mainstream industrial trade publication, Gartner, Inc., a prominent global market research organization, and Russell Reynolds Associates, a leading global executive search firm, have each recently published surveys and opinion pieces that offer the perspective of industry insiders on the outlook for IoT ACM applications. The consensus is that the market may not be as ready or willing as its suppliers would have everyone believe.


Reliability and the MRO Supply Chain: 4 Essential Tools

Many companies continue to struggle with the maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) issue by ignoring or at least tolerating the existence of the MRO storeroom and the necessary operations around it. Few companies work to improve the MRO function in the supply chain and some do not even consider MRO storeroom management as part of plant operations at all. Others are striving to strike a balance in managing MRO.


Strategy of Asset Management Seen as a Chess Game

Chess is a challenging game that tests a player’s ability to think methodically and strategically in order to beat an opponent. It involves specific knowledge and skills, along with a strategy. Engineers could probably say with confidence that all the attributes used to win a chess game are applicable to their work. They are especially prevalent when maintaining equipment. Chess attributes can help you successfully implement effective asset management strategies and help you win the game against your competitors.

When implementing asset management in an organization, it is not always about the tools and the systems available. In today’s world, organizations have recognized that it is essential to use other dimensions to help with the implementation. This article explains these “out of the box” dimensions mentioned in PAS55 Standards for Asset Management and compares these attributes to chess strategies.


Reasons Why Health Facilities Need CMMS in 2016

The challenges of running a maintenance department that is efficient and praised by top management and staff members may seem insurmountable but not when you have a Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS). The responsibility of maintaining and managing an excellent healthcare facility calls for the use of a computerized system that is effective. So, what is CMMS software? The use of CMMS coupled with commitment from management, as well as efficient planning and scheduling, can transform the operations of health facilities.