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10 Reasons Why You Should Audit Your Vibration Monitoring Program NOW!

If you are currently running a vibration monitoring program in-house or outsourcing it to a consultant, before you potentially throw any more money in the toilet, you really need to audit your vibration monitoring program and ask yourself if you are getting any value out of it.

10 Steps to Pump Reliability - Part 1

By Tom Dabbs and Dan Pereira

Pump reliability is an old topic, but it is just as relevant today as it was the first time we heard it a few decades ago. There are some very good reasons to focus on improving pump reliability:

10 Steps to Pump Reliability - Part 2

by Tom Dabbs and Dan Pereira

Hopefully you read Part 1 of “Ten Steps to Pump Reliability” and have been anxiously awaiting to read Part 2 of the article. You may get the impression that implementing these steps will be costly and very difficult to achieve. The thing you need to bear in mind is: “You are already spending the money.” The only question is: “Are you getting the result from your pumping systems that you are looking for?”

If you can create an environment that allows your entire team to become engaged in implementing these concepts, it will be the best investment you ever made. Deming said it best:

“Your system is perfectly designed to give you the results you are getting.”

10 Things You Can Do Right Now To Improve Reliability

Publishers Note: We recently challenged our good friend and maintenance expert Ricky Smith to tell us 10 things we can do today - not 10 things we can buy today - to improve reliability at our plants. No new software, no new hardware, no new consultants. Ricky did as Ricky usually does and showed up with goods!

We admit he did include one "buy recommendation" but we let it pass because it falls under US$100. Here is what he came back with. - Terrence O'Hanlon, CMRP

10 Things Your Equipment Operators Can Do Today to Improve Reliability

by Doug Plucknette

There’s no denying that the equipment that makes your products and the operators who operate it are the most valuable assets an organization has. So unless you are actually manufacturing product and putting it out the door, you are overhead. From the janitorial services to the CEO, you are just another additional cost that has to be included in the cost of the product.

13 Facilities Management Conferences Worth Attending in Early 2015

The new year brings each of us an opportunity to refocus and reprioritize.

While some may interpret that as a reason to renew old gym memberships, we were actually thinking more along the lines of sales and marketing strategies for 2015. A number of important facilities management-related conferences are coming up during the first half of 2015 across North America, and now would be a good time to start making plans to attend some of these.

16 Question Survey

The Manufacturing Game has developed a short 16-question survey based on Joseph Campbell's concept of a Hero's Journey.The survey is designed to facilitate the story writing process, and it guides the writer through the writing process. They provide this survey to maintenance and reliability professionals for their own use. Clients may opt to use the written story internally or share their success with others by approving it for publication in external publications such as the our quarterly TMG newsletter or a monthly magazine like Uptime Magazine.

See the list below for the 16 questions in the survey, as it relates to writing about Action Team successes.

2005 Summit Award presented to RCI President, Charles J. Latino

by Charles Latino

Terrence O'Hanlon, CMRP, and RELIABILITY Magazine together with Robert Baldwin, Editor of Maintenance Technology, selected Charles Latino as recipient of the 2005 Summit Award. Mr. Latino was gracious enough to enlighten us with some of the wisdom he has collected over his years as a reliability pioneer and leader.

2013 Uptime Award Winner: If Reducing Unplanned Downtime Is Your Goal, What Is Your Game Plan?

by Dragan Trivanovic & John Yolton

IS BETTER THAN 50 PERCENT accuracy an objective or goal for a condition monitoring program? Do you measure accuracy of recommendations as an output of your program? It is not unusual for paper mills with mature condition monitoring programs staffed by competent, skilled and experienced technicians to achieve over 95 percent accuracy in the prediction of a failure, and somewhat less accuracy, due to lack of knowledge and data, of the recommended corrective action, which for some, is still a whole lot better than flipping a coin. But how about a goal of zero unpredicted failures?

2015 Revisions to NFPA 70E & CSA Z462: Change: The Only Constant

There are a few universal truths in life:

  • The sun will rise in the east every morning. 
  • There is nothing in the world as cute as your baby...except maybe your dog. 
  • Politicians will always disappoint us...always. 
  • And, just when you think you really know the latest revision of a standard, the new revision is ready for print.

21st Century Oil Analysis – Fantastic Gains – Still More to Learn and Do

by Jack Poley

A year ago, I wrote an article on the New Paradigms in Oil Analysis and Condition Monitoring (Uptime, Feb/March12) citing the huge gains in-service oil analysis (OA) has made in the last decade.

3 Keys to Improved Bolted Flange Joint Integrity

"That all important clamping force which holds the joint together - and without which there would be no joint - is not created by a good joint designer, nor by high quality parts. It is created by the mechanic on the job site, using the tools, procedures, and working conditions we have provided him with . . ."

3 Reasons Why Executives Should Keep an Eye on Machine Intelligence

by: Henning Anthonsen

Sometimes an innovation comes along, that deserves the attention of executives in multiple sectors and industries. In this case, the innovator is not a single person or company. Rather, the innovators are a group of well known leading, global brands: Google, Facebook, IBM, Twitter, Microsoft and Yahoo.

3 Simple RCA Facilitation Tips

By Ned Callahan, Apollo RCA Facilitator and Trainer, ARMS Reliability

“How long should an RCA take?”

This question is similar to how long is a piece of string?

3 Steps and 3 Tools that Organize and Improve Your Problem Solving Capability

by Mark Galley

Basic Elements of a Comprehensive Investigation
By Mark Galley, ThinkReliability

The terms failure analysis, incident investigation, and root cause analysis are used by organizations when referring to their problem solving approach. Regardless of what it’s called there are three basic questions to every investigation: 1 - What’s the problem(s)? 2 - Why did it happen (the causes)? and 3 - What specifically should be done to prevent it.

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