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The Next Generation of Maintenance Reliability

Connected and integrated tools, sensors and software provide maximized uptime.

As industrial production rapidly transforms, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) drives plant-wide changes and enhanced asset health and maintenance management. Facility managers, engineers and technicians must be able to rely on their equipment’s operation. Monitoring assets and assessing their health is of paramount concern to detect problems before catastrophic failures.

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Reliability & Information

Problems with reliability appeared with the beginning of human activity. However, the ways of solving these problems were different and they were changing with growing complexity of technical systems. The retrospective view shows that the way of solving reliability problems depends on the ratio between the complexity of the system and the ability of people to obtain information about the system and its elements.

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What’s in Your DNA?

Uptime® Elements – A Reliability Framework and Asset Management System™ uses mental models and systems thinking to ensure a consistent language of reliability is embedded in the culture.

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Some Plain Talk About Nuts and Bolts Part 2 of 2

Part 1 of this two-part Q&A series covered torque specifications, why good tightening practices are important and fastener identification. This next Q&A provides detailed information answering frequently asked questions about the hardware to help you understand what is involved with quality bolting practices.

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Does Relying on Criticality Put Your Organization at Risk? Part 1

This article is Part 1 of a series focusing on risk as an enabler for asset management. 

It argues the case for moving away from criticality to an ISO31000 risk-based approach. Part 2 will address how to effectively model asset risk in complex systems.

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The MRO Dilemma: Major Time, Minor Spend

A universal situation in the world of the maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) supply chain is that managing the process consumes an inordinate amount of time from all plant departments. The MRO spend is only six to 10 percent of a plant’s total, but it absorbs 70 to 80 percent of all transactions and causes 50 percent of the emergencies affecting plant reliability.

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Habits Are the Building Blocks to Sustainability

What habits do you have at your workplace? What work habits do your peers have?

Habits can ruin your life or make it better. You choose which habits form your lifestyle, but can corporations choose the habits that form the behavior(s) present in its workforce?

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Completing the Curve

Back in the June/July 2006 issue of Uptime, I authored an article entitled Expanding the Curve detailing why the traditional P-F curve was incomplete. While it was expected that the article might elicit both positive and negative comments, it came as a surprise how strong some of those opinions were.