I Wish My Boss Were Here For This Training!

Friday, 31 July 2015 by Jon Bailey

I hear the title quote "I wish my boss were here for this training" or "My boss needs to hear this" after almost ever training session we do. Sometimes it is a leadership or communication class other times it is reliability or manufacturing improvement sessions but the response is nearly the same every time. I take this quote to mean at least two things:

Congratulations to eStudios!

Thursday, 16 July 2015 by Jon Bailey

We are proud to announce that our production studio, eStudios, has won a Telly Award for a humorous video they created about a company's biggest competitor - doing nothing. Staying complacent is is a dangerous and costly way of thinking, and in this slapstick infomercial, we highlight the absurdity of this commercial with the absurdity of actually doing nothing.

Why eLearning Is Your Best Choice

Friday, 08 May 2015 by Jon Bailey

A lot of people are wondering about this new educational phenomenon called eLearning. As technology changes, so does the world, and it is only fitting that the way we teach and learn would evolve with those changes. If you think about it, education has changed very little over the past 5,000 years. A professor teaches a class of students face-to-face. They use books, they write things down on...

Strategies to Survive the Skills Gap

Monday, 02 February 2015 by Jon Bailey

Use technology and human resources approaches to mitigate the effects of the retirement of trade professionals.


Two Things Engineers Consistently Get Wrong

Thursday, 30 October 2014 by Jon Bailey

As I think back over the years of site assessments, reliability implementation, and coaching of facilities and engineers globally there are two concepts that consistently show up as weak areas with engineers in manufacturing environments. The first is true in-depth "root causes" problem solving (this is different than the "engineers jumping to conclusions process" that many employ) and the second...

What Is A Flipped Classroom?

Thursday, 11 September 2014 by Jon Bailey

The flipped classroom is a what is known in education as a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Short video lectures are viewed by students at home or work before the face to face class session, while in-class time is devoted to application exercises, projects work, or group discussions. The video lecture or elearning is often seen as the...

Understanding Asset Related Criticality: Managing asset by criticality (Part 3)

Friday, 05 September 2014 by Jon Bailey

Darrin Wikoff shares the final installment in his three part series on Asset Criticality.

Understanding Asset Related Risk: Part 2 What can be learned from the number?

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 by Jon Bailey

Darrin Wikoff shares the second post in the series on criticality. WHAT CAN BE LEARNED FROM THE NUMBER? This is the point where most asset management processes go wrong. Many models in use today will set a criticality ranking based solely on the scoring range. For example, an asset which scores between 75 and 100 may be considered “critical”, while an asset that scores less than 25 may be...

Understanding Asset Related Risk: a three part series

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 by Jon Bailey

In this weeks post Darrin Wikoff shares the first of of a series on criticality. Although most asset management processes are based on managing risk, many organizations fail to fully understand the meaning behind an “asset criticality” ranking. Most asset management professionals will tell you that the “critical” assets have the greatest impact on the plant’s mission, be it production rate,...

Precision Maintenance: Belts, Chains, and Sprockets

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 by Jon Bailey

Belts, chains, and sprockets, chances are you have at least one if not all of these in your facility, and chances are you’re relying heavily on experience and judgment instead of quantitative inspection criteria. All too often the importance of proper inspection techniques and defined replacement criteria for these critical parts are overlooked. Don’t believe me? Just pull up some of your PM...