Graduate of the Month: February 2018

Monday, 26 February 2018 by Madelaine Hallman-Kenner

We are excited to announce our February Graduate of the Month, Clark Bond of Weyerhaeuser. Congratulations on your many accomplishments throughout your iBL journey, Clark!

Managing: You Might Be Doing It Wrong.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 by Madelaine Hallman-Kenner

Let me ask you a question; what is the difference between someone who manages and someone who leads? Some would say that they are the same. “A manager is in charge of leading the team.” That is a valid statement, yet we have all had that manager that will delegate all jobs until there is none left for them and finish by saying, “I’ll be in my office if you need anything.” The better question...

Understanding the Importance of Machine Bases: How to ensure your assets are on a solid foundation

Monday, 12 February 2018 by James Kovacevic

Installing an asset is a critical step that can impact reliability short term and long term.  Often times assets are installed without much thought.  They are thrown on the machine base, anchors drilled and away the operation goes.

Laser Focused Turbo Implementation: Throwing the BS flag again

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 by Shon Isenhour

We live in a world where we are constantly sold silver bullets, magic pills, and laser focused turbo implementations. When in reality it takes focus, time, knowledge, and grit to implement organizational change. If someone promises you instant implementation, throw the BS flag. (If you don't have one let us know, we have plenty.) Real change takes more than a few weeks; no matter how many...

Learning to Crawl, Before You Can Walk and Run

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 by James Kovacevic

Some Insights into the Current Status of Maintenance & Reliability Fundamentals

Let’s face it, we as engineers, maintenance staff, etc. all love technology and the newest gadget.  Our industry is never short of these new and shiny techniques, tools, sensors, etc.  Now, this new tech can lead to significant improvements in availability, OEE, or uptime.  But these are not the silver bullets many...

What Is In and Out In 2018: The Maintenance and Reliability Edition

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 by Shon Isenhour

As James Kovacevic and I sat around and talked about trends in Maintenance and Reliability going into 2018 we noticed that we could see some elements that had fallen out of favor in 2017 (at least in North America) and others that have become the hot new thing. Out of that became the list you see above. Many of the decisions have been driven by the return of manufacturing demand and the need...

10 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Next Maintenance Assessment

Friday, 29 December 2017 by Madelaine Hallman-Kenner

Another great blog post from James Kovacevic:

Assessments are a key tool for driving sustainable improvements in you Maintenance, Reliability, or Asset Management program.

When you hear the work assessment or audit, does it send shivers down your spine?  Do you envision a week or two of some “expert” digging through your data, processes, and performance, looking to get you in trouble for...

The Importance of Documentation in Precision Maintenance

Thursday, 28 December 2017 by Madelaine Hallman-Kenner

Why Proper Documentation Will Lead to Sustainable Improvements

Imagine being able to look back and see what settings the equipment was last ran at for a particular SKU. Or being able to look back at the last three alignment inspections and see that slowly the alignment is drifting. What could you do with this type of information? You could perform Root Cause Analysis to see why the alignment...

Maintenance and Reliability Engineers: How Are They Different, and How Many Should I Have?

Tuesday, 26 December 2017 by Shon Isenhour
So another common question that manufacturing maintenance folks ask when designing a new reliability organization is about the Maintenance Engineer (ME) and how he is different from the Reliability Engineer (RE) and how many of each they should have. We could dive into the details of the accepted responsibilities of each but I have a nine page job role comparisons that include planners, REs,...

A Balanced Improvement Strategy

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 by Shon Isenhour
Guest Post this week from Darrin Wikoff