The Hunger for Reliability

Tuesday, 08 August 2017 by Shon Isenhour

So summer is here in the US and when I think of summer I think of food from the grill, cold drinks and fun on the water around the Charleston area where I live. Just this last week I was out on the boat doing a little fishing after work. As I drifted down the river enjoying the water and the cold beverages, I begin to smell the third component of summer… grilled food. Since I had the first two...

"Somebody's Fault Tree" The Ultimate Guide to Playing the RCA Blame Game

Friday, 04 August 2017 by Shon Isenhour


Nine "Ps" for Profitable Plant Reliability Improvement Efforts

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 by Shon Isenhour

So if you could sum up the common areas of focus during reliability improvement efforts what would they be? 

The thought behind this blog post was if someone ask us what we are doing or what all is involved in a reliability improvement effort, how can we give them the scope in a concise, and memorable way. This could be used early on in the discovery or kick off phase to outline without...

Three reasons why I detest "wrench time" as a benchmarking tool.

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 by Shon Isenhour

Ranting about Reliability:

Wrench time and wrench time studies are two of the most misused, misunderstood, and painful to deal with elements of maintenance benchmarking for three reasons:

  • different definitions and standards
  • data that is skewed by the act of collection
  • overzealous comparisons of dissimilar metrics from different locations

We all like the implications of knowing the amount of...

3 Reasons Why Operations Does Not Support Maintenance and Reliability

Monday, 31 July 2017 by Shon Isenhour

One of the most common things maintenance folks say is that operations does not support maintenance and reliability. It sounds like this:

"If it weren't for operations we would be reliable"

"They think their job is to break it and then it is our job to fix it... and fast"

"They will not let us have the equipment for PM and they wonder why it breaks down"

Want to know what operations has to...

Your Master Plan Meets My Needs! Let me tell you how.

Friday, 21 July 2017 by Shon Isenhour
Master planning our change initiatives is not always our favorite part of a new project but today I am going to show you why it is crucial to success when people are involved. You can forget this blog if your project does not affect people... which is approximately nearly never. So the master plan or project plan is simple a list of task that need to be done to complete the project and reach...

The 10 Traits of High Maintenance Manufacturing Organizations:

Thursday, 20 July 2017 by Shon Isenhour
Seeing the Forbes Article on  The (Unlucky) 13 Traits of High Maintenance People  it made me think. What are the traits of a high maintenance manufacturing organization or facilities?  So let’s look at 10 of the 13 categories from the article but in the context of manufacturing and reliability. 1 -They have urgent “needs.” To a high maintenance sites, everything is urgent. All the repairs...

68 Percent Infant Mortality: Not in my plant!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 by Shon Isenhour


Maintenance Planners: Are they focused on the future or pulled into the present? Their boss decides!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 by Shon Isenhour
How does organizational structure dictate focus? This week I am working with a client that is building their future state organizational structure to support reliability improvement. The question they ask was should the planners report to the maintenance supervisors for the area they plan for? My response was a sometimes controversial one but I truly believe it based on my experience and...

Are Your Reliability Efforts Haunted by the Lack of an Effective Plan?

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 by Shon Isenhour
So many facilities struggle with timely results and expected return on investments within their reliability improvement efforts. One of the demons that continuously shows it's face is the sequencing within the improvement plan. Sites tend to want to pursue the exciting and fun things and forget many of the foundational elements that support the shiny stuff.  For example a site will purchase...