A Balanced Improvement Strategy

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

Facts and Statistics on Growth, Skills, Reliability, and Manufacturing

Monday, 23 October 2017 by Shon Isenhour
Today's blog post includes many facts and statistics that I have collected while preparing to present at the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufactures Reliability Conference this week. This is the group formally known as NPRA and if you are going to be their look me up. These tidbits are from various recent magazine articles and studies and will help you communicate the need for both...

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...

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...
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