Five Whys and Wishbone: Program and Training Sponsorship

Friday, 18 May 2018 by Shon Isenhour

 

Over the years I have seen many sponsors give great supporting speeches but I have also noted a few that failed miserably along the way. Lets learn from them. One in particular was the kick off of a new root cause analysis facilitators program in a facility with a history of " flavor of the month" programs and lack luster performance. The "leader" did not attend the workshop because he was...

9 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Next Maintenance Conference

Wednesday, 04 April 2018 by James Kovacevic

How to Ensure Your Attendance at A Conference Delivers An ROI

Maintenance, reliability, and asset management professional are constantly continuing their professional learning.  This learning usually takes place at one of the numerous world-class conferences available across North America and internationally.  These conferences allow professionals to observe and connect with the latest tools,...

Using Reliability Analysis to Determine Spares Stocking

Monday, 02 April 2018 by James Kovacevic

How to use an FMECA or RCM Analysis to Determine What Spares to Stock

Who Owns Equipment Reliability?

Monday, 19 March 2018 by James Kovacevic

Why maintenance performance alone will not deliver sustainable performance

The Moving Target of Excellence

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 by Madelaine Hallman-Kenner

Why the End of the Maintenance & Reliability Journey Is Never Over

I am often asked, what is the benchmark for a particular KPI.  At first, I would quickly answer the target from the SMRP Best Practices Guide.   Depending on the organization and the maturity, I would either see their faces light up or see them shut down.   If they shut down, what momentum was present, quickly vanished.  If...

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...

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