Understanding the SMRP Body of Knowledge

Friday, 27 April 2018 by Madelaine Hallman-Kenner

In preparation for our next SMRP Body of Knowledge Review workshop coming up June 19-21, James wrote an excellent blog post on understanding the SMRP Body of Knowledge.

Graduate of the Month: April 2018

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 by Madelaine Hallman-Kenner

Congratulations to our Graduate of the Month for April, Joy Becker of Mosaic. This girl has only been working on her iBL Reliability Engineering curriculum since November of 2017. This program usually takes 12 months to complete. She completed her program with flying colors in 5 months. WAY TO GO JOY!!!!

Joy started with The Mosaic Company in May 2017 as the Mine Reliability Engineer and is...

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...

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...

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,...