10 Quotes That Could Mean Your Maintenance Program is Not Quite Best Practice

The following are quotes I have heard over the years that might not speak well of your maintenance and reliability efforts or the culture that has been created. The question is have you heard any of these in your facility? What did you do?

"I don't need a vibration analyzer, I use a screw driver and my ear." 

"Prebreak is a thing. You can not go to break with dirty hands"

"The way we do it now is obviously the best way... Obviously, or we would not do it that way."

"A hammer is a precision maintenance tool and a knife is an acceptable screwdriver"

"Grease is grease and oil is oil"

"Is this an interruption? My break clock restarts with any interruptions"

"My maintenance jobs expand and contract to fit the job estimates. Tell me how long you want it to take"

"Our maintenance guys come in pairs and sometimes coveys regardless of the size and scope of the job"

"Our maintenance guys know the best gossip because we send them back and forth over and over for parts and tools and they see and talk with everyone."

"Yea we have predictive maintenance tools they are on the shelf in the office" under a coating of dust.

"We need to shorten this scheduled outage. What PMs can we skip?"

Here are some examples from some of our friends in the industry

Covey Hall, CRL
Global Manager of Engineering and Consulting Services at Lloyd's Register Energy - Drilling (LRED)
"Uncontrolled items in store room with UBG written on them ("Used, but Good")"

Matt Spurlock, CLS, CMRP, CRL
Specializing in Lubrication Program Optimization and Oil Analysis Prgm Development. Real Results. Real Reliability!
""the red grease is better than the brown grease"; "we put three shots of grease in a small bearing and five shots of grease in a big bearing"; "we don't have any lubrication related failures""

Ana Maria Delgado, CRL
Marketing & Communications for LUDECA Alignment | Vibration | Balancing
"And there are those who still don't believe in precision alignment...“We don’t use no fancy alignment tool. All we need is a straight edge.”"

"That will not work in this environment!"
"We are different!"

Alan Knight, CMRP
Maintenance and Reliability Engineer at Mueller Company
"I've heard this one more than once from more than one facility: I can align it just as good as a laser with a straight edge or a string."

Matthew J. Hahn
Vibration Engineer
"We still run into a lot of folks who still "do not believe" in vibration analysis. It's remarkable on the one hand, but it's also a great indicator that the plant/ship is probably suffering from poor program management."

Please share your favorites below in the comments... Do not be shy we know the quote came from another plant not the one you work in now.

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