Nine "Ps" for Profitable Plant Reliability Improvement Efforts

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 overwhelming. 

I have listed nine things that I would focus on and they all start with P for ease of remembering.

Predictive Maintenance

Using technology to understand e

equipment condition in a noninvasive way before the functional failure occurs

Example: Vibration, Ultrasonic, Infrared

Preventive Maintenance

Traditional and more invasive time based inspections which should be failure mode based

Example: Visual Inspection of gears in a gear box

Precision Maintenance

Doing the maintenance craft to the best in class standards to prevent infant mortality

Example: Alignment, Balancing, Bolt Torquing 


Clear series of steps to identify, prioritize, plan, schedule, execute, and capture history with who irresponsible for each

Example: Work Identification Process, Root Cause Process. Work Completion Process

Problem Solving

The process for understanding the real causes of problems and using business case thinking to select solutions  that reduce or eliminate the chance of recurrence

Example: Root Cause Analysis, Fault Tree, Sequence of Events

Prioritizing of Work

The process of determining sequences of work as well as level of effort using tools like equipment criticality and work order type

Example: RIME index 


These are the processes required to have the right part at the right time in the right condition at the right place for the right cost

Example: Cycle counting process, proper storage procedures, kitting process 

Planned Execution

This piece is about taking the identified work and building the work instructions, work package and collecting the required parts and then scheduling the execution.

Example: Job Packages, Schedules, Gantt Charts


This is where we deal with the change management and leadership portion which is required in order to true make a change to the organization 

Example: Situational Leadership, Communication Planning, Risk Identification, Training

So here are my nine "Ps"  that you can share as early communication to get your organization on board with your reliability efforts and develop the Profit we all want. 

What would you add?