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I have been working in the field of Maintenance and Reliability for over 30 years now, and I have to say the business has changed significantly in these three decades. 

Improvements in technology have not only automated a large percentage of today’s manufacturing equipment, but we can also use various tools, technologies and equipment to […]

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At a conference last month someone approached me and asked how he could determine if his companies RCM programs was successful.  I quickly listed out the seven items below and as it turned out he stated that they only satisfied only one of the items on the list.

The reality is a successful RCM […]

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I can honestly say, nobody I know of likes reading or hearing about recalls in the automotive industry.  I recently read about the GM Recall of 1.3 Million Vehicles and thought to myself- are they considering the failure modes?  If a company makes the decision to recall a bunch of vehicles you […]

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I was touring a plant with a client today to get a look at a system we were about to perform a RCM Blitz™ on and as stopped to look at a piece of equipment  I noticed one of their tradespeople who was in the process of replacing a rather large gearbox digging through […]

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Full Blown RCM?

On June 19, 2013 By

I’m looking for your opinions on this one, as usual I have my own but I am very interested in what the masses have to say. Someone a few weeks back made the statement that in most cases for critical assets they think they like to use RCM Blitz, “but for something really critical we […]

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Those famous words from Apollo 13 Pilot Jack Swigert, while actually misquoted, still apply to so many things today that they have become a very common phrase.  I used the phrase recently with a customer who was looking to optimize both the frequency of his proactive maintenance tasks and his spare parts. […]

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A few months back, I wrote a blog resulting from a conversation I had with a group of Maintenance Technicians who were attending the International Maintenance Conference (IMC) in 2011. While the group was enjoying the conference and learning some new things, the general consensus was that they felt they would not […]

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Very early in my career in maintenance I worked as a Pipefitter in a chemical plant where part of my duties included cleaning plugged process piping and condensers.  The process of cleaning this equipment  known as liqua-blasting uses high pressure water fed through either a hose or wand equipped with cutting nozzles that would break […]

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The Value of Precision Maintenance

On September 26, 2012 By

Every once in a while someone asks me a question that catches me off guard, the kind where you have to stop and think and there is that long uncomfortable pause.

As your brain attempts to quickly sort through its database of answers like a contestant on Jeopardy you still an a mentor want to ensure the […]

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    As companies around the globe look to improve equipment reliability I can’t help but think of the Technicians and Craftspeople I had a chat with after a conference presentation.  As they step up to introduce themselves to comment on the presentation some will often say “I really liked your […]

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