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I have always been told to keep work and politics separate, and for the most part I always have but then I had this crazy dream last night.  I was watching the news as I was falling asleep and growing frustrated by the constant blaming and finger pointing that goes on in Washington D.C.  It’s […]

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One of the painful things about performing a Reliability Centered Maintenance analysis on a piece of equipment is that we address all of the likely failure modes on a piece of equipment, whether a company believes they have a good PM task in place or not. Last year, I was working with a […]

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Several weeks ago a customer I worked with back in 2005 called me to ask some questions about a specific Root Cause Analysis process they were using as well as the facilitator they were working with.  While I was familiar with the RCA process they were using I admitted to them I had […]

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“Times change Doug, and quite frankly most people don’t like change.”  This is what lots of people tell me when I grump and grumble about any task that takes me away from what I perceive to be my job.   In my simple view of the world my job is to please our customers so they […]

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Continuing the series that started with maintenance technicians and supervisors, if you are new to the position of Operations Supervisor, what are some of the things you can begin working on immediately to improve reliability within the area you work?

1. Learn Your Process – The first thing someone is going to tell […]

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I witnessed a strange event while facilitating a RCM Blitz™ recently.  We were discussing the causes of why product labels were not being applied or misapplied to bottles.  After listing the first five or six causes someone on the team stated the labels could also be placed upside down on the bottle if they […]

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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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As I attend various reliability conferences year after year, I have noted that each conference will address the topics of Root Cause Analysis, Reliability Centered Maintenance, and Reliability Measures as separate and distinct topics.  Some of the presenters at these conferences will even lead us to believe all we need is this one tool, apply […]

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