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I really enjoy Maintenance and Reliability Conferences, I know… I’m supposed to call these Asset Management Conferences but I’m old school I guess.  I prefer to manage people and maintain assets.  And,  if one does well with both they should have reliable equipment but I am already off on a tangent.  I enjoy conference because […]

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Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill will visit MCC (Monroe Community College) tomorrow as part of an initiative to improve the American workforce.  Apparently some of the folks who live and work in Washington D.C. have gotten the message/idea that our Skilled Trades workforce isn’t what it used to be.  A message that […]

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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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20 years ago, I began my first assignment as a Reliability Engineer at Eastman Kodak’s Photo Chemical facility in Rochester, New York. Now, I understand that I just lost several people who began reading this article by using the words “photo” and “chemical” in the same sentence, but 20 years ago, most photography was still […]

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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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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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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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Nearly thirty years ago I entered into a formal Pipefitter Apprentice Program in Rochester, NY.  At the time I was just looking for a job and the skilled trades had always offered stability, a means to earn an income and start a family.

What I didn’t know at the time was the impact my […]

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Murphy’s Law

On March 8, 2012 By

I have spent the better part of the last fifteen years of my life working with some of the best companies in the world helping them to understand failures, how failures occur,looking for ways to detect, reduce and eliminate failures.   One of the first things I learned in performing Continue Reading

The Definition of Insanity???

On February 21, 2012 By

One of the basic concepts of understanding equipment reliability is the Potential Failure Curve (P-F Curve) and several years ago I added some additional slides and graphics to my P-F Curve module to help people better understand the importance of a sound maintenance strategy.

I once again woke […]

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