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While working in the field of Asset Management, formerly known as Maintenance and Reliability, for over 30 years, I have worked with my share of Managers and Leaders. Those who have known me for years know that I started in the field as a Pipefitter Apprentice, worked as a Journeyman and Team Leader for a […]

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Life’s Big Steps

On September 4, 2014 By

I wrote the following to my three children nearly 10 years ago. Our first was about to leave the nest, our second would be heading off to College and our third would be entering High School.

Today our Granddaughter took that first big step onto the school bus and our Grandson will soon take those […]

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My Take On Disruptive Passengers

On September 3, 2014 By

Excuse me, do you mind…

Three times in the last week a US based commercial flight has had to make an unscheduled landing as a result of passengers arguing about legroom.  It seems today’s airline passengers are upset with the lack of legroom in the coach cabin. They blame the airlines for continuously […]

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On a recent WebEx conversation with a Plant Manager, we were discussing who should be on the RCM team that was about to perform their first RCM analysis. I had just stated that we would need two of their most experienced maintenance technicians, folks who would be considered experts in the equipment we were about to […]

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Are You Engaged?

On August 19, 2014 By


A word that has several meanings, most in fact think of an upcoming wedding, a young couple excited about the idea of getting married, starting a home and a family together and all the exciting things that come with being in love.


But this isn’t the kind of engagement I want […]

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Following up on the article I wrote on “The 10 Mistakes That Ruin Preventive Maintenance”, here is something that is far worse. While Preventive Maintenance only applies to at best 11% of your components, Predictive Maintenance (PdM) applies to a much larger percentage of your equipment, and it requires a much larger investment in equipment […]

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I got a call from an old friend a few weeks ago; he had started a job with a new company a couple of years ago in what he thought was a position of influence and two years later he was questioning his decision to accept this position. “I think I have used up the […]

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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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Things I Learned by 50!

On May 27, 2014 By

Old is relative.

I can remember thinking my dad was old when he turned 50. While I might look old to my kids I don’t feel old. When I look in the mirror each morning I still see the person I saw yesterday and he doesn’t look any older than he did the day before.


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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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