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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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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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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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Just to create some discussion, I was looking at slide recently that showed a P-F curve and in my mind it mislabeled both point P and point F.  The slide stated that point P was where the failure occurred, and point F is the point in time when the component fails.  My understanding from researching a few documents […]

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Searching for RCM Answers

On August 15, 2011 By

I’m beginning to have a love/hate relationship with the internet. The technology that allowed me to launch a business and build a brand name for RCM Blitz™ has in recent years become a place where there is so much information it has become difficult for people to find good information.


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My first introduction to equipment reliability came in 1988 at Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester New York.  Jerry Haggerty, one of the founding members of SMRP (Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals) had begun to assemble a steering committee of Kodak Maintenance professionals who would begin working together sharing information on equipment reliability.  As a […]

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Top 10 Questions: RCM Facilitation

On October 29, 2010 By

Having facilitated hundreds of Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) events over the past fifteen years, I have a list of questions that I am frequently asked by customers. While the questions do vary from time to time, the ten most common are:

1. What criteria should we use to select an asset or piece of equipment […]

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