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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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We all have flaws. No one is perfect. We all put our pants on one leg at a time. Life is really about understanding our strengths and weaknesses.

Anyone who has experienced their share of success and as well as failure in the business world has heard these phrases before.  […]

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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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Preventing Disasters: Failure Modes and Malaysia Flight 370

Doug Plucknette and Allied Reliability Group take the tragedy of Malaysia flight 370 very seriously and our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families of the passengers.  We use Malaysia Flight 370 as an example for educational sake solely in the […]

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Friends at work? Really?

On October 22, 2013 By

I always get something out of the SMRP conference, in 1998 it helped me to start a business, this year it provided an answer to a question I have been asking myself for nearly twenty years.  What was so special about the first maintenance group I worked with?

I mention this group in the forward […]

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I have been asked this question a number of times by clients who are getting started with their Reliability Centered Maintenance effort; having been in the business going on twenty years, I have some standard replies worked out. However, in one particular case the customer wasn’t finished because after I replied, he followed […]

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Feeling the Heat!!!

On July 9, 2012 By

With the recent heat wave that has its grip on the Eastern 2/3 of the United States a large part of our population is learning very quickly what terms reliability and maintenance are all about.  While I would prefer we learn about these terms and the consequences of being unreliable as a result […]

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Today’s blog (The first on my new site) is going to be a little different than most, it came to me in different way as well.  While most of the things I blog about come from working at plant sites and performing RCM Blitz™ analyses at plants around the world, this blog […]

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In honor of all the year-end top 10 lists, here are the worst/best phrases or excuses uttered this year in a RCM analysis.


10) I’m not sure what type of grease we use in that bearing, but it does get lube […]

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As we address failure modes during a RCM analysis I often pose the question why did this component fail? 

One of the most common answers is “stuff happens”…… If I have heard this phrase once, I have heard it 10,000 times.  In fact if I could […]

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