AMPEAK 2022: Key issues, themes and trends
It was great to attend the Asset Management Council’s annual AMPEAK conference in Canberra once again. Here are the key themes and trends from the event.
Our top 5 articles of 2021
Thanks to the hard work of our team, we published 36 new articles in 2021. Which were the most useful to you? Let's reflect on our top articles of...
Breaking the cycle of reactive maintenance
When you are in the reactive maintenance "death spiral", it takes a major change of approach to break out of it - not just fixing the symptoms of bigger...
Shutdown planning: are you setting up to fail?
How many times have you heard maintenance staff blame the planners? Let's discuss how to avoid common shutdown planning issues, to help your teams cooperate.
How to estimate the economic value of improved maintenance...
Using a value driver tree to estimate Economic Value Added can help reliability and maintenance managers build a business case for improvement initiatives.
Overcoming the challenges of a reluctant maintenance culture
It can be necessary to change the management culture, in order to improve maintenance processes and save money and increase reliability in the long run.
Finding cost-effective solutions to supply management problems
Using past experience as a case study, let's take a look at how supply, warehousing and stock control can be improved from a shop-floor perspective.
6 tips to sell your asset management vision to...
Let's explore how we might go about selling the vision for asset management, and engage with senior leadership so that they can provide ongoing support.
What is the 5 whys technique?
The 5 Whys technique offers a simple, effective way to uncover the root of an issue. It is best used in troubleshooting and quality-improvement initiatives.
Strategic asset management for City West Water
We assisted City West Water to develop their initial Strategic Asset Managment Plan, and align with the Asset Management Accountability Framework.
The value of work management systems
Due to my background in maintenance execution, I have had to deal with the pointy end of maintenance for more years than I care to mention. I have done...
What does a maintenance supervisor do?
Every company has a different idea of what a mechanical supervisor is responsible for, but there is still a core focus that should apply to anyone in the role.
Capital risk based budgeting for City West Water
We assisted City West Water to demonstrate the financial risk associated with asset condition and pending asset failure, giving them a clear 5-year plan.
5 quick tips for an effective CMMS
Your computerised maintenance management system may be the right fit for your organisation, but it can only be as good as your end users and their training.
The consequences of poor maintenance planning and scheduling
Proper maintenance planning and scheduling is key in keeping component wear-out manageable and predictable. Let's explore what can go wrong if we ignore it.
Getting the most value from your CMMS
There is no perfect off-the-shelf CMMS. Let's discuss how you can tailor your business processes to match your information system workflow, and vice versa.
How important is management of change?
Let's discuss the issues that can be caused when a management of change procedure is not followed (or in this case, does not exist).
What does a reliability engineer do?
Reliability engineers should be focused on guidance, analysis and improvement - not on managing the day-to-day execution of maintenance tasks.
Covered in slurry: the importance of proper root cause...
Stopping a root cause analysis at human error, or at the obvious component failure level, is unlikely to prevent future failures.
7 tips to become a strong reliability leader: Moving...
It doesn’t matter where in the organisation structure you are, you have the capability to influence others - and this is at the core of leadership.
How to create opportunities for teamwork and learning: Moving...
There is little point in having a strategic vision unless you actually allow your people to learn and apply their new skills.
How to improve cross-functional collaboration: Moving from a repair-focused...
As organisations move into the planned maintenance environment, the nature of the relationship between production and maintenance changes.
Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) in action: apron feeders
Let's use the example of apron feeder maintenance to illustrate how you might develop a better maintenance strategy for your key assets.
2021 asset management and maintenance priorities report
We surveyed maintenance and asset management professionals from a range of industries to determine what their priorities were for that year and what initiatives they were putting in place.
How to align reward systems with strategic goals: Moving...
Want to encourage change within your organisation? Here are some tips to build a successful environment and answer the question: "what's in it for me?"
How to build a business case for reliability improvement:...
Let’s examine how you might estimate the costs and benefits associated with a reliability improvement program, to develop a sound business case.
We trimmed and wrapped over 1000 roses for Cystic...
Last Thursday we were thrilled to once again participate in the preparation for 65 Roses Day, hosted by Cystic Fibrosis WA.
How to ensure a long-term strategic focus: Moving from...
Most maintenance organisations are looking to move from a repair-focused to reliability-focused culture, but what are the characteristics of each?
6 key themes from Mainstream 2021
We were proud to once again participate in Mainstream. Here are some of the key themes discussed at this year's conference.
Best Practice Maintenance Assessment for a Large Port Operator
Based on our best practice maintenance assessment, we assessed the maturity of the client’s maintenance management systems and practices.
ISO 55001 Certification for Pioneer Energy
After completion of a readiness and gap assessment of Pioneer Energy’s asset management system, we continued to support its journey to ISO 55001 certification.