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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...
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Asset and Maintenance Management Improvement Program for a Large...
We improved performance of mining and processing operations to support business objectives through an in-depth asset and maintenance management review.
Are your KPIs supporting your processes, or just measuring...
Usually KPIs focus on the outcomes of our processes, but if we aim to manage processes for more predictive outcomes, we need to develop KPIs that support them.
Planning and scheduling: getting the basics right
How do we ensure that planning and scheduling department processes are performed effectively? By understanding the function and boundaries of the two processes.
We optimised our preventive maintenance without realising it
Review your preventive maintenance tasks. Commission a PMO process for your plant and equipment. You may be surprised at how much maintenance you don’t need to be doing.
Have you outgrown your perfect repairables management system?
The system was perfect. Everyone knew what to do when a component failed. Everyone knew how to determine where to send the part for repair.... then Bill left.
How to prioritise maintenance work orders
Almost every Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS) contains a field where you can set the work order priority, but few define how it is to be used.
Availability vs reliability: which is more important?
There is often confusion among those new to maintenance management and reliability improvement regarding the difference between availability and reliability.
Planning pitfalls – industry lessons learned in maintenance planning...
Let's explore the planning process and five of the common improvement opportunities we commonly observe, from supply relations to stakeholders.
Scheduling pitfalls – industry lessons learned in maintenance planning...
In this second article in our maintenance planning and scheduling series, we explore five of the common issues that affect the scheduling process.
“The big picture” – industry lessons learned in maintenance...
Let's explore some of the “big picture” systemic challenges associated with the overall maintenance planning and scheduling process.
Creating the environment for successful root cause analysis
Experience tells us that, in practice, there are several barriers that inhibit the success of implementation of Root Cause Analysis (RCA) practices.
Why you don’t need software to perform root cause...
A growing number of root cause analysis processes are being supported by software. We need to be careful not to oversell the benefits of software in effective RCA.
Why team-based approaches to root cause analysis are more...
There is a school of thought, particularly among more highly qualified engineering personnel, that problem solving and root cause analysis is best performed by “experts” in their fields.