Reap the rewards of a preventive maintenance approach.

Improving your approach to maintenance can bring great value, from increased equipment reliability to improved safety and fewer shutdowns. For more articles exploring maintenance process improvement, subscribe to our newsletter.

8 elements for successful performance measurement

Let's discuss the essential elements for a successful performance measurement system, and how to motivate your organisation towards higher performance.

Big data, predictive analytics and maintenance

How are big data, the internet of things, predictive technologies and predictive analytics impacting on preventive and predictive maintenance activities?

What is preventive maintenance optimisation (PMO)?

In preventive maintenance optimisation, the key objective is to review the current PM program, starting by assembling all of the tasks that it consists of.

Reliability centered maintenance (RCM) vs preventive maintenance optimisation (PMO)

Let's compare reliability centered maintenance (RCM) and preventive maintenance optimisation (PMO), and determine which approach is best for you.

Introduction to the PF interval

This video introduces the PF Interval: one of the core principles that underpins reliability centred maintenance and preventive maintenance program development.

4 tips for maintenance productivity improvement

In this short video we give 4 practical tips that can help you to improve the productivity of your maintenance function.

5 tips for a better asset register

Your asset register is the foundation on which your asset management information systems are built. Here are 5 tips to make sure yours is rock solid.

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.

Why root cause analysis is not just ‘common sense’

Let's discuss some of the practical issues surrounding root cause analysis implementation within organisations, and how to obtain success from these processes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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