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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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?

Asset Performance Management (APM) – Key implementation issues and...

Let's discuss the challenges that we have observed our clients struggle with as they have implemented their APM solutions, and how to avoid falling for these same traps.

Asset Performance Management (APM) – What is an Asset...

What is an APM system, where does it fit in the Asset Management information system landscape, and what you should hope to achieve through implementation?

Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Asset Performance Management (APM)...

Can you make sense of your asset related data? Can you use this data to optimise your business? Integrating data from the EAM system is not always smooth sailing.

The importance of a no-blame culture for safety and...

It seems to be a common human reaction to any major adverse event that one of the first, emotional responses is to try to find someone that we can...

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.

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.

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.

Putting a value on maintenance and reliability improvement

Let's consider how to obtain value in maintenance and reliability improvement projects, and approaches that we can take to estimate value from the improvement.

Big data, predictive analytics and reliability: moving beyond better...

In this article, we continue our exploration by considering how developments such as big data and predictive analytics are contributing to reliability improvement.

4 essential tools and techniques for improving equipment reliability

Let's discuss some of the key tools and techniques that can be used to contribute to sound equipment reliability, and where these may be applicable.

4 things supply can do to assure asset reliability

Being at the tail end of the operational chain, supply can often bear the brunt of poor decisions made by asset designers, or during operations and maintenance.

4 ways maintenance managers can impact on equipment reliability

Let's explore some ways in which maintainers and maintenance management can impact on equipment reliability, and some suggestions to improve reliability via better maintenance.

How operations management can impact equipment reliability

Let's explore the key ways in which operations management can impact on equipment reliability, and offer some practical suggestions to improve reliability.

Design your asset life cycles for reliability

Let's explore the communal accountabilities that should be considered in the design phase of an asset life cycle, and the roles that different parts of an organisation play to...

Reliability is everybody’s responsibility

We are fascinated by disasters, yet everyday in our workplaces, mini-disasters occur with monotonous regularity. Why should we accept that failure is the norm?

Continuously improve your preventive maintenance program

It's ideal to embed continuous improvement of your preventive maintenance program as part of day to day business. Let's discuss how to make that happen.

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.

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.

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