Leadership in Maintenance Weekly/Daily Operations and Maintenance Meetings

by Torbjörn Idhammar

Daily and weekly meetings between operations and maintenance are crucial in taking the efficiency of your daily maintenance to a higher level. Many organizations deal well with production stops, but have issues with organizing routine work. Coordinating meetings where various departments prioritize work orders (WO) and maintenance is the foundation for a partnership between operations and maintenance. Such meetings create efficiency. Well-organized meetings with clear goals and agendas can completely change the culture for the better in an organization. Continue reading

The New Productivity Challenge

by Peter F. Drucker
Harvard Business Review

The single greatest challenge facing managers in the developed countries of the world is to raise the productivity of knowledge and service workers. This challenge, which will dominate the management agenda for the next several decades, will ultimately determine the competitive performance of companies. Even more important, it will determine the very fabric of society and the quality of life in every industrialized nation. Continue reading

What Do Your Preventive Maintenance Tasks Really Do For Your Asset Care Strategy?

By Jeff Jones
As appeared in the June Edition of RxToday

Proper asset care is critical to ensure that equipment is available to meet production schedules, support process flows and comply with environmental, health, safety, and regulatory requirements. Asset care is the execution of the most cost effective control strategy to address the predominant failure modes of that particular asset with its operating envelope. The intent of this strategy is to provide the required asset utilization at the lowest life cycle cost while also ensuring the asset makes it to the budgeted end of life. This care could be an operator care task, a predictive technology, a preventive maintenance task or job plan, and even doing nothing at all (run to failure). The asset care strategy is an output of an engineered system that includes a business process, RASI, and a properly configured management information system (Maximo, SAP, etc) to ensure sustainability of the strategy. Continue reading

Rethinking the Decision Factory

by Roger Martin
Harvard Business Review

Companies everywhere struggle with the management of knowledge workers. They compete fiercely to find and retain the best talent, often accumulating thousands of managers in the process. For a while this is fine, but inevitably, usually when economic conditions turn less favorable, they realize that these expensive workers are not as productive as hoped, and in an effort to manage costs they lay off a large swath of them. Soon after, though, they’re out recruiting again. Continue reading

PLC: Programming in List on a Mitsubishi PLC – Part 2

by Jim Rowell

Last time, we pretty much ignored ladder diagrams. This time I’m giving you lots of them. We’ll look at the ins and outs of turning those pretty pictures into powerful text. You’ll gain insight into the block commands and the various structures that can be built using List. You’ll leave with full knowledge of the perils and pitfalls.

We’ll be using numbered as opposed to named I/O for the examples. Don’t get used to it and definitely don’t be discouraged by it. Numbers work best for showing you how the code works but they’re terrible at showing you what it’s actually doing. Your own code (with proper I/O names) will be much easier to follow. Continue reading

How to Build Your ISO 55001 Asset Management System Quickly and make ISO 55001 Certification Easy

from Lifetime Reliability Solutions

How to Build your ISO 55001 asset management system quickly and make ISO 55001 Certification easy: Enterprise asset management has an international standard: 55001 Asset management – management systems – requirements. It specifies what an organization’s asset management system must contain. Producing an ISO 55001 compliant asset management system leads you into a detailed, disjointed, demanding project. But there is a much simpler solution to design and develop a complying ISO 55001 EAM ready for ISO 55001 certification.

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How Green is Green When it Comes to Using Everyday Industrial Cleaning Products for Plant Maintenance?

by John Paparone

The answer is, it depends.

For example, a traditional cleaner/degreaser, of which there are literally hundreds on the market, generally does an adequate job of cleaning. However – and this is an ongoing problem – the majority of them basically move the contamination from one location to another.

The result? This cost of hydrocarbon removal is added to the clean-up process, plus your employees could be at risk of additional from toxins in the cleaner.

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Preventing Failures and Extending Life – Part 2

by Torbjörn Idhammar

This article series discusses sample business processes that must be implemented in order to improve overall plant reliability. This article and the previous one focus on preventing failures and extending equipment life. The series will continue in upcoming issues with topics such as spare parts management, condition monitoring, planning and scheduling, and root cause problem elimination.

If you ask any maintenance department how failures can best be prevented, the No. 1 answer is usually that the operations department needs to stop wrecking equipment. If you ask operations how reliability can be improved, the top answer is almost always for maintenance people to work instead of sitting idle.    Continue reading →

What is Vibration? Linear and Non-Linear Systems

from azimadli.com

Linear and Non-Linear Systems
To assist in understanding the transmission of vibration through a machine, it is instructive to investigate the concept of linearity and what is meant by linear and non-linear systems. Thus far, we have discussed linear and logarithmic amplitude and frequency scales, but the term “linear” also refers to the characteristics of a system which can have input and output signals. A “system” is any device or structure that can accept an input or stimulus

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