Planning is defined by IDCON as the work done to decide:
- What work to do
- How it will be done
- How long time it will take
Scheduling is defined by IDCON as the work done to decide:
- When to do the work and
- Who will do it
Planning should be done before work is scheduled.
Many reliability engineers throughout history have had concerns with the reliability of the repairable system. Several researchers have presented a few calculation or estimation techniques to achieve repairable system reliability. This article explains the mean cumulative function (MCF) as a powerful and easy technique to estimate and monitor repairable system reliability. Continue reading
You are probably familiar with life’s golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. But have you ever wondered how any given machine, if it could express itself, would feel about this rule? What would it say? This article offers some speculative thoughts from the machine’s point of view, presented as the golden rules for machinery reliability. Continue reading
The goal for maintenance managers is simple: Oversee the successful installation, repair and upkeep of the facility’s assets for smooth operations and on track budgets. This goal is certainly obtainable in an ideal setting where inventory is always in stock, technicians are continuously efficient and assets are always running. Continue reading
The SAE International standard for reliability-centered maintenance (RCM)1 says an inspection2 should be done if it is technically feasible and worth doing. The hard part is identifying when a task is technically feasible. Continue reading
Much can be said about trends that relate to equipment reliability in one way or another. Like everything else, they come and go randomly. Just like carbonated water, trends that are reduced to the flavor of the month can fizzle out and disappear rapidly. Trends probably always existed in all fields of endeavor and have been observed for years in the field of machinery reliability improvement. This article focuses on some recent ones that are on relatively solid ground and should be of interest to you. Continue reading
The overwhelming majority of industrial accidents result from human error. Engineers who sleep less than eight hours per night are less productive and almost 10 percent more likely to cause an accident, and many don’t get enough sleep. The solution: take a short nap. Continue reading
Outward appearance is often considered a strong indication of what can be expected of the final product. That’s why this shop goes the extra mile to look good in all areas of its business.
A first impression is a lasting one. The folks at H&R Screw Machine Products (Reed City, Mich.) understand the impact of this axiom when their parts are delivered to customers. If oil is soaking through the box or parts are dirty, the customers are going to be much more skeptical about what they are paying for. The company produces millions of parts a year and sends a majority of them through its aqueous cleaning system to ensure that the customers like what they see. Continue reading