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Maintenance and Reliability

Maintenance and Reliability: The Keys to Success

September 8, 2021

Maintenance and reliability are two areas of business that often go unnoticed, or underserved, yet few companies can be successful when they are neglected. At Maintenance Innovators, Inc. our mission is to ensure that our clients have the tools and techniques they need to keep their capital equipment operating at peak performance to facilitate a business that operates at a peak level. We…

Storeroom 5S

July 17, 2021

We just returned from a week’s work moving two maintenance storerooms into a brand new facility.  Here is the litmus test for your spare parts.  If your spare parts is:  directly in support of a plant asset, completely serviceable, and the part is complete in its components, then it can come into your storeroom.  If…

Asset Management

October 14, 2019

I recently returned from the SMRP annual conference in Louisville, KY.  Congratulations to Marshall Institute for an exceptional showing!  I’d also like to thank those in attendance who honored me with the purchase of my newest book, Cover Your A$$ets, Asset Management at Your Place and at Your Pace.  It was a great show. I…

An Inspection Type PMs is Intrinsically a Non-Value Added Activity

September 10, 2019

I’ve been engaged in a very spirited debate with a colleague of mine regarding inspection type PMs and specifically if these types of PMs are value added or non-value added.  I take a traditional approach to the phrase “value added,” insomuch as to believe for a task to be value added it must satisfy three…

My thoughts on reliability

June 5, 2019

My approach to reliability is a classic approach.  I believe that assets arrive at our plants with an inherent reliability.  That inherent reliability is predicated on how well the machine was designed, built and installed.  Once it is in operation, you can’t ‘maintain’ more reliability into it than it has inherently.  So, the primary role…

ISO 55000 Asset Management

April 12, 2019

Make no mistake, you’re in the midst of asset management. Either your organization is driving the effort through the adaptation of a formal process such as ISO 55000 or you’re winging it on your own. My experience tells me that it is the latter. ISO 55000 lays out the mandate for the organizational leaders to…

Blog Post About Food Processing Improvement

September 25, 2018

Most manufacturing companies tend to divide asset availability between the production and the maintenance department.  Food manufacturing facilities have to consider one other critical agency – sanitation.  The algebra just became more complex.  For general manufacturing: P(roduction) + M(aintenance) = 24 hrs/day.  Food manufacturers face this mathematical reality:  P + M + S(anitation) =24 hrs/day. …