Blogs

Miscellaneous blogs. Articles of general interest but not quite fitting into any other category related to maintenance, asset management and reliability.

Are you informed, or data distracted? You need AIM

Asset Information Management ensures the delivery of maximum value to your business. Decisions informed by timely, accurate, and complete evidence (information) are what propel achievement. Learn what we do wrong so often and what we can do about it.

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Proactive maintenance is more Covid, how “covid” is yours?

You have saved maintenance and parts costs during the Covid-19 pandemic. Your maintenance work is now focused largely on fixing breakdowns. Very soon your costs will rise and you will need those laid-off workers back. You will now be digging yourself out of a big hole! Our online tool can help.

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Pay $3k to keep out of trouble, or more to get out of jail

Pay $3k now to keep out of trouble or more to get out of jail later. Your plant asset performance is down and you know it. It’s only a matter of time before there is an accident. You need to improve but funds are limited. 

The expert consultants will want to begin with some sort of an assessment. They will identify problems and offer solutions, for a price (likely $50k or more). You can’t afford it. Some consultants might even be former employees. Ask yourself, “if they worked here before, then why didn’t she/he fix what was wrong when they were here?” Consider getting a different consultant but you will still struggle with a big inconvenient truth! (more…)

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How to keep the boss out of jail

Here’s a case where they didn’t know how to keep the boss out of jail! In Jan 2019, a mine tailing dam (the structure used to contain waste from mining operations) collapsed. The video below shows the event. 259 people were confirmed dead and 11 declared missing. Cause – liquefaction – a commonly occurring phenomenon, and one that this particular mine had been warned about. Outcome – fatalities and associated human cost, suspended operations (for a brief period), company reputation, criminal charges (executives and engineering consultants). Risk management is an often neglected part of our job. (more…)

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Interview with MRO Magazine – part 2

TOPIC: Managing Maintenance and Reliability

The following is the second half of an interview carried out between Mario Cywinski, Editor of MRO Magazine, and James Reyes-Picknell, our Principal Consultant.

In part one, James describes maintenance management techniques, how IIOT is changing how maintenance is managed, and where it is taking predictive maintenance. (more…)

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Business Case Estimator Insights

Reliability is what you get when you do the right maintenance the right way. Doing things inefficiently is expensive and leads to failures. Doing the wrong things leads to failures. Fixing one does not automatically fix the other. You need to focus on both. What's it worth to you? Read this article to find out.

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What I’m learning about Online Training

Online training is actually a pretty good way to go! For me, that’s a revelation. The isolation and distancing measures being imposed due to the Corona Virus pandemic have been a game-changer in our business and personally. In the process of shifting training content to online formats, I’ve learned a lot.

My conclusion is that online training isn’t just an alternative to the “real thing”, it can actually be a better experience. (more…)

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The “new normal” can be much better

The “new normal” can be much better if we choose. Why go back to the same-old, same-old?

As we emerge from the 2020 pandemic and all the measures to contain it, your workforce will be returning to a “new normal”. What’s that? None of us really knows the details, but aside from being a cool phrase, it means being smarter and doing things differently with a great deal of awareness about disease transmission. Keeping our distance, wearing masks when ill, avoiding crowded venues, and patiently waiting for vaccines, will be a part of it, but what else will characterize the “new normal”? (more…)

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Dealing with MRO parts

Dealing with MRO parts is an essential part of good planning and scheduling. Yes, Supply Chain takes care of it, but it will work well for us only if we help them.

Are you finding it hard to get certain parts to keep your assets operating? This situation is a familiar and ongoing issue associated with performing maintenance on systems that have been in operation for some time. (more…)

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