Myth busting 26: I’ve read the book, now I’m an expert!

Myth Busting Series 3 Minute Read. Educational institutions realize that we all learn differently and combinations of learning styles will reach most of us. Some of us learn by seeing (reading), some by doing (tactile), some by hearing (aural). Most of us have a bit of each of these and rarely only one is enough. In college and university there is reading as well as assignment and lab work. We need both, so, how do we learn once we leave the academic world?

We learn a lot from reading, but we don’t remember much of it for long. But reading alone is rarely enough to truly get that deep knowledge needed to be competent – we also need practice. (more…)


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Myth Busting 18: There are a lot of savings in maintenance cost reductions

Myth Busting SeriesThis one is a HUGE MYTH. Maintenance costs are a direct result of what you do and what you do produces capacity for service delivery or production (depending on your business). Cost is a consequence of your actions, available cash (in a budget) does NOT determine what you will spend. (more…)


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Myth Busting 16: Who should run stores?

Myth Busting SeriesPerhaps the number one excuse that maintainers use for being unable to get repairs executed in a timely manner is to blame parts and their supply. For the maintenance technician on the tools, it’s a very obvious problem. No parts or materials means that work simply cannot be done without some sort of work-around / jury-rigged solution. The alternative is to get the needed materials as quickly as possible – often incurring substantial premiums on the price of the materials and premium shipping charges. (more…)


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Myth Busting 8: Who should schedule work

This myth is about who should schedule work. There are three roles involved here: planners who plan the jobs, supervisors who supervise their crews and schedulers who create the work schedule. Planning, as stated before, is all about what work gets done and how. Scheduling is about when the work ...

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10 Myths about RCM

Despite its well-documented successes, Reliability Centered Maintenance has always drawn a lot of discussion and controversy.  Much of it is because of a lack of understanding and ‘myths’ generated to discredit RCM as a viable business solution.  Here I will fill in some of those gaps in understanding and debunk some of the myths.

  1. RCM is a type of maintenance   (wrong)



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Education and skills – double your returns

Keys to Success

When we were younger most of our parents probably told us that we needed to have a good education to get ahead and do well in life. After all, it is the key that unlocks career paths, it opens doors and closes them if it is missing. Even prisoners on long sentences get an education so they can get a better start on life after their incarceration.

Some people crave education, yet whether we crave it or avoid it, all of us learn all of the time. (more…)


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Uptime – Managing failures before they occur

Being proactive with your assets is all about managing failures before they occur. You can reduce or eliminate the consequences of failure by forecasting what is likely to happen and deciding in advance about what to do about it.  The advantage to doing this is that major business impact due to equipment breakdown can be avoided.  High performing companies manage proactively – they foresee and avoid problems. It’s good for business! (more…)


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Beyond Maintenance Management

Uptime now goes Beyond Maintenance Management. 

Maintenance, is already a big enough challenge for many of us, yet beyond lies the realm of Asset Management. Back in 2004, As the second edition of Uptime was being written, the UK was introducing a specification for Asset Management and requiring network utilities to implement it. Drivers included the justification of rates charged to customers by these natural monopolies, the need to convince regulators that good asset management was indeed being practiced and to avoid failures that were increasingly becoming more serious and more publicized. The UK’s Publicly Available Specifications, PAS 55-1 and -2, were the first in this field. (more…)


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