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Lean Equipment Management

Are you spending too much time focusing on programs and activities at the expense of results?

Equipment-intensive businesses cannot compete without reliable equipment. Improvement programs and activities often take too long and require a leap of faith. Competitive manufacturers and facilities will have to find new, innovative, and increasingly flexible ways to make their equipment more reliable to stay ahead of the competition… with fewer people than in the past. Learn more



Featured Articles

A Tribute to the Father of TPM
Total Productive Maintenance was developed under the leadership of Seiichi Nakajima of the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance. Nakajima, who brought his passionate vision and methods to us, passed away last month at the age of 96. We offer this column as a tribute to our TPM sensei.
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Shutdowns, Turnarounds, and Outages the Pit Crew Way
The secret—and not so secret—methods of motorsports racing and their pit crews can provide some invaluable insights for plant shutdown, turnaround, and outage maintenance.
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The Racing Theme: About Our Logo

SWS Pit Crew logoMotorsports racing provides us with many models for high-performing organizations. We have learned that championship racing teams practice many of the principles our clients strive for in modern manufacturing and maintenance, from teamwork and leadership to cost effectiveness and equipment reliability and much more. Our ongoing study of championship race teams and pit crews helps us teach our clients to improve their competitiveness and be more effective in their own races.
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