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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

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Reliable Equipment, Reliable People, Reliable Organizations
Which Comes First? Any meaningful coordinated activity requires a closely coordinated organization—a reliable organization. This approach is dramatically different than the traditional project phase followed by a loosely connected operations-maintenance phase—an unreliable organization. Asset management requires reliable equipment and reliable people working together in a reliable organization.
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A Top Management Standard: The Missing Link
The term "top management" is referenced throughout the ISO standard for asset management. In fact, top management has the overall leadership responsibility for the establishment of the asset management system as specified in the ISO requirements. However, the leadership responsibility at the very top of the organization in pursuit of best-in-class operations and maintenance is not new by any means. How the businesses’ equipment, machinery, and facilities operate has a direct impact on the balance sheet. So why is it so difficult for top management to play a key leadership role?
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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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