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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 competitionÖ with fewer people than in the past. Learn more

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Asset Management and the Line of Sight
When well-meaning people focus on the narrow aspects of their job and fail to consider the bigger impact, the line of sight that connects their activities and performance goals to the organizationís overall objectives is often broken. At the heart of the problem, there is often a lack of an asset management system promoted by top management.
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Teach a Kid
Many young and not-so-young people don't know about basic tools or how to do basic maintenance tasks, from fixing a leaking faucet to replacing a headlamp in a car. They haven't had hands-on skills classes in high school, and their parents either donít do those tasks or donít involve their sons and daughters when they do. As experienced maintenance and reliability professionals, we have an obligation to share what we know.
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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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