Putting All the Pieces Together in Pursuit of 100% Reliability
How close to 100 percent reliability is your most critical equipment? This equipment should perform as intended—the first time, every time. The business depends on it for competitive advantage, and customers depend on it for timely delivery of goods or services. What business would be satisfied with 45 percent reliability? Probably none. But underperforming processes are more common than many can imagine.
Getting the Most From Your Reliability Consultants
Getting the most from your reliability consultants depends on establishing very clear expectations up front, appreciating that reliability is systemic, embracing a true teaching-learning relationship, and respecting the professional advice from those who have been through these situations before.
Is the Skills Shortage Real?
A recent report about the skills gap in U.S. manufacturing by a major U.S. consulting group stated that "worries of a skills gap crisis are overblown.” Will America breathe a sigh of relief, thinking that the skills gap crisis is overblown and return to business as usual? This would be a critical mistake to our nation’s future.
Smart Machines: Careers with a Future
There is no alternative to skilled and knowledgeable maintenance technicians performing precision maintenance and making expert repairs. However, our productive and profitable equipment-intensive businesses will not be able to survive if the industrial maintenance skills shortages continue on the present track and the use of “smart machines” continue to grow.
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Where’s Your Reliability Policy?
Organizations must share a new paradigm of reliability. Any capital-intensive business that depends on equipment assets to generate revenue will benefit from a reliability policy. Unfortunately, most capital-intensive businesses do not have a reliability policy that serves as a guide for managing capital assets, maintaining, making decisions about and improving the performance and reliability of those assets.
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