Reliability is More About People Than Machines
Reliability is not a maintenance program. True reliability improvement is much more about the people than it is about the machines. And changing the behaviors of machines requires changing the behaviors of people. Top-level management, maintenance organization, and project team leadership all play a crucial behavior changing role when it comes to improving machine and process reliability. But nothing sets the stage for reliability success like top level management support.
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.
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Learning from Sinking Ships and Aircraft Mishaps
"Human error" is often cited as a contributing factor in accidents and failures with our plant equipment. But identifying ways to reduce or eliminate human error can be challenging without a structured process for identifying and quantifying the underlying human factors. Let’s look into a few historical examples for some powerful insights.
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