The following article is featured in the July 2009 issue of the Asset Maintenance Management Journal.
How do Continuous Improvement Management Philosophies relate to the Maintenance function?Most of us have heard terms such Lean Manufacturing, the 80/20 rule, TQM, TPS, Kaizen, 5S and TPM. They are all management philosophies that can be applied to the practical aspects of a business including the maintenance function, but quite often maintenance becomes a passenger in a businesses effort to apply new philosophies. This paper breifly explains some of the more common continuous improvement management philosophies and describes how they can be related to the maintenance function. read more
Asset Maintenance Strategy Review must be a living program. (Featured on ‚ÄúReliable Plant‚ÄĚ web site.) At some stage in your facilities life cycle, decisions were made related to what maintenance would be completed on your assets and how often it would occur. Often these decisions are never questioned and the logic behind the decision is lost when the people that initiated them leave the business. For Asset Maintenance strategies to remain effective over the life of the plant there must be an element of continuous review. In effect your Maintenance Strategies must be a ‚Äúliving program‚ÄĚ. read more
Building an Electrical Maintenance program. (Featured on ‚ÄúReliable Plant‚ÄĚ web site) Electrical control and distribution systems are generally complex and expensive assets that need to be effectively maintained so they operate at optimum performance over their serviceable life. It is common to find that there has been significant effort applied to managing mechanical assets, with less focus on electrical equipment. There are many reasons as to why this is the case, but the reality is that the way asset management programs are developed should be applied equally to Electrical and Mechanical components of the asset. read more
The Skills Shortage: An Alternative Approach. By Cliff Williams, Operations Maintenance Manager at Erco Worldwide. We don't take advantage of the tools we already have to help deal with a rampant skills shortage in industry. Why aren't we using them? read more
Guiding principles for developing asset mainttenance plans
Developing a vision for Asset Management
Anatomy of a significant lube failure
Follow the Asset reliability roadmap.
Assessing the criticality of your assets
Tools for improving Maintenance strategies and failure and failure analysis.
What is Asset management and what are the most critical elements.