In this episode, we talk about the more personal (or human) aspect of equipment Reliability. Who is responsible for Reliability? We know the answer is “everyone” – from top management to the experts who operate and maintain our machines. So it’s vital that we understand one another’s perspectives and responsibilities. We discuss how invisible obstacles can personally affect us – Comfort, the Prison of Perfection, Overwhelm, Our Thoughts, The Voices, and Fear. Fear can be the deadliest one of all. In this episode we discuss a simple – yet powerful technique – to manage fear. When we properly manage the obstacles, we free ourselves up to become more productive and effective equipment custodians.[Read more…]
In this episode, we explore what Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) is (aka On-Condition Maintenance). We’ll talk about : – What CBM is – The biggest trap you can fall into when implementing CBM – And what governs how often you do a Condition Based Maintenance task. As asset managers, we know that most Failure Modes occur randomly, and that can seem a little intimidating or maybe even a little scary, but it doesn’t have to be because that’s where Condition Based Maintenance can be very helpful. The whole point of Condition Based Maintenance is to detect a Potential Failure Condition and take action before failure occurs. That interval is called the P-F Interval and that is explained in this episode.[Read more…]
In this episode, we talk about what preventative maintenance is and what two criteria determine if a preventive maintenance task should be assigned. The biggest pitfall that organizations often fall into when defining intervals for preventative maintenance tasks is revealed.[Read more…]
In this episode, we talk about what a Failure Mode is and why Failure Modes are so important to equipment Reliability. As responsible custodians, it’s up to us to identify the plausible Failure Modes that could occur so that we can figure out if and how we should manage each one. If we don’t, it can end up in disaster.[Read more…]
In this episode, we answer two questions: 1) What is Reliability? 2) How do we get the Reliability we need from our machines? Nancy also discusses how we design our Reliability both literally and figuratively. The quality of our proactive maintenance and Default Strategies largely determines the Reliability we get from our equipment. Inherent Reliability is explained.[Read more…]
What does asset management have to do with TIME? Everything.
My mentor, John Moubray, taught me that our most valuable resource is TIME. Time is WAY more valuable than money.
How you spend your TIME determines IF and HOW your asset management efforts will pay off. In other words, will your efforts help you achieve the kind of equipment Reliability you’re looking for?[Read more…]
How I applied all seven steps of Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) on my drive home from the Reliable Plant Conference
I just can’t seem to get away from Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM).
(And that’s okay with me. After all, my (technical) heart and soul belong to RCM!)
I was driving home from Indianapolis, Indiana after speaking at the Reliable PlantConference ~ 399 miles.[Read more…]
I know. I’m a lady. But it’s not my expression. That’s what my mentor, John Moubray, called it.
And he didn’t apologize for it when he used exactly that term during a one-on-one mentoring session with me.
And to this day, it’s one of the most valuable (and profitable) lessons he ever taught me.
In fact, it helped me win $1,428 in a poker tournament.[Read more…]
You must have comprehensive “historical data” in order to carry out Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) (misconception)
Historical data is important for a Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) analysis. But the kind of data that is generally collected isn’t sufficient to answer all the questions in the RCM process – and thereby formulate specific solutions.[Read more…]
The most valuable advice John Moubray ever gave me applies to everyone no matter who you are, what you do, or where you’re from. It took me twenty years, but I finally got it.
When John gave me this gift, he simply made two statements.
Here they are: I don’t own a television. I won’t allow one in my house.
Simple – yet VERY complex.[Read more…]
My not-so-dirty-little-secret, the Essence of Reliability Centered Maintenance, and Risk Assessment all at once…
I’m going to tell you a not-so-dirty-little secret about myself. I love No-Limit Texas Hold-‘Em poker.
I’m a tournament poker player – not cash. Every year at Thanksgiving, my husband and I journey to Las Vegas to indulge in my favorite hobby.[Read more…]
Absolutely not! That is a big misconception of the process. You get to decide how broadly or how narrowly you apply Reliability Centered Maintenance.Read more
Hi Everyone. Are you struggling to implement Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) because you need buy-in from people? Well, if that’s the case, I have a solution for you. And we’re going to take our lead from these gorgeous daffodils.
Daffodils are my all-time favorite flower. I’m a sucker for them: (1) Because they look so happy! (2) You can always rely on them. At the same time every year, the daffodils come up. And there is a technique you can rely on to get the buy-in you need from management and other people within your organization to implement Reliability Centered Maintenance and it is this.[Read more…]
Are you procrastinating on bringing a goal alive?
If you think dumping a few gallons of water in your oil reservoir would be bad for your rotating equipment, consider the consequences that “striving for perfection” has on your happiness and productivity.
I call it the Prison of Perfection and it’s wicked. It’s where our goals go to die 👿.
Have you ever procrastinated? The struggle is real. I found myself in the web of fear and overwhelm…until I did this