Here’s a video of a discussion event that was organized by UpKeep. Asset Operations Management (AOM) unites maintenance, operations, and reliability data to help teams make important business decisions, with full visibility across the entire life cycle of maintenance, asset management, and operations.[Read more…]
Ryan Chan of UpKeep authored a new book in which he presents some very smart concepts around information management. Here’s a video of a group discussion of those concepts and the launch. Participants include Ryan Chan (author of “Asset Operations”), Sanya Mathura, Ramesh Gulati, Vinny Cavello, and our own, James Reyes-Picknell.Read more
I approach problems with computer systems in a fairly critical way, but I am not anti-CMMS/EAM technology. I am, however, anti-waste. All too often I see a lot of time, effort, and money going into technology that simply doesn’t provide a return on the investment. When it comes to Maintenance data – it is often problematic and unfit for many of its intended purposes. Aside from helping to administer work orders, these systems often provide little business value. Does a small saving in administrative cost and time really justify the millions often spent on these systems?[Read more…]
Recently, we ran a two-week-long survey about training. It asked two questions and here are the results:
For training of your workforce, which do you prefer?
Nearly 3000 viewed the question and 70 answered:
- Face-to-face classroom 74%
- Live virtual classroom 10%
- Self-paced online 16%
Jim and Richard explore the world of parts, what it takes to keep a proper storeroom, and why forecasting demand is crucial for it.[Read more…]
The gang talks about how to start building proper data, and the trials and tribulations in convincing other departments of your causes.[Read more…]
Richard Beer and James Reyes-Picknell – long-time friends and colleagues like to talk about issues of interest to the asset maintenance management community. Between the two of them, there is nearly a century of experience in the field. Both have seen and lived the mistakes and lessons learned that we call experience.[Read more…]
Hot on the heels of my two articles (part 1 and part 2) about Data being unfit for purpose is another article by my colleague, Paul Daoust, just published in Canadian Business Quarterly.[Read more…]
Can’t you make better decisions informed by good evidence? If not, it may be that your data isn’t fit for its intended purpose.
In the first part of this blog mini-series, I point out that the data in Maintenance Management Systems are very often “unfit for purpose” and I list several reasons for “why”.[Read more…]
The data in Maintenance Management Systems are very often “unfit for purpose”. When asked about why there is an Enterprise Asset Management or Computerized Maintenance Management system, the answer varies. Here are some reasons we’ve heard:
- It helps with the planning and scheduling of maintenance work.
- It helps us capture maintenance costs against the right cost centers.
- It helps us find the parts we need for maintenance jobs.
- It provides data for reliability improvements.
- We couldn’t possibly manage all the jobs without a system.
Resilience has been lost – and it’s our fault. We need to get it back.
As the Covid pandemic transitions to endemic (I am optimistic) we will get back to a “new normal”. No one really knows what the “new normal” will be like (yet), but it’s safe to say that it won’t be the same as the “old normal”.[Read more…]
Do those that manage the performance, understand the measures?
This article is authored by Leonard G Middleton
As noted in other articles, performance measures are used to drive behaviors to make positive organizational changes in support of the organizational strategy and goals. However how well the performance measures may be developed and defined, if they are not effectively communicated to those individuals whose behavior is important to achieve the strategy and goals, then the performance measures have little value.[Read more…]
Another conspiracy theory debunked. Your business has various insurance coverages including business continuity. You pay quite a hefty premium for that coverage so you believe you are covered. But are you really?[Read more…]
Like Surfside, are you “inspecting to failure”?
In June 2021, we learned about the partial collapse of a condominium in Surfside Florida, with devastating results – only a few survivors, and many fatalities. The building had actually been inspected in 2018 by a qualified engineer, and parts of it were deemed to be “structurally unsound”. In plain English, that means the building’s structure was no longer in good condition and possibly dangerous. It was unsafe to use. The report was submitted to a local authority who raised no red flags, and the building owners chose to do nothing about it. Roughly 3 years later – disaster. It’s a sad example of “inspecting to failure”.[Read more…]
If you believe that reliable operations will result if you just follow your maintenance program, then you might also believe a few falsehoods about reliability and maintenance. First is the falsehood that maintenance is all you need to achieve reliability. Maintenance is about sustaining the asset’s operating conditions, not just fixing it when it breaks. Indeed, you do need to follow your maintenance program but it is not all there is to do, and it had better be the right program.[Read more…]