Rob's Reliability Project
Weekly improvement blog for maintenance & reliability professionals to better themselves both at work and at home.
What Are You Focused on in 2020?
As we’re kicking off 2020, I’m looking forward so I can deliver great content to you. I have been sharing a lot of personal content lately about my journey and I hope that it’s fueled something inside you to change your life for the better.
I’ll keep it brief this week but I would appreciate it if you filled out the survey here. It’s 5 easy questions about what you desire from me in 2020 and should take you less than 5 minutes. Thank you in advance for answering and for following my content!
Reliability Never Sleeps,
Can You See the Forest for the Trees?
Last week, I was really struggling with anxiety and feeling like I haven’t made any progress in my personal development. I felt like I had taken 1 step forward and many steps back to return to a place where I was paralyzed in my own mind. My coach, Susan Hobson from Elite High Performance Coaching recommended that I put together a 2019 highlight reel of all of the things I had done that were meaningful in my development. [Read more…]
How Should I Start?
This morning, I was swimming and I was thinking about a question that I get asked frequently. The question goes like this:
Rob, my facility is very reactive, how do I start my reliability program?
Having a water polo background is something I rely on when I embark on new projects. I didn’t become a better swimmer by reading, watching YouTube videos or planning to become the best swimmer. I got better at swimming by swimming. I don’t discount the value of a coach, teammates or a plan (I had a coach and a team) but at the end of the day, you need to start. [Read more…]
How Asset Management Impacts Your Happiness
Have you worked in a company that says they want to be world class in reliability but won’t make investments in training their people or their reliability initiatives?
Have you seen companies who say safety is a value, but you see people pressured to work in an unsafe manner?
These are examples of misalignment and violates a concept in asset management. In asset management, aligning decisions with the company’s purpose & objectives is how to get the most value out of your assets.
What does this have to do with my happiness?
I do agree that working for a company that says one thing but acts another way is frustrating and can impact your happiness (mostly through disengagement), but that’s not I want to talk about.
How to Save Your Company Millions in 2020
As I’m writing this, it’s December of 2019 and you should be putting the final touches on your reliability plan for 2020 before the holidays.
What should you include in your reliability plan? [Read more…]
My Struggle with Mental Health
I’ve had a nagging feeling that I needed to write about this topic for a while and I haven’t for fear of judgment. In honor of a mental health campaign in Edmonton titled 11 of Us after the statistic that 11 Edmontonians that attempt or die by suicide each day) and my core values of honesty, impact and service, here it is, my struggle with mental health.
June 4th, 2010 – This day should have been the biggest moment in my life up to that point. I walked across the stage and graduated from MIT. Coincidentally, it was also my 22nd birthday. I remember feeling void, questioning what’s next for me. Up until recently, those feelings never left. [Read more…]
Three Questions to Ask on Your Next Preventive Maintenance Optimization (PMO)
Regular preventive maintenance (PM) makes up a large portion of many maintenance programs and, sometimes, we don’t get the results we want out of all that maintenance. Reliability professionals should evaluate their PMs to ensure effectiveness both from a reliability & cost perspective. [Read more…]
Progression Not Perfection
Over the last month, I’ve hired a coach to help me improve so I can improve and, more importantly, be happier. In one of my latest sessions, my coach said the goal for every day is “progression not perfection”. The concept being that perfection is unattainable and if we judge ourselves on perfection, we’re always going to be unhappy. [Read more…]
“You get pseudo-order when you seek order; you only get a measure of order and control when you embrace randomness.” Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Are you embracing randomness? There’s a misconception that once you determine a failure mode is random that your reliability work is over. That’s not the case, you’re just starting. [Read more…]
The Importance of Asset Management Education
Guest post by Suzane Greeman, ASQ-CMQ/OE, CAMA, CAMP, CMRP
It is certainly is refreshing to see that asset management education is on the uptake. Three points come to mind as I thought about asset management education for asset-dependent companies: [Read more…]
Much Ado About Infant Mortality
I have recently been diving into work orders and using Weibull analysis to determine optimal replacement times. During one of the analyses, we discovered a significant infant mortality problem where the equipment was failing under 1 year of operation. I’m not stopping there.
A common misconception with infant mortality is that there’s nothing we can do. I’ve heard people say that we can’t plan for infant mortality or we can’t reduce these types of failures without switching manufacturers.
That’s not the case [Read more…]
3 Best Practices for Lubricant Storage
The golden rule for lubricant storage is keeping the lubricant “clean, cool and dry”. Let’s discuss 3 ways to improve your lubricant storage.
What are some best practices for lubricant storage at your plant?