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The Forgotten Capital Spares

By Robert Smith, May 26, 2020


Preservation Program


What are Capital Spares?

A Capital Spare is a piece of equipment, or a spare part, of significant cost that is maintained in inventory for use in the event that a similar piece of critical equipment fails or must be rebuilt.

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Achieving Capital Project Success Through Organizational Maturity

By John Hughes, April 16, 2020

Every organization has some “big problem” that they need to address. New software, sensors, equipment, or analytics can sometimes be the solution to that problem. But sometimes there is a nagging thought that the real issue is more institutional than asset-based. Almost universally, companies that successfully leap into the Internet of Things (IoT) are already mature, efficient, and agile. They don’t need to solve nagging performance issues. They aren’t looking at software as a solution or performing maintenance by capital project. They’re making a step change to maximize already satisfactory performance metrics.

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How to Maintain Equipment Readiness During Modified or Idle State

By Nick Armstrong, June 20, 2019

A considerable amount of effort goes into developing an asset maintenance plan that combines all the technical and administrative measures throughout the life cycle of a piece of equipment aiming to preserve as well as restore its readiness so it can perform its required function. Often, the premise of these plans is that the asset is operating and mostly in a steady state. Strategies based on this premise is an incomplete approach that even the best companies fall victim to with unexpected, and at times, tragic consequences. Engineers and maintenance leaders need to ask themselves what special considerations to address when equipment is in an idle state for an extended period or operating in a reduced or modified state (such as would be experienced following new construction) before being placed into production.

 

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Are you too busy to fix your organization's asset management problems?

By John Hughes, January 8, 2019

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Equipment Reliability and Preserving Functional Requirements

By John Hughes, October 23, 2018

Pharmaceutical companies make huge investments in equipment, materials, and personnel to develop and manufacture life-saving products. The equipment that makes those products is designed, manufactured, and commissioned to a specific set of standards. There is an expectation that the equipment will continue to provide quality service within those parameters for a set amount of time and for a predictable cost. Yet we struggle to have confidence that our operational and capital expenditures will return the maximum value from our assets from the day they are qualified until their disposal.

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Empowering Your Operators to Lead Can Reduce Losses

By Rick Jones, July 5, 2018

 

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Why Implement Total Productive Maintenance Autonomous Maintenance

By Rick Jones, May 24, 2018

 

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The Most Important Thing That You Don’t Think Affects You!

By Lou Traglia, November 10, 2017

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Facilitation is the Key to Successful FMEAs

By Robert Smith, October 19, 2017

The Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is a versatile risk management tool that has been around for several decades, first used by the US Armed Forces in 1949. It started gaining popularity in the 1960’s with its use in the aerospace industry during the Apollo missions. FMEA has been called the “swiss army knife” of risk management. FMEA is focused on problem prevention, rather than problem solving. It is used to identify the factors that can lead to failure and recommend mitigation strategies to prevent failures or detect the early onset of failures.

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What do NASA Missions and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing have in common?

By Dan Miller, October 5, 2017

NASA recently ended a 20 year 5-Billion-mile space journey as its Cassini space probe burned up in Saturn’s atmosphere (NASA.gov Cassini Mission Site). This $3.26 billion joint venture with ESA (the European Space Agency) opened our eyes to the ringed planet. Completing the mission was no small feat, and the 260 scientists as well as the thousands of engineers and project managers responsible will go largely unnamed. Recognition from fellow colleagues and a nod from the general population is likely all this successful group will receive. It’s hard to show gratitude for something difficult to understand. For the majority of the group, their work began several years before launch in the design and planning phases. They had to determine exactly what they needed to accomplish and then set out to achieve established objectives. They would look to off-the-shelf solutions as well as rely on their skills, experience, and education to bridge any gaps in technology. Technology that had to perform flawlessly for 20+ years. No stopping by the parts room to make a repair or having the OEM supply a needed hardware upgrade.

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