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Understanding Failure to Ensure Proactive Maintenance

By Robert Smith, July 30, 2020

In today’s highly competitive environment, eliminating unplanned downtime is more important than ever, especially when that downtime occurs during a batch that places the product at risk. Did you know “best-in-class” maintenance organizations spend 90% of their total maintenance time on proactive maintenance (planned, kitted and scheduled corrective, preventive, and predictive tasks) and the remaining 10% on reactive (unplanned) maintenance work? There are many activities these “best-in-class” organizations do exceptionally well to achieve this high level of proactive maintenance performance. This article will look at how a greater understanding of failure will help your organization develop the right mindset to achieve “best-in-class” proactive maintenance performance levels.

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The Forgotten Capital Spares

By Robert Smith, May 26, 2020


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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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Spare Parts: The Hidden Cost of Maintaining Equipment

By Erik Zengel, September 26, 2017

 

If you own or manage any equipment, you maintain an inventory of spare parts. How have you determined what to keep in your warehouse?

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