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UPTIME

Face the Giant

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Bob Williamson
Contributing Editor

e face challenging
situations every
day. In many cases,
dealing with short-term
challenges is a maintenance organization's
normal way of life. The problem is our long-term
challenges, the ones at our doorstep, or looming
just over the horizon that we often put off
tackling. They're "giants" bearing down on us.
Not too long ago, I spoke to nearly
90 maintenance professionals at an
Oklahoma Predictive Maintenance
User's Group (OPMUG) event.
Maintenance managers, supervisors,
technicians, mechanics, planners,
and engineers, they came from a wide
variety of industries. Regardless of their
particular role or business, though, they were all
actively pursuing better maintenance practices.
I asked the attendees to take a few minutes
and think about the top three challenges for
maintenance that they expected to see in the next
three, to five, to 10 years, then record them on
note cards. Let's consider what they wrote and
how their thinking mirrors yours. Based on my
analysis, the 117 challenges they came up with fit
in the following nine major categories (some fit
in more than one):
■ Skills Gaps (35)
■ Culture of Reliability (35)
■ Training & Qualification (27)
■ Top Management (26)
■ New Technology (11)
■ At-Risk Assets (10)
■ Parts (10)
■ Knowledge Transfer (8)
■ Life-Cycle Asset Management (5)

It's about 'people' on the front line
When we look for a common theme among
the OPMUG responses, it's not too surprising
to see that it's "people," i.e., the biggest variable
in improving equipment maintenance, performance, and reliability. Of the nine major categories above, three of them-Skills Gaps, Training
& Qualification, and Knowledge Transfer (with
a combined total of 70 responses)-point to
challenges on the front line of maintenance.

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MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY

Our 'giant' can
be lurking among
front-line crews or
behind management decisions
and actions.

Many responses alluded to difficulties in
finding qualified technicians and shortages
of skilled trades people. A few referenced the
Millennial Generation's communication skills,
work habits, and expectations. Several addressed
the lack of competencies for and interests in
industrial maintenance careers.
Capturing the knowledge of workers nearing
retirement appeared to be a sizeable challenge
for many respondents. They noted that their
organizations stood the chance of losing all skills
and knowledge gained from years of experience.
Furthermore, there was concern that even if
they could capture crucial knowledge, without a
capable replacement or the mechanism to train
new employees, that knowledge would be lost.

It's about 'people' in top management
A second group of categories-Top Management, Culture of Reliability, and Life-Cycle
Asset Management (with a combined total of
66 responses)-points to need for leadership to
improve equipment maintenance, performance,
and reliability. Whether it's the pursuit of best
practices, asset-management processes, or
culture change, top management sets the tone
and defines the culture by purposeful actions, or,
by default, through inaction.
Some responses tied the challenge of Top
Management to struggles with hiring and
training priorities, i.e, management's inability to
grasp the severity of skills gaps, shortages, and
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maintenance Technology June 2017

Editorial
Uptime
On The Floor
IIoT
ISO 55000
Products
Ad Index
Showcase
Final Thought
AZ Puts Proactive in Reliability
Glimpse The Future of Predictive Maintenance
Automation-System Updates
MRO: Counterfeit Parts
MRO: Reduce Your Lube Inventory
MRO: Optimize Belt Conveyor Systems
Manage Used and Waste Oils Wisely
Motor Insulation Test Payback
SAP: Tips and Tricks
Cool Off Compressors
Be A Safety Leader
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Cover1
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Cover2
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - 3
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Editorial
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - 5
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Uptime
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - On The Floor
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - 9
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - AZ Puts Proactive in Reliability
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - 13
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Glimpse The Future of Predictive Maintenance
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Automation-System Updates
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - MRO: Counterfeit Parts
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - MRO: Reduce Your Lube Inventory
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - 27
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - MRO: Optimize Belt Conveyor Systems
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - 30
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - 31
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - SAP: Tips and Tricks
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Cool Off Compressors
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Be A Safety Leader
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - 35
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - IIoT
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - ISO 55000
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Manage Used and Waste Oils Wisely
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - 39
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - 40
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Motor Insulation Test Payback
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - 42
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Products
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - 44
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - 45
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Ad Index
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Showcase
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Final Thought
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