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knowledge transfer. Several mentioned
decisions to cut maintenance costs and
staff, reductions in time for preventive
maintenance, and misinterpretation
of the reliability requirements of new
Others referred to "silo" organizations and decision making that
hindered maintenance and hurt the
reliability of equipment and processes.
These siloed objectives and decisions
lead to an organization's inability to
focus on common goals for overall
Regarding Culture of Reliability
ranking right up there with Skills
Gaps as a top challenge: Leading a
culture of reliability means that the
line of sight between reliability best
practices and the goals of the business
are understood. Frequently, that line of
sight is not so apparent with reliability
best practices appearing as a flavor of
Facing our giant
Most equipment challenges lend
themselves to reliable and sustainable countermeasures, or corrective
actions. The giant we face isn't so easily
addressed: human variation, inconsistency, behaviors, moods, and habits
present an ever-changing reliability
Our giant can be lurking among
front-line crews or behind decisions
and actions made by top-, mid-level
and/or front-line managers. Facing it
with slingshots and stones may be our
only option, that is, if slingshots and
stones represent maintenance fundamentals, available tools, and accepting
the reality of the situation.
We can no longer manage equipment performance and reliability
the way we always have. There aren't
enough talented people, or isn't
enough time or money to continue
Misalignment leads to increased vibration, premature seal
or bearing failures, and increased power consumption.
There's no excuse to let misalignment cost you money.
Protect your machines and minimize costly downtime
Bottom line, the skills gaps we
see today, coupled with training and
knowledge-transfer problems, are
primarily caused by the fact that
top management and reliability and
maintenance professionals still aren't
"sitting at the same table" and focusing
on common business goals. That's sad.
Looking to the future, facing our
giant will require fewer hands-on
people, robust condition monitoring,
building reliability into critical at-risk
equipment, and, most of all, getting
top-level management to believe in
reliability best practices. MT
Bob Williamson, CMRP, CPMM,
and member of the Institute of Asset
Management, is in his fourth decade
of focusing on the "people side" of
world-class maintenance and reliability in plants and facilities across
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