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UPTIME Rules, Standards, And Mainstream 2016 Bob Williamson Contributing Editor T he Eventful Group, Syracuse, NY, is hosting another U.S. Mainstream Conference (mainstreamconf.com/us/) this month. If past installments of this series are any indication, Mainstream 2016 in The Woodlands, TX (Houston) will exceed expectations. Scheduled for May 22 to 25, its focus blends maintenance with operations and reliability and offers opportunities for all professionals in our arena to learn what's new, validate what we're already doing, and network with peers (and would-be peers) for a continuing dialogue. From a personal standpoint, the photo of a Formula 1 (F1) racecar on the cover of the conference brochure is what sparked this "Uptime" column. Some readers may be familiar with my NASCAR race-team studies and how the findings permeate Where there's no standard, there's no improvement, only attempts to organize chaos and temporarily minimize penalizing effects. my teachings. NASCAR's approach to racing, however, varies greatly from that of Formula 1. The two motorsports organizations have vastly different rules when it comes to designing, building, operating, and maintaining vehicles that compete in their respective circuits. Such rules serve as "standards" for how things get done in these arguably dissimilar racing businesses and, accordingly, help explain why a 2.3-sec. pit stop in F1 and a 10.5-sec. pit stop in NASCAR can both be considered superior. That said, let's think about rules in today's workplace and how they restrict or ensure the way things get done. 6| MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY Work rules We see work rules defining what's allowed and what's not in countless plants. Many have evolved over time to improve safety and quality, control costs, and protect jobs. Some are based on regulatory requirements (safety, environmental, employment), others on certification compliance (ISO 9000, ISO 14001, ISO 55000). Over time, some are redefined to recognize new realities. Others simply preserve historical practices, leading to a "we've always done it that way" mindset. Paraphrasing the Outback Steakhouse chain, let's consider a "no rules, just right" work environment. In the worlds of manufacturing, maintenance, and facilities, "no rules" would surely imply that chaos prevails-which could never be a prescription for business success. Still, there's a nugget hidden in plain sight in this mantra. The word "right" says it all. My thesaurus says "right" means "just, fair, correct, accurate, precise, exact, valid, established, official, absolute." To me, these synonyms indicate there must be a rule that defines what is correct, as opposed to an implied wrong. Thus, for the sake of consistency in a "no rules, just right" work environment, we would embed standardized definitions of what right is and "how we do it here." On the other hand, when we consider work rules as standards for job performance, we can approach things a bit differently. If we keep thinking of such rules only as a way to preserve the status quo, we miss an opportunity to use them to promote and preserve continuous improvement. In today's markets, new rules and standards are requirements for success in many business sectors. New rules, just right Standardized work, a fundamental element of continuous improvement, is often seen as restricting individual best practices. Frequently, it's perceived as an infringement on "how I have done my work here for years." There are, however, thousands of examples where standardized work is successful-including in F1 and NASCAR racing. Looking closely at these MAY 2016 http://www.mainstreamconf.com/us/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maintenance Technology May 2016

Editorial
Uptime
On The Floor
A 40% Production Boost From Reliability
Beck Helps Women Excel In Engineering
Unleash Your Plant's Hidden Potential
Right-Size Your Maintenance Organization
Respect The Cornerstones of Manual Grease Lubrication
Motor Connection Advice
Maximize Millennial Workers
Compressed Air Filtration
Pneumatic Tubing & Hose Specs
Products
Showcase
Ad Index
Final Thought

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