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Link
Reliability
Into Supply
Chains
Dr. Klaus M. Blache
Univ. of Tennessee Reliability
& Maintainability Center

I

NCREASINGLY, COMPANIES
are viewing reliability and maintenance (R&M) challenges as part of
their corporate goal to improve overall
operations. This includes continuous
improvement in familiar processes
such as lean manufacturing, total productive maintenance (TPM), six sigma,
and reliability-centered maintenance
(RCM). It also covers all associated
tools and techniques, including 5 whys,
5S, fishbone diagrams, Kaizen events,
root-cause analysis (RCA), and, mistake proofing. Conversely, a frequently
overlooked area of R&M involves
possible improvements in logistics and
the supply chain.
Most plants strive to lower inventories, reduce lead time, and attain perfect
on-time delivery. Moving beyond that,
however, and toward top-quartile performance, isn't possible without reliable
people, processes, and equipment. Every-

one and everything must be reliable to
provide a highly reliable supply-chain
process.
From a logistics perspective, we want
to optimize lead-time in every step of
the supply chain. Just as important is
the ability to know how long products
will last. (Warranties are based on that
knowledge.) From a management perspective, we want to achieve maximum
return on investment (ROI). All of this
requires a comprehensive approach that
involves these factors:
 Safety-incidence-rate reductions
are directly affected by decreasing
reactive maintenance.
 Small, engaged, continuous-improvement teams are the engines
that move groups/departments/
plants/organizations to better
plant-floor practices. They're among
the key gateways standing between
good and great organizations.
 The quality system needs to be stable over the life of a product, from
cradle to grave. Too often, manufacturers don't engage in sufficient,
if any, design and process failure
mode and effects analysis (FMEA).
So they start out with inadequate
design-in capabilities, and weaknesses show up in various places
throughout the product's life cycle.
 Throughput is directly affected
by the level of reliability-process
maturity (implementation of key
elements). Top-quartile R&M
performers only have 25% of their
Everyone and everything involved, including
people, processes, and equipment, must be
reliable to ensure a highly reliable supply chain.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Efficient Plant October 2017

Editorial
Implementations
Profitable Reliability Control On Your Horizon
Experts Provide IIoT Insights
Integrating Automation Into Shade Manufacturing
Fluid-Flow Challenges
Looking For Failure In All The Wrong Places
Closer Human/Robot Collaboration
Note These Causes Of Motor Failure
Reliable Pumping Supplement: Food & Beverage Processing
On The Floor
Uptime
IIoT
Pump 'Cavitation' Might Not Be
Never Too Late For Basic Navigation
Audit or Assess? Understand The Difference
A Perfect Pair: Barcodes and Your CMMS
Lubrication Strategies
Products
Ad Index
Showcase
Efficiency Insight
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Efficient Plant October 2017 - Cover1
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Efficient Plant October 2017 - Editorial
Efficient Plant October 2017 - 9
Efficient Plant October 2017 - Implementations
Efficient Plant October 2017 - 11
Efficient Plant October 2017 - Profitable Reliability Control On Your Horizon
Efficient Plant October 2017 - 13
Efficient Plant October 2017 - 14
Efficient Plant October 2017 - 15
Efficient Plant October 2017 - Experts Provide IIoT Insights
Efficient Plant October 2017 - Integrating Automation Into Shade Manufacturing
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Efficient Plant October 2017 - Integrating Automation Into Shade Manufacturing
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Efficient Plant October 2017 - Fluid-Flow Challenges
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Efficient Plant October 2017 - Looking For Failure In All The Wrong Places
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Efficient Plant October 2017 - Closer Human/Robot Collaboration
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Efficient Plant October 2017 - Note These Causes Of Motor Failure
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Efficient Plant October 2017 - Reliable Pumping Supplement: Food & Beverage Processing
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Efficient Plant October 2017 - On The Floor
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Efficient Plant October 2017 - Uptime
Efficient Plant October 2017 - IIoT
Efficient Plant October 2017 - Pump 'Cavitation' Might Not Be
Efficient Plant October 2017 - Never Too Late For Basic Navigation
Efficient Plant October 2017 - Audit or Assess? Understand The Difference
Efficient Plant October 2017 - A Perfect Pair: Barcodes and Your CMMS
Efficient Plant October 2017 - Lubrication Strategies
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