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S.

R&M STRATEGIES

Factory Maintenance

Is There a
Difference?

The common denominators boil
down to assurance of reliable
equipment assets and successful
delivery of product.
AMONG RELIABILITY AND maintenance
(R&M) professionals, there are many opinions about
the universal or, more precisely, not-so-universal
nature of maintenance practices. We've all heard
statements along the lines of "this organization
is different," "we're not like them," or "those best
practices won't work or fit here." One perception
shared by many working in the R&M trenches is
that maintenance in a batch-processing manufacturing environment is considerably different
from maintenance in a continuous-flow operation.
Another common perception is that maintenance
principles and practices within the world of nonmanufacturing facilities differ greatly from those in a
manufacturing organization. But do they really?
At first glance, those strongly held beliefs might
seem justifiable. Below the surface, however, the
inner workings of any organization are quite similar
when it comes to R&M requirements. Why, then,
do so many people contend that reliability and
maintenance are handled differently within distinct
organization types? A number of factors drive those
beliefs, including operating environment, regulatory
requirements, organizational structure, leadership
style, business priorities, expectations, and past
practice. On top of that, many influences figure into
the perception that something will or will not work
within a specific organization.
In reality, physical assets are void of emotion and
thought. Regardless of location or organization type,
such assets need to be operated and maintained
appropriately and, in turn, be available to deliver
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