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RELIABILITY STRATEGIES

Beware

Think of this
expert advice as
a reality check for
your operations
and take action
accordingly.

Self-Inflicted
Reliability Problems
Jane Alexander, Managing Editor

THE ROOT CAUSE OF poor reliability can come from
many sources, including aging plant assets, poor design decisions, even disregard for reliability by those who built and/
or installed the equipment. Then, there are the many other
reasons outside of your control that could be contributing
to the reliability problems your site is experiencing today.
While any reliability-improvement initiative will require that
all of those issues be addressed, according to Jason Tranter
of Mobius Institute (mobiusinstitute.com, Bainbridge Island,
WA), operations must first deal with those of the "selfinflicted" variety.

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Don't think you have self-inflicted reliability problems?
Tranter begs to differ. "It's a bitter pill to swallow, but yes,
you do," he said. "That's good news, though, since it is much
easier to deal with the self-inflicted root causes than the
inherent reliability problems you adopted."
What does Tranter mean by self-inflicted? To determine
why equipment fails prematurely and/or why you experience slowdowns, safety incidences, or quality problems,
he explained that personnel could go through a detailed
reliability-centered maintenance (RCM) analysis process, or
perform root-cause failure analysis (RCFA) after each failure
MAY 2017


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