Author Archive | Bob Williamson

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December 1, 2014
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Uptime: Can Training Increase Maintenance Costs?

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Effective training results in learning to improve one’s knowledge and performance. Ideally, job-related training should result in learning (i.e., becoming qualified to perform the job as expected), mastery of job skills and knowledge. Training methods have changed dramatically over the decades, including the embracing of online and computer-based models. Faster […]

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November 4, 2014
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Uptime: TPM — A Foundation for Asset Management Systems, Part III

This conclusion of a three-part, special-focus “Uptime” series weaves the five basic TPM Pillars together in ways that can open the eyes and minds of those who are interested in the Asset Management journey—and help you achieve sustainable results along the way. Sadly, as discussed in Parts 1 and 2, many plants have boiled TPM […]

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September 28, 2014
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Uptime: TPM — A Foundation for Asset-Management Systems, Part II

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Last month’s “Uptime” column set the stage for this multi-part series by stating that if you can’t make Total Productive Maintenance work in your plant, you will surely struggle with the ISO-55000 Asset Management Standard. And while there are five basic Pillars of TPM, the most important is Improving Equipment […]

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August 28, 2014
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Uptime: TPM — A Foundation for Asset-Management Systems, Part I

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor If you cannot make Total Productive Maintenance work in your plant, you will surely struggle with the ISO 55000 Asset Management Standard. Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is an organization-wide process for improving equipment effectiveness that was taken from the heart of what we now know as the “Toyota Production System” […]

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August 1, 2014
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Uptime: Mainstream 2014 — Shared Visions for Reliability

The first-ever Mainstream North America conference was held in Austin, TX, in June. It was organized by the Eventful Group, well known for Mainstream conferences in Australia and New Zealand. They’ll present a Mainstream conference in South Africa later this year. The theme at the North American venue was “Asset Management.” Attracting nearly 300 speakers […]

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July 1, 2014
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Uptime: Help Select Next-Gen Maintenance & Reliability Leaders

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Last month’s Uptime column (“Wanted: Maintenance & Reliability Leaders”) defined job roles and presented a draft “Maintenance and Reliability Career Ladder” as a starting point. As noted in that column, we have an opportunity and an obligation to select and develop our future maintenance and reliability (M&R) leaders. Who are […]

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May 14, 2014
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Uptime: Is Maintenance Ready for a Paradigm Shift?

Despite a shrinking workforce, the emerging model of industrial maintenance and repair will most likely launch businesses into a world of greater performance, lower operating costs and higher process reliability. This new model will include maintenance as an integral part of the strategic business goals and objectives. Many will say it’s about time. Those who […]

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