Author Archive | Bob Williamson

2:43 pm
November 16, 2015
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Uptime: Seven Steps To Culture Change

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Let’s speculate: You have an older facility, older equipment, some new technologies, a stable but aging workforce, and a compelling business case for improving machinery performance and reliability. Lower cost per unit produced, more throughput, or better on-time delivery are looming as the next business frontier. So, what’s next: more maintenance, newer […]

9:18 pm
October 12, 2015
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Uptime: What’s the Big Deal About Work Culture?

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor When businesses make capital investments in new facilities, equipment, or technologies, they plan to achieve a return on their investment (ROI) in terms of reduced costs, improved margins, new products, or greater market response. They also plan for new business and work processes to bolster and sustain their ROI. But what about […]

4:49 pm
September 15, 2015
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Uptime: Applied-STEM Program Meets 3M Needs

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education prepares students for college and careers. Last month’s “Uptime” column (Aug. 2015) made the case for aligning STEM education content with business and industry careers and emphasizing hands-on applied STEM learning. The aging Baby-Boomer workforce, coupled with advances in technology in almost every plant, facility, […]

8:57 pm
August 6, 2015
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Uptime: Boost STEM, Develop Skilled Workers

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor The resurgence of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) courses of study in the national education community is not new. STEM education dates to the 1950s, but gained national attention with the 1983 report from President Reagan’s National Commission on Excellence in Education, “A Nation at Risk.” But I’m convinced […]

6:42 pm
July 10, 2015
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Uptime: PDCA Drives Parts Management

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Learning about maintenance excellence and deploying maintenance best practices are among our top goals in the quest for equipment- and process-reliability improvement. But there is a huge gap—let’s call it a chasm—between learning and deploying. We can learn much from those who have preceded us. I recently attended the annual meeting […]

6:55 pm
June 12, 2015
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Uptime: Remembering The Father of TPM

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) was first developed in 1969 in Japan at Nippon Denso Co. (now Denso Corp., Kariya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan), part of Toyota Motors, under the leadership of Mr. Seiichi Nakajima of the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance (JIPM), Tokyo. TPM was further developed and refined in Japan during the […]

7:13 pm
May 1, 2015
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Uptime: STOs The Pit-Crew Way

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Methods from motorsports racing and pit crews can provide invaluable insights for plant shutdown, turnaround and outage (STO) maintenance. At the track, people, machines, plans, schedules, parts, supplies and more must come together in short periods of time to successfully accomplish specific maintenance and repair tasks during pit stops. While a race […]

6:11 pm
April 1, 2015
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Uptime: Defining ‘Assets’ for ISO 55001

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor The new Asset Management Standard (ISO 55001:2014) is promoting an interesting array of ideas, concerns and discussions among maintenance and reliability professionals. In conference sessions and workshops over the last year, two themes have arisen: What exactly is meant by the term “asset” in the context of the new standard? What is […]