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 […]
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 […]
By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor The University of Tennessee (UT) Reliability & Maintainability Center (RMC) presented its 19th annual Maintenance & Reliability Conference (MARCON) in Knoxville during the week of Feb. 23rd. Running under the theme of “R&M implementation… from Start to Winning,” this year’s event attracted more than 350 practitioners, leaders, innovators and purveyors of […]
Tuesday, March 10, 2015– Reporting from SAP Centric EAM in Huntington Beach, CA: more than 530 participants attended four keynote sessions about the Internet of Things, Individual Working Styles, Collaboration Through Asset Information Networks,and Bridging the Generational Divide. Four conference tracks featured many “how to” and best practices for the Future of Asset Management. The conference […]
What’s been happening at MARCON 2015? Reporting from the final day of the conference in Knoxville, TN, Contributing Editor Bob Williamson noted that like the first day, there was plenty of valuable information to be gleaned by the 300+ maintenance and reliability pros who battled unusually harsh winter conditions to attend this seminal industry event . Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015–Today […]
To me, the term or label “Made in America” represents quality, variety and domestic production for domestic jobs. You name it: We make it, we use it, we export a lot of it for other countries to use.
By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor When young people ask me what I do and where I work, some seem genuinely puzzled by my answers. “What’s maintenance all about?” they’ll ask. When I talk about repair, fixing problems, equipment upkeep, machinery lubrication, troubleshooting and working with many different people and computerized systems, eyes light up. But […]
By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Consider this: New equipment was designed and purchased before maintenance and operations had been consulted. Training and documentation for the new equipment had been eliminated in the final stages of the project as a cost-saving measure. Shortly after installation, marketing launched a new product that the plant wasn’t prepared to […]