Author Archive | Bob Williamson

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March 13, 2015
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Uptime: MARCON 2015 an Impressive Display of R&M Know-How

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 […]

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March 10, 2015
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Bob Williamson on Day 1 of SAP-Centric EAM: IoT, Bridging Generations and More

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 […]

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February 26, 2015
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Bob Williamson Comments on Final Day of MARCON 2015: Snow Subsides But Maintenance and Reliability Hot Topics Abound

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 […]

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February 18, 2015
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Uptime: Teach a Kid…

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 […]

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January 13, 2015
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Uptime: Asset Management — When the ‘Line of Sight’ is Broken

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 […]

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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 […]

7:22 pm
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 […]