Author Archive | Bob Williamson

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 […]

5:38 pm
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 […]

3:10 pm
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 […]

7:43 pm
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 […]

9:10 pm
February 25, 2015
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Uptime: Made In America!

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.

10:59 pm
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 […]