Author Archive | Bob Williamson

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 […]

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 […]