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 equipment, more training?
By Gary L. Parr, Editorial Director
Culture is one of those words I often hear at maintenance and reliability conferences. It seems almost everyone is trying to improve their culture. Some, unfortunately, are just trying to find a culture. There is no doubt it’s an important aspect of maintenance and reliability and for companies as a whole. It’s so important that Bob Williamson uses his Uptime column this month to begin a two-part series that starts with seven steps designed to effect culture change.
By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor
With the growing emphasis on reliability across the industrial landscape, some recent “word on the street” talk came as a big—and disturbing— surprise. If true, the reported difficulties some sites are having hiring reliability engineers to staff and grow their programs may just be more fallout from the technical-skills crisis. We asked our MT Reader Panelists several questions about the situation.