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I don't care why it failed - Just get production running again!

12/17/2019

A piece of equipment in your plant just failed. You didn't see it coming. You aren't prepared for this. Management is demanding that production starts again. Sound familiar?

STOP!    STOP!    STOP!

You may be caught in an endless cycle of failure after failure. You continually look for "who to blame" versus figuring out what actually happened.

Failure, Rinse, Repeat! Isn't it time to do something different? Let's look at the entire picture to see this... Ever heard of the Uptime® Elements?

How Important is Correct Motor Shaft Alignment?

08/07/2019

There are a few of us old timers still around who would say that straight edge or string alignment is good enough. At that time and for certain applications that was actually good enough. Now we have state of the art tools that we can use to get us a near perfect shaft alignment. But do I need near perfect? What will that extra bit of time get me and is it worth the time?

Are you stuck in a reactive state of maintenance?

03/20/2018

It’s relatively common to walk into an industrial plant or facility and find that they are stuck in a reactive state of maintenance. Most of these facilities have a desire to change but just don’t know how to get there. The first step is to understand some of the advantages and disadvantages of reactive maintenance.

8 Quick Ways to Improve Your Plant Maintenance & Reliability

12/13/2017

We are all looking for ways to improve our maintenance practices and increase reliability in our industrial plants and facilities. We see articles and information all the time that talk about "cadillac" programs that people have put together and do a great job for them. Its true, some people take reliability to extreme measures and it pays off for them. However, it seems many people have limited budgets, limited staff, and a management team that is reluctant to try new things.

We cannot solve all of those issues, but what i can recommend are 8 ideas in which you can use to help improve your plant reliability. These can be very sophisticated, or very simple, dependent on how far you would like to go.

How long does it have? My equipment is failing!

08/30/2017

As a reliability specialist you often get asked the question, “How long does it have?” or "How long will it last?" after you have determined an issue such as, bearing fault, gear tooth damage, or even imbalance? If you have asked the question or been asked then you’re in the same boat many others have been in before you. The short answer is NO ONE KNOWS FOR SURE! Typically, we can compare similar situations of past experiences and determine an estimated answer, but not a definite period of time.

So... My Electric Motor Failed - What Now? A Reliability Story

06/19/2017

So your electric motor failed, AGAIN! You remove it and send it to Harold at Acme Motor Repair across town and a few months later you get it back, just like the last time. Harold is a good old boy, always there to fix that motor every time it fails. The key words here are “every time”.

Harold never asks you what conditions the motor was under when it failed, what the environment conditions are where the motor was installed. Harold never asks you if you are lubricating the motor or if you even know how to lubricate the motor. Harold has never asked you if the motor is directly coupled or if you are belting it, he just fixes the motor. You once asked Harold for a failure report and he sent us a copy of the invoice. You’ve asked Harold if it made more sense to purchase another motor and he said that he was cheaper than anyone in the neighborhood on his repairs and under the price of a new motor.

Are you trying anything different in order to keep your plant running?

05/30/2017

Albert Einstein famously said that "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

The same applies for industrial maintenance and reliability practices. It is amazing the amount of individuals who rather than trying something different, will hunker down and defend "the way it always has been". Many times those same people will then discuss how many unplanned failures they have had and that they got a great response from their vendor and a great turn-around time. Repair, Failure, Repeat - over and over and over.

WARNING! STOP fixing what's broken in your plant!

04/20/2017

Who is this crazy person telling me to stop fixing things that are broken? Why is a company that diagnoses and fixes things as a business, telling me to stop fixing broken things? 

Yes, we are in the service of fixing broken items, but more importantly we are in the service of stopping the reason why the failure happened in the first place!

What vs Why - What maintenance culture do you have?

02/01/2017

Maintenance culture is not commonly talked about. Maintenance in general is such a reactive world where we respond and perform in order to get things rolling again. That reactive approach that is at the heart of maintenance is what causes so many of the long-term issues that maintenance departments see every day.

Electric Motor Ball Bearing Lubrication Pitfalls

07/14/2016

This is our third and final article in a series of articles on ball bearings in electric motors. You are encouraged to view our prior articles at the links below:

This article picks up where those left off... What else should you consider when thinking about electric motor ball bearings? What else could go wrong? Well, there is a number of items that need to still be considered, but let's look at a few of the major items.

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