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Are Repair and Reliability Enemies?!


At my core, I am an electric motor guy, more specifically an electric motor repair guy – or at least that’s what I have always thought. I am a fourth-generation family member in the electric motor repair industry. I am the President of a large primarily electric motor company with various divisions including electric motor repair, product sales, equipment management, and predictive maintenance.

So its natural for me to be a motor guy, right?

No, not really! I did start as a "motor guy" but have transitioned into more of a reliability focus, thanks to the approach that HECO has always taken to repair; which is unique and started well before my time. Don't get me wrong - the motor is still a vast majority of what our expertise is on and in no way am I nor HECO pulling away from that. However, this approach that HECO takes is a simple understanding that looking at an electric motor by itself is like looking at only the engine of your vehicle. That’s great the engine purrs perfectly but if your car doesn’t have any wheels, you’re not going to be able to travel very far! You must look beyond just the motor at the entire application and system to provide the RIGHT solution for clients.

What Are Uptime Elements for Asset Management?- Webinar


The above video is a recording of a webinar given on 1/21/2021. Click on Uptime graphic to view webinar.

What is Uptime Elements as it relates to your asset management strategies?

Join our webinar to find out more about how Uptime Elements can benefit your enterprise. 

At its simplest level, the Uptime Elements framework is a language that aligns stakeholders across your organization for improved reliability in your company's operations.

All things that can be mastered begin with the acquisition of a specialized language that contains words, concepts and ideas.

An example would be a doctor in medical training who begins by studying the specialized words, phrases and concepts related to the practice of medicine. The same is true for reliability.

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


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?


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?


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?


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


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!


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


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?


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!


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!

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