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This month at several reader's request, we focus on reliability. We
wanted to get you something new on reliability, not just well known
information repackaged. :>)
Hi everyone, and welcome to December's issue of our Feed Forward Newsletter! My name
Don Fitchett, the author of
"The Maintenance War Newsletter". This first area of the
newsletter is for introductions and commentary. I would like to wish you
all a happy and safe Holiday.
If you are reading this newsletter after someone forward you a copy,
you can find an online version on the our website www.feedforward.com.au
We have added some new book titles for you to download and new free
Mike Sondalini has written us an article with a fresh perspective
Centered Maintenance (RCM). (For those
who do not already know, Mike was the original founder of Feed Forward
Publications and this newsletter!)
Also of great interest to our readers will be Mike Sondalini's article
he is currently collaborating on for January's newsletter. Don't tell any
one (:>), but it's a totally new presentation of how maintenance and
reliability combine to deliver availability.
also have two new books to offer by author Ian Sutton. Mr.
Sutton has 15 years of experience in industrial risk analysis, and has
extensive operating procedures experience.
The two new books by Ian Sutton
added this month are ...
Hazards Analysis - This book describes in detail how to run a Process
Hazards Analysis, and how to effectively identify hazards.
Safety Audit Protocols - This collection of audit questions and
guidelines that addresses the requirements of OSHA's Process Safety
Management standard (29 CFR 1910.119) and the EPA's Risk Management
Program Regulation Title 40 Part 68.
Reliability and Availability
This months tidbit of management help is in the form of advice in
response to a reader's inquiry. Of course we have removed the name and
company to protect the innocent. :>) Our reader ask ...
Our utility company has set targets of
staff utilization - 90%
pumping plant reliability - 40 days
Plant Availability - 90%
We believe that these targets are high and may be
unrealistic. Our organization management measure our performance based on
the aforementioned targets. We have not met the set targets for the last 3
months. Don ,do you know if other similar utilities have similar
performance measurements? And do you think our planned targets are
realistic and achievable?
The numbers you now have are great in my opinion. The goal for a
utility company is not unrealistic, in my opinion. The very important
factor is how does management arrive at those numbers and is that
calculation method realistic. All and all, using what ever method they are
and as long as management is consistent in the measurement method, you can
use the numbers as bench mark.
You should be able to show constant improvement so the numbers should
go up, even if only a fraction of a percentage. If management’s method
of calculating those numbers is flawed, that may be all you can obtain is
fractions of a percent increase. The best advice is to bring in an outside
consultant to analyze the measurement method, followed by a RCM report.
Coincidently, RCM is the topic of this month’s newsletter and Mike
Sondalini has written a great article on Reliability
Centered Maintenance (RCM).
There are two basic types of management methodologies...
1. Set unrealistic goals and crack the whip to get your people to
strive towards them.
2. Set realistic constant improvement goals and motivate your people to
reach higher numbers each time frame.
Most managers now days, have realized the motivational technique is
much more profitable. But there are the old school types too. I hope this
month's newsletter will help you make an increase in your numbers.
What's new in the reliability world?
the Perfect PM - by Ralph Hackle
From developing a PM template with example PM template to using RCM
tools to determine the frequency of each PM.
Fate of Proaction When Economic Downturn Occurs
Robert J. Latino, Reliability
Center, Inc., Oct. 2003
Reader requested "continuous vibration monitoring"
new ME9601 system, early warning of excessive vibration levels
Plant Primer Vibration Monitoring - automationtechies.com
New Generation of Condition Monitoring And Diagnostic Systems - An excellent
article at vibrotek.com
Sent in by our reader, thanks Mikie!
The Harley Davidson Joke was offensive to
some and we had to remove it. We apologize for the error in judgment.
Best regards and thanks for being a subscriber to this
Feed Forward Publications
Tel : (573) 547-5630
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care knowledge so that they can solve more problems, become more
knowledgeable, make better decisions and your plant runs more reliably!
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