Through the past few years we've been exposed to terms that attempt to describe what we do. We’ve seen Predictive Maintenance, Condition Monitoring, Proactive Maintenance, Reliability Centered Maintenance, Asset Management, and the list goes on. While it is a good thing to identify and define maintenance programs, the unfortunate reality is that while many of you reading this do perform or engage in some methodology for preventing unplanned outages and improving efficiencies, there are many who do not. We can never fully comprehend this. However one thought is that while there is a lot of ignorance out there about the importance of what we do, there is also a culture of resistance to change. We've heard, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it", "It ain't hot, leave it alone", "Don't feel nothing, it's good." What is encouraging is that there is a trend building in the Reliability/PdM arena, and that is the continued growth of users and feedback showing that there are more and more departments investing in equipment and training to improve the profitability of their operations by implementing an integrated program of advanced diagnostics along with proactive programs.
We need to help each other grow. To do this we need to share information to overcome the old practices and implement the new. Here's an opportunity to help each other. Tell us what you are doing. What programs have you implemented? Drop us a line, tell us your successes and we'll be happy to write it up here to help others learn.
Simply email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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