As one letter writer put it, his site’s reliability professionals were “expected to act as superman and politician,” not necessarily as actual problem solvers. Others have shared similar concerns.
FLIR Systems has introduced a compact, radiometric version of its Boson thermal-imaging-camera modules.
Active listening is a learned skill that facilitates sound decision-making, based on actual, unedited first-hand information. The more there is, the more effective the problem-solving.
A body at rest will remain at rest unless an adequate force is applied to initiate movement. The same holds true when getting individuals and groups on board with transformational changes.
A plant’s electric motors and driven equipment are good places to look when seeking to reduce energy costs and greenhouse-gas emissions. Their belts have a big impact on both of those goals.
Studies have shown that ~80% of digital transformation strategies fail to meet their objective and never scale beyond original pilots. Companies can be missing out on enormous benefits by not following through.
The critical, often overlooked step after training is formal “qualification” to perform the tasks learned in training. Qualification is, in effect, the opportunity to demonstrate crucial task proficiency.
The ultimate objective of Maintenance and Production departments is to eliminate avoidable uncontrolled and controlled internal shutdown events. Opportunity-based maintenance can help get it done.
Most organizations suffer from some degree of psychological inertia. Breaking through it is key to successful transformational change. But top-down and bottom-up management approaches may not work.
Owner/Operators would be foolish not to give utmost attention to specs that reflect reliability and uptime goals. That notion might clash with how some design and construction projects are awarded.