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HOST: Howard W Penrose, Ph.D., CMRP of MotorDoc LLC, and SMRP Government Relations
CO-HOST: Tom Moriarty, PE, CMRP, of Alidade MER, Inc., and Chair SMRP Government Relations

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), under the U.S. Department of Commerce, began pursuing an economic study on the impact of maintenance on manufacturing. This included tying maintenance practices to safety, energy, productivity, profitability, and other aspects of the business as a whole. The purpose of the research was aimed at helping strengthen the U.S. manufacturing base through the promotion of maintenance techniques. In 2019, SMRP partnered with NIST to assist in the next stage of the project, which involved a survey of corporations that focused on the costs and benefits of maintenance applications. In the end, the study, survey, and resources have been further developed to support communication between the maintenance organization and the C-suite, as well as tie maintenance to other key aspects of a company. This podcast interview is with Douglas Thomas, the lead economist for this project at NIST.






Douglas S. (Doug) Thomas is an economist in the Applied Economics Office at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His work focuses on manufacturing industry costs, risks, and economic decision making. It utilizes input-output analysis, econometrics, and survey techniques to measure costs and risks faced by manufacturing establishments. The results guide manufacturers and research organizations in identifying high-cost/loss areas of manufacturing that might have a high return when investing in research.

Editor’s Note: Much of Doug’s work is available on the Applied Economics in US Manufacturing webpage.

Howard Penrose, Ph.D., CMRP,
 is Founder and President of Motor Doc LLC, Lombard, IL. Among other things, he’s a Past Chair of the Society for Reliability and Maintenance Professionals (SMRP), Atlanta (smrp.org), and currently serves on the organization’s Government Relations Committee. Contact him directly at howard@motordoc.com, or info@motordoc.com, and/or visit motordoc.com.

Thomas J.  (Tom) Moriarty, P.E., CMRP,
is president of Alidade Maintenance Engineering and Reliability, Inc. (Alidade MER). Satellite Beach, FL. Founded in 2004, the company’s mission is to help others lead full and satisfying lives through organizational reliability and productive leadership principles by applying physical-asset management, maintenance management, and reliability engineering.  As a consultant, he has worked in a wide range of operations, including oil & gas, chemical, mining, pharmaceutical, food & beverage, research universities, aerospace manufacturing, packaging, power generation, water/wastewater, waterway infrastructure, and military.

Tom served as a U.S. Coast Guardsman for 24 years, and retired as a naval engineering Lieutenant Commander in 2003. Prior to earning his commission, he had been an enlisted Machinery Technician for over nine years. In 2003, the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) honored him as “U.S. Coast Guard Federal Engineer of the Year” for his accomplishments in work management and initiating a condition-monitoring and precision-maintenance program. 

A member of the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP), Tom is currently Government Relations Committee Chairman, a Florida Chapter Board Member, and has been the Florida Central East District Director and a Certified Maintenance and Reliability since 2003. 

Tom holds a Professional M.B.A. from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Western New England University. A member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (and a past Chair of the Canaveral, FL Section), he’s a licensed professional engineer in Florida. He is also an ISO Certified Asset Reliability Practitioner. Contact him directly at (321) 773-3356 (ofc), (321) 961-4306 (cell), or tjmpe@alidade-mer.com; Twitter @AlidadeMer.

Editor’s Note: Tom’s Moriarity’s Book
The Productive Leadership System: Maximizing Organization Reliability
Is Available Through Amazon and Industrial Press.

Tags: maintenance practices, safety, productivity, productivity, profitability, NIST, SMRP