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Breaking The Reliability Cycle of Despair Part 2 [Article]

ReliabilityWeb - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 08:38
The Application of Strategic Reliability Principles by Jay Shellogg This article is a follow-up to one the author wrote for the December/January 2014 issue of Uptime magazine that explained some of the fundamental reasons North American manufacturing has not been able to sustain reliable asset performance. The author stated, “Since the discovery of modern asset reliability principles (first detailed by Nowlan and Heap in the mid-1960s) and up until the latest evolution in the 1990s by John Moubray, some 30 odd years have passed, but with little rigorous adoption of these principles into the asset management strategies of North American industry.” In that article, the author explained why the adoption of these reliability principles has been so difficult and what he thinks is required for the adoption of these reliability principles. In this article, the author will expound on those ideas, but warns that sacred cows are going to be slaughtered and it will be messy.

EXIN Partners with ITAMOrg on IT Asset Management Certification [Maintenance News]

ReliabilityWeb - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 08:24
International Exam Institute EXIN is set to launch a new certification program for IT Asset Management. The new certification scheme has been developed in partnership with ITAMOrg, the international professional member organization and thought leader in the area of IT Asset Management. The program forms part of EXIN’s broader portfolio in the area of Governance and (Cyber) Security, thus further strengthening EXIN’s position as the leading provider of ICT certification worldwide.

LE Introduces Full Torque Diesel Fuel Improver [Maintenance News]

ReliabilityWeb - Tue, 09/15/2015 - 10:21
LE Introduces Full Torque Diesel Fuel Improver; Road-Tested Supplement Contains Cetane Booster for Increased Power and Year-Round Performance, even in Extremely Harsh Conditions Lubrication Engineers, Inc. adds to its full line of engine oils and fuel supplements, with Full TorqueTM Diesel Fuel Improver as the newest offering. Field-tested for several months on the ice roads of Alaska, Full Torque has proven to be a valuable weapon for long haul diesel engine operators wanting to conserve fuel, protect their equipment, and keep their trucks on the road despite harsh conditions.

Aligning for Reliability™ [Maintenance News]

ReliabilityWeb - Tue, 09/15/2015 - 07:49
Maumee, OH - Michael Olszewski, President of Reliability Concepts based in Michigan is pleased to announce that RC has recently purchased Alignment Supplies, Inc. based in Maumee OH.

Bentley Enlivens Reality Modeling through Acquisition of e-on Software [Maintenance News]

ReliabilityWeb - Mon, 09/14/2015 - 13:26
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced that it has acquired e-on software, a leader in the creation, simulation, and integration of natural 3D environments, with software development based in Paris, France. E-on software is widely acclaimed in the digital content creation (DCC) market, where its VUE and PlantFactory products are a mainstay among computer graphics (CG) professionals in the media and entertainment, science, and education industries. E-on’s offerings have been used in the making of numerous blockbuster films, including Minions, Jupiter Ascending, How To Train Your Dragon, Avatar, The Hunger Games, The Avengers, Hugo, and Terminator. Headed by founder Nicholas Phelps, e-on software, operating as a Bentley subsidiary, will continue to develop innovative solutions for the unique challenges of the DCC community.

Maximize Equipment Reliability While Minimizing Maintenance Cost [Maintenance Tip]

ReliabilityWeb - Mon, 09/14/2015 - 11:16
The primary goal of any maintenance strategy is to perform the right maintenance at the right times - for your plant or facility.  But how do you make these decisions today? Is there any guessing involved, perhaps? Take the guesswork out of your maintenance strategies. Start with expert recommendations for your equipment based on its criticality and operating context (duty cycle, service conditions). Maximize reliability while minimizing maintenance cost using our tools. Compare the resulting…

What is Your Barrier to Reliability? [Maintenance Tip]

ReliabilityWeb - Mon, 09/14/2015 - 11:02
If everyone in the organization all the way down to the custodian knows that a piece of equipment is troublesome, the solution can lie in simple PM optimization. Reliability-Centered Maintenance is about detective work, finding the failures where the loss of function will not be evident to the operating crew under normal circumstances on their own. Many of these are protective devices that are already in the failed state and you don’t know it. This…

What is Your Barrier to Reliability? [Maintenance Tip]

ReliabilityWeb - Mon, 09/14/2015 - 11:02
If everyone in the organization all the way down to the custodian knows that a piece of equipment is troublesome, the solution can lie in simple PM optimization. Reliability-Centered Maintenance is about detective work, finding the failures where the loss of function will not be evident to the operating crew under normal circumstances on their own. Many of these are protective devices that are already in the failed state and you don’t know it. This…

The Lost Art of Scheduling [Article]

ReliabilityWeb - Mon, 09/14/2015 - 07:42
Asset Management System (AMS) Implementation AMS implementations are usually quite involved. Software is installed and configured, processes are documented and improved, and roles and responsibilities are clarified. The project team will identify as-is and to-be processes. More importantly, the project manager must facilitate these workshops, coordinate resources and communicate change. With so much at stake, why aren’t AMS project managers making full use of the project management tools, such as scheduling software?

The Lost Art of Scheduling [Article]

ReliabilityWeb - Mon, 09/14/2015 - 07:42
Asset Management System (AMS) Implementation AMS implementations are usually quite involved. Software is installed and configured, processes are documented and improved, and roles and responsibilities are clarified. The project team will identify as-is and to-be processes. More importantly, the project manager must facilitate these workshops, coordinate resources and communicate change. With so much at stake, why aren’t AMS project managers making full use of the project management tools, such as scheduling software?

The newly launched event explores the crossroads between the Internet of Things and Industry [Maintenance News]

ReliabilityWeb - Sat, 09/12/2015 - 18:57
The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the world as we know it and this transformation has also begun for industry. To put its full potential to work the new Internet of Things Solutions World Congress (IOTSWC) will bring together for its first edition the key global players, experts and companies. Over 120 speakers and 90 leading international companies will gather in Fira de Barcelona from September 16th to 18th to discuss deployment strategies and showcase the most innovative applications the industrial internet has to offer.  Reliabilityweb.com and Uptime Magazine are sponsors of this important event.

Evidence-Based Asset Management: Actionable Intelligence in the Era of Big Data [Article]

ReliabilityWeb - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 14:04
Five to 10 years ago, an asset manager typically made major decisions based on guesswork. That is no longer the case. With today’s greatly expanded access to data, all asset managers should be making decisions based on facts, using a process called evidence-based asset management (EBAM). Admittedly, even with the recent explosion in available data, maintenance data may be thin or nonexistent for certain assets. For example, decades-old assets with a long lifetime may have no data from their early years of service. Fortunately, we can elicit knowledge from a wide variety of sources across an organization. Obviously, knowledge can be extracted from the maintenance department, but others may have useful information as well. Despite having poor data records, a company may be rich in tacit knowledge. It just requires knowing where to look and how to extract it.

See the first solar beacon in action at IOTSWC 2015 [Maintenance News]

ReliabilityWeb - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 07:52
Whizz Systems Inc., in partnership with Cypress Semiconductor and Place Global, is proud to unveil Helio, the world’s first solar powered beacon.  The Helio Solar Beacon is made possible using state of the art energy harvesting ICs, and an ultralow power PSOC module from Cypress Semiconductors, known for delivering high-performance, high-quality solutions at the heart of today’s most advanced embedded systems, from automotive, industrial and networking platforms to highly interactive consumer and mobile devices, as well as world class customer support.

See the first solar beacon in action at IOTSWC 2015 [Maintenance News]

ReliabilityWeb - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 07:52
Whizz Systems Inc., in partnership with Cypress Semiconductor and Place Global, is proud to unveil Helio, the world’s first solar powered beacon.  The Helio Solar Beacon is made possible using state of the art energy harvesting ICs, and an ultralow power PSOC module from Cypress Semiconductors, known for delivering high-performance, high-quality solutions at the heart of today’s most advanced embedded systems, from automotive, industrial and networking platforms to highly interactive consumer and mobile devices, as well as world class customer support.