This past year we had the pleasure of interviewing some very distinguished maintenance and reliability professionals working with our local industry. We talked about the mission of maintenance and the goals of manufacturing. We talked about the challenges of staffing, training, budgets, and even plant politics. The feedback we received helped us plan for investment, employee training, and development of new services.
We also had several key takeaways:
- Maintenance is rapidly evolving! It is more complicated, requiring advanced technologies and stronger analytical skills. Even the vocabulary has changed. RCM, CBM, MCA – we use a lot of acronyms in this business.
- People are retiring faster than the next generation can be recruited fully trained. And a lot of know how is going with them.
- The pressure to justify funding for new programs is tougher than ever. To quote one customer “it is a constant battle for budget”.
Our New eBook for Condition Based Maintenance
So we combined this feedback together with recommended textbooks and produced some condensed insights on maintenance and reliability. You can check out our webpage here. We also developed a new eBook on Condition Based Maintenance, which you can download. The objective of the eBook is to help start and justify motor reliability programs. But it also covers the objectives and metrics of maintenance, sources of training, and suggested reading. It is a pretty good starting point for someone new to the field.
Be forewarned that we narrowed the scope to primarily condition based maintenance (CBM), which is where many motor reliability programs start. Our intent is to help propose and drive change. Making a successful business case seems to be a common hurdle, and so we put more emphasis there. A worksheet is also available for download to assist with analysis. It is provided for instructional purposes only, and we left it in Excel format so it can be easily modified.
We will be covering a lot more on this topic in a series to begin in April. For more information in the meantime, give us a call at 800.993.3326 or email our motor team at email@example.com.