Category: Best Practices

  • How to justify investment in reliability program and initiatives?

    How to justify investment in reliability program and initiatives?

    These days, securing a budget for new reliability initiatives and programs within the industry has become more challenging than ever. This difficulty primarily comes from the prevailing perception that maintenance and reliability are mostly viewed as expenses rather than investments – why is this the case? A fair assumption could be that people that provide…

  • Empowering Sustainability in Industry: Spartakus Leading the Way

    Empowering Sustainability in Industry: Spartakus Leading the Way

    In a world increasingly focused on sustainability and environmental consciousness, industries face a pivotal moment to adapt and evolve. In that context, Spartakus Technologies is dedicated to empowering maintenance and reliability professionals while championing green initiatives within the industrial landscape. A reliable facility is a green facility. At its core, Spartakus Technologies embodies a mission…

  • Top 5 elements to consider for your lubrication program

    Top 5 elements to consider for your lubrication program

    Why does my lubrication program need the appropriate frequencies, quantities, type of lubricants and procedure? Several studies1 and case studies have shown that approximately 80% of bearing failures are directly related to lubrication issues. Proper lubrication is indeed a critical aspect of your preventive maintenance program if you are expecting to have reliable operation throughout…

  • How Addressing Generational Differences Can Solve the Manpower Shortage Crisis

    How Addressing Generational Differences Can Solve the Manpower Shortage Crisis

    The Reliability University: An initiative to help industry thrive Economic growth combined to massive retirement of labor and unprecedented pandemic at the end of the years 2010s led to shortage of manpower in many employment fields. In addition to global market being even more competitive (reinforcement of middle eastern or Asian manufacturing, low interest rates…

  • Consolidate spare parts list to optimize inventory and BOMs

    Consolidate spare parts list to optimize inventory and BOMs

    A parts list is essential for any plant to maintain its productivity as having the right items in the inventory can help the millwrights to replace the items in case of a failure or planners to plan a maintenance job without having any unnecessary delays. However, companies are so busy in their daily activities that…

  • How to optimize your Preventive Maintenance (PM) program – 101

    How to optimize your Preventive Maintenance (PM) program – 101

    If you find yourself on this page, it is likely because you are seeking to enhance the efficiency of your existing Preventive Maintenance (PM) program. As detailed in another blog post, your current PM program may exhibit one or more of the following problems: Subjective tasks, intrusive tasks, lack of predictive and data-driven maintenance and…

  • Signs that your PM program is ineffective and inaccurate

    Signs that your PM program is ineffective and inaccurate

    A good preventive maintenance (PM) program is essential in ensuring an efficient and reliable plant, both in terms of operation and maintenance. Regardless of the industry, if your PM program is inaccurate or ineffective, it will most likely lead to increased expected and unexpected downtime, high maintenance costs, and ultimately reduced productivity and performance. Here…

  • The limits to growth, resilience, and reliability 

    The limits to growth, resilience, and reliability 

    A few hours before my recent presentation at SMRP’s 31st annual conference (16-19 Oct 2023), I sent a poll to attendees asking, “What the world will look like in 2050 and what are the consequences for industrial facilities”. The results were the following:   The following article aims at providing insight on the question above. It…

  • Unlocking Equipment  Maintenance Excellence with ISO 14224

    Unlocking Equipment Maintenance Excellence with ISO 14224

    In the dynamic and demanding industries of oil and gas, petrochemicals, and power generation, the seamless operation of equipment is paramount. This equipment’s reliability and maintenance are pivotal factors in ensuring operational efficiency and safety and environmental protection. ISO 14224, a vital standard in this landscape, plays a pivotal role by providing a structured framework…

  • 9 reasons to (re)assess your maintenance and reliability program

    9 reasons to (re)assess your maintenance and reliability program

    A maintenance and reliability assessment is crucial for a manufacturing organization for several reasons. Regularly undergoing such assessments helps ensure the efficient and effective operation of the organization, minimizes downtime, and reduces costs while focusing on often neglected topics (CMMS data, preventive maintenance, etc.).   Example of pillars of an effective maintenance and reliability assessment Here…