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Read the latest thoughts on maintenance reliability and asset management from Author and Expert Terry Wireman
Did you ever have one of those mornings when your alarm clock was your worst enemy? It is going off and all you can do is think about sleeping a little longer. If it has one, you are repeatedly hitting the snooze button, trying to make the reality of morning go away. You know that one more tap on the snooze button will make you late for work. On Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Frank Jordans of the Associated Press set off the alarm clocks of the industrialized world. He wrote an article “German Employers Struggle to Find Apprentices”. The tag...
Once upon a time there were procedures. These procedures were tied to the company’s overall business objectives, so it was important for the health of the company’s business for these procedures to be accomplished. If these procedures were not properly accomplished, there was a risk that something bad could happen to the company. These procedures were documented to insure employees could understand them and could accomplish tasks repeatedly and consistently. The various functional departments in the business could now prosper and all of the stakeholders would be satisfied. However, next came the management optimization philosophies. Departmental managers liked these philosophies...
Once upon a time there were procedures. These procedures were tied to the company’s overall business objectives, so it was important for the health of the company’s business for these procedures to be accomplished. If these procedures were not properly accomplished, there was a risk that something bad could happen to the company. These procedures were documented to insure employees could understand them and could accomplish tasks repeatedly and consistently. The various functional departments in the business could now prosper and all of the stakeholders would be satisfied. However, next came the management optimization philosophies. Departmental managers liked these philosophies...
Now that ISO-55000 has been published, many individuals and organizations are questioning if they should adopt it. Here is one more reason for companies to investigate ISO-55000 and see if it has application in their business. It is Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular No. A-119 (http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars_a119) . What is the purpose of this document? It clearly states in section 1 that “this Circular directs agencies to use voluntary consensus standards in lieu of government-unique standards”. ISO-55000 is considered a voluntary consensus standard. Some other points in the circular that I found interesting: 1. Section 6 – “All federal...
Regulatory Agencies, Insurance Companies, and Lawyers. Almost everyone is familiar with the way the Jeopardy game is played. The answer to a question is given and it is up to the contestants to figure out the real question. While this may seem easy, it often is quite difficult. For example, consider the three entities listed at the start of this blog. What do regulatory agencies (OSHA, EPA, FDA, etc.), insurance companies, and lawyers have in common? On the surface, one might say not much. However, that is about to change. Sometime about January 15th, 2014 the ISO-5500X series of standards...
Recently I was engaging in some mindless entertainment watching “Dances with the Stars” on the television. An interesting event took place, a favorite dancer of the judges was voted off. The dancer that stayed (Bill Engvall) was less skilled, but hugely entertaining, and clearly a fan favorite. The judges and those who appreciate skilled dancing were outraged – the rest of us were entertained. Now why mention this in a “Maintenance/ Reliability” blog? Because there is an interesting lesson here. On the dance show, the contestants are given two scores – one by the judges for their actual dance. The...