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The most common prescription to correct the cause of an accident or mistake is training. Training in itself is not a total solution. It is important that the operators or maintenance technicians understand the proper Read more…

poka-yoke

Removing human error, or mistake proofing, is a key component of creating an efficient manufacturing process. So key, in fact, that it has its own unique term to describe it – Poka-yoke. Read more…

roadtosuccess

We are all susceptible to making mistakes.  After all, we are only human, right?  It is part of the trial and error process of learning.  Sometimes the mistake is due to ignorance, such as a toddler touching a hot stove and learning not to do it again.  And sometimes the error is from lack of attention, like clothing thrown on top of an electric heater and catching fire. Read more…

One of the single most frustrating and costly problems that befall companies is the unexpected failure of machinery. From pumps to conveyors, or any other type of machine used, there is never a shortage of maintenance required to keep things running smoothly. The only way to combat these seemingly random issues is with a robust and effective Predictive Maintenance (PdM) system. The ability to prevent unexpected losses of time, as Read more…

Trans-Alaska Pipeline System

There are many miles of pipeline in the process industry.  They provide transport of fluids from one point to another without much attention until they fail.

There are four main categories of pipeline failures:

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Automotive Robot

Clients have asked this question of TTS time and again, “If my facility has to run 24/7, how am I supposed to find time for PMs?” Read more…

Maintenance Manager

Are you are a Facility or Maintenance Manager? If so, then you have certainly faced the difficult choice between spending limited resources, maintaining equipment, or letting it “run-to-failure.” Applying preventive Read more…

Losses in West Central Africa

Through my work as a member of Technology Transfer Services (TTS), I was lucky enough to spend some time in West Central Africa over the past few years, helping to improve maintenance and operations at industrial facilities. One of the issues that my team and I frequently encountered involved warehouse managers and their attempts to deal with spare parts degradation brought on by the local environment. The local environment Read more…

money hourglass

 

Nobody wants to spend more money than necessary.  I’m sure everyone can relate to trying to save money on purchases such as gasoline, insurance, cell phone service, groceries or travel and accommodations for that vacation you’ve been planning all year.  It makes sense to shop around for the best deal on a vehicle or home.  Why wouldn’t you do the same for your spares procurement? Read more…

Organizations spend big bucks maintaining equipment.  How many times have you heard that a critical piece of your equipment is down, and the spare part needed isn’t in stock or can’t be found in the warehouse?  A robust Inventory Spares Management program will ensure the ability to find the right part exactly when it is needed. Read more…