Asset Productivity Articles

Our expert staff is well known throughout the industry for its breadth of knowledge gained through years of practical experience. The following articles, written by members of our staff, have been published in industry journals and Web sites.

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  • Reliability Lessons from the Aircraft Industry

    By Al Emeneker, Life Cycle Engineering
    As published on PlantEngineering.com

    If there’s one situation where we expect total reliability, it’s when we’re about to board an airplane. Aircraft reliability is a function of an organizational culture that supports people working in a disciplined way to perform many different activities: preventive, predictive and planned maintenance, scheduled maintenance on a routine and scheduled basis, trending identified potential failure modes, extrapolating a forecast failure date and completing a quality repair before a failure occurs. A closer look at aircraft reliability provides a good example of a proactive culture in pursuit of continued and constant reliability.

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  • Why is my kitting process not working?

    By Wally Wilson, CMRP, CPIM, Life Cycle Engineering
    Everybody believes that implementing a kitting process to support their planned and scheduled equipment repairs is a really good idea. A well-implemented kitting process will pay huge benefits in the form of reduced inventory investment, increased utilization of maintenance technicians and storeroom employees as well as overall equipment reliability. But problems arise when we assume everyone understands the kitting process and when lines of communication between the storeroom, the maintenance planners, and the maintenance and operations teams are not well-defined.

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  • How Much Do Your Groceries Cost?

    By Doug Wallace, CPIM, Senior Consultant, Life Cycle Engineering
    As appeared on Manufacturing.net

    Sometimes my wife does the grocery shopping by herself. Other times I tag along and try to help, but generally I’m just the cart driver. Either way, as man of the house, it’s my responsibility to lug the goods upstairs from the garage to the kitchen. I take it as an opportunity to see how many of those little plastic bags I can dangle from each hand without cramping up, dropping anything, or scuffing up the paint on the walls along the way.

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  • Remove Emotion from the Decision-making Equation

    By R. Keith Mobley, Principal SME, Life Cycle Engineering
    The ability to express and control our own emotions is important, but so is our ability to understand, interpret, and respond to the emotions of others. Imagine a world where you could not understand when a friend was feeling sad or when a co-worker was angry. Psychologists refer to this ability as emotional intelligence and some experts even suggest that it can be more important than any other measure of intelligence or ability.

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  • Looking for Wastes at Your Plant

    By Kimo Oberloh, Life Cycle Engineering
    Taiichi Ohno, the father of the Toyota Production System, stated that all we are trying to do is to reduce the time it takes from receipt of order to receipt of cash by reducing as much waste and non-value-added activity from the process as we can. This is what is commonly referred to as lean.

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  • Managing Your Value Stream: the Key to Continuous Improvement

    By Bill Kirkpatrick, Life Cycle Engineering
    It’s 2014 and most companies have some form of improvement process in place. Whether it’s driven internally, from afar, by some corporate initiative or by a customer, some method is usually evident. Although you may have to look in the far reaches of your plant to find it, I assure you it’s there.

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  • Defining Holistic Asset Criticality to Manage Risk

    By David J. Mierau, PE, CMRP Life Cycle Engineering
    As published in Pharmaceutical Engineering Magazine

    The pharmaceutical and biotech industries have a wealth of information published related to risk-based practices for validation, qualification and commissioning of processes and equipment. However, these approaches typically focus exclusively on the impact of an asset to product or raw material SISPQ (strength, identity, safety, purity, and quality). While this is an appropriate focus area for making medicines and vaccines, there is significant business value in understanding the holistic potential impact an asset carries.

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  • Introducing LCE's Asset Management System Framework

    The discipline of physical asset management is currently undergoing substantial change. Several key, interrelated catalysts are driving these changes...

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  • Seven Symptoms of Bad Meetings and What You Can Do About Them

    The door to the meeting room opens and it’s the person who called the meeting, running 10 minutes late because the previous meeting ended late and he had to stop by his office and pick up some notes to remind him of what this meeting was about.

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  • Don’t worry about things you cannot change

    By R. Keith Mobley, Principal SME, Life Cycle Engineering
    As appeared in 
    Reflections on Excellence

    Like most of you, I am a natural-born worrier. I strive to limit the focus of my worry, but that was not always the case. As the oldest child of working parents, I was expected to be responsible and look after my siblings. When things went wrong, I was the center of attention. My parents were strict and instilled in me a strong sense of responsibility and accountability.

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  • Maintenance Ethics

    By Joel Levitt, Life Cycle Engineering
    If you have helped to maintain the operation of equipment or facilities, you can probably relate to these scenarios

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  • Who’s Responsible for Maintenance Planning?

    By Tim Kister, CMRP, Life Cycle Engineering
    I have been associated with maintenance planning and scheduling for nearly 30 of my 40 years working in maintenance. Over that time I have often been asked “who is responsible” for compiling and organizing all the activities that occur in the process of maintaining assets. Is it all part of the planner/scheduler’s job? What about the supervisors and maintenance technicians? With those questions in mind, I hope to provide some answers.

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  • Integrating Reliability into an Asset Integrity Dashboard

    By Troy Schwartz, PE, CRE, Life Cycle Engineering
    By leveraging an automated diagnostic system that is built upon a strong reliability engineering methodology, a drilling platform can make risk-informed decisions to maintain the inherent reliability of their critical equipment using a “cost avoidance” approach that results in lower overall life cycle costs.

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  • Integrating Performance Standards into an Asset Management System

    The discipline of physical asset management is currently undergoing substantial change. Nowhere is this change evolving faster than in the oil and gas industry. Two significant developments within this industry are converging to create shifts in how companies view and manage their physical assets.

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  • Macro-Managing Your MRO Inventory

    By Doug Wallace, CPIM, Senior Consultant, Life Cycle Engineering
    The mission of the MRO warehouse is to have the right parts at the right place at the right time. Too often that objective is achieved by simply stuffing the storeroom to the gills. Some organizations do a better job of trying to determine realistic stocking plans based on criticality, estimated requirements, supplier lead times, and other variables, but then fail to review them periodically to ensure that the assumptions used in developing the stocking plans are still valid.

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  • Failure Teaches Success

    By R. Keith Mobley, Principal SME, Life Cycle Engineering
    As appeared in 
    Reflections on Excellence

    I absolutely hate to fail, but must admit that failure is an unescapable part of life. Thankfully most of my failures over the years have been relatively minor. Nonetheless, they have been a true source of irritation and frustration that in many ways outweigh the successes. Fortunately my early mentors taught me to use failure, no matter how serious or minor, as a learning tool and a platform to build upon.

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  • What is Personal Reliability Excellence?

    By R. Keith Mobley, CMRP, Principal, SME, Life Cycle Engineering
    Two words reliability and excellence, used separately or together, are popular topics of discussion. The concept of reliability is usually discussed in the context of capital assets and too often tends to focus on the perceived relationship of maintenance performance to asset reliability.

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  • Are you working on the wrong problems?

    By Rick Wheeler, Life Cycle Engineering
    As published in SMRP Solutions magazine

    Anyone that has ever worked in a manufacturing site has been told “that area or equipment is our problem child or bottleneck”. But is it really? Would a detailed analysis of the data agree with the popular opinion?

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  • Stretch Goals Fuel the Furnace of Excellence

    By R. Keith Mobley, Principal SME, Life Cycle Engineering
    Recently I had a long discussion with a client about goals and how they impact work culture. It started when one of their executives made an adamant comment about his approach—he could decide what they were and then deploy them to the workforce. “They will follow them whether they like them or not,” was his closing remark.

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  • It is Not About Me

    By R. Keith Mobley, Principal SME, Life Cycle Engineering
    I have a confession to make. I was born excessively self-centered and egotistical. All through my school years and into my early professional career it was all about me. I wanted and expected to be the center of attention, get all of the credit and earn praise for all that happened, not just what I personally accomplished but also for what those who worked with or for me did.

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