Podcast Episodes

Episode: How to Develop a Work Culture that Embraces CMMS

11/7/2017

John Cray makes his second appearance on the podcast to discuss how leadership, vision and behavior can develop a culture that values data integrity and effectively utilizes their CMMS.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Explaining how to establish a set of CMMS guiding principles that drives consistency and data integrity
  • Discussing who should be responsible for creating a culture that embraces CMMS
  • Summarizing how measures and audits can motivate and sustain desired system use

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Episode: How to Boost Employee Engagement through Training

10/25/2017

In our final discussion of this three-part series with Greg Flickinger, Chairman of the OpX Leadership Network and Group Vice President of Manufacturing Operations for HEB grocery stores, we talk about the effects training has on boosting employee engagement.

Discussion highlights include:

  • The impact of training and upskilling your employees
  • Explaining the benefits of certifications in the workplace
  • Understanding how to effectively train people in new technology
  • How to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to training

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Episode: IIOT and the Advancements in Manufacturing Technology

10/10/2017

Part two of this three-part discussion with Greg Flickinger, Chairman of the OpX Leadership Network and Group Vice President of Manufacturing Operations for HEB grocery stores, highlights the impact of the IIOT movement with regards to new technology developments and techniques on how best to engage employees for successful adoption.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Explaining how IIOT is positively impacting business
  • Emergence of augmented reality wearables
  • Addressing the challenges of new technology adoption
  • Establishing a culture of acceptance

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Episode: OpX Leadership Network: Addressing Today's Manufacturing Challenges

9/26/2017

Part one of this three-part discussion with Greg Flickinger, Chairman of the OpX Leadership Network and Group Vice President of Manufacturing Operations for HEB grocery stores, features an engaging discussion about today's manufacturing challenges and how leaders are coming together to help solve those issues.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Explaining the OpX Leadership Network's mission
  • Identifying the top four issues members of the council are facing
  • Greg talks about the most challenging issues
  • Discussing certain elements that are disrupting the way we manufacture goods

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Episode: Mitigating the Risk of Change Saturation

8/10/2017

Bill Wilder, founder and leader of Life Cycle Engineering's change management practice, joins the podcast to discuss the point of change saturation and the risks associated with undergoing more change than an organization is capable of handling at a given time.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Defining change saturation
  • Understanding the risks of too much change
  • Identifying common symptoms of change overload
  • Minimizing the risk of change saturation

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Episode: Predictive Maintenance: A Proactive Approach to Achieving Reliability (Part II)

7/25/2017

Anil Agrawalla, a Senior Reliability Engineer and Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP), joins the podcast to discuss predictive maintenance strategy and how manufacturing organizations are implementing and maintaining the program's efficiency.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Struggles with tracking PdM program's effectiveness
  • Measuring your PdM programs success
  • Tips to better measure results
  • Next steps after reviewing metrics and KPIs

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Episode: Predictive Maintenance: A Proactive Approach to Achieving Reliability (Part I)

7/13/2017

Anil Agrawalla, a Senior Reliability Engineer and Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP), joins the podcast to discuss predictive maintenance strategy and how manufacturing organizations are implementing and maintaining the program's efficiency.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Difference between predictive and preventive maintenance
  • Best practices for setting up a PdM program
  • Common mistakes organizations make during implementation
  • On-the-job struggles of maintaining the program's efficiency

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Episode: Make Your Storeroom Great Again

6/27/2017

We are joined by Doug Wallace, a Senior Materials Management SME and PROSCI-certified Change Management professional, to discuss the considerations manufacturing facilities should make when setting up their storeroom for long-lasting effectiveness. We also talk about how to fix a broken storeroom.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Purpose of the storeroom
  • Technology advancements for smarter storerooms
  • Planning and setting up the storeroom
  • Fixing a failing storeroom
  • Biggest challenges affecting efficiency of maintenance departments
  • Answering Twitter questions

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Episode: Stakeholder Buy-In: The First Step to Project Success

6/6/2017

In this episode we're discussing stakeholders as it pertains to a manufacturing setting; where the employees, customers, and in some cases the community are the stakeholders. John Cray, a Certified Reliability Leader (CRL) with over 35 years of experience working in various processing industries, details how to effectively engage with your stakeholders to get the buy-in your project needs.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Identifying your project's stakeholders
  • Understanding consequences of not engaging your stakeholders
  • Explaining how to effectively engage
  • Assessing the needs of your stakeholders
  • Addressing stakeholders using the Prosci Change Management methodology
  • ISO 55000 Standard to stakeholder management

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Episode: 6 Traits Every Great Maintenance Planner Must Have

5/16/2017

Roger Corley joins the podcast for a second time to talk about the role of the maintenance planner and the six characteristics that make a planner great.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Explaining the responsibilities of the maintenance planner
  • Understanding the difference between planner and scheduler
  • Identifying the six unique traits of a great planner
  • Discussing the education needed to become a planner

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Episode: ADKAR: 5 Step Process to Successful Organizational Change

5/2/2017

Jeff Nevenhoven, a Prosci-certified Change Management Practitioner with over 20 years of experience in operations and reliability, joins the podcast to discuss the Prosci ADKAR model for change management. Jeff explains how each phase of the model is used to facilitate successful change management for manufacturing organizations.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Explaining the purpose of the ADKAR model
  • Detailing each phase and how it's used to facilitate change
  • Discussing the importance of following each phase in order
  • Becoming Prosci-certified in change management

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Episode: Competency-Based Learning is not an Expense, it’s a Differentiator

4/20/2017

Our podcast co-host and Learning SME, Tara Holwegner, brings her passion and knowledge about workforce development to explain why manufacturing facilities should view competency-based training as a necessity for those organizations looking to become world-class leaders. Tara also explains her process to achieving competency and how that approach is closing the skills gap.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Defining competency and how it's helping the bottom line
  • 70/20/10 model for learning and development
  • 3A Learning process for building competency
  • On-the-job examples

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Episode: Is Your Shutdown Planning Hurting Your Routine Corrective Planning?

3/21/2017

Roger Corley, a Materials Management SME, brings 30 years of experience in Maintenance Planning and Scheduling and Materials Management to discuss how organizations are benefiting from investing in corrective maintenance instead of deferring maintenance until a shutdown period.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Explaining how day-to-day planning differs from turnaround planning
  • Understanding why facilities do a poor job planning routine corrective jobs
  • Realizing the greatest payback is through daily routine planning
  • Discussing ROI for hiring a dedicated turnaround coordinator

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Episode: 4 Stumbling Blocks to Effective Asset Management

3/7/2017

Senior Reliability Engineer, Mike Smith, explains the concept of an asset management plan, the main goal for developing an asset management plan, and highlights what he believes are the four stumbling blocks to an effective asset management plan.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Defining an asset management plan
  • Explaining the purpose of the plan
  • Four stumbling blocks preventing an effective asset management plan

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Episode: How to Combat the Growing Risk of Counterfeit Parts

2/21/2017

Wally Wilson, Senior SME in Materials Management, joins the Asset Reliability @Work podcast to highlight the safety concerns and added cost of using counterfeit parts in your maintenance activities and how to reduce the risk of receiving counterfeit parts.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Discussing the growing problem of receiving and using counterfeit parts
  • Understanding how counterfeit parts affect equipment performance and the associated cost of maintaining those parts
  • Identifying a counterfeit part
  • Reducing the risk of purchasing counterfeit parts

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Episode: 4 Simple Approaches that Will Get Your Reliability Activities Noticed

2/7/2017

Bill Barto, a Senior Reliability Engineer, joins the podcast to convey the importance of gaining recognition for the reliability activities you perform within your facility, and he’ll do this by explaining how you can accomplish this using four simple approaches.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Understanding why it's important to have your reliability activities noticed
  • Reviewing survey results from 92 Reliability Engineers
  • Explaining the four simple approaches of garnering more respect for your reliability improvements

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Episode: Team Charters: What are they and what is their purpose?

1/24/2017

Paul Borders makes his third appearance on the podcast to explain the purpose of a team charter and how manufacturing organizations use this tool during a reliability improvement initiative.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Components of a team charter
  • Understanding how team charters improve reliability
  • Downside of operating without a team charter in place
  • Governing multiple chartered projects

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Episode: 5 Actions to Get Your Bean Counter's Approval

12/20/2016

Robert Bendetti, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, explains how best to approach your financial officer when you want to take your "great idea" and turn it into a complete initiative within your organization.

Discussion highlights include:

  • 5 actionable approaches to take before meeting with your FO
  • Justification mistakes to avoid
  • Success stories you'll want to mirror

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Episode: The Role of Education in a Reliability Transformation

11/29/2016

Learning and Performance Improvement SME, Tara Holwegner, joins the podcast to explain how education and training enable manufacturing facilities to achieve success during a reliability transformation.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Defining the concept of a reliability transformation
  • Explaining the role of education and training during a change event
  • Talking through the "High Impact Learning" process
  • Discussing how training can be customized

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Episode: Reflections on Excellence: Mobley's Observations of Highly Successful Manufacturing Facilities

11/15/2016

Keith Mobley is the content creator behind the popular eNewsletter series "Reflections on Excellence" and he joins the podcast to talk about his self-named laws that are the focal point of each monthly newsletter. With over 51 years of professional experience, Keith shares a few of his observations from a career devoted to continuous improvement in manufacturing.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Law #2: There Are No Silver Bullets
  • Law #49: Physical Assets Mean Nothing without Empowered Employees
  • "If you change nothing, nothing changes."

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Episode: Combining Technology, Processes, and Change Management to Address the Aging Workforce

11/1/2016

Randy Heisler makes his second appearance on the show to discuss why organizations find themselves in a reactive state of maintenance and the struggle many plants face as the workforce begins to transition to the next generation of labor.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Identifying processes to eliminate reactive maintenance cultures
  • Managing the loss of tribal knowledge from one generation to the next
  • Utilizing change management for a smooth transition

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Episode: Behind the Scenes at SMRP 2016 with Robert DiStefano

10/24/2016

The Asset Reliability @Work podcast took the show on the road to Jacksonville, FL where we attended the 2016 SMRP conference. In this short episode, we spoke with the closing keynote speaker, Robert DiStefano, to talk with him about his keynote presentation, what the future holds for maintenance and reliabiltiy, and his overall experience at this year's conference.

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Episode: Behind the Scenes at SMRP 2016 with George Williams

10/24/2016

The Asset Reliability @Work podcast took the show on the road to Jacksonville, FL where we attended the 2016 SMRP conference. In this short episode, we spoke with CMRP of the Year award winner and Asset Management Director at B. Braun Medical, George Williams, to talk with him about his session on making decisions at the plant floor level using data analytics as well as his overall experience at this year's conference.

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Episode: Behind the Scenes at SMRP 2016 with Maura Abad

10/24/2016

The Asset Reliability @Work podcast took the show on the road to Jacksonville, FL where we attended the 2016 SMRP conference. In this short episode, we spoke with the Global Relationship Manager at ReliabilityWeb.com and the Director for Women in Reliability and Asset Management (WIRAM) group, Maura Abad, to talk with her about the mission of WIRAM, how to get involved, and the upcoming monthly webinar series that will be offered in 2017.

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Episode: Behind the Scenes at SMRP 2016 with Jason Tranter

10/24/2016

The Asset Reliability @Work podcast took the show on the road to Jacksonville, FL where we attended the 2016 SMRP conference. In this short episode, we spoke with the founder and owner of Mobius Institute, Jason Tranter, to talk with him about his two-day workshop and his overall experience at this year's conference.

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Episode: Behind the Scenes at SMRP 2016 with James Kovacevic

10/24/2016

The Asset Reliability @Work podcast took the show on the road to Jacksonville, FL where we attended the 2016 SMRP conference. In this short episode, we spoke with the founder of HP Reliability and fellow podcaster, James Kovacevic, to talk with him about his sessions and his overall experience at this year's conference.

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Episode: Behind the Scenes at SMRP 2016 with Dr. Howard Penrose

10/24/2016

The Asset Reliability @Work podcast took the show on the road to Jacksonville, FL where we attended the 2016 SMRP conference. In this short episode, we spoke with the conference Vice Chair and President of MotorDoc, Dr. Howard Penrose, to talk with him about his work in the area of cybersecurity and his overall experience at this year's conference.

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Episode: Behind the Scenes at SMRP 2016 with Robert Bishop

10/24/2016

The Asset Reliability @Work podcast took the show on the road to Jacksonville, FL where we attended the 2016 SMRP conference. In this short episode, we spoke with CMRP of the Year award winner and Maintenance and Reliability Manager at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Robert Bishop, to talk with him about his session and his overall experience at this year's conference.

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Episode: Making Performance Visible Using a Reliability Excellence Dashboard

10/4/2016

Paul Borders is back on the show, but this time he's talking about how manufacturing facilities are utilizing reliability dashboards to make plant performance more visible. We'll talk through the stages of maturity that a dashboard will go through, the importance of various metrics, and the leadership and behavioral aspects of leading through a dashboard.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Describing the purpose of a Reliability Excellence Dashboard
  • Understanding the stages of maturity
  • Highlighting various metrics that frequently appear on an Rx Dashboard
  • Discussing behavioral and leadership aspects of an Rx Dashboard

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Episode: PoweredByRx - A New Resource Portal for Reliability Professionals

9/21/2016

Bill Wilder, a certified change management and reliability professional, joins the podcast to talk about the new release of the PoweredByRx resource portal as well as the Reliability Excellence Model that helps organizations achieve transformational culture change.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Understanding the value of the resource portal
  • Discussing the resources available for reliability professionals
  • Explaining the Reliability Excellence journey
  • Real-case scenario from a user's perspective

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Episode: Mentoring Future Leaders of Maintenance

9/7/2016

Dave Mierau, a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) as well as a published author, joins the podcast to highlight the important role a mentor has during a time of generational changeover. In this episode, we discuss why manufacturing facilities should develop a mentoring program and what the positive benefits are from a training standpoint as well as financial impact.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Defining the role of a maintenance mentor
  • Understanding the urgency of developing a mentoring program
  • Realizing the benefits of fully-implemented mentoring program
  • Highlighting the knowledge transfer from mentor to understudy
  • Finding a mentor when there is no program in place

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Episode: Validating and Optimizing Your Asset Hierarchy System

8/23/2016

Paul Langan, a senior reliability technician with more than 45 years of maintenance and reliability experience, joins the podcast to help us answer some of the major questions centered on asset hierarchy. We’ll go into the weeds of asset hierarchy by discussing topics such as the types of assets that should be catalogued, the importance of developing a parent-child relationship within your hierarchy system, and how to optimize your hierarchy.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Explaining what an asset hierarchy is and why it's important for an effective asset management program
  • Identifying the types of assets that should be catalogued
  • Uncovering the need to validate your assets
  • Developing a parent-child relationship
  • Optimizing your asset hierarchy system

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Episode: How to Establish Yourself as the Champion of Your Next Change Initiative

8/9/2016

In this episode, we are joined by Dave Berube, a highly experienced professional in leading transformational change initiatives for national and international companies, to explain what it means to be a “champion” during a time of organizational change, how to succeed in this leadership role and the typical traits that makes this individual stand out.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Explaining the various change scenarios that facilities might undergo
  • Understanding why change initiatives need a Champion to lead
  • A Dave Berube-led change example: lessons learned
  • Characteristics of successful change leaders
  • Ensuring the effectiveness as a Champion of Change

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Episode: 5 Reasons Why Your Facility Should Consider an Assessment

7/26/2016

With over 25 years of strategic manufacturing experience, Paul Borders joins the podcast to shed light on why manufacturing leaders turn to a site-wide assessment to help drive their reliability initiatives.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Benchmarking against similar facilities within your industry 
  • Helping your reliability partner understand your operations
  • Measuring the rate of progress
  • Linking financial improvements to your reliability program development
  • Building momentum for future change

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Episode: How to Establish a Reliability-Focused Organization

7/12/2016

Former plant manager turned Life Cycle Engineering Managing Principal, Bruce Wesner explains the concept of a reliability-focused culture and how to effectively manage the transition to a reliability-led facility.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Identifying the need for a reliability overhaul
  • Understanding who this affects within the facility
  • How to address those who might be reluctant to change

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Episode: Top 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions of Work Management and Planning and Scheduling

5/26/2016

Planning and scheduling subject-matter-expert, Tim Kister, provides answers to the 10 most frequently asked questions of work management and planning and scheduling. Tim will provide insights on topics such as improving communication with your supervisor, minimizing oversights, and talk about the elements of a thoroughly planned work package.

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Episode: Reliability and the Path to Achieving Excellence

5/25/2016

In this episode, we’ll speak with Randy Heisler, who is a managing principal at Life Cycle Engineering, to discuss the practice of implementing Reliability Excellence, something that can be instituted for any organization.  Randy will highlight the concepts behind the practice, he’ll talk about some of the key benefits as well as identify the obstacles some organizations will face that might prevent the achievement of excellence.

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