Podcast Episodes

Episode: Making Maintenance Mobile

5/14/2018

Scott Deckers, Senior Customer Success Manager at Fiix Software, joins the Asset Reliability @ Work podcast to talk about the benefits of cloud-based CMMS management. Scott highlights some of the functionalities of their mobile app, the value organizations obtain from collecting real-time data and the security measures behind the software.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Understanding the benefits associated with cloud-based maintenance management
  • Explaining the features and functionality of their mobile app technology
  • Identifying critical success factors in transitioning to a cloud-based CMMS platform
  • Discussing the security behind the software

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Episode: The Reliability Engineer: Then & Now

4/10/2018

Mike Smith joins the Asset Reliability @ Work podcast to talk about the role of today's Reliability Engineer. Together, we'll explore how that role has transformed over the years in terms of responsibilities and training. Mike will tell you what he thinks should be in the RE's toolbox and he'll provide advice for those looking to become proficient within this job field.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Discussing how the responsibilities have changed over the years
  • Understanding the current challenges facing REs
  • Identifying training opportunities that didn't exist before
  • Identifying the 3-5 "tools" that every RE should have in their toolbox

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Episode: Reliability Scorecards: The Measure of Your Reliability Activities

3/27/2018

John Cray stops in studio to discuss how maintenance and operations personnel can effectively measure their reliability activities using a reliability scorecard. John will also provide some personal insights on basic KPIs that should be measured as well as some more advanced metrics for those organizations who have already started measuring their reliability initiatives.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Explaining the purpose of a reliability scorecard
  • Discussing what needs to be done prior to measuring your activities
  • Identifying basic and advanced KPIs to be measured

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Episode: Managing Change: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

3/13/2018

Jeff Nevenhoven returns to the podcast to talk about his real-world experience of having facilitated a change initiative and his encounters with those unforeseen forces hindering success. Jeff will walk us through how he and the organization overcame those obstacles.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Facing resistance to change and how to overcome
  • Advice for planning for the unexpected
  • Explaining the lessons learned

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Episode: Is Innovation More than a Continuous Improvement Tool?

2/15/2018

Bob Fei, President and CEO of Life Cycle Engineering, provides his C-level insights on how to create a culture that inspires innovation and explains why it's crucial for all organizations to make innovation a key part of their work environment.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Understanding why innovation within manufacturing is a vital piece to achieving industry success
  • Explaining the difference between innovation and continuous improvement
  • Discussing examples from LCE's experience in creating an innovative culture
  • Advice for organizational leaders who want to establish a culture of innovation

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Episode: How to Build a Business Case for Reliability

2/13/2018

Brad Cunic, Senior Vice President of LCE's Reliability Consulting Group, talks through the organizational benefits of building a business case for reliability and the fundamentals to keep in mind while crafting your objectives.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Understanding the benefits of developing the business case
  • Defining Reliability Excellence and the Rx Model
  • Explaining the basic elements that make up the business case
  • Four fundamentals to keep in mind

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Episode: Breaking Down Barriers with a One Plant, One Team Approach

1/30/2018

Johnny Brown, an Asset Management Services Technician, highlights the obstacles that prevent a manufacturing facility from achieving a cohesive and highly efficient work environment. Johnny discusses how to break down some of these barriers in order to create functional partnerships.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Identifying some of the barriers that exist in a manufacturing facility
  • Explaining how these obstacles came to be and the complexity of how to solve them
  • Step One: Sell the idea of one plant, one team
  • Step Two: Implement

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Episode: 12 Steps to Inventory Recovery

1/9/2018

Doug Wallace, Senior Materials Management SME, makes his second appearance on the Asset Reliability @Work podcast to give his 12 steps to help materials managers regain control of their inventory warehouse.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Understanding the issues of inventory management
  • Discussing the twelve steps in detail

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Episode: 2017 Retrospective: The Pulse of the Reliability Community

12/21/2017

In this year-end review episode, Dan Anderson, Account Manager and SMRP Communications Chair, discusses the highlights and noticeable trends from the 2017 conference season as well as identifying the top issues from the maintenance and reliability community throughout the year.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Highlighting trends from the 2017 conference season
  • Identifying the common pain points from the reliability community
  • Discussing the rise in technology
  • Providing tips for those navigating today's reliability culture

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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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