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Maintenance Optimization

Maintenance is not merely about fixing what's broken; it's a strategic discipline that seeks to optimize resources, reduce downtime, and maximize the lifespan of critical assets. Throughout this issue, you'll encounter expert analyses, real-world case studies, and thought-provoking discussions on a wide range of topics.


3 Crucial Ways Connected Worker Platforms Improve Preventive Maintenance Efforts

Eric Whitley Eric Whitley

Since the birth of the scientific management theory in the early 1900s, people have measured the time maintenance technicians spend working on equipment, but we've begun measuring efficiency and effectiveness rather than time on the job. Unfortunately, gathering and entering data, locating tools and requisitioning spares still take up a good portion of technicians’ days. Read More »


Top Leadership Focuses for Improved Reliability and Cost Reduction

Tor Idhammar Tor Idhammar

Effective communication is the lifeblood of any thriving society, organization, or relationship. It not only facilitates the exchange of information but also shapes the culture and behavior of individuals within a given context. Read More »


Can Digitalization Help Avoid Swiss Cheese Pipes?

Wes Edmiston Wes Edmiston

Digitalization offers a compelling and effective alternative that successfully replaces manual processes and cumbersome paperwork with a more reliable solution. However, an important functional problem remains — is the industry ready to fully integrate digitalization into piping inspections? Read More »


Operator-Driven Reliability

In this episode, Wes sits down with Jeremie Edwards, an associate technical consultant with Noria, to discuss operator-driven reliability. When it comes to this topic, many people try to implement operator-driven reliability but they may not know how to do this or even where to start. Read More »


Engineering Reports Should Be Like Bad Movies

Chris Jackson Chris Jackson

It took until the final scenes of “The Sixth Sense” for the audience to realize that Bruce Willis had actually died and was a ghost (apologies to those yet to see the movie). This makes for a great movie, but it won’t help a manager who is pressed for time and needs to make quick decisions. Read More »


Defect Elimination: Failure Prevention You Can't Do Without

Erik Hupje Erik Hupje

Instead of focusing on improving work habits and removing defects, most organizations waste time and energy trying to prioritize a long list of failures to repair – failures that shouldn’t have happened in the first place. Read More »


From Clutter to Clarity: Lessons Learned from a Successful MRO Storeroom Makeover

Kristin Steins Kristin Steins Barry Mathia Barry Mathia

An MRO storeroom remodel project is not only about physical changes but also about the invaluable lessons learned along the way. From meticulous planning and collaboration to streamlining processes and embracing technology, these lessons can guide future improvement initiatives. Read More »


Min/Max or Safety Stock

Dr. John Ross Dr. John Ross

This is a classic error in stock management. Invest two minutes of your time to learn the proper way to execute stock level optimization to address usage changes or supply chain issues.


Maintenance Optimized: A 6-Point Evaluation Guide for an Effective Warehouse Design

Alex Selwitz Alex Selwitz

The efficiency of your supply chain can be a make-or-break factor for your company's success. At the heart of this efficiency is your warehouse layout: a poorly designed warehouse can lead to a cascade of inefficiencies, from delayed shipments to increased costs. Read More »


The Road to Better Spare Parts Management

David Thompson David Thompson

Managing your spare parts inventory is a critical component of efficient and cost-effective operations for businesses across various industries. Whether it's manufacturing, automotive, or even the IT sector, having the right spare parts readily available and effectively managing inventory levels can significantly impact a company's bottom line. Read More »