Maintenance Strategy

Strategy Vs Action…the chicken AND the egg!

I recently participated in a forum discussion on LinkedIn, hosted by R Dillibabu, asking the question “Is practical knowledge more important than theoretical knowledge in factory management?”

As I considered my response, I remembered a quote from Dr. W. Edwards Deming, stating “it is …application that discloses inadequacy of a theory, and need for revision…without theory, there is nothing to revise.”

I began to consider that the answer, like many things in life, is having proper balance between theory and practical experience. Without practice, a theory is never improved and without theory, a practice has no structure, framework or understanding. 

When developing a reliability improvement strategy, it is important to balance the practical experience of company personnel with known theories on change management. The organization needs to understand that the theory or strategy behind the reliability improvement plan is as important as practical examples of success.  If either is missing, failure is predictable.

3 Principles of TPM / Total Process Reliability (Video)

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is not a new concept, however it is often misunderstood.  It is still viewed as solely a maintenance initiative and lacks respect in other departments. Through the years Marshall Institute has refined TPM into Total Process Reliability.  A concept, highlighted in the name, that focuses on the efforts of everyone in order to improve equipment reliability and production output.

Greg Folts, president of Marshall Institute, outlines 3 key principles of Total Productive Maintenance and Total Process Reliability to help answer a few questions that people may have about the purpose and goal of these reliability improvement strategies.