Operator Care

TPM Video Series: Using Transparency Sheets to Increase Reliability

TPM colored transparency sheets are great tools to identify normal equipment operating conditions from abnormal.

My short instructional video outlines how to use TPM transparency sheets as a visual control to mark the normal operating range for a gauge.  The value of the gauge marking is that it provides a very clear and quick way for operators to identify if equipment is running properly or not.  This knowledge allows an operator to act quickly in the event that equipment is not running properly. Such as fast response may prevent a large failure from occuring.

If you are not currently using TPM transparency sheets as visual controls you should strongly consider it.  For such a small investment the results can be significant. Check out the video below and start using transparency sheets today!

 

3 Key Contributors to Poor Reliability

“What are your top three contributors to poor reliability?” This questioned was recently asked on the LinkedIn discussion groupReliability Success by Philip Brown.  When writing this blog post, 46 comments had been posted in response to Philip's question.  There have been some great responses from the international maintenance and reliability community; I wanted to condense the conversation a little and share it. So here it is....

Paula Hollywood from the ARC Advisory Group based her response on a recent survey conducted that revealed poor program execution was the key contributor to poor reliability.  Further, lack of commitment, adequate funding, lack of recognized methodologies, and poor training were contributing factors as well

Robert Noble of Hydratight responded; Equipment Designers, competence, and penny-pinching.  While Mark Latino, President of Reliability Center Inc. thinks the lack of management systems is a major contributor.  Others felt poor management, proper work instructions for PM/PdM’s, substandard data collection to drive improvements, or RCA application.