Recently I started wondering about the crux of reliability, where did it originate? Why? Who is truly accountable? I actually left the thought with more questions than answers. The beginnings of reliability came from pumping water. No pump…no water. The timing of said invention and subsequent need for reliability are considered ancient. It wasn’t until the aviation industry started to flourish that reliability became more popular.
Understanding reliability is definitely a challenge like no other. There’s the regimes, those are hard to wrap your head around if you’re not an engineer. There are several methodologies that coincide with the various regimes, which work well or not so well based on applications.
The one thing that is constant is that the operations leaders who must be held accountable for uptime, or the lack of uptime, all seem to be faced with a daunting myriad of issues and an ever growing list of possible solutions.
The overload of information and opportunities are endless it seems. The constant is missing a detail which leaves the most critical of assets open to failure. If knowing is half the battle, I’ve simply stated that operations professionals simply do not know what they do not know.
This not knowing in effect causes the problems.
We’ve been talking with a lot of our customers lately, they explain that there is a lot at stake with each of the end users we support. Critical equipment seems to be getting more complicated and at the same time we are still being forced to do more…with less.
This is a unique opportunity in that in the center of the chaos are the products which are designed to prevent the failures that happen, and in the best way possible at least make them predictable.
In meeting with some of our best customers they’ve expressed a well-known concern about industry knowledge disappearing with the aging workforce. When someone retires there is sometimes no replacement, at least in the short term. The new guy may not be as experienced in lubrication management or even have any real training in this area. What is important here is that the reliability knowledge simply gets stored in people’s heads, where it’s useful to the individual but not the company. How can your organization fill the void?
Lubrication Management Consulting Helps
There are many good resources for maintainers and operations professionals to get the information they can use to make their critical rotating equipment last longer between planned downtime events.
Where is the information? Do you actively study reliability? Who is responsible at your plant? Are you doing everything you can to prevent failure? Who has the answer to the reliability questions?
These critical areas are what separates the reliable operation from those where it’s a daily struggle to stay running.
I assure you there is a better way. I personally talk to people who say that Trico opened their eyes to a better way.
You see, it’s all right here. Lubrication management consulting, training, and products.
We’d love to discuss lubrication management consulting with you and assisting your team with a full plant assessment or possibly provide you the training that will incorporate the best practices into their daily routines. Contact us to learn more!