Plan a Clear Path to Reliability Improvements

by Torbjörn Idhammar
Posted 1/30/2006

The term reliability was discussed in my last column. I argued that maintenance should be responsible primarily for “equipment reliability” and work in a close partnership with operations, whose primary responsibility is “process reliability,” and engineering would control life cycle cost (LCC).

In this article, I will suggest how plant management can plan a clear path toward reliability improvements. It’s common for us to have an unclear or disjointed view of what actually needs to be done in order to excel in reliability. For example, is there a unified plan for achieving higher equipment reliability before we start new projects? Do all involved employees understand the plan and how it’s to be executed? If not, let me suggest a simple approach to create a plan. Create a detailed plan by following these five steps:

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