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The 5 Characteristics of High Performing Organisations

peak-299011_1920No organisation is immune to things going wrong. Machines fail, parts malfunction and human error is something that simply can’t be avoided. But for NASA, failures can have very large scale implications.

So how do you manage these inherent risks?  It requires high performing, high reliability teams and the backbone of it all is good leadership. During Mainstream Conference 2016, Ed Van Cise, Flight Director for the International Space Station, pulled back the curtain on NASA’s culture and revealed the secrets of its high performing, high reliability team.

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Three Ways to Improve ROI Through Asset Management

ROI Asset ManagementOver the last 20 years, discussions on asset management have moved from fix-as-fail to to the introduction of ISO 55 000 and the acknowledgement that asset management is a generator of value. Modern asset management recognises that our assets have inherent organisational value, they impact organisational performance and they influence organisational risk. But convincing the power brokers of the organisation that this is the case can be a real challenge.

As a member of the asset management organisation, you can demonstrate that you bring value to the organisation as a whole. Even if you work for an asset management organisation that is far removed from the corporate structure of your company, you can still create a movement to influence the organisation to acknowledge asset management as a generator of value.Continue reading

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On-Demand Recording: Improving ROI Through Asset Management

Nancy Johnson SessionWhether you’re a planner, a manager or C-suite executive, your Asset Management strategy either contributes to, or detracts from, the bottom line. Generating ROI for a plant or facility requires a sound strategy based on lifecycle management and the commitment of people. It’s not rocket science. It simply requires that plants be viewed like a financial portfolio. We wouldn’t manage our financial portfolio by memory, so why then, would we manage plants that way?

In this top rated keynote presentation from Mainstream Conference 2016, Nancy presents a series of fascinating case studies – covering risk, data, ROI, regulation and ISO 55000 – to show you how asset management reduces risk, increases value and improves market position.Continue reading

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Video: Planning for Failures: Using a Toothbrush to Repair a Space Station

NASA_Ed Van Cise_Mainstream ConferenceNASA’s International Space Station is a unique off-world research laboratory where out of this world science is conducted every day. It is also a remote outpost in space that requires reliable hardware and software, reliable maintenance and logistics planning, and well-trained crews, operators, and engineers to work through contingencies.

So, what does NASA have to do with your own maintenance and reliability challenges? More than you might think.

The methods used by the leadership laboratory that is Mission Control for managing this unique spacecraft can be directly mapped to management of your operations and assets. This even includes using a toothbrush to save a spacewalk.

Ed Van Cise, NASA’s International Space Station Flight Director, gave a keynote address at Mainstream Conference 2016.

Download this video to discover:

  • How NASA plans for International Space Station logistics, supportability, and maintainability.
  • Insights into the operational models and mindsets being used to execute those plans as well as how to respond when the plans change or simply do not work.
  • How the culture and methodology for Flight Operations has been an enabler for mission success in over 50 years of human spaceflight.

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What Makes a Well Designed Asset Management System?

Machine_DesignThe concept of design goes far deeper than face value. As Steve Jobs once said, “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works”. While it’s important that asset management systems are designed to meet financial and technical design requirements, it is vital that they are also designed to be easy to use and easy to maintain.

The majority of organisations approach the management of their assets in a reactive, ad-hoc manner, responding to market conditions as and when they happen. Effective asset management should be a strategic and proactive process, designed to create optimal value for the end user.

The core elements of a well-designed Asset Management System (AMS) are performance, reliability, maintainability and operability.Continue reading

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[Video] ISO 55000 Panel Discussion: What Are They And what’s In It For Me?

ISO 55000 has been around for a while but there still remains questions around what it is, why we have it and what it means for the industry as a whole. Watch this video from Mainstream Conference USA to hear four of the leading practitioners in the industry discuss these questions and more in an attempt to demystify ISO 55000.

Moderator:
Drew Troyer – Principal, Sigma Reliability Solutions

Panellists:
Cliff Williams – Corporate Director of Maintenance, ERCO Worldwide
Robert Williamson – International Reliability & Maintenance Expert, Strategic Work Systems, Inc.
Terry Wireman – Senior Vice President, Vesta Global
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Optimize Your Maintenance Strategy: Lessons Learned From a Cub Scout

A colleague and I were discussing how his nine year old son had completed his Cub Scouts Cyclist Activity badge. We noticed how some of the bike maintenance tasks that had been identified were, shall we say, less than ‘optimal’. Now you might say this is a bit unfair to judge a Cub Scout lesson through the eyes of a reliability professional (and you’d be right) but what was interesting is that we often see the same sorts of issues within the industry.Continue reading

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7 Reasons Your Reliability Improvement Program Is Failing

No amount of failure mode analysis, high-tech laser alignment and vibration monitoring systems, or RCA analysis will result in sustainable reliability improvement without the one key ingredient: buy-in. If the people on the plant floor and in the boardroom – and everyone in between – do not genuinely believe in the need to improve reliability and thus understand how they benefit from working in a reliable plant, then change will be resisted and old habits will return the moment the reliability focus is lost. Jason Tranter, Managing Director of Mobius Institute, outlines the reasons your reliability improvement program might be failing, and some practical tips to get buy-in from your people.Continue reading

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Bringing Operations & Maintenance Into the Equation From the Get-Go

When initiation of new major assets are being scoped and planned, it’s vital to obtain input from operations and maintenance (O&M) teams on in-service requirements of the assets, or O&M risk complications and problems lasting as long as decades. So how do you plan for future operation and maintenance needs before an asset has even commenced its working life? Dr Zahra Jabiri, Operational Asset Assessments Manager for Western Power explains the process they have successfully adopted and provides some strategies and tips you can simply and easily adopt in your organisation.Continue reading

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