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Top Three Maintenance Challenges
Asked to share the top three challenges for the next three to five to 10 years, maintenance professionals indicate it's about people: the biggest variable in improving equipment maintenance, performance, and reliability.

Engaging the New Workforce
The ways we employed, trained, and engaged previous generations of employees will not necessarily work with the Millennials. Now is the time to retool our approaches to employee engagement, empowerment, and involvement. Here are some insights for engaging the younger generation in the workplace.

Aligning Maintenance with Business Goals
All too often, the maintenance department is perceived as the responsible party for caring for the health and well-being of equipment and facilities. However, many (if not most) of the causes of unhealthy and poor-performing equipment and facilities go well beyond the scope of the maintenance department.

Improving Equipment Effectiveness
TPM has devolved into not much more than operator care. However, it’s not too late to learn from TPM. Given the shortages of skilled people, the demand for significantly improved equipment performance and reliability, and dependence on new technologies, true TPM will be the answer whether labeled TPM or not.


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Employee Training Often Misses the Mark

Imagine if you gave your car keys to your teenager and said “You can figure it out. I have every confidence that you can learn to drive this car. Now go for it – and be careful: That’s a new car.” In many cases, today’s equipment and process technology are more complex than the family car and as complex as a helicopter. Equipment costing millions of dollars with little or no employee training will fail prematurely and cost significantly more than planned just to keep it running. Training is not a cost; it is an investment. Operating and maintaining equipment without employee training is an uncontrollable cost. Why not invest in training?

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