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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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Hide & Seek: Find the Hidden Losses

Why is it that, in many cases, “downtime” is perceived as “maintenance downtime” or, in other words, “time for maintenance to come and fix something that should not have failed?” Is it “normal” for maintenance to get blamed for downtime while the actual causes of the downtime and other equipment-related losses remain hidden? Falsely blaming maintenance could be keeping the true causes and other losses well hidden in an equipment performance history time warp.

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