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Improving Equipment Effectiveness
TPM has devolved into not much more than operator care. However, itís 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.

What Michael Phelps Can Teach Us About Training and Talent Management
Achieving your personal best is about aptitude, interest, willingness, and a passion to succeed under the guidance of dedicated coaches and mentors. How can we instill our youth with a vision to succeed and a passion for a career that aligns with our business goals?

When Maintenance Best Practices Aren't Enough
Cutting costs is not a goal. It is an action taken in the hopes of achieving a short-term business goal--quite often a short-lived goal. While the executives may be preparing for another round of cost-cutting, there may be an even more powerful alternative.

Don't Overlook Spare Parts Reliability
Paying attention to spare parts makes sound business sense. Proactive storeroom management practices coupled with supply chain management can eliminate most of the causes of spare parts failures.


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Growing Your Own (Part 1)

"Our maintenance workforce is getting older. And the qualified applicants are getting fewer. Where do we find replacement maintenance technicians? How do we prepare them for the job?" These questions have been and will continue to be front and center. Competition for top-skilled technicians has exploded. The sources of qualified recruits have dwindled. In past articles, we have addressed several solutions, but thereís one more: grow your own maintenance technicians. In many facilities, the seeds for new technicians have already been planted. They just need to be cultivated, nurtured and harvested. Let's explore how ...

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