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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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Do We Really Need Preventive Maintenance?

“Preventive maintenance takes a lot of time and costs a lot of money, and it doesn’t seem to make that much difference in the way our equipment runs. We’re able to keep up with customer orders.” Unfortunately, this way of thinking sets the stage for a “run-to-failure” and “emergency repair” work culture. But if plant capacity is not a problem and all customer orders are being filled, then why change? Good question. Do you suppose there is a common thread connecting workplace safety and preventive maintenance? What would happen if we could improve workplace safety and equipment reliability through preventive strategies?

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