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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.

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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PAS 55: International Equipment Management Standards on the Way

The international stage is being set for a work culture revolution that will assure that a company’s physical assets, equipment and facilities are able to perform as intended. In 2004, PAS 55 defined a logical “asset management system.” By 2008, organizations and individuals around the industrialized world had enhanced the specifications to address how to properly manage a company’s physical assets, its equipment, and facilities. In July 2010, the International Standards Organization voted to commence work on the new standard for asset management, using the updated PAS 55 (2008) as a starting point. Committees are developing the new ISO Asset Management Standard, which is expected to take shape over the next 12 to 18 months.

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