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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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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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