Reliability-centered maintenance can be an alternative for manufacturers caught up in the debate over predictive versus preventive maintenance approaches, writes Mark Munion of T.A. Cook Consultants. RCM uses a systems-based approach that seeks "to minimize the capital, operational and maintenance costs without comprising safety, environmental standards, reliability and productivity," Munion writes.
Applying predictive maintenance techniques can help manufacturers prevent unplanned downtime, which an IndustryWeek and Emerson study estimated to cost about $50 billion per year. Manufacturers who begin incrementally, scale rapidly and plan thoroughly before implementation are most likely to succeed, write Chris Coleman, Satish Damodaran, Mahesh Chandramouli and Ed Deuel.
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Augmented reality is still a fledgling technology, but it is already finding a home in manufacturing, writes Ian Wright. AR can help with assembly, support, maintenance, automation and quality assurance.
The oil industry is making progress in developing automated drilling systems, but the effort faces challenges such as geological adaptability, sensor selection and the need for a way for machines to communicate with each other. A new report called Stage One gives onshore and offshore drillers technological guidelines and a framework for coordinating automation.
Nolan Lestage, a manager at West Liberty Foods in West Liberty, Iowa, became interested in operating the plant's machines when he started as a molder, he says in a Leading2Lean video. He learned as he transitioned to management that compromise is essential, stating, "if there is a disagreement, work it out, talk it out."
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