Weekly maintenance schedules are best suited for goal-setting and backlog research compared with yearly, monthly or daily schedules, writes Doc Palmer of Richard Palmer and Associates. Make sure a proposed weekly schedule is accepted by operations and maintenance supervisors, he recommends.
The US military submarine fleet is facing a maintenance backlog of 15 submarines, threatening the ability to call adequate naval resources to bear should a conflict arise. "We meet our combatant commander demand on a day-to-day basis, but the impact would be, if there's a crisis, then your surge tank is low," Vice Adm. Joseph Tofalo said.
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North American firms are expected to spend more than a collective $40 billion on wind operations and maintenance between 2015 and 2025 as the US' turbine fleet continues to age and new projects come online, according to IHS Markit. "The age of that capacity in 2030 will make the O&M business very lucrative, which is why so many players are expanding into this sector of the business," said Senior Research Analyst and co-author Ryan Siavelis.
The cost of spare parts will decrease and customer satisfaction will increase as suppliers incorporate machine learning into 3D printing, writes Stefan Krauss of SAP. Manufacturers who combine that with predictive maintenance can become full-service vendors to their clients, he writes.
Airlines are looking to virtual reality to better train maintenance technicians and allow workers at far-flung locations to "walk together through" planes and collaborate on projects and problem-solving.
Trust, respect, an open mind and a willingness to do the work are leadership traits that can inspire loyalty, writes Sara Saddington. When that hasn't happened, she writes, "I was mostly loyal to my paycheck -- doing what was required to ensure that my bills would be paid, and little else."
Submit your presentation for SMRP's 2018 Symposium next June
The second annual SMRP Symposium is taking place in Memphis, Tenn., on June 6-7. We're now accepting track session abstracts and workshop proposals for those looking to present at this event that attracted over 100 attendees this past year. The deadline to submit is Nov. 30, so don't miss the opportunity to share your expertise with other practitioners and professionals. Learn more.
Grab a drink and join our Allegheny-Appalachian chapter brewery tour
The SMRP Allegheny-Appalachian chapter will hold its second brewery tour at Rivertowne Brewing Company next week, Nov. 21. Join chapter members and other attendees to talk about maintenance and reliability while you tour the brewery and learn how best practices keep the brewery running. Sign-up is free but check out the Allegheny-Appalachian chapter page to learn more.