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Erik Hupje

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  1. I wanted to let you of some upcoming changes to the Road to Reliability Community site. First of all, I am very excited to announce that work has commenced on a Road to Reliability app that will become available in Q2 2021. This will make all courses offered through the Road to Reliability Academy available to you on the go via a native iOS and Android app. More to follow on this in Q1 2020. In preparation for this, the free online community will merge with the Road to Reliability Academy site later this year or very early in 2021. This is so that we can offer the community thro
  2. Hi @Doug Shortt apologies for the late reply. Also just re-reading I should have use "RIME" instead of RPN which I have no fixed. I've attached a sample of both the RIME and RAM methods which are slides from the online Maintenance Planning & Scheduling course
  3. Thanks for sharing your SAP journey with us @Hadwll When you train your staff make sure you do not just train your staff in SAP transactions, but that you train them in the business process so they understand what they're being asked to do, how to do it and why.
  4. Sorry @Raul Martins and @Herr Schneider missed this topic. I do not have direct experience with what is referred to as Risk Based Work Selection, but I have been actively involved in scope reviews for major turnarounds and these were very much risk based. And very similar to what is described for RBWS in the Becht article in that it was a facilitated review of all turnaround scope with all technical experts in the room and consisted of a risk review of doing the scope in the outage, or not. What worries me in the article by Becht is that they look at benefits vs costs, but very often in h
  5. Welcome back @Phil Kluetz the more people we have and the more topics / discussions are raised the more valuable the community becomes. It is what we make it!
  6. Just wanted to share a brand new video presentation that I just released: Increase Your Workforce by 33% Without Hiring Anyone How Maintenance Planning & Scheduling allows you get get more work done with less people, reduce costs and improve morale.
  7. This has been something I have experienced plenty of times, at different plants and in different parts of the world. In all cases the best approach I found was to really get Operations involved in the development of the Frozen Weekly Schedule and then have them present as part of a short, daily meeting where you review the work that was completed yesterday, is due to be completed today and what is scheduled tomorrow (we called it the YTT Meeting with YTT = Yesterday Today Tomorrow). And then at the end of each week report out what works was completed as per the Weekly Schedule and what did not
  8. Hi @Derek Brown when you install a new piece of equipment a large number of failure modes will indeed be random and not age related. The percentage of random failures depends on the equipment and also the operating conditions for example many corrosion mechanisms are age related (but not all!) which is why for example the submarine data quoted from the SUBMEPP study in 2001 shows a lot more age-related failures (pattern C) versus the original United Airlines (UAL) Study from 1968 (see https://www.roadtoreliability.com/reliability-centered-maintenance-principles/) And it also depends
  9. Sorry to hear that @Jim Vantyghem, hopefully things will start getting back on track in 4 weeks at least to the degree that you can get back to work. take care.
  10. Thanks for your insightful contributions @Raul Martins and @UptimeJim The immediate impact of this pandemic is terrible indeed and I'm afraid we're not out of the woods by a long shot. Many countries are still only at the early stages of this pandemic. As you both mentioned, Australia reacted fairly quick and with strong measures so early indications are that we have indeed flattened the curve - for now. What worries me is what an exit strategy looks like once the curve has been flattened. A vaccine is likely to be 12-18 months away (or more) and how do you re-open a country w
  11. Thanks for sharing @Doug Shortt and @Mike Walker. Indeed it seems that the CMRP is probably the most widely accepted and known maintenance & reliability accreditation. I am keen to support it, and often recommend people to get certified.
  12. Thanks for sharing your stories @Raul Martins, @Cornelius Mpesi and @Bukola. Looking forward to reading more of these! In the mean time here's how I ended up in maintenance & reliability, like most my path was not really a deliberate choice, but more the result of taking an opportunity that presented itself. I joined Shell in the Netherlands back in 1997 having completed a general degree combining engineering and management. Within a few months I was asked to start a development path towards an Instrument Engineer, which was interesting at first, but I did not want to become a t
  13. Welcome @Lorna great to have you with us. SAP is a beast that is for sure, hard to tame but very powerful. And welcome to you too @LaWayne Smith There are a few approaches I recommend to breaking that typical reactive cycle and which way you go depends on the state of your plant, but prioritisation of new work requests is key as well as trying to eliminate defects and those repetitive failures. Prioritisation can be a quick win and really give you more breathing space. But getting rid of a defect that has been causing a lot of breakdowns or downtime (i.e. a bad actor) can be a really
  14. Welcome @GThorpe, great to have you onboard. We'll soon be big enough to have a face-to-face community meet up here in Brisbane!
  15. Welcome @Wirza, @craig and @Andronica Kwapeng. In the case of Wirza and Craig apologies for the sluggish reply, but glad to have you all joined. looking forward to your contributions!
  16. Fantastic topic and post @Jim Vantyghem... I'm going to listen first
  17. For those of you who are interested in joining the online course in Maintenance Planning & Scheduling and who did not pre-register their interest, I am happy to inform you that the Pilot Program for the course is now open! Join the Pilot Program The Pilot Program will offer up to 30 students early access to the course and these select few will get: lifetime access to the course (so access to all future course updates!) increased access to me as during the Pilot Program we will conduct more frequent live 'office hours' to answer questions
  18. Erik Hupje


    Hi @Ted, thanks for sharing that real life issue. Couple of thoughts - first of all, go visit a couple of stores and see what the real issue is. Why are people not using the CMMS work request feature? What are the barriers? And do the people understand the importance / value it adds for you and your team? Typically I have found that in instances like these it would be good to agree a focal point for each site/store who enters the work requests (or maybe a couple). You then have someone you can train, coach and it should also help communication. As @Jim Vantyghem mentioned t
  19. Sounds to me that what you're describing there @Raul Martins is a spares strategy (?) where you conduct a risk based analysis of whether you need to stock something or not. I am not sure a contract will help too much, as @UptimeJim mentioned, vendors will be quite happy to stock spares for you that are fast moving and therefore you could quite easily purchase yourself without a contract. Getting someone to hold long lead items on your behalf is costly and typically not worth the hassle / cost unless you use an aggregator / stockist and take more of a commodity approach i.e. not insist on
  20. I totally agree @UptimeJim I normally recommend people to first fix the basic maintenance processes like planning & scheduling, a robust PM program and attaching parts to your PMs etc. Only then should you start tackling spare parts management. In a way, we first need to get our own house (i.e. maintenance) in order before we start telling otehrs how to do their part. In the interim a simple weekly meeting between procurement and the maintenance planner can solve a lot of problems.
  21. Thanks for the post @UptimeJim I fully agree that one of the main merits of the CMRP certification is that it is meant to be experience based and not something you 'just' do a course for. Unfortunately because the certification is in such demand there are a lot of organisations offering those 3-5 day courses with the exam being held on the last day. And yes, I have seen and met a number of people who passed these exam based on courses like these which I think do not really have the depth of experience and expertise you would expect - or maybe I should say I would expect - from a CMRP.
  22. Just wanted to share a podcast interview I did the other week with Ryan Chan, CEO of Upkeep. It was a great chat, mostly about maintenance planning & scheduling: Masterminds in Maintenance Episode 13: What to Avoid in Maintenance Planning and Scheduling with Erik Hupjé https://www.onupkeep.com/blog/mim_13/
  23. Hi @Engrjoe you can use this link to download a FMEA template Its a template that I had intended to complete and provide in additional to my article on FMEAs: Why the Heck is My Equipment Not Reliable? Unfortunately I just never got round to including it in the article but will get it done soon (once I have made some more modifications to the template).
  24. Hi @Ted, I'm not familiar with meat processing plants so this could be a silly questions, but is there an opportunity o move to a different type of floor where you don't have that failure mode of breaking tiles and grout?
  25. Hi @Bijoy Xavier before you decide what tools to buy or what preventive maintenance you need, you really need to determine what equipment you have, what failure modes you should expect and how best to mitigate these. That in simple terms determines your PM program and from there you can then determine tools, spares etc. Do you already have a complete asset register and equipment hierarchy for the new factory? If not that should be step 1.
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