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Raul Martins

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  1. Hi all, Creating a Preventive Maintenance (PM) Program is definitely not an easy task. Yet, ensuring it will be a cost-effective program today, next month, in one year time, or maybe in ten years time is as challenging as creating one from scratch. Yes, that is correct. A cost-effective PM program today, may not be cost-effective tomorrow. This is because things change. For instance, a chemical company might introduce a new formula. A mining company might be getting older and its ore is getting harder. A new product has just been released to the market. And the list goes on and
  2. Hi @Superman, Good to hear that you have had positive results by using VA. It is definitely a solid technique that allows maintenance department to play an strategic role on the business, instead of simply fixing when something has gone wrong. Regards, Raul Martins
  3. Hi @Siddiqui, Welcome to Road to Reliability Online Community! Also, congratulations for your career and certifications! Keen to hear your thoughts on our discussions! I had some experience with Meridium in the past and it is definitely an interesting and powerful tool, although not really easy to have it set up and ready to go. Regards, Raul Martins
  4. Hi all, Continuing our series of topics about condition based, this week we will discuss about another technique used as part of such strategy: Vibration Analysis. What is Vibration Analysis? It is a method of analyzing the performance of moving parts of a piece of equipment. The analysis takes place within the range of the change of dynamic forces that are continuously generated. Such forces will affect the vibrational level characteristic of each component (electronic or mechanical). Therefore, with the collection of these data it is possible to check anomalies on an online ma
  5. Hi @Superman, I totally agree! The whole process (lubrication, samples collection, samples handling, analysis and finally actions taken based on the analysis) needs to be properly established in order to ensure a positive outcome. In order to do that, having a good and engaged team is paramount. Yet, if such process is solid, the benefits can be extremely positive. Regards, Raul Martins
  6. Hi all, Recently we started a topic called "Using Condition Based Maintenance to Prevent Failures". Today, we will be discussing one technique that can be used as part of a Condition Based Maintenance strategy: Oil Analysis. What is Oil Analysis? Oil analysis is a predictive diagnostic to monitor and evaluate the condition of fluids and equipment. It allows you to maximize the performance and reliability of assets by identifying problems before they become failures. This tool generates assertiveness and security in daily decision-making, allocating resources, such as time a
  7. Hi all, In May this year we discussed about a topic named "Using Time Based Maintenance (TBM) to Prevent Failures" (link here). Also, Erik is releasing a course and he sent a few emails last week discussing about how to increase your plant's reliability, in which he talked about the Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) approach on one of these emails. Personally, I am a big fan of this topic and would like to know your thoughts about it this week! Okay, but what is this "Condition Based Maintence"? For those who didn't get a chance to read his email, I will briefly explai
  8. Hi @Herr Schneider, To be honest, it is something that I have heard of, but never really worked with. A quick search on Google brought me the links below: https://becht.com/becht-blog/entry/risk-based-work-selection-a-process-focusing-on-turnaround-excellence/; https://roconsulting.biz/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/ROCo-RBWS.pdf; https://www.bicmagazine.com/magazine/risk-based-work-selection-pros-and-cons/ http://www.bakerobrien.com/bakerobrien2/assets/File/APO - RAM Presentation 20081015.pdf Hope this helps you. If you find something, feel free to s
  9. I am personally a big fan of using such tools on my daily routine. Usually, I use the Eisenhower Matrix for the tasks that I need to perform when planning my rosters. While Pareto on a more macro level, such as which projects will be prioritized.
  10. Hi @Hadwll, It has been great to see your progress with the project! Thanks for sharing and keep us posted about the next steps! Regards, Raul Martins
  11. Task prioritization is at the basis of productivity. Think about it: you can be agile, smart and really knowledgeable. However, if you don’t manage your tasks properly by priority, you will run the risk of delivering poor results. That is the main goal of prioritisation tools: tackle time availability issues by focussing on what is more important. See below 3 prioritisation tools that can definitely help you to improve your productivity on your daily routine: GUT Matrix The G.U.T. Matrix is a tool that helps to understand what are the business prioritie
  12. You are welcome guys! I will have a look at Udemy as well. My Excel skills are quite basic and it is something that I am looking forward to improving. Making Macros can be quite handy sometimes and that is something that I struggle with. Thanks for sharing @Hadwll!
  13. Hi all, For this week's topic we have something a bit different. Instead of a M&R related topic to discuss and share our thoughts, we will be sharing some free sources of knowledge. Developing skills is key in a globalized market, especially in crisis times, keeping an eye on what is going on can make a huge difference. For this reason, studying has become more important than ever. However, on tough times like this, budgeting money for a new uni degree, or that specific course that you want might not be an option for everyone. Thinking about this, I decided to shar
  14. Hi @Hadwll, It has been really interesting to read your posts. In regards to the new FLOC structure, if your site has no interaction and there is no plans at all to have this interaction with other sites, then the site code is not necessary. Yet, if they plan to have one system for all of the sites, then I recommend using the site code and add the line ID. This would result in 5 levels on your structure, which is something very common in many companies. Kind regards, Raul Martins
  15. Hi @Hadwll, I think that is fine. Also try to create detalied descriptions for those funtional locations. For instance: CF34-2P-CP-002 - Raw water pump from tank A to tank B This is really handy when doing failure analysis and understanding the process of your plant. Regards, Raul Martins
  16. Hi @Hadwll, That is a really good experience and will definitely add a lot to you CV. It is quite rare to find people who have gone through this situation. I haven't implemented SAP anywhere, but I led a project that aimed at creating a standard system for different plants (standard FLOCs, equipment, BOMs, Datasheets, criticality and maintenance plans), which is not that exciting, but tought me a lot. You do have a challenge ahead, especially because you said you have just a few weeks. This sort of project requires a lot of attention to details, so try to plan every single step
  17. Hi @Andrej, That is correct. We started this discussion in January on the "MTBF: How have you been using the Mean Time Between Failures metric?". The idea of creating this topic came exactly from that discussion. In regards to these standards, I like them not only due to the fact that it makes benchmarking easier, but also it also helps avoiding KPIs that will mislead the team members when making decisions, as it is less likely that they have been wrongfully input. Unfortunately, it is quite common finding indicators that had their data selected so the results would "look be
  18. Hi everyone, Peter Drucker, an Austrian management consultant, educator and author, who is also known as the founder of modern management, has a quote that says: “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” In short, this is because if you cannot measure something, and know the results, you can’t possibly get better at it. For this reason, this week we will be discussing about something that plays a pivotal role by showing you and your team if you are on the right track on the road to reliability: Key Performance Indicators Also known as KPI’s, key performance indi
  19. Hi @NikosPant, I also see the use of detailed work instructions and internal training are an excellent way to reduce rework levels at low cost, as well as an opportunity to recognize experienced technicians. Companies usually have several technicians are a cut above on specific tasks that could be training other technicians to improve their skills. In regards to the Smart glasses, the experts are staff members of the equipment supplier or engineers that provide such support? Regards, Raul Martins
  20. Hi @Jim Vantyghem, That is great news! Here in Australia the number of new cases has been really low over the last month (10 new cases a day on average). The restrictions are being eased in three stages. Here in Queensland, the first one was on May 15, when restaurants were allow to offer dine-in for up to ten customers at a time, beaches were re-opened and people were allowed to drive up to 150km from their houses. Then on June 12 more restrictions will be eased (up to 20 customers on restaurants, campings re-opened, etc.). Finally, on July 10, the third stage will allow gatherings
  21. Hi @IrWCSoh, I haven't seen this colour coded drawing before. I like it, It seems to be really interesting and handy. Congratulations! Regards, Raul Martins
  22. Hi @Engrjoe and @Andronica Kwapeng, Great replies! As you mentioned, in addition to training, it is extremely important to have specific information about the pieces of equipment easily accessible for the maintenance technicians. No one is required to have everything in their minds when they are assemblying an asset, so having solid work instructions, up-to-date drawings and bill of materials, detailing the steps of each task is a vital part on solving such issue. Regards, Raul Martins
  23. Hi @Phil Kluetz, It is good to have you back aboard! Looking forward to seeing you here. Good luck on the new journey! Regards, Raul Martins
  24. Hello everyone, As mentioned in the title of the topic, congratulations! You, as an experienced Maintenance and Reliability professional, were assigned to a new task: Reduce the assembly issues of a maintenance team. Unfortunately, as the world is going through tough times, which includes your company, your budget to invest in training and improvements is really low and you have to look for cheap alternatives that will bring a positive outcome. That being said, how would you tackle this issue? Improve the process? Work instructions? Internal training?
  25. Hi @UptimeJim, I meant they would struggle considering small changes, such as changing a lubricant of a single piece of equipment. For this situation, you might have some success even without a senior sponsorship, although it might not be easy to convince the fitters and maintenance technicians. However, when it comes to bigger changes, especially cross departamental and process-related (how people do their jobs), I totally agree. Without that top sponsorship, there is no chance of success. Regards, Raul Martins
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