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Raul Martins

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  1. Hi @UptimeJim, Great explanation! I totally agree with this paragraph. Many HR departments create their reward schemes and other processes as a perfect silo, not consulting other departments nor having insights of how is the daily routine of other departments. It is sad, and often supports this sort of issues. Regards, Raul Martins
  2. Hi @UptimeJim, Good point. If senior management don't notice what is going on and don't make any efforts to change the status quo, nothing will get better. From your experience, how do you convince them that, although they argue they are bridging the silos, they are not? Convincing people that things need to be changed, or improved is sometimes quite difficult. Using examples, data, financial scenarios could be a good step in order to do it? Regards, Raul Martins
  3. Hi @Mohammed tawili, Not following the weekly schedule is, unfortunately, quite common. This might be for the fire fighting the many companies have to deal every day, as well as for lack of knowledge as you mentioned. Sometimes, when people change the weekly schedule without using an appropriate risk matrix, they don't understand how detrimental it can be for the company. It is quite common to find critical tasks getting postponed without being assessed in order to get something else done. Regards, Raul Martins
  4. Hi all, In the Road to Reliability Roadmap™, we discuss four essential elements to reach a reliable plant, which one of those processes is Maintenance Planning and Scheduling (P&S). We all know that Planning and Scheduling plays a vital role in achieving an efficient Maintenance, by ensuring all the necessary resources will be available at the right moment. However, many companies still struggle to implement a proper P&S process. The reasons for this vary, but lack of knowledge is definitely one of those, as it still quite common to find Maintenance professionals that do
  5. Hi all, I agree with @Tyler Helm. Given the circumstances, one out of these three situations are probably happening to your PM program: a) Ineffective PM program: This is when you have a PM program that, although it has not been executed, which leads to a high backlog, does not lead the plant to failures events and breakdowns. If you cannot notice consistent production losses, then this may be your case. Reviewing the PM program is necessary; b) Effective PM program with poor compliance: This can be easily noticed when you have different several breadown events that could b
  6. We have a winner!!! We are pleased to announce that the entry #276 have won our giveaway campaign! Congratulations to our community member @Cornelius Mpesi!!! You have just won your personal copy of "Maintenance and Reliability Best Practices" by Ramesh Gulati! We will arrange the shipping and you will receive your personal copy of this best seller pretty soon! Thanks to everyone who participated of the campaign and to all of those who have helped us to build our Road to Reliability! See you all soon!
  7. Hi all, Different beginnings , but them all led to a similar spot! Thanks for sharing that with us. Just one more thing that I forgot mentioning about me... My father was a boilermaker supervisor at a pretty reactive maintenance department and he used to tell to choose another profession, as maintenance could be quite hectic sometimes. Then I decided to study engineering and the rest is history.
  8. Hi all, Since we were really young, we were asked by our parents, relatives and friends what we want to become when we grow up. Some say doctor, teacher, singer, civil engineer and so on and so forth. However, we not often hear a child saying "I wanna become a Maintenance professional". In my case, when I as a child, I always mentioned engineering related areas, but never Maintenance and Reliability Engineer itself. However, as I come from a family with many maintenance technicians, especially boilermakers and mechanical fitters, I grew up listening weird codes, such as "TK-7101
  9. Hi @Andrej, I have also seen different perspectives of the maintenance evolution, defining different generations for such area. Personally, I like it. This is because those generations illustrate the evolution of the maintenance process itself. For example, in the 1940's/50's the technological advancement, as well as the studies related to maintenance were not commonly seen, while it has changed significantly over the years. However, it does not necessarily means that all companies are at the same stage, as some companies are still stuck in the Second generation, or maybe even in the
  10. Hi @Ilham Reza, Sensors are becoming more and more popular in every industries. This is closely related to the maintenance advancement into direction of what is called Industry 4.0, in which equipment and IOT work together. Regarding the internet connection problem, I think this was even worse in the past years, and will much likely to be sorted over the next few years. Regards, Raul Martins
  11. Hi @StanR, Great job! It seems that you are on the right track by using your expertise, that is really great! I will keep an eye to related topics/articles and I will let you know if I find something. Hope you keep achieving positive results and let us know how everything is going. Regards, Raul Martins
  12. Hi all, Lately, I was reading one of Road to Reliability™’s articles written by @Erik Hupje, Reliability Centered Maintenance: 9 Principles of a Modern Preventive Maintenance Program, in which he briefly talks about the evolution of Maintenance over the past decades. This reminded me a figure from John Moubray’s book, Reliability Centered Maintenance Second Edtion (1997): As we can see at the image above, John Moubray classifies the evolution of Maintenance in three different generations. Now, a lot has been said about the fourth generation, named Industry 4.0.
  13. Hi @StanR, I haven't worked in this industry, so I do not have expertise on such topics. I had a quick look on Google and I found a few books that might be helpful: - Handbook of Pneumatic Conveying Engineering - By: David Mills; Mark G. Jones; Vijay K. Agarwal (2004); - Pneumatic Conveying of Solids - By G.E. Klinzing (2012). Another tool that helps me sometimes when looking for a topic is Google Scholar. It has plenty of articles and studies that can give you an overview about a topic, or at least a direction about where to find more information. The link i
  14. Hi @Oniastm7, Great reply! Recognition is really important to keep anyone motivated, and I think it works side by side with a solid feedback. When we achieve a solid result, receiving a positive feedback followed by a recognition, that can be written, or verbal for example keeps us on track of doing similar actions to achieve more positive results. On the other hand, when we do a task that does not achieve the expectations, receiving a solid feedback is important not only to let us aware of what has gone wrong, but also to make us think about our mistakes and improve our attitude.
  15. Hi @StanR, Welcome to Road to Reliability! Congratulations for your solid and diversified career! Meeting multi skilled professionals is not something easy. Regarding the vehicles restoration and motorcycle touring, although I haven’t spent much time with this lately, I am a big fan of both! See you in the community! Regards, Raul Martins
  16. Hi @senduk, Welcome to Road to Reliability! It is great to have you onboard! We have a topic named “What is the best CMMS”, in which our users share their experiences with different systems. Here is the link: Which one are you currently working with? Regards, Raul Martins
  17. Road to Reliability LinkedIn webpage has reached 1,000 followers!!! First of all, massive thank’s to each one of you who has helped to grow Road to Reliability! Now, we want you to celebrate with us! We will be doing a giveaway campaign, in which the winner will get a copy of Ramesh Gulati's best seller "Maintenance and Reliability Best Practices" including free global shipping! What do you need to do? Simply head over to the link below and complete a few entries (the more you complete, more chances you have)! https://lnkd.in/dvv3euW Please note that we will
  18. Hi all, For this week’s topic, we will be talking about something that makes a huge difference on our daily routines: motivation. Feeling passionate for what you do is definitely one of the best ways to outperform. However, that is not all. In addition to working with passion, there are things that can trigger higher levels of motivation and performance. Such triggers can be a good salary, receiving positive feedback when accomplishing tough tasks, or having autonomy to do your work. There is not a recipe to motivate people, as those triggers vary from individual to individ
  19. Hi @Mushanguri Innocent Welcome onboard! It is great to have you in the community! Regards, Raul Martins
  20. Hi @Oniastm7, It is great to have you onboard! The "Road to Reliability" is not something easy to get through, it can be really challenging sometimes, but with displicine, focus and knowledge, everyone can get there. Gathering different experiences, backgrounds and perspectives is how we aim at assisting our members on achieving their goals! See you soon! Regards, Raul Martins
  21. Hi @UptimeJim, I like the "same goals for different areas" approach. I have seen many companies in which areas, such as Maintenance, Production, HR, IT have different and many times, conflicting goals. Hence, instead of helping each other to build positive and better results, they work as different small companies inside of another company. Maintenance looking after availability, while Production looking after productivity or HR decreasing salaries or budgeting less money for training. If senior management do not see the big picture of how to achieve solid results by elimin
  22. Hi @Kenny, I agree with you. Fixing quickly have made many professionals look like a hero, while those who focus on avoiding the failures are not seen like that. I find it important to have a mixed team, in which you have those who are more "reactive" but would fix quickly, working along with those who focus on a proactive approach. Having a diverse team can be highly beneficial for improving reliability. However, it has to be clear for everyone what has been chased: a "fix forever" culture, instead of a "forever fixing" one. For this, the manager's attitude is vital.
  23. Hi all, It's great to have you both onboard and it is great to see that you have a lot in common! The "Road to Reliability" is definitely not easy, especially when it comes to changing a reactive culture into a proactive one. I hope you guys enjoy your time here while reading our topics and members opinions, as well as sharing yours! Regarding SAP, we have a topic named "What is the best CMMS?", in which we have many opinions from ours users about such tools, including SAP. Here is the link: See you soon! Regards, Raul Martins
  24. Hi @LaWayne Smith, Welcome onboard! It is great to have you here! Feel free to go through recent topics to read our members opinions, as well as share yours. See you soon! Regards, Raul Martins
  25. Hi @Satrio, Welcome to Road to Reliability! Hope you enjoy your time here reading our opinions and perspectives, as well as sharing yours! See you soon Regards, Raul Martins
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