FOURTH GENERATION MAINTENANCE

The art of maintaining assets has been around for many years, whether it was the ancient farmer cleaning the weeds out of his field to get a better crop, or the hunter checking his bow and sharpening his arrows. This art has continued to flourish, and over time a degree of specialisation started happening, and the first of the trades such as blacksmiths started to appear in our society. Then along came the industrial revolution making our tools more mechanised…

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DEVELOPING AND DELIVERING A MAINTENANCE PLAN

So how do you go about setting up all of the maintenance requirements for several thousand discretely maintainable assets? This was the challenge facing us when we needed to set up the maintenance requirements package for a baggage handling system at a new airport terminal in a major international airport. From previous experience, and the Airport requirements, we had a good idea of what needed to be done….

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CAPEX TO OPEX: THE HANDOVER PARADIGM

We all know that in a project environment the primary drivers are time and budget, with secondary drivers of quality and inspections. Good project managers are however defined by the number of projects they have delivered on time, and within budget. Operational drivers are cost and throughput, and their managers are defined by their ability to drive production costs down and deliver a reliable and safe production to meet customer demand…

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RELIABILITY, RESILIENCE AND DAMAGE

Reliability in an engineering context is the ability of an item to perform a required function under given conditions for a given time interval. It is generally assumed that the item is in a state to perform this required function at the beginning of the time interval, and reliability performance is usually expressed as a probability…

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