Thursday, September 20, 2012

That "Aha" Moment...

When I entered the Reliability community it didn’t take long for me to wrap my head around the value proposition of planning ahead, maintaining working and safe equipment, building and supporting teams that were committed to not only each other’s well being, but the well being of their assets, and at the end of the day, turning an extra profit as a result of all of the above.   

Of course, it’s likely that grasping these concepts was so easy because I was a part of the community and surrounded by so many great thought leaders who were constantly touting the benefits of reliability.  Of course if you were to ask my parents what I did, they might have had a harder time explaining this idea of “reliability.”  To them it meant showing up on time, paying bills before they were due, and regular oil changes.  That all changed last week when this article was posted to The Huffington Post.
Sure I’d explained these concepts to them before, but I suppose it took hearing it from a big company like IBM for the pieces to finally click.  The info in the article is nothing we hadn’t discussed before, so I wonder if it really takes a mainstream publication paired with a big time company to get outsiders to finally see the light? I hate to think that’s the case, but at the same time, if that is what it takes, then I couldn’t be happier to see the concept of Reliability, Predictive Maintenance and Predictive Technologies promoted for the world to see. 

Broken down into simple concepts such as:
·         Fixing machines when we want, rather than when we have to.

·         Pinpointing little problems before they become big ones.

·         Treating each machine differently.

The article really drives home the concepts in an accessible way.  Who knows, maybe this article will help your supervisor or management finally see the light.  Kind of like the managers in these once popular IBM commercials on “Going Green.”  Remember these?

I hope this is just the beginning and that what our industry accomplishes on a daily basis continues to find its way into the spotlight.  Though mostly I’m just happy my parents understand what I do now.

Maureen Gribble


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