Everyone within your organization should be passionate about improving and maintaining equipment reliability. However, some groups have more or less to gain from that.
Unfortunately, skipping or moving planned work outages, rushing equipment repairs, not allowing proper maintenance activities to occur, and other disruptions are commonplace within many organizations. These are often influenced or controlled by the Operations Department.
The Operations Department within your organization should be extremely passionate and focused on ensuring that proper maintenance and reliability efforts are implemented and maintained. Why? This group has a tremendous amount to lose or gain from asset performance. This group should be an active part of all reliability efforts. The Operations Department should insist on activities like:
- Preventive Maintenance (PM) Optimization
- PM Compliance
- Precision Maintenance
- Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCA)
- Proper Planning and Scheduling (PS)
- Critical Spares Analysis
- Operator Care Activities
You must be a reliability evangelist and constantly provide education and awareness to help the Operations Department and others understand what they have to gain by promoting and insisting on reliability practices. This will help you lead your organization to improved and sustainable equipment reliability.