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Most companies focus on repairing equipment after some functional failure has occurred and getting the equipment operational again. Is that the primary focus of your facility? Different studies have been completed by different organizations, which, while the percentages are different, all point to some very consistent and vital information. Design (engineering), installation (contractors, internal resources) and operation of the equipment all introduce equipment defects and drive reliability in your facility. Maintenance cannot overcome poor design, installation and operation. Your maintenance staff can only deal with (repair) the consequences.
Your reliability efforts should be focused on preventing the introduction of defects in your equipment. This will help ensure equipment reliability leading to lower maintenance costs, increased capacity and other positive results. Ensure that your equipment is designed, installed and operated with reliability in mind. Make sure that you focus on the prevention and elimination of equipment defects as well.

by Trent Phillips CRL CMRP - Novelis