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Better safe than sorry: How to improve health and safety with maintenance software
This article was written by Marc Cousineau. Safety first. It’s a term you’ve probably heard, and said, thousands of times. And for good reason— the safety of your team is incredibly important. Even minor accidents can have a profound impact on everything from productivity and morale, to the environment and individual lives, and lead to injuries, fines, lawsuits and more.An overreliance on reactive maintenance is a major cause of accidents in many production environments. In fact, one study found that corrective maintenance leads to twice the number of accidents than preventive maintenance. Establishing a preventive maintenance strategy is one way for maintenance teams to take control of their time, resources and money to reduce the likelihood of accidents.Although every maintenance manager would say it’s a top priority to improve health and safety, implementing preventive maintenance is not an easy goal to accomplish amidst a flurry of work orders, overseeing technicians, formulating r
The link between maintenance and a more sustainable worldMAINTENANCE TIPS
This article was written by Katie Allen, Fiix Alumni. Katie’s article remains very much relevant today as we celebrate Earth Day, and take action as individuals and organizations to look at our world through an environmentally-conscious lens. Waste. Garbage. Rubbish. Litter. Trash. Excess. These concepts are relatively new in our modern world. Waste was often synonymous with barren land and had nothing to do with disposal. Garbage — the act of throwing something away — was introduced in the early 1900s. Now, it’s a regular part of life— we buy, we use, and then we throw away. This is so common that we have entire waste management systems with teams of people and machinery dedicated to our garbage. This used to be my job. I would advise the public on where to put items when they were ready to throw it out. I would pick through big, black garbage bags on gruelling hot days, dissecting, weighing, and sorting what people threw out. I helped divert hazardous and electronic waste from enter
Where do YOU get your industry news❓
I’m curious 🤔 How do you stay up-to-date on things happening in and around your industry? Are there any publications that you (or your company) subscribe to (online or in print)? Any industry podcasts that you follow? Influential people on LinkedIn? Share your go-to resources with me in the comments below 👇
🏁 Session Highlights 🏁 Fiix + Rockwell Automation vision & path to integrationFiix Forward 2021
Interested in learning more about the exciting possibilities related to Fiix joining the Rockwell Automation family this year? Come meet Fiix CEO, James Novak @jamesnovak, and Tessa Myers, VP & GM Production & Operations Management Solutions at Rockwell Automation, to hear their vision for the connected enterprise production system, and how asset management is a strategic piece of the industrial digital transformation puzzle. This keynote session kicks off day two at Fiix Forward 2021, our annual user conference. Fiix & Rockwell Automation: At the intersection of IT and OTTuesday, September 28, 10:00AM - 10:40AM ETREGISTER for this session and more at Fiix Forward 2021 → Then, stick around as @Divya Venkataraman and @StuartFergusson dive deeper into our approach to product integration as we build our plans to unlock Rockwell Automation and Fiix value. Learn how Fiix can become an end-point to action data across your connected systems. The path to Fiix & Rockwell Automa
PLANT SERVICES The impact of COVID-19: What's changed for maintenance and what's stayed the sameArticle
At the start of the year, the Plant Services editors decided to take one final look back at the pandemic year, and take a snapshot of the new normal that is emerging from this moment of crisis. Read the full article here: https://www.plantservices.com/articles/2021/the-impact-of-covid-19-whats-changed-for-maintenance-and-whats-stayed-the-same/ Here is my quick take on their tale of two surveys - one from June 2020 vs one from March 2021.Operational changes: From almost 50% running at reduced capacity and reduced personnel to nearly 3 in 5 respondents saying they are back to their pre-COVID maintenance and headcount levels. Changes in maintenance modes: 32% of respondents stated that the COVID-19 pandemic changed their normal maintenance mode, trending slightly away form preventive, with a slight rise reported for both reactive and more proactive modes. Plant agility: The questions in this section were designed to evaluate the level of flexibility among plant teams during the pandemic a
Rockwell Automation shooting for high carbon neutrality goals across manufacturing facilities by 2030
Allie Schwertner, industry sales engineer and leader for sustainability and energy at Rockwell Automation, discusses how the company fits into the microgrid industry as it shoots for carbon neutrality across its manufacturing facilities by 2030. Are you one of the many businesses in the industrial space that are seeing the growing costs associated with power outages and are putting a bigger focus on energy resiliency? Tell us about it in the comments below 👇 Read the full article by Microgrid Knowledge here → About Microgrid Knowledge“Microgrid Knowledge leads the way providing news on microgrids and distributed energy resources. Our audience includes energy businesses, organizations and policymakers, along with customers who use microgrids and distributed energy — or are considering doing so. Visit our site to read original content about markets, policies, trends and technologies in this fast-growing energy arena.” After you watch Allie’s interview, why not jump over here and join o
What does maintenance have to do with sustainability?
What does maintenance have to do with sustainability? A lot (they’re literal synonyms). But the bigger question is, why the heck should we care? Our Sustainability and Social Impact Manager @katie.allen explains it all down there and right here https://bit.ly/3q8GZw4 After you take a walk with Katie, why not jump over here and join our Sustainability group forum (click the blue “Join group” button to subscribe).In this group, we discuss the social, environmental and economic impact of maintenance practices. If you’re just starting to connect the dots of how maintenance contributes to sustainability and you have more questions than answers, this group is for you. If you have your own best practices to share, this group is also for you. Engage with your peers to ask questions, challenge your assumptions, and spark conversations about what sustainability means and how businesses can be a force for positive change.
Hitachi Solutions Article: 11 trends that will dominate manufacturing in 2021Article
Are you ready for this...we’re heading for Industry 5.0...connecting man and machine The 5th industrial revolution “...is all about connecting man and machine — that is, collaboration between humans and smart systems. Depending on who you ask, Industry 5.0 is either on the immediate horizon, or it’s already here, its arrival accelerated by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic”. Beyond the new buzzword, this article claims the following 11 trends will dominate manufacturing in 2021Employee Safety Becomes a Top Priority IoT is (Still) THE Big Thing Predictive Maintenance Keeps Production on Track Shifting Focus from B2B to B2C Manufacturers Plan Their COVID-19 Exit Strategy A New Approach to ERP Manufacturers Gain Greater Visibility into Big Data VR & AR Support Touchless Service Model 3D Printing Makes Production Faster & Cheaper Manufacturers Reevaluate Shoring & Sourcing The Job Market Remains UncertainRead the full articlehttps://global.hitachi-solutions.com/blog/top-manufa
🎧 Top Maintenance Podcasts of 2020
You’ll start to see many Best-of-2020 lists this time of year -- but where else can you find a the top maintenance podcasts of 2020? We’ve got you covered 👍 There was a lot to talk about in 2020 A global pandemic. A shifting, often shaky economy. Elections and uprisings. New technology, new ideas, and new ways of working.And, there was no shortage of podcasts discussing these fresh challenges as well as revisiting old debates.The appeal of podcasts is obvious You can listen and learn from pretty much anywhere, and often multi-task, whether that’s on your commute, while cooking, or exercising. That makes podcasts the perfect way to listen to stories of people in the industry and learn strategies for improving, both on the shop floor and away from it.Nine of the very best maintenance podcast episodes of 2020 My colleague, @marccousineau, has put together a must-listen playlist in this blog.Here’s a teaser of my personal top ③ from the list, in an effort to entice you to go check out th
❓How to receive Reliabilityweb.com + AMP benchmarking study of CMMS/EAM/APM software
Reliabilityweb.com and the Association of Asset Management Professionals have launched an updated CMMS/EAM/APM benchmarking survey to update the results from their CMMS/EAM Best Practices studies, 2005 and 2015. If you take 15 minutes to complete this survey before December 31, 2020, you will receive the updated study report in appreciation for your time and input. Your individual answers will not be shared, but will be aggregated with total responses for the final report only.At the end of the survey, you will have the opportunity to share a sentence or two of advice.⭐️ Yours may be selected as a featured quote in the final research report ⭐️ Start Survey >>>
Are you ready to dig deeper into the AI iceberg? (IndustryWeek)
industryweek.com/technology-and-iiot/article/21139163/are-you-ready-to-dig-deeper-into-the-ai-icebergAI is trending within manufacturing for good reason -- its ability to dramatically improve results. However, according to this article, our preparedness needs to improve.“Manufacturing is close to a breakthrough for using AI to solve a multitude of problems. More companies understand where the data resides and what they want to do with it. They just need the right technology tools to help them move past some hurdles and begin leveraging AI’s benefits...and the potential benefits are there. McKinsey reported in 2019 that asset productivity increased by 20 percent with AI predictive tools and maintenance costs also fell by up to 10 percent.” How prepared is your organization to dive into AI? Are you one of the early adopters? Or will you be one of the first groups to follow the market leaders and turn the tide?
Five competitive advantages of resilient operations (IDC)
blogs.idc.com/2020/07/01/five-competitive-advantages-of-resilient-operations 🚨Game-changing stat 🚨 61.3% of CEOs view market responsiveness as more operationally significant than throughput and efficiency over the next five years. This is a huge shift. Manufacturers have tried for decades to maximize throughput and efficiency in every way possible. That’s all changed in a matter of months.In this article, IDC suggests that resilient operations will converge the two traditionally separate groups of IT staff and operations subject matter experts, they give 5 reasons why, and share some success stories of resilient operations in the COVID era.Moral of the story: If you want operational flexibility, invest in a maintenance team that's connected to the rest of the organization.Maintenance teams know how to pivot quickly and confidently! What do you think others can learn from the maintenance team about responsiveness, adaptability, and resiliency?
Reimagining industrial operations (McKinsey & Company)
mckinsey.com/business-functions/sustainability/our-insights/reimagining-industrial-operations⚡ A 38% drop in energy consumption💧 A 28% reduction in water use🗑 A 20% cut back on waste👷 A 60% improvement in plant safety🏭 A 10% bump in OEEIt's pretty clear that for German chemical and consumer-goods company Henkel, investing in maintenance means investing in a sustainable business.In this compilation, McKinsey experts and corporate leaders describe emerging opportunities for industrial operators (including oil & gas companies, miners, and cement makers) to help lead the way to a lower-carbon future. Ranging from hybrid-electric equipment and digitization to business-model innovation and supply chain reorientation. “...companies themselves have a window of opportunity to adapt their operations to help reduce the disruption that climate change will ultimately bring.” Did these quick-hit overviews provide you with any inspiration or leave you with questions? Share your thoughts with
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