Posts by: DPlucky

I got a call from an old friend a few weeks ago; he had started a job with a new company a couple of years ago in what he thought was a position of influence and two years later he was questioning his decision to accept this position. “I think I have used up the [...]

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I have been working in the field of Maintenance and Reliability for over 30 years now, and I have to say the business has changed significantly in these three decades. 

Improvements in technology have not only automated a large percentage of today’s manufacturing equipment, but we can also use various tools, technologies and equipment to [...]

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At a conference last month someone approached me and asked how he could determine if his companies RCM programs was successful.  I quickly listed out the seven items below and as it turned out he stated that they only satisfied only one of the items on the list.

The reality is a successful RCM [...]

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Things I Learned by 50!

On May 27, 2014 By

Old is relative.

I can remember thinking my dad was old when he turned 50. While I might look old to my kids I don’t feel old. When I look in the mirror each morning I still see the person I saw yesterday and he doesn’t look any older than he did the day before.

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I really enjoy Maintenance and Reliability Conferences, I know… I’m supposed to call these Asset Management Conferences but I’m old school I guess.  I prefer to manage people and maintain assets.  And,  if one does well with both they should have reliable equipment but I am already off on a tangent.  I enjoy conference because [...]

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And The Survey Says!!!

On May 9, 2014 By

It’s gotten to the point where I have begun to look at the back of my shirt when I take it off at night.  There has to be a sign someplace that says “Send This Man a Survey”!

Maybe I have created my own problem because I have participated in so many in the past.  [...]

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We all have flaws. No one is perfect. We all put our pants on one leg at a time. Life is really about understanding our strengths and weaknesses.

Anyone who has experienced their share of success and as well as failure in the business world has heard these phrases before.  [...]

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I can honestly say, nobody I know of likes reading or hearing about recalls in the automotive industry.  I recently read about the GM Recall of 1.3 Million Vehicles and thought to myself- are they considering the failure modes?  If a company makes the decision to recall a bunch of vehicles you [...]

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Preventing Disasters: Failure Modes and Malaysia Flight 370

Doug Plucknette and Allied Reliability Group take the tragedy of Malaysia flight 370 very seriously and our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families of the passengers.  We use Malaysia Flight 370 as an example for educational sake solely in the [...]

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I was touring a plant with a client today to get a look at a system we were about to perform a RCM Blitz™ on and as stopped to look at a piece of equipment  I noticed one of their tradespeople who was in the process of replacing a rather large gearbox digging through [...]

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