September 2017

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Machinery: Soft skills and habits all machinery professionals must develop—Part 1

When I ask people that work around machinery, “How do you improve reliability?” they often tell me to buy better bearings, seals, monitors or some other hardware-based improvement.

Perez, R. X., Consultant

When I ask people that work around machinery, “How do you improve reliability?” they often tell me to buy better bearings, seals, monitors or some other hardware-based improvement. Many reliability professionals believe that design improvements are the primary means of improving reliability. However, I believe that some non-technical skills and habits can also have a dramatic effect on the bottom line. After more than 35 yr of machinery experience in operating plants, I have learned the importance of utilizing effective communication and assessment techniques when interfacing with mechanics and operators to solve complex machinery problems. Some of these techniques fall into the general cat

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