March 1999

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HPIn Competitiveness: Equipment solutions management: the missing link

I recently discussed with a plant's management its vision and program to eliminate unplanned production losses from equipment failures. The facility's overarching goal is to achieve zero breakdowns. ..

Lamb, R. G., Cost Control Systems, LLC

I recently discussed with a plant's management its vision and program to eliminate unplanned production losses from equipment failures. The facility's overarching goal is to achieve zero breakdowns. The plant knows that all equipment must at some time stand-down to be returned to a "good as new" condition. Just as pilots define a landing as a controlled crash, the plant's goal is to make all equipment stand-downs a controlled situation with respect to production. Plant managers developed a program that integrates the features of reliability-centered failure analysis (RCFA) and total productive maintenance (TPM). The philosophy is to combine an analytical process with an act

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