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Reliability: Viewing every maintenance intervention as an upgrade opportunity

When a long-time maintenance supervisor was promoted to the head of his refinery’s reliability department, he wanted to make “Precision Maintenance is Our Passion” his banner and headline.

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

When a long-time maintenance supervisor was promoted to the head of his refinery’s reliability department, he wanted to make “Precision Maintenance is Our Passion” his banner and headline. I have always reserved passion for other things because passion for the job often leads to neglect of one’s family. My recommendation was “Every Job as an Opportunity to Upgrade,” or a similar wording. He then asked for a few examples of upgrading, but took the position that his facility had several large oil mist lubrication units and that little more could probably be done. Fortunately, he agreed that reliability professionals rarely see perfection and can often provide details that support my suggested

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