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Reliability Connection Newsletter

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Find all past issues of Reliability Connection Newsletter below.

March 2018

Assets begin to degrade as soon as they are in operation. If the documentation for those assets is lost in a storage room collecting dust, equipment may not receive the level of maintenance that it truly needs.

February 2018

Planned outages are notoriously time- and cost-constrained. Planners and schedulers of shutdowns, turnarounds, and outages (STOs) work diligently to squeeze into the extended downtime as many fixes as possible.​

January 2018

Saudi Aramco Shell refinery (SASREF) in Jubail, Saudi Arabia won the prestigious 2017 Reliability Program of the Year award for their reliability program. Performance benefits were realized in emergency maintenance and mechanical availability, both of which jumped two quartiles.​

December 2017

Proactive organizations recognize that one of the critical success factors in achieving a best practices reliability program is developing a sound MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Operations) spare parts program.

November 2017

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will revolutionize companies with cost, operational, and safety efficiencies. It will break silos that finally connects people, data, and processes from the boardroom...

July 2017

Featured White Paper – Operational Readiness for New Assets – Bridging the Gap Between Construction and Operations It traditionally has been the case that significant leakage of anticipated project value...

June 2017

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will bring many benefits as it evolves and advances in the coming years. But today many companies worry about their readiness and feel overwhelmed thinking...

May 2017

As reliability professionals, we understand the obvious benefits of lower manufacturing costs and higher uptime in embarking on a reliability improvement initiative....

April 2017

Article from Control Engineering – Executive Voice with Jim Nyquist Group President Emerson Automation Solutions
For decades our industry has expanded production by building new capacity. In today’s economy of reduced capital projects, investments have shifted to improving operations as companies are pressured...

March 2017

New Article – Seize the IIoT in Just 3 Steps
Today it's pretty hard to pick up an industry trade publication or Google anything related to manufacturing and not find an article on the promise of the industrial internet of things (IIoT).  

February 2017

White Paper: Implementing a “Best Practices” Predictive Maintenance Program: Avoiding the 10 Most Common Pitfalls
In an effort to increase equipment reliability and reduce unscheduled downtime, many organizations have taken the proactive step of implementing a Predictive Maintenance (PdM) Program.

January 2017

Article - Control Engineering
Modernize Your Plant with IIoT at Your Own Pace
Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0 enables richer process and asset data for more effective operation. You may be wondering how to get started.  

December 2016

Over the last several decades, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) implementations have become significantly more complex.

November 2016

The travel brochure for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) sure looks attractive—a paradise of connectivity and communications, delivering big data from all sectors, improved decision-making by users, and enabling

October 2016

 Large manufacturing facilities depend on heavy equipment. But without a proper maintenance strategy, these assets can lead to countless issues, often expending or exceeding budgeted resources. ..

September 2016

White Paper - New Method for Asset Data Capture in the Oil & Gas Industry
 The oil and gas pipeline industry, though tempered by the cost of oil recently, has seen a significant amount of growth over the last ten years. One of the challenges facing growing companies...

August 2016

White Paper - Are You Being Ruined by Best Efforts 
Much has been publicised in recent years on high profile industrial failures and the impact these have had on people and the environment, not least the operating companies involved (reputation and costs). ​

July 2016

White Paper - Summer Reading
Summer is here! The days are getting warm, and the kids are out of school. The beach and mountain retreats are filling up with vacationers, and the time has come to relax in your favorite place.

June 2016

White Paper - RCM & DMAIC Improvement Process
Inherent problems in plant and equipment performance can result in frustration for many engineering managers, especially when it is causing the business significant costs to production...

May 2016

New White Paper - Instrumentation – It’s Not Just for Process Control Anymore
One significant resource for asset health information that often goes untapped in many plants is the process control system. Many potential failure modes can be discovered in their early stages using ...

April 2016

White Paper - Turning Enterprise Asset Management into Real Earnings Per Share
Over the past decade, many corporate performance improvement programs have been initiated: Business processes re-engineered, enterprise resource planning systems implemented...

March 2016

New White Paper - Streamline API 691 Compliance and Reduce Automation Risks by Applying Pervasive Sensing™ Strategies.
Safety is paramount in process industries such as refining, petrochemical, and chemical, but until now there has been no systematic way to attack one of the major...

February 2016

New White Paper: Information Needed for Effective Asset Management
Effective asset management requires information about assets, including individual asset performance and the effectiveness of the asset management system as a whole...

January 2016

2016 – Raising the Bar on Reliability Best Practices
In our 2015 New Year’s Newsletter, we opened with “WOW what a year it has been.” We were launching a new Newsletter, new industry standards were published, and MRG was becoming part of Emerson...

December 2015

Congratulation to the Emerson Exchange Reliability Program of the Year Winner and Finalists
Saudi Aramco wins 'Reliability Program of the Year'
In 2013, Saudi Aramco Ras Tanura Refinery in Saudi Arabia set out to instill a new culture at its facilities and improve rotating equipment...

November 2015

White Paper: Effecting Culture Change through Direct Engagement of the Organization in the Change Process
A common thread in many maintenance and reliability discussions these days is “you’ve got to change the culture” if you want to achieve lasting, large-scale improvement. ...

September 2015

White Paper: Supply Chain Optimization
Maintenance Repair and Operations (MRO) supply chain, when given serious consideration at all, is frequently seen as a challenge—a high-cost, but necessary evil to ensure the availability of parts..

August 2015

White Paper: Top 5 Maintenance & Reliability Enablers for Improved Operational Performance
Surrounding yourself, your projects, and your initiatives with positive enablers leads to success...

July 2015

Summer Reading - New White Paper: The Financial Benefits of Reliability
Finally! Summer is here in full swing! The days are warm and the kids are out of school until fall. The beaches and lakes are filling up with vacationing families and the time has come...
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June 2015

Asset Managment: Fundamental Responsibility for Everyone in Business
The success of a company resides with the whole organization focused on delivering against their asset management responsibilities The responsibilities apply to each functional group that play...

May 2015

The key to a truly efficient, top-performing operation is consistency. An asset reliability optimization strategy like the Reliability Value Cycle allows enterprises to align best practices at all locations while staying compliant with international standards like ISO 55000...

April 2015

NEW White Paper: Achieving Top-Quartile Reliability Returns
How much is your company spending in maintenance? When it comes to reliability practices, inconsistent action plans could translate into higher costs with very little in return. 'Understanding the Reliability Value Chain and addressing imbalances or broken links brings...

March 2015

NEW Uptime Magazine Article Covers How to Make Reliability a Competitive Advantange
There is a surprising set of similarities between Formula 1 Racing and the Process Industry when it comes to the best approach to optimize asset performance and apply reliability strategies...

February 2015

Explore Reliability as a Business Strategy
Every year companies face the multiple challenges of government compliance; technology fast-paced changes; staff turnover and shortages, among other concerns...

January 2015

2015 - On our way to New Beginnings
Wow, what a year it has been in the maintenance and reliability community, or, in the spirit of the new ISO 55000 standard, the Asset Management community. Last January we saw the official publication of the ISO 55000 standard...