BIC Articles

A wake-up call for North American industry

March 7, 2012

Written By Tom Moariaty During the recent 2011 Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP) Annual Conference in Greensboro, N.C., a piece of information was presented that should reverberate throughout North American industry. Al Poling of HSB Solomon Associates LLC…

Expand margins with Organizational Reliability©

December 7, 2011

Written By Tom Moriarty What is 1 percent of production worth to your plant? In most mid-sized or larger plants, production improvements of 1 percent are in the millions of dollars in profit. Increasing the volume of profitable products with…

Four steps to jump start a reliability program

October 7, 2011

Written By Tom Moriarty Plant managers and maintenance managers understand the prospects for substantial benefits from implementing a reliability-based program in their plant. Benefits include increased safety and regulatory compliance as well as increased production availability with reduced operating and…

What does your crystal ball tell you?

September 11, 2011

Written By Tom Morarity The U.S. economy is like an overloaded, underpowered airplane bouncing down the runway. As it picks up speed it bounces a little, gets up in the air, then it comes down, bouncing again before catching more…

Organizational alignment and asset reliability

August 7, 2011

Written By Tom Morarity Asset reliability is initially determined by the quality of design, procurement, installation and commissioning of physical assets. Upon commissioning, asset reli- ability becomes dependent on management focus and execution. If you believe in continuous improvement, then…

Where is biggest benefit: In-house or outsourced maintenance?

June 4, 2011

Written By Tom Morarity Either in-house or outsourced maintenance may deliver benefits, but control  and stability of work management processes is the key to best value. If your organization views the maintenance function as an overhead cost, then the decision…

Interview With Tom Moriarty

March 26, 2011

Tom Moriarty, president of Alidade MER Inc., is a natural problem solver. After retiring from the U.S. Coast Guard, he began maintenance and reliability engineering consulting. In the transition he identified organizational performance in operations and maintenance as areas with…

Getting control of preventive, predictive maintenance tasks

March 12, 2011

Written By Tom Moriarty Many organizations have preventive maintenance (PM) and predictive maintenance (PdM) programs that are not getting it done. They’re paying too much for what they put into their PM and PdM programs. New plants or new systems always…

Increase production capacity without adding equipment, people

March 7, 2011

Written By Tom Morarity Stockholders and corporate boards want  their management teams to get every last bit of productivity and capacity from resources currently available. With regard to the maintenance function, the average plant can improve labor effectiveness by more…

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