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December 1, 2011  

A 5-point ‘TREAT’

This article is part of an ongoing series. The introduction appeared in Machinery & Equipment MRO’s February 2005 issue and the series has run in every issue since. Previous instalments are archived online at www.mromagazine.com. This…

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November 1, 2011  

Moving from Reactive to Proactive

This article is part of an ongoing series. The introduction appeared in Machinery & Equipment MRO’s February 2005 issue and the series has run in every issue since. Previous instalments are archived online at www.mromagazine.com. This…

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September 1, 2011  

Can you be great?

How many 10-year-olds at school, when asked “What would you like to be when you grow up?” would reply “A maintenance manager.” A safe bet is that the answer is none.

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September 1, 2011  

Finding unexpected efficiencies

This article is part of an ongoing series. The introduction appeared in Machinery & Equipment MRO’s February 2005 issue and the series has run in every issue since. Previous instalments are archived online at www.mromagazine.com. This…

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June 1, 2011  

Words of wisdom that just ain’t so

You’ve heard that the early bird gets the first worm and that a penny saved is a penny earned … and a lot more folk wisdom besides. Yes, those old truths are worth pondering, but before you take them as literal guides to your daily work…

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April 1, 2011  

Study examines apprenticeship jobs during downturn

Ottawa, ON – Declines in employment between October 2008 and October 2009 were larger in occupations for which an apprenticeship program exists than in all other occupations combined, according to a new study from Statistics Canada. However,…

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February 1, 2008  

Taking the ‘OUCH out of OEE

In a fantasy manufacturing plant, the equipment would be available and chugging away all of the time, performance would always equal the equipment’s design capacity and the product quality would never…

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February 1, 2008  

The Skills Shortage: An Alternative Approach

I recently presented a paper at a shutdown/turnaround/ outage (STO) conference where there was a recurring comment among most of the presenters. One of the major problems that companies involved in ma…

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February 1, 2008  

The Next Level

This article is part of an ongoing series. The introduction appeared in Machinery & Equipment MRO’s February 2005 issue and the series has run in every issue since. Previous instalments are archiv…

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February 1, 2008  

RAISING EXCITEMENT ABOUT PROJECTS

One of these days you’ll be preparing to introduce an ambitious new goal or project, a new work routine, or a change in operations. And you’ll want to get your people excited and energized about the c…

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February 1, 2008  

Estimating Project Costs

The first job in estimating the cost of a maintenance or engineering project is to identify the scope of the project. The second step is to identify all the resources (materials, human, etc.) needed t…

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February 1, 2008  

Women gain ground in apprenticeship training

Ottawa, ON — Registrations for apprenticeship training programs increased in all major trade groups in 2005, Statistics Canada reported in November 2007. In addition, women are gaining ground in appr…

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December 1, 2007  

Shaking Out the Bad Pennies

“Now stop writing and I’ll tell you something,” announces Michel Beaudin, director of maintenance at the McAuslan Brewery in Montreal.

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December 1, 2007  

Become an At-work Superhero

Your mission: Solve some intractable problem. Put your maintenance team on the map. Launch a great way to reduce downtime. And pull these great accomplishments off just like an old-fashioned superhero…

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December 1, 2007  

Like a Disaster Movie

This article is part of an ongoing series. The introduction appeared in Machinery & Equipment MRO’s February 2005 issue and the series has run in every issue since. Previous instalments are archiv…

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November 1, 2007  

Making progress with PM – and people

This article is part of an ongoing series. The introduction appeared in Machinery & Equipment MRO’s February 2005 issue and the series has run in every issue since. Previous instalments are archiv…

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November 1, 2007  

Three Faces of Accounting

This column should help you to clarify some of the issues involved in communicating with finance and accounting departments. Just as maintenance and engineering have different disciplines or areas of …

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September 1, 2007  

Words of Wisdom?

You’ve heard that the early bird gets the first worm and that a penny saved is a penny earned … and a lot more folk wisdom besides. Yes, those old truths are worth pondering, but before you take the…

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September 1, 2007  

The Significance of Communication

If you are working in maintenance but not involved in ‘pulling wrenches’, then communication is a significant part of doing your job effectively. And even if you are pulling wrenches, communication st…

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June 1, 2007  

Starting to See Results

This article is part of an ongoing series. The introduction appeared in Machinery & Equipment MRO’s February 2005 issue and the series has run in every issue since. Previous instalments are archiv…

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June 1, 2007  

Settle Those Squabbles

It’s the one thing you dread: two employees bickering with each other over duties, resources, space or perceived slights. Part of you wants to act the role of the ever-responsible manager, ready and w…

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April 1, 2007  

Nine ways to build employee confidence

However skilled and ambitious your employees may be, their greatest value often lies in their self-confidence. Confident, independent people possess courage and eagerness — and they’re strong self-st…

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April 1, 2007  

Big Changes Begin

This article is part of an ongoing series. The introduction appeared in Machinery & Equipment MRO’s February 2005 issue and the series has run in every issue since. Previous instalments are archiv…

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February 1, 2007  

Assertiveness Without Anger

The scene is all too familiar. You’re facing conflict, and you believe you’re being put in an inappropriate or unfair situation. Your natural inclination? Get angry. Act defensively. Shout. Curse.

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February 1, 2007  

Maintenance on the Move

This article is part of an ongoing series. The introduction appeared in Machinery & Equipment MRO’s Feb. 2005 issue and the series has run in every issue since. Previous instalments are archived o…

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June 1, 2006  

Troubled by Procrastination?

Procrastination is very low on just about everyone’s ranking of business qualities. Yet, once in a while, procrastination may be the best course of action — and may even lead to a better outcome than…

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April 1, 2006  

How Root Cause Analysis aids in shutdowns

This article is part of an ongoing series. It first appeared in Machinery & Equipment MRO’s Feb. 2005 issue and has run in every issue since. Previous installments are archived online at <a hre…

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April 1, 2006  

Trouble all around? Simplify!

“I remember when ….”…

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February 1, 2006  

Explaining and Engaging

This article is the seventh in an ongoing series. It first appeared in MRO’s Feb. 2005 issue and has run in every issue since. Previous installments are archived at <a href="http://www.mromagazine….

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February 1, 2006  

How Lean helps safety

Lean manufacturing is a business initiative to reduce waste in manufactured products. The basic idea is to reduce cost systematically, throughout the product and production process, by means of a seri…