Taking Care of Our Equipment Requires More than just Proactive Maintenance

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Hi everyone. I’m at the Bab el-Bahrain Souk in the Kingdom of Bahrain. And this is a really neat place to walk around because there are so many different stores and so many different things that you can buy here.

And it reminds me about Physical Asset Management. Because when it comes to our physical assets, it’s not just Proactive Maintenance that we have to do on our equipment to make sure it keeps giving us what we need. There are a whole host of other things, a lot of other elements that influence a system.

So, yes, definitely Proactive Maintenance, but there are a lot of other things like: issues with supply and training programs and operating procedures and emergency procedures and technical publications. A whole host of things.

So just like, say for example, you’re doing the wrong maintenance at the wrong time, that can adversely affect your equipment. But, doing the wrong Operating Procedure or omitting a step in training, or omitting a step in a tech manual, can have just as devastating results.

So, there you have it. The moral of this story is that, when it comes to taking care of our physical assets, it’s NOT just about Proactive Maintenance. There are a whole host of other things that we have to make sure we keep in mind.

And when we write our Failure Modesthose things that cause failure of our equipment – we have to think beyond maintenance and remember that there are all these other things that we have to think about. I’m Nancy Regan. Thank you for watching.

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Nancy Regan

I started RCMTrainingOnline.com to help organizations gain an understanding of maintenance and reliability basics. After all, the basics pervade just about every asset management solution out there ~ and they’re embedded in Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM).


  1. David on January 29, 2019 at 12:18 am

    I always keep Ron Moore’s Reliability Process in mind where he identifies six steps in the reliability process as being Design, Buy, Store, Install/Startup, Operate and Maintain. There can be defects in each of these steps which can be the cause of a failure.

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