August 2022

Leadership & Communication

Leading Reliability Initiatives

Projects often run into the sand because the necessary structure wasn’t in place from the start. While being a part of reliability improvement projects over the years, I have noticed that there are specifically two important maintenance management pieces missing: no clear reliability goals and no business case for reliability. — Tor Idhammar

Tor Idhammar
author photo I am currently one of the owners and the president of IDCON INC. I work with consultant training, product development, sales, and marketing. I still do some reliability and maintenance management projects, currently I work mostly with quality checks on larger multi-site projects, some corporate project management, a few assessments, and I enjoy doing an occasional Root cause problem elimination training. Learn More


Maintenance Management: Commonly Missing Pieces

Tor Idhammar Tor Idhammar

Leading reliability and maintenance improvements can be quite challenging. A behavioral change often needs to occur regarding daily work processes, preventive maintenance, materials management, root cause processes and much more. Read More »

IoT for Condition Monitoring: Uncertainties to Consider Before Testing

Ed Spence Ed Spence

There are many compelling reasons to deploy a wireless condition monitoring system in your facility, such as increasing the frequency of data collection for troublesome assets or monitoring assets in remote locations. Just relieving the maintenance engineer of the data collection chore saves time, freeing up the maintenance engineer to focus on more important problems. That said, industrial environments present a unique set of challenges for wireless deployment. Read More »


Help! I Can’t Deploy Maintenance Best Practices

Joe Kuhn Joe Kuhn

Joe Kuhn explores the misconception that hiring challenges are a frequent roadblock in implementing maintenance best practices.

Joe Kuhn - Help! I Can't Deploy Maintenance Best Practices

Leading Reliability Initiatives

Tor Idhammar Tor Idhammar

IDCON’s Tor Idhammar and Noria’s Nick Holder tackle some of the common issues encountered when leading reliability initiatives.

Tor Idhammar - Leading Reliability Initiatives

Useful Resources

RACI Matrix and Communication Plan

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RACI Matrix

The RACI matrix can help clarify and define roles and responsibilities and is especially useful in organizing cross-departmental projects. By involving different parties in different degrees of responsibility, the RACI matrix method introduces a system of checks and balances. Request My Download

#ReliablePlant2022 — Letter from the Editor

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Against a tropical background of palm trees and sunshine, hundreds of maintenance and reliability professionals enjoyed some R & R — Reliability & Relaxation — at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, Florida, for #ReliablePlant2022. Read More »