September 2022

Change & Sustainability

Creating a lasting culture of reliability

Our experiences create our beliefs, our beliefs drive our actions, and finally, our actions produce results. Your culture encompasses all of this, and there is a progression. Consequently, you can change your culture by creating new experiences, and you create experiences one at a time. — Joe Kuhn

Joe Kuhn
author photo Joe Kuhn worked at Alcoa Corporation, an industry leader in mining, refining, smelting, casting, rolling metals (primarily aluminum) for 32 years. Joe was an operations leader for 29 years, a plant manager three times, and the global director for reliability and maintenance, serving 31 locations in eight countries. Joe is best known for combining his capital-intensive operations experience with his execution of reliability and lean best practices to yield rapid, sustainable, saleable and significant results. Learn More


You Need a Touch Plan for Culture Change in a Manufacturing Plant

Joe Kuhn Joe Kuhn

To ensure the new experience is recognized by the culture, it is critical that the change agents and leadership connect the dots — remind the target group of the plant’s past culture and detail how the new experience fits a new culture. Read More »

Lean Maintenance — Reduce Costs, Improve Quality & Increase Market Share

Ricky Smith Ricky Smith

TPM is not a short-lived, problem-solving, maintenance-cost-reduction program. It is a process that changes corporate culture and permanently improves and maintains the overall effectiveness of equipment through the active involvement of operators and all other members of the organization. Read More »

Process Management: An Introduction

Joe Kuhn Joe Kuhn

Process management (sometimes referred to as process discipline) is the key tool in management for efficient processes with predictable results — nothing has more impact. It is worthless to know a best practice and not have the organizational discipline to execute it consistently. Read More »


Enter to Win Luneta Products

Luneta Products

Our issue sponsor, RelaWorks, has teamed up with Luneta, LLC for an exciting giveaway! Three lucky winners have the chance at winning one of following products from Luneta: a Condition Monitoring Pod, the Hub, and the Bowl. Enter to Win


Reliability Best Practices: A Discussion on Change and Sustainability

Joe Kuhn Joe Kuhn

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

Reliability Best Practices: A Discussion on Change and Sustainability

Useful Resources

Navigating Change and Sustainability: Letter from the Editor

Reliable Plant Reliable Plant

Change has been a consistent part of our everyday lives; whether it’s at our workplace or home, we’ve all navigated a “new normal” built upon the tide of change. Along with this, we’ve renewed our focus on sustainability. We’re all aware of the principles of sustainability but taking those principles and applying them to our work environment can prove challenging. Read More »