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Calculating MTBF

Calculating MTBF

Calculating MTBF can be fairly simple or really complex. We’ve included links to some resources, including definitions, downloadable Excel calculators, and online calculators. Some are simpler to use than others. But that’s not surprising. Different experts describe...
Planning a Shutdown Is a Piece of Cake, Right?

Planning a Shutdown Is a Piece of Cake, Right?

The most successful shutdowns I have been involved with followed some fairly standard project management methods. But, instead of you learning a big, formal process, I’m assuming that you need to get moving on a plan, and that you are a hands-on maintenance manager or supervisor, who has “learned on the job.”

Do you have this crazy idea about project planning?

Do you have this crazy idea about project planning?

While planning as a discipline gets a lot more respect than it did 30 years ago, a lot of politics, false assumptions, and misunderstandings still block an even wider adoption of project planning processes. I am sure this is just as true in the manufacturing sector as it is in the software sector or in any other well-defined industrial environment.