Ten ways to work smarter and increase output

Improving efficiency and optimising performance is a constant concern for the process industries. While technology plays an important part in this, it’s also a matter of the right mindset. John Saysell of MCP, who has worked across UK manufacturing for many years, offers these 10 principles of best practice that help process operators “work smarter and … Read More

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Ten tips to help technical operators work smarter

John Saysell, head of training at MCP Consulting Group, suggests Ten tips to help technical operators work smarter and ways in which staff development and motivation can be improved and, as a result, output increased. Many organisations still fail to realise that their process equipment and machine operators are their most valuable assets. Efforts for … Read More

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MCP looks at maintenance software strategies

Maintenance lifeblood. Phil Taylor Associate Consultant, MCP Consulting Group, looks at maintenance software strategies. There are many systems available today ranging in price from free to exorbitant and although most are perfectly capable of providing the functionality required for most maintenance operations many are damned as ‘bad systems’ with the most common reason cited for … Read More

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RCM: Consider the bigger picture

Although the arguments in favour of Classical RCM (reliability centred maintenance) remain valid, Dave Porrill, principal consultant – MCP Consulting Group, considers whether it is enough to settle for RCM alone. As I survey the ubiquitous volumes of maintenance books and journals available today, I am amazed by the large number of supposedly different analytical … Read More

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10 Top Tips for Lean Equipment Reliability

Lean is about eliminating waste from any business process, not just manufacturing. However, many organisations that introduce a “lean thinking” approach to production environments pass over the opportunity to improve equipment reliability and the bottom line. It is simply not possible to create a thoroughly lean production process without a robust plan to maintain equipment … Read More

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Be more informed about maintenance

How would you feel if at a routine health check your doctor informed you that it was time to have your hip replaced – even though you weren’t displaying any symptoms! His reason? Statistically, on average, hips fail by the time one reaches the age of 65. Knowing this your doctor schedules the surgery as … Read More

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Vintage AMIS proves to be a good year.

AMIS is the original maintenance assessment tool – proven over 30 years. The Siam Winery was established in 1986 and is now South East Asia’s leading wine company. Annual production capacity is over 80 million litres with regular production of greater than 1 million units per day. Located in Samutsakhon, 30 miles south-west of Bangkok, … Read More

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