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Maintenance Planning and Scheduling – Jeff Shiver


For organizations with dedicated planner scheduler positions, we find that only about 10% of them are utilized effectively. Often, you find no weekly schedule, or one for the weekend only. Couple that fact with a lack of corrective job plans or reusable history.  The goal of planning and scheduling is to eliminate the avoidable delays so the organization can accomplish more work. One of the root causes for the lack of planner scheduler effectiveness is the organization as whole, including the planner scheduler themselves have never been educated on the role and function.  There is a one-two punch for planning and scheduling. First is education and training such as the UTK-RMC 3-day Maintenance Planning and Scheduling course. The second is follow-on coaching and mentoring.  The organization can benefit with an increase in maintenance worker effectiveness from the typical range of 25-35% upwards to 55-65%.  That’s a big increase in the amount of work done. Every hour spent on planning and scheduling yields 3-5 hours in the field. What are you waiting on to get your planner schedulers trained?

Ultrasound 101: An Introduction to Airborne & Structure-borne Ultrasound Technology

Airborne & Structure-borne ultrasound has become a must-have technology for any maintenance and reliability program. Once considered only a “leak detector”, more individuals have come to realize that Ultrasound can be used for more than compressed air or compressed gas leak detection. Because of advancements in ultrasound instrumentation and software, ultrasound can effectively be used on a variety of applications.

At the University of Tennessee’s Reliability and Maintainability Center’s Parade of Technologies event, the Ultrasound 101 session will provide the attendees with best practice information on what it takes to implement a successful ultrasound program. A program that focuses on the People, Processes, Tools, and Metrics associated with an effective Ultrasound program.

Information will also be presented on how to find compressed air and gas leaks, how to use ultrasound to detect corona, tracking, and arcing from energized electrical equipment, best practice information for implementing an effective bearing condition monitoring program using ultrasound, ultrasound assisted bearing lubrication, steam trap inspection and reporting, and valve testing using ultrasound. For each application, application specific reports will be shown to demonstrate what an ultrasound user can do with the data that is collected. After the presentation, the opportunity for hands-on learning with ultrasound instruments will be available in the PdM Technology Lab. Hands-on learning will be available for compressed air leak detection, electrical inspection, and bearing testing.

UE Systems is excited to be back at this year’s event. With the ability to learn about the technology, and then demonstrate the knowledge with the hands-on demonstrations, the Parade of Technologies will be an event that attendees will depart with a better appreciation for not only ultrasound, but all of the other technologies represented. If you’ve ever wished that you wanted to learn more about ultrasound and other PdM technologies, this is the event you’ve been waiting for.

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