Reliability – a question of ownership

What is ownership? And who has it? When we purchase a product, we then own it and can put a value on it. But what about the work we do on a day-to-day basis?

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Shared ownership on the factory floor brings many rewards. Enlightened companies who put operator ownership into practice are reporting substantial bottom-line results, including an enhanced workplace culture.

This edition of Evolution focuses on service and reliability. In our first article, we include a checklist of what plant operators need to know to ensure the success of any overall maintenance-reliability program.

On page 6 we look at Votorantim Celulose e Papel (VCP), one of Brazil’s biggest pulp and paper producers, which has created “expertise-sharing” synergies. Bearings and their maintenance are critical to VCP’s productivity, and since SKF delivered an integrated maintenance-service solution, VCP’s machines have been working at 100 percent bearing efficiency. In 2002, VCP awarded SKF the distinction of being one of its most innovative suppliers.

Also in this edition is a profile of Heinz Bloch, a leading expert on machinery reliability. According to him, process plants can be either “repair-focused” or “reliability-focused,” and in the long term only the latter will survive. “Every repair event is an opportunity to upgrade,” Bloch says.

Bobcat (a subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand) is a worldwide market leader in compact construction and maintenance equipment. The Bobcat Compact Truck Loaders prove reliable in the tightest spaces and most punishing environments. With SKF Explorer class sealed spherical roller bearings, according to Bobcat, the truck loaders’ owners and operators can be confident they’ll get the job done.

Now an announcement.  A newly revised SKF General Catalogue is being released around April. The revision, the first in 13 years, will reflect the widened dimensions of SKF, presenting the different emphases that SKF has in activities and products such as reliability, services and mechatronics. The General Catalogue is a practical and useful guide for engineers.

I am also delighted to present to you a new beginning for evolution.skf.com, with new functions and a wealth of information to complement the print magazine. Included is a subscription to regular online newsletters, as well as further reading and contact information. Don’t delay: Log on today and subscribe to the free print magazine as well.

Please contact your nearest SKF office if you have any questions about SKF products and service solutions local contact details can be found at. I hope you enjoy reading Evolution, and I look forward to seeing you next edition, when our focus is on mechatronics.

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