Robert J. Latino, CEO, RCI
Maintenance Resources.com – Focus on Reliability, May 2001
In a world of complexities, we are sometimes so immersed in the daily grind that we cannot see the big picture. This becomes prophetic when this generalized concept applies to every aspect of our being. Whether we are stuck in a daily routine at home, or just trying to keep the plant running at our jobs, the systems at work are the same. Only when we understand how these systems affect our ability to function in life, can we make progress.
Imagine a world without problems, failures or undesirable events. Everything went along as intended and the outcomes were always as expected. The progress made in this world would be unfathomable, as we would experience no setbacks. Is this world possible? It depends on how you perceive your role in the world.
Do we think that maintenance workers believe that failure is inevitable? Absolutely, if they maintain any sense of job security! If we take the stance that failure is inevitable, then we relegate ourselves to the fact that the best we can do is predict such occurrences earlier. This means that we can use our predictive technologies to pick up on signals (i.e.- excessive vibration, temperature swings, eddy currents, etc.) of impending failure. If that is what we imagine, then that is the way that it will be.