Solutions

SMRP Solutions is published bi-monthly (six times per year) by the Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals, exclusively for SMRP members. Solutions articles cover the topics in the SMRP Body of Knowledge. Each issue’s articles will focus specifically on one of the five pillars of the body of knowledge: business management, manufacturing process reliability, equipment reliability, organization and leadership, and work management, with one issue devoted to a current industry topic each year.

For more information about writing articles for Solutions, contact Randy Spoon at rspoon@smrp.org

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Author Guidelines
Upcoming Themes and Deadlines
Pillar Definitions and Suggested Topics

 

Upcoming Deadlines                                                                                                                                               

MONTH ISSUE DEADLINE FOR ARTICLES
January/February 2017 Manufacturing Process Reliability December 16, 2016
March/April 2017 Equipment Reliability February 10, 2017
May/June 2017 Organization and Leadership April 14, 2017
July/August 2017 Supporting Your Reliability Program June 16, 2017
September/October 2017 Work Management August 18, 2017
November/December 2017 Business Management October 20, 2017

 

Author Guidelines

Articles submitted to Solutions are evaluated on ten criteria:

1. Does the article contain commercial messaging (must be removed prior to publication)?
2. Does the article inform, instruct or entertain audience?
3. Does the article cover the basics: the five W's & how?
4. Does the article cover demonstrate timeliness and relevance?
5. Does the article show imagination and creativity?
6. Does the writing have unity, coherence, and emphasis? Does it have complete, clear and logically organized information?
7. Does the article demonstrate good editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation, typos, clarity?
8. Does the article have form/style appropriate to content/purpose?
9. Does the article cite authority and sources, if appropriate?
10. Does the article provide background and perspective?

Submission Requirements

Please submit your article, a biography form, a JPG photo of yourself, and a release form to Randy Spoon at rspoon@smrp.org.

References: Authors are asked to submit all references in Chicago Style endnotes.
Format: All articles must be submitted as Microsoft Word documents. Any images embedded in file should also be attached as .jpegs
Release With your initial article submission, all authors are required to provide a signed release form and a brief bio for publication.

Please note that SMRP does not accept articles that promote an individual or company, nor do we accept articles written in first person.

Pillar Definitions and Suggested Topics

Pillar #1 - Business Management

Articles in this issue should describe the skills used to translate an organization’s business goals into appropriate maintenance and reliability goals that support and contribute to the organization’s business results.

Subjects would include:
Creating strategic direction and plan
Selling programs and change to stakeholders
Creating measurement and performance evaluation systems
Managing risk
Business case preparation
Communicate to stakeholders
How to plan and budget resources
Maintenance/operations performance agreements & specifications

Examples of other topics that might fit into this track are:
Contract maintenance
Custodial maintenance
Maintenance management
Total productive maintenance
Autonomous maintenance
Benchmarking

Pillar #2 - Manufacturing Process Reliability

Articles in this issue should cover subject areas that relate maintenance and reliability activities as part of the quality assurance and improvement of the manufacturing process of the organization.

Subjects would include:
Maintain process and industry standards and specifications
Understand the manufacturing process
Manufacturing effectiveness techniques
Safety, health, and environmental issues
Manage effects of changes to processes and equipment

Examples of topics that might fit into this area also include:
Equipment replacement
Six Sigma programs
Quality management

Pillar #3 - Equipment Reliability

Articles in this issue should cover activities used to assess the current capabilities of equipment and processes in terms of their reliability, availability, maintainability, and criticality. This may include how to select and apply the most appropriate maintenance practices so the equipment and processes continue to deliver their intended capabilities in the safest and most cost-effective manner.

Subjects would include:
Determine equipment and process performance expectations from the business plan.
Establish current performance levels and analyze gaps.
Establish a maintenance strategy to ensure performance.
Cost-justify (budget) tactics selected for implementation.
Execute a maintenance strategy.
Review performance and adjust maintenance strategy.

Examples of topics that might fit into this area also include:
Applied technology preventive maintenance
Reliability-centered maintenance
Lubricant analysis
Vibration analysis
Infrared thermograph
Ultrasonics
Alignment
Balancing

Pillar #4 - Organization and Leadership

Articles in this issue should describe the processes for assuring that the maintenance and reliability staff is the most qualified and best assigned to achieve the maintenance and reliability organization’s goals.

Subjects would include:
Assess organizational competence and direction.
Develop the maintenance and reliability organization structure.
Develop the maintenance and reliability staff.
Communicate maintenance and reliability to the organization.

Examples of topics that might fit in this area are:
General communication
Writing
Speaking
The human side of maintenance
People development/training
Making presentations
Leadership
Influencing people
Handling conflict
Meeting management
Performance management

Pillar #5 - Work Management

Articles in this issue should focus on skills used to get the maintenance and reliability work done. These include scheduling and planning activities, quality assurance of maintenance activities, and stores and inventory management.

Subjects would include:
Comprehensive work identification.
Plant-wide formal prioritization system.
Effective work planning prior to scheduling.
Effective, cooperative work scheduling and backlog management.
Effective resource management (people, materials, financial).
Document work execution and update records / history.
Equipment history review and failure identification.
Effective performance measures and follow-up.
Capital project planning.
Effective use of information technologies (CMMS, etc).

Examples of topics that might fit into this area are:
Planning and scheduling
Materials management, including warehouse
Backlog management
CMMS improvements, implementations, or usage

July/August Issue - Supporting Your Reliability Program

Articles in this issue should focus on best practices employed by your reliability programs to keep your facility and team running smoothly.

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