So if you are like many, you are struggling seeing how it could be possible that 68 percent of the failure modes in your site fall into the infant mortality curve. I would like to help you with a check list of things that you may be doing to drive infant mortality within your site.
- Do your crafts install bearings with a hammer and chisel?
- When your crafts do use a bearing heater do they like to use the ultra fast torch and rose bud method?
- Do your crafts open up your equipment just for a quick look while leaving the PdM tool cabinet closed?
- Is alignment tools an optional exercise?
- Do your crafts think that a v belt is tight when it sings like a banjo string?
- Do you filter your incoming oil for particles smaller then the drum bung hole?
- Do your crafts understand soft foot and know how to select the correct shims?
- Do your crafts know how to select the proper key stock?
- If your crafts believe that if a little grease is good then a lot has to be better.
- Do your purchasing groups check with maintenance and engineering before changing vendors, parts, or materials?
- Do you provide calibrated torque wrenches?
- Is training something that always gets cut when the budget gets tight?
- Do you have lubrication standards that cover type, amount, and interval?
- Do your operations folks have start up procedures?
- Does operations use them?
- And one of my personal favorites: Do your crafts remove filters so they will not clog?
Now I could go on but what I would like to do is hear from you all: What do you see that drives infant mortality as your predominate failure curve with in your facility?