Fixed and improved… better than new!

Picture of a broken piston and connecting rod ...

Why did it break down?

When faced with failures it is important to empower your maintenance and operator employees to look for opportunities for improvements. Only by constantly focusing on how one can get better one can improve and this is a focus point that can never be lost.

In manufacturing facilities it is always a core focus point to produce, so too often when a failure occurs the environment and ambiance around the failure instantly go into “get it running again as soon as possible” mode. Unfortunately, with this attitude, companies are losing a lot of improvement possibilities. When facing a failure it is wise to take a step back and understand what caused the failure (using for example the 5x why method). Once the failure has been properly documented and a clear understanding for the root cause of the failure has been established then it is possible to put in place measures to prevent it from happening again.

The measures for preventing re-occurring failures can be for example an improved PM/PdM activity, measuring something that will indicate the failure mode. It can be a revised operating procedure, improving the way to operate the process or machine. It can be a re-design of components, machine or process. This list can be extremely long… improvements can take on many forms.

The core message to take from this short Blog is that when faced with a failure and don’t take the time at that moment to improve you will always be struggling with the same failures over and over again.

Take some time now to save a lot more time later.


Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.

Hellisheiðarvirkjun one of Icelands most impressive Geothermal power plants

Hellisheiðarvirkjun one of Icelands most impressive Geothermal power plants

Another one of Albert Einstein’s quotes starts my blog, I probably won’t make this a habit but I thought I would try.

Learning is one of the cornerstones of progress. I have the great fortune to be a part of the Icelandic Maintenance Association. This February 27th to 2nd of March the association is having a Thermal Imaging seminar at this impressive power plant in Iceland, close to the capital of Reykjavik.

It is our hope that by having great people together, sharing knowledge and ideas, learning from yesterday and living today we have great hopes for tomorrow.

This is a great opportunity if you are interested to come to a great place and learn, for further information just contact The seminar will be thought by Jim Seffrin from Infraspection. The seminar will be based on ISO 18436-7, Level 1. The curriculum can be viewed through this link.

We hope to see you there. The Icelandic maintenance association.