Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 23-29: Why Lean fails so often, failure curves and P-F intervals, equipment and maintenance purchasing, more

Articles about why Lean fails so often, failure curves and P-F intervals, equipment and maintenance purchasing, natural gas production, and benchmarking were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, May 23-29. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.


Plant Engineering top 5 most read articles from May 23-29, covered why Lean fails so often, failure curves and P-F intervals, equipment and maintenance purchasing, natural gas production, and benchmarking. Link to each article below. 

1. Why Lean fails so often

When something fails more than 90% of the time, it is usually tossed to the curb. Lean implementations fail at least that often. Why do they fail so often, and why do companies keep trying? 

2. Failure curves and P-F intervals linked and explained

If the failure curves show the probability of defects introduced over time based on an individual failure mode, then the P-F shows the resistance to failure over time once the failure defect has occurred. 

3. Controlling the demands on equipment and maintenance purchasing

There is no "one size fits all" purchasing process for maintenance organizations—and for good reason. How your team may conduct supplier relations and what spare parts are purchased may well assist in contributing to your company's competitive advantage. 

4. U.S. continues to lead in natural gas production

For the fifth year in a row, the United States leads the world in the production of natural gas, and that lead is widening. 

5. Benchmarking 201: How to learn fast and leapfrog the competition 

One key best practice is benchmarking the function or process across different industries—especially companies in fast-moving markets and high competition. 

This list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, May 23-29, for articles published within the last two months. 

Erin Dunne, production coordinator, CFE Media,

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