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One cannot manage change. One can only be ahead of it.
Peter Drucker is famous as a management consultant, but his words ring true in the chemical industry. When industrial equipment is exposed to operating conditions like corrosion, mechanical damage, pressures and other forces, the equipment will change. Engineers put a lot of effort into anticipating these changes and designing for them. Even when the changes are expected, it is common for engineers to constantly monitor the changes so that they can be ahead of it and repair or replacement decisions can be made in a timely manner. In this entry, I want to talk a bit more about using the right information at the right time to make the right decision.
If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
In 1966, Abraham Maslow called this the “Law of the Hammer”. He observed that people will depend on tools or methods that are familiar before they make the effort to get new tools or learn new methods. I smile when I remember the number of times that I tried to use the wrong tools during a house renovation, before I broke down and got the right tools. Sometimes, using old tools in a new way can work. In this entry I am writing about some new methods for old tools.