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Maintenance Planning and Scheduling - An Overview

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 09:06

Does your organisation struggle to achieve its maintenance safety and cost targets? Maybe you have problems with early life equipment failure. If so, the issue may be with your maintenance work management processes. This 10 minute video provides a brief introduction to a good practice framework for delivering safe, efficient and effective maintenance and is a must-see for anybody struggling with maintenance performance issues. It goes beyond maintenance planning and scheduling to cover the full work management cycle.

 

Measuring Maintenance Productivity

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 08:58

It is said that if you cannot measure something, then you cannot manage it (or improve it).  If that is the case, then how would we measure the productivity of our Maintenance Departments (or our maintainers)?  

For organisations in many asset-intensive industries, maintenance costs can be a significant proportion of total operating costs (perhaps as high as 50% of total costs in some parts of the mining industry).  In addition, maintenance can have a significant impact on other aspects of organisational performance, such as safety, environmental and production performance.  It is, therefore, highly important that maintenance operates in as productive a manner as possible.

In this article, we will reveal that measuring Maintenance Productivity is not a simple matter, and there is no single measure that can easily be applied.  Nevertheless, we will give you some guidelines and tips which will help you to assess, and improve, the productivity of your maintenance function.

 

Continuous Improvement in Planning & Scheduling

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 11:59

In previous articles we have:

However, regardless of how good (or bad!) your Maintenance Planning and Scheduling processes are, if you want to make them more efficient and effective, you will need to implement an effective process for continuously improving them.

 

Linking Asset Management & Quality – ISO 55000 & ISO 9000 Synergies

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 11:22

There is growing acceptance that the organisational benefits of formal asset management and quality management systems are real and significant, but there are also many concerns about the very real and significant cost associated with establishing and maintaining such systems. This is particularly true where the demanding requirements of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) are being followed, such as ISO 9001 for Quality Management Systems and ISO 55001 for Asset Management Systems. Fortunately, ISO is aware of this and is actively working to reduce the compliance burden associated with its management system standards. With the recent release of ISO 9001:2015, we undertook a review to understand the synergies that exist between this and ISO 55001:2014 and how they might be exploited to reduce costs and increase benefits associated with compliant systems.

 

Writing a Good Work Instruction

Monday, 05 September 2016 13:18

Have you ever thought about what makes a good work instruction or how a good work instruction improves work effectiveness?

Work Instructions are “where the rubber hits the road”. Good work instructions put all the work of developing maintenance strategies and tactics, planning and scheduling into action.

Objectives for work instructions should be to ensure the tasks are done safely, effectively and efficiently with a high level of quality and repeatability.

 

Coaching – the Secret to Maintenance Planning and Scheduling Implementation

Monday, 29 August 2016 15:19

The planning and scheduling function is the heart and soul of the maintenance work management system. It is one of the fastest and most effective investments an organisation can make to improve productivity of its maintenance teams resulting in improved asset availability. Many organisations have documented processes and highly integrated Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) but still have poor performance in areas of maintenance work management, especially planning and scheduling. What makes an organisation’s work management system efficient and effective is the competence of its people.

 

Maintenance Budgeting – Real World Challenges

Monday, 22 August 2016 11:44

 

Ever had trouble justifying your maintenance budget to your accountants?  Is it difficult to explain condition based maintenance and why it is better not to know when maintenance will actually occur? Then this is the article for you. We explore the challenges of maintenance budgeting in the real world, discuss how principles such as zero-based budgeting and activity based costing apply and give some tips on how to justify good maintenance practice to accountants.

 

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