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What is Preventive Maintenance Optimisation (PMO)?

Monday, 31 October 2016 10:07

In a previous article, we discussed the key elements of the Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) process.  In this article we give a brief summary of the key elements of its close relation, Preventive Maintenance Optimisation (PMO).

 

What is Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM)?

Friday, 21 October 2016 15:46

Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) is a very powerful methodology which, when properly applied, can drive significant improvements in equipment reliability and plant performance while, at the same time, making sure that the money being spent on Predictive and Preventive maintenance programs is optimised.

 

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.

 

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