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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.

 

4 Traits of an Excellent Maintenance Team

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 11:25

We often hear companies say that people are their best asset.  Those same companies have often invested a significant amount of resources in their maintenance information systems.  Yet many of those companies are not seeing the desired results in terms of production, cost, availability and reliability.  Why is it that the sum of good people and good systems does not always produce good performance?

 

10 Foundations of Work Management

Tuesday, 09 August 2016 15:24

Work Management sits at the heart of any good asset management system.  If it is not functioning correctly then the other systems that interface with it will not work efficiently either.  There are foundational aspects of work management that you must get right.  They are universal and they are critical to your ability to improve.

 

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