November 14, 2018, 4:36 pm

Articles - Maintenance Management

Industry Lessons Learned in Maintenance Planning & Scheduling - Planning Pitfalls

Written by Jeff Stone.   

This is the third of our three articles on Maintenance Planning and Scheduling – are we learning the industry lessons? Out first article explored “The Big Picture’’ and examined challenges associate with the overall process, people and capability issues, master data and key performance indicators. Our second article delved into the challenges we observe with the scheduling process.

The other articles in this series are:  

In this final article in the series, we explore the planning process and five of the common improvement opportunities we observe within the planning process:

  1. Quality of the relationship with supply department
  2. Feedback on the quality of planned work
  3. Use of Corrective Task Lists/Standard Jobs
  4. Planner focussed on future work
  5. Stakeholder engagement
 

Industry Lessons Learned in Maintenance Planning & Scheduling - Scheduling Pitfalls

Written by Jeff Stone.   

In the first article in this series on Maintenance Planning and Scheduling, we explored some of the “Big Picture” issues associated with the Planning and Scheduling process, people and capability to support the process, master data and KPIs.

The other articles in this series are:  

In this second article in our series, we will dive a little deeper and explore in more depth, five of the common issues that affect the Scheduling process, namely:

  1. Rework due to unplanned work being passed to Scheduler
  2. Capacity Management
  3. Priority of work
  4. Scheduler becomes a slave to the system
  5. KPI’s Driving wrong behaviour
 

Industry Lessons Learned in Maintenance Planning & Scheduling - “The Big Picture”

Written by Jeff Stone.   

Most organisations that carry out equipment maintenance have some sort of Planning and Scheduling process in place, ranging from a basic manual card system to an advanced Computerised Maintenance Management System such as SAP, Pronto or Maximo.

This is the first in a series of 3 articles, where we will explore the “Big Picture” systemic issues associated with the overall maintenance Planning and Scheduling process. The other articles in this series are: 

  • Industry Lessons Learned in Maintenance Planning & Scheduling - “ The Big Picture” (this article)
  • Industry Lessons Learned in Maintenance Planning & Scheduling - Scheduling Pitfalls (to come)
  • Industry Lessons Learned in Maintenance Planning & Scheduling - Planning Pitfalls (to come)
 

5 Tips for a Better Asset Register

Written by Sandy Dunn.   

An organisation’s asset register is the foundation on which its Asset Information systems are built.  Dodgy foundations mean a rickety building.  Here are 5 tips to make sure your Asset Register is rock solid. 

 

4 Tips for Maintenance Productivity Improvement

Written by Kendra Baxter.   

In this short video we give 4 practical tips that can help you to improve the productivity of your maintenance function.

 

 

 

 

Maintenance Planning and Scheduling - An Overview

Written by Scott Yates.   

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

Written by Sandy Dunn.   

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.

 

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