February 18, 2020, 11:04 pm

Articles - Maintenance Management

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.

 

Continuous Improvement in Planning & Scheduling

Written by Sandy Dunn.   

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.

 

Writing a Good Work Instruction

Written by Lindsay Wright.   

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

Written by Sudarshan (Sid) Mandloi .   

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

Written by Lindsay Wright.   

 

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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