November 16, 2018, 9:47 am

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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. 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

4 Traits of an Excellent Maintenance Team

Written by Glenn Whitfield.   

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

Written by Glenn Whitfield.   

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.

 

Maintenance Supervisors – Driving Safety, Effectiveness & Efficiency

Written by Scott Yates.   

Maintenance Supervisors are key players in the safe, effective and efficient execution of maintenance, but we see shortfalls in their performance in many organisations. In this article, we would like to explore in depth the role of these individuals as well as some practical tips on how they can fill this role effectively. Our intent is to help you identify and eliminate issues that may be causing high maintenance costs, low production or, worst of all, safety issues in your organisation.

 

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