February 19, 2020, 12:09 am

Maintenance Planning and Scheduling

Planning and Scheduling – Getting the basics right

Written by Gemma Ivers.   

As a trainer I’m sometimes surprised by the answers to two simple questions from skilled personnel from planning and scheduling departments attending Planning and Scheduling training.

The first being, “What is Planning?”.
And the second, “What is Scheduling?”.

In most cases people get the gist of the concept correct, but there are always a few who muddle or confuse the two concepts.

One reason could be that the difference in the two concepts has never been explained or because people do not see it as two separate concepts. Another reason for this could be where one person is responsible for both these functions without having a clear understanding of the boundaries of each. “It’s the planner’s job, right?”

Do not get me wrong, the planning and scheduling function could be performed by the same person, but only if they understand the differences in the processes and when they should be wearing which hat – planning or scheduling.

 

 

How to Prioritise Maintenance Work Orders?

Written by Sandy Dunn.   

 I have recently received a question from one of our newsletter subscribers.  He writes:

“Firstly, I want to say, I really enjoy reading your articles and enjoy building the knowledge that those articles bring.

My role has transitioned from maintenance supervisor to maintenance planner. In my new role, I have the responsibility of reducing the outstanding work orders in our CMMS whilst prioritising the new work orders being generated.

What are some guidelines I can use for prioritizing work orders to be able to do the correct work now? The old system relied on personnel entering their work orders into the system and prioritizing the WOs as they see fit. This is not realistic as everyone sees their WOs as [highest] priority.”

This is a great question, and one that this article will attempt to answer.

 

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)
 

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.

 

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.

 

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