Precision Maintenance May Be The Key To Unlocking Reliability
Why is it that some individuals perform a PM Routine and always find something and others don’t? And why is that when some individuals perform a rebuild or overhaul, the equipment struggles to start and return to steady state? The answer comes down to how detailed the individuals are during the maintenance activity. But how can this be overcome with such a wide range of individuals in the maintenance team? The answer is precision maintenance
As an Enterprise Maintenance Planner, you manage the backlog, provide a maintenance schedule, liaise with Maintenance and Operations, maintain excellent knowledge of the facility and its equipment, and find ways to optimize productivity. Phew! That’s no small to-do list.
Every day, you’re working hard to:
- Keep the backlog as low as possible
- Keep downtime to a minimum
- Manage an organized working schedule
- Successfully communicate updates to Operations and Maintenance
- Work towards many other tasks and goals too!
But that’s the big picture. On a weekly basis, what are you doing to ensure the right people […]
When was the last time you were involved with a regulatory body? I can remember a time when a millwright was involved in an incident in our maintenance shop. He was using a 20″-disc grinder when the piece of steel he was grinding got caught and pulled his hand into the grinding wheel. He was off for a quite a few weeks, but he did not sustain any long-term injuries.
Well the next day, the Ministry of […]
How to Translate an Assessment into an Action Plan
An assessment was performed and many opportunities identified, but it has been three months, and nothing has changed. Does this sound familiar? As discussed in a previous post, the goal of an assessment is to identify gap to best practices and provide the basis to develop a plan to move forward. However, many times an assessment is performed, the results put into a binder and put on the shelf (does this sound like your RCM initiative?).
Assessments are a key tool for driving sustainable improvements in you Maintenance, Reliability, or Asset Management program.
When you hear the work assessment or audit, does it send shivers down your spine? Do you envision a week or two of some “expert” digging through your data, processes, and performance, looking to get you in trouble for something you did or didn’t do?
While some audits may be to find issues or wrongdoing, most assessments should be viewed as a key activity to improving your […]
“Ensuring our Assets are managed in the most cost effective manner”
Proactive maintenance is key to successful organizations’ long-term strategies for managing costs and equipment. Using modeling, analyses and audits in conjunction with proactive maintenance measures can ensure smoother operations, resulting in less downtime and money saved.
Proactive maintenance is usually reserved for those organizations who have worked their way up from being reactive and fire fighting. […]
“If we don’t measure it, it does not really exist.”
I am not sure where the quote originated. Maybe it was derived from other very similar quotes that I have found through my research, but I did not create it and do not remember where I heard it and do not take credit for it. Nonetheless, it is a very true statement.
This article is the continuing efforts to uncover the ever-elusive gem called Asset Management. I did not choose the reference of a “gem” […]
Meeting all of the regulatory and compliance requirements
This article is the 4th in a series of articles. The series documents the continuing journey and quest for a guide to Manufacturing Excellence. The frame we are using to guide or lead us through this journey is the proprietary model called Plant Hexcellence™. As we were discussing in the last issue, the Processes Cell is used to visually map out the flow through a procedure or methodology. We also discussed the connection between the Processes cell and the Policy and Procedures cell.
Turning to the P&P […]
Plant Hexcellence™ – Processes
All of the cells are interrelated and that is what brings the Asset Management strategy full circle, but there are some facets that need to be discussed specifically and how they interrelate. We will be talking about Policy & Procedure in the next issue, but Processes have so much inter-dependency with that cell that it requires a brief discussion now. […]
Plant Hexcellence™ – Plant
In the previous article describing the Plant Hexcellence™ model, we started with people and just as we said that all change starts with the people, the purpose of that change revolves around the plant or assets themselves. Inherent with having a manufacturing company has a manufacturing site and equipment to create the widget or product you are selling. Without the plant, there is no need for the people or any change.
The Plant Cell encompasses more than just physical assets–it also includes the methods, risk evaluation and mitigation strategies you’ll employ […]