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The Secret Weapon: Job Kitting

How to Improve Your Storeroom and Technician Efficiency With Job Kitting

Job kitting is a tremendously powerful tool for organizations to improve their efficiency. The efficiency gains come from a reduction in the amount of time the technicians spend waiting at the storeroom, looking for parts and travel time resulting from multiple trips to the storeroom. The storeroom also has efficiency gains, such as fewer trips around the storeroom, as they have a complete list […]
By |2019-04-19T15:49:15-04:00February 4th, 2019|Basic Spare Parts Management, Roles & Responsibilities, Spare Parts Management, Standard Work, Teamwork, Work Management, Work Planning|Comments Off on The Secret Weapon: Job Kitting

What is Precision Maintenance?

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

What […]

By |2019-04-19T15:49:24-04:00December 11th, 2017|Equipment Strategy, Work Planning|Comments Off on What is Precision Maintenance?

Hey, Maintenance Planner! Do You Know What to Report on in Weekly Meetings?

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:

  1. Keep the backlog as low as possible
  2. Keep downtime to a minimum
  3. Manage an organized working schedule
  4. Successfully communicate updates to Operations and Maintenance
  5. 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 […]

By |2019-04-19T15:49:24-04:00December 4th, 2017|Work Management, Work Planning, Work Scheduling|3 Comments

How to Deliver Sustainable Gains in Maintenance Planning

Utilizing the PDCA Methodology in Work Planning

It is well known that maintenance planning & scheduling can deliver significant improvements in the efficiency and effectiveness of the maintenance department.  Maintenance planning & scheduling seems simple enough, plan the work and schedule it to be done at the most opportune time.   However, why is it that organization seem to struggle with realizing the benefits of maintenance planning & scheduling?  In my experience, I have seen organizations that focus on the scheduling portion of work management, while not fully […]

By |2019-04-19T15:49:35-04:00June 12th, 2017|Work Management, Work Planning|Comments Off on How to Deliver Sustainable Gains in Maintenance Planning

Using Simplified Technical English to Write Effective Maintenance Procedures

Reduce the Variability in Your Work Routines and Procedures

Based on our understanding of the six failure patterns, we can see that there is a large probability of failure when the equipment is first installed and started up.   One of the Englisch causes of this increase in probability is the fact that the equipment was not installed or maintained correctly.  This may be due to the installer or maintainer not using or following procedures.  Having procedures is the first step to reducing these failures, but the procedures must be written in a clear, […]

By |2019-04-19T15:49:41-04:00March 20th, 2017|Adherence to Standards, Capability, Capability, Knowledge, People, Knowledge Management, Organizational Management, Performance Management, Standard Work, Work Instructions, Work Management, Work Planning, Work Quality|Comments Off on Using Simplified Technical English to Write Effective Maintenance Procedures