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Many equipment assets = A preventive maintenance headache!
Let’s consider tips for preventive maintenance as a follow on to our prior post “7 Breakdown Maintenance Planning Tips With CMMS Software“. When you need to manage maintenance of a large number of equipment it can become difficult to create a good preventive maintenance plan. Reactive maintenance aka breakdown maintenance tends to dominate. Preventive maintenance gets delayed and sometime not done at all! Here are a seven tips to help improve preventive maintenance planning. Continue reading
Is a breakdown maintenance plan even possible?
How can one plan for breakdown maintenance which by its very nature is unpredictable? However, there are some things that you can do to make your maintenance team more effective in handling unplanned equipment breakdowns and other maintenance emergencies. Continue reading
Proactive Maintenance – What Does It Mean?
Proactive maintenance tries to identify and fix the root causes equipment failures. As part of your maintenance plan it can result in significant cost savings. It is different from reactive maintenance and preventive maintenance. Continue reading
A maintenance department is as good as its people
When it comes to hiring personnel, it’s not always easy. In fact, it can be quite challenging at times. The truth is that hiring a bad employee can cost you thousands of dollars and put your company’s reputation at risk. To help you get the best candidates for your maintenance department, here are the top five mistakes that occur when hiring. Continue reading
Some maintenance jobs can be costing more than you thought!
Maintenance managers usually look at maintenance data by equipment to identify equipment that is getting expensive to maintain. However, there are other ways to to slice your data and look for ways to reduce costs and improve effectiveness. Continue reading
What Is A Workflow?
A workflow consists of an orchestrated and repeatable pattern of business activity enabled by the systematic organization of resources into processes that transform materials, provide services, or process information. (source Wikipedia)
A well organized maintenance management system will have fairly typical workflows (see the graphic below). Continue reading
Most maintenance managers and planners are well aware of how CMMS software aka maintenance management software can improve maintenance operations and reduce expenses. However, it can be difficult to get buy in from senior management or business owners to purchase such software and put it to use. After all there are several other areas besides maintenance software where such capital expenditures can be made – nearly all of which can improve business operations. How does one justify putting limited budget dollars to get maintenance software versus spending it elsewhere?
E.I. DuPont de Nemours Co. (Delaware) reported that “The largest, single controllable expenditure in a plant is maintenance, and in many plants the maintenance budget exceeds annual net profit.” (1996)
Maintenance planners and maintenance managers are responsible for making sure that equipment and/ or facilities are properly maintained and function as needed. Keeping track of such maintenance can be a chore when there is a lot of equipment and/or facilities to maintain. Continue reading
Maintenance backlog refers to maintenance work that is overdue. It is usually measured in hours or days. It represents the total estimated time it would take to complete the pending maintenance work orders. As a facilities/ maintenance manager or maintenance planner this is something you need to keep an eye on and make sure that it does not go out of control.
Maintenance work orders can remain incomplete for a variety of reasons:
Time to think of preventive maintenance!
It is the start of a new year and time to get an idea of maintenance due for the coming months. You especially want to see if too much work is being clubbed in some weeks while nothing much is scheduled during other weeks. Low periods could also be time some of your maintenance technicians could take time off or go for additional training. Continue reading