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Maintenance Management Tips

cartoon maintenance contractorIf you are responsible for managing maintenance at a large facility or industrial plant you will be handling a lot of requests for maintenance work. Most will be for emergency or breakdown maintenance. Here the requester wants an immediate fix. Others will be for planned maintenance. Here the requester will want you to do maintenance that keeps equipment running in top condition. For example changing filters, oil changes, calibration and so on.

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What Is A Workflow?

setting up maintenance management workflowsA 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

reducing maintenance management costsFacilities & equipment maintenance management costs can be significant!

As a maintenance manager or supervisor you will frequently be under pressure to reduce the costs incurred by the maintenance department. Due to its impact on the bottom line senior management will also take interest.

A report by E.I. DuPont de Nemours Co. (Delaware) said that the largest, single controllable expenditure in a manufacturing plant is maintenance. Continue reading

The Hidden Costs Of Maintenance Parts Management

parts managementManaging maintenance parts and supplies can be quite a challenge. This become a lot bigger if you have many types of equipment. Each type will need it own unique set of parts and supplies for corrective and preventive maintenance on the equipment. Equipment spares can also be quite expensive and add significantly to the maintenance budget.
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Problem Equipment May Not Be Obvious

As an operations manager or maintenance manager you will regularly look for problem equipment. These cause frequent shutdowns or incur big maintenance costs. When you have hundreds of equipment it can be hard to do. For this equipment breakdown reports or similar asset maintenance reports from your maintenance management software will be helpful.

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Breakdown Maintenance Will Hurt You

The equipment and machines used for production are a manufacturing or industrial operation’s lifeblood. Equipment shutdowns means products not being made or delivered to customers. So it is important to keep them up and running. Waiting until a piece of equipment shows signs of trouble can seriously impact production. This in turn, impacts your bottom line.

To combat this, you should use planned preventive maintenance (also called “planned preventative maintenance”).  Continue reading

maintenance technician doing preventive maintenance on equipment

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.

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less breakdown maintenance means a happy maintenance supervisor!

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