The Magic Formula:
Determine your plant's maintenance labour capacity
Terry Wireman provides a simple formula that lets the planner/scheduler accurately project the hours of maintenance activities that can be realistically expected to be completed during a weekly schedule period.
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Get It Done:
How to properly plan a work order
Not all work is created equal. Whether you need a simple or complex work-order plan for any given task depends on certain key criteria. Terry Wireman discusses how to begin the planning process. Read the full column...
7 simple steps to achieve energy savings
Where does a company begin to create an energy efficiency strategy? It should start with a program that includes objectives of reducing energy consumption while increasing energy efficiency. From identifying energy-intensive assets to developing PM and PdM programs, Terry says what needs to be on your checklist. For the complete list, click here.
Enabling maintenance planning and scheduling
Maintenance planning and scheduling initiatives start with a work order system, which must be used effectively so that all maintenance activities are captured in the system. But what level of detail is required? Terry Wireman discusses how to properly set up a work order system. Read the full column...
The Business Impact of Planning and Scheduling
Many organizations never calculate the true cost benefit for planning and scheduling maintenance work activities. Terry Wireman examines the labour, material and equipment-capacity savings that can be achieved with good planning and scheduling. More...
How to develop efficient MRO inventory purchasing habits
What are the steps necessary to develop a financially balanced MRO inventory and purchasing function that can support maintenance planning and scheduling? Wireman addresses location, stocking policy, tracking methods and determining safety-stock levels. More...
Inventory and Purchasing:
When it comes to inventory, don't be shortsighted
The maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) inventory and purchasing system is critical in moving to a cost-effective planning and scheduling environment. Terry Wireman examines the consequences between stock too little or too much inventory — and the importance of striking the right balance. More...
The key to beginning a maintenance strategy
Preventive maintenance (PM) is the foundation of every maintenance strategy — yet organizations continually skip taking a disciplined approach to developing a PM program. If the PM program is being developed or changed for existing equipment, the following five steps should be followed.
Proactive or Reactive Maintenance:
Does it Really Matter?
Most managers will fail to take into consideration the true cost of reactive maintenance. On one side, there is the cost of proactive maintenance, which is usually easy to calculate. On the other side is the cost of reactive maintenance, which is not always known or as easy to calculate. How to avoid the consequences of unplanned, reactive maintenance.
Beginning a Maintenance Strategy:
There are many organizations that reduced the size of their maintenance organization and focused strictly on a ''fix-it-when-it-breaks'' strategy during the recession. Now, as the recession is starting to ease, companies are beginning to review their maintenance organizations and are focusing on implementing a proactive approach to equipment/asset management. Read how to move from reactive to proactive maintenance.
Avoid breakdowns with proper lubrication
Terry discusses why the responsibility for lubrication activities is delegated to the ''new person,'' and how to avoid costly machinery breakdowns. To find out how, click here.
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