Below, we will show you how to leverage
maintenance strategies to minimize the cost of running your facility.
The Japanese Way
Japanese invented the concept of lean production that reexamines the way
maintenance is done in a variety of operations. These practices include but are
not limited to:
- Justify the Maintenance – Maintenance should
be scheduled by need or perceived risk rather than aesthetics or because a
fancy salesman said it should be done. You should perform a detailed analysis
on the assets’ critically to validate the cost of maintenance.
- Build Long-Term Working Relationships –
No one can run a plant with just their workforce. You will need outside
help such as maintenance specialists, turnaround experts, and other
third-party contractors. Do your research and get someone who has
extensive experience in the field you need, along with engineers. They can
help develop a strategy to monitor production, justify the purchase of new
technology, design-out problems, and much more.
- Utilize Skills in the Workforce – Choose
to use tradesman that are trained in the best-practices in the use of your
equipment. They may cost more but will reduce maintenance costs in the
long run. You may train operators to perform basic procedures and
in-process condition inspections.
- Keep and Constantly Update Data on the
Plant – Many new technologies allow owners to view plant data at a glance.
Whether you use them or not, it is important to monitor on-condition
maintenance including interior inspections and charting process parameters.
You should also conduct controlled experiments to determine stable process
operation, as well as investigate all root causes to full details with an
- Continually Improve the Operation –
Resting on your laurels is not an option. Your goal should be to use asset
history to plan for and justify the expenses associated with improvements.
The general practice is to develop a two-year plan using the last eight
years of the plant’s history. You should also have mechanisms in place to
give feedback on operating experience to projects, an office seating
location, and formal meeting agenda items including the above.
Decrease the Request Response Time for
It is essential to promptly respond to
maintenance requests and prioritize asset service. You may use a coded system
that classifies maintenance task by priority. It is best not to use paper-based
systems because it may take a supervisor a while to get to them. An electronic
request is best so the maintenance task may be instantly read, assigned a
priority, and resolved as soon as possible. Your plant should also have floor
plans that are up to date on each facility so maintenance personnel know
exactly where to go and which piece of equipment to service.
Accuracy is critical in determining when and
how to assign maintenance. This includes having data ready such as:
- Machine vibration confirmed as below standard
including balance and transfer isolation.
- All shaft alignments to under a hair’s width.
- The assembly should be free of distortion,
pinched parts, and soft feet.
- Know when the manufacturer of your asset
recommends maintenance should be performed.
should have accurate data on the condition of the asset at all times including
oil, vibration, wear, fatigue/stresses, temperature, as well as the permissible
parameters for all of this. If performing a maintenance task to address an
issue with one of these, be sure it addresses the root cause of the issue.
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