The Ins and Outs of Maintenance

Managing planned downtime guide

Preventative maintenance is a popular maintenance strategy because it brings a lot of benefits while, at the same time, isn’t particularly hard or expensive to implement.

That being said, preventive maintenance does have its downsides.

One of the most cited objections is that implementing it means you will be doing excessive maintenance. In other words, your technicians will spend time inspecting and maintaining assets that might not (yet) require that level of attention.

If we dig a little deeper, we will see that this leads to a bigger issue. When you are doing preventive work on an asset, in a lot of cases, that asset needs to be shut down first.

As nobody wants to shut down an asset during peak production times or for a maintenance work that doesn’t have to be done yet, let’s see how you can develop a maintenance schedule that takes into account those challenges and minimizes planned downtime.

Facilities manager roles and responsibilities

As the fast-paced Fourth Industrial Revolution dawns, the effective maintenance and management of a facility are becoming increasingly important. Buildings are getting smarter, technology is getting more sophisticated, and this needs to be managed effectively to avoid business disruption and effectively leverage data insights. In fact, Navigant Research estimates that the smart building market will generate global revenue of USD$8.5 billion next year, up from $4.7 billion in 2016.  

This is where having a dedicated facilities manager comes in. Facilities manager are generally responsible for ensuring everything to do with the physical infrastructure of the business is running as it should, as well as identifying areas for greater efficiency and cost-saving.

Predictive maintenance guide
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3 main types of maintenance strategies (side-by-side comparison)
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Replacing old CMMS solution

Maintenance has been around ever since the first caveman got tired of building a new spear for every other hunt and thought to himself: “I bet there is something I can do to use this one for a longer period of time” (albeit less eloquently).

While those times are long past, one thing that enabled us to come up with advanced technological solutions is exactly this type of proactive thinking.  

As the technology evolved and we developed wireless networks, highly accurate sensors, and powerful software analytics, the stage was set for the maintenance world to start using advanced proactive maintenance techniques like condition based maintenance to monitor complex assets.

How CMMS boost Fixed Asset Turnover Ratio and RoFA

Whether it’s Kelloggs’ churning out corn flakes, Caterpillar building bulldozers, or Aunt Sadie crocheting dryer balls from yarn and selling them at the downtown farmers market, manufacturers of all sizes must invest in fixed assets to produce and distribute their finished goods.

Kelloggs’ buys machines that process raw corn to edible flake, box it and load it into trucks. Caterpillar mortgages robotic assemblers, assembly lines and warehouses. Aunt Cadie purchases a car – and maybe a loom?

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Guide to failure metrics

Asset performance metrics like MTTR, MTBF, and MTTF are essential for any organization with equipment-reliant operations. Only by tracking these critical KPIs can an enterprise maximize uptime and keep disruptions to a minimum.

Tracking the reliability of assets is one challenge that engineering and maintenance managers face on a daily basis. While failure metrics can be very useful in this context, to use them effectively, you need to know what meaning hides behind their acronyms, how to distinguish between them, how to calculate them, and what does that tell you about your assets.