A Planner’s Tool Kit

A Planner’s Tool Kit

Torbjörn Idhammar, IDCON INC


About 25% of a Planner’s time should be spent in the field, assessing and “scoping” maintenance work.

To make this time as useful as possible, a good “planner’s tool kit” is essential.

A good planner’s tool kit should contain the following items, all in convenient package, such as a light-weight tool belt. Or we like a safety vest with lots of pockets.

And, of course, all the required personal safety equipment and a cell phone or pager. As Maintenance’s “information managers”, planners should be easy to contact.

And in the office, each planner must have a good computer, no more than a couple of years old, with a printer and access to a scanner.

Other useful tools for occasional field inspections are a very bright light (a portable spotlight of at least 1 million cp) and a pair of binoculars.


Torbjörn Idhammar

Torbjörn Idhammar is the president and CEO of IDCON INC a Reliability and Maintenance Management Consulting Firm. Tor’s responsibilities include training IDCON consultants, product development, sales, and marketing. He gives advice to IDCON’s multi-site and international clients to ensure outcomes and deliverables are met.



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