Maintenance Management

Maintenance Management

Silent Assumptions of Bearing Reliability

There are several important silent assumptions of bearing reliability. However, before I address these assumptions, some even more basic assumptions and statements of fact must be established. While it might be a bit of a leap, I’m going to assume that the bearing is well-designed, well-manufactured, properly handled and stored, and finally, correctly selected for the intended application. With that said, we’re now ready to talk about those silent assumptions that are in the maintenance function’s domain.

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Maintenance Management

Smurfit-Stone Pursues Profitable Path with Fernandina Maintenance Program

Making money, not tons, has become the mantra of the pulp and paper industry in recent years. Consolidation moves in the sector have resulted in more effective management of inventories and supply, but the cyclical tendencies of the business remain. On top of that, the market is now a global one rather than being split up into regions. Managers today have to live up to the challenge of reducing costs to remain competitive in this global market. Mills face the real possibility of closure if manufacturing costs are no longer competitive in the global market economy. Future success will be achieved only by driving down costs and improving operating efficiencies. 

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Maintenance Management

Maintenance Management – The Planned State

The maintenance department is one of the greatest levers of profitability that any capital intensive organisation has. An average of 40 – 50% of a capital intensive industries operating budget is consumed by maintenance expenditure. During the past twenty years the advances in technology available to the maintenance department to manage its processes has delivered the situation where it is within the reach of all maintenance operations to achieve a world class level of maintenance delivery.

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Proactive Approach to Shutdowns Reduces Potlatch Maintenance Costs

Effective shutdown management is critical to the operation of mills, for without well-planned and executed shutdowns, equipment reliability suffers, and the mill pays the price in poor quality and lost production. Becoming proficient at managing shutdowns is a way to reduce overall downtime costs so that shutdowns themselves do not consume the savings they are capable of generating.

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Wrench Time

Industry experts have for many years pointed to the low productivity levels in maintenance departments of most companies around the world. They cite anywhere from 30% to 50% as an average for “wrench time,” the productive time technicians spend actually repairing or replacing equipment, as opposed to walking to the job, receiving instructions, waiting for parts and other productive or non-productive activities. Do you know the average wrench time for your maintenance department and how it compares to others within and outside your industry?

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Maintenance Management

An Introduction to the Maintenance Scorecard

The Maintenance Scorecard is the first book to seriously tackle the issue of aligning asset management with other areas of corporate activity. This is a particularly relevant topic given the growing importance of the area as a source of strategic advantages and as a centre for risk management.

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A Framework for Achieving Best Practice in Maintenance

This paper outlines the key factors that you should consider when establishing a Maintenance Change program in your organization. In doing so, it provides a framework which you can apply to increase the chances of success in your change efforts. The paper draws heavily on Price Waterhouse experience in implementing Maintenance change at many major organizations throughout WA, as well as our international experience in implementing change as articulated in our book “Better Change.”

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