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A backlog of work orders is actually healthy for an organization. This backlog allows us time to plan and schedule corrective action. Typically a 4 to 8 week backlog is desirable. Some sources identify 5 weeks as ideal. This does not include any backlogged PMs. Equipment reliability can be enhanced by strong process development for backlog management.
Equipment Reliability Process Development
We can no longer compete in a global market on price alone. How can we battle $3-a-day labor? Ingenuity and efficiency are the keys to our success.
Maintenance Innovators, Inc. is ready to help you succeed in the arena of equipment reliability process development.
Capital money is lean and we are forced to consider how to make our equipment last a little longer.
Let our unique and customized programs work in your organizations. We can help to move you from the status quo to the vision you have.
Maintenance Innovators specializes in world class processes for:
- Preventive Maintenance
- Predictive Maintenance
- Lean Manufacturing
- Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
- Overall Equipment Reliability
- Storeroom Management
- Project Management
- Environmental Management
- Process Safety Management (PSM)
Frequently Asked Questions
If you really thought about it, by documenting a process, we are ensuring that the work will be accomplished in the same, and presumably correct, manner each and every time. Documenting a process allows us to use that documentation as the training aide and the auditing guide for future use. There is no value to having a process that is not documented. If that is the situation, it is likely that someone has given the excuse, “I don’t know, that’s just the way we’ve always done it around here.”
Processes are the documentation of the ‘way’ we do something. Consider the very natural task of making a sandwich. Have you ever had someone make a sandwich for you and you’ve given instructions on how you’d like it to be made? Processes guide us to a consistent, acceptable outcome, each time.
There are roughly 10 major maintenance workflows, and 32 storeroom workflows that are used as templates when creating an organization’s processes. There are high leverage, or world-class elements that need to be woven into a company’s customized processes.
Absolutely. This is a cornerstone of our work, and the start of exceptional maintenance and reliability practices. Without the processes as guides for what we do, how would we know what the next step should be?
Interestingly, the process guides themselves become the audit material. Metrics and measures are developed to let you know where you are along the continuum of improvement, but the guide tells you if you’re on the right path.
Everything we do is a process, and if that is the case (and it is) then everything can be mapped out as a workflow. As a result, we have the individual ‘blocks’ of activity that can each be measured and evaluated as to whether or not the task is being executed properly. Metrics and KPIs are generated in parallel to the processes.
The result of a successful root cause analysis study is generally a ‘process’ centric result. Either there wasn’t a process step to guide the person doing the task, or the process was vague, or the process was completely ignored. Processes must be created to ‘look good on paper’ first, and then trained to, and audited to as well. A great process not followed has the same effect as having no process at all.
Working with you to build exceptional maintenance and reliability processes that deliver productivity gains and safety improvements!
Creating high performing storerooms that have the right part, at the right time, and in the right quantity!
An Inspection Type PMs is Intrinsically a Non-Value Added Activity
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