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    Asset Lists-An Important First Step

    We have recently encountered a couple of clients that have capable CMMS systems, but do not have an accurate equipment list in them. This was caused by the rush to implement the system, and compounded by a lack of accurate information. One of the clients also had major new equipment recently installed and had not [...]

    Manual of Practice- Is It Worth the Effort?

    A Manual of Practice (MOP) is a document that details the strategies and tactics for getting work accomplished in a business. It is the collection of Standard Operating Procedures that provides details about the flow of work and who is involved. It should contain discussion about underlying philosophies and assumptions, strategies and tactics, flow charts, [...]

    Identifying Autonomous Maintenance Tasks

    We recently had the opportunity to participate in the commissioning of a new production line for a major food manufacturer. One of our tasks was to identify the Preventive Maintenance (PM) tasks that would be the starting point for all routine activities at start-up.
    We and the client recognized that creating PM tasks and frequencies was [...]

    Mike the Mechanic: Your Go To Guy?

    I have been in several food plants in the last several years that utilize the “line mechanic” approach to maintenance. What this typically means is that a mechanic is assigned exclusively to a production line and told to “make it run”.
    When I discuss this with plant managers the arguments in favor of this approach go [...]

    Will A New CMMS Solve Your Problems?

    Are you considering buying a new CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System) to help you “get organized”?
    I have some bad news for you. If you are not already “organized”, a new system will just help you do all the wrong things a lot faster. It can’t help you, in and of itself, do things better.
    A CMMS [...]

    Minor Stoppages-A Significant OEE Reducer?

    Minor stoppages are one of the most insidious reducers of OEE on the production floor. The main reason for this is that the people who know the most about them, operators, often consider them as “normal” operating conditions. Thus they are not discussed as problems when line performance is reviewed.
    Identifying these small events can be [...]

    Sanitation and Maintenance; Different Sides of the Same Coin

    Equipment sanitation and maintenance may appear to be very different functions, but when we think about their roles in the production picture, it is apparent that they should be managed in much the same way;
    1) They both require equipment downtime to accomplish the bulk of the work
    2) The tasks should be planned and scheduled well [...]

    Equipment Criticality- Why It Is Important

    Criticality Analysis is probably one of the least understood tools available to help manage maintenance efforts.
    Many people have suggested to me something like “since any of the equipment components of my line will shut the line down, they all must be critical!”. Sorry, not so!
    Criticality is a function of several different attributes and among those [...]

    Is Your Maintenance Effort Becoming More Proactive?

    The desire to move to a more proactive maintenance function, and away from a reactive one, is nearly universal. But how do you know if it’s really happening?
    Our experience is that the most objective measure to track is man-hours spent on proactive work as a percentage of the total man-hours worked by the group. 
    What is [...]

    Don’t Allow Service Levels To Suffer During Cost Cutting.

    Food manufacturing companies that intend to remain competitive understand that the most important factor is their ability to service customers. A lot of emphasis in recent years has been on cost cutting and doing more with less. Keep your efforts focused on this while at the same time building effectiveness.
    We often see service levels diminish [...]