Maintenance Scheduling: A good early step in the journey to World Class maintenance

 

Scheduling maintenance work will yield fast improvements in maintenance productivity. This is achieved by eliminating/reducing several issues that damage productivity in any reactive maintenance organization. Some things required for improvement include:

· Ownership of the schedule by either maintenance or operations
· Equipment locked out and ready for maintenance
· All needed materials available
· Weekly scheduling/Multi week scheduling
· Daily scheduling

Some improvement will be seen regardless of the quality or accuracy of the plan estimates.

How to get started:

The Storeroom Road Map: Final Thoughts

We covered a lot of ground in 2015; here’s a recap:

Process

Practice

Organization

KPI

Foundation-Effective

New Item Set-Up

 

Defined Space

 
 

Order Parts

 

Physical Organization

 
 

Receiving

 

Security

 
 

Issuing

     
         

Intermediate-Effective

Growing Your Efficient Storeroom: From Intermediate to Advanced Part II

GROWING YOUR EFFICIENT STOREROOM

From Intermediate to Advanced

Here we are, at the completion of the Storeroom Roadmap.  This month we’ll finish discussing those practices (yellow blocks) that make our storeroom efficient at an advanced level.  As a preview to next month’s blog, our last in this year long series, I’ll provide some final thoughts and suggestions to round out our study and understanding of the journey we’ve taken.

The practices that comprise the last element of our efforts really do seem to belong in the advanced stages of a very mature organization.  It’s in this very section of the map that we hone our fiscal sense and come to understand and provide tools to meet the budgetary constraints through the monthly budget and the measure of stores issues vs. budget.

As a very planned and programmed practice to exercise in our fiscal efforts, strategic sourcing and VMI/Consignment are necessary at this advanced level of execution.

And finally, the technical library will be discussed, in a way that hopefully conveys its importance well beyond a repository for information.

 

Figure 1:  Advanced-Efficient

   

Growing Your Efficient Storeroom: From Intermediate to Advanced

It’s time to move into the last section of the Storeroom Roadmap.  We’ve spent the first nine months of this year building our processes and practices to move from effective to efficient, working the entire time to develop a world class operation.  Finally, we’ve arrived at the last turn on our journey.

This month we’ll discuss the two processes (in blue) that are part of the Advanced-Efficient stage of a storeroom.  The work we’ve accomplished up to this point was  meant to increase the storeroom’s service, and make using it  more convenient.  As in Operations or Maintenance, problems will arise from time to time,, and must be identified and eliminated through Root Cause Analysis (RCA)   Also, this month, in an effort to sharpen the convenient service of the storeroom, we’ll discuss  the delivery of MRO spare parts. 

Figure 1:  Advanced-Efficient 

Root Cause Analysis (RCA) isn’t solely a storeroom tool, nor is it only meant to provide an understanding of just total failures.  Root Cause Analysis is meant to be used when anything is trending unfavorably, or when any unfavorable situation has occurred.

Training Snapshot: Achieving Total Process Reliability through TPM

If you have ever you wanted to peak under the hood of Marshall Institute training content now’s your chance. I will be revealing content from our industrial maintenance and reliability public seminars in this Training Snapshot series.  This is my third post in the series. In addition to this post I suggest you take a look at the two posts I have shared on:

In this post we are looking into our Achieving Total Process Reliability through TPM seminar.  Marshall Institute was forged in the crucible of Preventive Maintenance and TPM theory and practice. This subject is core to our company and culture and the seminar is our flagship course. The content below is taken from the first of eight sections.  In section 1 we introduce the basics of Total Productive Maintenance (aka TPM). From this section I will share what TPM is, and just as important, what it’s not, followed by the key 5 TPM activities and goals.  I wrap up the snapshot with the 5 philosophies and the 3 principles. Enjoy.

 

The Road to Reliability

The Road To Reliability

 

TPM/TPR is…

A partnership between maintenance, operations, and engineering (and others) for…

Growing Your Efficient Storeroom: From foundational to intermediate: Part IV

 

Last month, we spent time discussing the Tactical Processes, those items identified in blue blocks:

·        Parts Standardization
·        BOMs
·        Requisition of Material
·        Receiving Purchased Items from Stores
·        Obsolescence
·        Repair or Replace

To round out the Intermediate – Efficient storeroom discussion, this month we are going to review the Last Used Report, and the Optimize Physical Layout idea.  These blocks are grey and salmon colored, respectively.

 

Intermediate Efficient

Figure 1:  Intermediate-Efficient 

The Last Used Report is identified on this road map as a Key Performance Indicator.  It’s a listing of the components in the storeroom that have exceeded some criteria for issue frequency.  It is often this report that is the first and only evidence that the storeroom has, to indicate a part, or parts, are potential candidates for obsolescence.

It’s recommended that components are evaluated quarterly to determine if they are candidates for obsolescence.  This audit is commissioned by the Stores Stock Committee and many plant agencies own various aspects of this study.

Growing Your Efficient Storeroom: Part III

From foundational to intermediate: Part III

Last month, we spent time discussing the remaining Strategic Practices: those remaining items identified in yellow blocks:

  • Special Tools
  • Safety Items
  • Materials Scrap
  • Disposal of Scrap
  • Salvage Value

For August, we are going to discuss the Tactical Processes: those items identified in blue blocks:

  • Parts Standardization
  • BOMs
  • Requisition of Material
  • Receiving Purchased Items from Stores
  • Obsolescence
  • Repair or Replace
     

 

Figure 1:  Intermediate-Efficient

 

Training Snapshot: Maximizing Asset Reliability through Preventive Maintenance

If you have ever wanted to peek under the hood of Marshall Institute’s training content, now is your chance. I will be revealing content from our maintenance and reliability public seminars in this Training Snapshot series.  This is the second post in the series. The first post provided a snapshot of our Materials Management for Maintenance seminar.

In this post, we are looking into our Maximizing Asset Reliability through Preventive Maintenance seminar.  The content below is taken from the first of seven sections. In this section, we are covering the definitions of preventive maintenance, corrective maintenance, and the typical problems with PMs Today.  We wrap up this snapshot with seven questions for YOU to think about. Your answers will be illuminating and the process of collecting this data will be powerful. Enjoy this snapshot. 

Marshall Institute Training Center

 

Preventive Maintenance (PM)

Preventive Maintenance can be defined as any activity that…

Hank Bardel: 1945 - 2015

It is with sadness in our hearts to share the news that our friend and colleague, Hank Bardel, passed away on Wednesday, August 5. 

Because Hank was such a big part of Marshall Institute, we felt it appropriate that Hank’s family asked our CEO, Dale Blann, to share some thoughts about Hank at his memorial service.  Following is an excerpt from Dale’s tribute to Hank: 

Marshall Institute has lost a part of who it is—Hank was the perfect embodiment of all those qualities and virtues we have always wanted Marshall Institute instructors and consultants to project to the world. 

We all learned a lot from Hank.  What we learned from Hank made it possible for many of us to know what we were supposed to be doing.  It was Hank’s simple coaching, and the example he set, that showed the rest of us how it could be done.

It was an understatement to say that Hank could tell a story—for all I know, some of them may have been true.  But it wasn’t really the truth of the story that mattered—it was the message.  I’m pretty sure that for almost every learning point he taught in his classes—Hank had a story associated with it, by which, he could make the point more relevant, more memorable—and more often than not, funny.

Training Snapshot: Materials Management for Maintenance


If you have ever you wanted to peak under the hood of Marshall Institute training content now’s your chance. I will be revealing content from our maintenance and reliability public seminars in this Training Snapshot series.  This post checks out a snippet of our Materials Management for Maintenance seminar training manual.  We join the seminar in the early stages where we discuss the current state of a typical storeroom, and conversly, the outcomes of a World Class MRO operation.  

Marshall Institute Training Center

Growing your Efficient Storeroom

 

From foundational to intermediate: Part II

 

Last month, we spent time discussing some of the Strategic Practices, those items identified in yellow blocks on our road map:

·         Critical Spares Evaluation

·         ROP/EOQ, MIN-MAX, OOR

·         Problem Solving

·         Open Stock

·         Lighting Survey

Recognized Leader in Reliability Training


 

 

Marshall Institute has been recognized by SMRP (the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals) as a leading provider of reliability and physical asset management education and training.  Marshall Institute received exclusive tier 5 recognition through the Approved Provider Education program due to high quality training that aligns with SMRP’s body of knowledge (BoK). The following courses have been approved:

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Growing Your Efficient Storeroom

From foundational to intermediate

By far, the largest of the six divisions of a world class storeroom is the Intermediate-Efficient section.  Within this section, we begin to sharpen our processes and practices and create the activities that really enhance our entire storeroom operation.

 

Due to the enormity of the Intermediate-Efficient section, we are going to divide it up into 4 blogs for discussion.

 

Maintenance & Reliability Management Diploma: Graduation Announcement

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The Office of Professional Development at North Carolina State University is pleased to announce that the following people have successfully completed the requirements for the Advanced Diploma in Maintenance and Reliability Management (MRM):
 
  • Kevin Cavanaugh, Cheniere, Cameron, LA
  • Silviu Diaconu, Tembec Kapuskasing, Kapuskasing, Canada
  • Jeremiah Evans, GKN Driveline, Newton, NC
  • David Farmer, SPX Transformer Solutions, Goldsboro, NC
  • Kenny Hager, GKN Driveline, Newton, NC

Making Our Effective Storeroom Efficient

The Foundational Steps Necessary to Move from Effective to Efficient

The role of the Stores Stock Committee becomes intrinsically clearer as this oversight body helps to guide the storeroom organization from effective to efficient.  Much of the detail in last month’s blog concerning the formation, training, and chartering of this leadership group was intended to set the course for future growth.  Up until this point, those processes and procedures established in the effective foundational, and intermediate levels are those commonly practiced by a majority of today’s storerooms.  Going forward, discussions will center on elevating our game to another level.

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