Autonomous Maintenance: Make it Visual

 

Visual controls are a great way to promote autonomous maintenance practices - an essential element ofTotal Productive Maintenance (TPM).

If you haven't done this already consider marking site-windows and pressure gauges so that the optimum operating range is clearly defined. This should 

be done in a way so that even an untrained operator can easily identify the gauge and determine if it is operating within the optimal ranges.

Valves should be marked “normal open” or “normal closed” clearly identifying the position of the valves under normal operating conditions

 

Control panels should be labeled so that all knobs, buttons and switches are well defined.

By clearly marking the critical controls, gauges, and valves on our equipment it makes it easier for the equipment operators to inspect these controls daily. If you can establish a culture of operator care and foster the essential frontline equipment ownership, your will significantly improve equipment reliability.

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