A Basic Equipment Care Workshop (BEC) is a powerful event. It can literally transform people’s behaviors and way of thinking – turning skeptics into believers. BEC events usually consist of a cross-functional team whose goal is to improve the reliability of a specific piece of equipment. This is done by identifying and repairing defects, as well as designing and implementing improvements and countermeasures. In addition to reliability improvements, BEC events are great for establishing a “team-based” culture and strengthening operator ownership.
Often just by having all of the equipment Operators, Engineers and Maintenance personnel working together in a team environment, defects that cause unscheduled breakdowns or minor stoppages are identified and repaired. By eliminating possible causes for unscheduled breakdowns and minor stoppages there are monetary savings with improved equipment uptime, production output, product quality, SMED (Single Minute Exchange of Dies) improvements, and standardization of both operations and maintenance tasks.