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Planning and Scheduling

Increase your workforce by 35% without hiring anyone

The importance of planning and scheduling

Getting planning & scheduling in place – and working well – is a critical step in fighting your reactive work environment. It increases your maintenance productivity. And gets you ready for your next step on your journey to higher plant reliability. 

The typical industry productivity or wrench time is somewhere around 30%. With proper maintenance planning and scheduling, you can drive this up to 45%. The ‘Best of the Best’ achieve productivity levels up to 60%, but don’t aim for that just yet.

Problems with maintenance productivity?

Do you know your wrench time or how to improve it? Do you have any idea how much improving your maintenance productivity could be worth to you organization? Want to know how to implement planning & scheduling successfully?

How Maintenance Planning & Scheduling Works - 3:26 min

The productivity of most maintenance teams is simply terrible

PLANNING reduces delays during jobs SCHEDULING reduces delays BETWEEN jobs
Increase your maintenance workforce by 35% without hiring anyone

Maintenance Planners must never work in the current week.

Your CEO should like planning & scheduling in fact, he should love it.

Your maintenance supervisor must be
Mr Quality + Mr Safety

Your maintenance productivity is
lower than you think

In the 1980s DuPont commissioned the largest benchmarking study of maintenance and reliability practice over done. It covered 3,500 sites across North America, Europe and Japan. It was so extensive that it’s still referred to today.

The study showed that the top 5% of these companies – the “Best of the Best” – do the basics very well. And those basics included Planning and Scheduling.

The DuPont study – and many studies since then – have shown that maintenance productivity levels of 20% – 30% are typical across industries.

That means you get 2-3 hours actual maintenance time out of a technician working a 10-hour shift. But, it doesn’t have to be like that. You don’t have to settle for low levels of maintenance productivity. Implementing an effective planning and scheduling process allows you to improve your productivity to 45%.

Improving your productivity from 30% to 45%, is the equivalent of increasing your workforce by 35% without hiring anyone.

It’s been done around the world. Over and over again. It’s not rocket science and you can do it too using our online training and proven implementation framework.

Not sure what your current maintenance productivity is?

With our easy-to-use Wrench Time Calculator you and your team can easily assess your current wrench time.

And then calculate how much value you can add to the business by improving your wrench time.

Online training courses that teach your team
how to implement maintenance planning & scheduling​

Maintenance Planning &
Scheduling Online Training

Learn what maintenance planning & scheduling is, how it creates value in an industrial environment and how to successfully implement it.

We offer a suite of courses on Maintenance Planning & Scheduling tailored for those leading an implementation (PS100), practitioners like planners and schedulers (PS200), managers (PS300), and frontline staff like Operators and Technicians (PS400).

100% online. Take the course anywhere, anytime

Because the course is delivered via a 100% online, web-based learning management is system you can truly take this course anywhere in the world, any time of the day.

Complete with proven framework for implementation

To ensure you succeed where many have failed in the past we teach you a proven and comprehensive framework for implementing maintenance planning & scheduling.

We want you not just to enjoy this course, you need to get a real return on your investment – and that requires implementation!

Lifetime access

You don’t just get 2 days of classroom training and a bunch of slides.

You can watch the pre-recorded training videos as much as you want, whenever you want, and yes, you also get access to all future updates.

Speed up your journey on the Road to Reliability™
by implementing maintenance planning & scheduling

Many implementations of maintenance planning and scheduling fail. Often because senior management was never on board to begin with.

In this article, I’ll show you how to fix that. I’ll show you how to sell planning and scheduling to your CEO. And in such a way that he actually wants you to implement it successfully.

I’ll talk about your ‘CEO’, but it could also be your Plant Manager that you need to convince.

Planning and scheduling is one of the 4 Essential Elements on the Road to Reliability™. Planning and scheduling or work management as it’s often called, ensures the right work gets done, at the right time, with the right tools, materials and people.

Without an advanced planning and scheduling process you’ll never achieve high reliability. In this article I’ll explain why that’s the case. I’ll also give an overview of what a work management process should look like.

Most organisations that implement maintenance planning and scheduling do not achieve the long-term results they expected. Often the improvements don’t last, even when the initial implementation seemed successful.

But, it doesn’t have to be like that. This article outlines a structured, proven
approach that has worked in many organisations.
An approach using basic project management principles. Combined with a strong focus on change management.

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