5 steps to manage maintenance backlogs 

A lot of people have very fixed ideas about maintenance backlog.   Some people see backlog as any work that was due in the past. Others also include work that is rescheduled for the future (which is technically called forelog).  But I like to make things as simple as possible. In my simple view, backlog is […]

5 Common mistakes in Maintenance Planning

Maintenance planning is one of the key elements of creating a highly effective and reliable plant. Without it, you’ll find yourself in a reactive maintenance environment where your crew constantly runs from one emergency to the next.  When you implement maintenance planning, it’s okay to make mistakes. After all, planning is a process that demands […]

The one KPI every maintenance planner should be using 

The one KPI every maintenance planner should be using

If you want to know how good your maintenance performance is, then you need to look at maintenance Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).   Maintenance KPIs are performance measures that guide your organisation towards achieving your maintenance objectives. But with the many KPIs that we have in the industry, it might get confusing. That’s why you need […]

How to deal with Emergency Maintenance 

Emergency maintenance is a pain to deal with. It’s the kind of work that, when identified, is so urgent that it must be done immediately, even though it’s not part of your frozen schedule. And often it is 3 to 5 times more expensive than properly planned work. That’s why we do our best to […]

Overtime is E.V.I.L

Most technicians see overtime as a good thing.   They get more pay. They get more time to finish the job. And they get to show how diligent they are at work.    The downside is the stress of working more hours. But to some people, that stress is worth the extra pay.    I get it.   I’ve had my […]

Maintenance vs. Production

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room… If you’re a maintenance professional, I’m sure you’ve felt the tense atmosphere between maintenance and operations. When I speak to maintenance teams, these are some of the common complaints about their Operations colleagues… They won’t give us access to the equipment. How can we maintain it and […]

High-cost ≠ High Reliability

Many organisations believe that achieving high reliability is expensive. But it doesn’t have to be. The inconvenient truth is— A vast majority of plants around the world still experience low reliability despite the high costs of their maintenance. These plants invest in… … shiny new software … complicated frameworks … expensive contractors But don’t see […]

3 Ways to find money in Maintenance

There is a common misconception that maintenance is nothing more than a ‘cost centre’. What most organisations don’t realize is that there are big opportunities to increase a plant’s profitability through maintenance and reliability. If you want to start improving your plant’s profitability, then there are 3 strategies you can implement: The first is implementing […]

Maintenance Planning is NOT a desk job

Do you know what it takes to be an effective maintenance planner? All too often organisations hire planners that have insufficient experience. But if you want to get results from your planning and scheduling efforts, you need to hire the right people for the job. People with the right attitudes. The right skills.  Among other […]

Why do Engineers insist on making things complicated?

Complicated solutions aren’t always the right choice.  They may look colorful and flashy—but they’re not always effective. Sometimes, the best solutions are the simplest. They cost less money, take less time to do, and they’re easier to understand. But the thing is… humans like complex solutions. And here’s why: I read a study saying— “If […]