Maintenance vs. Production

Maintenance vs. Operations

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… Now, when I speak to the Operations team and hear what they say about […]

High-cost ≠ High Reliability

Newsletter 16 - 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

Newsletter 15 - There’s 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

Newsletter 18 - 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?

Stock image engineer

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 […]

If your maintenance crew had one EXTRA hour a day

Maintenance crew

Plenty of maintenance teams struggle to finish their tasks within the day. “We just don’t have enough time to do everything.” So in an effort to catch up, they work long hours.  What’s worse is, that they sacrifice improvement initiatives, self-care, and team building. They lose sight of long-term goals in favor of short-term fixes. […]

Is your preventive maintenance even worth doing?

Is your preventive maintenance worth doing

Research and experience show that up to 60% of Preventive Maintenance (PM) tasks aren’t really adding value — all they do is just take time and money away from your already very limited resource pool. Some of the most common reasons for this are: Tasks are duplicated. Tasks are done too frequently or not frequent […]

How to get more work done faster

Working as a team

Last week, I talked about how different sources of waste are impacting your maintenance performance and your plant’s reliability. This week, let’s get into more detail on how waste is reducing the efficiency of your day-to-day maintenance execution. When you take a look at the Weekly Schedule of your maintenance crew, it will be full […]