Guest post by Jeff Shiver, Founder of People and Processes, Inc.
As a maintenance planning and scheduling professional, I am often asked how to schedule maintenance activities when production is 24/7 or 24/6. An important question is whether the 24/7 operation is driven in part by a lack of reliability or if the organization is proactive and actually capacity constrained. In either case, the challenge is finding windows for work with the equipment stopped or shut down.
- Failure to identify smaller windows for work
- Give work to operators
- Lack of partnership between the operations and maintenance group
- Get the work done right
- Make resources available
- The right focus on preventive maintenance (PM)
- Identify failure
- Act, don’t react
- Don’t defer PM tasks
- Failure to take advantage of unplanned downtime for proactive work
- Manage the backlog
- Lack of effective coordination between the crafts
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