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Does Deferring Maintenance Makes Sense?

Does Deferring Maintenance Makes Sense?

One of the clever “money savers” you might see in an annual report is “deferred maintenance.” The maintenance isn’t stopped, it’s just deferred. A temporary thing, apparently. Mechanics might be quick to point out that deferring lubrication has the same result as not doing it. Lubricants wear out, thin out, get contaminated, etc. Starve that […]

Does Suspending Training Make Sense?

Does Suspending Training Make Sense?

When there’s a financial situation such as the company needs to hit its quarterly profit target but revenue is below target, the bean counters often look to raise quick cash by cutting expenses. One area that’s often targeted for deferment is maintenance training. The word “deferment” here is really code for code for “You can’t […]

Is It Time to Cut Your Maintenance Budget?

Is It Time to Cut Your Maintenance Budget?

Corporate managers often look to cost-cutting as a way to boost earnings or make room for some new program. Unfortunately, the maintenance department is often a target of such cuts. If things are running smoothly, the logic typically goes like this. “Those guys aren’t doing much, so we don’t need them all.” This conclusion is […]

Was it Really the Motor that Failed?

Was it Really the Motor that Failed?

Motors are essential to modern manufacturing. When one stops unexpectedly and the subsequent investigation shows it’s damaged, we say the motor failed. Maybe it has a spun bearing or an insulation failure that resulted in a phase to case short. But was this really the motor that failed? Let’s consider a spun bearing. How does […]

Are You Really Saving Money?

Are You Really Saving Money?

Many plants have some odd ways of saving money on maintenance. Consider these: “Deferring” scheduled maintenance. Reality: This merely accelerates equipment failure and the corresponding costs of downtime. Buying the entry level model of test equipment rather than the one needed for the particular circumstances. Reality: Intervention that would have prevented downtime doesn’t occur, but […]