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Do You Keep Your Maintenance People Busy?

Do-You-Keep-Your-Maintenance-People-BusyWe often hear the phrase “maintenance activity.” Is that how you think of maintenance? As just some activities? If maintenance techs aren’t scurrying about, do you see that as a good thing or a bad thing?

If you’re a maintenance supervisor or manager, do you try to keep maintenance people busy with activities?

Or do you regularly examine the scheduled maintenance work to determine if the prescribed tasks are producing better uptime outcomes?

Note that “better uptime outcomes” includes such things as:

  • Greater cleanliness.
  • More optimum operation.
  • Longer time between failures.
  • Fewer surprise failures.
  • More planned repairs and fewer emergency repairs.

If your preventive maintenance (PM) procedures include too many tasks for the allotted time, some tasks will be done poorly and some not at all. Read through a few PMs. Which tasks do you want to see done poorly? Any of them?

Prune out tasks of lesser value to make room for those of greater value.

Good housekeeping is one of those tasks that gets short shrift when people are overloaded with tasks. To those who don’t see the adverse effects of poor housekeeping, this seems like a good corner to cut. If this area isn’t getting its full and proper attention, that’s a potentially devastating failure of the maintenance management team. You need to have a discussion about why it’s important. It does more than just set a tone of professionalism.

Source: Mark Lamendola | Mindconnection