The maintenance department and the operation side of a business are often disconnected. While both groups significantly impact an organization and its success, more often than not the two departments act like opponents rather than members of the same team. This prompts questions including, why is it common for these two groups to bump heads?… Read more »
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How Does Culture Impact Your Maintenance Department?
“A culture is made — or destroyed — by its articulate voices.” —Ayn Rand. The above quote holds true in any environment, including maintenance departments. Creating a positive culture encourages involvement and a higher level of performance. Negative culture can harm efficiency and progress by creating a depressing atmosphere, with pessimistic and unenthusiastic employees.
Zero Equipment Failure —Fact or Fiction?
Is zero equipment failure fact or fiction? Although it is the ultimate goal in many maintenance departments, many question if it is really an achievable goal. After discussing the topic with several maintenance professionals at different organizations, the majority agree, it is NOT possible to execute zero equipment failure, however it is a good goal…. Read more »
Is Your Maintenance Strategy Based on Criticality?
Picture this: your maintenance team has a full schedule of preventive maintenance tasks to complete this week. Unfortunately, almost half the team is out sick with a nasty flu bug, and you expect those effected to be out for at least two days. How do you decide which PM tasks really need to be completed… Read more »
Top 5 Secrets to a Successful Maintenance Department
Secrets: they’re mystical, magical, and are powerful marketing tools. Many successful companies and their products have secrets; whether it is a secret ingredient, a secret weapon, or is the answer to all of your problems. Maintenance departments have secrets as well. I have gathered insight from leading maintenance professionals and have uncovered five common ‘secrets’… Read more »
What is Condition-Based Maintenance Strategy?
Condition-based maintenance (CBM) strategy is based on the simple principle of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” In other words, a CBM strategy is based on the idea of performing maintenance only when the need arises, when one or more indicators show that equipment performance is deteriorating or that the equipment is about to… Read more »
Success with Key Performance Indicators [KPI’s]
Key Performance Indicators [KPI’s] are meant to help define goals and measure the progress of achieving those goals. Maintenance managers are always searching for ways to improve their department, and because of that you might be thinking, “Sounds great! Let’s get started and roll out the KPI’s!” While I love the enthusiasm, let’s take this… Read more »
Leadership: The Building Block of a Successful Maintenance Department
A strong leader cannot reach their goals alone. They must build a team and work side-by-side with the group making sure everyone knows the expectations and the final goal they are striving to achieve. The leadership of the maintenance department sets the tone. The tone develops the culture in the workplace. The culture determines the… Read more »
Maintenance: Best and Worst Practices
What to Start, and Stop, in Your Maintenance Department A maintenance department can experience unexpected battles, resulting in an upsetting loss or a well-earned victory. The practices and values that play out on a day-to-day basis can help predict the end results. To be able to run the maintenance department as a well-oiled machine, there… Read more »
Top 4 Maintenance Manager Obstacles
There is always room for improvement and I’ll wager if you ask most maintenance professionals they will, without hesitation, agree that their operation isn’t an exception. Every organization is different, special and unique, but maintenance is maintenance no matter where you go. The equipment and the people change, but the core hurdles of maintenance management… Read more »