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M-News Edition 19
Edition 19, November 2001
In this edition...
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Today's managers face a paradox. On the one hand, the number of tools, techniques, and technologies available to improve operational performance is growing rapidly. On the other hand, despite dramatic success in a few companies, most efforts to use them fail to produce significant results. This article, from MIT, suggests that the inability of most organizations to reap the full benefit of these innovations has little to do with the specific technique. Instead, the problem has its roots in how the introduction of a new improvement effort interacts with the physical, economic, social and psychological structures in which implementation takes place. It presents a framework to understand how these failures arise and illustrate strategies for overcoming the pathological behaviors that we identify with case studies of successful improvement. You can read this articles at http://www.plant-maintenance.com/articles/NobodyEverV.pdf. Note that you will need to have the free Adobe Acrobat reader installed to be able to view this file.
In the competitive business environment of the twenty first century many companies have decided to use a popular tool that has evolved over the past few decades. ERP, the descendant of MRPII offers the "answer" to the economic and productivity troubles of manufacturing and service enterprises. The ERP system has recently become very popular as an enterprise management software tool, and there are many useful products in the software market to fulfill this need today. This article, from Marie Elena Salazar starts to contribute a review and analysis of the following questions:
You can read more at http://www.plant-maintenance.com/articles/ERP_concepts.shtml.
Generally all systems used in power station coal handling plants are wet dust suppression systems. In this paper, from Makarand Joshi, the reasons for failure of these type of dust suppression system are discussed. The remedy for the improvement of this system is also given in this paper. You can read more at http://www.plant-maintenance.com/articles/dust_suppression.pdf. Note that you will need to have the free Adobe Acrobat reader installed to be able to view this file.
This article, contributed by P.F. Joy, is a case study from the petrochemical industry, illustrating how vibration analysis was able to detect shaft eccentricity as a result of improper installation. You can read the full article at http://www.plant-maintenance.com/articles/shaft_eccentricity.pdf. Note that you will need to have the free Adobe Acrobat reader installed to be able to view this file.
This survey closed on August 31. Key observations were:
You can read the full survey results at http://www.plant-maintenance.com/articles/outsourcing_survey_2001.pdf. Note that you will need to have the free Adobe Acrobat reader installed to be able to view this file.
This survey closed on November 21. In it we asked what the most important Maintenance-related issues were that respondent's organizations would be working on over the next 12 months. These turned out to be:
The least important issues were:
You can read the full survey results at http://www.plant-maintenance.com/articles/issues_survey_2001.pdf. Note that you will need to have the free Adobe Acrobat reader installed to be able to view this file.
Another short survey for you this month, which should only take a couple of minutes to complete. This time, we are asking you to share a few things with others about how your organization performs Maintenance Budgeting and controls costs. The survey closes on January 15, 2002. You can complete the survey, or view the results to date at http://www.plant-maintenance.com/survey.shtml.
The Foreword to this book (by Robert Baldwin, Editor of Maintenance Technology Magazine) sums up this book nicely when he says that "Most articles and conference papers on planning and scheduling stress its strategic importance, but they do not delve into the practical details because of limitations imposed by article length or conference programming. Doc has leapt over this hurdle with this Maintenance Planning and Scheduling Handbook. There is now a ready reference to take the action-oriented maintenance practitioner to the level of understanding needed to install a planning and scheduling function and make it work". Full of practical observations and tips, this book should be on every Maintenance practioners bookshelf - from those who are just starting to establish Maintenance Scheduling processes and practices at their workplace, to those who are looking to fine-tune their existing processes.
This is a hefty tome - weighing in at 544 pages of fairly dense type, with about 40% of this being in very detailed, and useful, appendices. The book starts by putting Planning and Scheduling into perspective - how does it integrate with the overall Maintenance process (and the needs of the business), and the other maintenance tools that most organisations use. It discusses what planning is, and what it is not, and deals with a few common misconceptions in doing so. It then discusses basic, but key Maintenance Planning and Scheduling principles that Doc has found to work, when implementing Planning and Scheduling processes. Among these principles are
While more experienced practitioners may disagree with some of these principles, they are supported by a lot of common sense and detailed discussion, backed up by practical examples.
The book then moves on to discuss Basic Planning - in the form of "A Day in the Life of a Maintenance Planner"It discusses Work Order systems, Equipment Records, Scoping and Estimating, Obtaining Parts, Safety and many other aspects in a very practical, "how to" manner. The next Chapter is on Basic Scheduling - how to create a Weekly Schedule, Staging Parts and Tools, Daily Scheduling and others - again in the same, practical and instructive manner. Further chapters deal with the use of Forms, CMMS systems (although this chapter is necessarily brief, given the breadth of packages available on the market today, and the continuing rapid development of technology in this area), and Controlling Maintenance.
The ample Appendices cover such aspects as:
In summary, this is a highly detailed, highly practical guidebook, that all Maintenance practitioners should own. A 5-star recommendation. At US$79.95 it is excellent value for money.
You can purchase this book through amazon.com (and simultaneously support the Plant Maintenance Resource Center) by visiting www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0070482640/themaintenanreso.
For details on all of these books, and many more, visit http://www.plant-maintenance.com/maintenance_books.shtml.
The following sign was recently observed in an Engineering Manager's office:
Ever since I became a Project Manager, I sleep like a baby - I wake up every few hours, cry a little, wet the bed, and then go back to sleep.
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