Maintenance Phoenix

The Weekly Scheduling Meeting: Our Best Chance to get it Right

Posted by Mike Gehloff on May 28, 2015 9:54:26 AM

Introduction

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Tags: Uncategorized, Maintenance Maturity, maintenance planning, Maintenance Processes, Maintenance Scheduling, Planning, Scheduling Meeting, scheduling meeting, Shut Down Management, Time Management

Common Traps in Your Proactive Maintenance Plans

Posted by Mike Gehloff on Mar 2, 2015 1:49:45 PM

Introduction

Let’s face it. Often times, our proactive maintenance strategies are a mess (I decided to just get that out there in the first sentence and not try to dance around the issue). Show of virtual hands, Thumbs Up if you feel that your proactive maintenance plan is the right one for you – one that produces real results and is streamlined and efficient. Thumbs Down if you feel that this program is a paper-tiger, eats up far too many valuable resources, does not provide the value that we really need, and is one of your most significant opportunities for improvement. If you voted Thumbs Up, this article is probably not for you. If you voted Thumbs Down, please read on.

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Tags: PdM, Uncategorized, Maintenance Strategy, PM, Preventive Maintenance, asset reliability, asset management, Excellence in Maintenance, failure elimination, Maintenance Function, Maintenance KPIs, Maintenance Procedures, Maintenance Processes, optimal asset reliability, PM Metric, Proactive Maintenance, Procedure Based Maintenance, reactive maintenance, Reliability Based Maintenance, Reliability Processes

Setting a Cadence for your Failure Analysis Efforts

Posted by Mike Gehloff on Jan 20, 2015 9:26:29 AM

Some Simple Facts

Let me share a couple of ideas that I hope you will agree with:

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Tags: RCA, Uncategorized, Asset Failure, Failure Analysis, Maintenance Maturity, Problem Solving, RFCA

Three Things All Shutdown Managers Need to Know About Their Critical Path

Posted by Mike Gehloff on Nov 16, 2014 7:00:57 AM

As I interact with people who participate in and manage shutdowns, I sometimes wonder if we really appreciate the true meaning of the term “critical path”. Yes, it is represented by the most important jobs on the shutdown, and you might be able to look at a list of tasks to be performed during the shutdown and guess at those that will be on the critical path with a medium level of accuracy. But can you identify it with any high degree of certainty? If you can identify it, what do you do with this knowledge?

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Abnormality Reporting the Key to Proactive Maintenance

Posted by Mike Gehloff on Nov 16, 2014 6:22:01 AM

Abnormalities are represented by the defects that enter our assets (point P on the P-F curve) and that will eventually lead to a loss of function from that asset – what we consider a failure (point F on the P-F curve).

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5 Secrets to a Successful Operator Care Process

Posted by Mike Gehloff on Oct 12, 2014 3:55:53 AM

Let me make this one very simple. If you want to be an administrator, tell people what to do. If you want to be a true leader (and you do), tell people where we are going. Give them a reason and purpose for what we do. This is the value of a simple Key Performance Indicator (KPI).

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Tags: TPM, Uncategorized, Autonomous Maintenance, Operator Care, Routine Equipment Care

The Top 3 Reasons Why our Work Order Feedback Loop is Broken

Posted by Mike Gehloff on Sep 20, 2014 7:46:56 AM

Why Is Work Order Feedback Important?

Let me start by telling you something you already know – there is no such thing as a perfect job plan. We must continually learn from our experiences and strive to make those small adjustments to our job plans that will improve our performance. This is a career-long commitment – the only time it ends is when we retire and then it becomes someone else’s problem.

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The Mystery of the Maintenance Backlog Explained

Posted by Mike Gehloff on Aug 20, 2014 7:58:00 AM

The Question:

 Which of the following groups is overloaded with work, and which one can handle more work?

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Tags: Uncategorized, backlog, maintenance kip, Maintenance KPIs, maintenance metric, maintenance planning, Maintenance Scheduling, Manpower Estimation, Planning, time estimation, Time Management

10 Questions for Successful Shutdown Managers

Posted by Mike Gehloff on Aug 19, 2014 7:39:10 AM

It may be hard to believe, but the success or failure of your shutdown (outage, turnaround) is determined long before you shut down the equipment and begin the event. While many treat the shutdown as a marathon event that must be survived, the insightful among us know that it is the actions that occur in the t-12 months, t-6 months, t-2 weeks, and even t+2 weeks time frames that really determine the success or failure of our efforts.

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Tags: Uncategorized, Maintenance Planning, critical path, Excellence in Maintenance, gantt chart, maintenance planning, Maintenance Scheduling, Manpower Estimation, outages, Planning, Shut Down Management, shutdown, turnaround

Shutdowns, Pit Stops and SMED

Posted by Mike Gehloff on Jun 29, 2014 5:22:44 AM

Shutdowns (Turnarounds, Outages) seem to be a big topic in my life lately.  We as a maintenance and reliability community are starting to realize that these necessary events are an opportunity for returning value to the organization.  It makes me wonder if there are other examples of these types of activities out there that we can learn from.

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