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The MPSH Scheduler

Richard Palmer and Associates has produced the award-winning Maintenance Planning and Scheduling Handbook (MPSH) Scheduler to speed creation of a weekly schedule using the methodology of the handbook. The spreadsheet allows you to compile the best schedule for each crew’s labor hours in a matter of minutes.

MPSH Scheduler screen shotThe MPSH Scheduler is simply an “app” for your company’s CMMS. Although the scheduling process outlined in Chapter 6 can be easily executed with paper forms, the MPSH Scheduler is simply an Excel spreadsheet with some macros to manipulate the work orders.

Instead of spending three or four hours manually scheduling at the end of the week, the spreadsheet allows you to compile the best schedule for each crew’s labor hours in a matter of minutes. You can then print out the schedule for each crew or send them an Excel spreadsheet. The spreadsheet even prepares a SQL of the schedule you could use to select out the work orders in the CMMS itself.

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Employing Schedule Compliance

Evaluating maintenance performance with schedule compliance helps plants manage effective and efficient maintenance. This presentation uses cause maps to illustrate common causes of low schedule compliance and then relates a manufacturing facility’s specific experience with schedule compliance, specifically within a coal-fired steam generation unit. Read More

It’s All about Scheduling

It really is all about scheduling. Planning work orders alone does not improve productivity because of Parkinson’s Law. This law states that work expands to fill the time available. This means that without some schedule guidance, we wouldn’t increase our productivity simply through having efficiently planned jobs available to us.

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