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Planning Principles

The accompanying chart shows the six principles of maintenance planning. Each principle covers a fundamental crossroads type issue. The principles cover protecting the planners, focusing the planners, utilizing equipment files, the accuracy of time estimates, the level of detail required in a job plan, and the concept of wrench time and its proper measurement. The second chapter of the handbook thoroughly covers these vital issues of maintenance planning and the chart itself fills the inside front cover of the handbook.

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Scheduling Principles

The accompanying chart shows the six principles of maintenance scheduling. The principles are not so much fundamental issues as they are part of a framework. The principles cover the craft skill and time estimates from job plans required, the credibility of the priority system, the week as the proper advance timeframe, the filling of 100% of the labor hours, the role of the supervisor in the daily schedule, and the measurement of schedule compliance. The third chapter of the handbook thoroughly covers these vital issues of maintenance scheduling and the chart itself fills the inside back cover of the handbook. Read More

The Leverage of Work Order Planning

Let us presume you have superb communication and teamwork.  You have good storerooms and ready spares.  Technicians have first class hand tools and a tool room plus equipped shops in which to work.  Training is conducted at all levels and many improvements are made to work processes.  There is also a CMMS with an equipment database.  Management is supporting PM, PdM, and project work.  Work order planning (including scheduling) is supposed to bring it all together.  But how do you measure the leverage of work order planning?  How much does it help? Read More