Why does your plant run better when you’re not there?
Welcome to this blog on maintenance management.
I have tried to summarize my background in a few sentences. I am the partner and vice president for IDCON Inc. This is written in January 2009 and, at this time, I have worked with IDCON and previous a employer in about 75 plants in 13 different countries. I have a masters degree in mechanical engineering from Lund, Sweden, and a bachelors degree from North Carolina State. Before IDCON, I worked for a supply chain consulting firm in Sweden and have a background in the Army.
For example, I’m guessing that your plant ran well during the holidays. I also think most plants run better between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. weekdays and on weekends. It is a generalization, but if you are a 24/7 operation and have reliability practices in place, I think my statement is true. So, what is the reason? Perhaps we plan and schedule a bit better before we are about to take a weekend off or take Christmas break. I’m thinking you may run an additional equipment inspection round a few days before the break to find potential problems. We never schedule a shutdown for a Friday and rarely a Thursday because we know we may have startup problems. We don’t run trial products on or near weekends.
We simply spend a few minutes and think how we can avoid breakdowns on the weekend because we are motivated to do so. Perhaps we should do more of this “thinking and planning” stuff. You say you don’t have time to plan and schedule because there are too many breakdowns or perceived emergencies to fix? Hmmm …
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