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make your PMs more efficient and effective. It
enables resource optimization, while instilling
best practices. When done right, it results in
improved uptime and reliability (higher mean
time between failure); increases wrench time;
reduces variation, which can help quality; and
makes resources available to enable the correct
kind of maintenance.
On a bigger scale, this process helps you
understand and make better decisions regarding asset risk. Every PMO effort in which I've
been involved has resulted in a 30% to 50% reduction in tasks, freeing up valuable resources.
There are several ways to organize the PMO
effort. The most complicated and lengthy
process is an RCM (Reliability Centered Maintenance) approach. The most-used method is
an FMEA organized approach. Many organize
PMOs by similar asset groups. If you aren't
ready for either of those, you can still gain
benefit by simply corralling the subject-matter
experts and talking through the benefits of
each PM. Ask what is done, why it is done, and
whether or not it works.
Do you need to conduct a PMO? If you are
not sure, ask yourself the following:
 Have you done the same PM six or more
times without any needed corrective action?
 Is there high ambiguity in your task wording? If three technicians did them, would
they all be done the same way?
 Where did your PM tasks come from?
Have you ever reviewed them for effectiveness?
 PM tasks cause as many problems as
they fix due to lack of accessibility, modular
replacement, visual controls, and training.
Human error is still the root cause of more
than 50% of the issues.
 You can't complete your predictive and
condition-based maintenance tasks because
you are too busy doing reactive repairs.
 Things are breaking before you get to do
the PMs.

NOVEMBER 2017

Also, if you haven't done a PMO in the past
five years, you need one.
The bottom line is, if you are looking for
resources to do predictive and condition-based
maintenance, start with a PMO. The only cost is
short-term time. The benefit is long-term time
you'll give back to your employees. EP

Based in Knoxville, Klaus M.
Blache is director of the Reliability
& Maintainability Center at
the Univ. of Tennessee, and a
research professor in the College
of Engineering. Contact him at
kblache@utk.edu.

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