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Midwest

CountryMark

Scheduling Success
Although CountryMark continued to
be successful, the company's leadership identified maintenance as an area
where it could drive down costs without negatively impacting its performance for its customers. According to
Mike Willman, turnaround manager
and facilitator of the WorkPlace Excellence Program, the goal was to cut
down on the amount of reactive maintenance work.
By waiting for equipment to break
down before maintenance was performed, CountryMark experienced
unexpected delays and interruptions
in performance. "Before we started
this, we were at approximately 40 percent reactive work," Willman says.

"all of our processes are
considered implemented,
but we do have some areas where we need to make
some improvements."
- Leslie Alton
Shifting the company's maintenance from a reactive model to a proactive one that emphasizes preventive
maintenance has required a significant change in thinking throughout
CountryMark's entire organization,
all the way down to the operators using the equipment. Working with consulting firm Life Cycle Engineering
to develop and implement the WorkPlace Excellence Program, the company has been able to make substantial changes and become a much more
efficient operation than in years past.
The most important aspect of how
things have changed through the
WorkPlace Excellence Program has
been a new system, To-Increase Enterprise Asset Management, for communicating and scheduling mainte70

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countrymark shifted to a
proactive maintenance model
to improve many aspects of
its operations.

nance work. Rather than performing
maintenance mainly when equipment breaks down, CountryMark's
work-management team plans all
non-emergency maintenance work
and follows a schedule determined
by the operations group. "Now pretty
much everything has a work order,"
Willman says.
A clearly defined system for work
orders also has made for great improvements in CountryMark's inventory management, according to Shop
Supervisor Michael Brown. He says
that under the company's new system
for scheduling work, the inventory
and stock room attendants are in-

DXP Since 1908, DXP has positioned itself to be a leader in rotating equipment and MRO solutions for the Oil
& Gas, Industrial, Commercial, and Municipal sectors.
DXP represents the finest brands in the industry, and
proudly offers our own PumpWorks Industrial and
PumpWorks 610 products which are the only 100 percent American engineered, manufactured, assembled
and tested ANSI and API products on the market today.
CountryMark is a great example of determination to
provide a better product, and DXP is honored to be a
preferred rotating equipment supplier to such a highly
respected, American-owned company.

United Rentals provides the world's largest

rental equipment fleet to industrial operations and
commercial contractors, as well as public and private
works. With the largest North American footprint
and 24/7 support, rental equipment and jobsites are
kept up and running, day or night. Beyond general
equipment capabilities, United Rentals offers advanced
solutions that streamline rental processes and increase
productivity, including: Power & HVAC (temporary
power and climate control), Training (individual and
equipment), Tool & Pump Solutions, and fleet management software.


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