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PM Helps

Michelle Segrest
Contributing Editor

Eliminate DM
Michael Flint drives a preventive-maintenance
strategy at Brown University to help direct
wasted man-hours toward reducing a large and
growing deferred-maintenance backlog.

GROWING UP ON a dairy
farm in western New York
state, Michael Flint learned early the value of proper maintenance and the safe operation of equipment.
He also learned the importance of properly
caring for the livestock.
Though he didn't know it at the time, this
experience prepared him for his current
challenge-driving a seven-year program
at Brown Univ., designed to redirect 57,000
work-process man-hours used to maintain
226 buildings covering 6.34-million sq. ft. at
the Providence, RI, campus.
"On the dairy farm, I learned the concepts of maintenance and reliability," said
Flint, the preventive-maintenance manager
for facilities management. "I learned that
most equipment required lubrication and
visual checks to make sure everything was
operational before we went out in a field to
perform harvesting activity or use of that
equipment. The animals also had a certain
care schedule, which involved feeding and
the cleaning of their environments."

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Michael Flint
and Angela
Cunningham
use an infrared
thermography tool on
new pumps.
All photos courtesy
Michael Flint

Flint uses this
base and his previous
experience managing
maintenance at a centralstation power plant to understand
how to best provide building-system
preventive-maintenance (PM) services at
Brown. He leads a team that includes two
planner/schedulers, Mike Lopes and Angela
Cunningham. They support PM work
planning for three maintenance managers,
six maintenance supervisors, a maintenance
staff of more than 100 technicians, and two
service-contract managers. Flint and his
team drive the strategic preventive-maintenance and reliability efforts.
"Managing a campus like this is certainly

a challenge," Flint said. "Rarely do the same
issues crop up every day. We have large
commercial office buildings, large laboratory and animal-care spaces, and many
historical houses. All of them have their
own specific needs and challenges."
Strategic planning and scheduling is
crucial to making it all work, Flint said.
The team uses a hybrid zone-and-trade
maintenance strategy rather than a geog-

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